105 Years - Established 1913

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In 1957 the Hon. Secretary, Mr A J Taylor, suggested to a committee meeting that a history of the Association should be compiled with a view to publication…

This was probably pre-emptive for the 50th  year Golden Jubilee that was to follow 6 years later in 1963. The committee agreed on the principle and member Mr H U Spruce took on the task to try and trace all the past minute books. However, nothing more seemed to have happened until the 58th AGM in 1969 when it was again proposed with a view to ‘a history’ providing benefit to new or prospective members.  Again nothing happened.

It wasn’t until the Spring of 2010 that the then Commodore, Geoff Meggitt, organised a Centenary committee charged with bringing together  various elements which could feature in Centenary celebrations in 2013 and to kick-start some action in order to avoid earlier failings.
Lots of initial work was carried out by Dr Stuart Thompson, Simon Temple, Alan Eagles and Geoff Meggitt.

Roger Cleland has squeezed-out so much detail from the Association’s minute books & archives that only a small fraction can be featured on these web pages.

The book is generally on sale at the monthly members’ meeting or you can obtain copies by contacting Geoff Meggitt via the contact page.

“100 Years of the Manchester Cruising Association”
is £5 per copy.

The history of the MCA, written for its members is available to others at £5.00 + £2.00 p&p.
Contact: mancasecretary@gmail.com

Collage by Geoff Meggitt Alan Street(foreground) with  Roger Cleland

Former Commodore Alan Street chats with author Roger Cleland prior to introducing him to the March 2013 members’ meeting with his talk
“100 Years in 100 minutes”.

About the Author….

Roger Cleland joined the Manchester Cruising Association in 2004 after being introduced by Capt John Podmore.   His sailing background was through school sailing which he ran for 30 years at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, though his professional subject was French.

He became heavily involved with the Cheshire Schools Sailing and Canoeing Association eventually becoming it’s Chairman.  Further involvement followed with the International Topper Class Association with an appointment as their UK Chairman and then subsequently International Chairman.

Latterly, chartering in sunnier climates has taken over from dinghy sailing and now Roger has acquired a Hunter Horizon 27 which he and his wife sail from it’s base at Pwllheli in North Wales.

Pic.Nigel Partington

The Centenary Book…

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