Centenary Year - Established 1913

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Events to mark the Association’s Centenary…

Flying the Flag…

To celebrate the centenary we asked members to ‘Fly the Flag’ and join in (or organise) a small rally where glasses can be raised to celebrate our 100th year.
So, whatever your destination, whether on your boat or someone else’s, take a burgee and a take a photograph of it flying proudly with you and yours around. If you don’t own a burgee then Joyce Meggitt will loan you one — or even our new giant house flag. Send a photo to Roy Conchie royconchie@gmail.com for the website.

Our Vice Commodore, Nigel Partington, hoists the MCA flag on ‘Bonita’, a Jeanneau 42.2 at Marmaris Yacht Marine in Turkey, May 2013.

Roy & Suzi Conchie showing the MCA flag on ‘Skimming Star’ at Marmaris Yacht Marine, Turkey.  May 2013

Members Jerry Armitage & Sue Selby air the MCA flag just north of Tring on the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

The Centenary Dinner…

West Coast France - June
To comply with our Commodore's wishes to arrange some rallies/meets around Europe, a meet was organised in Piriac sur Mer in Quiberon Bay. In our Centenary year, this was for members to get together to toast the MCA Founders. Unfortunately Geoff and Joyce were unable to be there. So the occasion was attended by Adrian and Jean Jones on ‘Ambience’, a very smart Bavaria 30, and David and Jean Monks on ‘Otter’, a Fisher 25.
Piriac was chosen as a convenient rendezvous with its unsophisticated, tranquil and pleasing environment . Flowers fill the narrow cobbled streets and squares. Ivy covers the walls of the 17th century houses and the little harbour is a pure delight.    We met up for tea and biscuits on ‘Otter’ before changing for a dinner arranged at the small family-run ‘Hotel de la Plage’.   The table was decorated with the club burgee and the MCA was duly toasted before enjoying an excellent meal. The evening concluded with late night drinks on ‘Ambience’, at which time we agreed to try to repeat the experience in late August /September when Geoff and Joyce may be in a position to join us.   A Breton Piper was on hand to further add to the occasion.   Unfortunately time schedules and adverse winds precluded a cruise in company.

The Vikings have gone! - now MCA members invade the Isle of Man!  After climbing up the 76 steps, Lesley and Mike Pickles along with Alwyn Kay and partner Christine raise a can and toast the MCA colours at Douglas Head lighthouse during a visit to the island on July 13th 2013

The Deckers Summer Evening Get-together.   Our Hon. Secretary, Richard Gregory, shows his usual dexterity and proves that two hands are better than one as members show the flag and celebrate the Centenary on July 11th.

Photo: Mike Pickles

MCA Centenary Weekend
at Holyhead Marina, Isle of Anglesey

Saturday 17th August 2013. Members gathered at about 11:30am. And by 12:30 pm 14 members were aboard host ‘Raffles2’. The rain insisted on joining us & the wind didn't want to be left out so that came too!  This meant we were all committed to be inside the boat. Just as well as ‘Raffles2’ has a really decent size saloon and aft cockpit area.
Everyone came bearing food drinks and even gifts for the hosts. Food and drink was in plentiful supply.  We all enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by superb desserts. Mississippi mud pie, banoffee trifle, fresh fruit salad, chocolate cake and even a whiskey cake.  After lots of food, tea and coffee, we chatted, laughed & generally had a good time. Some members even went for a walk in between showers of rain, while some went to examine other members’ boats. By 4pm the wine came out, not saying who was first to start but by 5:30pm everyone joined the party. Around 5:45pm 2 bottles of bubbly were cracked after which we toasted the MCA. Photos were taken amid much laughter as we were all packed in the saloon and it was a tight squeeze! Then a miracle happened. The clouds lifted and the sunshine arrived. With this we all went outside and had another photo shoot with the MCA house flag.
It was time to go for a meal by now. 12 of us made our way to the Boat House Hotel, however everyone was under a strict instruction they had to return to ‘Raffles2’ for desserts. This was because we had so many it would have been a shame not to eat them.
After a superb meal and excellent service (all 12 meals were served within minutes of the first arriving). We settled the bill and had a stroll back to Raffles2.  More alcohol and lots of desserts were consumed. We chatted and had a really good time but by 11:15 pm some of us started to flag a bit. Richard had even managed a snooze amid all the noise. The group started to make their way back to their own boats, B&Bs etc., everyone expressed what a great day it had been.
On Sunday morning we woke to a beautiful sunny day. After breakfast we mingled from boat to boat and at 1pm 9 of us sat down to another buffet lunch (posh name for left-overs this time). It was a brilliant weekend and everyone enjoyed it. Many cards and emails of thank you, were received during the next few days.                                                                       
 Lesley Pickles

Thank you to everyone who made the effort in such bad weather. For those who couldn't make it we missed you but most of all if you weren't there you missed a great Rally. We didn't manage to have a sail or the BBQ as planned but we didn't let the weather dampen our spirits.

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Above: Past Commodore Stuart Thompson unfurls the MCA flags above the Arctic Circle by posts marking the border  between Norway and Russia on the Pasvik River inland from the Norwegian coastal town of Kirkenes.
Left: We see Stuart safely back on board the MS Lofoten, a Bergen based cruiser.
We assume Stuart’s wife Helen took the pictures but for any sceptics here’s a picture of Helen enjoying the holiday too!.

From above the Arctic Circle…

Commodore Geoff Meggitt and wife Joyce flying the MCA flag from the backstay of their cruiser ‘Taliesin’ whilst navigating the Glenan Islands south of Concarneau in southern Brittany.

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Geoffrey Budenburg(Right) and Martin Steer(Left) sporting the MCA flag as they depart Troffjord & slip into the Raftsundet before heading NE on passage to Ingelsfjorden during a cruise off Norway in July.

Below:- Heading for Stamsund on the Southern side of Vestvagoya Island

And more from North of the Arctic Circle…

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Steve and Jean Ankers
showing off the MCA burgee on their Bavaria cruiser
‘Lady Lavinia’ at Sivota on the Island of Lefkas, Northern Ionian, Greece, during mid September 2013

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John & Jean Galloway with Devika Dobson displaying the MCA House flag aboard ‘Sherbourne Prince’ at Bugsworth Basin, Tramway Terminal Branch of the Peak Forest Canal.
160 metres above sea
level and 12 miles from Manchester!

We’re flying the flag again in 2014….