Sailing Association Mar Menor - SAMM April 2017

SAMM Sailors Party Time

SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Menor is not just about sailing, there is an active social programme organised by the Social Committee,

ably led by their Chairwoman Jill Chorley.
samm Valentines PhotoThe latest event was the St Valentine's Dinner and Dance held at the restaurant Ruf Mari in Los Urrutias. Many club members had not yet returned to Spain so could not attend, but 43 people were able to make it and, after a fabulous meal, partied the night away to music provided by 'Soft Sax', aka Mrs Wendy Grant.

samm Jo Presentation 2017During a break in the dancing the Commodore, Paul Shard, presented a bouquet to Jo Perring who was retiring from the position of Membership Secretary.

A good time was had by everybody who attended who are now looking forward to the next 'knees-up', the SAMM Spring Bash, held over three days at the Hotel Costa Narejos in May.

SAMM AGM 2017

The AGM of the Sailing Association Mar Menor was held at Las Claras Social Center on February 8th and celebrated the 10th year of the organisation's existence. 2016 was recorded as a notable year with both ups and downs and these were reflected in the year end reports presented by the Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and the other officers.

samm Maggie Presentation 2017The main 'downs' were the changes forced by the closure of the jetty at CTD for safety reasons. The 'ups' were the acquisition of a new engine 40hp Suzuki outboard for the support boat, a Whaly 430 Pro, the success of the race programme, good PR coverage and excellent social activities, the Spring Bash, Caldero Day, St Valentine's and Christmas Parties, bike rides and petanca.

Some officers stood down and their replacements were elected. One of those standing down after three years as both General Secretary and Race Committee Secretary was the very popular Maggie Blinkhorn. Much to her surprise, Commodore Paul Shard presented Maggie with a large bouquet and a 250€ travel voucher that had been purchased with the generous donations made by club members as a 'thank you' for all her hard work. Maggie plans to continue helping SAMM as a member of the Social Committee.

After the meeting about 30 members enjoyed an excellent Menu del Dia at the Las Claras restaurant.

If you are interested in sailing you can reach SAMM through their website www.sailingmarmenor.com