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The Little Red Boat   2017-06-12     Pat Fleck

We have been kindly given a small Sailboat which we will call Shoestring 5.
We intend to berth it in front of CTD on a swing mooring. The boat will arrive next Friday for us all to have a sail in her.
Whether to keep her or not will depend on the use it gets and how easily it sails but no doubt it will be a more stable boat than the faster Lasers and may suit some of our members. Please use CINCO to record use in our booking diary on our Website.
So come down next Friday and give it a go.


Finance Reports for the 2017 AGM   2017-05-14     Vernon O'Byrne

The Cash Budget and the Finance Reports are now ready to view in the Members Forum
Click here to access the reports.


Minutes of Shoestring Committee Meeting at CTD   2017-04-30     Jack Moss

The Committee meeting minutes have been published.
Click here for the committee meeting minutes from 28-April-2017.


Shoestring Agreement and Operational notes are now   2017-04-15     Phil Roper

The proposed Shoestring Agreement and Operational notes are now available for preview before the 2017 AGM
Click here for a preview.


Jack Moss Cycling accident   2017-04-08     Phil Roper

For those of you not at CTD yesterday this is to let you know that Jack had a cycling accident on Thursday afternoon whilst returning home from a training ride.
The accident resulted in Jack being taken to hospital were it was confirmed he has 3 broken ribs but no other injuries.
I have spoken to Jack this morning and he is in good spirits as always despite severe discomfort.
I am sure you will all join with me in wishing him a speedy recovery.


A Big White Duck.   2017-02-02     Tim Clarke

Some of you may remember when a white swan stayed over winter on the Mar Menor near to CTD. Now we have a big white duck. It was seen inside the military base, just beyond the jetty. It was a large white object apparently on the beach. Binoculars from the depths of the car boot to identified the true identity of the beached item. Was it a bird, was it a plane, no it was a big white DUC. A landing craft . Its wheels could clearly be seen, its unloading doors pointing towards the sky and its cab pointing back towards the water. Does anyone know what it is doing on the Mar Menor. You may not see this Duck fly, but it is certainly a rarity . Happy Duck spotting.


NOT QUITE A BAPTISM OF FIRE.   2017-01-28     Tim Clarke

Friday was a day of firsts for new shoestring member Sean O'Reilly. It was his first outing as a member and he was eager to get out onto the water. The wind quickly picked up and together with Alan Darby was the first crew in 2017 to capsize. Despite the high winds, they made short measure of righting and getting back into the Laser 2000. It was then a priority to get back to CARR before hypothermia set in. Did someone overhear Alan saying something about an initiation ceremony ? Well Sean, welcome to Shoestring. We can guarantee that things will get better.


Minutes for Committee Meeting January 23rd 2017   2017-01-26     Jan Penning

The January committee meeting minutes are now available.
Click here to view the committee meeting minutes.


SAMM 2017 Financial Budget Projection   2016-12-31     Pat Fleck

Hello All,
I hope you have all had a good Christmas and you are looking forward to celebrating the New Year.
FYI the 2017 SAMM Budget Projection Report has been published and you can look at it here but you have to be SIGNED IN to the SAMM website to see the figures.


Both Gambas are again available for use   2016-12-16     Tim Clarke

Dear Shoestringer. The day has arrived,. Pat has let me loose with some authoring rights. I hope that my first attempt is OK. Paul will no doubt be able to identify all of my deliberate spelling errors.
You will be pleased to know that both UNO and CUATRO are back on their respective trolleys and are available for use.
There have been a few issues with regards to strength of the fibreglass moldings over the wheels of launch trolleys of the Gambas. Both of the moldings cracked rendering them unusable.
The trolley for Cuatro was repaired and reinforced by the manufacturer Araez under guarantee. The repair of the Uno trolley incurred a cost of €50.
The maintenance group believe that they have identified the causes which lead to the damage and have come up with a solution, which will avoid a recurrence of similar damage in the future. A big thank you goes out to John Down and Phil Roper, who arranged the repair, made templates and sourced materials for the upgrade.
Peter Button has undertaken the repair of UNOs jib cover and Ingo Wilson has obtained some very pretty red and black balls which will be fixed to the end of sheets in the near future.
Some work has been done on the rudders of the Lasers, which should allow them to to be fixed in the raised position when they are being launched.
Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way with regards to the maintenance of our fleet during 2016.


Autumn Series 2016 Race Results   2016-12-16     Pat Fleck

The final report and results table for the Autumn Series 2016 are now on the 'Autumn Series 2016' page of the web site. Click here to view the results. May I take the opportunity to thank you for your support during the year and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2017 from the Race Committee. Best regards Terry


New Shoestring member Sean O'Reilly   2016-12-14     Pat Fleck

On behalf of Shoestring I would like to welcome our new member, Sean O'Reilly to the group. Sean, I hope you have many pleasurable hours sailing on the mar menor.


How to Rig a Shoestring Laser 2000 Dinghy   2016-11-05     Brian Murray and Norman Vener

How to Rig a Shoestring Laser 2000 Dinghy.
Click here to see a video created by Brian Murray and Norman Vener entitled “How to Rig a Shoestring Laser 2000 Dinghy.”
Brian and Norman are not saying that this is the definitive procedure to follow when rigging a Laser 2000, but they hope that you will find some useful tips to help you when rigging one of our Laser 2000’s.
You can also watch the video from our Tutorials Page at any time by clicking here