To benefit the environment around us that we all enjoy, there is a final working party style event that members can help with. The Heybridge Basin Sailing Association is organising a plastic pick up event on March 24 from Hall Road around to the Basin and are asking all the other clubs to take part. So if we can all get together on the same day we will do the section around the Ballast Hole and along the seawall up to the Basin so that both groups meet up at the basin at the end. Please bring along your boots, gloves and strong plastic bags. Afterwards they are all going to the Jolly Sailer and we are welcome to join them.
Hope to see you down there meeting at the club around 9:30. Maldon District Council will be providing some bags and litter pickers for us to use.
We are holding our annual Open Day on Saturday 5th May from 12 noon to 5pm and extend a warm invitation to anyone who would like to come and visit our marvellous facilities and discover more about the opportunities we offer our members. Admission is free and we will be offering tours of the club and taster sails on our training lake throughout the day. Our cadets will be running sailing demonstrations on the lake and have rigged examples of the training boats we use. Refreshments will be available and our bar will be open. After lunch, you can watch the club dinghy and cruiser racers in action. We will also be running trips on the river Blackwater in the club launch, a Rib and sailing tasters on a cruiser. No booking is required and lifejackets will be provided. If hoping to undertake a sailing taster, wear warm clothes with a waterproof jacket and bring a towel and change of clothing. Click here for the programme for the day: files/Events/Timetable.pdf The exact programme for the day is dependent on weather conditions and subject to alteration. If you need any more information about the day, please contact our Rear Commodore, Nigel Butler email@example.com
Due to the forecast easterly gales and freezing temperatures this Sunday, the workboat will not be going out to attach buoys.
However the 'Moorings Shop' will still be open in the Member's workshop.
You can come and prepare your buoy, purchase necessary shackles etc. and have your buoy ready to be launched on another day. Meet 1100.
Registration for the 2018 Easter Family Supper and Quiz Night – Saturday 31st March, is now open!
Organised by the Cadet Committee, before the supper we have the Giant Egg Hunt and Easter Games and afterwards the Fun Quiz night.
You need to register for the event on the BSC website and registration will be closing about a week before the event.
You must be logged on to the BSC website before you will have access to the registration page which is under the Cadet Tab.
I am pleased to announce that Executive Chefs, Steph and Alex Webber, have once again kindly agreed to organise the scrumptious feast that awaits.
Don’t forget we don’t take cash for events anymore so – “Register or Regret It”!!!
A sellout crowd of 92 packed into the main clubroom on Saturday 10th March for our annual Fitting Out Supper. Despite the recent unseasonably cold weather, this event serves as a reminder to members that the sailing season is upon us and their preparations for a great season of sailing should be well underway. After a delicious three course meal, guests were entertained with a very humorous talk by local boy and Practical Boat Owner columnist Dave Selby. Dave enthralled the audience with tales of his exciting voyages and his many transatlantic crossings. He wowed us with tales of his amazing navigational feats, the highlight of which was running aground on Northey Island during the highest spring tide for twelve years. He demonstrated that it is possible to sail with a limited budget and his Sailfish 18 "Marlin" is testament to that. He has recorded one of the slowest passages in maritime history from the Blackwater to the Southampton boat show, known in the annals of sailing as "Marlin's Mission". Dave has recently published the sailors "must have" book "The Impractical Boat Owner". Dave generously offered this to Blackwater Sailing Club members at a specially inflated price. He also gave us the opportunity to buy illustrated mugs and drawings in support of his charity to raise money for research into the rare neurological condition which means he has to be admitted to hospital every four weeks. As promised, those privileged to hear Dave's talk learnt absolutely nothing about sailing, but anyone who wasn't enthused to give it a try should take up golf.
TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2018
Will members please note that due to necessary work there will be no Electricity to the Main Clubhouse and toilets during the day.
The power will be back on in the evening for the Tuesday Talk!
During the day there will still be power to the Sun Room, Members' Galley and the boat park and members' workshop.