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Upcoming events

    • 08/12/2018
    • 18:30 - 22:00
    • Upper Deck, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Blackwater Sailing Club are pleased to continue to host the Cruising Association Essex Saturday evening winter talks. Supper is at 7pm and the talk begins at 8pm.

    Everyone is welcome. CA & BSC members pay £15 for the talk and two course meal or £3 for the talk only. Guests pay £17 for the talk and meal or £5 for the talk only.

    Tonight's talk is 'Sailing Around Britain - A Weekend Sailor's Voyage in 50 Day Sails'

    Like many of us, Kim Sturgess was a weekend sailor. He enjoyed club racing and several brief sailing holidays, but had never attempted a substantial expedition.

    Reaching the age of fifty focused the mind and he decided to sail around Britain.

    While many cruising sailors would not contemplate a 1900 nautical mile voyage, he broke the voyage into a series of day sails, making it an achievable ambition for him, largely single-handed, and for many other weekend sailors who might dream of sailing around their home island.

    His book tells the quirky traveller's narrative of the voyage and visits to forty-eight towns. We look forward to a light-hearted and entertaining talk, which will hopefully inspire more of us to spread our wings a little.

    For the event poster click CA Essex Sec Talk Supper 08-12-18.pdf

    For more information or to book tickets online, please visit the CA website CA Events book online . BSC members may also book tickets by adding their names to the sign-up sheet at the club.





    • 11/12/2018
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Main Club Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Come along and listen to Julian Berney recount tales from his voyages to the Canary islands in his yacht 'Houdalinqua'

    Julian has sailed to the Canary Islands three times in search of winter sunshine and spent the last three years cruising around the islands.   He will talk about getting there - turn right at Bradwell, down the Channel, across the Bay of Biscay keeping France, Spain, Portugal and Africa to port (on your left).  Using the prevailing winds and currents, you can’t miss it!  If you get to the Cape Verde or Brazil, then you have gone too far!

    He will then talk about cruising the different islands. "The islands are different and the sailing, especially between them, can be quite demanding and require some careful passage planning. However there are marvellous landscapes to visit that stretch from sand dunes to volcanoes and from forests to high cloud covered barren mountains."

    The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30

    Non members welcome

    • 05/01/2019
    • 11:00 - 13:00
    • Maldon Little Ship Club

    Maldon Little Ship Club extends a warm welcome to all BSC Members to support their sponsored rowing and gig race on Saturday 5th January 2019 in aid of the RNLI.

    For the invitation letter click Invitation Letter Gig Race.pdf


    • 08/01/2019
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Main Club Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Come along and listen to Joe Leary talk about 'Launching, hauling and lifting - the good the bad and the ugly!' What could possibly go wrong you may ask. If you want to know and learn how to best avoid disasters, this is the talk for you !

    This is a talk aimed at cruiser sailors about launching trolley design and the reason behind the rules that we have for them. Along with the use of the boat hoist and mast crane and the health and safety aspect of using them all.

    The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30

    Non members welcome



    • 12/01/2019
    • 18:30 - 22:00
    • Upper Deck, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Blackwater Sailing Club are pleased to continue to host the Cruising Association Essex Saturday evening winter talks. Supper is at 7pm and the talk begins at 8pm.

    Everyone is welcome. CA & BSC members pay £15 for the talk and two course meal or £3 for the talk only. Guests pay £17 for the talk and meal or £5 for the talk only.

    Tonight's talk is 'Carry on Cruising'

    In May 2012 Sam suffered a massive stroke that affected both his mobility and his language very badly. There are laughs and lessons for us all in what happened next.

    Camilla describes how she and Sam took the decision to carry on sailing with the help of family, friends, and the CA Crewing Service. They have sailed very gently in the Baltic, England’s east coast, and the Netherlands, and have recently returned from two seasons in southern Brittany. There are many physical and emotional challenges, but on balance both Sam and Camilla feel they’d rather be arguing on board their own boat than sitting at home and wishing they still owned her.

    For more information or to book tickets online, please visit the CA website CA Events book online . BSC members may also book tickets by adding their names to the sign-up sheet at the club.





    • 09/02/2019
    • 18:30 - 22:00
    • Upper Deck, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Blackwater Sailing Club are pleased to continue to host the Cruising Association Essex Saturday evening winter talks. Supper is at 7pm and the talk begins at 8pm.

    Everyone is welcome. CA & BSC members pay £15 for the talk and two course meal or £3 for the talk only. Guests pay £17 for the talk and meal or £5 for the talk only.

    Tonight's talk is 'TS Royalist and the Sea Cadets'

    TS Royalist is the Sea Cadets new flagship, a training brig (two square-rigged masts) that takes twenty-four cadets to sea for six day voyages. The vessel was designed by Acubens, built during 2014 / 2015 at the Spanish shipyard of Astilleros Gondan. Colin Watkins is her skipper. Last year he brought her in to Brightlingsea and she only just fit! Colin will tell us about what it's like to skipper a brand new tall ship and about the Sea Cadets and the other vessels they also operate. Note we had originally planned this talk for the 2017/2018 season and we are pleased to be able to finally get Colin along.

    For more information or to book tickets online, please visit the CA website CA Events book online . BSC members may also book tickets by adding their names to the sign-up sheet at the club.




    • 12/02/2019
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Main Club Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

    The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30

    Non members welcome

    • 09/03/2019
    • 18:30 - 22:00
    • Upper Deck, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Blackwater Sailing Club are pleased to continue to host the Cruising Association Essex Saturday evening winter talks. Supper is at 7pm and the talk begins at 8pm.

    Everyone is welcome. CA & BSC members pay £15 for the talk and two course meal or £3 for the talk only. Guests pay £17 for the talk and meal or £5 for the talk only.

    Tonight's talk is 'Stress Free Sailing'

    Duncan Wells is an RYA instructor and features writer for Yachting Monthly. He specialises in developing and teaching shorthanded solutions for the everyday tasks of sailing couples including:

    • getting off and then back onto the dock in a variety of wind and tide configurations,
    • sail setting and reefing,
    • picking up mooring buoys
    • anchoring
    • sailing in heavy weather and
    • new techniques for man overboard retrieval

    This talk will be especially useful for those new to cruising but we hope everyone will learn a thing or two.

    For more information or to book tickets online, please visit the CA website CA Events book online . BSC members may also book tickets by adding their names to the sign-up sheet at the club.


    • 12/03/2019
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Main Club Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

    The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30

    Non members welcome

    • 09/04/2019
    • 19:00 - 21:00
    • Main Club Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

    The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30

    Non members welcome

    • 13/04/2019
    • 18:30 - 22:00
    • Upper Deck, Blackwater Sailing Club

    Blackwater Sailing Club are pleased to continue to host the Cruising Association Essex Saturday evening winter talks. Supper is at 7pm and the talk begins at 8pm.

    Everyone is welcome. CA & BSC members pay £15 for the talk and two course meal or £3 for the talk only. Guests pay £17 for the talk and meal or £5 for the talk only.

    Tonight's talk is 'The New East Coast Pilot'

    The East Coast Pilot has become the most popular pilot book for the creeks, harbours and rivers between Great Yarmouth and Ramsgate. It is currently edited by Garth Cooper and Dick Holness. Garth will let us know about the latest edition and give us an insight into the Ore and Alde, which are perhaps less visited than other East Coast rivers.

    For more information or to book tickets online, please visit the CA website CA Events book online . BSC members may also book tickets by adding their names to the sign-up sheet at the club.


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