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Upcoming events

    • 04/07/2020
    • 13:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Our annual Mid Summer BBQ and New Members Day give new members the chance to socialise with new and existing members.

    We will have some sailing activities for new members and there will plenty to look at on the water as we will have some racing going on. The BBQ is always good.

    • 12/07/2020
    • 09:00 - 16:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Stone Cruiser Cup, start time 09:00 at the Stone start line. HW Osea is 06:00.

    The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee promotes and coordinates joint club cruiser racing on the Blackwater Estuary.

    Our Main series is the 9 race Cruiser Racing Series for local handicapped and IRC rated boats.

    The BJRC fleet of cruisers comprises of boats ranging from under 20 foot through to 40 footers. Many of the fleet are lifting or shallow keel boats as required of their upriver moorings, but there are also boats with 2 metre plus drafts.

    For those racers that favour seeing their performance scored using the IRC rating system, all boats with a valid rating certificate will be scored on a separate IRC results sheet.

    For more information please visit the BJRC Website 

    or contact BJRC Chairman Andy Ellis



    • 26/07/2020
    • 08:00 - 18:30 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Paget Cup, start time 08:00 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 05:10.

    The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee promotes and coordinates joint club cruiser racing on the Blackwater Estuary.

    Our Main series is the 9 race Cruiser Racing Series for local handicapped and IRC rated boats.

    The BJRC fleet of cruisers comprises of boats ranging from under 20 foot through to 40 footers. Many of the fleet are lifting or shallow keel boats as required of their upriver moorings, but there are also boats with 2 metre plus drafts.

    For those racers that favour seeing their performance scored using the IRC rating system, all boats with a valid rating certificate will be scored on a separate IRC results sheet.

    For more information please visit the BJRC Website 

    or contact BJRC Chairman Andy Ellis



    • 01/08/2020
    • 09:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • 06/08/2020
    • 20:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Sailing Club
    • 150

    Cadet Week 2020



    Useful info about Cadet Week:

    • Cadet Week runs from Sunday 1st Aug (registration: 1pm) to Friday 6th August. 
    • The cost for the week is £TBC a cadet.
    • Children under the age of 12 must have a responsible adult on site at all times. 
    • You can only book a place for your own cadet(s).
    • Registration is open until TBD
    • Cadet Week is a catered event with a picnic lunch Monday to Friday and an evening meal Monday to Thursday included in the cost. We also cater for registered adult helpers (except for the Gala Dinner on Wednesday which is £10 extra per guest).
    • Please note to take part in River-based training or Racing a Cadet must have their own boat or have booked one of the Club Fevas /420s. The club Toppers have been reserved for new members.
    • To make Cadet Week a success we rely on parent volunteers to help out. Experience tells us that keeping parents and their children apart works best - don't be offended if you don't get your chosen duty.
    • We have early tides this year with corresponding early starts.
    •  We have no control of the weather, even in July, so cadets will need appropriate clothing for all conditions.  If you are unsure what you will need, please ask. Cadets that turn up with inadequate clothing may not be allowed to sail.
    • Cadets have the option to go to Madison Heights on TBD evening from 6pm - 8pm for Monkey Puzzle Madness and Roller Skating at an extra £5 per cadet. Note we will not be supplying coaches this year so parents will need to arrange transport to and from Madison Heights. 
    • Very important: Cadets like Cake so please bring some!

    Cadet week is split into training and racing groups so please indicate which group you want to join on the registration form (the Cadet Management Committee reserves the right to determine which group a cadet goes in; cadets who are not capable of keeping up with the rest of the racing fleet and hold up racing will be moved into training groups). Have a look at the Cadet Section of the BSC Club Website for further information on training, adult volunteer duties, types of boat classes etc. 

    We will be running the following training groups, subject to numbers and instructor availability:

    Lake training

    • Sprites: Complete beginners, no experience required. Club training boats will be provided. 
    • Jolly Sailors: Cadets with some experience who have completed a year’s sailing. Although cadets do not need their own boat, it is preferable. 

    • Lilt: Cadets who have completed their RYA Level 1 and are building to join one of the river training groups. Own boats are recommended.

    River training: Cadets in these groups will work towards their RYA Levels 2 and 3 and must have their own boats:

    • Oppie Tango

    • Topper/Tera Tango

    River coached racing: Cadets in these groups will be taking part in racing, but will have a coach assigned to them covering theory and providing advice on the water. Cadets must have their own boat.

    • Optimist MG
    • Topper/Tera MG
    RYA Level 4 and Seamanship Course: This course will take place in the club Quest dinghies with instructors. Cadets wanting to take part in this course must be at least 12 and have completed RYA Level 3. Priority will be given to older cadets in the event this course is oversubscribed. 

    Please pay by bank transfer to the club bank account quoting your billing group reference (on your invoice) AND the word Cadet (eg H092cadet, A002cadet etc).

    Club Bank account details: Sort code 40-31-35 A/c no: 30132926
    Your place can only be confirmed following receipt of payment. 

    Registration for this event closes on TBD.

    • 02/08/2020
    • 11:40 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary


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    • 29/08/2020
    • 12:30 - 19:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Maldon Salver, start time 12:30 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 10:20.

    The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee promotes and coordinates joint club cruiser racing on the Blackwater Estuary.

    Our Main series is the 9 race Cruiser Racing Series for local handicapped and IRC rated boats.

    The BJRC fleet of cruisers comprises of boats ranging from under 20 foot through to 40 footers. Many of the fleet are lifting or shallow keel boats as required of their upriver moorings, but there are also boats with 2 metre plus drafts.

    For those racers that favour seeing their performance scored using the IRC rating system, all boats with a valid rating certificate will be scored on a separate IRC results sheet.

    For more information please visit the BJRC Website 

    or contact BJRC Chairman Andy Ellis



    • 05/09/2020
    • 14:20 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary


    • 12/09/2020
    • 09:30 - 18:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Krohn Cup, start time 09:30 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 07:30.

    The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee promotes and coordinates joint club cruiser racing on the Blackwater Estuary.

    Our Main series is the 9 race Cruiser Racing Series for local handicapped and IRC rated boats.

    The BJRC fleet of cruisers comprises of boats ranging from under 20 foot through to 40 footers. Many of the fleet are lifting or shallow keel boats as required of their upriver moorings, but there are also boats with 2 metre plus drafts.

    For those racers that favour seeing their performance scored using the IRC rating system, all boats with a valid rating certificate will be scored on a separate IRC results sheet.

    For more information please visit the BJRC Website 

    or contact BJRC Chairman Andy Ellis



    • 19/09/2020
    • 09:00 - 17:00 (UTC-00:00)
    • Blackwater Sailing Club
    • 100
    Registration is closed


    Ahead of Bart's Bash on the 19th of September we are running a days race coaching on the river for the Cadets. Race coaching focuses on developing racing skills as opposed to working towards RYA Training Levels. Each group will be lead by an RYA approved race coach.

    The cost of this days training is £10 per cadet, which as last year will be donated to the Andrew Simpson Foundation which aims to facilitate a wider participation in sailing. 

    We have no control on the weather so cadets will need appropriate clothing for the potential conditions, if you are unsure what you will need ask. Cadets that turn up with inadequate clothing may not be allowed to sail.

    Note this is a non catered event, please bring your own packed lunch and lots of cake.

    We will be running the following groups, subject to numbers and coach availability. All groups will be on the river:

    • Start Racing Optimists Suitable for Optimist sailors from Lilt and Oppie Tango group
    • Start Racing Toppers/Teras Suitable for Topper / Tera Sailors from Topper Tango
    • Optimist MG This group will be lead by an RYA coach and will focus on developing racing skills, inclusion in this group is by invitation. Cadets must have their own boat to take part in this group

    • Topper/Tera MG This group will be lead by an RYA coach and will focus on developing racing skills, inclusion in this group is by invitation. Cadets must have their own boat to take part in this group
    • Cadets wanting to sail a Topper must be a minimum age of 11 and at least 35kgs for a Topper with a 4.2 rig.
      • Laser MG This group will be lead by an RYA coach and will focus on developing racing skills, inclusion in this group is by invitation. Cadets must have their own boat to take part in this group
      • Feva MG RYA Coach led race coaching for Feva sailors, the coaches will be covering the same subjects as the Laser coaching described above. This will be taking place on the river and you must have your own boat or have reserved one of the two club Fevas that can be used on the river, in addition to join this group you must have a designated helm and crew ahead of the training weekend. The group will be focusing on developing their racing skills. Sailors wanting to join this group should have as a minimum their RYA Level 3 and have completed at least one season racing in Toppers or Fevas. 

      To make our training weekends  a success we need the parents of cadets to help out over the weekend. We have a range of duties to choose from, all the duties with the exception of the galley require parents/guardians to be willing to get wet to at least the waist (you will need suitable clothing not supplied) and you will be required to help launch/move boats around. Please complete the form with your preferred duty. 

      Please do not book places for cadets other than those you are guardians for. 

      Children under the age of 12 and those attending their first training event at Blackwater must have an adult on site at all times. 


      Please pay by bank transfer to the club bank account quoting your billing group reference (on your invoice) AND the word Cadet (eg H092cadet, A002cadet etc).
      Club Bank account details: Sort code 40-31-35 A/c no: 30132926

      Your place can only be confirmed following receipt of payment. 

      Registration for this event closes on the 7th of September

      • 20/09/2020
      • 14:20 (UTC-00:00)
      • Blackwater Estuary


      • 26/09/2020
      • 10:30 - 16:30 (UTC-00:00)
      • Blackwater Estuary

      This race is for the Weathermark Trophy, start time 10:30 at the Stone line. HW Osea is 08:20.

      The Blackwater Joint Racing Committee promotes and coordinates joint club cruiser racing on the Blackwater Estuary.

      Our Main series is the 9 race Cruiser Racing Series for local handicapped and IRC rated boats.

      The BJRC fleet of cruisers comprises of boats ranging from under 20 foot through to 40 footers. Many of the fleet are lifting or shallow keel boats as required of their upriver moorings, but there are also boats with 2 metre plus drafts.

      For those racers that favour seeing their performance scored using the IRC rating system, all boats with a valid rating certificate will be scored on a separate IRC results sheet.

      For more information please visit the BJRC Website 

      or contact BJRC Chairman Andy Ellis



      • 10/11/2020
      • 19:00 - 21:00 (UTC-00:00)
      • Cadet Room, Blackwater Sailing Club

      The Osea room bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts in the Cadet room at 19:30

      Non members welcome


      • 10/11/2020
      • 19:00 (UTC-00:00)
      • Main club room


    Past events

    28/06/2020 BJRC - Success Cup CANCELLED
    27/06/2020 BJRC - Freeman Cup CANCELLED
    14/06/2020 BJRC - Brown Cup Cancelled
    07/06/2020 BJRC Sprint Race Series Cancelled
    06/06/2020 Second Cadet Training Weekend - Members Only
    31/05/2020 BJRC - Marconi Cup This Event Is Cancelled
    23/05/2020 BJRC Sprint Race Series
    16/05/2020 BJRC - Smith Cup
    10/05/2020 CANCELLED - Open Day
    08/05/2020 CANCELLED Bank Holiday VE Day 75th Anniversary
    02/05/2020 Cancelled: Tortoise & Hare Marathon HQ
    02/05/2020 BJRC - Blackwater Cup
    18/04/2020 Cancelled : UK Laser Association Laser Coaching
    04/04/2020 Cruising Association Meeting CANCELLED
    17/03/2020 MHIC Joint River Safety Meeting - CANCELLED
    14/03/2020 Cruising Association Meeting
    10/03/2020 Tuesday Evening Talk - Shipwrecked on the Indian Ocean
    07/03/2020 UK Laser Association Laser Coaching
    29/02/2020 RYA Dinghy Show 29th Feb & 1st March
    16/02/2020 CRYC Exclusive Lake Use
    11/02/2020 Tuesday Evening Talk - RYA Racing Rules
    08/02/2020 Cruising Association Meeting
    28/01/2020 Tuesday Evening Talk - Friday Sailors Greek Odyssey
    18/01/2020 Cruising Association Meeting
    14/01/2020 BJRC Committee Meeting
    05/01/2020 CRYC Exclusive Lake Use
    29/12/2019 Christmas Cracker Race
    28/12/2019 Row and Gig Race in aid of the RNLI
    14/12/2019 Cruising Association Talk & Supper
    10/12/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - A Cruise to Caen by George Whitchurch
    25/11/2019 Yacht Master Theory - 8 week course
    12/11/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - 'Brunel and his Great Ships' by Richard Pusey
    27/10/2019 RYA Short Range Radio Course
    12/10/2019 Cruising Association Meeting CANCELLED
    30/09/2019 Day Skipper Theory - 8 week course
    29/09/2019 Dyer Cup Races
    28/09/2019 Cruising Association Meeting
    25/09/2019 Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners Annual Public Meeting
    25/09/2019 Day Skipper Theory - 26 week course
    22/09/2019 BJRC - Weathermark Trophy
    21/09/2019 Maldon Town Regatta
    15/09/2019 Barts Bash Races
    14/09/2019 Coronation Cup
    08/09/2019 BJRC - Krohn Cup
    01/09/2019 Blackwater Challenge Cup Races
    28/08/2019 Reid Scott Race Series
    28/08/2019 Optimist Open Meeting
    25/08/2019 BJRC - Success Cup
    24/08/2019 BJRC - Freeman Cup
    17/08/2019 Regatta Day
    11/08/2019 Club Week 2019
    11/08/2019 Club Week Social Events
    10/08/2019 BJRC - Maldon Salver
    03/08/2019 Peter's Pot Pursuit Race
    27/07/2019 BJRC - Paget Cup
    25/07/2019 Beginners Sailing and Social Evening
    21/07/2019 Round the Island Races
    18/07/2019 Beginners Sailing and Social Evening
    11/07/2019 Beginners Sailing and Social Evening
    06/07/2019 BSC Leg of the Beastie Tour
    06/07/2019 Heybridge Basin Regatta
    06/07/2019 Sole lake use - Maldon Blackwater Model Boat Club
    04/07/2019 Beginners Sailing and Social Evening
    29/06/2019 BJRC - Brown Cup
    27/06/2019 Beginners Sailing Evening
    20/06/2019 Beginners Sailing Evening
    15/06/2019 Fireball Open Meeting
    13/06/2019 Beginners Sailing Evening
    09/06/2019 BJRC - Stone Cruiser Cup
    06/06/2019 Beginners Sailing Evening
    27/05/2019 Commodore's Cruise
    26/05/2019 BJRC - Marconi Cup
    18/05/2019 National 18 English Championships and Snipe Open Meeting
    12/05/2019 BJRC - Smith Cup
    05/05/2019 Diamond Jubilee Challenge Trophy Races
    04/05/2019 Open Day 2019
    27/04/2019 BJRC - Blackwater Cup
    22/04/2019 Osea Challenge Cup Races
    19/04/2019 Britannia Trophy Races
    18/04/2019 Cadet/Junior Frostbite Race Series
    13/04/2019 Cruising Association Essex - Supper & Talk - The New East Coast Pilot
    09/04/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - Sailing Around Britain by Colin Stracey
    20/03/2019 RYA OnBoard Programme Area Forum
    12/03/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - “My Square rig Sailing” by Bryan Shedel
    09/03/2019 Cruising Association Essex - Supper & Talk - Stress Free Sailing
    02/03/2019 RYA Dinghy Show
    26/02/2019 RYA Funding Workshop
    17/02/2019 Sole lake use - Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club
    12/02/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - Championship Racing and Preparation
    09/02/2019 Cruising Association Essex - Supper & Talk - TS Royalist and the Sea Cadets
    07/02/2019 Pathway to Podium
    12/01/2019 Cruising Association Essex - Supper & Talk - Carry on Cruising
    08/01/2019 Tuesday Evening Talk - Launching, Hauling and Lifting - CANCELLED
    06/01/2019 Sole lake use - Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club
    05/01/2019 Row and Gig Race in aid of the RNLI
    11/12/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - Sailing to the Canary Islands
    08/12/2018 Cruising Association Essex - Supper & Talk - Sailing Around Britain
    13/11/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - East Coast Magic
    07/10/2018 Macmillan Fund Raiser
    23/09/2018 Barts Bash Races
    22/09/2018 Cruising Weekend
    08/09/2018 Optimist Open Meeting
    22/08/2018 Cadet Reid Scott Series
    12/08/2018 Club Week
    11/08/2018 Regatta
    07/07/2018 Sole Use of the Lake by MBMBC
    30/06/2018 Snipe & National 18 Open Meeting
    17/06/2018 Round the Islands Race
    08/05/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - Black Waters
    05/05/2018 Open Day
    28/04/2018 Fireball Open Meeting
    14/04/2018 Blaze Open Meeting
    10/04/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - Seven Years Under the Funnel
    24/03/2018 Plastic and Litter Pick Up
    13/03/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - A Question of Adventure
    13/02/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - Favourite Anchorages
    09/01/2018 Tuesday Evening Talk - Wayfarer Cruising
    17/09/2017 Bart's Bash

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