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    • 20/03/2019
    • 19:30
    • BSC Upper deck main clubroom

    Area Forum for the RYA OnBorad Programme

    Bar open at 7 pm. Presentation at 7.30 pm by the RYA

    RYA East is holding four OnBoard Area Forums on week day evenings at various clubs across the region. We have a wide range of content at these forums and would love to have you attend as the OnBoard contact along with any key colleagues such as your Chief Instructor/OB Lead instructor or a flag officer. These events are designed to help us provide you with all the latest updates, news and support available through OnBoard in the East as well as providing you with opportunity to share ideas. During the evening, discussions will include:

    • A national update from HQ’s OnBoard Operations Officer Hannah Cockle, what’s new and exciting for 2019 and what’s planned for the future.
    • A look at OnBoard resources and support and how you can benefit from them to develop OnBoard activity at your club
    • Details of the brand new OnBoard Instructor Support Package and how you can access low cost regional training and mentoring at your club. 
    • ‘Plan B’ ideas for fun and engaging shore sessions you can use when getting on the water isn’t possible.

    Non members also 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.


    • 18/04/2019
    • 20/04/2019
    • Blackwater Sailing Club


    • 19/04/2019
    • 11:45
    • 20/04/2019
    • 16:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Come along and make the most of the first two days of the Easter break and take part in this four race series for Blackwater Sailing Club dinghies. There will be a long and a short course series and the short course will include the Cadet Frostbite series. There will be four races with three to count. 

    The first start on Friday 19th is 11:45, the first start on Saturday 20th is 12:30.

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 22/04/2019
    • 13:45 - 16:30
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    What better way to work off all those Easter eggs than coming along to take part in this Open handicap dinghy race for the Osea Challenge Cup and the Junior Osea Challenge Cup. This race is open to dinghy sailors from clubs on the Blackwater. There will be one race with separate long and short courses set and competitors can race with either fleet. Cadets are welcome to enter.

    The long course start is 13:45 with the short course to follow

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 27/04/2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Blackwater Cup, start time 08:30 at the Osea Pier start line. HW Osea is 06:20. The first BSC cruiser not winning the Blackwater Cup is awarded the Norman Eve Cruiser Cup.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 04/05/2019
    • 10:30 - 15:30
    • Blackwater Sailing Club


    We are holding our annual Open Day on Saturday 04 May from 10:30am  to 3:30pm 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. 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.  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 Alan Hoy


    • 05/05/2019
    • 12:15
    • 06/05/2019
    • 16:30
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Come along and make the most of the last two days of the early May bank holiday and take part in this four race series which is for Blackwater Sailing Club dinghies. There will be separate long and short course races and competitors can race with either fleet. There will be four races with three to count. Cadets are welcome to enter. 

    The first start on Sunday 5th is 12:15, the first start on Monday 6th is 12:45

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 12/05/2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Smith Cup, start time 08:30 at the Osea Pier start line. HW Osea is 06:30.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 18/05/2019
    • 09:00
    • 19/05/2019
    • 17:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club


    • 26/05/2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Marconi Cup, start time 08:30 at the Marconi start line. HW Osea is 06:21.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 27/05/2019
    • 08:00 - 20:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    What better way could there be to spend a bank holiday Monday than to catch the morning tide and cruise in convoy with our Commodore to his chosen exotic location on one of the many idyllic, sun drenched beaches that line the Blackwater Estuary.

    Stock up on sun cream and watch this space for more details

    • 09/06/2019
    • 08:00 - 16:00
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Stone Cruiser Cup, start time 08:00 at the Stone start line. HW Osea is 05:30.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 15/06/2019
    • 09:00
    • 16/06/2019
    • 17:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Please contact the Fireball Fleet Captain Charlie Stewart for more information

    • 29/06/2019
    • 12:30 - 20:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Brown Cup, start time 12:30 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 10:40.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 06/07/2019
    • 09:00 - 19:00
    • Lake

    The Committee has granted the Maldon & Blackwater Model Boat Club sole use of the lake on Saturday 6th July 2019 for their annual regatta. Please would members refrain from using the lake on this date. 

    Many thanks

    Alan Hoy, Rear Commodore

    • 06/07/2019
    • 10:00
    • 07/07/2019
    • 18:00
    • Heybridge Basin


    • 06/07/2019
    • 12:00 - 22:00

    Our club is hosting the final leg of the Beastie Tour which is for 13 - 16 year olds to compete against other sailors from the East Coast in Toppers, Teras, Lasers, Fevas and 420s.  More details about the Beastie tour can be found here

    Or contact the Cadet skipper Rob Haigh





    • 21/07/2019
    • 14:30 - 18:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Don't miss one of our top 'all-in' general handicap dinghy races of the year and support the RNLI in the process. There is a 'voluntary' entry fee of what you can afford and this all goes to the RNLI.

    The long race goes around Osea Island and Northey Island and there will be a short race around Northey Island. The winner of the long race is awarded the Jubilee Goblet with the runner up awarded the Vincett Wings. The round Northey Spoon is awarded for the helm of the first dinghy with a PN over 1250 in the round Northey race. Competitors can race with either fleet. Cadets are welcome to enter. 

    For the long race, the medium handicap fleet will start at 14:30 with the faster boats starting 20 minutes later at 14:50. The round Northey race will start at 14:53.

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 27/07/2019
    • 10:30 - 18:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Paget Cup, start time 10:30 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 08:30.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 29/07/2019
    • 02/08/2019


    • 03/08/2019
    • 13:30 - 16:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Don't miss our annual Pursuit race which is for all Blackwater Sailing Club dinghies and cruisers. Cruisers receive a 15% allowance on their handicaps. 

    The slowest boats start at 13:30 with others starting at the TBC times according to their handicap. Cadets are welcome to enter.

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 10/08/2019
    • 11:00 - 19:00
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Maldon Salver, start time 11:00 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 08:50.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 11/08/2019
    • 16/08/2019


    • 17/08/2019


    • 24/08/2019
    • 09:00 - 18:00
    • Blackwater Estuary and coastal waters to Harwich

    This race is for the Freeman Cup, start time 09:00 at the Osea pier line. HW Osea is 06:30. This is the first leg of the passage race to Harwich.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 25/08/2019
    • 09:00 - 18:00
    • Blackwater Estuary and coastal waters from Harwich

    This race is for the Success Cup, start time TBC at Harwich. This is the return leg of the passage race home from Harwich.

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 28/08/2019
    • 09:00 - 17:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Our annual Optimist Open Meeting. 

    Contact the class captain David Evans for more details: David Evans


    • 01/09/2019
    • 13:15 - 16:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    Come along to take part in this general handicap dinghy race for the Blackwater Challenge Cup and the Short Course Blackwater Challenge Cup. This race is open to sailors from clubs on the Blackwater. There will be one race with separate long and short courses set and competitors can race with either fleet. Cadets are welcome. 

    The long course start is 13:15 with the short course to follow

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 08/09/2019
    • 10:00 - 18:00
    • Blackwater Estuary

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

    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 Steve Sharpe



    • 14/09/2019
    • 12:00
    • Maldon Yacht Club

    Maldon Yacht Club extends a warm invitation to any Blackwater Sailing Club dinghies to enter their annual race for the Coronation Cup

    Please Visit Maldon Yacht Club Website for more information

    • 15/09/2019
    • 13:15 - 16:00
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    The joint Blackwater clubs combine for this annual world wide event in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson. 

    There will be a long race around Osea Island for dinghies and a short course race in the vicinity of Osea Road. There may be a cruiser race, subject to demand. Cadets are welcome to enter. 

    Registration should be available nearer the time on the Bart's Bash BJRC signup page. Entry is free but participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Andrew Simpson Foundation to help them to deliver on their mission of increasing participation in sailing and improving the lives of young people through the delivery of 5 key charitable activities.

    • 21/09/2019
    • 09:00 - 18:00
    • Maldon

    Maldon Regatta Committee extend a warm invitation to any Blackwater Sailing Club dinghy or cruiser sailors to enter their annual regatta.

    For more information please visit Maldon Regatta Website

    • 22/09/2019
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • Blackwater Estuary

    This race is for the Weathermark Trophy, start time 08:30 at the Stone 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 Steve Sharpe



    • 29/09/2019
    • 12:15 - 15:15
    • Blackwater Sailing Club

    With the end of the 2019 sailing season approaching, come along to take part in this popular annual general handicap race which is open to cruisers and dinghies helmed by sailors from clubs on the Blackwater. The winner is awarded the Dyer Cup, the first BSC helm not winning the Dyer Cup is awarded the Fendick Cup and the first cruiser helm not winning the Dyer Cup is awarded the Copsey Cup. Cadets are welcome to enter and of course won in 2018! 

    Subject to demand, there may be a separate short course Dyer Cup option.

    The race start is 12:15 and is usually a committee boat start in the vicinity of Osea Road. 

    For more information, please contact our Sailing Secretary Andrew Field or our Cadet Skipper Rob Haigh

    • 28/12/2019
    • 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 28th December 2019 in aid of the RNLI.

    Further details to follow


Past events

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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