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.
Come along and hear our very own multiple championship winner Dave Hall talk about Championship preparation, big fleet racing and Sailing as a lifetime sport.
Dave will share his advice on getting ready for the big event and then once there, how to cope with it. Sailing is for life, not just for squads and youth racing.
The bar opens at 19:00 and the talk starts at 19:30
Non members welcome
The Committee has granted Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club sole use of the lake on Sunday 17th February 2019 for an Open Event. Please would members refrain from using the lake on this date.
Alan Hoy, Rear Commodore
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:
This talk will be especially useful for those new to cruising but we hope everyone will learn a thing or two.
Bryan has been sailing square rig every year for over 30 years covering over 43,000 sea miles with over 600 days at sea. These voyages were on ten square riggers including, one of the smallest, the Sea Cadets brig Royalist, to one of the largest, the Norwegian sailing training barque Statsraad Lehmkuhl , but mostly on the Jubilee Sailing Trust's barque Lord Nelson. He will endeavour to provide a flavour of life at sea on these vessels which is of course very different from what we might experience on the Blackwater.
STS Lord Nelson - photos (c) Nigel Butler
Free workshop run by the RYA for local clubs to attend and learn more about funding opportunities.
Non-members are welcome.
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.
We are holding our annual Open Day on Saturday 04 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. 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:
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.
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
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