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  • 18/11/2018 22:32 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

  • 31/10/2018 09:52 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    We are proud to support the Royal British Legion 2018 poppy appeal to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World war.

    Local RBL supporter Shaun Morgan has stationed 'George' the WW1 Silhouette Sailor at the entrance to the club and Heybridge Basin to help raise awareness for the RBL centenary poppy appeal. Shaun served as Lance Cpl 103/104Bn REME until he was medically discharged from the British Army with spine injuries. It is particularly fitting that his son who is in the Royal Signals, put our RBL statue in place.

    The club was well established with a membership of over 100 when war broke out in 1914. At this time, many members volunteered for active service and some were never to return. During this period of Remembrance, please remember all those who served, sacrificed and changed our world. In particular, please join us in saying ‘Thank you’ to all those from Maldon, Heybridge and the sailing community on the river Blackwater who gave so much.

    We hope you will give your generous support to the 2018 Poppy Appeal.

    Photo of George © Shaun Morgan

  • 19/10/2018 10:28 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    On Thursday 18th October 53 members sat down to enjoy a delicious lunch in celebration of Horatio Lord Nelson’s famous victory at Cape Trafalgar in 1805. Don Baines introduced the proceedings and following the Trafalgar Grace by the Rear Commodore, diners enjoyed a broadside of beef with mushrooms in red wine, Emma’s Yorkshire puddings, creamy mash, cheesy leaks, carrots and peas. This was followed by Trafalgar jam roly poly pudding with custard.

    The Commodore then gave an entertaining talk about the colourful life of Emma, Lady Hamilton before she met Horatio in Naples in 1793 and the powerful bond that developed between the two after they first met. Former Commodore, Anthony Sinclair, proposed the toast to the Immortal memory of Horatio Lord Nelson, and to all those who fell with him and guests then “Spliced the Mainbrace!” with Lady Hamilton’s nip – a tot of spiced rum. Tea, coffee and slow matches followed to round off what was a most enjoyable occasion. Many thanks to Marilyn Sinclair and her team for continuing to provide these popular lunches at the club. 

    Photos by Nigel Butler  

  • 09/10/2018 10:29 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    On Sunday 7th October a cool force 3-4 NNW wind and autumn sunshine greeted the 39 dinghies and cruisers competing in our last all in race of the season, the Dyer Cup. Race Officer George set a long line extending south from Osea Road and achieved a remarkably orderly start for the down wind broad reach port tack start. The committee boat end was very busy, but others opted for a clear wind start towards Osea. Spinnakers quickly appeared allowing the faster boats to pull clear of the closely bunched slower boats. A gybe around Doctor and then a close fetch to South Doubles and hard on the wind to Hilly Pool. Bear away for a run down to Nipper and a final gybe for the beat back to the club line. The first boat home was the Spitfire in 39 minutes but a brilliantly sailed race by Marnie and Ellie in their Feva gave them an impressive victory over some of the club’s finest helms. Second, and winning the Fendick Cup was Terry Crook in a blaze.        

    This was a very closely contested race with only 4 minutes on corrected time between the first 21 boats. This wasn’t a day for the cruisers though, first home was Joe Leary and Breezy in 30th place overall but winning the Copsey Cup for first cruiser.

    A short Dyer cup course was set for younger cadets in toppers and optimists.

    It was particularly fitting that the prizes were presented by 90 year old Peter Wilson, our oldest honorary cadet member who had made a special trip to the club for this event.

    Marnie Aers and Ellie Shelter presented with the Dyer Cup by Peter

    Marnie and Ellie Dyer Cup


    Dyer Cup:

    1st Marnie Aers and Ellie Shelter – RS Feva

    2nd Terry Crook – Blaze (Fendick Cup)

    3rd Phil Newman and Lester Apthorp – K6

    Short Dyer Cup:

    1st Jessica Taylor – Topper

    2nd Stanley Johnson – Optimist

    3rd Jess Welch – Optimist

    For the full results click Dyer Cup Results

    Photos © Zoe Nelson and Kate Stewart

  • 09/10/2018 10:09 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    The club held another very successful and well supported fund raiser in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday 7th October. Early arrivals were able to fill up on bacon rolls before taking part in the Dyer Cup race, our last all in event of the season. Home Produce StallSpectators were able to get first pick on the variety of stalls. These included a craft stall, home made and home grown produce, toys and books. Visitors and returning racers were able to enjoy a selection of delicious home-made soups, bread and cakes and then buy their Christmas cards from the RNLI stand and spend their money at all the other excellent stands.

    Craft StallMany thanks to all the members who donated items for sale and who came and spent generously. A special thank you to Marilyn Sinclair and her band of volunteers who organised and ran this event. A splendid £1208 was raised making a cumulative total of £8662 raised for this most deserving charity over the past 8 years at Blackwater Sailing Club.

    For more information about Macmillan click here

    Photos © Kate Stewart

    Toys and books stall

  • 01/10/2018 17:31 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    Over the weekend 29-30 September a hardy bunch of BSC Cadets took part in the British Youth Sailing Regional Championship at Grafham Water. This was a six race open event over two days, with classes for Optimists, Toppers, Teras, Fevas, Cadets and Laser 4.7s and regatta fleets for the Optimist, Tera and Topper.  Conditions were good over the weekend with a shifty F2-3 breeze on the first day which made some of the races a bit of a lottery, on the Sunday the conditions were better with a steady F3-4 for the racing.

    BSC had a total of 12 sailors at the event, the biggest fleet was in the Optimist Championship Class where Nick Evans had a superb event winning the class with two Bullets, two seconds, a third and a fourth place. Further down the fleet Hugh Andrews had a successful campaign finishing 10th overall and registering a bullet. Jess Haigh, Lucy Shelter, Dominic Carver and Osea Evans all had very good results and hopefully have all done enough to qualify for the RYA East Zone Squad.

    In the Topper Championship fleet club stalwarts Lloyd and Jessica Taylor showed a strong performance, Lloyd finishing eighth overall with one second place.

    Ben Haigh competing in his first Laser open event performed very well in what effectively was a national event finishing 63rd out of 67 racers.

    In the Optimist Regatta fleet Charlie Bourne had an exceptional weekend winning the event with two Bullets along the way. Hector Trickey in the RS Tera Regatta fleet had a good weekend finishing second overall.

    The RYA Onboard Fun Fleet was a welcome addition this year and gave cadets who are not quite ready for racing the chance to improve their sailing skills, Katherine Carver had fun in this fleet and would recommend it for next year.

    Overall, this is a really good event and is the perfect opportunity for BSC sailors to start their sailing adventures outside the club. We hope to see more cadets there next year.

    Photographs © Rob Haigh, Simon Bourne, David Evans

    Team BSCBSC OptimistsThe Fleet Prepares

    Hugh Andrews

  • 24/09/2018 20:26 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    For the attention of all cruiser owners with moorings.

    The following days have been arranged for you to come and recover your mooring buoy and swivel for the winter.

    Saturday 6th October 0830 (HW 1100)

    Sunday 28th October 1200 (HW1440)

    Thursday 8th November 1000 (HW 1250)

    Friday 9th November 1030 (HW 1330)

    I intend to have this as a team effort. Fitter members can come out on the workboat to collect buoys and take them to the slipway, where others can then take them to the wash down to be power washed. If anyone isn't occupied it's tea and coffee duties!

    You will have to provide a winter marker buoy with your mooring number clearly marked, and 7 metres of suitable rope/light chain. If you can’t find your marker buoy, there are a lot in the container.

    This line must be thick enough and strong enough to lift your riser chain to the surface in the spring when it is all green and slimey!

    Please wear old clothing suitable for the weather, and a buoyancy aid or lifejacket if coming afloat.

    Please remember that if your buoy is left out over the winter, your mooring tackle is likely to have half the normal working life.

    No need to advise attendance, just turn up at a session start time.

    John Clark        Moorings Officer                   Ian Papworth-Moorings Officer 2019

  • 21/09/2018 14:30 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    Following discussions between the Blackwater clubs, the organisers have decided to cancel the races scheduled for Sunday 23rd September. The forecast is still uncertain, but it seems a deepening low pressure is going to track right over us. While the winds may be deceptively light in the morning, they are likely to build rapidly from lunchtime with heavy rain and strong gusts. It was not felt to be sensible to have a large fleet of boats scattered around the Blackwater when this happens. Sorry for any disappointment, lets hope we can try again next year. 

  • 06/09/2018 10:35 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    Nominations for Hon. Membership of the club are now open and should be forwarded to the Hon. Secretary to  be received by Friday 31st September. Any distinguished person can be nominated and full details are available in the Club Rules under section A1(b). The nomination should include a citation and full details are explained   HERE

  • 23/08/2018 10:04 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    Over the Bank Holiday weekend we are launching our new club website so things will look a little different if you have been visiting us before. There may be a brief period when the website is unavailable but once the move has taken place normal service will resume!

    Nigel Willsher

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