Conditions were perfect for the race up to Wivenhoe Regatta on Saturday 16th July. Although four boats went up to Wivenhoe in fact only 3 of them truly raced. Off the line Phil Rust’s Dulcet, Mark White’s White Spirit and Bob Richardson helming Ruff took full advantage of the decent breeze to chase round the course which took them back and forth between Alresford Creek and No 8 before finally heading for the finish at Wivenhoe.
Whilst those three were showing us how it should be done, Storm Petrel was trying and failing to make the start with a series of mini disasters, ranging from a misled twin pole system to the mainsail being put on back to front. Thinking they had until 12.30 to make the start when it was in fact 12.15 didn’t help either. When they finally got afloat and headed down the creek it was to see the other three streaming away from the start.
But whether you can race it or not, any sail up to Wivenhoe in your BOD is a wonderful experience so Storm Petrel cruised up and down off the Pyefleet and waited for the fleet to come past so that they could join in the fun.
And what a cracking sail it was. Phil, crewed by Piers Lambert & Tim Hearn got an early jump on the fleet with Mark White, Matt Wilby and Dick Stephens in second and Bob Richardson and Jim Bray chasing hard. Whilst the three racing boats gave it their all Alan Hicks, Jayne Bond and Fi Brown enjoyed a cruise in company alongside them, cracking open the Prosecco and enjoying the spectacle. As usual, the final approach to Wivenhoe brought tricky light and very shifty conditions to the fleet compressed making for a close finish.
As always the welcome at Wivenhoe was a warm one and the free burgers and beer went down very well. Team Readings had very kindly accompanied the fleet up river and did race officer duty for the downriver start. Phil had handed Dulcet’s helm to Piers who was a bit over eager at the start, which allowed Mark White and Ruff to streak away as Dulcet battled back up tide. Alan and the girls in Storm Petrel where meanwhile dealing with another minor bit of gear failure so were late for their second start of the day and had to chase the fleet all the way home. Dulcet did a great job of making up time and as they turned into the creek was right on White Spirit’s tail. Mark and the boys had misunderstood the finish location and thought they had finished at Bateman’s Tower, only to realise as they watched Dulcet’s kite go up that the race was very much still on. A quick gear change back into racing mode and the two boats roared up the creek with White Spirit just pipping Dulcet on the line. Storm Petrel made it into third, closely followed by Ruff.
Our thanks to our wonderful hosts at Wivenhoe and to Nick and his family for looking after us. The prize giving for the downriver race will take place at the BOD Summer Garden Party at Sue and Adrian’s House following Rowhedge Regatta in two weeks time.
Geoff Gritton has been doing us proud winning the May Mugs Medium Handicap. Mark White has just won the Round The Islands Race (a wonderful tribute to his dad who died 8 years ago to the day) and Graham and Claire are up and running. But the rest of us need to get our act together and get on the water as our favourite events are looming up fast.
We have Brightlingsea Regatta next weekend (our race is on Sunday 3rd at 14.00 from BSC), Wivenhoe Regatta on 16th June, Rowhedge Regatta on 30th June, which will be followed by our annual summer garden party being hosted this year by Sue & Adrian Bouckley (we are running a bus and details of how to book for this will follow shortly) and the BOD Regatta on 7th July. Plus we have our usual Thursday and Sunday races with both BSC and CYC and of course Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week is from 28 July to 3 August
Jumbo Too is due to go afloat this week. Alan is ready to go and will be out shortly. I will be racing in Wivenhoe, Rowhedge and the BOD Regattas as well as Pyefleet Week. Team Wilby/Holding is putting the finishing touches to the Mike. So come on everyone, lets get out there and start enjoying this fabulous weather.
We are delighted to announce that the late Mike Hempstead’s boat C18 Gelasma has now been purchased by Adrian Gibbons and Mike Hare. Adrian previously owned C31 Blue Peter and Mike has been sailing BODs most of his life, most recently borrowing one of Nick’s boats for Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017. It is wonderful to have Gelasma back on the water and to have Adrian and Mike back in the fleet. Adrian and his wife Judith will be joining us for tonight’s BOD Dinner so we look forward to formally welcoming them then.
The sailing season is on the horizon and after a frankly tough old 2017 its time to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start planning for the 2018 BOD Season. The BOD Dinner this year takes place on Saturday 28 April at CYC – 7pm for 7.30pm dinner.
CYC have come up with a terrific menu for us at a very reasonable £25 per head, so let’s get the season off to a great start by coming together on mass for this always wonderful event. To reserve your tickets you need to
- Go to https://goo.gl/forms/G3G02YqAmhlleEAc2 and fill in your booking form giving us your details, confirming what you and your guests want to eat and who you want to sit near if possible.
- Pay CYC directly the £25 per person – either at the bar or by calling Emma in the Office on 01206 302594
Please note we will be seated at the long tables this year and that CYC can cater for an absolute maximum of 80 guests so it will be important to book early to avoid disappointment.
The Menu options for this year are as follows (if you have a special requirement please just call Emma at CYC on 01206 302594):
Tomato and basil soup with freshly baked bread
Baked camembert and crudites with salad
Roast beef with Yorkshire puddings
Salmon fillet with pesto, basil and lime crust
Chicken fillet in a white wine and mushroom sauce
Spinach and goat’s cheese parcel
(All served with seasonal veg and new or roast potatoes)
Sticky toffee pudding with custard
Baileys and chocolate cheesecake
Cheddar and Stilton cheeseboard
Tea and coffee to finish.
At the BODOA AGM on Sunday we elected our new Chairman Mark White, who takes over from outgoing Chairman Alan Hicks. Phil Rust continues as Vice Chairman and also takes over the role of Treasurer from Dick Stephens who has retired after five years sterling work on behalf of the class.
In his opening address as Chairman, Mark paid tribute to both Alan and Dick for all their tremendous efforts on behalf of the class. He also looked forward to an exciting 2018 season as several of our teams who were missing in 2017 are expected to be back on the water with us this year!
Steve Heppell assures us that after a season out, Aina will once again be making her traditional timed run for Pyefleet Week. Having welcomed the newest member of the BOD Family Master Finn Payne, proud parents John and Lucy Payne will be back racing Grayling. Ellie and Anthony Kingston hope to join us for Pyefleet Week and possibly also some other events sailing one of Nick’s boats. And the legend that is Mr Malcolm Goodwin will be back in the father and son battle of all time as he goes head to head with son Clive at Learning & Skills Solution Pyefleet Week 2018 (the big question is who will sail Cormorant and who will sail Jean?).
If you wish to contact Mark or any of the class officers click here for their details.
Thanks to everyone who attended Sunday’s BODOA AGM at CYC. It was great to see so many people there and we’re looking forward to a great season ahead. Although we didn’t have any new rule changes to consider for this year we do have a new set of BOD Class Rules coming into force this year as the decision made at last year’s AGM to ban inflatable buoyancy bags now comes into force.
As those at the meeting will already know, Measurer David Chivers will be doing checks on buoyancy this year to ensure we are complying and he will also be doing random checks on general safety gear too. Take a look at Section C in the rules to be sure you have all the mandatory equipment on board. These include but are not limited to:
- A hand bailer or bucket
- An anchor of minimum 5kg (which may include not more than 2kg of chain) with not less than 20m of line
- Oars or paddles capable of propelling the boat (note the plural here)
- A (functional) VHF Radio
Click here to view/download your 2018 Class Rules.
Please put the following dates in your diary:
BOD AGM Sunday 25 February at 10am at CYC
BOD Annual Dinner Saturday 28 April from 7pm at CYC
Further details to follow shortly!