On Saturday 10 July the Brightlingsea One Designs have been invited to take part in a Historic Boats Parade as part of the Brightlingsea Regatta celebrations. Vessels are to assemble off Morgan Marine from 1pm and the Parade, which will pass through the harbour and out to Bateman’s Tower so that everyone can see the boats from the harbour and the Prom, will begin at 1.30pm.
If you plan to participate please can you let Oonie Werngren at CYC (email firstname.lastname@example.org) have details of your boat including when she was built, by whom, a little history of the boat and who is going to crew her. This will allow for a commentary to be provided as vessels sail past.
Apparently there is a very nice bottle of Pusser’s Rum and a historic Pusser’s Decanter up as the prize for the best boat so it worth taking part both to promote the class and hopefully win yourself some fine rum!
After a whole season with no formal BOD racing at long last the end of COVID-19 restrictions is on the horizon, Pyefleet Week 2021 will be going ahead in the traditional format and the BODs will be there in force!
Already a number of boats are on the water and a quick check round has revealed that we will definitely have a fleet in double figures with 12 boats already confirmed, so if you’ve been dithering about getting the boat out now is the time to commit, give the crew a call, dig the boat our from storage and get out there an join us.
So far our entry list already for Pyefleet Week looks as follows:
Dulcet White Spirit Storm Petrel Grethe Never Say Never Gelasma Wind Sprite Sarah Louise Blue Peter March Hare Egret Bidi Jumbo Too
We are also hoping to see several others as well.
Some of these boats are already on the water and as we move into July we hope to see people racing in the club races. Please can anyone who plans to race this weekend’s Robbie Stone Chalice at 11.00 on Sunday 4 July from Batemans/CYC line urgently contact Fi on email@example.com so that she can confirm to CYC that there will be takers.
Coming up after that we have the Regatta Hickley Tiller race which will be run in conjunction with BSC’s Jodi Jug Trophy Race on Sunday 11 July at 14.00 so two trophies up for grabs.
On Sunday 18 July its the Commodore’s Cup at 14.00 from Batemans/CYC and on July 25 we have the ever popular BSC Round The Island’s Race which is typically a great race for the BODs. The start time is to be confirmed but it likely to be circa 13.30 from the BSC line.
On Sunday 1 August, the weekend immediately prior to Pyefleet Week, we are invited to join the BSC two race committee start boat mini series. This is all in handicap racing but we will extract BOD results and with typically two short windward leeward style courses on offer its a great way to make sure your boat handling, boat speed and starting are up to pace before the big event. The first start is at 14.00 from the BSC Committee Boat.
And then we come to Pyefleet Week which runs from 7 to 13 August. On Saturday 7 there’s the Carole Cruickshank Pursuit Race warm up and Pyefleet Week is from 8 to 13 August. We sail Sunday am, Monday pm, Tuesday am, Thursday pm and Friday am starting at 10.30 and 14.30 accordingly. And of course on Wednesday there’s the infamous Big Wednesday Handicap in the afternoon. Shoreside plans are underway for a full Pyefleet Week social programme and all the details including online entry are at www.pyefleetweek.com (you don’t pay until you register on site at the start of the week but please get your entries in early to help with planning and save you time on the day).
If you know someone who wants to join us but doesn’t yet have a BOD don’t forget that we have boats for sale at a range of prices on the class website, from the stunning GRP Eider at just under £20k to both Nan and Endeavour which are great ready to sail older boats at very low prices (all are open to sensible offers too). Click here for the full list of boats for sale.
It is with great sadness that we must share the news of the passing of BOD sailor and builder John Mullins. David Chivers has kindly provided the following message.
Sadly, John passed away on December 18th 2020 at Stronvar Rest Home, after battling Dementia since 2007.
John was born and grew up in Brightlingsea and boats and the sea were in his blood. His apprenticeship at Aldous’s and work with Cyril White cemented his skills as a shipwright. He was a keen racing sailor in classes such as the BOD and Flying Dutchman.
John’s experience in boatbuilding was extensive, and he worked for several companies. He was involved in Jaguar Yachts – designing their 21 – and the Robber ¼ Tonner. He worked on Aluminium yachts at Woodbridge and for many years worked for Petticrows overseeing the development of the Dragon and doing much of the work for the wooden deck versions. John was one of the finest shipwrights and his standards were second to none. His designs and drawings are works of art, and I know many who were envious of his beautiful lettering on drawings. John lived in Burnham on Crouch for many years.
The BOD always held a place in John’s heart. From building C31 Blue Peter in 1962 through to his legacy in providing the moulds for the GRP boat which has seen 7 new boats added to the fleet. Sadly, he was unable to finish the first GRP hull – C50 – which was to have been his boat, but she is of course now sailing under Sue Boukley’s care.
I feel very privileged to have known and worked with John and to have sailed with him. Whether in my BOD for the 65th Anniversary or to racing Burnham weeks with him in “Monarch” his beautiful varnished “Mini Tonner” type he designed and built for himself. I always learnt something from being with him.
It is with great regret that we must announce that the BOD Fitting Out Dinner planned for Saturday 2 May at BSC has been Postponed Indefinitely. All government advice indicates that May is likely to be when the crisis is approaching its height and this move is only prudent for all concerned.
We will of course reschedule the event as soon as we are able to and will keep you posted of news as soon as we have any.
We are delighted to confirm that the 2020 season will get off to a flying start with the BOD Fitting Out Dinner, which will take place on Saturday 2 May from 7pm at Brightlingsea Sailing Club.
Our organising team have a fantastic evening planned featuring a delicious three course meal by Lexden Crown Event Catering (who have created such delicious food for the recent BSC Laying Up Suppers) and an after dinner speech by BOD legend and raconteur extraordinaire Keith Clubb. Our event decor fairies will also be on hand to ensure the venue looks fab too!
2020 is shaping up to be a brilliant season for the fleet with Matt Crittenden joining us to race for the first time with March Hare and a brand new team racing Never Say Never (you will get to meet them at the dinner!). We will also see several other boats back racing regularly this season after short breaks including Fi Brown’s Grethe. Although probably not out for this season, Pete Kyne is hard at work restoring Black Shadow with Malcolm’s help and he definitely will be with us for 2021.
So please, all BOD sailors and friends, join us at BSC on Saturday 2nd May to celebrate the start of a great new season and welcome our new members. The dress code is jacket and tie for the gentlemen and dinner dresses/evening trousers and pretty tops for the ladies. Tickets cost £27.50 each and can be booked online here. Payment details are on the booking form and all tickets must be paid for in advance. Bookings will close on Sunday 26 April but with only a limited number of spaces you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
The menu options for the dinner are:
Chicken liver parfait
Tomato and mozzarella salad
Mains Chicken pie with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Normandy pork in an apple and cider jus with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Oven baked peppers stuffed with risotto on a tomato sauce
Puddings Lemon tart with cream
Chocolate and orange tore
Cheese board (£3 supplement)
With the wind already at a steady 20 knots and forecast to increase by start time Colin Willett has made the sadly inevitable decision to cancel the Final Fling Race. Lunch and the presentation of the Geedon Construction Services/HD Sails spinnaker is still very much on though. CYC bar is open from noon and we’ll be going through for lunch by 1.30pm so we’ll see you all there.
The Final Fling Race and end of season lunch are coming up this weekend, Sunday 29 September, so if you haven’t already booked in for lunch you need to do so urgently by calling Marianne on 01203 302594 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have around 40 people already booked in so far so it’s going to be a lovely gathering.
For Sunday’s Final Fling Race we have some special sailing instructions as the race will start at Bateman’s Tower and finish in the creek on the CYC club line. Here are the notes from Colin Willett who will be our OOD for the day.
Final Fling Race Special Instructions 2019
Start Batemans Tower 10.30 a.m. using transits on the Tower and the East Mersea shore, the outer limit mark is the yellow cone buoy positioned on the line.
It is planned to finish the race on the CYC club house line which is a transit between the club flag pole and transit mark on the sea wall in front of the club which has a red triangle on top.
Boats must leave Minters Point Buoy to starboard as they approach the line. (this is the green navigation buoy at the seaward end of the Cindery Island spit)
The course will be displayed on the railings at Bateman’s Tower and this will be duplicated on Nick Redding’s RIB. It will also be transmitted on radio 37/M1 if required.
The forecast is currently a bit lively for Sunday so a final decision on racing will have to be taken on the day, but the lunch and draw for the Geedon Construction Services/HD Sails Spinnaker will go ahead regardless. Don’t forget that you have to be present at the lunch to qualify for the draw so even if we don’t race you still want to be at the lunch. We will gather for drinks in the bar from 1pm and go through to lunch around 1.30pm.
The BODOA are delighted to offer for sale C43 Endeavour and C24 Nan. Both boats are in ready to sail condition but would benefit from refit work as they have been little used for many years. Having competed in recent Pyefleet Weeks both boats have proved themselves to be good competitors and are being offered at favourable prices to encourage a rapid sail. We are keen to keep both boats racing with the fleet in Brightlingsea and preferential terms are available to anyone who will commit to keeping the boats here. The details for the boats are:
C43 Endeavour (Formerly White Rabbit – with sail number 11 above) – Built 1957 by GR Bligh of West Mersea. Standard wooden clinker construction known to have been stripped and re-fixed with epoxy and redecked circa 2010. New shape aluminium Z-spar mast, galvanised launching trolley, full set of sails £3,500.
C24 Nan – Built 1950 by James & Stone at Brightlingsea. Standard wooden clinker construction, professionally restored with raised floors and floor boards in 2005 / 06, new deck, mahogany bright work and epoxy throughout. Original spruce mast, galvanised double axel launching trolley, full overall on land cover, full suit of sails £4,500.
Both boats are currently lying in Brightlingsea and are readily available for viewing. Please contact BODOA Class Secretary Fiona Brown on email@example.com or 07711 718470 for further information.
The CYC Robbie Stone Chalice became a three race mini series instead of the planned single round the cans race on Sunday 14 July and six boats came to the line to compete. Colin Willett, Nick Readings and their trusty team of volunteers officiated and the courses were set up in the vicinity of No 10 and Point Clear/No 13.
It was a super shifty day with everything from 5 to 15 knots as a series mini squalls came through under the lines of dark cloud sweeping across from the north east quadrant. Between the mini squalls there were often very light patches so it was a challenging day tactically with constant gear changes for the trimmers.
The falling tide added another challenge and pretty much everyone in the fleet found themselves running aground repeatedly. The racing was super close and with extra short courses very physically challenging too and much enjoyed by all.
Phil Rust sailing Dulcet with Tania Bines and Mike Ruse won races one and three with a fourth in race two to give him overall victory. Sue Bouckley in Eider with Adrian Bouckley and Derick Gentry, and Geoff Gritton in Never Say Never with Ian Hastings and Chris Walker, both gave him a really good run for his money, with Eider taking second overall and Never Say Never third. Danny Fox in Egret with the Mersea Boys had a mixed day with a pair of fourth places contrasting with a win in race two to leave him in fourth overall.
Tom Sargent in Jumbo Too with Iain Werngren and Alan Hicks and Fi Brown in Storm Petrel had the added challenge of sailing two up, which is no mean feat within the short course format with only a couple of minutes between hoisting and dropping the spinnaker. Initially Storm Petrel appeared to have beaten Jumbo, but Storm Petrel had touched the pin end mark in race two and failed to correctly exonerate themselves so were forced to retire, giving fifth place to Jumbo Too.