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.
The BOD fleet had another terrific day at Wivenhoe Regatta on Saturday 6 July with a good fleet of BODs making the trip up river. It was a long course and from the off it was to be a battle between Jeremy Newman, crewed by Stuart and Tom Philips in Avocet, and Alan Hicks, crewed by Jayne and Craig Bond in Storm Petrel.
Initially Alan had the upper hand but Jeremy was constantly pressing him and the two boats were neck and neck as they came into the final approach to Wivenhoe. Jeremy just got the advantage and he stormed across the line to victory with Alan second and Geoff Gritton, sailing Never Say Never with Ian and Brooke Hastings third.
Once at Wivenhoe the organisers had provided their usual wonderful hospitality and everyone enjoyed free beers and burgers.
The overall results for the Colne Salver/100th Anniversary mini series which took place on Sunday 30 June were as follows:
1st Jean. M Goodwin
2nd. Avocet J. Newman
3rd. White Spirit. M White.
4th. Ruff. M Rees.
5th. The Mike. Mark Wilby.
6th. Jumbo. Tom Sargent.
7th. Never say never. G Gritton. ( only did one race)
Panic Bob Richardson retired, did not get any results. All 8 boats qualify for double spinnaker raffle tickets in the Geedon Construction Services/HD Sails draw to win a brand new HD Spinnaker which will take place at the Final Fling.
Our next event is Wivenhoe Regatta this coming Saturday 6 July.