Save The Date – AGM & Annual Dinner

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!

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Mike Hempstead Funeral Arrangements

Very sadly Mike Hempstead has lost his battle with a brain tumour.  His funeral will take place at Weeley Crematorium on Tuesday 16th January at 11am.

A long standing, hugely committed and much loved member of the Brightlingsea One Design fleet, Mike will be much missed by us all of us.  Our thoughts go to Marilyn and his family at this difficult time.

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Laying Up Service 6.30pm Sunday 19 November

You are invited to attend the annual Laying Up Service at St James’ Church in the High Street this coming Sunday 19 November from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  This wonderful service is a long standing end of season tradition when the sailors of the town come together to give thanks for a wonderful year of sailing.

Oonie and Fi will both be giving readings and the entire congregation will be joining Oonie in singing We Are Sailing so do please come along and join us and bring your best singing voices.

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CYC Laying Up & Trophy Request

Oonie tells me that there are a few dinner tickets left for this Saturday’s CYC Laying Up Supper (18 November) if anyone else would like to attend. Tickets are £29.95 a head and can be reserved by calling Emma in the office on 01206 302594. They have a delicious three course menu planned and as always it will be a fun evening.

Also we are still trying to track down the following CYC BOD Trophies which need to be returned urgently:

Andy Silk Salver
RV Crook Trophy (Ladies Race)
J Glanfield Trophy/Vice Commodore’s Trophy (points)
Colne Racing Salver

Some of these have been missing for a while so take a look in your cupboards and see if you can track them down for us and get them back to the club before Saturday.

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Robbie Stone Challis, Sunday 17th September

On Sunday morning 17th September, the fleet of B.O.D.’s were greeted with a high tide, autumn sunshine and 5 to 8 knots of breeze, providing perfect conditions for sailing the R. Stone Challis.

All boats were closely packed to the line with Geoff Gritton and team in ‘Never say Never’ getting away first, however after a shifty first beat against the tide it was ‘Dulcet’ helmed by Jessica Rust that rounded the weather mark in first position.  A long dead run with the tide to number 8 was followed by another long beat against the tide up along the St Osyth shore to Point Clear.  ‘Avocet’ with Jeremy Newman, Stuart and Tom Philips managed to slip by ‘Dulcet’ with Danny Fox and team in ‘Egret’ closing the gap.  Positions held on the dead run to number 8, however another long beat against the tide this time up the Mersea shore, saw a short tacking dual around East Mersea Stone with Celia and David Charlton in ‘Sarah Louise’ picking a good shift and overtaking ‘Dulcet’.  With all boats heading up the East Mersea shore out of the tide it was difficult to judge the lay line to the Batemans mark and it was ‘Dulcet’ tacking slightly before ‘Sarah Louise’ regained their position at the mark to finish second, ‘Sarah Louise’ third with ‘Avocet’ first.  A good race was had by all, which was rounded off nicely with lunch at the CYC.

Many thanks to Mat Crittenden and his team for setting an excellent course.

Next Sunday’s race is at 2.00 pm from Batemans for the Andy Silk Salver.

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Graham Adams – Thanks Giving Service

21248442_10214035225782820_8808205664765662462_oA Service of Thanks Giving will be held for Graham Adams on Tuesday 26th September at 2pm at All Saints’ Church Brightlingsea, and afterwards at Brightlingsea Sailing Club.

21232089_10154620129011621_8547279674247137838_nGraham crossed his final finish line on the night of 31st August/1st September, following a long and bravely fought battle with ill health, and will be much missed as one of the fleet’s greatest raconteurs, characters, competitors and supporters. His last trip afloat was only a few weeks ago when he came out in Steve Heppel’s launch to watch the start of our final race – a BOD fan to the last!

Graham’s widow Jane and his son Ben have asked that we share the details of the service with his many friends and ask you to join them on the 26th to celebrate a life very well lived.

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White Spirit Wins Reg White Trophy

Six boats initially came out to take part in the Reg White Trophy Race, but with the pre race high winds, Never Say Never, Ruff and Egret decided to head for home again, leaving White Spirt helmed by Mark White, Grethe helmed by Jarvis Simpson and Dulcet helmed by Phil Rust to battle it out. White Spirit and Dulcet got into a dog fight on the first beat, leaving Grethe to extend her lead up to Beach with White Spirit second followed closely by Dulcet, who rounded up hard around at the mark and get the upper hand over White Spirit who had left it a little too wide.

Dulcet had a good second leg and was first to round Gazelet followed closely by Grethe and White Spirit before heading down river to the finish.  Both Dulcet and Grethe took the left hand side of the river and White Spirit decided to cross river early with kite up . This payed off once they crossed over to the right hand side as the wind dropped right off leaving Dulcet & Grethe still needing to cross the tide.

White Spirit made her way up the shore in less tide and came around Point Clear in the lead, finally taking the line to win followed Dulcet second and Grethe third in one of the closest races of the season.

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