Jeremy Victorious at Wivenhoe Regatta

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.

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Malcolm Goodwin Wins Colne Salver Mini Series

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.


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Wivenhoe Regatta NOR

P1060055Now that the fleet has finally found it’s way to the water we hope to see another great turnout for Wivenhoe Regatta which is fast approaching on Saturday 6th July. The organisers have sent through the Notice of Race which you can download to print out here.

The start is at 12.30 from Bateman’s Tower and entry costs £5 (but gets you free beer and burgers so most excellent value for money!) and details of how to enter are given in the NOR.


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Egret Wins Rowhedge Regatta

64930575_10157095003671421_418330261306998784_nCongratulations to Danny Fox and the Mersea Boys who raced Egret to a very close and exciting finish at Rowhedge Regatta on 22 June 2019. Gritter and the Never Say Never lads had led the race from the first mark thanks to a good start and a rather jammy lift which took them into the first mark to seaward around the outside of the fleet.  As they turned and headed up river Never Say Never had a comfortable lead, but as they came through Wivenhoe  Egret and Windsprite, being helmed by Dave Conlon, had caught them up. The final stage into Rowhedge was a superb battle with Egret just getting the upper hand right on the line.

With 12 boats out, glorious sunshine and the usual hospitality at Rowhedge it was a brilliant day and much enjoyed by all.  The East Donyland Cup for the main race was present to Egret at Rowhedge and the Ian Brown Trophy will be presented to the winner of the downriver race at this Saturday’s BOD Summer Garden Party.

Click here for the official results

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CYC 100th Anniversary Race Update

13653224_10154458057938836_6491256821857764216_oWe have now received confirmation from CYC that the Trophies for their special 100th Anniversary Race, which had to be cancelled on 8 June because of gales, will now be sailed for on the same day as the Colne Salver Mini Series on Sunday 30th June.

This also means that on the 30th you will get two lottery tickets for the Geedon Construction Services/HD Sails New Spinnaker drawer so make sure you have this one in the diary as it’s going to be a great day!

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Oonie & Iain Werngren to host BOD Summer Party

Iain and Oonie Werngren invite members, crews, partners and friends of the BOD Association, to join them in their garden at 7pm on Saturday 29th June for a BOD Summer BBQ and Ice Cream.

If you haven’t visited the Werngren’s garden (High St, Brightlingsea – full address will be provided when you RSVP/is in the email members will have received from Oonie) you are in for a wonderful treat as its a stunningly beautiful oasis of calm.

Please RSVP to Oonie by 23rd June, stating who is coming along and whether you have any special dietary requirements.

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Rowhedge Regatta Instructions

Rowhedge Regatta is fast approaching on 22 June and the organisers have provided us with the Sailing Instructions which confirm that we will be starting from Bateman’s Tower at 13.45.

Once at Rowhedge we will be mooring up  in the Ferry Hard bay alongside the temporary pontoons as we did last year.

There will be a race back and the start time will be announced over the tannoy so please listen out for the information.  It looks like we will have a good turnout too so it should be a lovely day.

Once again generous sponsorship means that entry is free of charge but we do still need to enter so they have our details for race admin/insurance purposes. The good news is that we can now enter online, so please take a couple of minutes to put in your entry now.

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CYC 100th Anniversary Regatta & Celebrations


The CYC 100th Anniversary Race is the first event in our Geedon/HD Sails lottery series and will be a wonderful celebration of the club’s anniversary of the move from Wivenhoe to Brightlingsea.  Please see the relevant racing documents below and please book in for the post racing supper with Marianne on

CYC Anniversary Regatta info

CYC Anniversary Regatta BOD NOR sht 2

CYC Anniversary Regatta BOD NOR sht 1

CYC 100 Regatta BOD & Open Classics SIs 2

CYC 100 Regatta BOD & Open Classics SIs 1

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C44 Janice Available For 2019 Season

As many of you will remember, C44 Janice was beautifully restored by Rob Maloney just a couple of years ago, but ill health has made it impossible for her owner Richard Austin to race her since.

She is actively for sale, but with no buyer on the horizon Richard has contacted us with the most generous offer to make Janice available to a suitably experience team for the 2019 season.  There would be no charter fee but the borrower would be expected to cover insurance, maintenance/repairs and running costs.

The boat does have a road trailer but no launching trolley and she also needs a spinnaker (although I am sure we could find a lone spinnaker from the fleet somewhere if needed), but otherwise she is complete and in outstanding condition having been carefully stored since her restoration.

She is a beautiful boat and it would be wonderful to have her out on the water with us this year when we have such a terrific surge in interest/numbers again, so if you would like to find out more please contact Richard Austin on

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RIP Jean Thomas

It is with great sadness that we share the news that BODOA President Jean Thomas passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning 20th March 2019 at Farrar’s Hall Care Home, Huntingdon at the age of 94.

Jean was the daughter of BOD designer and builder Robbie Stone and indeed BOD number 1 Jean was named after her. She was always a wonderful supporter of the BOD fleet and even when her health began to fail she continued to keep abreast of our goings on. Unfortunately Jean was not been able to visit Brightlingsea due to bad health for the past few years but she often talked about her family life in the town and of time spent with her father at the James & Stone yard.

Jean’s funeral will take place on Monday 29t April 2019 at Noon. The funeral service and burial will take place at Barton Glebe Woodland Burial Chapel CB23 7BN. Family flowers only but donations can be made if desired to either the Alzheimer’s Association or RNLI West Mersea Lifeboat Station

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this most difficult time.  Details of her funeral will be published as soon as they are available.

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