Andy Silk & Final Fling

We still have the two final CYC events of the year ahead of us with the Andy Silk Salver at 14.15 on Sunday 27 September and of course the Final Fling on Sunday 7 October at 11am. 

It seems that we have a bit of a late charge for the Final Fling with Jeremy and Malcolm both confirming they will be sailing, I am out, Alan will be there and hopefully those of you who have been sailing regularly will be out too, so we should have a pretty good turnout.

And of course let’s get as many BOD sailors and friends to the Final Fling lunch at CYC after the race as we can too.  Even if you can’t sail do come and join us for lunch, which will cost £14.50 for the classic two course carvery lunch. Tickets must be booked in advance via Marianne White at the CYC Office on 01206 302594 or  Please also let Marianne know of any special dietary requirements at the same time.

Whilst writing please also note that the BSC Laying Up Supper is on Saturday 27 October and the CYC Laying Up Supper is on Saturday 3 November.  All BOD sailors are welcome at both evenings.  You can book for the BSC Event by emailing me (see details at and for the CYC event please contact Marianne.

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Breezy Robbie Stone Chalice

8 Boats turned out on Sunday (16 September) to be greeted with 18 gusting 25 knots of wind and a nasty chop for two windward/ leeward races. Nick Reddings, Matt Crittenden and Colin Willett set a short course in the estuary.
Six boats got off cleanly on the first start with Sarah Louise helmed by Celia Charlton having to retire with a broken kicking strap and the Ruff boys being only two up wisely decided to head in.
Mark white arrived first at the windward mark and held his lead  for two rounds to finish 1st. Having sailed an exceptional race Mike Hare was 2nd with Dan Willett 3rd.
Only Dan and Jeff attempted spinnakers but soon decided the boats had reached hull speed and there was no advantage.
The second start again they all got cleanly away, this ended with a reversal with Dan 1st. Mike 2nd. Mark 3rd.
All returned to the CYC for drinks and prize giving, with prizes of wine presents by Judith Gibbons. Thanks were given to the starting team.
With a tie situation between White Magic and Bidi the result was decided on the winner of the last race.
1st Bidi. Dan Willett, Piers lambert, Stewart Philips.
2nd White Magic. Mark White, Derrick Gentry, Mat Wilby.
3rd Gelasma. Mike Hare, Max Hickman, Adrian Gibbons.
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BOD Ladies Race Update

Please note that the Ladies Race will now take place as part of the Woolvert Tankard all in handicap from the BSC start line at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday 1 September).

You will be scored in the overall race, in the BSC overall ladies race and in the BOD ladies race.

Course cards and instructions from BSC. Please remember to sign on and off at BSC.

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Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week Ahoy!

With just eight days left to go until the start of Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2018 the fleet is making a carefully timed run to the start line.  Boats are appearing from barns, garages and fields and there is every likelihood that we will be over 20 boats again this year.  Here is a quick update on where everyone is at the moment:

  1.  C1 – Jean – Clive Goodwin will be defending his title!
  2. C4 – Cormorant – Malcolm Goodwin is back! Definitely for the President’s Race and perhaps for more during the week
  3. C6 – Jumbo Too – As always we can count on Tom and Iain to be there. Oonie is nursing a bad knee so will be cheerleading from the Prom
  4. C9 – Bidi – is on loan to Piers Lambert who will be one to watch
  5. C11 – Grayling – John and Lucy have been spied in the boat park putting Grayling back together and make a very welcome return to the fleet
  6. C14 – Aina – After a season out Mr Heppell will once again be gracing the fleet with his effervescent presence
  7. C16 – Dulcet – Phil will be looking to give Clive a good run for his money
  8. C18 – Gelasma – Mike Hare is helming Gelasma for Pyefleet Week
  9. C24 – Nan – Dan and the King Boys are back in the fleet and borrowing Nan once again!
  10. C27 – Rebel – Chris has finally got his new centre plate and will be out with victory as his goal
  11. C30 – Sarah Louise – Celia and Dave are just sorting a replacement crew as their original is unfortunately ill, but we hope to have them with us
  12. C31 – Blue Peter – Graham and Claire are definitely joining the fray
  13. C43 – Endeavour – is on loan to James Gibbons and Anthony Kingston
  14. C44 – Janice – we are hopefully that Janice might be out with Rob Maloney and some of the WOD boys
  15. C50 – Eider – Sue is definitely racing and has been getting the boat sorted out with new sails
  16. C51 – Grethe – Fi has finally found Grethe, got Craig to make her a new centreboard wire, got a crew organised, thinks she knows where her lifejacket is, has ordered the Prosecco and will be racing
  17. C53 – White Spirit – Mark White is raring to go as always
  18. C54 – Storm Petrel – Alan’s stitches are out, the rig is mended and back in the boat, Craig and Jayne are good to go and there is no way Alan wants to miss the week so they will be there come hell or high water
  19. C55 – Wind Sprite – Fresh from graduating, could Maddy be the first lady to win Pyefleet Week BODs in the modern era?
  20. C56 – Never Say Never – having been Norman Almost No Mates for most of the season Geoff and the boys are looking forward to finally having some friends to play with
  21. C75 – The Mike – Messers Wilby and Holden are revved up and raring to go

Sadly Egret isn’t with us due to Danny’s arm injury and Jeremy fears he may not be able to escape work, but we’re an almost full house so bring on the fun and games.

If you launch from Park & Ride please  be ready to launch earlier than usual and allow plenty of time as there will be a lot of boats to get into the water.

Here’s to a fantastic week!

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Start Time Change For Commodore’s Cup 15 July 2018

Please note that the start time for the CYC Commodore’s Cup on Sunday 15th July has been revised to 11.45 to avoid a direct clash with the big football game. We will be starting from the Committee Boat on the CYC line as usual, but please note that at 11.30 there will be a cruiser race start from The Tower.  Please keep clear of the line while the cruisers get underway.

Oonie tells me that the World Cup Final will be showing at CYC for those of you who want to watch it over a cleansing ale after the race.

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Rowhedge Regatta Sailing Instructions 2018


Saturday 30thJune, High water 1433

Brightlingsea One Designs

This year there will be the usual upriver race for theMarlow Trophy, using the same courses as last year. There will also be a downriver race, for the Ian Brown Trophy.

Upriver Race

Startline:      Batemans Tower.

Start:             1215 hrs. A sequence of a 10-minute gun and a 5-minute gun will be sounded.

Courses:      Signboards on Batemans Tower will indicate which course to use.

  1. Creek Mouth port, Reg the Buoy stbd, No.8 stbd, Mersea Wreck stbd to finish line.
  2. 13 stbd, Mersea Wreck stbd to finish line.
  3. 12 stbd to finish line.

Finish Line:   Between pole with chequered flag on a pole (not waived F1 style) on the quayside outside ‘Ye Olde Albion’ PH, Pearsons Quay, and white pole with black bands on Wivenhoe shore. There will be a sound signal.

 Mooring – we are reserving mooring for the BODs and WODS in the Ferry Hard (the bay between the two quays). You will be able to raft up to a grey plastic pontoon from which you can get ashore. This new position will make it easier for you to hear the PA announcing the downriver race, and easier to get to the line.


Once you have finished the race please come ashore for beer, food and fun! This year we are having a competitors enclosure where skippers and crew can have a free beer and a chat with their fellow competitors. Look out for signs near the Ferry Hard. Please keep a listen out for the announcement of the Downriver Race

Downriver Race

Start Line– The Rowhedge Line (op. the Albion Pub)

Start time–  1500 hrs

Course–       From Rowhedge to BSC finish line.

Navigation marks DO NOT have to be observed.

Note – in the event of light winds the race may be finished at Bateman’s Tower


We are pleased to say that owing to the generosity of our sponsors, there are no fees required this year.  But it is important that we have the following info –

  • Your name, phone no. and email (if available)
  • Boat name and sail number.
  • Hull colour and spinnaker colour
  • Confirm that you have current 3rdparty
  • Any interesting information about the boat



Please send this information by email, or phone to the entries secretary, Julian Brett,, phone – 07780 060605


Or general enquiries please phone 01206 728693, or email


Late entries


This year you can enter on the day by reporting into the entries secretary, Julian, before the start. Please have the details listed above ready, and call well before the 10 minute gun.



For late entries please DO NOT call the OOD number or try to contact us on VHF Channel M1


Prizes and Trophies


Upriver Race BODs                                     1          Marlow Trophy + Mug

2          Mug


Downriver Race BODs                                1          The Ian Brown Trophy + Mug


Prize giving


There are Trophies for both races and prizes for places.  Prize giving will take place in the evening at 1930 on the green outside the Olde Shippe, opposite the Ferry Hard. There are bands, fireworks and other entertainment in the evening to make your visit worthwhile, even if you haven’t won anything.


Good Sailing!

Nick Baker OOD



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Wivenhoe Regatta Report

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.

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