Pyefleet Week 2017 Splits Confirmed

The splits for Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017 have been confirmed and we will be racing Sun pm, Mon am, Tue pm, Big Wed all in pm, Thur am, Fri pm and Sat am.

Don’t forget we have the BOD Back To School Night on Monday so look out your gym slips and shorts!

Full details at

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Geoff Payne’s Farewell

The funeral for Geoff Payne has been arranged for Friday 30th June at 14:00 at Weeley Church. The family have suggested that people park in the back entrance to Hilltop Nursery and walk to Weeley church (5 mins). The nursery will be shut for the day so no access from the main road. There is limited parking at the church should it be required.

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Farewell Geoff Payne

It is with the greatest sadness that we advise you that early today (Monday 12 June) the irrepressible, warm and wonderful Geoff Payne crossed his final finish line. Geoff was an incredible supporter of the BOD fleet, famously owning Viking for a number of years. 

Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret, sons John, Andrew and Stephen and his family and friends. 

We will share details of the funeral when they are available. 

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Egret Does The Double At Rowhedge Regatta

Rowhedge Regatta is always one of the highlights of the BOD season and this year’s edition was an epic with strong gusty winds, glorious sunshine and a fabulous welcome ashore.

Celia Charlton at the helm of C30 Sarah Louise got the best start off the Bateman’s line with the entire 9 strong fleet hugging the Mersea shore to keep out of the tide as they set off downriver on a course that took the fleet around Big Buoy, No 8 and then Mersea Wreck before heading direct to Rowhedge.

Hard on her heels were Mark White in C53 White Spirit, Alan Hicks in C54 Storm Petrel and Geoff Gritton in C56 Never Say Never who were jostling for position as they rounded Mersea Stone. Just behind the leading group Phil Rust in C16 Dulcet and Danny Fox in C8 Egret kept clear of the dog fight and began to make ground. Mark Wilby sailing C75 The Mike made a great start too but was further out into the tide and soon found himself dropping back as those inshore took advantage of the significantly reduced current.

It was nip and tuck on the beat out with plenty of place changes and some very close crosses.  As they came to the turn upriver at No 8 it was Never Say Never leading with a narrow margin over Storm Petrel and Dulcet. Sue Bouckley sailing C50 Eider had started badly some yards behind the pack, but sailed a superb first beat to round No 8 in fourth place. Behind her White Spirit and Egret rounded overlapped and were followed in by Sarah Louise.

With the breeze regularly gusting over 20 knots the fleet made a spectacular sight as they hoisted their spinnakers for the long run to Rowhedge. As they reached Mersea Stone Dulcet had managed to pass Storm Petrel and hardened up a little to get inside Mersea Wreck Never Say Never elected to drop their spinnaker giving those behind the chance to make ground and ultimately loosing him several places.

It was true champagne sailing as they headed upriver towards Alresford Creek with the boats regularly powering up onto the plane on the gusts. Several boats suffered the speed wobbles but it was Dulcet that came closest to grief when their spinnaker guy twinning line popped out of the cleat destabilising the spinnaker suddenly and causing them to broach violently. For a few seconds the team in the support boat thought they were going to be called into action, but quick thinking by crew Jess Rust and Piers Lamber, who hopped out onto the plate, just saved the day. Although they got her back on her feet they scooped in half the Colne in the process and had a lot of pumping to do while Storm Petrel held onto the lead.

Egret meanwhile had been quietly making ground and as the river narrowed on the approach to Wivenhoe their policy of staying low on the Wivenhoe shore paid off and as the fleet worked its way through the painful doldrums of Prior Wharf and the Colne Barrier just inches separated Egret and Storm Petrel. As they picked up the first of some huge gusts coming through Wivenhoe Egret was just ahead and the gap between the two opened and closed as they hit the gusts and lulls.

The final approach to the finish provided a terrific spectacle as Storm Petrel made numerous attempts to pass Egret, almost doing so on several occasions, but on the line Egret just hung onto the lead to claim the Rowhedge Regatta Trophy with Storm Petrel second, White Spirit third and Dulcet fourth.

Once ashore Rowhedge delivered its usual wonderful welcome with free drinks for all the crews, some terrific food offerings, great stalls and lovely traditional entertainment. The BODs were followed home by the smacks whose awesome power and gleaming varnish and brass held everyone spellbound.

Six of the fleet stayed on to take part in the downriver race for the Ian Brown Trophy and provided the spectators with plenty of thrills and spills as they lined up and shorted tacked out of the village and down through Wivenhoe. White Spirit and The Mike led off the line with Egret third but by the time the fleet had cleared Priors Wharf and the last of the moorings it was Egret in the lead for the drag race home.  Egret held her lead all the way back to the finish to make it a resounding two out of two.

A wonderful day was had by all and huge thanks must go to the Rowhedge Regatta organisers who did us proud and to Nick Readings for the loan of his big RIB and the high volume pump, which ultimately weren’t needed but which were a welcome reassurance for the fleet.

Next weekend we have a weekend off formal BOD racing, although there is BSC Club racing for those who still want to sail, so our next official BOD event is Wivenhoe Regatta on Saturday 24 June.  Thursday nights will continue as usual in the meantime.

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Rowhedge Regatta Sailing Instructions


Saturday 10th June, High water 1345

Brightlingsea One Designs

90th anniversary race

This year there will be the usual upriver race for the Marlow 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:             1115 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, Big 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 quayside outside ‘Ye Olde Albion’ PH, Pearsons Quay, and white pole with black bands on Wivenhoe shore.

Once you have finished the race please come ashore for beer, food and fun! Beer vouchers for skippers/crew (to be used Regatta day only) will be available near the broadcast caravan situated outside Ye Olde Albion.

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.

Downriver Race

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

Start time –  1400 hrs

Course –       From Rowhedge to BSC finish line.  Navigation marks DO NOT have to be observed.

Any queries please contact Nick Baker, Rowhedge Regatta Association

01206 728693 mob 07821 797284 e-mail


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 3rd party
  • Any interesting information about the boat

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

Any 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

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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Report on Hickley Tiller – 27th May 2017

A blustery start with a nasty wind over tide sea following the start and the wind rising during the race.  At the start gusts to 16knots from an average 12knots but a reported from the mouth of the river gusts of 35knots towards the end of the race.

Not a perfect start line as a bight on the anchor line stopped the Committee Boat dropping back a further 20-30 feet and re-anchorage not a good choice in the sea conditions.

Two were over the line – 56 and 50 – but returned and rejoined the fleet.

50 retired due to mainsail gear failure and were escorted to shore.

31 retired due to a spinnaker recovery difficulty.

56 retired after a spectacular late capsize but impressive laser like recovery.  However lost radio bag, a casualty not retrieved by the Committee Boat heading to Station for finish (not practical to run a further short lap) and Valiant struggling in the conditions.

On the water finish order was 16, 53 and 75 but 16 retired post the race as passed finish line on the wrong side of marker buoy.

Committee boat welcomes Martin as crew who had a baptism of water but seemed to enjoy it.  Safety Boats struggled in probably the worst conditions ever (wind over tide seas) and waves breaking over both boats.

For an early season race taxing on all participants but good competitive sailing.

To note 53’s remarkable recovery as lost their way during the race but recovered well.

To conclude 53 followed by 75 as finishers

Once again Radios or Radios with flat  batteries were a problem.  Please would everyone make sure they have their Radio with them, on the correct channel and with the battery charged. This is not only about ease of communication but on windy days like this one it could just save your life.

Our thanks to Pam Readings for this week’s racing report and to the entire Race Committee for coping so well in such very difficult conditions.

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Race Results Eric Dent Cup

With apologies for the delay here are the results for last weekend’s Eric Dent Cup.

1st C54 – Alan Hicks – 3:53:20
2nd C53 – Mark White – 3:53:23
3rd C56 – Geoff Gritton – 3:54:30
4th C8 – Danny Fox – 3:55:33
5th C1 – Rob Maloney – 3:55:58
Many congratulations to Alan, Jayne and Craig on a great result.
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