BOD AGM 20th January – Agenda & Lunch Invitation



11am on Sunday 11.00 at the Colne Yacht Club

Followed by a carvery lunch served at 12.30 (guests most welcome to join us for lunch)


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of AGM 25thFebruary 2018
  3. Matters arising from Minutes
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Treasurer’s Report
  6. Election of Officers and Technical Committee
  7. Class Officers
    Chairman – Mark White
    Vice Chairman – Phil Rust
    Treasurer – Phil Rust
    Secretary – Fi Brown
    Sailing Programme – Jeremy Newman
    Social Secretary – Mark Wilby
  8. Technical Committee Members
    Phil Rust – Chair
    Malcolm Goodwin
    Alan Hicks
    John Saker
    Mark White
    Rob White – White Formula – Co-opted
    David Chivers – Technical Advisor – Co-opted
    Simon Hipkin – Simon Hipkin Boat builder – Co-opted
  9. Sailing Programme
    2019 Proposed Sailing Programme
  10. Class Rules
  11. Social Programme
    Carvery at CYC following AGM
    BOD Dinner 27thApril at CYC
    Summer Garden Party 29thJune at Mark & Debbie Wilby’s
    Final Fling lunch 29thSeptember at CYC
  12. Any other business

Please reserve your places for lunch by contacting Marianne White at CYC on 01205 302594 or Lunch will be a two-course carvery at a cost of £14.95 per person.

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A Letter From Our Esteemed Chairman

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce the 2019 BOD Sailing Programme outlining all the events for next year. As ever we have some mini-series racing at the Colne Yacht Club, Brightlingsea , Wivenhoe and Rowhedge Regatta`s  and of course the ever popular Pyefleet Week, again running from Sunday to Friday. So plenty of excitement for everyone !

You should also also note that with kind sponsorship from of Geedon Construction Services ( Dan Willett ) and HD Sails that a brand new BOD spinnaker will be drawn out of the hat at the final fling lunch. Each race marked with a spinnaker on the programme will attract one lottery ticket per boat which will go into the draw.

Nick Readings has very generously donated all five of his BOD’s to the BOD Association and it has been decided that Nan and Endeavour will be offered for sale and if anyone is interested they should speak directly to Mark White providing initial expressions of interest. The proceeds of sale from these two boats will then be used to restore the other three other boats which currently require attention. We would like to thank Nick for this incredibly generous offer which will help retain these Brightlingsea One Design’s in Brightlingsea and give us the ability to refurbish others that are currently in a un sailable condition. It is our goal to try and get 25 BOD`s on the water for the Presidents race 2019.

Finally, please note in your diaries that the AGM will be held on the 20th January at the Colne Yacht Club at 11am with a Carvery lunch to follow. Please contact Marianne White at CYC on Tel: 01206 302594 to confirm your lunch booking so we can firm up numbers.

CYC lunch after the AGM as above.
CYC 100th Anniversary post sailing celebrations with evening event.
Rowhedge Regatta enjoy the event with a fun sail back.
CYC BOD white Sail Friday nights, dates will be published on the web site it’s all about having some fun.
Mark and Debbie Wilby are kindly going to host the BOD summer party this Year on Saturday June 29th.
Pyefleet week post sailing activities always a must at BSC.
Post Reg White Trophy round the Island race BBQ at BSC, this should be really fun.
Final Fling always a nice way to finish the year with lunch at the CYC.

Very best wishes for the festivities and a great 2019 sailing season.

Mark White
Chairman BOD Association

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Geedon Construction Services And HD Sails Announce Exciting Prize In Association With 2019 BOD Sailing Programme

The 2019 Brightlingsea One Design Programme is published and brings with it an exciting new competition!

Thanks to the generous support of Dan Willett’s Geedon Construction Services and HD Sails every competing BOD will have the chance to win a brand new HD Spinnaker! Six events, including Pyefleet Week, have been chosen to be part of an exciting new lottery to win the spinnaker.  If you take part in one of the selected races you will receive a lottery ticket for the draw and the winner will be drawn at the Final Fling lunch on Sunday 29 September.

We have a great programme planned so join us for what promises to be a fantastic season.

Click here for a printable PDF of the programme

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CYC Laying Up Supper Invitation

The Commodore and Flag Officers of the Colne Yacht Club would like to invite you to join them for the Laying Up Supper on Saturday 3rdNovember at 7pm.  Prize giving will commence after the dinner.

Menu for Laying Up Supper

£27.95 per head

Broccoli &Blue Cheese Soup served with Warm Crusty Roll

Prawn & Crayfish Cocktail on a bed of Iceberg Lettuce, Mari Rose sauce, Brown Bread & Butter

Trio of melon Water Melon, Gallia Melon & Honeydew presented with a Mixed Berry Compote


Roast Topside of Beef & Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes, Rich Beef Gravy & Seasonal Vegetables

Fillet of Salmon 0n a bed of Roasted Beetroot, topped with Creme Fraiche & buttered New Potatoes

Feta Cheese Spanakopita – Filo Pastry with layers of onion, spinach & Feta Cheese and a Cream, Sweetcorn Sauce

All the above are accompanied by Seasonal Vegetables


Profiteroles with Butterscotch sauce

Tropical Fruit Salad & Cream

A Combination of Exotic Fruits in a Lime & Ginger Syrup served with Cream or Ice Cream


English & Continental Cheese Platter, with Grapes, Chutney, Celery & Assorted Biscuits & Butter



Coffee and Mints

Please fill in the attached form and return it to Marianne by Monday 29thOctober. Please state clearly if you would like to be seated with a particular group and we will do our best to make this work.

Payment in advance: Either by cheque made payable to Colne Yacht Club, Pay at the office or by BACS

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Windsprite Wins Andy Silk Salver – 8 Confirmed So Far For Final Fling

It was great to have eight boats out for the Andy Silk Salver on Sunday 30 September and what a fantastic race it turned out to be.  Dave Conlon, Sarah Bines and Ed Gibbons showed us how it should be done in Windsprite, winning the race by what can only be described as a comfortable margin.

But behind them it was nip and tuck all the way.  Piers Lambert, Tim Bees and Andy Bines sailing Bidi had to fight off the advances of Alan Hicks and Fi Brown in Storm Petrel who in turn were challenged initially by Dave Bridle and Nigel Edmunds in Blue Peter and then by Mike and Imy Hare in Gelesma, with constant place changing throughout the fleet.

On the line the Bidi team held their second place and Storm Petrel took third by just a few inches from Gelesma.  Huge thanks to Matt Crittenden for running the race and to everyone for making the effort to get back out on the water.

The good news is that we already have eight boats confirmed as entered for the final race of the series, the Final Fling on Sunday 7 October as follows:

Mark White – White Spirit
Simon Hipkin – Eider
Jeremy Newman – Bidi
Jarvis Simpson – Grethe
Malcolm Goodwin – Cormorant
Alan Hicks – Storm Petrel
Graham Bridle – Blue Peter
Mike/Jim/Trevor – Ruff

If anyone else is free do please come and join us as the forecast looks great and it would be lovely to give the boats one final good race before we pack them away for the winter.

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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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