Introducing Our New Chairman & Treasurer

MarkWhiteAt the BODOA AGM on Sunday we elected our new Chairman Mark White, who takes over from outgoing Chairman Alan Hicks.  Phil Rust continues as Vice Chairman and also takes over the role of Treasurer from Dick Stephens who has retired after five years sterling work on behalf of the class.

In his opening address as Chairman, Mark paid tribute to both Alan and Dick for all their tremendous efforts on behalf of the class. He also looked forward to an exciting 2018 season as several of our teams who were missing in 2017 are expected to be back on the water with us this year!

Steve Heppell assures us that after a season out, Aina will once again be making her traditional timed run for Pyefleet Week. Having welcomed the newest member of the BOD Family Master Finn Payne, proud parents John and Lucy Payne will be back racing Grayling. Ellie and Anthony Kingston hope to join us for Pyefleet Week and possibly also some other events sailing one of Nick’s boats. And the legend that is Mr Malcolm Goodwin will be back in the father and son battle of all time as he goes head to head with son Clive at Learning & Skills Solution Pyefleet Week 2018 (the big question is who will sail Cormorant and who will sail Jean?).

If you wish to contact Mark or any of the class officers click here for their details.

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2018 Class Rules Now Online

Thanks to everyone who attended Sunday’s BODOA AGM at CYC.  It was great to see so many people there and we’re looking forward to a great season ahead.  Although we didn’t have any new rule changes to consider for this year we do have a new set of BOD Class Rules coming into force this year as the decision made at last year’s AGM to ban inflatable buoyancy bags now comes into force.

As those at the meeting will already know, Measurer David Chivers will be doing checks on buoyancy this year to ensure we are complying and he will also be doing random checks on general safety gear too.  Take a look at Section C in the rules to be sure you have all the mandatory equipment on board. These include but are not limited to:

  • A hand bailer or bucket
  • An anchor of minimum 5kg (which may include not more than 2kg of chain) with not less than 20m of line
  • Oars or paddles capable of propelling the boat (note the plural here)
  • A (functional) VHF Radio

Click here to view/download your 2018 Class Rules.


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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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