Sunday 8 August
is the day of the annual Inter Club team Race, where
all the Southend - and Benfleet and Canvey - shore clubs come together
to race for Cadet, Single Handed and team trophies. Teams of the same
class race for the Ingram Shield, menagerie teams race for the Operatic
Cup and Singlehanded boats race for the Silver Sail. The Cadets race
for the Cadet trophy.
The start is from a Committee Boat - a catamaran - off the EYC
at 1400 with a mass start for all classes.
Club Team Race Sailing Instructions
the Sailing Instructions as a printable PDF file
Amendment 1 as a printable PDF file
The course diagram as a printable PDF file
Essex Yacht Club Success in 2013 Nore Race
Yacht Club's annual Nore Race was blessed with stunning weather for a
change, a solid Force 3 building to Force 4+, bright sun and good
temperatures made for one of those sailing days to remember.
for Peter Watkins and John Chapman is was a particularly memorable day
as they came home to a resounding win in the cruiser class.
were chased home in 4th, and first in class, by Nigel
Mandalay, then 14th overall, 8th in class for John Crisp's Ready Salted
and then 20th overall and 5th in class for Enigma, Brian Hardwick and
Rodgi Kundi. In the Multihulls messers Huish, Vinten and Whyte's Flying
Dragon was 3rd, with Cass Monk's Shana 4th rounding out the EYC entries.
sailors had a tiring day, with Seb Baucott's RS800 first EYC boat in
3rd overall, third in class. Melvyn Westlake's First Movement being
first Estuary to sail in the race for a while and coming home in a
creditable 15th overall and 3rd in class. Robin Tothill didn't manage
his goal which was to take the Laser prize, finishing 22nd overall and
3rd in class.
For those sailing it was a day to boast about, even for those watching
it was a day to talk about.
from the Commodore
like to thank everybody who was able to come to the Club last Sunday
Commodore's Cruise. In spite of the less than sparkling weather we had
fabulous turnout of some 40 boats all in and lots of members on the
afterwards to enjoy a fantastic spread organised by Paula with
support from a lot of lovely ladies and cadets – there was even the odd
involved. . .
spread was fantastic and at one point I thought I’d walked into the
‘The Great British Bake Off’ such was the quality of the homemade cakes!
thanks to Vice Commodore Nick Veitch and Nicky Veitch for ferrying my
about for the cruise on the splendid Bathsheba.
you so very much from Paula and me, it was a wonderful afternoon.
the Commodore's Cruise the raffle for funds to purchase the Wilton
was drawn for our two prizes.
that’s right – we remembered this time!
prizes, tickets drawn beautifully by Daisy Smith and Alec
Silcock, were won by John
Chapman and Ian Randall. Thanks to all for your contributions which did
cover the cost of the lifebuoy and Bosun’s pipe in the presentation
presentation case will be mounted above the main staircase to the lower
in the next few weeks.
Commodore's Cruise continues a 106 year EYC Tradition
year the Essex Yacht Club sails its Commodore's Cruise, a beating of
the bounds of the club's sailing area, with as many boats on the water
as possible, all following in the Commodore's wake.
Pell-Johnson took up the reins of the club in February and presided on
this 106th sailing of the cruise. It was a grey and chilly day, but a
great fleet of cruisers, EODs and many dinghies took to the water.
The fleet sailed to the Leigh Buoy before returning towards
club so Alec could take his traditional cheers - and a few water bombs.
Alec was enjoying his plaudits, wife Paula was on board HQS Wilton
organising a sumptious tea for all concerned. Hundreds of
and sandwiches, cakes - even a few score cups of tea were available to
all who came off the water.
A good time was had by all.
Cruiser Singledhanded race
a decidedly hostile forecast, it was hardly surprising only two boats
came to the line for the annual Cruiser Singlehanded race.
Moody 31 Mandalay was Nigel Dumbell's entrant while Dick Johnson sailed
his aged Iroquois Mk 1 catamaran, Felix the Cat.
led from the start, but Mandalay soon got into her stride, only being a
couple of lengths astern as the two boats went round Joscelyn's mark.
opened up the gap en route to Ray Sands, rounded well in front and by
the Distance Mark at the end of the first lap was five minutes
front. But a light, shifty patch at Joscelyn's the second time allowed
Mandalay to close and the final leg to the finish favoured her windward
proformance to allow her to close to within a couple of minutes and
take the race on corrected time.
Results and times in the News Pages.
ISO National Championships at the EYC
National Championships of the ISO class is taking place at the Essex
Yacht Club over the Bank Holiday weekend, 25, 26 and 27 May.
first day of shifty and unpredictable northerly winds were what the
competitors had to deal with. In the wildly swinging gusts - have you
ever seen boats tacking under spinnaker before? - just about
everybody sampled the still chilly waters.
The PRO managed to shoe-horn in three races on the tide, a full use of
every last drop.
three after the first day are local team Jonny Wells and Bugsy,
followed by visitor Gill and another local team, the Veitch brothers,
in third. But racing throughout the fleet is very close with intense
battles raging on every leg throughout each race.
second day, more shift winds tested the teams, but eventually the 90
degree shifts settled down and three races were sailed, the first of
three rounds, the second of two and the third, after a new wind, just
south of west instead of well north of west, of four laps.
was some very close racing, with four boats rounding the first mark
overlapped in the first race, and battles going on throughout the
fleet. Jonny Wells and Bugsy managed to be over the line at the start
in two races, but the first time did them a favour as they went the
opposite way up the first beat to the rest of the fleet and came out at
the head of the pack, holding the position to the finish.
After six races, Jonny Wells and John Gill hold joint first on 12
points, with Peter Hannah in 3rd on 18.
are two races to be sailed on Monday, with a discard coming in noiw
that six races have been completed. The championship is still
open to any one of the top three boats.
dawned with increased wind - up to Force 5 on occasions - and a choppy
sea. The course was set later than the previous two days to
the boats an easier ride off the shore, and anyway there were just two
races to get through.
John Gill and Jonny Wells were joint
leaders overnight and they had it all to fight for, with Peter Hannah
in with an outside chance of snatching 2nd if either of the other two
Race one for the day, race seven for the series,
started with Jonny Wells not taking a chance of being over - he had two
OCS starts on day two - and went for a clear aiur start close to the
pin, while John Gill was right in the middle of the pack.
the first mark Colin Snook led, but it was clear that Gill was next,
with Wells back in fifth. Peter Hannah and crew Tom Hanman
through the fleet to get into a close second by the leeward mark.
As the race progressed, the elastic between Gill and Hannah
stretched and contracted, but the two boats stayed in the same order.
Jonny Wells and Bugsy came up into third, and that was the
The wind was well up for the final race -
particularly as the starting sequence began in a massive and prolonged
gust - but all the boats hit the line as a pack, sailing fast. Peter
Hannah was right on the stern of John Gill, threatening to swoop past,
when their vang parted, putting paid to their chances of upsetting the
apple cart. They retired to the yacht club.
suspects made it to the topmark in the first two places, John Gill's
purple boat leading Jonny Wells' grey one. In the strong wind they both
showed excellent boat handling skills, gybing cleanly.
stayed essentially the same until the end of the fourth run when, with
just a few metres to the spinnker drop, Juliette Gill lost her footing
on the gunwale, slipping into the water with one leg, and having to
grab for the shroud to stay with the boat. John kept matters
under control and Juliette was soon back in place, but they had slowed
enough to allow Johhny and Bugsy to lead round the final mark.
Jonny hadn't enough of a lead to tack cleanly ahead of the Gills.
John Gill pushed until they were both past the comittee boat
before tacking. They tacked and it looked as though the Gills
snatched the lead. Wells, to windward, reached off more and
managed to roll the Gills once again, giving them the win by just half
a boat length.
Was it enough to get the overall championship?
the results were calculated, the Gills won by a point, Wells and Bugsy
second, Hannah and Hanman third and the Veitch brothers fourth.
Full results in the News Pages.
May 26 Race Results
Two races sailed on May 26 - results in the News Pages.
Another slow day on the water
Results for another slow race, the Crews, Ladies
and Couples race, in the News Pages.
River Race Results
for a very slow race are in the News Pages
Results for the Combined Cruiser Series race to Upnor on 4 May
are in the News Pages.
from the Commodore: ‘Getting
to Know You’
quick note to thank all the members who came down for the ‘Getting to
Know You’ evening.
overwhelmed by the support shown
by you all and enjoyed a great evening in our fantastic clubhouse which
thanks to all those who
brought down and manned the exhibits giving that extra bit of support
atmosphere. Hopefully our newer members who attended took something
potentially, did some of us of slightly longer standing.
was good to be part of such a
well attended evening and I look forward to more of these busy Friday
the club particularly as the sun ‘appears’ to have stopped by for a
while – I
think that the stern deck beckons for that G&T…..
Spring series race results
Results are displayed on the News pages
Getting to know you night
is to be a long overdue ‘New Members Night’ to be held on Friday Club
April; the Wilton will be open from 1900.
of this evening is to introduce our member intake from
the last couple of years to the club, its committees, traditions,
classes and our
particular (some say peculiar) habits!
new members are proposed for membership by current
members, often they do not know very many other people in the club. As
it can be a bit daunting trying to fit in and learn the ways of such a
well-established membership. The aim of the evening
is to introduce
new members to the old hands and to strike up some new friendships.
General Committee invite long established members to help us
to integrate our more recent members and inform them of some of our
procedures. The bar will, of course, be open and it has to be said it
is one part
of the club most of our members know how to deal with.
well as the bar we will also have displays from various Committees and
let you know what is planned for the coming year and perhaps introduce
members to boat owners who might be looking for crew. To fill any gaps
proceedings there will be some light nibbles available to make for a
new members and old, please come along for a pleasant social evening,
make new friends,
see what the Essex Yacht Club has to offer and what makes us the best
the foreshore! Well, we think it is anyway.
Easter Tin Mug
hard and decidedly cold races made up the Easter Tin Mug, with
the best two results
counting. The winners were the only two-handed boat to race all three
races. The growing Solo fleet supported by both the Essex Yacht Club
and the Leigh Sailing Club dominated the rest of the places.
1, 29er 1817,
A Stickland and Sam Warren; 2, Laser
Radial 183937, Andy Middleton; 3, Solo 3325
Matt Tothill; 4, Solo 345,
John Charles; 5, Solo 3904
Rob Tothill; 6, Solo 3355,
with the big boys and girls, the Cadets have their own Easter
Mug; won by last year's victor, Luke Beuvink, followed by brother
3, 1 April 2013
wind, just as cold - when is summer, or even Spring come to that, going
to arrive - but there were some good sunny spells to at least make it
look better. Luckily the later tide meant those who had forgotten to
put their clocks forward on Sunday night had time to acclimatise.
RS800 8211, S
Baucutt; 2, 29er 1817, A Stickland and Sam Warren; 3,
Radial 183937, Andy Middleton; 4,Solo 3325
Matt Tothill; 5, Solo
2827, John Alani; 6, RS 200, 1077; 7, Solo 2953, Colin Walker; 8, Solo
Tothill; 9, Optimist 5720, L
Beuvink; 10, Topaz Uno 982, John Beuvink; 11, Topper
46117, Joshua Beuvink.
Race 2, 30 March 2013
than Saturday, but just as cold, so the second race of the Easter Tin
Mug series was still a severe test of the competitors. Leigh Sailing
Club ran the race, setting a course that maximised the Easterly wind
close to shore and in just a light chop rather than a soaking sea.
Laser Radial 91374, Richard Knight; 2, Laser Radial 183937, Andy
Middleton; 3, Solo 3325, Matt Tothill; 4, Solo 3904 Rob Tothill; 5,
Solo 345, John Charles; 6, Solo 3355, Tony Handfield; 7, Laser Radial
182427, Seb Baucutt; 8, Laser 43429; 9, 29er 1817, Andrew Stickland and
Sam Warren; 10, Solo 2827, John Alani; 11, Topaz Uno 982, John Beuvink;
12, Optimist 5720 2 laps adjusted to 4 - Luke Beuvink.
1, 29 March 2013
day of sunny spells,but a cold and very gusty East wind greeted the
competitors for the first race of the 2013 season, the Easter Tin Mug.
There was a rolling swell caused by many days
East wind, but generally the sea was slight, sparing crews from a
soaking with freezing spray.
you, it wasn't that cold that Luke Beuvink was discouraged from a swim
after the race! He was wearing a drysuit, however. . .
Andrew Stickland and Sam Warren; 2, Laser Radial 183937, Andy
Middleton; 3, Solo 345, John Charles; 4, Solo
3904, Rob Tothill; 5, Solo 3355, Tony Handfield; 6, Solo 3325,
Matt Tothill; 7, Solo 2953, Colin Walker; 8, Solo
2827; 9, Optimist 5720-1 lap adjusted to 2 - Luke Beuvink; 10,
Topaz 982, John Beuvink; 11, Topper 46117, Joshua Beuvink..
continues on Saturday and Sunday
Opening Hours and sailing timetable
find below the opening hours for the EYC bar
for the Easter Weekend.
Friday - 29th of March 1200 to 1700, and in the evening 1900
- 30th of March 1200 to 1700.
Sunday - 31st of March 1200 to 1800.
Holiday Monday - 1st of April. 1200 to 1700.
Club will also have guest ale, Maldon Gold, available for members over
it or not the Sailing Programme starts in earnest next
see the extract from the sailing programme below :-
Tin Mug/cadet race 1
Tin Mug/cadet race 2
Tin Mug/cadet race 3
is no racing on Bank Holiday Monday
Cocktail Sunday –
Sunday 7 April.
is on the notice board for
the final Sunday lunch of this winter on the 7 April. This time it will
lamb roast and the cost is £14.00 for adults and £8.00 for under 16’s.
the bookings not meet the necessary numbers for a “sit down” then there
roast meat in baguettes served in the upper saloon. A decision based on
will be made over Easter and communicated to members during W/C 1 April.
Night date is now set for 26
April. It will follow the usual format with Quiz Master Mark Hopkins
the show and a small supper during half time. Information
will be sent
out next week regarding costs and how to book a table for your team.
Out Supper – Saturday 27 April.
change of date this year for
the Fitting Out supper as it’s not on the same day as launching which
April. The list will go up at the Club on Easter Sunday. More
Yacht Club “At Home” Sunday 14 April at 1230
EYC members are invited to the Wakering Yacht Club “At Home” Sunday 14
is with sadness we report the death of Ron Stock who passed away on 14
a veteran member, had been a member of the club since 1935.
was a keen EOD sailor and racer, and latterly in cruisers.
funeral will be at Southend Crematorium at 1500 on Wednesday 3 April.
Family flowers only.
Weekend - Thanks from the Commodore
wanted to thank those of you
who were able to make the time to support us at our work weekend. We
accomplished a lot with a fantastic workforce (and a fair bit of
up of members from all age groups, right down to some very young
all worked together well to make a difference to our clubhouse.
thanks to the enthusiastic
Colin Mitchell and Darren ‘The Clipboard’ Taylor for organising the
and getting us all working, and the ladies who kept us supplied with a
tea, coffee, bacon and sausage rolls from the Galley. The weather also
good with some lovely sunshine on Sunday.
think that there was any
single area or room on the boat or racks which was not painted,
cleared of unwanted items in some way or another. Work is always going
the club and assistance is always required, so, if you can find the
assist us with some of the on-going tasks please get in touch and we
specific work parties organised as required.
the work weekend, the sail
store has been reorganised, and boat owners will not necessarily find
sails in the places that they left them. The new arrangement is the
are now on the top and
middle shelves on the right (as you enter the shed). Half the Optimist
and spars are on the bottom right-hand shelf, the rest of the Optimist
are on the bottom left-hand shelf. Topaz sails are on the middle left
shelf. Laser and miscellaneous sails are now on the top left-hand shelf
without sails attached are on
the floor under the shelves on the left. Various other items (covers,
on the floor under the right-hand shelves.
are requested to adhere to
this arrangement as it should means that all owners can more readily
The intention is to attach labels to the shed walls indicating which
type of sail goes on each shelf. It would also help if owners could put
name and/or sail number on their sail bags so that they can be easily
Club Work Weekend
premises and racks take a lot of upkeep, so from time to time Work
organized for members to come along and give their time on a Saturday
a Sunday morning to help to bring everything up the standard we all
Taylor and Colin Mitchell have kindly agreed to run the Work Weekend on
Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 March and would like as many people as
volunteer so we can completed as many jobs as we can.
that we supply enough sausages and coffee, and to help with
you please contact the club to let us know which days you will be able
But even if you
can’t contact us, just
turn up on either day and join in.
Sunday – Sunday 3rd March.
Pork in Baguettes replacing
the last Sunday Lunch and with Cocktail Sunday being the same day as
Weekend – 3 March - we shall again serve the ‘bar meals’ in the upper
which this month will be a beef baguette with onions. Again
as it is work
weekend, the usual dress code for Cocktail Sunday will be rescinded
temporarily, so no need to go home to change after your hard work in
Night being planned will now
NOT take place in March, but sometime in April. The date is
not fixed yet,
but keep an eye ot for the date when it is announced.
Brush up your knowledge
forget Friday evening, 1 March 2030 is your chance to pick up some tips
and improve your chances of making an impact during racing next season.
your mantelpiece looking a little bare this winter, just lacking a
metal? Do you wish you had a shiny silver trophy or a cup or two to
Check out this message and you could be a happy sailor at the front of
EYC racing dinghy sailors are warmly invited to brush up their skills
new season at the Masterclass, at 2030 hours on Friday, 1st March on
will be an open forum Question and Answer session with some of the
leading championship winners.
What do the new Racing Rules mean for me? (Assuming you even knew the
How can I make the best start? (Be on the line at the gun and be
moving. . .)
How do I gybe safely in a blow? (With great care. . .)
How can I get better boat speed? (Sail faster. . .)
How can I improve my upwind performance? (Ditto. . .)
out the answer to these and any other vital questions you have about
equipment, crewing, boat handling, sails and rules from champions
Wells, Steve Underwood and George Chambers, who will make up the expert
free event is organised by the EOD Class but most of the tips and
be relevant and useful for all, so club members – both helms and crew -
ALL other racing dinghy classes will be warmly welcomed. We would also
pleased to see new EYC members who are interested in trying out racing.
New EYC Flag Officers
last Friday’s AGM, Garry Watkins stood down as
Commodore to make way for our new Commodore Alec Pell-Johnson. He will
be joined by Flag Officers, Vice Commodore Nick Veitch and Rear
Commodores, Gail Monk, Paul Edwards and Rob Redman. Congratulations to
thanks to Past Commodore Garry Watkins for leading us though the last
AGMs - 2013 Friday
Club and Company AGMs will be on Friday 8th February.
Letters and email
notification should have gone out to Full Members last week.
Membership Subscription Invoices
invoices for Annual Subscriptions
have now gone to members. If you have not
received your invoice, please contact either Barbara Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barry Barnes at email@example.com
due to increases imposed upon the Club by its
suppliers, it will be necessary to increase our bar prices for 2013.
be going up 10p and wine will be going up by approx. £1 a bottle. All
prices will rise by proportional amounts. These price increases are the
since this time last year and a number of supplier increases were not
to members as they were received.
considerable amount of discussion, the Sailing Committee has put
the provisional sailing program which is now available for viewing on
notice board. The structure of the program is similar to previous
including points races for all classes from Optimists to Cruisers, ‘all
club trophy races and the usual Inter club team racing events.
racing and new for this season, we have also introduced a number
cruises including cruisers to Faversham and dinghies BBQing
beach, as well as a number of sail training events for cadets and
The program is varied and should have something for everyone who plans
to be on
the water this season. So please come down and have a look at the board
what will be going on and check out dates for summer racks, launch
New Year Message from Commodore Garry Watkins
Another year has
passed and now work starts on fitting out our boats to
be ready for another season. I would like to congratulate those who
some silverware as a result of last season’s successes, and our cadet
their sterling effort in the combined Interclub team race. Hopefully
success of the British Olympics team will have inspired some of our
emulate their achievements, and the EYC can retain some of the trophies
Interclub and maybe add a few!
On a more mundane
note the club last year was hit again with an increase
in prices for Electricity, Gas, general Rates and Rent. Whilst we have
keep costs to a minimum, the maintenance and general running costs have
increased, as most of us are well aware. Unfortunately this means an
in subscriptions in line with inflation is required to maintain the
expenditure level. This has been agreed by General Committee.
The Club is still
on a sound footing, and we aim to keep it that way but
this year still see’s some extra expenses as in the completion of the
escape. In addition to this a new PLA bylaw has been passed that no
properties/clubs/houseboats will be allowed to discharge waste water or
into the Thames Estuary. This bylaw comes into force in January 2015,
General Committee is already in consultation with Southend Council and
Railtrack to come to some agreement as to putting services in beneath
cinder path to Old Leigh. This is yet another expense the Club has to
which it has no control. Therefore this also needs to be considered in
budget projections for 2013/14 although we are also exploring possible
for this work that may be available from various bodies.
We do need your
assistance on committees or for maintenance jobs that
require attention on the club. So if you are handy with ideas, a
a hammer please step forward and speak to one of the Flag Officers or
members. As this is my final letter to you all as your Commodore I
to say thank you to all committee members and those that help to make
the club that is respected and admired by all who visit us, also thank
the support of the membership over the past two years for myself and
a final note I would like to wish the future Commodore and Flag
success. Thank you all for your continued support of the Club and
have a good future.
Wishing you all a
fair wind and sunny days for 2013
AGMs - Friday 8 Feb 2013
Club and Company AGMs will be on Friday 8th February. Accordingly,
latest Company law and Club rules, formal notification of the AGMs will
sent to members not less than 14 days before this date. Any Proposals
Changes to be decided at the AGMs will need to be with the Hon.
later than the 5th January (See Rule 24) and for other proposals no
later than the 18th January (See Rule 19.1b) Nominations for
Officers and General Committee will need to be with the Hon Secretary
by 11th January
(28 days before the AGMs).
Nominations for Officers and General Committee must conform to the
of Club Rule No.6. To aid members in the nomination process, lists that
completed for the various Club roles have been put on the Club notice
These lists will be taken down on 11th January.
Membership Subscription Invoices
The Annual Subscription is due on the 1st of
January each year.
Subscription Rates for 2013 have increased in line with the forecast
rate for 2013. Invoices for this year’s subscriptions will be
sent out in
the next few days by post for those who do not have an email account
registered on the club database and by email for those that do.
due to increases
imposed upon the Club by its suppliers, it will be necessary to
increase our bar
prices for 2013. The amounts of the increases are being calculated and
communicated during January. The price increases are the
first since this
time last year and a number of supplier increases were not passed on to
as they were received.
to the EYC's Seb Baucott and Andy Middleton who won the 2012 LSC Brass
Monkey Trophy race on 30 December in their RS200.
It was a
windy but bright day and Seb and Andy were not only one of the few to
stay the right way up, but were the only ones to fly a spinnaker on
both downwind legs of the course.
should have had a very Merry Christmas by now and now it's the turn of
the New Year. Best wishes to everyone and here's to a wonderful summer
of sailing, whatever the weather!
Don't forget the club bar
openings and the New Year's party - if you are signed up - and how
about coming down to the club on Sunday 30th of December to cheer on
the brave participants in the LSC's Brass Monkey Trophy race? The
weather forecast looks just right for a bit of spectating if you're not
brave enough - daft enough - to be on the water.
December diary dates
Don't forget these! Be there!
Friday Club nights
From now until 21 December come to the Club , enjoy the evening, enjoy
the company of your friends, enjoy the mulled wine and take part in the
raffle for a magnum of champagne. Raffle drawn on 21 December
Sunday December 2 at 1200:
Cocktail Sunday and At Home to all the other clubs on the shore, plus
the RNLI will be there for you to buy your Christmas cards
Sunday 9 December:
Sunday Lunch - list on the notice board
Saturday 15 December:
EYC Christmas Dinner, all the trimmings plus carol singing - sign up now
Sunday 16 December:
Children's Christmas Party, entertainment, food and Father Christmas
arriving by sleigh; what more could you want, six or 60? Sign up your
little one for just £7.50. Kick off at 1100. LIST CLOSES
TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER!
Christmas Bar opening
Years Eve, tickets only – See below
years Day 12-4 pm
28th, Saturday 29th
and Sunday 30th Dec – usual opening hours
New Year's Eve Party:
31 December! No change of date for this one. Black Tie, posh
frock, just £20 per ticket - NOW SOLD OUT!
December 100 Club winners: Winner,
Robin Reed; second, Robin Tothill; third Stuart Silcock; fourth, Robert
Plus the winter's sailing still goes on.
A night of glittering prizes
The 120th prizegiving at the Essex Yacht Club took place on 17 November.
Read the list of prize winners and see the images on the News Pages
Ray Mark out of its misery
The Ray Mark is no longer a hazard, except as a stump 0.5m above the
A buoy will be installed for the rest of the Winter Series racing.
Watch out for the Ray Mark if you are out on the
The following warning says it all:
The Ray Mark is now almost down, but not quite. It is
pointing at a perilous angle and is covering at HW.
have informed our R.Os to keep race courses clear of the area until it
is taken down owing to the risk of a vessel being holed.
The mark is directly south of the EYC and on the north bank of
the Ray Gut
It's all over bar the shouting
Saturday 27 October sees the end of the summer sailing season for 2012
at the Essex Yacht Club.
weekend the EODs will be dragged from the water and stored on the West
racks, most of the cruisers will have left for their lay-up berths,
either ashore or up some muddy creek, many of the small boats will
leave the racks, with only the hardy winter series racers remaining.
The club's tenders and support boats will be winterised and long list
of necessary work compiled.
But there's no need to feel sad! This weekend also sees the
start of the winter social season.
night kicks off the round of suppers and dinners with the Fitting Out
supper - there are still a few places free if you would like to contact
Then a full programme kicks off with the first Cocktail Sunday and
Sunday Lunch on 4th November.
Annual Dinner Dance is Saturday 10 November, with the all-important
Prizegiving and fish and chip supper on 17 November. On 2 December it
club's At Home when we welcome members from all the other clubs on the
The Cruiser Class Winter Warmer - an informal supper
rounded off with the telling of tall tales from the past season - is on
24 November. The Class AGM is Friday 18 January and the Cruiser Class
Dinner is 16 March.
Put the dates in your diary now and we look forward to seeing you on
Estuary class overall results for the year
Full results for the EOD class racing for 2012 in the News pages.
Go to the News Pages for some dinghy overall results and places for the
end of the Summer Series on 20 October.
Past Commodore Stuart Readman
It is with sadness we report the death of Past Commodore Stuart Readman
who passed away in Southend Hospital on 14 October 2012.
funeral will take place on Wednesday 24 October at 1100 in the small
chapel at Southend Crematorium and afterwards at the Essex Yacht Club.
All friends are welcome.
Family flowers only, donations to the RNLI through W. Thorpe, Funeral
Barbara Sullivan, Hon. Sec., Essex Yacht Club
Saturday 6 October 2012
A full programme for this saturday in the latter stages of the season.
Results on the News pages.
Interclub Team Race and Ingram Shield results
Go to the News pages for full results
Interclub Team Race and Ingram Shield this weekend
30 September 2012 sees the annual Interclub Team Race this year hosted
by the Thames Estuary Yacht Club from their start line down near the
The start is at 1230 and we have a full set of teams, including cadets,
planning to take part.
Sailing instructions can be downloaded here: Interclub Team Race SIs
Peter Cotgrove Trophy
all-in handicap race for the Peter Cotgrove Trophy took place on
Saturday 29 September 2012. The memory of Peter, past
the RYA and a legendary local yachtsman is celebrated every year with
this race, open to all local clubs. Results in the News Pages.
year the EYC holds an all-in race for the Symonds Cup. This
saw an exceptional turnout of everything from Optimits to cruisers.
Full results in the News Pages.
Cadet Week 2013
Now this one's over, put the date for the next one in your diary:
Wednesday 7th August to Sunday 11th. Be there!
Cadet Week Results
See the full results on the Cadets page
Cadet Week starts 1 August
Essex Yacht Club's rightly famed Cadet Week - well, Cadet five days
really - starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday.
Good luck and lots of fun to all taking part and doing the
Blackwater Race Results
Essex's Blackwater Race for the Essex Bowl, a part of the
CCS series run between all the local clubs, took place on
28 July. A great fleet of 18 boats came to the line, but only
half made it to the finish.
Read the story and peruse the results on the News page.
All the winners
cruiser races were sailed over the weekend, the singlehanded on
Saturday and a points race on Sunday. There was also a fulll programme
for the EODs, with the Essex One Design Championship on Saturday and
the Velsheda Trophy on Sunday - both races for two of the most
beautiful trophies anywhere. And the handicap classes were in action
too. Go to the News page for details.
Summer Ball cancelled
is with great regret the General Committee announces it has cancelled
the 2012 Summer Ball planned for 14 July. Would those who
already paid please contact the Entertainments Committee for a refund.
Friday 6 July on board the Wilton, a special wine tasting event will
take place, giving the chance to enjoy some excellent wines as well as
learning something about where they come from and how they are grown.
Tickets are £10 and include cheese and biscuits help you
the sensations while retaining control. . .
Nore race, Cadets in Cruisers, Crew's race and some EOD racing over the
past few weekends. See the News page for details.
EYC Summer Ball, 14 July 2012
the Olympics imminent, it should come as no surprise to find that this
year's EYC Summer Ball has a five ring theme - offending no copyrights
of course - with a subtext of Greek drama.
begins at 1900 with a glass of bubbly, with a Buffet supper at 2000;
Band Billy Liar cranks up at 2100 and it all ends at midnight
plenty of time to be in training on the running track bright and early
next morning. Dress of course Black Tie, with just a little sporting or
Tickets are just £30, members only, from the Entertainments Committee.
social events for your diary include Wine Tasting on Friday 6 July -
£10 including cheese and biscuits to keep you on an even keel and the
EOD Supper on Saturday 7 July following the EOD Championship - £18.
Contact the Entertainments Committee for the former, EOD
Captain for the latter.
Commodore's Cruise Sunday 24 June 2012
Join your fellow club members for our traditional "beating the
boundaries" and cheering the Commodore sail on Sunday 24 June.
Garry Watkins will lead the fleet - everyone from Cruiser to Optimist
welcome - on a tour of our local sailing area before we all form up in
our classes and give a hearty three cheers to our leader. Then it's the
usual scramble to get ashore to enjoy a superb tea of sandwiches, cake
Be there to see Tachia lead the fleet!
Latest Band Night, new bar opening times, other social
the night away on 16 June, come to the club at 1900 on Fridays instead
of 2000, visit other clubs on their At Home days, join the 100 Club;
details in the News pages
Race results, 9 and 10 June 2012
More seasonal weather - autumnal - marked racing over the
weekend. Details and results in the News pages.
Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend sailing
to 5 June
between peeking at the Jubilee events on TV, hanging out red white and
blue bunting and eating copious amounts of jelly, ice cream and cake,
there was a full programme of racing for the small boats, including the
John Swann Trophy for Estuary ODs, and a cruising
rally for the bigger craft. See the News Pages for details.
for 26 and 27 May 2012
and cruisers raced over the weekend. Results in the News