Please could all members note that on Saturday 8th July 2017 the Committee has granted the Maldon and Blackwater Model Boat Club exclusive use of our training lake for their annual regatta. On this date, please would members refrain from using the lake. Many thanks.
During April and May we taught six adult novices to sail toppers on the lake up to the level of being able to race a triangular course in a regatta. This was the Workplace Challenge run by us as a joint venture between the RYA and Active Essex to offer businesses a learn to sail programme. Five of the team went to Brightlingsea SC on Saturday 17th June to take part in a round robin series of races in Topaz single handers in very challenging conditions ranging from no wind to a force 4 sea breeze. They encountered things not usually found on our lake such as tide, large navigation marks, navigation posts, commercial traffic but coped with these well (apart from Stephen who capsized at the finish and got pinned to a large post). Team Blackwater proved unbeatable and took the first two steps on the podium. Congratulations to the overall winner Aleutia House and to second placed Tash Kershaw. Many thanks to fellow instructors Rob Haigh, Frankie Ash and Drac Norman for helping to run this very enjoyable and successful programme.
On Saturday 17th June the club welcomed 76 new members and their families to the new members reception when they were given the opportunity to find out more about how the club works and how to make the most of the opportunities available to them. It was great to speak to so many new adult and cadet members who seemed so enthusiastic about and impressed with our club and who can't wait to discover the joys of sailing and being a part of everything the club offers.
They were then joined by 52 existing members and cadets for a fabulous BBQ and many stayed well into the evening. Many thanks to all those who helped make this a successful event and in particular to Allan Hunt and his team for cooking the BBQ on one of the hottest days of the year.
Registration Opens Tuesday 13 June and closes Sunday 9 July. There will be no late entries allowed.
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Many Congratulations to Gareth Davies who is the 2017 Blaze National Champion in his first year in the class. In a very competitive fleet at Warsash Sailing Club from 2-4th June he beat off the opposition to score an amazing five straight first places to count. Congratulations also to Andy McIvor who came third demonstrating how strong our Blaze fleet is.
Congratulations also to Sophie Johnson crewed by Becky Caiger who raced against 111 RS Feva's at Torbay from 27-29th May to become Ladies National Champions. The full report and results can be found here: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/196268/PA-Consulting-UK-RS-Feva-Nationals . Not content with this, Sophie & Becky headed straight off to the RS Feva European Championships held at Club Nautique de Versoix in Switzerland from 2-5th June. They came third over all out of 67 boats from all over Europe and became RS Feva Ladies European Champions. What a brilliant achievement - well done Sophie & Becky. https://www.facebook.com/rsfevagbr/posts/1341770629237205
We are very proud of our sailors who travel far and wide to represent Blackwater Sailing Club and GB achieving such great results to demonstrate what a high standard of racers we have.
Gareth Davies Blaze National Champion 2017 Blaze National Championship Results
RS Feva National Championships 2017 - Sophie Johnson bow no 033 - Ladies National Champion
RS Feva European Ladies Champions - Sophie Johnson & Becky Caiger