39 members enjoyed the second Mid Week Lunch of the season on Thursday 16th November. It was great to welcome Bridget back and see her looking so well when she produced a delicious lunch of toad in the hole with cheesy leaks, peas and carrots followed by steamed syrup sponge pudding. A special presentation of a personalised calender and T shirt was made to Peter Copsey to remind him of the risks and hazards when transferring from a tender. Anthony Sinclair gave a short presentation regarding the proposals for the rebuilding of the centre section of the club house. A big thank you to Marilyn and her band of helpers for organising and putting on these popular lunches.
The next lunch will be the X-mas lunch on Thursday 14th December. The cost will be £15 and the sign up sheet is now up in the club foyer. This event is always very popular and places are limited so don't delay, sign up to-day.
This weekend saw the BSC Optimist open training event and wow 🤗what an amazing couple of days! Oppie Admiral Dave Evans and a team of volunteers and top coaches worked so hard to make sure the 40 plus sailors were on the water in winds that sent most adult sailors running. Due to incoming Hurricane Dan ( or was it Stan?) all sailing on Saturday was postponed but Sunday saw the lake come into its own with all of the Optimistic Oppie-ist's sailing and having great fun despite the very chill F5 - F6 - and doing some brilliant work! A few of the top jockeys made it out on the river in the afternoon, with the few grown up racers who also dared to venture out.
Monday saw lighter winds with two thirds of the fleet now over the wall and out on the river including a flotilla down to Maldon Prom for chips and ice cream where once again the flag was flown for BSC to a crowd of Maldon tourists.
At the end of the day all the Oppie visitors went away saying what a great event and what a great club!
So well done to all the cadets - BSC and visitors - who took part and great job Dave, Clem and the supporting team and coaches and including the older BSC wet cadet gang who helped to make the event such a success. So proud of all you guys👍👍👍 Skipper D Out.
Despite light winds and spring tides, a mixed fleet of 50 boats took to the water for the annual Dyer Cup. These ranged from Mirrors to Spitfires and included 13 Cruisers. After last year's fast race it was clear as the fleet battled against the tide making slow progress on a broad reach towards Doctor that no records were going to be set this year. The first boat to finish took over an hour to complete the course and the last took almost two and a half hours !
First Place: K6 201 - Phil Newman
Second Place: Fireball 15122 - Dave Hall
Third Place: Fireball 14905 - Charlie Stewart
First Cruiser (16th overall): Geronimo - Tommy Mills
PIctures of the Podium placed boats below - taken by Guy Hawkins
On 14th November our Tuesday Evening Talks got off to a great start when over 50 members packed in to the club room to hear Julie Nelson give a detailed and humorous account of the Friday Sailors annual May pilgrimage to Menorca Sailing in the beautiful bay of Fornells. She was ably assisted by Zoe and Belinda and recounted many interesting tales of the fun you can have in other people's boats. One disaster led to another with much capsizing and unintentional collisions but everyone returned in one piece leaving the clubs equipment in ruins and the instructors in need of counselling. Our Commodore can be seen below demonstrating his unusual sailing position when trying out an RS Vareo.
Our next talk is by Nigel Willsher on Tuesday 12th December entitled "My big fat Greek Flotilla Holiday". Come along and learn what can happen if you try to sail beyond your level of ability. The bar opens at 7:00 pm and the talk starts at 7:30pm. Don't miss it !
Mike Foster was part of the winning team on JP Carine, a 47' Beneteau that won cruiser class B at at the Bodrum Cup in Turkey.
Congratulations to Frankie Ash on winning the BSC Photographic Competition and his winning picture will appear on the front of the 2018 Calendar and the next 11 best pictures will appear monthly and all these photos are on display at the Club.
Orders for the calendar are now being taken and order forms are by the display. Calendars cost £8 and desk calendars cost £5. They make ideal Christmas presents and now is the time to get that order in!