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  • 23/07/2018 07:48 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    A massive thank you to the 38 adult and cadet members who gave up Saturday 21st July to help get the club and grounds looking good for Cadet and Club week. They toiled all day in the brutal heat and as the tide went out, a team waded through the mud to rebuild the rill, working until they dropped with exhaustion. Ditches were cleared, hedges cut, piles of rubbish and mounds round the lake were cleared and grass was cut. The patio and white benches were power washed and the boat park labels were all checked. Many other essential jobs were done during this and the winter work parties so thank you to those who have given many hours to the club to do jobs that we would otherwise have to pay external contractors to do. 

    Highlight of the day was when the warden hijacked a passing ice cream man and forced him to park by the club house. He was only allowed to leave when we had had ice creams all round! 


  • 19/07/2018 21:37 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    BLUE - GREEN ALGAE WARNING !

    Members may have seen the reports in the press and on television regarding contamination of inland water due to the prolonged hot weather.

    Due to the health risks the activities on the lake for the Funday on Sunday 22nd July have been cancelled. The lake will still be open for normal sailing.

    It is suggested the following procedures are followed:

    • All users of the lake should be aware of the dangers and use the lake at their own risk.
    • Shower in fresh water (shower by the pavilion) after use and wash hands and clothing and if any water is accidentally swallowed, then the mouth should be washed out at once. The same applies to any eye contact with lake water. I would not advise anyone with an open wound to use the lake.
    • Dogs should be kept away from the lake for the time being for their own safety. 

    If you have any further questions please contact the Warden or email me at secretary@blackwatersailingclub.org.uk



  • 16/07/2018 21:56 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)


  • 10/07/2018 22:35 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    The Commodore writes:

    Waratah set off in the early morning with zero wind and motored to Osea Island and anchored off the pier. We were soon joined by 7 other boats who rafted up all on the one anchor! 4 more boats joined the fleet and bacon butties were enjoyed by all while we watched the start of the barge and smack race. There were about 25 craft in the race and it was quite a spectacle. Several members went for a swim off the back of Waratah.

    The wind shortly arrived and we had a pleasant sail down river to Bradwell beach where we anchored up and were taken ashore by Rob and Zoe in the rib who provided a water taxi service. We then enjoyed BBQs and lots of Prosecco under hot sunshine and some of us took the opportunity to cool off in the sea.

    Time went quickly and a we all enjoyed a refreshing easterly sea breeze and a run with the tide back to the club to round off a most enjoyable day.


  • 07/07/2018 08:46 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    On the weekend 30th June - 1st July the club hosted down river Open Meetings for the Southeastern Area Championship of the Snipe class and the English Championship of the National 18 class in 15-25 knots of wind and brilliant sunshine. The weekend also included full cadet training on the lake and river for 84 cadets with race coaching on the river for Optimists, Toppers, Lasers and Fevas and a seamanship course in our RS Quests. There was also a full programme of club racing throughout the weekend. With careful organisation and some give and take, a great weekend was had by all and our facilities coped remarkably well in absolutely fantastic, warm sailing conditions.

    Photos (c) Zoe Nelson and Nigel Butler



  • 02/07/2018 14:00 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    All cruisers and dinghies and day boats welcome.

    Depart BSC at 08.15 - read on for the complete Passage Plan.

    HW 07.19 therefore aim to leave BSC at 08.15

    • Waratah will be the Flag ship / service vessel and will leave at 07.45 and establish mooring at Osea Pier. Rest of fleet RV / raft up for refreshments in vicinity.
    • There will be a patrol boat to cover and provide water taxi service.
    • Radio channel   37
    10.00 depart Osea for lunch stop. Possible sites – Bradwell beach , Thirslet spit, remain at Osea depending on weather.

    12.00  Beach BBQ . Bring suitable food and drink but iced Champagne will be provided but bring own glasses.

    Beach cricket match- Friday sailors v the rest (Commodore to umpire- unbiased of course!)

    15.00 Approx     depart for the BSC

    17.30 Approx     arrive back at BSC 

    Lift jackets / buoyancy aids must be worn at all times while on the water. Bring foul weather clothing and swim wear and towel.

    Bring plenty of water to drink because de-hydration may be a problem if very hot day. Also remember the sun hat and sun block.

    Bring camera as on the day there is a barge race offering good photo opportunities.

    Fingers crossed for good weather to make it a most enjoyable day.

    Any queries to  commodore@blackwatersailingclub.org.uk


  • 01/07/2018 09:49 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    There will be a work party extravaganza happening on Saturday 21st July starting at 0930!  Turn up and enjoy helping the club in the company of fellow members!  Read about it in full HERE !

  • 27/06/2018 07:42 | Rear Commodore (Administrator)

    On Saturday 23rd June, 54 new members joined us at the club for the new members reception. They were introduced to the flags team and some of our committee members and club officers and were given the opportunity to learn more about how things work at the club. As the evening approached, Allan Hunt and his team fired up the BBQs and set to work cooking for the new members and over 50 existing members who joined us for the Mid Summer BBQ on a lovely warm evening. This year, we laid on a second sitting for our returning BJRC sailors coming back from a great sail contesting the Brown Cup. This proved to be very popular, Tommy Mills was so keen to get there that he sailed Geronimo up the rill almost 3 hours before high water! A very pleasant evening was had by all and the bar was kept busy. Many thanks to all those who helped make this event a great success.

    Allan Zoe and DaveDave Zoe and Allan

  • 25/06/2018 20:22 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    Hi All. It’s time to get ready. Briefing is at 09:30 on Saturday.

    Right Equipment - Right Place - Right Time. Please don't be late.
    Please download and read the joining instructions and check out your training groups and adult duties. 
    Any questions to either Rob or myself. See you on Saturday!!
    Skipper D Out


  • 21/06/2018 08:38 | Hon Secretary (Administrator)

    On Saturday 9th June keen wayfarer sailors went for a day cruise, although not necessarily in their Wayfarers! The commodore and Emma set-off first in Waratah and dropped anchor off of Osea Island where the vegetarian then started to cook the bacon. We were soon joined by Mark and Chris, Belinda and Allan, Sue and Ian and Lindsay and Steve. I think that Steve was very hot from crewing as he decided to go for a swim first - he didn’t even change into his trunks. He obviously missed the ‘swim at your own risk!’ memo. We did promise him that we would not post a picture of this, remaining true to our word! 

    From Osea we went for a beautiful cruise up to Bradwell Beach where we tucked in to many wonderful culinary delights prepared earlier. The only disappointment was when half a bottle of wine got spilled. There was talk of going for a walk but that’s all it remained - talk. After a few naps and much jovial conversation later we set off back to Blackwater Sailing Club, looking forward to a gentle broad reach return with the wind and tide behind us. Soon after Richard and I saw Belinda and Allan in the distance and remarked on how wide they were taking the river as they practiced using their spinnaker - strange that. We then got a message from Jack Spratt saying that Jessie may be in trouble? So we went to investigate. Jessie had first lost her jib halyard and then her boom block and was sailing using just the main sail (tied to the stern) and the spinnaker which was proving difficult; a tow was needed. Attaching them to Waratah was harder than it needed to be. I offered to throw the line but Richard remarked that he wanted it to reach them! So Richard helmed, adjusted the speed of the approach (we were under power) and threw the line himself, twice and failed. The third attempt, where I was allowed to help, worked. Belinda and Allan were then safely towed, although nearly cast-off at Northey, and managed to make it back to the club in one piece, no doubt grateful of the nap they’d had earlier! All in all a great day out, certainly excellent practice for the forthcoming Wayfarer Norfolk Broads Cruise in September. 

    List of things to remember for September:- 

    A Wayfarer 

    A spare jib halyard 

    A spare boom block 

    Swimwear 

    Wine stoppers…… 

    Words by Emma Reeve

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