Firstly, an important message for:
ALL CRUISER RACING SKIPPERS/OWNERS
Please ensure that you have signed the CYC Cruiser Race Declaration for 2018 and that your
completed Declaration is either posted to the CYC office, or directly handed to Robin Impey, CYC
Sailing Secretary, prior to your first race.
When, as a skipper/owner, you sign the Declaration, you agree to abide by and implement the CYC
Cruiser Race Sailing Instructions, IN FULL and in every respect, including listed safety equipment and
insurance. If you do not submit a completed Declaration prior to racing you will deemed ineligible to
race, and not placed. Please ensure that your 2018 paperwork is up to date as the completed and
signed CYC Cruiser Race Declaration, is a legal document held for the year by CYC.
Bruce Long, Rear Commodore Sailing.
‘Thank you’ from me to you all, regarding various CYC hiccups whilst Emma is away. I am afraid I am
rusty on the Club’s PC these days, but am happy, along with Oonie, to try to keep at least some of
the ‘balls in the air’.
There’s lots in poop deck this week, including some information for mariners, so please do take the
time to read it.
Almost 30 people enjoyed a delicious Friday the 13th
Steak Night last weekend. It was a great
evening. We also started a Sweepstake for Saturday’s Grand National Horse Race. Andrea, (Mike H ).
claimed the Winner at £20. Rick Wick chose the horse that came in 2nd,
winning £10, and Colin
Willett and Jackie Wick, won 3rd.
at £5 each.
Saturday evening saw a successful Cheese and Wine evening hosted by Smack Preservation Society
with 56 people enjoying old films.
The Regatta is looming, on the 2nd
June. Details are further down the page, but we are looking
for your unwanted ‘boat bits’ for our stall this year. So please, in your Spring Clean or Fitting Out this
year, take the opportunity to make a little more space for yourself, by donating any bits and pieces
that you may no longer need.
and Sunday 3rd
June, if you can spare us a couple of hours, we would be most grateful
for your support. If you have a special talent, we will try to fit your job to that skill.
Marshalls, jetty and land based. People to set up the area, erecting marquees, putting out cones,
First Aiders. People to man various stands, Membership and Boat Trip Bookings, Boat Bits, Tea and
Coffee making. BBQ, Pimms tent. Cash Office duties, Radio operators. Cadet helpers, resuce boat
crews and Sonata Skippers. The all important Beer shed will be manned by staff this year. But we
need people to help keep litter down and clean down tables. Friends and family welcome too!
Please send us an email if you can help: email@example.com
APRIL: Cock of the River Race. Start time 14.30
Opening Times this week;
• Thursday, 19th April – Club Open 12noon – 3:00 pm for lunch.
• Friday- 20
April -Club Open 12noon-3:00pm and 7:00-11:00pm Lunch + Evening meals
April -Club open 12noon –6:00pm Food available. Evening Meal
• Sunday 22nd April- Club Open 12noon -6:00pm. Sunday Lunch available.
Please book for any meal wherever you can, by using any of the contact details below:
Emma on 01206 302594 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jacqui on 07568757215
PLEASE NOTE THAT EMMA WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE UNTIL TUESDAY 23
Please see below, information for mariners sent to the club this week.
Barge Terra Marique - tug Valour Brightlingsea - float on SB Gladys
'Terra Marique' under tow by Tug ‘Valour’ inwards from Ramsgate. ETA number 9 buoy Thursday 19th
April HW 1520 hours prediction 5.00 m. Inwards draught max 2.30 m - ‘Terra Marique’ to berth Port side
on quay. Tug Valour can lay by on visitors or commercial pontoon, close to Olivers Wharf, to be
confirmed by Harbour office. 'Terra Marique’ .. needs to be manned from shore, therefore 4 or 5 crew to
be taken from hammer head by pilot launch ‘Dracula’ allowing sufficient time for crew once boarded
about 45 mins to activate ‘Terra Marique’ Plus Duty Pilot of course. Load operation for SB Gladys
floating onboard submerged ‘Terra Marique’ Friday 20th April HW 1600 hours 4.90 m.
Expect to sail after swing, Saturday 21st April HW 1645 hours 4.60 m - max departure draught 2.30 m
Olivers Wharf providing linesman in and out.
LADIES WHO LAUNCH - INFORMATION SESSION 17.00 THIS FRIDAY, 20 APRIL
Don't forget to pop down to the Club this Friday if you want to sign up to our Ladies Who Launch
series this summer. We'll meet inside the Club then take our launch out to the Sonatas for a
familiarisation session (but not going sailing). Then back to the Club to sign some paper and
maybe have a glass of something. Allow 1-1/2 hours or so.
Cock of the River after Race Supper
The Motley Crew will be entertaining us and crews from visiting West Mersea Yacht Club
are also joining us for Lasagne and Salad.
We have 50 booked already, so please book asap to ensure your place.
Chef Tim will be helping out.
£11.95 FOR 2 COURSES
RYA KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Our six new, very committed, trainee Keelboat Instructors spent last week on an intensive course
learning the RYA Teaching Method and how to teach seamanship skills to new sailors. The course
assumes good sailing skills and the trick is how to teach it! They all put in a huge effort, with
personal feedback on their accomplishments.
A follow-up session in May will further enhance their learning. So many thanks to everyone for huge
dedication to our Sonata project that aims to introduce newcomers to sailing and increase our
membership. The Main Committee has been very supportive, and we are also very pleased that the
RYA's active support has been rekindled. Our Sonata Maintenance Crew have been magnificent in
working through terrible winter weather to get our boats on the water, and thanks also to Ray Frost
for the loan of Sibelius. Last but not least, thanks to those of you who were trainee students on the
last two days of the training week.
TUESDAY SONATA LEAGUE
Watch this space for more details of a Tuesday evening Sonata League programme of racing. Two
short races starting 18.00. Dates to be published. Members who are on the Competent Skipper list
can take part.
April 11:00am start Cockleshell Race 1
Saturday May 5th
14:00 start Spring Race 4
Friday Night Pursuit races start on Friday May 11th
Bradwell Rally Saturday 12th
May 13:00 start if you plan to Race, those of us that just cruise, please
remember to book in with Jackie.
Posters are up in the club with full details, please contact Jackie Wick to book by 14th
reserve your place in the Marina and at the Green Man for dinner.
BOD Annual Dinner 28th
Calling all BOD sailors, family and friends.
The annual BOD dinner to kick of the 91
Season on the water, will
take place at the Colne Yacht Club.
This delicious 3-course meal will be cooked by Jacqui and Chef Tim,
who is coming in especially for the occasion. Please book online using
the link provided.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
The annual regatta will be held on the 2
To date on Saturday we have Women In Harmony Choir singing and later in the day, Motley Crew
and the Blackwater Jazz Band.
The Regatta Website is now up and running and please follow the site on facebook, to receive the
ANNUAL CADET ACTIVITY WEEK IS 23-27
Bookings now being taken. Please download a form from the website and send your
money in to Emma in the office.
CADET ANNUAL PARTY
As this is the 45
year of Cadet Activity Week, we will be trying to get in touch with all former
Cadet Commodores, Flag Officers and members to encourage them to come along. Please reach
out to your family and friends to let them know the party will be on Friday 27
Hope to see you in the clubhouse soon.
Jennie and The Comms. Team