All posts by Fiona Fraser

Commodores Cruise & BBQ

The weather gods are shining on us and it’s a perfect start to the day of the Commodores Cruise. Even if you’re not joining us for the sail / cruise to Fambridge you are most welcome to join us for BBQ later.

I imagine, given the tide times, we’ll be back and ready to BBQ from around 5.30/6pm. The BBQ will be lit and it’s a very casual ‘bring your own food and cook it’ kind of BBQ!

Hope to see lots of you soon!

Friday Night training for Juniors

Hi All,

As we have so many new Juniors that have joined us on a Friday night who are currently non-sailors, we have decided to split them all into groups. There will be 3 groups and they will spend time participating in 3 different activities. The idea will be that they spend time on each activity and rotate so they all participate in each activity over the course of the evening. This will start from this Friday 8th June.

The three activities will be;
1. Shore based – learn how to tack on our tacking simulator (for those non sailing parents – tacking is essentially changing direction in your boat!), learn the different parts of an Optimist (this will be the first boat they sail) and how to rig it.
2. Trip on Volunteer.
3. Sail on the Topper Sport / the BSC yacht ‘Thalassa’ once it is launched.

Once the children have had time taking part in our Pond sessions some of them will then progress onto the River, sailing independently.

With this in mind, more volunteers will be needed – either onshore (if you have some sailing knowledge and are able to teach tacking / rigging optimists) or on the water – either as crew in a boat, helming a powerboat, including Volunteer (only PB2 qualified can drive our biggest RIB) or helming the Topper Sport / yacht.

If you are interested in helping, please email me on and indicate where you are able to help. The idea is to have a ‘pool’ of parents who are happy to help and when I put together the rota for Friday evenings (I do this on a week by week basis), I can contact people to ask if they’d like to help that week – I will never rota you in without asking first!

I think Marcus is planning to run a few training sessions for parents to teach them how to drive Volunteer and the ‘Flames’ (these are our rigid powerboats with a tiller type engine on the back) – watch this space for more info!

Many thanks!

Bank Holiday Monday Sail

Anyone fancy a sail tomorrow?! The weather is forecast to be super hot, with a light breeze. Coral and I will have a safety boat out and Marcus will join us around 12.30 after he finishes his duties at the RBYC.
I’ll get down there around 11.30, with a view to launch around 12.30ish. Bring a picnic and enjoy a lazy day on the pontoon while the children have fun (and adults if they want to go afloat!) ☀⛵🏄‍♂️😄


Friday Night Junior Training

Friday is upon us again. The wind forecast is very light (and sunny (ish!!) with no rain) so should be perfect for our younger sailors. Liam is away this week so Ellen has kindly offered to take out the Topper Sport. Ellen is a coach for the RS Tera Squad, and has plenty of sailing achievements under her belt so they’ll be in very safe hands.

In addition to that, Dan Tribe has very generously offered his yacht to us for the evening (thank you!) so that we can take out those who aren’t on the Topper Sport (don’t worry, the children will be rotated between the two so hopefully should have a turn on each). His daughter Jo will be at the helm and Don assisting. We’ll also probably need a parent or two to hop on board but Jo will let you know this evening.

We’ll have our usual coaches out with the Optimist fleet – Andy & Tony, Ben with the handicap fleet, assisted by James this week and Karen will be taking out any children that don’t want to sail on Volunteer – thanks as always to all of our coaches!

The galley & bar will be open so we look forward to seeing you all later!


Friday Evening Galley Duty

Hi All,

Our Friday night Junior sailing commences this week and we are putting together a rota for Galley duty. We only have 22 sessions to cover so with two people in the galley each week, only need 44 volunteers.

We have created a poll for members to select which sessions they are able to do. Please volunteer if you can by filling out the poll….

(You may need to copy and paste the link above into your browser if the link does not work – apologies!)

Many thanks,

Your Junior Committee

Dinghy Park – unidentified boats

Good afternoon,

With the sailing season about to start, a team of us have spent a great many hours sorting the dinghy park and tidying the boats. There are a few boats left where we are unsure of the owner. Please see the attached document and if any of the boats pictured belong to you, or you know the owner, please contact me on

EDIT: There is also a blue wayfarer, sail number 9047 that we are unsure of the owner.

Also, you have not yet paid this years dinghy park fee for your boat, please do so as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Junior Section

Hi All,

Thanks to those of you who made it out last night between rain showers to our Pre Season Meet. To enable us to put all the children into groups for Friday evenings, please can you email me the following information:

Name of child, Age, Boat, Level of Experience (e.g. National Level, 1 year river sailing, or 1 year racing etc), Name and Email address of one parent.

Even if you have not completed your membership (which also needs to be done ASAP!), but intend to sail with us this year, please still send me this information.

Please email ASAP. Many thanks 🙂

Junior Training – Pre Season Meet

Calling all Junior Parents!

The new season of sailing is almost upon us, work has commenced on repairing our pontoon and we plan to be up and running on Friday  13th April.

In preparation, we would like to invite you and your children to a Pre Season Meeting on Wednesday 28th March at 6pm. This will give you the opportunity to hear our plans for the coming season, meet your coaches, volunteer for helping out (always important!) and have a catch up with your sailing friends.

Hope to see you all there!

Your Junior Committee

Reminder – Pie & Pint Night

Hi, Just a quick reminder that it is our Pie & Pint night this coming Friday. All bookings will need to be made by Wednesday. If you missed it the first time, all info is on the attached Poster

Pie Choices are;

Steak & Ale;  Chicken, Ham Hock & Leek;  Pulled Pork & Cider;  Homity Pie *vegetarian* (potato, onion, cheese in creamy cheese sauce).

Thanks 🙂