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Cruising Report 29th May 2024

Cruise to West Mersea 25th/26th May ‘24

Our first cruise of the season went well with 3 boats attending, Peg Leg, Scarlet and Foo.
The fine weather going round the Raysand Channel ensured an enjoyable sail for Peg Leg and a milk run for the motor boats. As the WMYC were hosting the EAORA fleet we were relegated to the Mersea Quarters on individual mooring buoys (without rope tails!). However their excellent launch service delivered the crews to Foo where jolly aperitifs were served with a surfeit of olives and nibbles.
The jaunty launchman was summoned and we were delivered to the town jetty and a short walk to the Club where 11 of us sat down for dinner. The Club making us very welcome.
The Mersea Quarters chop ensured an uncomfortable night’s sleep and with dawn came an unsettled weather forecast prompting our fleet to leave and catch the flood over the Raysand in case the wind increased above the 20 knot gusts predicted. With a good deal of wind Peg Leg flew home arriving back before the motor boats.
A short trip which blew out the winter cobwebs and no less enjoyable for it.

Up Coming Events

Mid Summer raft up 21st June
Our next event is the Mid Summer Raft up, Friday night, 21st June and I would suggest we anchor in the Yokesfleet Creek where those Druids that want to, can stay overnight.

St. Katharine’s Dock cruise
5th to 13th July ‘24

Due to interest shown in a cruise to St. Katharine’s Dock, we are revising the programme to include St. Katharine’s on the 5th to 13th July and putting back the Orwell Odyssey to 10th to 16th August ’24.
With regard to St. Katharine’s Dock, we propose to overnight at Queenborough, and take the morning flood tide up the Thames arriving Tower Bridge at midday. Departure left to individual boats. Foo will leave 13th July. At this time they have vacant berths but this may change.
Brightlingsea Regatta 5th to 6th July ‘24
For those who would prefer to stay closer to home, Brightlingsea are holding a regatta and fireworks 5th to 6th July. I would recommend that you contact Brightlingsea Harbour, tel. 01206 302200 to reserve a berth.
Orwell Odyssey 10th to 16th August ‘24
A cruise taking in Woolverstone, (including the Pin Mill walk), historic Ipswich and Levington.
If any member is interested in any of our events please contact Peter Howard mob. 07775 753880

by Cobra - May 2024

The Patterson Cup on Saturday 25th May started with light to no wind with kedging and very little progress for the first three hours. The course was shortened Whitaker to port then back through the Swin Spitway to West Mersea. Cobra took line honours after 10 hours of racing.
Cobra was 1st in Class 2 and 5th overall.

The Ralph Herring Trophy on Sunday 26th May started wet and breezy for the 49 mile race back to Burnham. The foredeck crews were busy with numerous headsail, spinnaker and asymmetric changes as the wind increased to 25 knots on the beat back.
Cobra was 2nd in Class 2 and 2nd overall. 1st RBYC boat winning the Cecil Gatti Challenge Cup.

Burnham Week Team Interview - with Phil Collard of Cobra

This week the Burnham Week Team interviewed Phil Collard of Cobra after he won the Stuart Paul Trophy at Burnham Sailing Club on Wednesday Night as follows:

Taken from:- Burnham Week - Official Website -

06/06/2024 Meet the Sailors Series

As we gear up for the thrilling Burnham Week Regatta 2024, we've caught up with Phil Collard the day after Cobra secured the Stuart Paul Trophy at Burnham Sailing Club. With a lifetime of experience and a passion for competitive sailing Phil kindly shared his insights into his journey, prep and expectations for Burnham Week 2024.

Phil's sailing journey began at 11 when he joined Benfleet's Sea Scouts, progressing to represent his school in national championships, guided by his teacher Ken Layzell.

He has been Involved with Burnham Week and EAORA since the late '70s, helming his own yacht, Rogue Robber, by 1982. This marked the start of his long relationship with Burnham Week, continuing until 1998 and resuming recently with Cobra, a Beneteau 34.7.

"As we gear up for our second year racing with Cobra, I'm lucky to have a seasoned crew, albeit a bit old and hard of hearing," Phil jests. "Last year, we sailed together in 44 races, refining our skills and strengthening our teamwork."

Looking forward to Burnham Week 2024, Phil eagerly anticipates the challenges ahead. "I can't wait to navigate the tide courses and cross the finish line with just enough water under the keel! And, of course, those scorching days on deck, discussing a 2 hour race over a 5 hour chat," he says with a grin!

We're excited to catch up with Phil and all the other participants when the excitement kicks off #BurnhamWeek2024

Provisional Cruising Programme 2024

1st JanuaryPredicted LogB on C. 15.38hrs.Icicle race
28th AprilRaft upB on C 16.06hrs.Location t.b.c.
25/26th MayTrip to West Mersea Y.C.Holliwell Pt. 14.20hrsDinner W. Mersea YC
27th MayPredicted Log.B o C 15.53hrsWhitsun Regatta
22nd JuneMid Summer raft upB on C 13.39hrsBring along a Druid
29th JuneTrip to FambridgeB on C 18.56hrsMeal/Sea shanties
5th July - 13th JulyRuss Cashel’s trip to St Katharines DockLondon Bridge 14.21hrsThe theatre maybe
6TH JulyBrightlingsea Regatta WeekendBrightlingsea 13.10hrsRegatta/fireworks
10th -16th AugustIpswich CruiseHarwich 11.55hrsR. Orwell odyssey
17th AugustCommodore’s sail past/ raft upB on C 11.24hrsCadet sail past
18th AugustPredicted LogB on C 12.21hrsR.B. start line
22/23rd AugustClacton Air ShowClacton 14.38hrsBoats and Planes
13/15th SeptemberPyefleet/Bradwell cruiseBrightlingsea 20.30hrsSeafood delivered
13th OctoberPredicted log/raft upB on C. 21.51hrsR.B. start line

Expressions of interest please to the Organisers:

Peter Howard :
Russ Cashel :
Jack Warry :
Bob Skeens :
Chris Collins: