Single-handed Ocean Sailing in small boats

The Wivenhoe Sailing Club is delighted to welcome John Apps to the club on Saturday 30t h November to talk about his single-handed ocean sailing experience in boats mostly less than 30 feet.

Known amongst his friends as the East Coast’s answer to Crocodile Dundee, John has crossed the Atlantic 3 times (twice in a yacht of only 27 feet), sailed the Pacific Ocean, been to the Southern Ocean via Greenland, Ascension Island and much more.

During his talk John will be discussing his early days as a Jester Challenger, his Azores and Atlantic challenges

Talk starts 7.30pm. Bar open from 7pm


Rivercare Cleanup

River Clean UpOct 6th 10:00 & Old Hard BBQ @ 14:00

WSC members are encouraged to join in with the Wivenhoe Society and Wivenhoe Canoe Club to clean up our river.

Organised by Jon Scales email Tel: 07909 693937.

For more information, please click here.


All three organisations will take part in this combined event

Wivenhoe and Rowhedge Yacht Owners Association
WSC members should contact Rob Maloney about joining the cruise, booking berths and evening meals and contact Bernie Hetherington if they want to enter the race.

Tail End Race 2019
A Fun Race from Brightlingsea to Bradwell with either a cruise in company back on Saturday or an overnight stay in Bradwell with an evening meal at the Green Man and a cruise back on Sunday 6th October.

The race is open to WRYOA, ACBOC and WSC members.
Please note berths at Bradwell Marina will be in short supply and cannot  be guaranteed so early booking is advisable. Meals must be booked in advance and as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 5th October 2019
High Water Times – Brightlingsea 1734 BST

The Race
The Tail End Race is a handicap race for all sailing craft to compete for the Tail End Trophy. Competitors must fly the WRYOA flag, the WSC or ACBOA burgee. No open boats are permitted.

Evening plans: The prize giving will be made on Saturday evening at Bradwell.

Food: Anyone staying overnight is welcome to join other participants for a meal at the Green Man -The contact is Rob Maloney.

Entrants: Must confirm their entry on the morning of the Rally with the nominated Committee Boat, Desire, which will be on station in the vicinity of Bateman’s Tower.

The organiser for the race is:
Bernie Hetherington, Brown Oaks, Alresford Road, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9JX
Home: 01206 825639  Mobile: 07967 505854  Email:

The further race details entry form is here. Please fill it in and return it as soon as possible.

Lift OutAutumn Lift-Out Meeting

The annual group meeting to arrange the autumn lift-out schedule.

Lifting Group Meeting, Friday September 20th @ 20:00.

Annual meeting to brief members about revised procedures and equipment and to arrange the schedule for this autumn.

Booking forms will be available.

All lifting dates are in the club calendar, have a look to see which suits you.

Contact Kevin for any further information email


Colne watchColne Watch is a community-led project to keep the Colne estuary safe for all water uses and to reduce speeding and anti-social behaviour.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit reports to Colne Watch of speeding, anti-social or dangerous behaviour observed on the River Colne via

The information submitted to Colne Watch will be used to:
– record and collate incident reports on the River Colne
– raise awareness of incidents on the River Colne
– engage stakeholders and users of the River Colne

See facebook page for more information


Cruise in CompanyBernie is organising this Cruise-In-Company for a few days following the bank holiday.

Destination to be decided when a reliable weather forecast is available, but up the coast to the Alde or south to the Medway are possibilities.

If all skippers who wish to participate could please contact Bernie asap
email   Tel,  07967505854

If anyone wishes to crew (or any skipper needing crew) could please contact Bernie he will put people in touch

Regatta now moved to Sunday 9th June

Club open from 1300 till late

Racing starts at 3:30pm

Bar and hot food

Live band from 6:30pm

All welcome

Gary has bought up the stock from the late Alan Beale to set up a new discount chandlers in Brightlingsea. Good report from a member who bought FLAG anti-foul.  Please note Gary is not set up for card payments.