Swatchways Evening 18th January 19:30

Wivenhoe & Rowhedge Yacht Owners Association all WSC members welcome
Swatchways Evening at the Nottage Maritime Institute

Cheese, Wine and Nibbles will be available





12th January Harkers Yard Series

Hosted by WivGigs & Wivenhoe Corsairs

Independent timekeepers: Marconi & Brightlingsea Coastal

HW 13:05

09:00 – Clubhouse opens. Arriving trailers to be unhitched outside WSC and walked down onto slipway under direction of marshalls.
10:00 – Registration opens
10:45 – Race briefing to be attended by Coxes and one additional crew member only.
11:00 – Launching commences

Start times (could vary due to circumstances):
12:00 – Race 1: Ladies Race
13:00 – Race 2: Men’s Race
14:00 – Race 3: Mixed Race
14:30 – Recovery on to trailers

The results will be announced and prize giving upstairs in the Clubhouse as soon as possible after all gigs have been recovered.

Download the Notice of Race for full details and the registration form:  Registration Form

All Sailing Club facilities are available to competitors. Tea / Coffee and breakfast Rolls will be available from 9.00am.

(Note: Vegetarian rolls need to be ordered in advance – email by 10 Jan. Cakes and drinks will be available during the day. Hot food will be available following the final race, and the Bar will be open from lunchtime.

Online map of the event
We have prepared this online map of the event to show those attending where to park, where to go, and where to watch.

Please feel free to share the link to the map with others.

Row & Ramble to the Albion at Rowhedge.

There will be a 1903 Dutch Barge “Vrouwe Alberdina” as transport for those that are unable to row their own boat.  She seats around 30.

Pick-up & drop-off at the Clubhouse pontoon from 12:00 onwards. The plan is to return around 14:30 for safety reasons as we need to be back before dark.

Please drop an email to Bernie if you would like to take the barge.

The Albion are more than happy for you to take your own food as they not serve food.

The celebrations will continue at the Clubhouse with a chilli (vegetarian option also available) and of course the bar will be open.

HW 14:00

Come and support this splendid club tradition.   The ideal event to launch the Christmas celebrations.    Everyone welcome!

Mince pies and cheese & biscuits provided.  Carol singing with Lynn Button.

Grand Christmas draw; select a square and pay £1.  Lots of splendid prizes.

(Tickets available from Nov 23rd.)





Single-handed Ocean Sailing in small boats

The Wivenhoe Sailing Club is delighted to welcome John Apps to the club on Saturday 30th 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