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Sep 05 2015

Autumn Sunday 1, 16:30 start. Veterans Trophy Re scheduled.

As published the Sunday Autumn series starts this weekend at 16:30.  The Veterans Trophy is also scheduled for Sunday but will not be sailed this weekend.

This year the Veterans Trophy will be awarded for the highest placed veteran in the Barts Bash on Sunday 20th September, 15:00 Start – more details to follow.

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Aug 10 2015

Safety Boat Cover

On Saturday we had no volunteers to run the second rib.  We could not lower the engine on the one rib we had launched and the breeze was up.  Once again in the absence of volunteers a huge thank you to Peter, Rupert, Struan, Kerryn for not racing and jumping straight onto safety boats to ensure your safety during racing, Toby for launching 2 more ribs at short notice  and Paul Farrall for manning SS2 before the start during a pre race rescue of the RS which involved helm and crew separated form the boat and Chris Boshier who was helming SS2 sailing it in.  When thing go wrong, they go wrong quickly.  Without the swift and selfless actions of such active members of TBYC we would struggle to safely run our current busy racing programme.

Keep an eye on Paul Morgan’s Weekly sailing posts, if it says VOLUNTEER PLEASE, we need your help to keep others safe.  If you are around, inexperienced or not racing, keep some kit in the car and step up, your help is always welcome.

Thank you in anticipation.

Jeremy Sandford

Rear Commodore Racing

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Jul 16 2015

Rib Launch and Recovery Duty

The use of Ribs to supplement our displacement Safety craft SS2 and 3 has become a common sight at TBYC.  Our Ribs provide excellent speed of response in an emergency situation, allowing the easy laying of the Start buoy and use of Special marks as well as taking the Race officer and displacement crews to their boats.  In order for us to enjoy use the Ribs they need Launching prior to the race and recovering after every one is ashore.

The task of launching and recovering the Ribs has now been added to Dutyman for the rest of July and August to keep track of who volunteer to do this essential job.  At the end of this time the Sailing Committee will review the situation going forward.

Treating launching and recovery as two separate duties we have 44 duties to cover over the next two months.  Rob Baily has kindly volunteered to cover this Saturday Launch and Recovery, with Toby Speller taking 18 of the duties straight away.  The remaining launch and recovery duties need covering if we are to see Ribs supporting our Weekend Racing.  If you can help, please volunteer through Dutyman, or email Janet, Graham and I to get your offer of cover added on to Dutyman.

Thank you all for your help and support in enabling the use of Ribs to continue at TBYC.  Without your help it won’t happen.

Jeremy Sandford

(Rear Commodore Racing)

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Mar 20 2015

Winter Series and Icicle Prize Giving Sunday,3pm

Winter prize giving will be held in the bar after racing Sunday. Come and gather in the bar around 3pm to support and celebrate this years winners.

If you have completed any of the winter race series and are scoring finishes in your results (you can discard one DNC) then you to could be winning a prize in the new prize draw.

Enjoy todays racing (12:00 start), see you in the bar for prizes at 15:00.

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Aug 22 2014

Bank Holiday Racing

Racing this weekend at TBYC:

Sat 23rd

10:00 Bank Holiday Mini series 1&2/Summer Sat points, Usual 3 starts, all classes 2 races.

Pico B/H Mini series 10:20

Sun 24th

11:00 Benfleet Shield, Committee Boat mass start Trophy race.  Course on the Blackboard.

Pico B/H Mini series 11:20

Mon 25th

12:00 Bank Holiday Mini series3&4, Usual 3 starts, all classes 2 races. (Sandhopper long distance is cancelled)

Pico B/H Mini series 12:20

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Apr 27 2014

Thorpe Bay Regatta Party – Saturday 3rd May 2014

I am delighted to announce that at this year’s Regatta party we will be welcoming the world famous ‘JiveSwing’ to provide our entertainment. They are a dance company who specialise in 1940s Lindy Hop, Blues, 1920’s Charleston, Cake Walk and Authentic Jazz.  They will be doing some demos overseen by an experienced teacher and then inviting members to join in. Jive Swing have appeared on programmes such as Britain’s Got Talent and Wartime Farm as well as many adverts for major companies and they regularly tour the world.

Tickets are now on sale at the bargain price of just £10 for adults and £5 for children to include food and entertainment, available from Sara Speller.

Scott is offering the following yummy 2-course menu:-


Chicken Korma & Rice

Sausage, Mash & Onion Gravy



Chocolate Fudge Cake

Apple Tart & Custard


Food is available from 6.00pm and the entertainment will commence at 7.00pm.

Please use the attached form to order your tickets and indicate menu choices.  There are also hard copies of this form on the bar.  TBYC Regatta Form 2014

Please enclose either cash or a cheque with your form and put it into the Club postbox marked “Attention Sara Speller – Regatta Party”.  If  you prefer to pay by card, please do so as usual at the bar, ask a member of staff to mark your form “paid” and pop it into the Club postbox, again marked “Attention Sara Speller – Regatta Party”.

Any queries, including from visiting sailors who are unable to purchase tickets in advance, please contact Sara Speller on 07799 892732 or the Club Secretary on 01702 587563.

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Dec 03 2013

Spitfire 103 For sale, £3000

Published by under Cats,For Sale

2003 boat in good condition for age.  Rare eye-catching blue hulls with black sail trim.

Ready to sail. 2 kites – one in blue and in good condition with a few small patches, one in red with a huge repair down the middle useful as a training kite. 2 Jibs – one brand new, one with a broken zip – may be worth repairing and keeping as a spare. 1 Main in good condition.

Foils have a few marks consummate with age. Full set of foil bags, deluxe top boat cover and Eurotrax big wheeled launching trolley.
Reluctant sale due to lack of use.

£3000 – some photos for you at

[email protected] or Mike on 07787 556042

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Nov 10 2013

Sailing AGM

course diagram 4 marks 2012Sailing AGM – Wed 13th November – 8pm – Commodore’s Bar

If you race and sail at TBYC, then you should come along to this years AGM on Wednesday evening to contribute and help shape next year’s racing at the club.

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Oct 04 2013

Get your Winter entry forms in now to save £10 on your entry

Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Racing
Winter 2013 / Icicle  2014

Race Box Start, Proposed Format is using Club Marks and Trapezoid course where possible

Course displayed on the Bosun’s Hut Blackboard at the Top of the Slipway

General Handicap Series, Mass Start (T), Big Prizes TBA

Tandem Class competitions for:

Fast Monohulls            Slow Monohulls           Fast Catamaran            Slow Catamaran

PN <1099          PN >1100 (incl Laser 1085)         PN <715                      PN >716 

Entry forms behind the Bar and on the Website

Frozen Sheets Trophy Race, Saturday 4th January 2014, 12:00  

Winter Series 2013 

Saturday 2nd November – Winter Series 1, 10:00

Sunday 3rd November – Winter Series 2, 11:00

Saturday 16th November – Winter Series 3, 10:00

Sunday 17th November – Winter Series 4, 11:00 

Sunday 1st December – Winter Series 5, 09:30 

Saturday 7th December – Winter Series 6, 13:00

Sunday 15th December – Winter Series 7, 0930

Saturday 21st December – Winter Series 8, 13:00

Icicle Series 2014 

Saturday 18th January – Icicle Series 1, 12:00

Sunday 19th January – Icicle Series 2, 12:00 

Saturday 1st February – Icicle Series 3, 11:00

Sunday 2nd February – Icicle Series 4, 12:00 

Saturday 15th February – Icicle Series 5, 11:00

Sunday 16th February – Icicle Series 6, 12:00

Saturday 1st March – Icicle Series 7, 11:00

Sunday 2nd March – Icicle Series 8, 12:00

Saturday 15th March – Icicle Series 9, 10:30

Sunday 16th March – Icicle Series 10, 11:00 

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Sep 09 2013

A Class Nationals Report

Published by under Cats,Nationals

The UK A-Class Nationals at Canvey started in sunny summer conditions with 14 boats from around the UK and Piet Saarberg from Holland competing and quickly ended up as winter, as very wet squally weather blew through. Friday was a sunny balmy 20 odd degrees and wind of 10-15kts, just perfect for A’s and the fleet started to enjoy the close racing around a typical upwind around spreader and down to go through a gate before heading back through the start/finish line. This was going to cause problems when the Canvey cat open were going to join in on the same course on the Saturday/Sunday.


Saturday! And what a difference 24hrs makes, wind now a steady 18-25kts and white crested waves, God knows how the A’s hate waves. The boats are very strong and being made out of Carbon, 75kg all up weight, very light and can fly off waves rather than cut through them. The race officer says the game is on and the mixed fleet of catamarans and the A’s

Head out to the start line before long several boats retire because of the conditions. First start for the A’s gets abandoned when heavy squall comes through and knocks several boat down but most are fine and the problem is were too quick around the course and catch up with the 3rd start which are flattened on the start line and we have to sail around the carnage. Typical I have a good start and in 3rd place, never mind back to the beginning and 20min wait till wind abates to a reasonable level. Off we go again and getting good starts and end the day in 4th place after six races, had to come in on the 6th race due to shackle on the main sheet failing and had give the spare to another competitor just before the race, Mmm! Won’t do that again.


Sunday was meant to be light winds and sunny, how the meteorologist’s

Get it so wrong, strong squally winds and rain yet again and some of the fleet head in early as the start is delayed and the wind changes direction yet again. I think the race officer and team did a great job in getting two final races off, as the weather was so changeable. Final out come I finished in a credible 4th position behind a former UK champion, European champion and a up and coming star in the form of Sam aged 24yrs, Lucky B**tard to have started so young in the class.

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