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Bradwell Entrance - Beware ! 

Green buoy - Submerged !

Hi All,

Caution is required when entering / leaving Bradwell. Close to the Tidepole (out by the red cans), there is a submerged buoy which is now covered in green mould.

It will be virtually impossible to see if it is rough, and there will be no chance of seeing it in the dark!.

Hope this helps. Ian

Posted by Kev Remmington 25 April 2017 21:45:00

Dangerous Crouch wreck report 

from the ECP website

Dangerous Crouch wreck report (28th Mar 2017)

The Crouch HM has reported that the charted obstruction on the southern edge of the Buxey Sands, north of the Buxey Edge Light Buoy in position 51˚40’.659’N  001˚03.487E, now appears to be in a slightly different position, 51˚40’.924N 001˚03’.660E.

It is believed to be a wreck, possibly up to 70 feet in length; stanchions have been sighted at low water approximately 1m above the water. Mariners are advised to remain within or close to the Fairway between Swallowtail No 4 and Buxey Edge buoys when navigating in this area.

Posted by Kev Remmington 30 March 2017 22:28:00

Commodore's Ramblings 

Spring 2017

Up next is the Fitting In Supper, this year being held at a pub/restaurant in Burnham that specialises in seafood. Members will no doubt beat their way to this event by land and sea.

There are then nine further weekend events exploring various of our local rivers and harbours before we embark on this season’s cruise which starts with the Ipswich Maritime festival and then will take us to the less often navigated (by us) waters of the Ore, the Alde and the Blyth and all the delights that they can provide.

We then have a further three local events on the water before we make our way ashore for winter.

And finally, and giving the lie to the last comment, we step back on board (this time aboard the fabulous 1906 built Thames Barge ‘Hydrogen’) for our Laying Down Supper. Followed, on Remembrance Sunday, by our Annual General Meeting.

For further details please select Programme from the menu on the left. To book these events please log in and select Book an Event from the members’ menu. It really does help the long suffering organisers if you book early (even if you later have send thoughts) so take a few minutes to get booking now.

If your dream event isn’t on the list then please do let us know and we’ll see what we can do!

There is still a vacancy on the Committee so you may even want to get involved, join the Committee, and help organise an existing or a new event!!

Talking of new events I’d be happy to run a trip to trouble the Belgian ports with our custom mid-September if people are interested.

Email me regarding any of the above.

Wishing you all a great season, on and off the water,


Posted by Keith Swinburne 23 January 2017 11:58:00

Press Release ! 2017 Programme  


The BCC 2017 programme is now open for bookings !

Start to plan your adventures with other club members around the East Coast. The Essex & Suffolk ditches are the envy of the rest of Britain. Where else can you leave port and turn right, left or straight on and find interesting places to visit ?

Click "members" / "book an event" / "book another event" / pick using the little black down arrow and decide one or all and "submit"

The organiser will contact and arrange the necessaries, so you can relax !

Enjoy our patch.


Posted by Kev Remmington 12 January 2017 14:35:00

RNLI Fundraising 

£425 raised


'Fill Yer Boots'

At the recent Laying Down Supper we dispensed with the usual raffle to raise money for the RNLI and had each table fill the table's centrepiece (a used RNLI wellie boot) with cash. Each diner at the table donating the most cash received glass of Champagne.

To make things personal, the Commodore explained a little about the history and recent activity of the local, Burnham on Crouch, RNLI station:

- celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (1966 - 2016)

- over 1,000 people rescued to date

- 34 launches and 53 people rescued this year so far

- most recent launch was to a 32' yacht aground in Ray Sand channel

It was beginning to sound more like insurance or pre-payment for a service any one of us might need than charity and the 44 diners dug deep. Tables raised between £50 and £100 each clocking up a grand total of £425 for the RNLI.

A big thank you to all. 


Posted by Keith Swinburne 19 November 2016 14:25:00

Commodores Report to the 2016 AGM 

The year’s activities started with two very successful shore-based events. The pre-season visit to Tower Bridge which was so well subscribed that our group had to be split into two tours. Equally successful was a supper and talk from Garth Cooper of East Coast Pilot at Heybridge.

The sailing season got under way at Easter, which this year was in late March. This like many other events in the year needed an adjusted itinerary due to poor weather. Events included a number in each of the Blackwater, the Orwell and the Crouch. Of the planned events further afield only a trip up the East Coast to Lowestoft and Southwold took place and even this was truncated due to appalling weather. Cruises to Chatham and Limehouse were replaced by more local events due to insufficient bookings. Several members made their way to Holland in the season but not as a club group.  Half a dozen club boats took themselves off on extended cruises with Brittany, Biscay and Round Britain being of particular note.

The fitting in supper was successfully held at Shotley and RBYC provided the venue for a very enjoyable Laying Down Supper.

Notably the Committee now has a mix of active local sailors able to organise club events and others who are in the UK for only part of the year. Whilst this is undoubtedly healthy for the club it is more onerous on the local sailor members of the team.  The Committee was particularly grateful two members (Jeanie Marie and Korina) for their taking on the organisation of events (the London winter event and the Crouch event in August).

We have two Committee retirees this year, Caroline Sheppard and Dave Jones. We are grateful to both for their hard work on behalf of BCC and wish them well in their further adventures.

It is important that the resultant Committee vacancies are filled as soon as possible and that efforts continue to be made to encourage those members who, whilst not wishing to join the Committee, are willing to organise individual events.

The Pontoon Party and New Members’ BBQ despite being held in July wasn’t blessed with great weather. In spite of this, those that attended enjoyed themselves and two new members joined the club.

Whilst the club does not need an enormous number of new members, it is important that we continue with efforts and activities to add new members each year.

The web site and the Facebook page are working reasonably well and we should invest effort in keeping these functional and relevant as well as augmenting these new media channels with more conventional methods (post, posters and picking up the phone).

The Newsletter continues to be well loved by the membership and is now available online as well as in print.

Lastly it just leaves me to say thanks again to everyone on the committee for their hard work and to Gill for putting up with me in general (an in particular in relation to my role in BCC) and of course to all members for their support.

As was evidenced by last night’s Laying Down Supper, BCC is in good shape and definitely deserves our self-proclaimed accolade of being ‘the best little sailing club on the East Coast’.

Keith Swinburne, 13 November 2016


Event ideas for 2017

Now is the time to let me know what you'd like to see on next year's programme. What would you like to see more/less of? What haven't we thought of that you think might work well? The Committee is meeting on 03 December 2016 to pull together the 2017 programme so please get your ideas in before then. We'd be particularly interested to hear from members who'd like to take on the organisation of a 2017 event.


Winter events

Last winter we had a couple of very successful shore based, off-season, events (the Tower Bridge tour and the East Coast Pilot lecture). We'll endeavour to repeat that success with events in January - March. Anything you'd particularly like to see?


Committee vacancy

We are delighted to welcome Robert Fisher to the Committee but remind members that we still have one more vacancy on the Committee - now is the time to put yourself forward.


and Finally...

As always, do keep in touch - ideas, suggestions (even complaints) are always welcome.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and enjoyable end to 2016 afloat and ashore,



Posted by Keith Swinburne 19 November 2016 14:24:00