25th November -  18.30

David Selby 


Cruising the Blackwater


Pie and Mash £15/Head



Day   Date          H.W      H.W         Events                                       Brief/Start

Sat    28-Oct       00:09   12:26      Brightlingsea Rally
Sun   29-Oct       (-48)     12:08     BST ENDS

Sat    11-Nov      10:38    23:03      Dinner Dance & Awards            18.30 for 19.00

Sat    25-Nov                                 David Selby on Sat                     18.30
                                                      Cruising the Blackwater

                                                       & Pie + Mash £15

Sun    03-Dec     03:15    15:45     A.G.M. & Lasagne Supper £10

Sat     09-Dec     08:59   21:34      Christmas Party                           18.30   


Please note: All above events are subject to variation and confirmation Tides are based on Bradwell.

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Wine Tasting Evening


Rally to Titchmarsh


Rally to Brightlingsea

Wow! What a start to the summer cruising calendar! 16 boats took part in the first rally of the season to Brightlingsea marina. Is it a sign of the times that we prefer to plug in these days rather than tie up on the piles in the river? An enjoyable meal in the Rosebud on Saturday evening, a rally on Sunday on Escapade (thanks Sue and Tony), drinks in the Yachtsman's Sunday evening and an exciting sail home on Monday. Well done to Anthony for organising a great weekend. Looking forward to Titchmarsh later in the month.


The weekend was not without incidents however! You can see in the pictures Gerry up the mast sorting out a wind vane, and the trip back was  'interesting' to say the least!  The wind did not do as the forecast had promised  but blew a strong 6+,   and  the quartering sea made the  sail to the beacon uncomfortable or exhillerating depending on your point of view!  Sansofé spotted 'something in the  distance' and  decided it needed  checking out only to find it was an exhausted windsurfer clinging to his board unable to pull his sail out of the water.   The coastguards were called and the surfer  kept calm. After what seemed an age - and an  interchange with UK Coastguards which left  quite a bit to be desired -  the lifeboat was launched from West Mersea . A commercial rib in the vicinity   heard the  incident and  arrived before the lifeboat and was able to pull the surfer onboard, cold and exhausted but uninjured.



Ladies Lunch at RHS Hyde Hall

The last event of the season for the Ladies Group of BQYC was a visit to the gardens of RHS Hyde Hall.  A lovely spring day enabled us to have an enjoyable saunter around the gardens and was warm enough for us to have our lunch in the courtyard at the top of the hill.  Well done Sue Moore for organising another great winter programme for the BQYC ladies.



Fitting Out Supper

Our Annual Fitting Out Supper was held on Saturday with members both new and old attending.  It was a lively get together with discussions regarding plans for the summer and jobs to be done ready for launching.  Thanks are due again to Linda Faint and Sue and Tony Scott for their organisation and to Andy the Caterer for providing the excellent meal.

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A Walk Around Maldon

The last of our winter walks, again organised by Sue Moore, was a really delightful circular stroll from the centre of Maldon, taking in Beeleigh Abbey and Falls and the Blackwater River and Canal. We were blessed with sunny weather and finished off the day with an excellent roast lunch at the Swan Hotel. The cheesecake dessert was wonderful!. Well done, Sue.


Ladies Lunch at Hindu Temple

BQYC Ladies' Lunch group visited the Hindu Mendir at Neasden by mini-bus on Thursday, 2nd February 2017, all organised by Sue Moore. It is a fantastic building. We were shown around and learnt a lot about the Hindu culture. Had a vegetarian curry at their restaurant, which was excellent. A lovely day out.

(Note the two men, honorary women for the day!)


A Walk Around Ramsden Heath

Our second winter walk this year was organised by Sue Moore and saw a good turnout as usual.  The predicted rain held off until the afternoon and we had a pleasant and interesting walk from the Nags Head in Ramsden Heath.  It was a little disconcerting at one point to follow a public footpath along the boundary of a garden!  We were hoping that the homeowners did not angrily come out and shout at us but we were ready to blame Sue, as she had the map!  We then crossed a field and ended up at the causeway of the Hanningfield Reservoir.  The route then followed a footpath through the Essex and Suffolk Water land, walking a short way along a road which led to a bridlepath and eventually arriving back at the Nags Head for an excellent lunch.  Well done to Sue for organising the event, and not losing anyone, we all felt very much fitter!


An Evening at the Races

A Race Night was the first BQYC event of 2017  and was hosted by Linda and Derek Faint.  Linda provided a hearty beef stew with crumble and custard to follow, which was served during the course of the evening.  “Dodgy Derek” our bookie for the night (suitably attired in a bow tie) ran the horse racing films on the clubhouse screen and took the bets.  Each table had a £5000 (not real money!) stake to bet with and at the end of the evening only two tables had any money left.  There was definitely an ‘easy come – easy go’ mentality amongst most of the 26 members present!

Well done to Trixie, Anthony, Sue and Chas who each won a bottle of wine.

  Thanks to Linda and Derek for a great event. 


A relaxing trip down The Wallet from Titchnarsh!