Colne Yacht Club is one of the oldest and best established on the East Coast, with its origins stretching back to the 1870s.
Nestling on the waterfront in Brightlingsea, Essex the Clubhouse overlooks the harbour and estuary. Ideally located for local or distance sailing, we run a varied programme of racing and cruising to encourage all levels of skills and boats, and have an active social programme running throughout the year. Funded by the National Lottery via Sport England, Colne Yacht Club was the first UK club to offer sail training and the use of keelboats to its members.
Brightlingsea is a popular destination for visiting clubs who enjoy the panoramic views from the Club’s comfortable restaurant, bars and balcony. Our shower facilities are available 24/7.
Try sailing in our club Sonatas, available for new members and those thinking about joining.
Membership is open to all; options are available, depending on your age and family.
12.00 noon to 3.00 pm
12.00 noon to 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm to 11.00 pm
12.00 noon to 11.00 pm
12.00 noon to 4.00 pm
SONATA GRAND PRIX CHALLENGE
SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017
The Colne Yacht Club Sonata fleet has grown to three in 2017, and these were all in tip top order ready for what is intended to be an annual event – the Grand Prix Challenge.
Nine gallant crews met for the briefing on a perfect, sunny morning and Heat 1 got underway with a clean start. Most of the teams included at least one CYC Sonata Sailing School graduate with one or two more experienced crew members. The race course ran from the CYC Clubhouse flagpole line to Morgan Marine’s starboard hand buoy, then downstream to Stone buoy opposite the beach huts and back across the line. This provided a great spectacle from the club balcony. Each team had to sail two heats in two different boats, and the three teams with the lowest points went into the Final. The start was important and many heats were won by the boat that started ahead, but not all and some of the overtaking manoeuvres were a joy to behold! The Sonatas had been polished beneath the waterline by Peter Adkins’ maintenance team and the boats performed well. Crews swapped places on the Club’s jetty hammerhead where Andrew Priestley kept order, or from Colin Willett’s RIB. Race Officer Ian Hunter called a short break in proceedings at 14:00 to let Brightlingsea Sailing Club start their dinghy race in peace then the last heats were followed by the Final at 15:00.
The three teams in the final had all won both their races so it was a tough shoot-out. The results are below.
Jane Long and the CYC Commodore, Oonie Werngren, handed out the trophies on the Club balcony where everyone agreed they had enjoyed themselves. Highlights of the day included the Brightlingsea Harbour pilot’s team running aground, and the look on racing novice Steve Ibbotson’s face when he realised he had steered his team into the final. Huge thanks to Jane & Bruce Long, Peter Atkins, Ian Hunter, Colin Willett, Andrew Priestley, John Carr and everyone else involved with running this unique event.
Thanks also must go to our two Sonata sponsors: Dong Energy who sponsor Sonata Brahms; and Scrutton Bland who sponsor Sonata Liszt. We are now seeking a sponsor for our third Sonata Scarlatti.
The event created a ‘whole club’ atmosphere, where experienced skippers sailed alongside our Sonata ‘graduates’. One such graduate commented: “It was really great to mix people of different abilities in that way and speaking as a relative novice it definitely gave me more confidence and feel more part of the club. I look forward to further events”. General members were delighted, too, to have such lively sailing brought into view while eating their Sunday lunch.
Place Team Name Crew 1st - Team "Herby Ash" - Richard Herbert, Tim Ashworth, Becky Ashworth
2nd - Team "Evolution Cooked" - Colin Cooke, Cheryl Marsden, Sally Williams, Graham Williams
3rd - Team "String" - Steve Ibbotson, Marcus Oldfield, James Parfitt
4th - Team "Flyers (we wish)" - Robin Impey, Chris Beech, Alan Spence
5= - Team "Swan Song" - Roger Arnold, John Paxman, Eddie Howson
5= - Team "The Mudlarks" - Peter Adkins, Ray Frost, Vic Skingsley-Bartholomew
5= - Team "Vikings" - Oonie Werngren, Ian Werngren, Sarah Hilder
5= - Team "Last of the Summer" Wine Pat Tanner, Rick Wick, Roger Burrows
9th - Team "Mad Max 3" - Max Hickman, Mike Hilder, Graham Chasney
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