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Summer Events 2020

Sadly all summer events are cancelled. These are extraordinary times and although some restrictions have been lifted we are still awaiting further Government announcements.

Spring Events 2020 

Maritime talk – 1st February

Bernie Hetherington gave a very interesting talk on the Falkland Islands, he spoke of at the history of occupation, Port Stanley, the RAF base, minefields and odd-looking rock formations, various wildlife and harbours, then after the break we looked at the fishing industry there, especially squid fishing.

Swatchways Evening – 16th February

Around 20 Members attended this evening at the Nottage, Mike Downs gave the first presentation showing various pictures around Harwich and Shotley, Tide Mill, Heybridge Basin and Margate then some from the 2013 Wivenhoe regatta and finished with pictures of Saga’s restoration.
John Wilson followed with a presentation of a trip across the channel in1978 to Honfleur via Calais and Dieppe. This was followed with various pictures from 2019, we saw red seals, the mill at Woodbridge with the millstream and other wildlife that had been spotted throughout the year including birds and butterflies.  
Nick Baker talked about some Rowhedge history, he spoke about fishing, yachting and ship building and had some great aerial pictures of the river and the ship building yards along with the Colne smack race in 1907, the rebuilding of the smack ‘Maria’ and the Harris rally.
Finally, Mike Taylor-Jones streamed us a silent video of the 1961 Tilman voyage to Greenland on Bill Tilman’s boat ‘Mischief’ of which Mike did most of the filming.
There was plenty of discussion throughout the film. Here is a link to the film if you want to watch it:
It was a very entertaining evening with some really interesting stories.

Annual General Meeting (and fitting out lunch) – 1st March

The AGM was well attended with about 50 Members present, Geoff welcomed the members and agreed last year’s minutes before handing over to Liz to present the Treasurer’s report. Deceased members and friends were remembered and new members welcomed, Geoff then gave a report of all the events from the last 12 months and a rundown of what to expect for the current season before electing the Committee en bloc. The Committee for 2020/21 is as follows:
Peter Goldsmith - Chairman, Liz Taylor Jones – Treasurer, Linda Morgan - Membership secretary, Simon Bacon –Minutes secretary and Committee Members: John & Jackie Worsp, Gill Maloney, Jonny Joel, Tim Stokes, Carol Mitchell, Geoff Nelson and Bernie Hetherington.
With the formalities over we toasted the Association and the season ahead then tucked into a delicious fitting out lunch with the food provided by members.
With limited or no sailing going on we would love to hear from members with reminiscences, stories and photos of past adventures that we can share while we can only dream. Please do send them in.



Summer Events 2019

Spring Rally: 25-27th May H.W. 17:15 - Destination Burnham Marina and Dinner at the White Heart.

Gooseberry Pie Rally: 20-21st July H.W. 15:15 Destination Mersea, Supper at the Packing Shed. Moorings available.

Autumn Rally: 14-15th September H.W. 13.30 Destination Tollesbury & Bradwell

Tail End Race: 5th October. Fish & Chip Supper.