Weekly News 03/01/18

Happy New Year! We hope you've all had a good holiday season.  It's a New Year and we plan to introduce a few new things, as well as continue with the member favourite events. We are keen to get more member feedback: what you want to see more of in the club, the type of events and how we can improve our products and services. We've already have a few suggestions from members and are very keen to put the plan into action!

Ant Law Reports...

The Icicle Race

The Payne-James Icicle Race took place on New Year’s Day with a convenient weather window neatly avoiding prohibitive strong winds.

Turnout is increasing despite strong competition from New Year hangovers and it was a pleasure to enjoy strong support from Burnham and Creeksea’s four other clubs.

Light southerly wind tested the ingenuity of the course setters for the  varied and numerous dinghies but a good race in tricky wind and tide tested the largest fleet of the day while the cruisers, gigs and predicted log went their separate ways.

Phil and Sally Harbott’s Mantra won the cruiser division by fifteen seconds on corrected time from Duncan Haley’s Double Trouble.

RBYC success was guaranteed in the gig race with both competitors representing the RBYC affiliated Burnham-on-Crouch Rowing Club. Wren won from Willow but there is some mystery as to why these brave female rowers allowed their male cox to collect the prize, hmmm!

Nauti Bear, finishing within a highly creditable two and a half minutes of their forecast time, won the Predicted Log, no doubt aided by the 2017 Town Cup winner seen lurking near the optics.
The overall Payne-James Icicle Race Trophy went to the winner of the largest class. Malcolm Hutchins in his Blaze (just one of his many weapons) was the winner, followed by Ian Simons in a Phantom and third place went to Ant Law in a Laser Radial.

OK, it did rain at the finish but all the competitors came ashore with a grin - just to be out there doing it at this time of year makes it worthwhile. But it wouldn’t happen without the excellent Race Management provided by David and Alison Osborne assisted by:  Sue Law, Nicola Hastwell, and Jerry Mecoy providing safety and laying of the leeward mark - Jerry and the Marklayers - could be quite a pop group?

The bar and dining room filled up for a post race drink accompanied by a witty and comprehensive address by the race co sponsor, Jason Payne-James which was much enjoyed by the assembled company whilst waiting agog for the results. Prizes were graciously presented by our President Judy Payne-James Including champagne generously donated for the winners. A charming winning address by Malcolm Hutchins including a touching reference to the co-operation between all the clubs along the river.

What a pleasure to see the Club full of smiling wet sailors at this time of year!

Notices to Mariners
The Crouch Harbour Authority has released notices regarding the planned dredging:
- for Burnham Marina, click here
- for the Essex Marina, click here

This week in the Club

is Sole & Steak Night is running as per usual. Bookings highly recommended as Dover Sole quantity is limited.
Saturday (evening) -  The club is hosting a private birthday party, and both dining room and bar will be very busy.
Sunday Carvery is going to be Roast Sirloin of Beef and Roast Pork.

Our Weekly Specials...
This week's Specials (03/01/18)

  • Tomato & Basil Soup
  • Fish Pie
  • Mushroom Risotto

Next week will be: (10/01/18)

  • Carrot & Coriander Soup
  • Pork Cassoulet
  • Mediterranean Vegetable Tart

Dates for your diary...
19th January - Bollywood Night
Pick from our curry menu and finish with an Indian dessert during our curry night. Don't fancy a curry? Drop by the club anyway! We will have fusion drinks while you enjoy watching the famous bollywood dance moves and enjoy bangra beat! Dancing is optional but will be encouraged! Booking essential.

RYA Race Officers Course
On-line booking for the RYA Race Officers course being run by Peter Saxton on 20/21 January 2018 is still open. Please go to the RYA's website for more information and to sign up:

21st January - Harker's Yard Gig Event
Please come and support our affiliated Burnham on Crouch Coastal Rowing Club when they hold their Harker’s Yard Winter Series race at RBYC on Sunday 21 January, with racing starting from 12 noon.  At least 16 boats will be competing in what has been a very close season so far.  BOCCRC have had some excellent results including a first ever win for the club with the Willow ladies team winning at Brightlingsea in November. After five races Willow is in fourth place and the newly acquired Wren is lying in tenth.  Their next race is at Marconi on Sunday 7 January, followed by the Burnham race on 21 January.

More details regarding the club and their recent successes can be found on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Burnham-on-Crouch-Coastal-Rowing-Club-703270959759628/.

There will be a post race Carvery at 16.30 in addition to the usual RBYC Sunday Roast, so please do book in and celebrate what should be another successful event with hopefully a podium spot or two with BOCCRC team.

27th January - Burns Night
An evening to celebrate the life and works of Mr Robert Burns’ a delicious three course meal with traditional music played by a piper accompanied by a wee dram or two! The price will be £26.50 per person. Call 01621 782044 or email the club to make your booking.