Volunteers needed

EYC is founded on volunteering and supporting all aspects of Club activity.  With that in mind the Sailing and Training Committees have put up on the first noticeboard as you enter through the West Entrance, 3 sheets of A3:

a) Cruiser Sailing/Racing programme - Race Officers and Assistance required

b) Dinghy Sailing/Racing programme - Race Officers, Assistants, Safety Skippers and Crew required

c) Training programme - Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Safety Skippers and  Crew required

Please add your names to the lists so that we know you are available.  Those that did the discounted powerboat courses have an obligation to help out at least 6 times during the year, so please come forward and help.

Thank you to everyone so that this year.  Your support has been really appreciated.


Hi all.  An opportunity to go Topper training and racing at Broadstairs Sailing Club.  If you want to go then let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can ensure boats are available for those without Toppers.

Broadstairs Sailing Club


invites entries for



Topper Training &


Open Meeting


31st May & 1st June 2014


Training day on Saturday with Charlotte


Bonella – Topper Zone Squad Coach


A series of 4 races (3 to count) on


Sunday on a committee boat course


First warning signal not before 10.25


Prizes will be awarded to the first 3 boats


Breakfast available in the Club each day and there will


be beach games and a BBQ on Saturday evening.


For further details see the Notice of Race or contact.


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit www.broadstairssailingclub.com


JYS & Adult Sailing sessions at EYC.


Below is the list of dates and times for the Club supported sailing sessions on Sundays. Don't forget the Sundowners starting on Friday 25 April from 6pm.


If anyone is free to help on land (registration, money, trolleys &c) or on the water (Safety Skipper/crew, Instructors) then please let Russell and myself know, as we will really need your help to support these sessions.


Note: some of these sessions are at the same time as the racing. We encourage as many of you to race, but do ask for some Assistant Instructor/Dinghy Instructor help if possible. See Sailing Programme/Dinghy Sailing for the race details.


6   – 1.30 pm
13 – 9.30 am
20 – 1.30 pm (note race brief 1.30)..
27 – 9.30 am 
4 – 1.30 pm (note race brief 1pm)…...
11 – 9.30 am
18 – 1.30 pm PUSH BOAT OUT DAY
25 – 9.30 am
1 – 9.30 am
SAT 7 – 9 am (NOTE change of date)
8 – NO JYS (poor tides) see 7th
15 – 9.30 am
22 – NO JYS (London Youth Games)
29 – NO JYS (Dinghy Open)
6 – 1.30 pm
13 – 9.30 am :EYC FUN DAY – bring your parents
20 – 1.30 pm
27 – NO JYS (EYC Taster Day)
 Adult Sailing
(RYA Course)
(RYA Course)
(Poor Tides)
(RYA Course)
(LY Games)
(Open Race)
(RYA Course)
(Taster Day)
3 – 1.30 pm
10 – 9.30 am
17 – 1.30 pm
24 – 9.30 am
26 to 30 Aug…Youth Week…
31 – 1.30 pm
7 – 9.30 am
14 – NO JYS (EYC Open Regatta)
21 – NO JYS (Club Racing)
28 – 1.30 pm
5 – NO JYS (poor tides)
12 – 1.30 pm
19 – 9.30 am
26 – 1 pm (NOTE EARLIER TIME)- Youth Regatta & Frater Cup.
Adult Sailing
(RYA Course)
(Youth Week)
(Poor tides)
(RYA Course)
(Youth racing)


If you have any questions regarding the JYS then please e-mail the JYS Steering Group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have any questions regarding the Adult sessions please e-mail Jeremy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If you have any questions regarding sailing/racing events please contact the Sailing Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hope to see you all on the water during the year.



Commodore, EYC


Dinghy Instructor Course - run at EYC

EYC is running a dinghy instructor course for those who want to gain their RYA qualification.  To do it at Erith YC means that you also get the tidal endorsement element, which provides you with a much enhanced qualification.  We have friendly Coaches organised to run this course, so come along and have a great time while getting a useful qualification.


31 May - Dinghy Instructor pre-assessment
1 June - Day 1
7/8 June - Days 2 & 3
14/15 June - Day 4 and assessment

If you are interested then please contact EYC Training: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thames Frostbite Race, 2014


The Frostbite race, was held one month later than originally planned, over the weekend 15th/16th March. Strong winds and barrier closures were responsible for the original postponement.

Saturday and Sunday gave us sailing conditions of fair weather with winds from the W-NW, 12-15knots, fantastic! As the crew on Surfeit noted – more like defrost than frostbite.

Saturday’s leg – GYC to EYC started with a short beat to a windward mark, laid just under the impressive cable car crossing the Thames from the Dome to Excel. Malcolm’s Cassie, a Feeling 346, was quickest on the beat and first around the mark, closely followed by Mike’s Hunter 707 and the two GYC Medinas, Cirrus and Kingfisher. The twelve boats then raced downwind through the barrier and on to EYC, where a triangle course was laid with the finish over the club line. With warm sunshine and a perfect breeze this was almost champagne sailing! Only six yachts finished due to the strength of the ebb.

The format for the Frostbite is the yacht with the best corrected time over the two legs takes the cup. So with only a little over one minute between first and second place on the EYC leg, Sundays race was going to be hotly contested.

EYC volunteers hosted a dinner for the hungry racers. It was certainly a large hearty meal with lots of lasagne. The trifle for desert was very good – especially if you managed to get the one with alcohol in it. Thanks must go to those who prepared and cooked the meal, ran the bar, and looked after the guest racers.

The weather on Sunday: Wind NW, 12 knots, cold but bright. With the tide flooding hard, twelve yachts started on the EYC line to finish just before the barrier. Tim’s Cirrus – a hunter medina from GYC - pushed the line hard at the start, and being OCS (on course side), he was obliged to duck the line before sailing a blinder of a race to recover and win by three seconds on handicap. All boats finished in sight of each other, with tacking duels taking place right up to the finish. Surfeit took line honours.

EYC put up three yachts: Surfeit, Cassie and Marlin. The nifty hunter 707 – Surfeit – sailed by Mike/Duncan and crew, won the 2014 frostbite by just over a minute on corrected time. Prize giving was at GYC 25th March.


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