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For all those members and families who are new to sailing, or just new to DSC, welcome to the club on behalf of the Flag officers, Committee members and other club members. We hope you will enjoy being a member of our club and take up as many opportunities as possible to join us both in the sailing and social events.

A number of things characterise DSC - its family atmosphere, the variety of sailing we do, its youth sailing, and its Optimist fleet among them. It is run entirely by volunteers and all members have to undertake duties during the year.

Cadet member's families are expected to do their club duties as well as helping the cadet fleet in some way, and are encouraged to join in the life of the club as a whole. Ideally we would like to see the adults join in the club races too...

Find out more about us and the RYA Champion Club Programme

RYA Champion Club Programme

Dabchicks Sailing Club is affiliated to the RYA and a constituent club of the RYA Eastern Region www.ryaeast.org

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Keep an eye on the Dabchicks 2017 events calendar

Dinghy Forum & Prize-giving - Saturday 4th November at 14:00

Cruiser Forum and DSC Cruiser Racing Trophies Prizegiving - Sunday 5th November at 10:30 more

Dabchicks Sailing Club AGM - Sunday 26th November 17:00

Dabchicks Christmas Party - Saturday 16th December 20:30 till late

Christmas Pudding dinghy race - Sunday 31st December

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Dabchicks members receive a thank you for the Autumn litter pick held on 15th October

Many thanks to all that came along for the litter pick.  It was a beautiful warm and sunny morning and the 15 volunteers of all ages turned up enthusiastic and ready to go.
We collected over 15 bags of litter in around 90 minutes from The Nothe to the Coast Road Car Park!
This litter pick was part of a larger event that took place over the weekend by local groups all around the island, so look out in the local press for a summary and photos of the event.

Once again thanks for your time and effort.

Petra Palfreyman
Town Clerk
West Mersea Town Council



Dennis Foster
After a short battle with cancer, Dennis died peacefully  on Wednesday 16th August 2017, in the evening, and was found by his youngest son Geoff when he went to switch his lights and radio off, and to say goodnight. 
Dennis was rescue boat coxswain at Dabchicks and was granted  Life Membership in recognition of this work for the club whilst he was in Colchester.  As a youngster, Geoff was also a member of the club, and sailed a Mirror Dinghy quite successfully with Peter Cullingham.
Dennis moved to Poole, Dorset after the death of his father, to look after his mother, and started a Yacht Chartering company which he ran for many years.  He and Geoff sailed in the Round the Isle of Wight race several times, and to other local destinations on his boat "Valhalla of Sanda".
There may still be members who remember Dennis, the funeral service and celebration of his life will be held at the Colchester Crematorium on Monday 25th September. Any members who would like to attend, please contact Andy Head hon.membershipsec@dabchicks.org

Mersea Week and Town regatta joint club events

Superb sailing and social events, all week long!

A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make them both events happen!

Wow another great Mersea Cadet Week completed!

A big well done to all the competitors and to all the parents and helpers who worked so hard to make it happen!

Cadet Week 2017 video

Results outside fleet

Results inside fleet


Mersea Yacht Shots

Dabchicks Friday Night Series Heading home through the moorings West Mersea Brigs close racing

Nick and Karen Glanvill have created a new Facebook page called Mersea Yacht Shots. This is a group created for sailors at West Mersea. Just go to the page and ask to join the group. The Facebook page will be used to display photographs of local racing in yachts, MFOBS etc taken by Karen. Hi-resolution versions of the pictures will be available on request by email or private message. All they ask in exchange is that you make a donation to the RNLI via a dedicated Just Giving page -https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/merseayachtshots   


Saturday 1st July Dinghy Championships

Dabchicks Dinghy Champs 2017

T Clifton in his Optimist 6270 crosses the line and finishes 1st overal in slow fleet

Dabchicks Dinghy Champs 29er

R Bailey & J Purdie in their 29er finishes 3rd overall in fast fleet

Dabchicks Dinghy Champs RS Aero

C Pearce in his RS Aero finishes 1st in Fast Fleet

Dabchicks Dinghy Champs close finish

Photo finish - Click to see the results

WARNING OF HAZARD TO NAVIGATION. *We understand this has now been cleared and removed*
Members should be aware that on the spit just South of the main channel into Mersea, there appears to be a heavy line floating just below the water's surface, the line is unmarked and attached to something large on the seabed. Yachtsman reports "the remnants on my shaft consisted of a strange braided rope with a plastic bead core, and loads of weed". 
The position estimated to be on the spit to the South of the main channel, between number 2 and 4 red navigation buoys, and about fifty yards North West of the Committee Boat moorings, approx.  51deg45.837N 000deg54.582E. Any information on what this is and who laid it would be welcome.

In the meantime members are advised to give the area a wide berth and stick to the main channel until East of the Committee Boat moorings.

Saturday, 27 May 2017 - Optimist Open results now available

Friday Night Jennie's retirment party 19th May

After 20 years service as Bar Manager, Jennie Potter retires and joins the club as a member!

A big Cheers from Dabchicks, Jennie!

Message from Jennie

Dear Members

Thank you all so much for coming to my retirement party on Friday 19th    I was really pleased to see so many of you there and I am so grateful for your good wishes for my retirement after 20 years as Dabchicks bar manager.

A huge thank you to Becky for all her hard work in preparing the party and cleverly keeping it a secret from me and big thanks to Kim at the Blackwater Pearl for the yummy cake.  I was presented with a lovely bunch of flowers and a years membership from Roger on behalf of the committee,  thank you.

I will still be in and out the club as I am now a member but on the fun side of the bar for a change . I will continue to do a bit of fair weather support boat crewing too,..

See you all soon 

 Jennie x

Well done to all those members who raced and supported the Commodore Regatta on Saturday!

It was great to see a good turnout both on the water and in the bar when we came ashore.


Downstairs Ladies changing room refurbishment continues

All donations, however small gratefully received to help pay for the building work


Dabchicks Clubhouse Appeal & Gift Aid form to boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate


A great big thank you, to those that have already generously contributed to the club house fund!

Team GB stars dominate New Year’s Honours List

470Girls Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list and made Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Read more

A big congratulations from Dabchicks!

2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year
© Rolex

470Girls are Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, Won Gold in Rio 2016, and in 2012, World Champions and Olympic Silver Medallists.

Now they are winners of 2016 Rolex World Sailor of the Year award!

Well done girls!!!

RYA Newsletter December 2016


A big congratulations to all our eight Dabchicks sailors who have gained a RYA Youth & Junior squad place! 

Providing opportunities for young dinghy sailors and windsurfers to develop their racing talent towards Olympic Classes sailing, the RYA's British Youth Sailing programme is the envy of the world!

Laser Standand

Hamish Eckstein

RYA UK youth squad 2016/17 in the Olympic class Laser standard

Laser 4.7

James Brosnan Wren

RYA UK Junior Squads 2016/17 in Laser 4.7

Daisy Weston IOCA (UK) Intermediate Squad 2016/17

Gabriella Clifton IOCA (UK) Development Squad 2016/17

Charlotte Allen RYA Optimist Zone Squad 2016/17

Madison Allen RYA Optimist Zone Squad 2016/17

Theo Clifton RYA Optimist Zone Squad 2016/17

Zack Chandler RYA Windsurfer (Bic Techno) Zone Squad 2016/17


Saturday 8th October Dabchicks members were helping to "KEEP MERSEA TIDY"

We have agreed to help clean up the litter along the waterfront from the jetty to the sea wall behind the club- particularly the boat storage areas.

Well done to everyone that volunteered to help!

Congratulations to all who took part and helped organise Bart's Bash Sunday afternoon. A big thank you to Saskia for driving back from the south coast to take part in the Dabchicks Barts Bash Race to sail with one of our cadets Tom Williams who managed to raise £120!

We have raced against the world!!

Dabchicks results

Mersea Island's Own Cycle Club, Velo Club Oyster regularly meet at Dabchicks, and many of its members belong to both clubs! A great way to keep sailing fit and cycle with friends. As way of a thank you for using the Dabchicks club house, members of Velo Club Oyster very kindly presented Dabchicks with a cheque for £500 towards our club house fund!

Wow - A big thank you from Dabchicks!

If you want to know more about Velo Club Oyster please visit their website www.vcoyster.org



Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills gold medal Rio 2016

Olympic Gold for Hannah and Saskia - a big well done from all your friends at Dabchicks!!!

Wow from Optimist sailing dinghy to 470 Olympic gold

Saskia started sailing at Mersea Island in her first wooden Optimist called Bumblebee with yellow and black stripes. Then she started racing and that long Olympic journey to Gold. Saskia has inspired many of our young cadets to learn to sail, and to race in National and Internation events.


Beautiful floral display celebrating Dabchicks sailing achievements seen and photographed at East Mersea church on Saturday 6th August

A big thank you from DSC !


The Brazil Job - Olympic Athletes pull off the ultimate heist 

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark
They have a World Championship title, an Olympic silver medal and spend at least 200 days on the road together, but does Hannah know who Saskia's celebrity crush is? 

The British Sailing Team put the 470 Girls to the test here...


Europes give Dabchicks positive feedback in yachts and yachting report -"Dabchicks is easily the friendliest club I have ever been to and credits must go to the organisers and volunteers who helped with the running of the event."


Congratulations to the following on passing thier PowerBoat Level 2 certificate at Dabchicks this weekend, well done to you all

Jack Barron
Derek Ponsford
Sophie Preston-Hall
Emily Rogers
Lucy Struth
Janet Bishopp

Saturday 7th May, was the Chinese Buffet or feast – Great food with friends, lively conversations and lots of laughter, meant the evening was over all to quickly!

Well done to the bar and social team for organising!

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark win gold for Britain at Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won gold in the women's 470 CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES


24th April - Congratulations to Max, Dom, Cameron, Freddie Lucy and Amy in passing their Powerboat Level 2 course

Thursday 21st April, members enjoyed a fabulous Cheese and Wine evening!


Well done to the following 6 cadets were all successful in achieving their RYA Powerboat 2 qualification this weekend in some challenging conditions:

Elise Chandler 
Archie Harris
Ben Milgate
Zeb Milgate
Charlie Pearce
Lucy Philpott

A Big thanks to Dave Tough, Stewart Williams and Gordon Eckstein for running a great course!



2nd - 8th April Hamish Eckstein was competing at the RYA Youth National Championships 2016, finishing in 9th place overall with credible 1st and 2nd place in race 2 and 3!

Well done Hamish!

Saturday 2nd April

Boat Jumble and the big Reveal at 3pm

Members hunted for a bargain, chatted with friends, enjoyed a sunny afternoon, a drink and a piece of cake!

At 3pm, the Commodore Peter Fitt, thanked our contractors, and presented the Rear Commodore, Jojo Taylor with a bouquet for all her hard work in planning and project managing the refurbishment of the men's changing room. Peter, then offically cut the ribbon to open the male changing area for members to view. The club now needs to raise funds to complete refurbishment of the rest of the club's ground floor, in particular the ladies' changing room, read more

To donate click Dabchicks Clubhouse Appeal

And please complete a Gift Aid form to boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate


Mersea Island Lions Club

Mersea Island Lions Club have most generously presented Dabchicks with a cheque for £500 in recognition of the work we do in training young people to sail - Many thanks Lions!

Mersea Island Lions Club - press release

Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening on Friday 5th February 2016

Members of the Dabchicks' Committee, Sonia Tough and Peter Fitt, receiving their £500 cheque from Lion President Christine Chamberlain at Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening on Friday 5th February 2016 at 'The Wheatsheaf', Waldegraves Holiday Park, Mersea Island.  The award will enable Dabchicks to further develop sailing coaching, experiences and abilities for young people.  Dabchicks has a proud record of encouraging youngsters to partake in sailing at the highest level.  The Lions hope to develop a 'partnership' plan with Dabchicks in the immediate future so that more opportunities can be created.

Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation

Photographs taken by Lion Colin Kimble


A photograph of all the recipients of awards at Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Friday 5th February 2016.  The Lions have presented over £15,000 to charities and deserving causes throughout the period from 1st July 2015.  The Lions never forget that these awards could not be made without the incredible support of the Mersea Island communities.  We thank you all.
Please also visit the Lions' monthly reports in the Mersea Life magazine.

Comment from the webmaster - The Mersea Island Lions Club’s main fund-raising event of the year, is The Mersea Island Lions Transport Show which will held on the 13th August, hope to see you there!


Landbreach are currently replacing 7 Piles to the hammerhead of the pontoon.

Message from Colchester Borough Council: We wish to advise that the ‘spud legs’ of Landbreach’s working pontoon (vessel carrying out the works) are penetrating a considerable depth into the mud approximately 4 to 6 meters deep and as such these ‘holes’ could be a risk to anybody walking in the water around the pontoon at low tides until the holes naturally fill up

The holes will naturally back fill in time with the tides but we wish to make you aware and avoid walking in these areas. When the working pontoon moves Landbreach will put some withies (Marking sticks) to show the location of these holes and remove them when we are satisfied the holes have back filled.


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