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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...
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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!
Mersea Yacht Shots
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
WARNING OF HAZARD TO NAVIGATION. *We understand this has now been cleared and removed*
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
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
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
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
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!!
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
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
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
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:
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
Dabchicks Sailing Club has been a special place for its members for over 100 years. In 2011, Dabchicks celebrated 100 years of sailing on the waters of this unique and beautiful place of Mersea Island. Did you know its now possible to leave your club a lasting legacy
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