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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

Thinking about joining Dabchicks,
download a membership form & read the Clubs General Rules

Keep an eye on the Dabchicks events calendar

We will have a packed 2018 sailing calendar along with some great social events!

Thinking of joining us?

Click here for the 2018 membership form

A dates your diary!

Come and watch the Six Nations in the comfort of the Dabchicks Bar!

RYA 2018 Dinghy Show

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Get yourself to the Dinghy Show and back in time for the wine tasting!  

Does this Sound like the perfect weekend………….Boats and affordable wine, sure does!

Dabchick wine evening

Annie Heathcote will be running two RYA First Aid courses at WMYC on 14th April and 19th May. These courses are open to members of both WMYC & DSC at the a reduced rate for members of £50 per person. This includes certificate and the new RYA first Aid manual. The course starts at 9am upstairs at WMYC and will finish aprox 4.30/5pm.

To book please contact Annie Heathcote on 07762234288

Sundowner Party

Sundowner racing will be Mon 18th, Tue 19th, Thur 21st & Saturday 23rd June.....more details soon!


News Stories

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Attention all users of the Hammerhead (floating pontoon on Coast Road)
Refurbishment work starts 13th March. Click to read CBC notice


Check out the start of the Dabchicks Christmas Pudding race and the Results

Check out great Optimist Video from IOCA - Girl Power


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have issued important notice listing

changes to VHF channels for maritime safety information broadcasts - Information Leaflet

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


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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