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WMYC/DSC Joint Clubs Racing (21st March 2020)

In the current circumstances it is not practical to organise and run races whilst remaining at least 2 metres from each other. After much thought and in line with Government and RYA advice, we have taken the decision to postpone Joint Clubs Keel Boat Racing until the end of May.

Nearer the time we will reconsider this decision and keep you informed of developments.

Roger Sydenham, Vice Commodore Sailing DSC &
Jack Davis, Vice Commodore Sailing WMYC

Cruising with Dabchicks

The club has a thriving keelboat section with both racing and cruising, something for everyone.

Friday night racing is very popular. The race is followed by a meal in the clubhouse and much post-race discussion in the bar.

Weekend racing is organised jointly with West Mersea Yacht Club with IRC for sportsboats, local handicap and white sail fleets under NHC.

There are also joint cruises in company throughout the year with a variety of destinations including the Suffolk rivers, the Medway, France and Holland.

If you are not a keelboat owner there is always someone looking for a crew.

When: Every week during May until mid August, first start usually 19.00.

Where: The Keelboat start-line near the Nass Beacon. Please check Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for details.

What: Short leg “around the cans” racing. Usually two starts, slow boats off first.  Finishes often timed to coincide with the fantastic sunsets.

Après Sail: Delicious, ample portioned, hot meals available in the Clubhouse afterwards (pre-ordering essential). The Dabchicks bar is open until midnight for post race chat.

The best way to end your working week!

Weekend racing is organised jointly with West Mersea Yacht Club with IRC for sportsboats, local handicap and white sail fleets under NHC.

When: Usually Sundays at 13.00, check sailing programme for dates.

Where: The Keelboat start-line near the Nass Beacon. Please check Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for details.

What: No Spinnakers allowed! Handicapping is NHC (progressive performance based). Popular with more cruising orientated boats.

Return to the DSC or WMYC bar afterwards.

When: Usually Sundays at 13.00, check sailing programme for dates.

Where: The Keelboat start-line near the Nass Beacon. Please check Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for details.

What: Short course racing “around the cans” or windward leeward courses. For IRC rated sportsboats.

Return to the DSC or WMYC bar afterwards.

When: Usually Sundays at 13.00, check sailing programme for dates.

Where: The Keelboat start-line near the Nass Beacon. Please check Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for details.

What: Around the cans racing. For IRC rated keelboats

Return to the DSC or WMYC bar afterwards.

When: Various, see Club Calendar

What and Where: Cruises in company throughout the season with a variety of destinations including the Suffolk rivers, the Medway, France and Holland.

The Dabchicks Heybridge Pursuit and Harwich Pursuit races are passage races to Heybridge Basin and the Suffolk Rivers respectively.

Sign up sheets will be in the club foyer beforehand.

Documents & Downloads

Keelboat Programme and all important documents can be found on our downloads page.

A reminder that the Safety Declaration form needs to be completed and submitted to the WMYC Secretariat before racing. The form can be obtained from DSC website, keelboats-downloads-keelboats-safety declaration form. Prize giving takes place after each cup race at either the DSC or WMYC.  The location will be displayed or announced by the Race Committee Start Boat on the day.

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