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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

Thinking of joining us? Click here for the 2019 membership form


New Bar opening times


See the Dabchicks events calendar for more details

Plus we are starting to add some great events for 2019!!

Dabchicks host the Marlow Rope-Show 8th May 2019

News Stories

If you have a news story please email webmaster@dabchicks.org

Important joint cruiser racing news - Click

It’s all change at Dabchicks following the recent AGM

  • Stewart Williams becomes IT Administrator

  • David Page stays on as IT Assistant

  • New web team lead by Abbey Dix are busy designing a new website for 2019 and beyond.

  • Andy Bair becomes Hon. Membership Secretary

Membership Subscription Renewals will now be due annually on March 1st, starting this year!

Commodore’s Report 2018

The year has flown past and suddenly we are back post-AGM. It feels like we have achieved a tremendous amount building on the excellent foundations left by the outgoing Flag Officers and committee.

As we embarked into 2018 the new committee spent some time reflecting on the role and purpose of the club to ensure that future plans and decisions were both relevant and achievable but most importantly kept the DSC history and traditions. Using this as our handrail Simon and the Sailing Committee and Charlotte and the House Committee set about their work.

The sailing committee worked particularly hard to provide enough quality events and opportunities for all the various sailors. Sam Caslin and Andrew Stebbing championed dinghy and cruiser sailing respectively and Sam has worked hard to make racing available on a Sunday to those that want it. The numbers have not been as high as we would have hoped but it was a big step in the right direction. The weekday series remains as popular as ever and my thanks to all those volunteers that support it by driving the rescue boats. Friday night cruiser racing continues to flourish although numbers are dwindling a little. John Fisher continues to champion the cause and provide great races and great fun afterwards. The Sunset Series was, as ever, an enormous success and my thanks to Chris Burr and his team for the long hours and huge effort they put in. The flow into Cadet Week is seamless.

The key to success on the water is a vibrant and active club and club house. It creates a positive circle as more people enjoying themselves leads to greater membership and thus the ability to invest on the water and in the clubhouse. The decision to hire a club manager has worked well and our accounts this year reflect the success that having a full-time manager has been. Rachel has stepped across from being a committed member to a committed employee and member. We have invested in the bar with a new automated till and in the apron with planters and lighting. The latter has caused some angst in the Village and given a very vocal minority an opportunity to vent at the Club. This has taken up a phenomenal amount of time and is a sad reflection of the modern society where the few can create pain for the silent majority.

Our accounts show a positive shift in the financial health of the club and we need to continue the momentum into 2019. Volunteering remains our Achilles heel as increased regulation and the expectation of the membership falls upon a very small band of dedicated volunteers. The Committee has decided to invest in increased automation and a new website. The intention is that we will reduce the administrative overhead that falls upon the few. Hence, we have recommended that we move to a direct debit system for membership subscriptions which will be collected from members in March. There will still be the opportunity to pay membership at the till for those “less web” minded. It is our hope that we will release the burden of processing cheques, chasing late payers whilst also moving the payment to a more user-friendly month. I would like to thank David Page for his services to the club over several years as the webmaster. He has built and maintained an excellent set of services and his unstinting commitment and long service has served us well. He has promised that he will continue to offer his help as we re-platform the club over the next few months.

We have recommended a small increase in the club fees again this year. The Dabchicks membership is remarkably good value. The marks, rescue boats, committee boats and other paraphernalia like the weather station supports a great deal of activity on the water and not just that of club members. We also offer a set of club boats for hire at a phenomenally good price. Maintaining the assets and the club house is expensive and it is vital that we sustain the level of investment. In 2019 we are seeking to refurbish and bring back to an almost new standard Dabchicks 1 and 3. We are also proposing further investment in the powerboat school. Analysis of our membership shows that our cadets leave us once they reach 18 – this is a common observation across all sailing clubs. For the future of Dabchicks and the good of the sport we are proposing to introduce a young person membership at the rate of £20 per annum to the age of 25. Between the hire boats, support boats and a lively racing programme and bar we hope we will encourage cadets to stay on as members in their own right. The Dabchicks is a not for profit members club and we would encourage those that use the facilities without renewing their membership to look to their conscience. The membership fees are a bargain.

Finally to the committee. It has been a year of hard work from all concerned. I am extremely grateful to Simon and his sailing team for their commitment. Charlotte Powell joined the committee as Rear Commodore and I see it as a real sign of the Club’s intent to have a Flag Officer who was both female and under the age of 30. Charlotte has been a whirlwind. Sonia Tough our Treasurer has been brilliant once again and kept us on the straight and narrow. Sonia has indicated she will step down this time next year and we need a replacement. The social team have been simply incredible again and provided bands, galley services, amazing parties and largely the life and soul of the club. Indeed the entire committee has given over of their time too – beyond that which is reasonable to expect.

Without them the Dabbers would not function – my thanks to them.


Just 3 years before the start of WW1 Dabchicks was founded

May 20th 1911 - a meeting was held at the Victory Hotel to form a sailing club for small craft. It was decided that the club be named the Dabchicks Sailing Club and the following members were elected officers: theRev. C. F. Yonge, Commodore; Capt. Harden, vice-commodore; H. Welham hon. Secretary; W. Trim, hon, treasurer – with Messrs. Ben Hewes, A Mussett, Sam French, G. Littleshales, H Banks junior, A Stoker, C Mussett, F. Wyatt, J Mussett, H. Hewes, William Wyatt, C. Hewes, C. Woods on the committee. Jess Pullen was starter/timekeeper. (Text from the clubs history)

Sadly looking at the list of names, it seems very likely that some of the fallen would have sailed at Dabchicks

The silhouettes standing in the water we all love, form an amazing memorial

Mersea Island Tribute to Our Fallen

 Mersea Island's Tribute to Our Fallen

The Mersea Island fallen tribute

Poppies on the Strood

Dabchicks Sailing Club end of Sundowner week 2018

Sundower week ends with a stunning sunset and party!

Dabchicks Sailing Club Sundowner Party


After a windy start to Sundowner 2018 the sailors were blessed with lighter winds, sunshine and high tides. Congratulations to James Brosnan-Wren for winning the series, followed by Will Powell in 2nd and Bruce Woodcock in 3rd and  and thankyou to all those who volunteered during the week. Our inaugural Mid-Summer Fest wrapped the week up last night, and saw over 140 of our Members doing what they do best  - party! The summer night was long and warm, the food delicious and the disco got everyone raving up until last orders. We raised over £1200 for the RIB Fund - Thank you! 



16th - 17th June, Dabchicks hosted the IOCA Eastern Area Championships

Saturday Dinghy Sailing with Jade Fleet - News up-date

Committee boat duty – a volunteer’s account of the day! Read more


Its not very pretty, but did you know the clubs blue waste bin is greener than you think!

Our waste contractors CSH Enviromental have one of the most advanced recycling centres in the region

and aim for a Zero To Landfill Target, read more


The 2018 Dinghy Racing Chart is available now!  Laminated copies are available to purchase from the bar for just £2.50, to stick in your boat.



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