Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017

One terrific final race in near perfect conditions brought the racing at Brightlingsea Sailing Club’s Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017 to a conclusion. In total 145 boats raced in the regatta with competitors from as far afield as Hong Kong taking part. Pyefleet Week is a truly traditional family regatta and this year’s was a classic edition with a record breaking number of under 12s sailing throughout the week.

The Cadet Handicap fleet in action (c) Sally Hare

With the racing completed the competitors, families and friends came together on the beach for a spectacular sunset prize giving where Commodore Fiona Brown paid tribute to the team who organise the week, led by Regatta Chairman David Gibbons, and to everyone who had volunteered to help out during the week. “Once again Brightlingsea Sailing Club has lived up to its reputation for being one of the friendliest and most welcoming clubs in the country and for being a volunteer club run by the members for the members. I think it’s safe to say that just about every single person here this week has helped in some way, from moving chairs and tables or doing a shift in the galley to manning a rescue boat, taking photos or being part of the race committee, you have all played your parts and the regatta is all the richer for it. Thank you all!”

The Commodore also took the opportunity to thank the event’s sponsors who help make the regatta possible; Official Suppliers Curtis Signs and The Press Gang. Supporting Sponsors Little Green Storage and CRC. Day Sponsors Gold Sails, Brightlingsea Harbour Commission, CB Rigging, AOC, Just Trays, Deltech UK and Brightlingsea Boat Park & Ride. And finally Title Sponsor Learning & Skills Solutions who were represented at the Prize Giving by Director of Training Adrian Bouckley and Chief Executive Sue Bouckley who came forward to present the prizes.

The first prize presentations were special participation medals which are awarded to every competitor aged 12 or under. This year has seen a record entry of young sailors and it was wonderful to watch them all proudly receive their medals and have their photos taken.

Sue Bouckley of Learning & Skills Solutions presents Clive Goodwin, Graham Sanderson & Mark Schofield with the Brightlingsea One Design Class trophies (c) Mandy Bines 

Then came the main prizes with each of the prize winners receiving a spectacular individually hand painted trophy platter created by local artist Olivia Goddard. First up was the Brightlingsea One Design Fleet where winners Clive Goodwin, Graham Sanderson and Mark Schofield sailing C4 Cormorant took home an armful of silverware as well as their keeper platters. The winner of the Slow Handicap Salver was Brian Allen sailing an RS Aero 7. The Fast Handicap Shield and the Victory Trophy for the first Merlin Rocket went to Andy and Sarah Bines and the Slow Handicap A prizes went to Blake and Brett Tudor sailing an RS Feva XL.

Andy and Sarah Bines with the Fast Handicap and Merlin Rocket Trophies (c) Mandy Bines
Brett and Blake Tudor win Slow Handicap A (c) Mandy Bines

The Teliga Trophy for the Asymmetric Fast Handicap was won by Ben Clegg sailing a Musto Skiff and the Whimbrel Cup for the first Catamaran went to the F18 of Nick Barnes and Neil Baldry.  The Jamie Green Memorial Trophy for the first Laser was won by Steve Williams with the Biffo Bucket for the Laser Handicap being presented to Alex Clarke sailing a Laser Radial. The RS700 Class was won by Peter Purkiss.

Pete Purkiss claims his RS700 prize from Sue Bouckley of Learning & Skills Solutions (c) Mandy Bines

The hugely competitive Cadet Handicap Class was won by Amelie Hiscocks sailing an Optimist and the prize for the first RS Tera went to Harry McTiernan sailing an RS Tera Sport. Father and son Stuart and Tom Phillips claimed victory in the Parent & Child class, and after seven days of incredibly tough competition the winner of the Mirror Class and the Tui Trophy was declared to be Melissa Heppell sailing with son Louis.

Tom and Stuart Phillips, winners of the Parent and Child Handicap (c) Mandy Bines

With the racing prizes out of the way the special achievement trophies were presented. The Pyefleet Shield for the highest placed cadet helm from the committee boat was won by Blake Tudor. The Gillian Wagg Salver for the highest placed lady helm went to Melissa Heppell, the Pyefleet Pin for the most bruised competitor was won by Imogen Hare, the Pyefleet Stir for the most improved helm went to Toby Pearson in his RS Tera Sport.

Toby Pearson with the Pyefleet Stir Trophy for the most improved helm (c) Mandy Bines
Sue Bouckley of Learning & Skills Solutions presents three year old Josie Heppell with her Youngest Crew trophy
(c) Mandy Bines

The Andrew Cruickshank Memorial Cup for the Youngest Crew completing at least three races from the committee boat was won by three year old Josie Heppell, who also won the Courage Tankard for the youngest sailor to complete at least three races in the entire regatta. The Courage Tankard for the oldest helm went to Malcolm Goodwin who raced the week with his granddaughter Kaya Nawrot in the Mirror fleet

and also put in a one day guest appearance on his BOD Cormorant which son Clive helmed to victory.
Oldest competitor Malcolm Goodwin with Sue Bouckley of Learning & Skills Solutions (c) Mandy Bines


With the prize giving over the Steve Linton Band struck up and everyone danced the night away and saw out Learning & Skills Solutions 2017 is true style.

Pyefleet Week 2018 will take place from 28 July to 4 August.
Good morning everyone
Just two more days to go at Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017 and today it’s Brightlingsea Boat Park & Ride Family Friday (all members are very welcome to join us regardless of whether they are racing in the week or not)! The sun is back at last and we have a terrific day lined up for you. Here’s today’s quick round up of what is happening:
We are keen to receive any photos you might be willing to share with us of this year’s regatta. If you have photos you would be happy for us to post and use in press reports please email me on commodore@sailbrightlingsea.com or speak with me at the club.
It’s the penultimate race of the series for everybody today and with virtually all classes still to be decided the tension is mounting. Just to add to that tension, last night the protest committee met to deliberate on a protest lodged in regard to the way in which race 3 of the series was finish for the afternoon group.
Well done to everyone for pulling together to ensure the rescue boats, galley and table/chair roster have been manned.  There are just a few more slots to fill today and tomorrow so please volunteer if you can.
Not only is the sun back today but the wind has swung back into the south west with 8-10 mph this morning building with the sea breeze to 14 to 20 mph this afternoon, but the temperatures are going back up to a much more balmy 21 degrees!
Thanks to Tania Bines and her team and the Laser Fleet for last night’s delicious curry. It was a lovely relaxed evening and just what everyone needed after the excesses of Big Wednesday.
Today it’s all about the kids and families. This afternoon Marcel the Magician will be with us performing live magic and with lots of fun activities for kids of all ages and from 6pm we have Burgers and Hot Dogs on the beach and live music from the lovely Leah Sanchez (apologies for the error in yesterday’s message where we accidentally said Leah was performing last night).
Don’t forget that tomorrow we have jacket potatoes on the go from 6pm, the Final Prize Giving will be at 7pm and then its time to dance the regatta out to the Steve Linton Band so join us for one final hurrah.
Today’s sponsors truly are one of our most dedicated sponsors. Not only were Brightlingsea Boat Park & Ride the very first of our sponsors to step forward and support the regatta financially, but Chairman Nick Readings, his wife Pam and their family and friends led by Graham Chasney bring two rescue boats out every day to provide additional support for the Brightlingsea One Design Fleet. So far we haven’t needed to put Nick’s big RIB which carries the special high volume water pump to the test this week, but its very reassuring to know they are there!
That’s all for today folks, have a great day on the water and enjoy the magic!

After the torrential downpours of and special all in handicap of Big Wednesday, it was back to the serious business of regatta series racing on day five of Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week in Brightlingsea. Although skies were still initially grey, conditions were much improved with a decent northerly breeze throughout the day enabling all races to be started on time.

Pyefleet Week is very much a family week and combines great racing for a wide range of classes alongside special opportunities to encourage the youngsters to gain racing experience. In addition to the closely fought 21 strong Cadet Handicap, there is also the Parent and Child Class in which those not yet old/experienced enough to race on their own can get their first taste of racing with an adult family member or friend. Special rules allow for crew changes in this fleet and several of the teams have alternating crews to ensure the kids don’t get too tired. The Mirror Class is also focused on the cadets and again many of the youngest sail with an adult to gain experience, including this week’s youngest competitor, three year old Josie Heppell who is sailing with Grandfather Steve Heppell.

The fourth race in the Parent & Child series was won by father and son Stuart and Tom Phillips who now lead the series by two points from Dave Youngs and grandson Finlay Appleton in a Topaz Race who were second in the race as well as now being second overall.  Third in the race and now also third overall are father and daughter Stephen and Morgan Cross sailing a 2000.

The competition is cutthroat in the Cadet Handicap where Amelie Hiscocks race four win in her Optimist gives her a single point lead over Freya Gascoyne’s Laser 4.7. Second in the race and now in third overall and three points behind Gascoyne lies Harry McTiernan sailing an RS Tera Sport. Ed Eeles sailed his RS Tera Sport into fourth place in the race and he and Elizabeth Hill sailing a Topper now count seven points apiece with Eeles sitting in fourth overall on countback. Third in race four and now in sixth overall is James Edwards, also sailing an RS Tera Sport.

The Mirror Class not only has more World and Olympic champions in it than you can shake the proverbial stick at, but it’s also multi generational with three generations of several families racing. In race four Melissa Heppell and her son Louis Hiscocks took a narrow victory over husband Simon Hiscocks and daughter Amelie Hiscocks. Clive Goodwin crewed alternately this week by Anna and Zoe Goodwin, finished the race in second with brother Philip Goodwin crewed by Felix Goodwin third and Stephen and Josie Heppell fourth.  In the overall standings Melissa and Louis now have a two point lead. Malcolm Goodwin, crewed by grand daughter Kaya Nawrot, is tied on points with son Philip and grandson Felix with Malcolm lying second overall on countback.

Just three points separates the leading trio in the Asymmetric Fast Handicap where the first to third in race four reflects the overall positions. Ben Clegg’s Musto Skiff claims first place with a single point overall lead from Nick Barnes and Neil Baldry’s F18 with the RS800 of Chris Bines and David Gibbons two further points back in third. Two further points back are Simon and Amelie in fourth.

The Brightlingsea One Design Class is equally tight with Clive Goodwin, Graham Sanderson and Mark Schofield’s race four win giving them a single point overall lead from Jeremy and Ollie Newman and Sarah Bines, who took third place in race four. Chris Matthews David Conlon and Ed Gibbons/Rebecca Bines came second in the race and now hold third place with a two point delta.

Sixty one years young Pete Purkiss is showing the RS700 Class a clean pair of heels with a straight wins scorecard to lead the fleet by a point from Simon Redfearn who added another second place to his scorecard. David Bridle and Richard Goldklang are enjoying a great battle for third place with Bridle currently clinging to the third step of the podium by a single point with Goldklang fourth.

Father and daughter duo Andy and Sarah Bines took second place in the Fast Handicap race four but promptly discarded it as their worst score of the series so continue to lead the fleet overall from the RS300 of Ed Evans who won the race and is now just one point behind the leaders. Tom Taylor-Jones and Mimi Taylor sailing an RS400 took third in race four from the Hornet of Issy and Will Taylor-Jones, both crews are tied on six point with Issy taking third overall on countback.

Steve Williams has a straight firsts scoreline in the Laser fleet and Mark Schofield has straight second places ensuring them first and second overall respectively. Ben Powell, Richard Herbert are Tim Ashworth are battling it out for third place. Powell took third in the race putting him on equal points with Herbert but into third on countback while Ashworth is a single point behind them.

Alex Clarke’s race win in his Laser Radial means he now leads the Laser Handicap fleet by one point from Joshua Davies’ 4.7, with the Laser Radial of Alex Lightly in third.

Although race four in the Slow Handicap was won by brother and sister Jessica and Chris Rust, Cadets Rebecca Bines and Connie Hughes sailing an RS200 took second place and continue to lead the fleet by a single point from Brian Allen’s RS Aero 7. Paul Aldridge ripped his Solo mainsail and was forced to retire but discards that results and continues to hold third place overall, one point behind Allen.

Blake and Brett Tudor sailing an RS Feva XL took their second win of the regatta in Slow Handicap A, where Charlotte Bate sailing a Topaz finished second and the Wivenhoe One Design of David Tourhay and Lionel Scutcher was third. In the overalls the Tudor brothers lead the class by one point from Tourhay and Scutcher with Harry McTiernan and Brooke Hastings both sailing RS Tera Sports, three points behind them but in third and fourth after countback.

After sailing the competitors came together for a laid back curry supper hosted by the Laser fleet. 


The regatta continues until Saturday 12 August.

Good morning everyone and welcome to day five of Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week.

Before we go any further I would just like to say a huge great big thank you to the White Family, Regatta Chairman Dave Gibbbons and every single member who pulled together to make last night’s Big Wednesday Party happen despite the torrential rain.

We’d always worried about what would happen if it rained on Big Wednesday and the possibility of having to cancel was looming large as we’d no idea how to cram 400 people into the clubhouse to eat and dance. But BSC isn’t a club to be beaten by a drop or rain so extra marquees were found, tables and chairs were set up in the cadet room and upstairs lounge, the BBQs were put under a gazebo, the band set up inside and we all packed into the club for what was without doubt one of the best Big Wednesday celebrations ever. As Dave Charlton pointed out – we’re pretty sure we broke the club record for the number of people on the dance floor wearing wellies!

And now to look ahead. Here’s our Thursday round up of what’s ahead.


We’re back to series racing today and we’ve already got a nice breeze and the rain is on its way at last. Some additional changes to the sailing instructions have been posted so please check these out before you go afloat.


Thank you so much to everyone who has already stepped up and done or put their name down for a duty. There are just a couple of slots to fill so if you haven’t done something yet please volunteer.


The rain is on its way, the sun will be back tomorrow and we should have a decent sailing breeze from the north going north east today. That northerly breeze means it will be cooler to make sure you go for layers and keep warm.


Don’t forget that we have Laser Curry night tonight starting at 6.30pm

Friday is family day sponsored by Brightlingsea Boat Park & Ride when we’ll have live magic through the afternoon followed by Burgers & Hot Dogs on the beach from 6pm (thank goodness the sun is on its way that day!) and then we’ll have music by the fabulous Leah Sanchez.

We are going to see the week out in style on Saturday with the Prize Giving at 7pm followed by the always brilliant Steve Linton Band to give our dancing pumps one final work out. As usual the galley will be serving jacket potatoes from 6pm.

And of course our amazing galley gang and bar team will be looking after your food and drink needs throughout the week as always.


We don’t have a day sponsor today so I would just like to take this opportunity to thank our generous supporting sponsors Little Green Storage and CRC and our official suppliers The Press Gang and Curtis Signs. You will find links to all our sponsors from www.pyefleetweek.com so do go and visit their websites and find out a little bit about them.


Have a great day everyone.

The heavens opened and the rain never really stopped on Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week Big Wednesday sponsored by AOC, Just Trays and Deltech, but the competitors and club rose to the occasion to make it one of the best Big Wednesdays ever.

Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week Big Wednesday sponsored by AOC, Just Trays and Deltech UK proved to be an excessively damp affair with near record breaking rainfall.

The regatta’s Big Wednesday celebration is held in honour of the late Reg White. Reg was a life-long member of Brightlingsea Sailing Club, an Olympic Gold Medallist and multiclass Champion including two Tornado World Championships, a three-time winner of the Little America’s Cup and a legend in the local Brightlingsea One Design class. Reg was a great supporter of Pyefleet Week and, following his death inn 2010, Reg’s family created the Big Wednesday Gold Medal Race and annual Celebrations which now form the centre piece of the week and his children Rob, David, Mark and Sally and their families continue to run the evening’s festivities.

The Big Wednesday Gold Medal Race is a massed start all in handicap race which does not count towards the overall points. With heavy rain and a fickle breeze to contend with, races officers Alan Hicks and Craig Bond and their team did a terrific job of setting a great course despite the tricky conditions. Unsurprisingly the atrocious weather put off a lot of crews, but 36 hardy teams refused to let a little bit of dampness ruin their day. Those who didn’t race took shelter at the club to watch the fun.

Although the wind was relatively light and very fickle, there was always sufficient to race and after a short postponement the fleet was underway. The local Brightlingsea One Designs (BOD), which this year celebrate their 90th Anniversary, were specifically designed with very big rigs to cope with the often light breezes encountered racing in the River Colne and its associated creeks, and so it was perhaps not surprising to see members of the fleet doing well in the race, particularly as the wind went lighter during the latter stages.

After a terrifically close battle victory and the Reg White Gold Medal Race Trophy went to David Conlon, Ed Gibbons and Sarah Bines sailing BOD C27 Rebel. Brother and sister Jessica and Chris Rust sailing an RS200 took second place with Danny Fox, Tim Hearne and Bob Hedger and sailing BOD C8 Egret.

The Gold Medal Race Trophy for the first Cadet was awarded to Rebecca Bines and Connie Hughes sailing an RS200 who finished in sixth place overall.

Ashore the organisers were facing a tricky dilemma. Almost 400 tickets had been sold for the Big Wednesday Beach BBQ and for a while it looked like the event could be a complete washout. But Brightlingsea Sailing Club is famed for being run entirely voluntarily by the members and those members are a resourceful bunch.

With Regatta Chairman David Gibbons overseeing operations, extra marquees were loaned by members to provide covered dining areas on the beach, extra tables were set up in the cadet room and upstairs lounge, the big BBQs were moved under shelter, food service was transferred to the galley and the band set up in the club instead of outside.

With the majority adding wellies to their Caribbean beach party outfits somehow they all managed to fit into the club house and marquees and the atmosphere was amazing. “I’d always said that if we got bad weather we’d be forced to cancel, but actually this has probably been one of the best Big Wednesday Parties ever.” Said Rob White during a brief break from the dancing. “It just goes to show what the club can do when we pull together. I can’t believe how well its gone.” Added a relieved David Gibbons who had worked his socks off with the team to ensure the evening still went ahead.

Thursday will see a return to series racing and once again the entrants will be divided into two groups with one racing in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The forecast is for the rain to finally retreat around mid-morning and for the north/north-easterly wind to range from 12 gusting 20 mph in the morning to 10 gusting 15 mph in the afternoon.

The regatta continues until Saturday 12 August.

Good morning all and welcome to Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week Big Wednesday sponsor by AOC, Just Trays and Deltech UK. Here is our round-up of today’s news and information:
There will be a briefing at 12.30 for the Big Wednesday All In Handicap which will be run for us by Race Officers Alan Hicks and Craig Bond. The Race Starts at 14.00 and as this is right at the top of the tide the race officers will do their very best to get the start line as close to the club as the can so everyone can enjoy the spectacle.
There are just a couple of duty slots still to fill so if you haven’t volunteered yet please do so. Everyone is expected to do at least one duty during the week and the duty options are rescue boat, galley and evening table/chair moving. Thanks so much to everyone who has already volunteered, its is brilliant to see everyone mucking in and pulling together to make the event the fantastic family fun week we all love so much.
Rain and a lot of it is the main feature of today’s forecast. The wind could be anything from sub 10 knots to mid teens and from pretty much any direction as the rain bands roll through, but as usual we will be keeping calm and carrying on in the truly British tradition.
We are still looking for a couple more Pyefleet Week perpetual trophies so please drop them into Kathy at the race hut.
Come rain or shine the infamous Big Wednesday Party will be going ahead and Family White are on stand by to bring us another fantastic celebration. Tickets are still available from Kathy in the race hut so dig out your dancing pumps and come on down to party!
We have three fabulous sponsors for Big Wednesday.  AOC and Just Trays are returning for their third consecutive year and they are joined for the first time by Deltech UK. We will have representatives of all three companies with us today so if you bump into them please do say hello and thank them for helping us make Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week such a great regatta.
Have a great day everyone!

CB Rigging Tuesday proved to be very much a day of two halves at Brightlingsea Sailing Club’s Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week, where the race committee were faced with some tricky decisions.

With heavy showers sweeping across the area and extremely light winds, the morning races were initially postponed. When conditions lifted a little and the wind showed signs of building, Blue Group Race Officer David Gibbons took his fleets afloat and got racing underway. Sadly no sooner had they started, than the rain came down again and the wind shut off completely, forcing the committee to abandon the race and send the fleet back ashore.

By 14.30 the sun was back and there were the early signs that a sea breeze may be on its way, so Red Group Race Officer Martin Worth called his group to the race area.  As the delayed start time approached the skies darkened once more and another band of thundery rain clouds began to circle the area. They brought with them wind and racing was started in 10-12 knots from the north-north-west. The first beat upriver against the ebbing tide saw everyone making good progress, but as the fleet turned back down tide the wind began to drop and before long everyone was ghosting along and the big struggle became judging the laylines to the marks to ensure one wasn’t simply swept past them by the tide. After two hours even the leading boats were a long way from completing a full lap of the course and so the decision was made to shorten at one of the marks.

Ben Clegg’s Musto Skiff took his second victory of the week in the Asymmetric Fast Handicap with Nick Barnes and Neil Baldry’s F18 second and Alex Capon and Fin Clark in a B14 third. Overall Clegg now has a single point lead from Barnes with Paul Mines and Stuart Smith sailing a Tornado in third.

The BOD race was a serious game of snakes and ladders with boats going from first to last in the nineteen boat fleet on a regular basis. Danny Fox, Bob Hedger and Tim Hearn were the eventual victors with Clive Goodwin, Graham Sanderson and guest crew Malcolm Goodwin second and Maddy Anderson, Tom Ballentine and Fin Anderson third.  Jeremy and Ollie Newman and Sarah Bines finished in eight place, but overall they continue to jointly head the fleet with Goodwin on three points apiece with Fox now two points behind in third.

Stephen and Morgan Cross sailed their 2000 to victory in the Parent & Child fleet with Dave Youngs and Finlay Appleton’s Topaz Race second and James and Jacob Willett’s RS Feva XL third. Stuart and Tom Phillips retired in their RS Feva XL but continue to hold a narrow three point lead over Team Cross and Team Youngs/Appleton who are both just a single point behind them.

Pete Purkis continued his domination of the RS700 fleet with his third win of the regatta. Second place went to Richard Goldklang and David Bridle was third. In the overall standings Purkiss leads by two points from Simon Redfern, while Goldklang and Bridle are both two points further back and fighting for third.

With the threat of thunderstorms, a strong ebb and very light winds, the decision was made not to race the Cadet Handicap fleet. Instead team paddle board racing was organised from the beach, which proved to be a huge success and kept everyone (parents included!) entertained.

After racing it was all back to the club house for a delicious chilli supper followed by one of the event’s great traditions – Nigel and Jackie Edmund’s Quiz Night. Nigel and Jackie are famed for setting fiendishly tricky quizzes which always feature at least one sailing related round and this year it was Team My Alice (made up largely of members of the Heppell and Hiscocks families) who were the overall victors. A small entry fee is charged per team member and the proceeds are used to provide a £50 prize for the winners with the reminder being donated to the RNLI. Having collected their prize Team My Alice generously returned it and asked Nigel and Jackie to add it to the donation to the RNLI. Commodore Fiona Brown thanked Nigel and Jackie for another fantastic quiz and also took the opportunity to thank Craig and Jayne Bond of day sponsor CB Rigging, who were taking part with their family team, for their ongoing generous support of the event.

Next up on the Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week agenda is Big Wednesday sponsored by AOC, Just Trays and Deltech UK. The fleet will come together for a spectacular massed start handicap race which does not count towards the points series. The forecast is for heavy rain and 8-16 mph from almost any direction bar due north as the rain fronts roll through. After sailing the teams will come together for the famous Big Wednesday Party where the rum punch will be flowing, the BBQs will be running at full tilt and the band will have everyone on their feet.

Welcome to CB Rigging Day (day 3) at Learmning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017. Here is our Day 3 Update:
Firstly please note that there is an error in the printed Pyefleet Week Programme. The high tide time for tomorrow (Big Wednesday) is 14.11 (not 13.11 as published).
No particular reminders on the racing side today, but make sure you are prepared for potentially heavy and possibly stormy showers, particularly this afternoon.
We are very nearly sorted with the rescue boat duty roster but still have a few slots we must fill so if you aren’t already down please pop into the hut and put your name on the board.  Even if you are racing both sides you can still do a table moving duty at 17.30 each day.
The news from the Met Office isn’t very cheerful today. Winds will be predominantly fairly light and very shifty and this afternoon we can expect bands of rain to sweep through, some of which could be very heavy and possibly thundery and squally. Be prepared for all eventualities folks and good luck tacticians!
Again if you still have a Pyefleet Week perpetual Trophy please take it to Kathy in the race hut.
Nigel and Jackie are looking forward to putting us through our mental paces at tonight’s Quiz Night. The evening kicks off with a chilli supper at 18.30 and the quiz will get underway from 19.30.
Today’s sponsor CB Rigging are well known to all BSC regulars as our go to rigging company. Managing Director Craig Bond is also the man who looks after our Tuesday Night Cadet, Wednesday Night Development, Friday Family Fun Tray Sailing and Regatta Try Sailing as well as being Principal of BSC’s Sailing School.  We have so many reasons to thank Craig so if you see him today please take a moment to show him our gratitude.
Results & Reports
The Day 2 results and report are now available to view online at www.pyefleetweek.com
Here’s hoping the rain stays away and we can enjoy another great day on the water.
Good sailing

The second day of Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017 was sponsored by Brightlingsea Harbour Commission and featured not only the second race of the series for all classes, but also Brightlingsea One Design (BOD) Night, one of the social highlights of the regatta. This year the BOD Celebrates its 90th Anniversary and the pairing of Brightlingsea Harbour Day with the BOD Party is extremely apt, as the Harbour Commission also celebrates its 90th Anniversary this year.

The skies were overcast for much of the day and the initially west-south-westerly wind went from mid teens in the morning through to sub ten knots and north-westerly by mid afternoon. Although very shifty all races got underway on time and it was another day of nip and tuck competition.

The BODs might be 90 years old, but the level of competition in the fleet is truly exceptional with huge place gains and loses to be made from the slightest tactical error or boat handling fumble. Today it was the turn of Hornet and Tornado World Champion Jeremy Newman, crewed by Ollie Newman and Sarah Bines, to claim the victor’s laurels from Mirror World Champion Clive Goodwin, crewed by Graham Sanderson and Mark Schofield. Phil Rust, sailing with Tania Bines and Ollie King took third and on the water Chris Matthews sailing with Dave Conlon and Ed Gibbons/Rebecca Bines was fourth. Back ashore Matthews put in a protest against Rust relating to a downwind incident in which he felt Rust should have kept clear. The Protest Committee however, felt that Matthews had failed to give room and opportunity and so Matthews found himself disqualified, moving Joe Harman sailing with Kerrie Forster and Derek Gentry into fourth. Overall Newman and Goodwin are now tied on three points with Rust four points behind in third.

In the Asymmetric Fast Handicap the F18 of Nick Barns and Neil Baldry beat the SL16 of Ben Eddy and Matteo Chaboud with Ben Clegg’s Musto Skiff in third and the Tornado of Paul Mines and Stuart Smith fourth. Overall Clegg has a single point lead over Barns with Mines two further points back in third.

Freya Gascoyne and Amelia Hiscocks are setting up for a great battle in the Cadet Handicap. Today Freya beat Amelia meaning both girls now count three points. Third and fourth in today’s race were Elizabeth Hill in a Topper and the RS Tera Sport of Harry McTiernan, who are also now in third and fourth overall respectively.

One of the great traditions of Pyefleet Week is the Parent & Child Handicap (or child and adult relative or family friend). David and James Herbert sailing a Sprint 15 won today’s race from Stuart and Tom Phillips in their RS Feva XL with Tim Hare and Max/Charlie Hare third and Dave Youngs and Finlay Appleton fourth.  Overall Team Phillips now have a three point lead. Team Herbert and Team Youngs/Appleton share second place on point and Team Hare is a single point behind in fourth.

The RS700s enjoyed a great blast around the estuary and although the race was tight, at the line the finish order today mirrored yesterday’s with Pete Purkiss leading Simon Redfearn and Dave Bridle home.

By the time the afternoon shift hit the water the breeze had dropped to sub ten knots and become considerably more shifty. With the tide now ebbing hard the race committee made the wise decision to give the fleet just one decent lap rather than risk sending them around a second time and loosing the race completely. 

Andy and Sarah Bines once again sailed their Merlin Rocket into first place in the Fast Handicap Fleet ahead of the RS800 of Dave Conlon and Chris Matthews. Tom Taylor-Jones and Mimi Thomas took third place in their RS400 with the 505 of Shaun Seear and Stuart Curtis fourth.

To say that the Mirror Class is well stocked with chronic over achievers would be something of an understatement. Today Mirror Ladies World Champion Melissa Heppell crewed by son Louis Hiscocks came top of the heap, with Mirror World Champion Philip Goodwin crewed by son Felix in second. Hornet World Champion Malcolm Goodwin, father of Philip and crewed by grand daughter Kaya Nawrot took third place, while Melissa’s husband, double Olympic Medallist Simon Hiscocks, crewed by their daughter Amelie, was fourth. Never one to be left out Mirror World Champion and brother of Philip, Clive Goodwin, who is being crewed on alternate days by daughters Anna and Zoe, was fifth. For good measure Steve Heppell, whose claims to fame include being owner of My Alice – one of the fastest Oyster Smacks on the east coast, winner of the Royal Television Society’s Judges Award for Lifelong Services to Educational Broadcasting. and arguably the world’s leading expert on contemporary learning, was also out on the water sailing with three year old granddaughter Josie Heppell in her first ever regatta.

Josie is clearly loving every minute of the regatta, but Steve explained that he has employed some devious tactics to keep her engaged. These include nipping out before the start of the week and fixing a variety of plastic animals to the race marks, so whilst the rest of the fleet looks for Cocum followed by Mersea Wreck, Josie is busy hunting down the yellow duck followed by the green crocodile.

For the second day running Steve Williams and Mark Schofield were first and second in the Laser Fleet, with Tim Ashworth third and Ben Powell fourth. In the overall standings Williams leads Schofield by two points with Ashworth and Richard Herbert, who finished today’s race in fifth, tied on eight points for third.

In the Laser Handicap the Laser Radial of Alex Clarke, who won today’s race, and the Laser 4.7 of Joshua Davies, who was second, are tied on three points for the overall lead with Alex Lightly’s Laser Radial third.

Having missed yesterday’s opener, the Scorpion of Simon and Fiona Gillow from Chipstead SC revelled in the light airs, romping home to victory from the RS200 of Rebecca Bines and Connie Hughes with Paul Aldridge’s Solo third and Brian Allen’s RS Aero 7 fourth.  Allen, Bines and Aldridge are now all tied for the overall lead on five points apiece. Just three points separate fourth to sixth with the Scorpion of Rhys Lancaster and Jane Somerville fourth, Nicky Henderson and her son Thomas Goodwill in a Buzz fifth and the RS200 of Eddie Bridle and Isabelle Fielding sixth overall.

David Tourhay and Lionel Scutcher’s classic Wivenhoe One Design won the Slow Handicap A Fleet from Harry McTiernan’s RS Tera Sport and Brook Hasting’s RS Tera Pro. In the overall standings Tourhay now leads the fleet by three points from brothers Blake and Brett Tudor sailing an RS Feva XL who are in a three way points tie with McTiernan and Hastings for second.

After racing the competitors came together for the BOD School Dinners and Disco Party, where fancy dress and classic disco dance moves were de rigueur. “Head Mistress” Katie Holland ran a tight disciplinary ship, the Tuck Shop did record breaking business and much fun was had by all.

Tomorrow is CB Rigging Tuesday at Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week. The weather forecast promises a high chance of very heavy showers and winds from 6 to 12 mph and pretty much any direction between east-north-east and south-west. Tomorrow’s après sailing entertainment is a chilli supper followed by Nigel and Jackie Edmund’s legendarily fiendish annual quiz night.

The results after Brightlingsea Harbour Commission Monday at Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week are now online – Click here