The next regatta is on Saturday 12th July 2014

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Firstly my thanks to you for purchasing this programme, by doing so you are making a contribution towards keeping a long tradition alive in an ever changing world. You are also getting an interesting read from some long standing contributors, renowned for their observations on some of the more frustrating elements of everyday life.

You also will find an article on a class of sailing yacht that first hit the water in 1913 at a time when momentous events were about to break out in Europe, which would change our Country and lifestyles for ever. Built as a gentleman’s day boat, it sailed with a paid hand, who would get the boat ready for the owner to step aboard for a few hours racing. The owner and guests would then retire to the Yacht Club and the paid hand to separate room in the club away from the members.

Many hands never returned and the yachts were from an era that vanished within a few years of them being built. Racing yachts from that time had a short life span, built to ever changing rules, where only designed to last a few years. The fact that these have survived a hundred years is tribute to those who have looked after them.

All the usual activities will be going on during Saturday including the new greasy pole over the lock which was so popular last year. We also have some interesting stalls in the marquee Sunday morning.

Due to the tide we have an early start this year so don’t be late, have a great day.

Chairman Heybridge Basin Regatta Committee

The regatta will start at 10.00 AM with the lighting of the BBQ and on shore events. A launch service will run from 13.00 from CRS Marine pontoon.


Chairman and Committee


The Basin Regatta is on the 22nd June starting at 10:00. Like a lot of other traditional
Village events it is threatened by rising costs and bureaucracy, so please come
along and support your Regatta and help to maintain one of those uniquely English

We have the usual range of shore competitions in the marquee and activities for
youngsters. We have two pubs and of course, our famous Wilkin & Sons Lock Café
where the the Brandyhole Shantymen, will be singing in the afternoon. We will light
and our usual BBQ at 11:00, so plenty of light refreshments are always available. As
the tide builds you see the crews gathering for their boats, other craft will be working
the way upriver for the start. Some who came up the day before, are now wondering
how they will get off the mud, all good entertainment.

First off are the dinghies and you may see some traditional Heybridge Basin Winkle
Brigs. The site of the smack fleet manoeuvring for the best start position is a true
spectacle from our past. These are large, heavy and powerful vessels and the skill of
the skippers and crew as they thunder down to the start is impressive.
Once these are clear a range of yachts start from modern racers to priceless classics.

When they are all safely back the hard fought rowing events start, followed by the
famous and not much seen these days, greasy pole.

This year you will see the Maldon Sea Cadets playing a vital role in our Regatta by
providing the rescue boats and crews. They will also be carrying out the raising of the
Flag at the beginning of the regatta and lowering of the Flag at the end. We are also
pleased to have, thanks to Guy Thompson, the retired Lifeboat Iris O’ Faith as our
committee boat, recently back from the Thames and the Queens Jubilee celebrations.
The prize giving is always an interesting event and there are great raffle prizes.

So there you have it dear reader, another Regatta thanks to a small band of Villagers
who step forward each year, my thanks go to them for keeping our little piece of
history alive.

Keith Lawson, Chairman HBRA