East Coast


Annual OGA East Coast Race 2019

Saturday, July 27, 2019
'Peace' joins the gaffers for the East Coast Race, 2018
©Sandy Miller

Following the success in 2018, we are returning to Stone Sailing Club on the River Blackwater, for the Annual East Coast Race and prizegiving. 

Small boat enthusiasts and trailer sailors are also welcome for a shorter race "around the cans" in the middle of the day and social gathering ashore in the evening.
Launching is easy for trailer sailors off the beach in front of the club.

Last year, the weather was hot, the natives were friendly and all went really well.  All we needed was just a little more wind!  But this did not dampen the enjoyment for the fleet who universally voted to return again this year.  Stone Sailing Club is located in a sunny corner of the River Blackwater with sandy beaches and easy access to deeper water for serious sailors. 

The East Coast Race brings together traditional gaffers with more modern craft and there is also a place for traditional Bermudans.  The racing divides the fleet into speciality classes with one overall winner for the giant Winners Pennant, donated  by James Lawrence Sails.  If the weather is fine we will try to race all the way down to Wallet Spitway and back.  There will be good food and drink ashore for crews and supporters.

And this year we have also booked a band - local stars called "The Old School Syndicate" to entertain in the evening and help the beer go down - what's not to like!

The East Coast Race event provides a great curtain raiser for the OGA Summer Cruise which starts on Sunday.

Take a look a the gallery from last year . . .

Please enter using our online entry form.  If you cannot enter online please contact Clare Thomas by email or phone.

Entries for the open boat race should be made on the downloadable entry form below and emailed or posted back to Clare Thomas clare [dot] thomas [at] btinternet [dot] com (email).

Rivers Blackwater and Colne
Stone Sailing Club, Tinnocks Lane, Southminster, CM0 7NF
Richard Giles
Organiser phone: 
+44 (0) 7710 319995
Suitable for small/open/trailerable boats