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Nicky Paul RIP

It is with great sadness to let you that Nicky Paul passed away on 27th December 2020.
Nicky, together with husband John (our past Commodore and present Committee member), has been a long standing supporter and member of the BSC. We will also particularly remember her fondly for being there on Friday evenings, doing registration and supplying us with cakes.

Our thoughts are with John, Charlotte, Dave and grandsons Henry and Stanley at this difficult time.

New updated Guidelines

Further guidance received today from the RYA today indicates despite further lockdown, individuals and household groups, can exercise with marinas etc allowed to stay open this time. We are therefore opening the pontoon and ask that all members abide by all guidance. Please do not use any facility if you have, or anyone in your household has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, corona virus. Please do not gather in the dinghy park or on the pontoon. The guidance may change so please ensure you check the club website before going.

Members are politely reminded that the guidance states that you may only do necessary journeys and make short journeys to exercise.

New Covid Restrictions

As we enter Tier 4 at midnight tonight(Sat 19 Dec), we have to close all our facilities for the duration. As always, we thank you all for your support in following the rules as we navigate through these difficult times. Please keep safe and take care during these next few weeks.

Colin Blanks

Colin Blanks, long time member, has passed away. He drove Volunteer for many years on Wednesdays and for any racing, and in latter years manned the race box. Many of us remember him as he taught us RE at St Peter’s!  Our thoughts are with his son and family.

Lockdown Ends on 2nd Dec

Essex has been placed into tier 2 from Wednesday. Therefore we can reopen the pontoon and members can once again enjoy the water. The group of 6 rule outdoors remains, so please be aware of this ashore and on the pontoon. Racing will resume as per the programme, with the most recent amendments remaining in place, if there is sufficient interest. Please email if you plan to take part. Please continue to observe all Government guidelines and enjoy the facilities safely.

Sally Harbott


RYA Guidance During Lockdown

Dear All,

As lockdown 2 continues, the DCMS and RYA have further clarified a question that a few of our members have been asking.

Can club boat parks and slipways remain open?

Our understanding is that boat parks and their slipways are part of a sporting facility and its amenities and therefore must be closed. However, we believe those that are situated in public outdoor places are not subject to the closure restrictions.

We are not a public facility, but a private club, so therefore we have to  close. We are still awaiting further guidance about checking boats in the dinghy park but do know that only essential travel and local travel is allowed.

You will have seen that already there have been fines and police intervention where lockdown rules have been broken in Essex. Please do not put the Club in a position where we are being brought into disrepute or worse.

We thank you for your continuing support and observance of lockdown laws.

Sally Harbott