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New Commodore Iain Stubbs’ chosen charity for this year is the Sea-Change Sailing Trust. Please support him in raising as much as possible for this worthy cause. Click the logo on the right to go to the Sea-Change website.


Our Training Principal John Rogers has finalised the training programme for the autumn and winter season.

To view these RYA course details, dates, fees etc. together with  downloadable application forms please click on the image to the left. Please note these courses are open to everyone – non-members are very welcome.



The Blackwater Barge Match

Jill Doubtfire writes:
MLSC members crewed Barge Cambria during the challenging match last Saturday. Such light winds at the start created much work for the crews, especially those barges with sprits, as the foresails had to be lowered and re-hoisted during each tack. Strengthening winds then made for better progress and interesting tack-tics!
This was our first experience of a barge match – I hadn’t realised how strenuous and exhausting the whole process would be!! I take my hat off to those barge folk and am doubly thankful that we have a ‘snotty new yacht’ which in comparison is so easy to sail.

For more pictures go to the Events page or click here.

Last Night of the Proms – September 8th

Bradwell Cruising Club are inviting us to an event which they are holding at Bradwell Marina on the 8th of September.
“Last night of the Proms” and will be held in the Marina bar 7pm til late. There is no admission charge for this event (however, any donations to the RNLI would be fantastic!). If you require a berth for the evening, you will need to mention that you are part of the Bradwell Cruising Club Proms event.

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Details of the Sponsored Row & Gig Race in aid of the RNLI, January 2018, are now available here, or select – Sponsored Row & Gig Race – Our annual Charity event on the left hand menu. Photos of the event by Barry Fix here.

Ha’penny Pier (access and egress) – Notice to Mariners 02/07/18

With immediate effect the gate at the top of the gangway between the leisure vessel pontoons and Ha’penny pier will be locked daily at 17:00 hrs for the security of our stakeholders. To read the full NtM please click here.


 Local Navigation Buoys moved

In the recent Trinity House Notice to Mariners, 12/01/2018 it is advised that three Blackwater estuary bouys have been moved following recent surveys:

1.Station : Eagle Lighted Buoy.
Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.109’N., Longitude 001º 03.630’E.

2.Station : N.W. Knoll Lighted Buoy.
Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.292’N., Longitude 001º 02.137’E.

3.Station : Bench Head Lighted Buoy.
Amendment : Moved to position Latitude 51º 44.557’N., Longitude 001º 01.186’E.

These buoys are obviously of importance to us, so please note these movements.

The full NtM may be found here.

Stone Point and River Deben entrance

Following the winter storms there are new (2018) chartlets for Stone Point in the Walton Backwaters and the entrance to the Deben. Click on the appropriate link below to see a downloadable pdf copy.
With acknowledgements to
Stone Point                  River Deben


The Last 30 Years

A little while back we published Warren Panther’s brief history of the first 60 years of the MLSC. To mark the 90th anniversary of the Club, Kev & Lauren Knox have collected memories from the last 16 Commodores and assembled them together as The Last 30 Years. This, available for the first time, may be viewed by clicking HERE. This is a largish document so be patient!
A link to Warren’s The First 60 Years may be found further down this page.



First 2018 Newsletter

Editor Barry Fix has published the latest, Winter 2018, Newsletter. To slide away for a quick read please click here.




Cruising Captain, Kev Knox, has now produced the final version of the 2018 Sailing Programme. The programme many be viewed by clicking on the image or here.


Recent changes to VHF MSI Channels 

More information about changes which came into force on 6 September 2017.

The VHF channels HM Coastguard uses to broadcast Maritime Safety Information (MSI) and conduct radio medical advice are changing.
From mid-morning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64.

Our local channels:
Bradwell         was 86            will be 64
Walton            was 23            will be 63
Bawdsey         was 86            will be 62
Shoeburyness    was 23         will be 63

Our friends in London have published the Spring issue of their journal and invite us to have a read.


Click on the image to view the Journal.

Hello, there’s a new buoy in town!

South cardinal buoy ‘Tollesbury Pier’ in 51°44’·45N 0°51’·61E

2017  proved to be an ‘eventful’ sailing year. 

Click the image to see photos of some of the Club’s organised events – updated as the season progresses. Join a meet and see yourself!




Training Principal John Rogers has published an update to the 2017 training programme including dates for RYA Certification courses: Navigation classes, VHF/DSC radio certificate classes and First Aid. Please go to the training page or click on the poster to view details and download application forms. These courses are also open to non-members, who are most welcome.



The First Sixty Years

Over the years, hundreds of people have visited the MLSC clubhouse and have enjoyed the warm, welcoming atmosphere of its old timbers, shining brasswork and collection of memorabilia. Few, however, know of the sustained effort and enthusiasm that created the Maldon Little Ship Club and gave us all that we enjoy today.
In 1988 Warren Panther collected together details of the first 60 years of the MLSC and produced a small book. With the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Club approaching we’ve made this history available on-line. To view the book as a pdf please click here or on the cover picture.

Tide Tables for the 2018 sailing season (April – December) are available here.

Over £8,500 raised!

The 41st Gig anDSCF0427d Row Race in aid of the RNLI

was held on Saturday 20th January in rather dismal and damp conditions. However this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the brave competitors. Please see the main menu to the left for links to the result pages, press release etc. And a big THANK YOU to all who took part, helped in any way or donated/sponsored.


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*** 2017-8 CATALOGUE ***
You can now order those shirts and tops, with or without the club logo, that you’ve been meaning to order for ages and why not a new burgee as well. Full details and order form on the Shop pages. Quick link here.

 Local Notices to Mariners

Periodically we receive Notices to Mariners issued by the Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners and other organisations.
Where these are likely to be pertinent to MLSC members we will post them HERE as and when they are issued.

Latest: 05/04/2018 Harwich Haven – Temp Mooring installation etc.


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Rear UP Fridays

REARUP Fridays.

A varied programme of musical entertainments etc. in the club bar every second Friday in the month. For more details click this image, or select the REARUP Fridays page from the left side menu or look at the Club’s Facebook page.

RYA RYA InBrief.  The RYA publishes a range of e-Newsletters designed to dovetail with members’ specific boating interests.
The Newsletters are for members only and contain a range of entertaining features, educational articles and updates on issues that the RYA is dealing with on your behalf.
In light of this we will no longer be providing hotlinks to the RYA InBrief, but will continue to highlight items of interest from the RYA. To select your choice of newsletter(s) please click here.

Hire of Club facilities
We’re pleased to announce that hire charges for the Bar and Upper Deck etc. have been kept the same as for last year. So why not consider hiring the Club for a party or an event? Members, of course, get preferential rates. Go to the Facilities Hire page for full details.

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Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners. 

Our local harbour commissioners have just (April 2018) revised and re-issued the Maldon Port Guide to the right. For seasoned MLSC sailors this may not be of great interest but it may be useful to pass on to visiting friends. To view the Guide, complete with Pilotage notes, please click on the image.

 We have received a message with some useful information from our local Coastguard team – worth reading! Click here to view.