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2019 AGM

Please make a note in your diary for the Club AGM on March 24th at 14:00 in the clubhouse. It’s your opportunity to vote members onto the Committee and ask questions of the Officers. We hope to see as many members as possible supporting the Commodore and his Committee.

It may have been cold, but it didn’t deter the rowers or the watchers for the SPONSORED ROWING RACE in aid of the RNLI held on the 5th of January. An amazing over £10,000 has been raised or pledged on behalf of the wonderful RNLI.  A big thank you to all who took part or helped on the day.
The Organiser’s letter of thanks, list of prize winners and some photographs of the day may be found under the menu option ‘Sponsored Row & Gig race 2019’.

2019 Sailing Programme – Draft version

Vice- Commodore Kev Knox has prepared the draft sailing programme for the coming season. He asks members to cast their eye over it and feed back any comments or observations. The programme may be found here.

2019 Social Programme

The Social Sub-committee have prepared the social diary for the coming year. To view the programme please click here.

Password update

A New Year and a new password.. To access the Members Only Sections you will need to enter your password. This may be found on your membership card. Please click here to proceed.

Commodore’s Charity

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.


Newsletter – Late Summer edition

Club Editor, Barry Fix, has produced a bumper edition of the Club Newsletter for you to enjoy. Please click here or on the picture to the left to drop anchor and have a relaxing read.

Got an interesting story to share? Contact Barry by emailing email hidden; JavaScript is required


Our Training Principal John Rogers has finalised the training programme for 2019.

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 – 7th July 2018

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.


More Barge work!

At the end of August a group of MLSC members chartered SB Pudge for a weekend cruise. Click here to see some of Neil Pembleton’s photographs.


Details of the last Sponsored Row & Gig Race in aid of the RNLI, January 2019, are now available here, or select – Sponsored Row & Gig Race – Our annual Charity event on the menu. Photos of the event can be found 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.




We’re drifting towards the end of the season, but the 2018 Sailing Programme may be viewed by clicking on the image to the right or here.



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

2018 is  proving 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!


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 £9,000 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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Christmas is coming! You can now order those shirts and tops, with or without the club logo, that you’ve been meaning to order for ages – they’ll make perfect presents – 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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Music Fridays.

A varied programme of musical entertainments etc. in the club bar every second Friday in the month. For more details visit 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.

Maldon Harbour Improvement Commissioners. 

MHIC capture

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.