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Tuesday, 17th October 2017
Fireworks Friday 3rd November
By: Beverley Smith


Invite our Members to our Club Fireworks and Bonfire Night 

Friday 3rd November

Bonfire starts at 7pm 

Free to club members...£3 for your guests

Performing for us are

Our very own ... Alysha           and          The Bobby Allen Swingtet

Refreshments available 

Bar        Traditional Bonfire Night Food           A Barrel of Real Ale

For any other information e.mail Bev on




Monday, 9th October 2017
12 Hour Sail for the RNLI
By: Beverley Smith

What a busy weekend this turned out to be.

Starting with a change of plan from having a 24 hour sail to a 12 hour sail for a number of reasons we went straight in with a 'Band Night' staring the 'Bobby Allen Swingtet'

They were great!  Fantastic music, candle light, our own light show all over the ceiling, loads of people up dancing and you've only got to hear Bobbys voice once to love it. We had a barrel of beer from our local brewery and plenty of food.

Stuart captured it all on film and will be putting it on u-tube as soon as possible.

I've booked the band for our firework night on Friday 3rd November

(Free to club members £3 for your guests)

Some of us stayed over and and 6am saw Steve and Angelo rigging up a Flying Fifteen in the pitch black with only the light of a torch!

These two were great and before 7am they were on the water to start the Tommy Cooper 12 hour sailing marathon. After a while I took them out bacon rolls on a silver platter to show them how special they were.

Over the day many club members took a shift on the water to cover all those hours. From young youth sailors to older youth sailors who took time out from practicing for their dingy instructors qualifications. We had windsurfers and people taking their turn whilst joining in with the club racing, a sailing lesson happening whilst also taking part. A number of club members just came to the club to do a shift to support the event.

Later on when most people had gone home and only a few of us were left, the rain started and a beautiful rainbow appeared over the lake. it looked as though it was coming straight from the middle of a pylon. There was a stunning sunset too, making parts of the lake look metalic red, and still the rain hammered down making the sailor in the boat very soggy, but it was ok, it was only Paula!

Near the end we got a very tired Steve back in the wayfarer with her to finish the sail that he'd started 12 hours before.

So far our club has raised over £500 for the RNLI with this event and I'll still be collecting for a couple more weeks if anybody else would like to donate.

Thank you to everyone who took part, supported and donated to this event. I couldn't make them happen without you help.

A very special 'Thank You to Steve' You've been my rock through all of this and I couldn't have done this without YOU!

Bev xx


Thursday, 5th October 2017
The New Band Night.. 6th October
By: Beverley Smith

Friday 6th October 

The first performance by our new band

The Bobby Allen Swingtet

8pm until late

Free to club members £3 for your guests


good food, good company and a barrel of beer

Hope To See You There Preparing For The

12 Hour Sail In The Morning

Thursday, 5th October 2017
24 Hour Sail..Now 12 Hours
By: Beverley Smith

Now..7am Saturday 7th October


7pm SATURDAY 7th October

The Tommy Cooper

12 Hour sponsored SAILING MARATHON

all sponsorship to go to the R.N.L.I.

O0o.....sponsorship forms now available from me.....o0O

can you take a shift for an hour sailing the boat?

Please come and put your name on the list for the time you would like to do, there are 12 choices!


Sunday, 3rd September 2017
Laser OM successes
By: Geoff Town

You will be interested in an extract from the latest issue of GYBE, the Laser Class magazine, which relates to the Thames Valley Region travellers series:

"In the Standards, the series is led by Adam Meekings of Maidenhead, who has an an impressive series including a win at Island Barn, with Chris Nash also from Maidenhead second. Darren Heslin from Broxbourne SC  laying third in the series....

In the Radials, Edward Brown from Broxbourne has excelled wth with wins at Haversham SC and Oxford SC, with Leila Moore from Docklands lying second..."

Graeme McCormack is also flying the flag at these events,





Friday, 25th August 2017
Regatta Weekend - CANCELLED
By: Richard Kurzyca

To avoid any confusion with the upcoming events section shown below, the regatta weekend has been cancelled.  There will not be any organised racing during the weekend of 2nd and 3rd September, there are no arrangements to have rescue boat cover and there will not be any food served in the club house.


Thursday, 24th August 2017
August Bank Holiday F&F Day
By: Beverley Smith

August Bank Holiday

Monday 28th August

Friends and Family Day

10am till 4pm 


Why not bring your friends and family to your club

Come to the galley and sign them in for free

If the weather conditions allow, and we have the correct rescue cover available, you can take them out sailing in your boat

We'll be lighting the BBQ at lunchtime if you'd like to bring your own food to cook on it

Drinks and snacks will be available from the galley


Monday, 31st July 2017
Commodore's Cup
By: Richard Kurzyca

Congratulations to Edward Brown who won the Commodore's Cup in his Laser Radial - he came first in both races.

Sunday, 16th July 2017
Tommy Cooper - an appreciation
By: Graeme McCormack

Tommy Cooper

2nd May 1925 - 22nd June 2017

Tommy was a member of Broxbourne Sailing Club for almost 60 years from 1958 to 2017.  He started sailing in a Merlin when the Club was based on the River Lea at Broxbourne.  He changed classes to a British Moth after the Merlin, which he moored outside his house on the river, was crushed by a passing barge.  He continued to race British Moths until a few years ago. He was three times National Champion and he was a past secretary of the British Moth Association.

The Club moved from the River Lea to the Central Lagoon in 1961 and on to the Northern Lagoon in 1964.  A few years afterwards, Tommy set up his sailing school on the Northern Lagoon where he taught sailing for some thirty years or so.  Over this time, large numbers of people learnt to sail there and the Club had the benefit of gaining many new members as a result.  An important aspect of his instruction was to assume that his pupils would want to race.


He was Commodore of the Club from 1975 to 1977 and he was always a very active supporter of the Club’s sailing and social programmes.  There weren’t many Sundays when Tom would not be out racing his British Moth or, latterly, crewing for son Toby in a Flying Fifteen and winning!  Tom had a wonderful memory and his conversation and stories after sailing gave great pleasure to so many members.  We shall all miss his company at the Club.


Bob Tait
July 2017
Friday, 7th July 2017
Tony Judkins
By: Graeme McCormack

Tony passed away on Sunday July 2nd in hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for a severe stroke. Whilst there he suffered an untreatable brain haemorrhage and passed away peacefully.

Tony had been a member of the Club, according to my records from 1968, possibly sooner, originally sailing an Enterprise latterly a Flying Fifteen and been a true backbone of the Club, being a regular sailor whilst healthy.

The funeral takes place at 12.30 on July 11th, at Stevenage Crematorium. Friends are welcome afterwards at the White Hart, Welwyn Garden City.

Geoff Town

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