Goldhanger Sailing Club News

It is with much sadness that we start the new sailing season with news of the death of one of our more colourful members. Mike Webster, “Captain Mike” to the children of the club, passed away after a sudden illness. He could be found “fettling” most days with all things wood, rope or boat related and will be greatly missed.

Romilly and the Family would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous “Thank you” for the many cards, flowers and good wishes they have received.


Mike and our Commodore – Rod Brown-Lee planning some mischief.

We have had great fun during three Sundays of race training sessions. One day there was so little wind that only one boat managed to cross the start line, twice, as they had drifted back on the tide! The rest shouted instructions to each other with much laughter and banter between them.

Drift Race

The drifting race

 Our next session had Jenny Brown-Lee and Mike Back keeping the many sea wall watchers entertained by capsizing at every mark. Both have had sufficient capsize practise now! As usual the rescue boat was on hand to offer assistance.

Our club kayaks have been in great demand by both adults and children every weekend. Our afternoon of organised kayak races and games was a first for the club and a great success.


Kayak fun

 The forecast of heavy afternoon rain, coupled with an early start, meant only two boats went on the cruise to Brightlingsea. The sun shone all the way there. Lunch was a very wet affair and the sail home started in torrential rain. However after half an hour, the sun reappeared. Rain could be seen in Maldon and as thunder and lightning rumbled behind Bradwell, we sailed home in our own patch of blue sky, all the way to Goldhanger.


The Club Secretary / Skipper

If you are interested in joining us for sailing or kayaking please contact Rod Brown-Lee for details.


Tel: 01621-788145

We look forward to seeing you.