These races are for the crews, the highlight of the sailing season and provide the sight of up to a dozen barges sailing together in friendly but serious competition. The start is always very exciting with these large vessels being manoeuvred in close quarters trying to gain the best position. A camera is vital! Join one of our barges as it follows the racing fleet – a mixture of motoring to keep up with fast racing barges and to get the best photo positions, and setting some sail where practical.
The race course is determined on the day by the committee, but typically the outer mark may be:-
Blackwater Race – mouth of the Blackwater near Bradwell; Pin Mill Race – Harwich Harbour or Walton Pier; Thames Race – from Gravesend down river towards Southend; Colne Race – Clacton Pier.
Mid morning Coffee or Tea & Biscuits
Lunch: Chicken Breast with Gammon, Celery & Tomato
(v) Butternut Squash with Cheesy Leeks (by pre-order only)
Hot new Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables
Chocolate Brownie with Forest Fruits & Cream
Coffee or tea
Afternoon tea or Coffee with Homemade Cake.
Depending on timing, the menu may include Breakfast (Sausages in Roll, Granary Bread & Jam, tea/coffee )or Light Breakfast (Granary Bread & Jam, tea/coffee) please advise in advance of any dietary requirements and allergies