The 56th Thames Barge Match, hosted by the Pin Mill Sailing Club will be held on Saturday 1st July 2017.
The 56th Thames Barge Match, hosted by the Pin Mill Sailing Club will be held on Saturday 1st July 2017 . High Water is at 06:08 BST, and the start for the Bowsprit Class (A) is at 08:00, the Fast Staysail Class (B) is at 08:15 the Slow Staysail Class (C) is at 08:30 and the half barge class D is at 08:45.
The match starts at Buttermans bay, just down river from Pin Mill.
--Photos from the 2016 match---
DIARY NOTE : PMSC's 57th Annual BARGE MATCH to be held on Saturday June 23rd 2018
Pin Mill Sailing Club Barge Match Committee 2017
Julian Ackland (Secretary) e.mail barge_secretary
Romy Blackburn (Chairman / Commodore) e.mail commodore
Cyril Varley OOD
James Ackland (Timekeeper)
Pat Dunnett (Catering and reception)
Bob Emmett (Bar Sec)
Mark Poppleton (Vice Commodore)
David Abbott (Rear Commodore)
To contact the committee, use one of the e.mail prefixes above @pmsc.org.uk
13 Barges were entered for the race with another 3 following, although one Bowsprit Barge skipper decided on seeing the weather forecast that he was not willing to risk his marriage and home, so pulled out to follow round.
The forecast was for strong SW winds increasing to Force 6 with rain, and Officer of the Day Cyril Varley with his usual calm wisdom set the courses for Classes A and B out to Cork Sand buoy, then up the Stour to No 1 then home; Class C to Stour No 1 and Home.
Where is the best place to watch the Match ?
The very best spot is during the start (see start times). This is the one time when we can guarantee that you will see all the entered Barges over a half hour period.
Other good viewing points are Shotley Point (near Marina), Felixtowe Dock Viewing point and of course Pin Mill itself for the finish (see below), or from a bowsprit...