The 57th Thames Barge Match, hosted by the Pin Mill Sailing Club will be held on Saturday 23rd June 2018


 High Water is at 08:41 BST, and the start for the Bowsprit Class (A) is at TBA:00, the Fast Staysail Class (B) is at TBA:15 the Slow Staysail Class (C) is at TBA:30 and the half barge class D is at TBA:45.

The match starts at Buttermans bay, just down river from Pin Mill.



Committee details:

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 
Peter Cockayne
Ian Saunders 
Jim Clarke 
James Ackland (Timekeeper)
Pat Dunnett (Catering and reception) 
Cathrine Abbott (Bar Sec)
Mark Poppleton (Vice Commodore)
David Abbott (Rear Commodore)

To contact the committee, use one of the e.mail prefixes above


Latest news

The racing rules in practice: Presented by Graham Louth at RHYC from 18:30

Supper at 19:30

£8.00 inc. supper


Club members, Tim Fenton, Mark Sanderson and Simon Ruffles sailed in the Fasnet Race last year, 38 years after the disaster of 1979 when 15 people died during the event.

Mark will tell what it was like to take part in this famous race.

Talk starts at 20:00, and a fork supper at £5 per head (members: £6 per head non-members), will be served in the interval.

The Cruising Association and the Woolverstone Project have got together to organise the one-day event - We Do Mean To Go To Sea - on March 11th at the Royal Hospital School near Ipswich.

The conference will offer attendees a chance to explore a diverse range of cruising destinations, hear entertaining speakers and come away with new skills. If you enter the promotional code of WPPartners this will discount the ticket price to £35 for a single or £60 for two. The ticket price includes a full lunch and snacks and refreshments.[powr-button id="249623ad_1516554344870"]

This meeting is open to any Skippers looking for crew, or any Sailors wanted to crew!

It is structured to allow introductions and for potential plans to be made. The meeting starts at 1030 and lunch will be available from 1200 for anyone wishing to continue planning.

Previous meetings have produced plans for Weekend Sailing, Mile Building, Off-Shore Cruising and even Foreign Passages.

As part of our drive to improve communications in the Club, we have added a new online Forum for members.

The club is pleased to announce that we now have some wonderful PMSC mugs for sale, at the excellent price of just £6.00 each.


They are available for purchase from the clubhouse, so just pop in during opening hours.


Your club committee would like to seek members views to determine if the club is meeting the needs of its members, and has devised a short on-line questionnaire

Could you please complete it by the 28th February.


Forthcoming events

02 Mar 2018
21:00 -
Prize draw
03 Mar 2018
20:00 -
Talk on Shotley Pier by Sally Chicken
09 Mar 2018
21:00 -
Prize draw
10 Mar 2018
10:30 -
Crewing meeting @ RHYC
10 Mar 2018
20:00 - 22:00
Quiz at Shotley Sailing Club
11 Mar 2018
10:00 - 17:30
We Do Mean To Go To Sea...
11 Mar 2018
12:30 - 13:30
Fitting out lunch
16 Mar 2018
21:00 -
Prize draw

Tide times - Harwich

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