Cruising and racing events 2017

The club had a good turnout of 4 boats for the first Combined Clubs race hosted by RHYC.

Now its our turn to host the next one on 17 June. Hopefully we can have an even better turnout.

Also, help with help and starting the race would be great- anyone interested? If so,pl let Steve Miller know asap

Any assistance gratefully received

The 2017 sailing season has a varied selection of racing and cruising opportunities for our members and guests. We would like to encourage as many members as possible to take part in these racing and cruising events. Check out below what’s lined up and let us have your feedback.

The combined clubs races are open to cruising yachts from any of the participating clubs and entry is free. We would love to see a turnout of at least three PMSC boats in each race. This is a great opportunity to hone sailing skills while competing against others and, as an added incentive, the best performing PMSC boat in each race wins a PMSC trophy!

There is a selection of cruising events, which we have tried to make as varied as possible to include day sailing as well as overnight cruises to more distant locations. Take a look, let us know if any of these appeal to you and if not, let us know of any other ideas you may have. We would love to hear from you.

And of course we also have the ever-popular Smack & Working Boat race, the Barge Match and the Pin Mill SC Regatta, dates confirmed as follows:

Barge Match -1st July
PMSC Regatta – 9th September
Smack & Working Boat Race - 16th September

There is also a time trial that can be undertaken by anyone at any time between 1st April and the 1st October. Click here for details..

Steve Miller,


Sailing Risk Assessment - A risk assessment has been raised to cover the club's organised sailing activities click here to view. Sailing activities will be planned to be compatible with this document. Club members are requested to read through it (it is not too long!) Suggestions for improvements can be sent to the Sailing Secretary.

If you wish to participate in a PMSC crusing or racing event, please complete the form so that it is received by the Sailing Secretary NO LATER THAN THE THURSDAY BEFORE THE EVENT. If there are not 2 or more entries, the event will be cancelled. Feel free to call the Sailing Sec, Steve Miller on Ips. 780000 to ensure your entry has been received.

PMSC cruising and race entry form. Click here for the general PMSC sailing event entry form. NB: Not to be used for Regatta, RNLI or CCRS races.


EAORA Shipwash Race and Time Trial

EAORA Shipwash Race and Time Trials

I felt a bit of explanation for two of the items in the summer sailing programme might be of help to some of the newer members, as well as some of old lags who have forgotten all about the Shipwash Race and the art of the time-trials.


Deben bar

Be advised that there is hardly any water, inches only, over the shallowest section at LW springs. Skippers are advised to take extra care to stay on track as the entrance channel is very narrow.

For further advice contact Deben Harbourmaster, John White, either on VHF Channel 08 callsign 'Odd Times', or by phone on 07803 476621.

The Deben chartlet is available to download Click Here

1st July PMSC Barge match

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.

 DIARY NOTE : PMSC's 57th Annual BARGE MATCH to be held on Saturday June 23rd 2018

Click Here for photographs from last year's match

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) 
Bob Emmett (Bar Sec)
Mark Poppleton (Vice Commodore)
David Abbott (Rear Commodore)

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


12-13 Aug - Cruise in company to Ramsholt

Do you fancy a weekend cruise up the coast in company with other PMSC Members and a night in the beautiful river Deben? Whether you are a Deben veteran or a first timer 'over the bar', it is a short but very satisfying cruise, with beautiful scenery, excellent scope for birdwatching, and the option of a meal on Saturday night at the picturesque Ramsholt Arms pub. Last year nearly 30 Members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal at this very special riverside location – an opportunity not to be missed!



Sailing events

Sat Jul 01, 2017
56th Pin Mill Barge Match
Sat Jul 22, 2017 @11:00 -
CCRS race 3 - sponsored by Haven Ports Yacht Club
Sat Aug 12, 2017
River Deben Cruise
Sun Aug 13, 2017
River Deben Cruise
Sat Aug 26, 2017 @11:00 -
CCRS race 4, sponsored by the Shotley Sailing Club
Mon Aug 28, 2017 @10:00 -
Ha'penny Cup
Sat Sep 09, 2017 @11:00 -
74th PMSC Regatta 2017
Sat Sep 16, 2017 @10:00 -
Smack and working boat race
Sat Sep 23, 2017 @12:00 -
CCRS Race 5 - Sponsored by the Harwich & Dovercourt SC

Tide times - Harwich