On Sunday 17th December the Leigh on Sea Sailing Club held their season ending Brass Monkey Race. Twenty eight boats from a number of sailing clubs entered for the race however, the competitors were initially confronted with thick fog, the race officer having to postpone the start to wait for the visibility to improve.
Once it was deemed clear enough the course was laid and in very light airs the start sequence was initiated. Quite a few of the competitors were too eager to get away and crossed the line before the starting gun meaning there had to be a general recall.
At the second time of asking the race was successfully started and in the light airs tactics played a big part in the outcome of the race. Those sailors who stayed inshore definitely came out best on the long first beat. As the breeze eventually picked up the temperature started to drop and the Brass Monkey race lived up to its' name. After two rounds of the course for the medium and slow boats, three for the faster ones and nearly two hours on the water most thoughts had turned to a hot shower and something to warm the insides.
If, living by the sea as you do, you think you would like to know a bit more about sailing please feel free to come and have a chat with the members of the Leigh Sailing Club (situated in the old station building in the heart of the Old Town). The club is generally open on Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. By Tim Wright
If, living by the sea as you do, you think you would like to know a bit more about sailing please feel free to come and have a chat with the members of the Leigh Sailing Club (situated in the old station building in the heart of the Old Town). The club is generally open on Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.
By Tim Wright
The Brass Monkey Trophy 2017
The 2017 end of season Brass Monkey Race will be sailed as:
Sunday 17th December 2017
All-in Start at 10:45
ALL BOATS intending to race MUST complete an entry form and pay the entry fee of £5. Entries can be made on the day from 09:00 in the upstairs saloon, or by email to
with cash on the day.
A briefing will be held in the LSC Upper Saloon at about 09:15.
Start from the LSC club race box – East Racks – with an orange buoy to mark the outer end of the start line.
The course will be around 3No orange inflatable marks, Course A, start to west & marks to PORT, Course B start east & marks to Starboard.
Boats MUST pass inside, to the north of the Inner Distance Mark, a pole with a red top mark south of the race box, on each round.
The finish will be approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 30 mins after the start.
The finish line is between the race hut flag pole and the Inner Distance Mark.
After the ‘shorten course flag ‘S’ has been flown all boats will finish as they cross the finish line. The results of the race will be decided on an average corrected time per lap basis.
The prize giving will take place in the LSC Upper Saloon after racing at about 15:00.
The club will be running a “mock protest” evening on Friday December 8th at 20:00. The purpose is to have a look at the rules and process around the protest procedure. We will take a couple of “incidents” from this year and go through an abbreviated protest committee with them. The forms will be scanned and projected on a screen for all to see. Hopefully this will be fun and educational. All racing sailors and aspiring racers welcome, no booking required.
"Well done for another fantastic Childrens Christmas Party at LSC!
Thanks to everyone who brought their children and provided food for the feast. A big thanks to Terry the Magician for the entertainment. And a massive thanks to Commodore Dave, Linda, Sylvie, Mike, Georgie, Ted, Marilyn, Brian and Janet for getting everything ready. Not forgetting Santa and his spectacular entrance, his Elf and all the other helpers. Well done for making it a great success and for all the presents. The children loved it!!!"
Paul Knight (Entertainment)
The children's Christmas party will be from 3 o'clock to 5 o'clock on 9th December 2017.
This is a correction to the times advertised on the posters.
If possible could parents with attending children please contribute by bringing a plate of food.
If you haven't already done so, then could you please put your children's names (+age) on the list in the clubhouse.
Many thanks and hope to see you there.
David Smith (Commodore)
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