Cruisers at Maylandsea
Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club is home to a thriving cruising and racing cruiser fleet.
Cruiser sailors at MBSC enjoy sheltered and moderately priced drying moorings, tender and trailer storage, winter on-shore storage, launch and recovery facilities for the smaller boats and easy access to the services of the adjacent Blackwater Marina when needed. Blackwater Marina
Full details of the mooring arrangements and how to apply can be found on the Moorings page. In summary, MBSC manages, on behalf of the Council, the moorings in front of the club, which are suitable for boats up to about 26ft. The club allocates the spaces and collects the fees, thus keeping the charges as low as possible. Neither MBSC nor Maldon Council provide, lay or maintain the mooring tackle. Alternative berthing and moorings can be obtained from Blackwater Marina.
The River Blackwater provides some of the most sheltered yet varied inshore sailing in England. An estuary with islands, numerous creeks, sailing clubs with visitor moorings, and several marinas offers endless opportunities for day, weekend or longer cruising. Access to the wider East Coast's plethora of estuaries, rivers and creeks is excellent, with the Colne, Stour, Orwell, Deben, Crouch, Thames and Medway rivers all within a day's sail.
MBSC is an active member of the Blackwater Joint Racing Committee, [LINK] the coordinating group for an annual 9 race series open to cruisers from Blackwater and Colne rivers' clubs. The races usually start just off Osea Island on the ebb tide and finish with the flood - duration is on average about 5 hours. Depending on conditions courses take the fleet out of the main river into the wider Thames Estuary. The racing attracts a wide range of boats with crews of varying abilities. Fleets range from 15 to 25 boats and always providing close and competitive racing. MBSC's 'Evolution' was overall BJRC winner in 2018 and IRC winner in 2018 and 2019.
The BJRC also organises a short series of 'on the tide' sprint races in the summer that last 2 hours to encourage more cruiser owners to try their hand at racing.
MBSC makes every effort to provide club members with a wide range of on-the-water opportunities, regardless of experience, or boat ownership, and cruiser skippers are often on the lookout for willing crew, especially for the races. The cruiser captain would usually be the first port of call if you fancy trying it out.
Maintenance and Services
The winter on-shore storage allows owners to maintain their boats themselves if they wish. Power is available, and the club garage provides workbench facilities and some tools. Services are also available from Blackwater Marina, and from mobile providers based in Burnham and Bradwell.