September 12th, 2009 - Colne Barge Match
elissa sailed form Pin Mill to Brightlingsea to compete
in the Colne Barge Match.
The match started at 8:00am Saturday morning and as soon as the starting
gun fired Edme was in the lead.
For Melissa the competition was large, white, and went by the name of
Reminder. For the first half of the race Reminder was ahead. As we
approached the outward mark the situation was changing and with some
tactical tacking Melissa was round first. Luck was on our side and
we crossed the finish line in second place behind Edme.
During the prize giving Gerald managed to drop the cup, look out
for the picture below.
We also had on board Bill Rutland who, as a youngster, sailed on
Melissa back in the 1960's.
August 22nd, 2009 - West Mersea Town Regatta
elissa sailed down to West Mersea to act as the committee boat
for the town
. This involved hosting the famous "Greasy Pole" that can be
July 18th, 2009 - Pin Mill Sailing Club 48th Annual Barge Match
fter 15 years of refurbishment and only 2 weeks of sea trials Melissa
entered the Pin Mill Sailing Club 48th Annual Barge Match
skippered by Gerald Gadd and crewed by friends.
She competed in the Class B Staysail race along side Arwinda,
Decima (Melissa's sister barge), Phoenician, Reminder, Repertor,
Wyvenhoe and Victor.
The race started in a force 6 WNW wind and Melissa got off to
a poor start. She was last to cross the start linee but by the time she reached
Stone Banks buoy the crew were in full swing and Melissa was closing on
By the time she was in Harwich Harbour there was only Repertor
left to catch and after some tactical manoeuvring by the skipper
Melissa crossed the finish line with a clear lead of 24 seconds much
to the pleasure of those on board.