A word from the Rebel trust

This is their latest message to members of the Vice Commodore’s Club. There are VCs already among our members and more are welcome.

Dear Fellow Vice Commodore

This is our Summer update and I am delighted to bring you fantastic news regarding the success we have had in getting young people on to tidal water.  With formal operating agreements signed with four organisations, all providing first class training for first timers on the water, the bursary applications continue to flow in and get approved.  Attached is a breakdown of the story so far.

For the VCC, back in Spring, it was the first of our St George’s Day dinners.  Who knows who slew the dragon (certainly nobody cared)? For the 26 members and guests who sat down it was yet another great social occasion and we are grateful to Angela and Tony, our hosts at The Ship, for their hospitality.

At the end of July, we were able to join our friends at Frinton Cricket Club on the Monday of their major event of the year, Cricket Week.  This was another good turn out by the VCC with 30 members and guests populating the largest corporate table of the day.  The VCC is becoming increasingly well known amongst the community. I would mention that amongst our table were 4 VCC members, freshly back from Ramsgate Week the day before, where they had achieved an excellent class win for the week with yacht “Dabtoe”.

Alas, our intended Newmarket visit did not transpire in July.  We are working on this for next year and hoping to definitely have one horsey event for members to try their gambling luck.

To acknowledge our strong connection with the yacht racers at Walton & Frinton Yacht Club we are organising a table at the club’s Racing Dinner on Saturday October 26th.  This mob has, over the last few months, established a reputation for enlivenment at the club with a combination of noisy music, and much ale;  a VCC contingent will compliment this perfectly.  Hon Ambassador Barry Greenwin is the organiser for this – the calling notice will be out late September.

The Naval Club Luncheon should already be in your diaries for Friday 8th November.  The calling notice will be sent at the beginning of October.  Swift responses will be necessary to ensure a booking at this popular event.

In response to demand from a number of members we have booked a Burns Night dinner at The Ship for Saturday 25th January next year.  It will be time to get the kilts pressed, think of the malts, and how one should address a haggis.  More information nearer the time.

In the meantime, I will be advising of “show the tie” days once the holidays are out of the way.  I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Yours aye
Ian Hurst


Since our last meeting, we have now established formal link, with signed MOUs, with four Sailing Clubs who offer first time sailing and boating on tidal waters. From these we have approved the following bursaries:

Walton & Frinton YC:             
£500 approved by Trustees at last meeting – 6 applicants
£100 Beginners Sailing course – 1 applicant

My Blue Pass
£700 Offshore adventures trip – 7 applicants (Manningtree)                        £400 RYA Sailing Level 1 &2 – 4 applicants  
£100 RYA PB2 – 1 applicant

Colne YC 
£400 for the hire of 6 Optimists for their Cadet Activity week    
This has just taken place and a total of 14 young children took to the waters in the Optimist (in letter of thanks from the Commodore)

Brightlingsea Sailing Club 
£400 RYA Youth Course – 4 applicants

This makes a total of £2,600 which has been paid out in bursaries and have helped a total of 37 youngsters to take to the water or further their experience.