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For all those members and families who are new to sailing, or just new to DSC, welcome to the club on behalf of the Flag officers, Committee members and other club members. We hope you will enjoy being a member of our club and take up as many opportunities as possible to join us both in the sailing and social events.

A number of things characterise DSC - its family atmosphere, the variety of sailing we do, its youth sailing, and its Optimist fleet among them. It is run entirely by volunteers and all members have to undertake duties during the year.

Cadet member's families are expected to do their club duties as well as helping the cadet fleet in some way, and are encouraged to join in the life of the club as a whole. Ideally we would like to see the adults join in the club races too...

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A great big thank you, to those that have already generously contributed to the club house fund!

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Saturday 28th May we have the Commodore's Regatta & BBQ this is an Open Event!

Please invite your friends and relatives, or perhaps ex-members to take part in Cruisers, MFOB or Dinghies!

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Congratulations to the following on passing thier PowerBoat Level 2 certificate at Dabchicks this weekend, well done to you all

Jack Barron
Derek Ponsford
Sophie Preston-Hall
Emily Rogers
Lucy Struth
Janet Bishopp

Saturday 7th May, was the Chinese Buffet or feast – Great food with friends, lively conversations and lots of laughter, meant the evening was over all to quickly!

Well done to the bar and social team for organising!

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark win gold for Britain at Sailing World Cup Hyeres

Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark won gold in the women's 470 CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES


24th April - Congratulations to Max, Dom, Cameron, Freddie Lucy and Amy in passing their Powerboat Level 2 course

Thursday 21st April, members enjoyed a fabulous Cheese and Wine evening!


Well done to the following 6 cadets were all successful in achieving their RYA Powerboat 2 qualification this weekend in some challenging conditions:

Elise Chandler 
Archie Harris
Ben Milgate
Zeb Milgate
Charlie Pearce
Lucy Philpott

A Big thanks to Dave Tough, Stewart Williams and Gordon Eckstein for running a great course!



2nd - 8th April Hamish Eckstein was competing at the RYA Youth National Championships 2016, finishing in 9th place overall with credible 1st and 2nd place in race 2 and 3!

Well done Hamish!

Saturday 2nd April

Boat Jumble and the big Reveal at 3pm

Members hunted for a bargain, chatted with friends, enjoyed a sunny afternoon, a drink and a piece of cake!

At 3pm, the Commodore Peter Fitt, thanked our contractors, and presented the Rear Commodore, Jojo Taylor with a bouquet for all her hard work in planning and project managing the refurbishment of the men's changing room. Peter, then offically cut the ribbon to open the male changing area for members to view. The club now needs to raise funds to complete refurbishment of the rest of the club's ground floor, in particular the ladies' changing room, read more

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Mersea Island Lions Club

Mersea Island Lions Club have most generously presented Dabchicks with a cheque for £500 in recognition of the work we do in training young people to sail - Many thanks Lions!

Mersea Island Lions Club - press release

Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening on Friday 5th February 2016

Members of the Dabchicks' Committee, Sonia Tough and Peter Fitt, receiving their £500 cheque from Lion President Christine Chamberlain at Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening on Friday 5th February 2016 at 'The Wheatsheaf', Waldegraves Holiday Park, Mersea Island.  The award will enable Dabchicks to further develop sailing coaching, experiences and abilities for young people.  Dabchicks has a proud record of encouraging youngsters to partake in sailing at the highest level.  The Lions hope to develop a 'partnership' plan with Dabchicks in the immediate future so that more opportunities can be created.

Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation

Photographs taken by Lion Colin Kimble


A photograph of all the recipients of awards at Mersea Island Lions Club Presentation Evening at Waldegraves Holiday Park on Friday 5th February 2016.  The Lions have presented over £15,000 to charities and deserving causes throughout the period from 1st July 2015.  The Lions never forget that these awards could not be made without the incredible support of the Mersea Island communities.  We thank you all.
Please also visit the Lions' monthly reports in the Mersea Life magazine.

Comment from the webmaster - The Mersea Island Lions Club’s main fund-raising event of the year, is The Mersea Island Lions Transport Show which will held on the 13th August, hope to see you there!


Landbreach are currently replacing 7 Piles to the hammerhead of the pontoon.

Message from Colchester Borough Council: We wish to advise that the ‘spud legs’ of Landbreach’s working pontoon (vessel carrying out the works) are penetrating a considerable depth into the mud approximately 4 to 6 meters deep and as such these ‘holes’ could be a risk to anybody walking in the water around the pontoon at low tides until the holes naturally fill up

The holes will naturally back fill in time with the tides but we wish to make you aware and avoid walking in these areas. When the working pontoon moves Landbreach will put some withies (Marking sticks) to show the location of these holes and remove them when we are satisfied the holes have back filled.


Dabchicks Sailing Club has been a special place for its members for over 100 years. In 2011, Dabchicks celebrated 100 years of sailing on the waters of this unique and beautiful place of Mersea Island. Did you know its now possible to leave your club a lasting legacy


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