Santa Sail 16 December 2017

Up River Yacht Club, South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club with invitees from Eyott Sailing Club, joined together to attend SWFYC annual Christmas themed fun race. Eleven boats took to the water. We enjoyed a rare day of winter sun. A light NW breeze ensured some friendly competition with the added bonus that there were zero ‘customers’ for the two club safety boats.

With red Santa outfits, white beards blowing in the breeze and a good deal of Christmas decoration adorning the boats, any one would think the racing was not being taken seriously. Although the commodore of SWFYC playing Christmas carols from his wonderful boat reinforced the sense of seasonal good cheer across the joint racing fleet, the ‘sleigh drivers’ were as competitive as ever.

The best way to get an idea of how well the day went is to have a quick look through these images kindly taken by URYC’s ‘official photographer’ Julie Stevens.

Pre race at URYC

Getting started

Fun Race begins

Christmas carols accompanied the fleet


Santa’s Mirror at URYC

Race winner

Here is a link to 90 more images taken on the day; Facebook Album



SWFYC had kindly offered to host post race hot mince pies and tea. Unfortunately, by the time the race was over, our ‘sleigh drivers’ wanted to get changed and get warm! The safety boat crew were also looking a tad frozen so it was decided that Up River would have to forego SWFYC hospitality this time.

Everyone would like to express their thanks to SWFYC for their kind offer. But a drive home with car heaters on full blast beckoned!