Mooring at Brightlingsea Harbour



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Harbour Master


As you may have heard Robin Cole is leaving us soon and will be sailing off shortly after Easter. We will miss him and wish him all the very best.

We interviewed for a new harbour master recently and are delighted that Steven Chick will be joining us. Stephen is currently in the Royal Navy and living in the USA so it will take him a while to pack up and move here and is due to start in early July. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact any of the harbour staff.


Board members required


Do you possess the qualities needed to help lead this vibrant port?

Attendance will be required at ten Board Meetings a year (held in the evening) plus additional hours as required.

Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners wish to make appointments to the Board on a voluntary basis for a four year term commencing 1st October 2014.

For more information and an application form  click here......


Five men fined for jet ski speeding


From the Colchester Gazette 10/12/13

'FIVE men caught speeding on jet skis and speedboats along the River Colne have been fined hundreds of pounds. They were caught travelling faster than eight nautical miles per hour, about 9mph, near Brightlingsea marina. The operation on Saturday, July 13 was aimed at cutting antisocial activity on a day there were hundreds of people on the town’s waterfront.

Rebekah Straughan, prosecuting on behalf of Colchester Council, said each of the defendants had breached byelaw three of the Harbour of Colchester Byelaws, introduced in 1985.David Carter, 36, of Richard Avenue, Wivenhoe, had already been told to leave the area because he had breached an antisocial behaviour order he was made subject to in May. Miss Straughan said Sgt Simon Lofting had seen Carter speeding at up to 30 nautical mph on a Yamaha Wave Runner jet ski near Brightlingsea open air pool.

She said: “Mr Carter is well known by police for disorderly behaviour. “He had already been removed from the area by police as his behaviour had breached his Asbo. “His use of the jet ski caused excessive wash as he sped around very close to the open air swimming pool.”

Carter eventually agreed to come to shore, but refused to sign a form accepting the charges. He was sent a summons to appear at court, but failed to turn up. In his absence, Colchester Magistrates’ Court found the case was proved and Carter was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £470.

Thomas Wells, 29, of Theydon Bois, Essex, did not respond to a summons and the case was proven in his absence for speeding on a jet ski. Miss Straughan said he and two friends were pulled over after being seen travelling from Point Clear along the Colne at speeds faster than 30 nautical mph.

Wells was ordered to pay £420.

Three more men wrote to the court to admit responsibility.

Steven Mann, 29 of Yare Avenue, Witham, and Michael McNamara, 37, of Hazelville Road, London both admitted speeding on jetskis and were each fined £370.

Stuart Rider, 42, of Peto Avenue, Colchester, accepted he had been speeding on a Crowline Bow Rider speedboat and was also told to pay £370.

Annie Feltham, councillor responsible for leisure services, said: “Speed limits on our rivers are in place to ensure the safety of all river users, whether they are on jet skis, speed boats or swimming.

“These defendants were three times over the speed limit.” '


Brightlingsea Harbour June 2013 School Day


Brightlingsea harbour has opened up the water to school children to teach them about life on the river. The local schools are invited to experience a variation of activities on the water including sailing, dredging and man overboard exercises.

Primary school classes from around Colchester took part in one of six event days over the last two weeks, each class getting their own fun day out on the water.

Robin Cole, Brightlingsea Harbour Master, said: “We’re delighted to be involved; it’s a great week of activities for the local primary schools, most of the kids have never had a chance to go out on the river before and they always go home happy and excited.”

Children are split into three small groups and rotate through the three different boats, a favourite seeming to be fishing with a trawl net from the small motor boat resulting in delighted screams of ‘we caught a fish’ sounding out over the water.

Most also seem equally excited to board the largest of the boats, the 69 foot Pioneer, the last remaining 1st Class Essex Skillinger Smack which was beautifully refurbished in the early 2000’s by the Pioneer Sailing Trust.

Wivenhoe school teacher Mrs Caswell said: “It’s so lucky for the children to be able to go out and have a day on the water, it’s vital for them to get to know both the river and water safety.

“They’re always so excited by the big crabs and all the sea animals we find, it’s important for them to be able to hold everything and learn that they’re living things.”

Jim Green, Skipper on the Pioneer said: “It’s so important for them to learn about the river, some of them have sailed before but for others it gives them an opportunity they might never have.”

Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners have run this event for a number of years now, jointly EU funded via The Transcoast Project. This EU funding will have ended by the year end and Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners will now begin the process of seeking alternative sponsors or funding to enable this project to continue in 2014.

Our thanks go to John Carr for photography and Nichola Munro for script.

Brightlingsea Wildflowers and Conservation Club visit the Harbour



We were lucky enough to have a visit by our local conservation officer Brian Percival along with a RSPB Botanist to survey both the Cindery Islands, they were most informative so we thought we would share their findings with you, this is their report...

"On Behalf of the Club, thank you very much for allowing me to use a launch to take the RSPB botanist onto both the Cindery islands for a plant survey.

 As we know “2nd Cindery” is about 10-12” lower than “1st Cindery” which makes it attractive to different plant species. We found large areas of Saltmarsh Grass and Arrow Grass with areas of flowering Thrift or Sea Pink and common Sea Lavender and Red Fescue on the higher settings “Sea Purslane” and “Glasswort” we also noted. First Cindery provided a more varied selection of saltmarsh plants in addition to those mentioned above, one of the most exciting being “ Shrubbery Sea Blite” which requires a very narrow saltmarsh habitat base, it likes to its feet wet, but not too often! I pointed out an interesting historical note on 2nd Cindery island, explain that the wildflowers have managed the islands since 1977, and, in 1980 the town council were concerned about erosion from the constant passage of sand barges so we placed a series of posts along the north edge of the salting’s exactly one metre in from the salting edge.During our survey we found that some of these posts had fallen in to the creek, but the majority we now on the edge or close to it. So, in thirty-three years we would appear to have lost about a metre or just under".




Public Meeting

The Annual Public Meeting was held on Tuesday 1st October 7.00pm at the Colne Yacht Club. The Annual Report is available to download click here


Use of Kill Cords on Powerboats

Following a fatal incident in Padstow Harbour the MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) have issued a safety bulletin which is available to download click here


New BOD website

The Brightlingsea One Design class have a splendid new web site with information, news and some excellent photography. Click here