Southend-on-Sea Sailing Barge Match


Chairman's Message 2017

Photo of ChairmanA VERY WARM WELCOME TO THE 54TH SOUTHEND-ON-SEA SAILING BARGE MATCH.

Once again we are able to host the Thames sailing barge fleet for the Southend Barge Match, and enjoy the spectacle from the end of the pier - such a unique vantage point.

This allows for close-up views of these traditional cargo-carrying sailing craft, and, if weather conditions allow, the barges should be visible from the pier for the whole match course. A camera and binoculars are very useful on the Match day.

These sailing craft were very important in the early development of Southend-on-Sea, when transport of goods was difficult by horse transport, with poor road conditions. All manner of goods were delivered to and from the town. Several barges were owned and operated locally, and they were a common sight on the seafront, where they could get close to the shore at high tide.

Nowadays the main cargo is people, as chartering is a popular way for them to earn their keep.
We are pleased to welcome the Mayor Councillor Fay Evans to officiate at the race start, and present the prizes at the Naval and Military Club in the evening.

We hope to keep you up to date with progress during the race with commentary at the pierhead.

Many thanks to the RNLI for their assistance and allowing us to use their facilities on the pier on the day.
Here’s hoping for fine sailing weather, and an enjoyable day for everyone.

David Renouf
Chairman, Southend-on-Sea Sailing Barge Match Committee.


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