Programme 2020

Blackwater Raid

Dates: Monday 17 – Saturday 22 August 2020

The Raid will be based at the Essex Outdoors Bradwell Centre, Waterside Road, Bradwell Waterside, Southminster CM0 7QY with sailing from Bradwell Marina.

Sailing will take place to some or all of  Wivenhoe, Mersea, Brightlinsea, Maldon, Osea etc.

Bedrooms at the Centre are available that week but have not yet been booked as accommodation for the Raid.

Cars and trailers can be parked at the Centre or at the Marina.

The exact programme needs to remain as flexible as possible and will depend on tidal and weather conditions.  The programme below is highly speculative and aspirational at this stage.

Thus, apart from Monday and Friday evening/Saturday am and the evening eating arrangements, everything is fluid.

MONDAY 17th August 2020

Day:

Arrival and registration

Launch boats up to 17:00

Evening:

19.00 Welcome reception

19:30 Supper

Tuesday 18th August 2020

Breakfast 07.30- 08.30

Briefing 09.00

Sail

Lunch

Return

Supper

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Breakfast 07.30- 08.30

Briefing 09.00

Sail

Lunch

Return

Supper

Thursday 20th August 2020

Breakfast 07.30- 08.30

Briefing 09.00

Sail

Lunch

Return

Supper

Friday 21st August 2020

Breakfast 07.30- 08.30

Briefing 09.00

Sail

Lunch

FRIDAY 21st August 2020 EVENING

Recovery of boats by 17:00

Supper

SATURDAY 27th  July

Breakfast 07.30- 08.30

Go home unless other arrangements made

ACCOMMODATION:

Bedrooms at the Centre are available that week but have not yet been booked as accommodation for the Raid.

Cars and trailers can be parked at the Centre or at the Marina.

Camper vans are allowed at the Centre but may not necessarily have electrical hook-up.

Those wishing to camp will be able to do so at the Centre.

We have made provisional arrangements to base the fleet at Bradwell Marina (https://www.bradwellmarina.com/ ) and raft up on their pontoons.  This will give walk-ashore access for the whole fleet, together with WiFi. showers and lavatories.  There is also an excellent cafe situated there.

FOOD:

Breakfast for those with beds in the Essex Outdoors Centre is included.

Packed lunches will be provided on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for all Raiders.

Supper will be provided on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings for all Raiders.

COST:

The cost of the raid is to be determined (this includes 4 packed lunches, 5 dinners, mooring fees, car and trailer parking).

In addition, the cost of room-based accommodation in the Essex Outdoors Centre (including breakfast) is £xxx per bed (Monday evening to Friday morning).  Please note that you may end up sharing a room with crew from another boat.

If you wish to stay in a camper van on the premises the cost is £xx per van (max 4 people per van).

Tent sites will be £zz per tent.

There is no charge for children under 5, but please note that the Centre is not geared up to cater for such young children.  There are no high chairs, for example.

To book your place on the Raid please go to Register 2020, complete the form and send it to me.

A booking deposit of £75 will secure your place.  If a booking is cancelled after the initial deposit is received it may be possible to refund it after the Raid once all bills are settled if funds permit.  However this is not guaranteed.

402410, 61420933 and Raid England are the details you will need if making a BACS transfer. If you are making an overseas transfer you will need to know that HSBC is the bank, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, UK is the address together with some or all of the below.  Please can you “pay” the transfer fees as well because UK banks charge us a lot for accepting money from outside the UK ( although I believe it is free for you if within the EC), but contact me first to discuss the best way of paying.

I now believe that one of the new transfer agents like Transferwise (https://transferwise.com) offer a very good service and great exchange rates.  I have used them for sending Euros when registering for various events in Europe (Morbihan, Venice, Douarnenez) and various ski trips. and they can obviously send sterling to the UK.

Anyone planning a trip to Morbihan this year may also care to use them to pay your Euro camping fees there.

If you use this link (https://transferwise.com/u/geoffreyp23) apparently I will get some money which I will use to buy drinks (for the group, not me) at one of the Raid evenings.

IBAN:GB21MIDL40241061420933

BIC:MIDLGB2113V

otherwise please send an old-fashioned cheque made payable to:

Raid England

to
Geoff Probert

60 St. Marks Rd.

Henley-on-Thames,

Oxon

RG9 1LW

Geoff Probert

01491 577220

geoffprobertatgmaildotcom

(substitute at & dot with the usual symbols in order to defeat the automated spammers)