Heybridge Basin Regatta – 6th & 7th July 2019

Here we are again as I write this the Regatta committee is making the final arrangements for this year’s regatta. The date for this year is fixed by the tide and only one serves us during June and July. A reminder that for a waterside community it is nature who calls the shots in many things that effect our community. You will see the inshore lifeboat come up to the Basin from West Mearsea on Saturday. When mother nature flexes her muscles at sea it will be these boys and girls that will answer the shout, so please give them a warm welcome.

There have been a few  changes in the Basin, the new lock gate appears to be working now, albeit you have to look hard to see it moving. But it is a wonder of modern technology. Our lockkeeper stands before a control panel that would not look out of place on the Starship Enterprise. I think the old one had two paddle handles and a switch!

Next to this wonder stands the turning post. When a ship entered the lock a rope was passed round this to slow the vessel down. These two attempts by man to control the sea are centuries apart but we hope both will serve us well if needed in emergency.

Apart from this little has  changed on the the surface however, behind the scenes the Basin moves slowly to becoming a Parish Council in its own right. This is recognition, if needed, that our community is unique and has its own identity. There are many Basiners who are no longer with us but with their larger than life character started to put the bricks of our new Parish in place.

I can see them raising a glass in Fiddlers Green with The words “about time Bor”!

Thank you for buying this programme and I hope you enjoy the Regatta weekend.

Keith Lawson, HBRA Chairman.

The Regatta 14th & 15th July 2018

Here we are again and another year has gone by, where did that go? For the Basin this year is special. As you would have seen from posters and local’s polo shirts we are 225 years old! Basiner’s do not need much of an excuse to have a party and a number have already been held. The Regatta is one of our main events and by buying a programme, a raffle ticket or two and a burger you are helping us continue with a custom that goes back many generations. We now run over Saturday and Sunday, such is the popularity of this traditional waterside Regatta.

Saturday’s events would have been familiar to a visitor of a hundred years ago. Smack racing,rowing events and on shore, cake making, and other competitions in the tent. Finishing the day with the greasy pole!

Sunday starts with the scavenger hunt for the children and an entertainer and then the serious business of welly wanging! The highlight of the day is the raft race with a trophy for first home and a prize for best fancy dress. This event has become very popular with a class for adults and juniors. There are some basic rules which you will find in the programme – in short you all have to be on the raft!

As you can imagine, this all takes a lot of organizing and my thanks, once again, go to the Committee for their hard work throughout year and to that band of helpers on the day.

I hope you enjoy your day or two with us and if possible, compete in some of the events.

Keith Lawson Chairman