Edith May Blogs

41st Swale Barge Match, 3rd August 2013

Following a dire effort a few weeks before at the Thames Match, Edith May headed to the Swale hoping for a much improved performance. Also sailing around to the Swale on Friday was Cambria and Niagara, with Ian Ruffles, skipper of the former, accepting Edith May’s challenge of a race round to Harty Ferry. Unfortunately, […]

150th Anniversary Thames Match, 13/07/13

A glorious summer day presented challenging conditions for the historic 150th Anniversary Thames Barge Match. It was approximately 109500 tides ago, in 1863, that Henry Dodd first set up a formal barge race, with the intention of improving the rigs and performance of the humble Thames sailing barge. Those that compete in todays races are […]

52nd Pin Mill Match – 29th June 2013

Following an exciting Passage Match the week before, the weather had settled quite considerably and the barge enjoyed a well earned rest at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club. The Pin Mill Match, which always follows the weekend after the Passage Match, is one of the best attended matches on the East Coast, with this year […]

Passage Match – 22nd June 2013

For the third year running, strong south westerly winds were forecast for the annual long distance barge race between Gravesend and Harwich Harbour. Edith May struggles battles the wind and sea