Edith May Blogs

50th Southend Barge Match

The first Southend barge match in 1964 had 10 barges (one of which was Edith May) and suitably, the same number turned out for the 50th. Edith May headed over in the early hours of Sunday morning looking to make amends for last year’s poor show where she clouted one of the marks and ultimately […]

Colne Barge Match – 14/09/13

Edith May headed to the Colne knowing that only a miracle would see her retain the Championship over Niagara, who was 7 points ahead. However, last year’s shock result (2012 Colne Match) meant that a glimmer of hope remained. Friday’s sail over proved to be one of the most miserable of the year – pouring […]

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

105th Medway Barge Match, 18th May 2013

10 barges gathered on the Medway for the start of the 105th Medway Barge Match, in what turned out to be pleasant conditions for the season opener. It was pleasing to see an increase in numbers following last years poor turnout and there were a couple of changes to the fleet – two barges underway […]

Edith May wins Championship! Colne Barge Match, 8-9-12

Following a year of racing highs and lows, the 2012 Championship decider came down to the wire at the Colne Match. With the delayed retirement of ‘Edith May’ at Southend, the Championship leader was now ‘Lady of the Lea’, on 32pts, ‘Edith May’ and ‘Repertor’ were on 29pts and ‘Edme’ on 26pts. 9pts is the […]

49th Southend Barge Match, 26-8-2012

Fresh winds on Saturday meant that ‘Edith May’ headed to the Southend Match on Sunday morning of the bank holiday weekend. Due to the weather, ‘Melissa’ and ‘Phoenician’ were unable to attend. This left ‘Edith May’ and ‘Niagara’ in the staysails, with ‘Marjorie’ and ‘Lady of the Lea’ choosing to race solo, in their own […]

82nd Thames Barge Match, 28-7-12

With the wind not even touching 1mph at times, the 2012 barge match turned into a drifting affair. The start of the match is held in the Lower Hope. Last year, a disastrous start saw the barge go the wrong side of the buoy and incur a 15 minute penalty. This year, no such mistake […]