BURNHAM ON CROUCH – JOINT CLUBS’ COMMITTEE
The Joint Clubs’ Committee was formed in the early nineteen hundreds primarily to organise the end of season regatta. Originally the committee consisted of three clubs the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, the Burnham Yacht Club (which became the Royal Burnham Yacht Club) and the Crouch Yacht Club. The Burnham Sailing Club, which was then considered to be an artisans club, was not admitted until the late 1960s.
The Commodores of the clubs took turns to chair the meetings and it was not until the 1970s that a permanent Executive Officer (Chairman) was elected. Since then the following have served as Chairman – Sonny Cole, Don Reynolds, Doug Baldwin and David Lenz.
At present the committee, all of whom are volunteers, consists of Chairman (Jo Barker) Vice Chairman (Chris Slatter), Treasurer (Pauline Wells) plus the Commodore and Flag Officers of each Club as well as representatives from the Town Council and Crouch Harbour Authority. Edwin Buckley as Principal Race Officer, oversees the Race Team, which deals with all aspects of the sailing and results. Race Management also take responsibility for the purchase and maintenance of racing buoys which are used throughout the season and require regular attention. The Marketing and Administration Committee runs the Burnham Week Office, takes the entries, welcomes the competitors and distributes race packs. They are also responsible for advertising, as well as sending out information to competitors and looking after sponsorships.
Although the main purpose of the Committee is to organise and run Burnham Week, it has also been involved over the years with a number of issues which could affect river users, the latest being the Wallasea Wetlands Project. With good liaison between the JCC, Crossrail, RSPB and Crouch Harbour Authority, there have been no major problems for yachtsmen or shipping during the construction of the first stage of this project (see Wallasea Island page on the website)
The JCC try to provide the best possible racing in Burnham Week and their monthly meetings will continue to consider any developments or problems which they consider could be detrimental to the local yachting fraternity.