Every year, the barges compete in a series of races, with the barge securing the most points being declared Champion Barge for that year.

THERE ARE THREE CLASSES – COASTING, STAYSAIL AND BOWSPRIT.
(NOTE – The class definitions may vary in the different matches)

Races are held on the Medway, Blackwater, Thames, Colne, Swale, Orwell, and a Passage Rally from the Medway to the Orwell. There is also an unofficial match at Whitstable every year.


2021 Barge Match Dates:

Pin Mill – July 3rd
Blackwater – July 17th
Swale – July 31st
Thames – August 14th
Medway – (May 22nd) – moved to August 28th
Colne – 11th September

2021 Championship Table:

2021 Sailing Barge Championship Pin Mill Blackwater Swale Thames Medway Colne Total points Total points -1 discard Position overall Position in class
ADIEU 2 2 2 9=
BLACKTHORN 2 2 2 9=
BLUE MERMAID 6 5 11 6 2=
CAMBRIA 2 3 5 3 7=
CENTAUR 1 1 1 11
EDITH MAY 4 2 6 4 5=
MARJORIE 3 4 7 4 5=
MIROSA 7 6 13 7 1
NIAGARA 6 6 12 6 2=
REMINDER 2 3 5 3 7=
REPERTOR 4 5 9 5 4

Barge Match Results 2021:

BLACKWATER 18th July
Class 1
1st NIAGARA
2nd REPERTOR
3rd REMINDER

Class 2
1st BLUE MERMAID
2nd MARJORIE
3rd MIROSA

Other Awards:
Pennant for the Fastest Barge in Class 1 – NIAGARA – Noddy Cardy
Pennant for the Fastest Barge in Class 2 – MIROSA – Peter Dodds
Paddy Mulville Trophy for Best Rounding of the Outer mark – CAMBRIA – Ian Ruffles
Bob Wells Trophy for Fastest Start in Class 1 – REPERTOR 1 min 10s
Dick Cresswell Trophy for Fastest Start in Class 2 – MIROSA – Peter Dodds 38s

Points awarded:
NIAGARA 1 point for starting, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st place in class. Total 6 points
REPERTOR 1 point for starting, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd place in class. Total 5 points
REMINDER 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd place in class. Total 3 points
CENTAUR 1 point for starting (Retired). Total 1 point
BLUE MERMAID 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st place in class. Total 5 points
MARJORIE 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd place in class. Total 4 points
MIROSA 1 point for starting, 1 point for fastest start in class, and 1 point for fastest start overall, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd place in class. Total 6 points
ADIEU 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing. Total 2 points
EDITH MAY 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing. Total 2 points
CAMBRIA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for the best rounding of outer mark. Total 3 points.

PIN MILL 3rd July
Class A
1st BLUE MERMAID
2nd MIROSA
3rd MARJORIE
Fastest Start
MIROSA
First To Outer Mark BLUE MERMAID

Class B
1st NIAGARA
2nd EDITH MAY
3rd REPERTOR
Fastest Start REPERTOR
First To Outer Mark
NIAGARA

Other awards:
Bill Hatley Trophy – Last boat on the course – CAMBRIA
Harold Smy Seamanship Rounding of Guard – MIROSA
Mick Lungley Trophy – OOD Discretion – BLACKTHORN
Derek “Spearo” Ling Trophy – Fastest Start overall – MIROSA

Points awarded:

BLUE MERMAID 1 point for starting, 1 point for first to outer mark in class, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for first in class. Total 6 points
MIROSA 1 point for starting, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for fastest start overall, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd in class., 1 point for seamanship. Total 7 points
MARJORIE 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd in class. Total 3 points
CAMBRIA
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing. Total 2 points
NIAGARA 1 point for starting, 1 point for first to outer mark in class, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class. Total 6 points.
EDITH MAY 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd in class. Total 4 points
REPERTOR 1 point for starting, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd in class. Total 4 points
REMINDER
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing. Total 2 points
BLACKTHORN
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing. Total 2 points

 

 

The points are awarded as follows:

1 point for each barge starting a race and a further 1 point for barges completing the course.

For each class there will be 3 points awarded for the first barge home, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd. Classes will follow those defined by the individual Match Committees. In the Passage and Colne matches, which are sailed as a single class, barges will be judged according to the classification below.

The position points will be awarded regardless of the number of barges sailing in any class i.e. if only one barge sails in a class it will still be considered as finishing in first place, but it must complete the course in order to get the position points.

There will be points awarded for fastest starts (first across the start line) as follows:

Where the barges sail in classes there will be 1 point awarded for the fastest start in each class, with an additional 1 point for the barge with the fastest start overall. (Note if more than one barge have the same fastest start time, 1 point will be awarded to each barge).Where barges sail in a single class, the will be a single award of 2 points for the fastest start.

There will be 1 point awarded for first barge to round the outer mark in each class. Match Committees to nominate which mark of the course to be considered the rounding mark, where more than one exists. The will be no such award on the Passage Match where no outer mark exists.

Barges will be placed in classes for the Passage and Colne Matches as follows:
Champion bowsprit barges: Adieu, Cabby, Edme, Gladys, Marjorie, May, Mirosa, Thistle, Xylonite, Portlight
Fast Staysail Class: Ardwina, Decima, Edith May, Greta, Melissa, Phoenician, Reminder, Repertor, Victor, Wyvenhoe
Slow Staysail/Coasting Class: Alice, Betula, Cambria, Centaur, Cygnet, Dinah, Ena, Ethel Ada, Lady Daphne, Lady of the Lea, Pudge, Will

Note, if a barge sails in different classes. the points awarded will be according to the class they are entered in each race.

NEW for 2015:a single discard will still be applied, but there will be a Champion barge in each class.

1 point to be awarded for Seamanship (or best rounding of the outer mark) prizes where awarded.

Disqualification: a disqualified barge may retain a point for starting, if not disqualified before or at the start, but will lose any subsequent points gained during the match (these may be awarded to other barges where appropriate)

Retirement: a retiring barge may retain all points earned at the time of retirement.

Discards: 1 discard is to be allowed – barges may discard their worst result (if taking part in all matches)

Missing results: where official results do not include all the data necessary to award all the SBA championship points, the missing data may be submitted to the SBA Championship Officer by agreement from the barges concerned.