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 1 3 3 12 4 (Bowsprit)
BLACKTHORN 2 2 2 14 5 (Slow Staysail/Coasting)
BLUE MERMAID 6 5 5 6 5 6 33 28 2 1 (Bowsprit)
CAMBRIA 2 3 6 7 5 5 28 26 3 1 (Slow Staysail/Coasting)
CENTAUR 1 3 3 7 7 10 3 (Slow Staysail/Coasting)
EDITH MAY 4 2 7 5 3 21 21 6 3 (Fast Staysail)
MARJORIE 3 4 4 7 5 23 23 5 2 (Bowsprit)
MIROSA 7 6 13 13 7 3 (Bowsprit)
NIAGARA 6 6 5 6 8 5 36 31 1 1 (Fast Staysail)
ORINOCO 6 6 12 12 8 2 (Slow Staysail/Coasting)
REMINDER 2 3 3 8 8 9 4 (Fast Staysail)
REPERTOR 4 5 6 6 4 4 29 25 4 2 (Fast Staysail)
THALATTA 4 4 4 11 4 (Slow Staysail/Coasting)

Barge Match Results 2021:

COLNE 11th September
1st MARJORIE
2nd BLUE MERMAID, also 1st across start line.
3rd NIAGARA
4th REPERTOR
5th REMINDER
6th CAMBRIA
7th THALATTA
8th CENTAUR

Points awarded:
MARJORIE 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class Total 5 points
BLUE MERMAID 1 point for starting, 2 points for 1st across start line, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for second in class Total 6 points
NIAGARA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class Total 5 points
REPERTOR 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd in class Total 4 points
REMINDER
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, 3 points for 1st in class Total 5 points
THALATTA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd in class Total 4 points
CENTAUR 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd in class Total 3 points

MEDWAY 28th August
Coasting Class
1st CAMBRIA
2nd ORINOCO
3rd CENTAUR

Restricted Staysail Class
1st NIAGARA
2nd REPERTOR
3rd EDITH MAY

Bowsprit Class
1st BLUE MERMAID
2nd MARJORIE

Other Awards:
Seamanship – Simon Devonshire, MARJORIE

Points Awarded:
CAMBRIA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class,  TOTAL 5 points
ORINOCO 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 2 points for 2nd in class,  TOTAL 6 points
CENTAUR 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd in class,  TOTAL 3 points

NIAGARA 1 point for starting, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for fastest start overall, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st place in class, Total 8 points
REPERTOR
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd place in class, Total 4 points
EDITH MAY 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for 3rd in class,  TOTAL 3 points

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, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 2 points for 2nd in class, 1 point for Seamanship TOTAL 7 points

THAMES 14th August
Coasting Class
1st CAMBRIA

Champion Staysail Class
1st NIAGARA
2nd REPERTOR

Champion Bowsprit Class
1st BLUE MERMAID
2nd MARJORIE
3rd EDITH MAY
(ADIEU retired)

Other Awards:
Master making fastest Start overall David Pollock, REPERTOR 5 secs
Master of the fastest barge to the outer mark (Sea Reach No 2) Peter Sands, NIAGARA
Master of the fastest barge over the course Richard Titchener, BLUE MERMAID
Master of the first barge home Peter Sands NIAGARA
Master exhibiting the best seamanship during the match Geoff Gransden EDITH MAY
Master exhibiting the best seamanship rounding the outer mark Ian Ruffles, CAMBRIA

Points awarded:
CAMBRIA
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 3 points for 1st in class,  TOTAL 7 points

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 fastest start overall, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd place in class, Total 6 points

ADIEU 1 point for starting (Retired) Total 1 point
BLUE MERMAID
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 3 points for 1st place in class, Total 6 points
MARJORIE
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 2 points for 2nd place in class, Total 4 points
EDITH MAY
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for 3rd in class, 1 point for Seamanship, Total 5 points

SWALE 31st July
Class 3 Bowsprit barges
1st BLUE MERMAID
2nd
EDITH MAY

Class 4 Staysail Barges
1st REPERTOR
2nd
NIAGARA

Class 5 Restricted Staysail barges
1st CAMBRIA
2nd
ORINOCO

Other Awards
First over start line/Fastest Start Guy Sharp Cup EDITH MAY
Seamanship Charles Frake Cup CAMBRIA
Last Barge Home Don Grover Memorial Trophy
ORINOCO

Points Awarded:
BLUE MERMAID
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class – TOTAL 5 points
EDITH MAY 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for fastest start overall, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 2 points for 2nd in class – TOTAL 7 points

 

REPERTOR 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 3 points for 1st in class – TOTAL 6 points
NIAGARA
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 2 points for 2nd in class TOTAL 5 points

CAMBRIA 1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 3 points for 1st in class, 1 point for seamanship TOTAL 6 points
ORINOCO
1 point for starting, 1 point for finishing, 1 point for fastest start in class, 1 point for first round outer mark in class, 2 points for 2nd in class TOTAL 6 points

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, nor the Colne Match where outermark timings are not recorded.

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