Every September traditional Smacks, Barges and MFOB’s are invited to take part in the Colne Match. It starts and finishes at Batemans Tower, Brightlingsea and creates a fantastic view for spectators. In the evening the trophies are awarded and the categories are below.

Course records – ‘A’ Course distance 21 miles and 1 cable;

Class One Smacks – MARIA CK21 3hrs 12mins 2secs in 2014

Class Two Barges – IRONSIDES 3hrs 31sec in 1978

Smack Trophies

Cock of the Colne & King Colne Cup 1st smack home

Arthur Bowles Cup 2nd smack home

Xanthe Trophy 3rd smack home

David Gowing Memorial Trophy Most traditionally turned out smack

Hammond Bell Trophy 1st over the start line

Rose Bowl 1st bawley home

Skippers Trophy Skipper of 1st smack home

Vernon Scott Trophy Last smack home

Charles Morse Trophy Best restoration

Brian Percival & Brian Webb Cup 1st small smack (under 36ft) home

Jim Spencer Cup 2nd small smack (under 36ft) home

Barge Trophies

CSPS Barge Cup 1st barge home

Sailorman Cup 2nd barge home

Prior Cup 3rd barge home

Weston Cup 4th barge home

Golden Cockerel 1st over the start line

Both Classes

Bob Harman Trophy Best recorded elapsed time

Lowlands Cup Seamanship

Mersea Fishing Open Boats (MFOB’s)

Colne Match Results 1971-1980

Colne Match Results 1981-1990

Colne Match Results 1991-2000

Colne Match Results 2001-2010

Colne Match Results 2011-2020

Reg White presenting the prizes. He was Olympic and World Champion in Tornados.
©Lillian MacGregor
Lillian MacGregor in the Shipyard Hangar after the race with Cyril White of Waterside Boatyard in the background.
©Lillian MacGregor