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Colne Smack Preservation Society

Brightlingsea, Essex


The Society was set up in 1972 by a few like minded individuals to try to preserve what was left of the once large fleet of sailing smacks from the River Colne. From this small beginning the future of the smacks is now assured with the fleet that is sailing increasing every year as more smacks are being restored and rebuilt.

To help promote an interest in sailing the smacks, the annual Colne Match was started and this has turned into one of the largest race for smacks and ex-fishing vessels in the country when over 20 boats will be keenly competing for Cock of the Colne trophy.

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