To celebrate the opening of the Native Oyster Season at West Mersea, a fleet of Smacks, Bawleys & Bumkins will Dredge under sail

SUNDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 1100 hrs - 1300 hrs

followed by the Weigh-in and Prizegiving at 1400 hrs at
Casting of first dredge by the Mayor of Mersea

An Oyster Opening Competition will also take place at the Packing Shed. More details are in the Regatta Programme

Supported by the local Oyster Industry

The Entry Form may be Downloaded from here:
Dredging Match Entry Form - left click to view or right click to download

For any information please email: merseadredgingmatch@gmail.com

2016 Dredging Match Report

This year we had 10 boats entered with 9 smacks & Bumkins dredging on the day and yet again we had a fine sunny day with the sea breeze picking up to finish the event.

On shore at the Packing Shed Island there were sea food platters from the Company Shed, Beer & Wine from the Mersea Island Brewery for sale also a raffle which raised £268 which will help with costs for next years Dredging Match .

The winner of the oyster opening competition was won by Sel Yazen from the Mersea Oyster Bar. Graice CK46 won 1st place Smack to have dredged and handled in the most seaman like & professional manner and Maria CK21 1st placed Smack with the greatest average weight of Native Oysters.

The Judges Alison Debeny & Philine zu Ermgassen in a thank you email said "We had an amazing time and felt really privileged to be there."

The West Mersea Mayor Carl Powling in a hand delivered letter wrote "We both agreed that the day was fantastic and everyone on board and at the ceremony afterwards was great, we enjoyed sorting the oysters on the smack and pulling in the dredge. Also the sea food platter was second to none. I must say I am so chuffed with my own Mersea Dredging Match Mug. We really couldn’t have had better company or a better day out."

2016 Dredging Match Results

The John Frost Trophy & Foreman's Flag
1st place Smack or Bawley to have dredged, handled & rigged in the most seaman like & professional manner - Graice, CK 46

Tollesbury & Mersea Native Oyster fishery company cultac
2rd place Smack or Bawley to have dredged, handled & rigged in the most seamanlike & professional manner - Iris Mary, CK 105

The Charles Harker Dredge
Brig or Bumkin to have dredged, handled & rigged in the most seaman like & professional manner - Bumble

The Hervey Benham & John Kemp Trophy
1st place Greatest average weight of clean & culled Native oysters Smack or Bawley - Maria, CK 21

The Florence Plate
2rd placed Smack or Bawley average weight of clean & culled Native oysters - Dorothy, CK 159

The Brig Prize
Brig or Bumkin greatest weight of clean & culled oysters - Jack, CK 99

Oyster opening Competition
1st Sel Yazen - Mersea Oyster Bar
2rd Bram Haward - Company Shed
3rd Mike Dawson - West Mersea Oysters
4th Paul Harding - Colchester Oyster Fishery
5th Graham Larkin - Colchester Oyster Fishery
6th Andy Wise - West Mersea Oysters
7th Donna Warner - Colchester Oyster Fishery

2016 Dredging Match Photos
Photos by Chrissie Westgate. See more pictures on her website:

2016 Oyster Opening Competition and Prizegiving
Photos by Martin Wade