There is a thriving sailing community, with both the Dabchicks Sailing Club and the West Mersea Yacht Club strong in members, and very active.Each year, towards the end of August, there is the regatta, which comes at the end of a week of hard racing. During Mersea Week(as it is known) there is a round-the-island race, which is always fun to watch - because you cannot actually sail the entire way round the island due to The Strood, so waiting at The Strood are hundreds of trailers and helpers ready to carry boats across the road!
The Regatta involves some sensible races - such as:
· Row from this buoy to that one
... and some not-so-sensible races - from:
· How fast exactly can 12 men in a boat paddling with spades actually go?
· If we put enough grease on this telegraph pole, lay it horizontally, and put a flag on the end, do you think any one will get the flag?
There are two parish churches, at east and west, also Methodist, Free Church, Brethren and Catholic churches. These often join together to form Churches Together In Mersea (CTIM).