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News - Feisty February 2017


Volunteer Requests

Following the membership renewal and due to changes in circumstances, illness etc we have a number of requests for volunteers/swaps:

Saturday, 18 March - Safety Boat Assistant
Saturday, 25 March - Bar
Sunday, 9 April - Bar
Sunday, 23 April - Bar

If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated. Please remember that you can swap dates if you have already been allocated a duty, or if you haven't completed 2 - 3 duties during your membership year, you can volunteer directly within Dutyman or we can allocate a duty to you.

Members are reminded that it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you will have difficulty attending.

Further details about all volunteer duties can be found on the website HERE

Updated: 23 February 2017 17.30


Doris has arrived - Please remember to check your boats

With Storm Doris sweeping across the country, gusts up to 48knts have been recorded at the club this morning. Please remember to check your boats and covers are tied down securely!

Happy Tank

Fuel Tank

Exciting news! Our delivery of fuel has arrived and the new tank & pump are working brilliantly.

Special thanks must go to Peter Colvin, Wynn Kenrick and David Martin who have all spent a huge amount of time and effort on the discussions, negotiations, ordering, planning, installation and commissioning of the new tank.


OK demo boat at Burghfield

The first ever OK Demo boat has landed on on our shores. If you were at the club on Sunday (19th Feb) you would have seen it on the water GBR 2064 all grey boat.
Anyone is welcome to have a go in this wonderful one design, international single hander, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
The boat has spent the last 3 months being refurbished to a high standard, comes with a carbon mast, and all the gear.It is a fast boat, with a proven track record.
Burghfield member Nick Craig is 4 time OK world champion hoping to make that 5 in Barbados this year. So if you need any advice or encouragement speak to Nick.

To borrow the boat please contact one of the following:

Deryck Lovegrove (deryckgrovesnack@btinternet.com)
Tom Lee (tom_dm_lee@hotmail.co.uk)
Alan Atkin(alanandmarian@yahoo.co.uk)
Doug Powell (doug.powell@soprasteria.com)

There will be a nominal charge to use the boat to cover maintenance and insurance.


2017 2000 Open Meeting - 11th March 2017

Pre-registration is available until midnight 9th March 2017.
Cost: £15 Pre-registered, £20 after 9th March.

Registration 09:00 - 10:00
First warning signal: 10:55

NOR & Sailing Instructions
General Information

Oppie Open

2017 Optimist Winter Open Meeting - 136 Entries!

The 2017 Burghfield Open Meeting season kicks off with the Optimist Winter Open Meeting on 25th February 2017.

Registration for both Main and Regatta fleets has now CLOSED

Please note that information regarding a change to the Regatta Fleet has been published - please check your emails/event website.

The NOR, SIs and further details are available on the Event Website

Additionally, this event will form part of the Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series 2017.
Traveller - Further Details

RM at Burghfield

Race Management at Burghfield - 8th March 2017

Local Processes, Course Setting
& Introducing the Deputy Race Officer Role

8th March 2017

This evening is aimed at SROs, AROs, those interested in DRO and anyone else interested in race management at the club.

The evening will be led by our club PRO and qualified National Race Officer, Ian Bullock. It will introduce the new duty of Deputy Race Officer and focus on the local club processes for providing excellent race management for club racing. The evening will also take a look at suggestions and tips for course setting at Burghfield in a variety of conditions.

Pre-Register & Book Supper Here
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Jack Acton

Eight Bells ...

Jack Acton
Sadly, we have been informed that Jack Acton passed away on Wednesday the 8th February in Exeter, Devon, aged 86.

Jack was a lifetime honorary member of the club and served as Commodore back in the 1980s. He will be fondly remembered sailing his Merlin Rocket with his late son, James Acton. He was a leading member of the club for many years until he moved to Devon in 1984.

Our thoughts are with his daughter Jilly, his family and friends.


Island Fleet Challenge - Asymmetric Fleet Help Required

Island clearing continues this Saturday, 18 Feb - and it would be great if we could have as many asymmetric fleet sailors as possible lending a hand. I reckon the Blaze guys have done the lion’s share so far...but we all benefit from the clear air and better sight lines and it’d be nice if we could pull our weight. Any time you can spare would be much appreciated - so if you can make it down to the club on Saturday, please contact the club office.

Thanks - in anticipation! Mike Proven and Pete Haddrell, Fleet Captains.

Fitting Out Supper

Fitting Out Supper - 4th March 2017

The new sailing season is just around the corner and it's time to find out what your club has planned for the sailing and social programmes this year.

Our Fleet Captains, Sailing Committee & Club Office representatives will be available to present the clubs plans for the season and to answer any questions you may have.

There will be plenty of information about club racing, Oppie & Junior sailing and the Saturday Admiral’s Club activities.

All club members and their families are welcome, including our younger sailors.

This will be a great opportunity to chat with your fellow fleet sailors and for new members to meet the club officers and members.

You can also let us know about any activities or events that you’d like to see happen at the club.

18:30 Reception & Drinks, Dinner at 19:00
Cost: Adults £15 / Children £8

Book your tickets HERE by 25th February 2017.
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Berkshire Sail Training

New Trustees Wanted

Berkshire Sail Training is a lively Centre focusing on youth development for able and disabled students through a range of activities, mostly water sports. The activities on offer can develop individuals from beginner, through our young leader awards, up to RYA instructor qualifications.

The board of Trustees are looking for new Trustees. We need people who are interested in youth development and who would be able to contribute skills to direct the Charity to succeed in its objectives.

If you would like to know more about the roles of a Trustee then please contact: Bernard Fyans (01189 427221) or Nina Derrick (01635 862553)

Island Fleets

Island Fleet Challenge - Updates

Many thanks to Mike Bell, Andy Maw, Peter Barlow and Sam Parkinson who spent all day Friday, in freezing conditions cutting back the vegetation on Blaze island.

Thanks also to Tony Chandler and Peter Ash who have done a sterling job finishing off Pylon Island over the last couple of weeks.

Tony Chandler is planning to make a start on the small, One-Tree island at the end of the runway (now allocated to general Working Parties/Sailability/Admiral's Club/Recreational sailing) on Tuesday 14th February. If anyone is available to help, please let the club office know. Any offers would be very much appreciated.

Youth Race and train

Junior/Youth Race & Train Afternoons

A series of afternoons split between training and racing with coaching provided by BSC youth sailors. Open to all BSC members aged under 18 and their Crew. Open to any Slow Handicap or RYA Recognised Youth or Junior Class Boat (excluding Optimists). Parent/Child combinations are fine! No racing experience necessary. We’ll cover the basics!

18th March, 1st April, 15th April. Meet rigged and ready at 13:00

Pre-registration is essential Register Here

For more details please contact Mark Stevens


The North Wind Doth Blow....

With a few days of windy weather forecast (and February generally being a bit of a feisty month) please ensure your boats are tied down securely.


Additional Working Party Volunteers Needed - 17-19 February 2017

With the rapidly approaching nesting season and the Open Meeting season about to get underway we have arranged a Boat Maintenance Working Party for Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February. The boat maintenance group (recover safety boats, clean, carry out minor repairs, service the engines & return to the water - all under the watchful eye of the Bosun) will run alongside the working party already tasked with working on the Islands on Saturday.

With so much to do some extra helping hands with both groups would be very much appreciated.

If you are already rostered, but would like to swap roles/dates, please use the swap request option in Dutyman.

If you are not currently rostered, but would be able to help, please sign up for one of the available slots on the Working Party roster or drop Sharon (manager@burghfieldsailing.org) an email with your preferred date/role and we'll update the roster for you.

Many hands make light work (and tidy islands, and clean boats)....

BAr Vacancy

Vacancy - Bar Manager

Lucie & Josef Coleman have done a fantastic job over the last twelve months looking after the club bar and we would like to thank them for all their hard work. However, we are now looking for a new bar manager to take on this paid role at the club.

The bar manager is responsible on a weekly basis for (in no particular order): stocking shelves and bottle fridge; cleaning any glasses, beer mats, bottle top trays and drip trays; re-stocking ice trays, cleaning bar, wiping surfaces, emptying bins; recycling bottles; washing tea towels; re-stocking snacks; mopping floor; placing bar order with Sharon and buying crisps, mars bars and kit kats etc from Costco; stock checking cellar; changing barrels; plus every fortnight cleaning lines and washing cellar floor

If you are interested in finding out more about what the role entails, please contact the club office.

PB2 Courses

RYA Powerboat Level 2 Courses - New Dates

2 day courses arranged through Berkshire Sail Training - contact Lisa/Jean/Jonny directly for more details and booking.

This course is significantly discounted for club members at £125 per person which includes tuition, book and certificate.

New Dates:
  • 18 & 19 February 2017 - Waiting list in operation
  • 29 & 30 April 2017
Places are limited, please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

OPtimist Training

Optimist Winter Training

IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Area will be running a series of Optimist training days between January March 2017.

Training Dates:
  • Saturday, January 14th - Rescheduled to 4th Feb 2017
  • Saturday, March 4th
  • Saturday, March 25th
More details & Book a Place

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