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News - December 2017


2018 Duty Rosters - Choose your preferred duty date now

All Sailing, Bar and Working Party rosters between January 2018 - May 2018 have been uploaded to DutyMan.

Following the hugely successful trial last year, members can, for a very limited time, sign-up for their preferred dates, directly on the Dutyman system. Simply login to Dutyman and select the date/duty you wish to volunteer for.

The sign-up will be available until 12noon Friday 15th December 2017. After this date, any remaining duties will be automatically rostered.

The Sailing and Main Committees have agreed that ALL sailors should be rostered for duties. That includes: sailing spouses, partners and crew plus regular teenage (13+) youth/junior sailors. Each regular sailor will be required to complete at least 2 duties per year.

Volunteer for a Duty NOW

If you need a dutyman account, are having details logging in to Dutyman or would like more details please contact the Club Office as soon as possible.


2018 Membership Renewals - Important Changes

With immediate effect, we will no longer be offering the annual subscription as a single payment but, we will be moving all members to a monthly payment payable by direct debit through goCardless.

We are doing this as it spreads the cost for you, makes changes mid-year easy to manage and it takes less time for us in chasing late payments.

We would like to encourage as many members as possible to register for monthly payments so they are ready to start making payments in January.

If you do not currently pay your membership fees by direct debit, please use the following link to sign up as a GoCardless customer.


Please follow the link as soon as possible. Your monthly subscription will be set up during December, with the first payment due in January 2018.

GoCardless offers the club cheap, fast and secure payment processing. GoCardless accesses the direct debit network through its sponsor RBS and is registered with the FSA as a small Payments Institution. For further information please visit www.gocardless.com

If you do have any questions or queries please contact Sharon:

2017 Icicle Series

2017 Icicle (Christmas) Series

The 2017 Christmas (Icicle) Series will have five races this year with three to count. There will be two races on Sunday 17 Dec, one on Sunday 24 Dec and two on Sunday 31 Dec.
The Icicle Trophy will be presented to the winner of the series.

Because of the nature of the series, it is expected that the members who decide to race in this series will offer to do a race/safety role whether they have paid the waiver fee or not. These duties are considered separate to the normal duty system. Average points for (one race) will be available (as per normal racing) if you sign on the day of a duty. So, if you do offer to help, you will not lose out in the series.

If you intend to do the series, please be generous and offer your assistance as without volunteers, no racing will take place. There is a sign up form in the clubroom or please let or know

Needed: SRO, AROs, Safety Helms and Crew, Results and Bar (1 member also a keyholder)

2017 Family Xmas Party

2017 Family Christmas Party

17:00 - 20:00
Start at 5pm, once winter training is complete.

£7.00 per person

More Details & Book Places Here
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Join us for an afternoon of fun & games, followed by a fabulous buffet tea. Our ‘older’ guests will be treated to steaming mulled wine!

Everyone is invited to come along sporting their very best Christmas jumper and prizes will be awarded for the most creative and inspired examples!

It is rumoured that we will be visited by a very special guest at some point during the evening.

Oppie Race Training

Optimist Race Training 2017-18

As an addition to the Optimist calendar for winter 2017, we plan to run some Optimist Race Training sessions. These are aimed at any Burghfield Optimist sailor who would like to develop their racing skills towards Zone Squad standard and beyond.

They will be led by Ian Bullock with assistance from knowledgeable parents and hopefully, some guest appearances from others with relevant skills and experience. Ian has been involved with Burghfield Optimists, and the Optimist Class for many years and is currently one of IOCA's National Race Officers.

Dates are:

9th Dec
6th Jan
27th Jan
10th Feb
17th March

Start: 10:30 Briefing (rigged & changed)

There will be a nominal charge of £5 per sailor/per session payable in cash on the day.

Places will be limited to 12 initially, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Register Here
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We will need a group of at least half a dozen per session to make it worthwhile.

IOCA TV Training

IOCA (UK) Thames Valley Optimist Winter Training & Regatta - Waiting List in Operation

IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Area will be running a series of training days between November 2017 and March 2018. There will also be a regatta in April for sailors who have attended winter training at IOCA Thames Valley and IOCA South areas.

The fee is £165 for six days training and the regatta.

For the Optimist training you must be a member of IOCA. For membership details see the IOCA website

Please note: there is now a waiting list in operation - please see the event website for details. Please contact as soon as possible to register your interest so that we can look into additional resources.

Register for IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Training

Saturday 4th November 2017
Saturday 25th November 2017
Saturday 16th December 2017
Saturday 13th January 2018
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Saturday 10th March 2018
Saturday 28th April 2018 (Regatta)


Christmas Wreath Making, Mulled Wine & Mince Pies - 2 December 2017

Session One: 11am - 12.30pm
Session Two: 2.30pm - 4pm

£7.50 per person

Come along to the club and make a rustic wreath full of natures treasures from the woods and garden. We will put together a mixture of very natural materials that you might expect to find on a walk in the woods. Ideal for your front door or indoors, on a wall, propped up on a shelf or mantelpiece. Lovely as a gift for any occasion - it could also be used as an Xmas arrangement with a large candle in the middle.

Places are filling up fast so don't forget to book a place by emailing no later than 10am, Friday 1st December 2017.


Youth Race Training - Autumn 2017

We hope to see more sailors joining us for the last of the 2017 race training days on 2nd December

The Autumn training is open to all BSC members aged under 18, these Saturdays are aimed at improving racing skills alongside other young sailors. Suitable for all sailors, whether new to racing or experienced on the national circuit. Sorry, but Optimists may not attend these sessions.

Non-members may crew for BSC members for £5 and parents/guardians may crew for under 18s.

Meet rigged and ready for a briefing at 10:00. We aim to finish at the end of the day around 16:00.

To help the organisers, please Register Here

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M4 Diversion

M4 - Weekend Closures Jct 12 - Jct 13

M4 Chieveley to Theale will be fully closed overnight,on the following dates.

Schedule From 21:00 on 8 December 2017 to 06:00 on 11 December 2017
Schedule From 21:00 on 15 December 2017 to 06:00 on 18 December 2017
Schedule From 21:00 on 12 January 2018 to 06:00 on 15 January 2018
Schedule From 21:00 on 19 January 2018 to 06:00 on 22 January 2018

Location The M4 westbound between junctions J12 and J13
Location The M4 eastbound between junctions J13 and J12

Reason Roadworks are planned

A diversion will be in place via the A4.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes including the M40, M25, A34, A33 and A404.

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