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News - October 2016

Tim Hastings

Tim Hastings

It is with great sadness that we inform members that Tim Hastings passed away in the Duchess of Kent Hospice on Monday, 24th Octber 2016. He was a valued volunteer member of Burghfield Sailability for many years and will be sadly missed.

Tim's funeral has been arranged for Thursday, 3rd November 1.30pm at Henley Road Cemetery.

Phanton & DZero

Phantom & D-Zero Winter Sprint Championships - 29 October 2016

The 2016 Combined Phantom and D-Zero Winter Sprint Championships will take place at the club on Saturday 29th October 2016.

Pre-registration is available until midnight 26th October with pre-registered boats benefitting from a reduced entry fee. Entry fee is £10 if pre-registered, £15 on the day.

Pre-registration and further details
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Pylon Island - Mid

Pylon Island Clearance - The Final Push - 28 October 2016!

The volunteers did a FANTASTIC job clearing most of Pylon Island last Friday/Saturday. However, there is still some work to do. Another Island Party has been arranged for Friday 28 October from 09:30. As the island clearance is such a mammoth task, it requires many more volunteers than just those rostered. If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated! Please contact or sign up on the club's Working Party roster directly.

Oppies Race Training

Optimist Race Training

Despite one of the worst forecasts for months and only a few days notice, the first Optimist Race Training session of the Winter had a great turn out of nine boats. Unfortunately, the forecast was not wrong delivering lots of rain and very little wind. That did not appear to dampen enthusiasm though as the group went through a number of familiarisation and training exercises. These sessions are aimed at helping our Optimist sailors move beyond Oppie club by fine tuning their boat handling skills and developing racing techniques.

The next dates are 30 Oct, 13 Nov & 27 Nov. If you would like to join the sessions please contact the club office.

Sailability Dinner

2016 Sailability Dinner - 19th November

Please join us for the 2016 Sailability Dinner on Saturday, 19th November.

Time: 19:00 for 19:30 start
All welcome

Cost: £16 per person
Cheques payable to Burghfield Sailability

Further Details, Menu & Bookings Here

Please book and make a full payment by 11th November 2016.

RS200 Training

RS200 Youth Training - 19 Nov at Burghfield

RS200 Youth Training Western series with Pete Vincent, former Class Chairman and top-10 Nationals sailor. Online entry now open - please register ASAP, limted spaces available (use code 123 if you are not a class association member). This is a 1 day coaching event for youths aged 14-22.

Pete will be coaching the whole RS200 Western series and will focus on different aspects at each event. Bookings are being taken for sailors in pairs, with a boat. If you do not have a sailing partner, please email or


Laser Open Meeting - Pre-registration closed - you can still enter on the day!

The 2016 Laser Open meeting will take place on Saturday 22 October. This is also the last event in the 2016 Thames Valley Area Series.

Entry fee is £17 on the day. Open to Laser Standard, Radial and 4.7 rigs.

Further details
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Pylon Island

Pylon Island Clearing - 14/15 Oct

Following last year's successful cutting back of vegetation on the other islands; this year we urgently need to work on Pylon Island before the water levels rise.

The working parties will take place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October. If you are available to help - please contact the club office as soon as possible. The more the merrier!

OPtimist Training

Optimist Winter Training

IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Area will be running a series of Optimist training days between October 2016 and March 2017.

All 6 days: £140
Individual Days: £28

Training Dates:
  • Saturday, October 15th **FULLY Booked
  • Saturday, November 12th
  • Saturday, November 26th
  • Saturday, January 14th
  • Saturday, March 4th
  • Saturday, March 25th

Bookings for 15th October are now closed. Please book all other dates as soon as possible.
More details & Book a Place

RS200 RS400 Open

2016 RS 200 & RS 400 Open Meeting - 8 October 2016

Pre-registration is now closed for the 2016 RS200 & RS400 Open Meeting.

Entries will be taken on the day.
Entry after 6 October/on the day: £23

More details
Full Results
RS200 Y&Y Report
RS400 Y&Y Report

BSTC Instructor

Instructor & Assistant Instructor Training Opportunity

Berkshire Sail Training are looking for new volunteers for the coming season. Training sessions run most Saturdays from November to March inclusive. Sessions are spent working on skills leading to entry level for the Assistant Instructor and the Instructor course depending on age and ability.

If you are interested in joining our team please contact the centre and speak to Jean (info@berkshiresailing.co.uk) or Jonny (schools@berkshiresailing.co.uk).

Tel: 01189 303467


Volunteer Requests

Autumn has arrived and brought with it a number of urgent volunteer requests following accidents, injuries and changes in circumstances.....

Sat 29 Oct 2016 (DZero/Phantom Open) - Safety Boat Assistant

If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated. Please remember that you can always swap into an earlier date if you have already been allocated a duty, or if you haven't completed 2 - 3 duties during your membership year 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: 05 October 2016, 12:15


Seavets Championship - 1 October 2016

Promoting responsible & sociable windsurfing for the not so young. Membership is open to those over 35 years old.

For further details www.seavets.co.uk

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