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News - May 2017

No Club Racing

Bank Holiday Weekend - No Club Racing

Due to the Comet Nationals being hosted at the club between 27th and 29th May 2017, there is no club racing planned for either Sunday 28th May or Monday 29th May.

If you are planning to visit the club this weekend, please note that there will be NO casual sailing safety cover - the safety boats will be occupied with the Comet event. Please stay well clear of the race area & BST training boats.

The galley will be open for lunch each day, but the Comets have dinners booked inthe clubroom Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Hopefully, we'll see you all out on the water the following weekend for the Nervous Wrecks event - please register on www.nervouswrecks.org as soon as possible.


Urgent Volunteer Requests - Comet Nationals

Due to the bank holiday weekend, and start of the school holidays we have a couple of very urgent volunteer requests. The rostered members are looking for swaps. If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated as we are hosting the Comet Nationals over the weekend.

Monday 29th May - Assistant Race Officer
Monday 29th May - Bar - volunteer found

If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated. We can allocate these dates in lieu of another allocated date later in the year.

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: 26 May 2017 17:00


Burghfield's Nervous Wrecks - 3 & 4 June 2017 - Enter NOW

A fantastic, Club charity fundraising weekend in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association & Burghfield Sailability
  • Sat, 3rd June: 4hr Virtual Distance Race
  • Sat Evening: Hog Roast, Live Music & Beer
  • Sun 4th June: Handicap Racing

What's a Virtual Distance Race?

The 4 hour race on Saturday is a perfect opportunity for families or groups of friends to get together and race as a team.

A team can be any number of boats and people but teams of 2 or three boats with 4-8 people will probably work best.

When a boat completes a lap, a virtual distance will be calculated based on the handicap of the boat and the length of the course, the aim is to sail as far as possible in the four hours. For a team, the average virtual distance will be calculated for all of its boats.
The course will come close to the shore so that team members may swap boats as many times as they like and sail as many different boats as they like.

For example, a family of 4 with a double hander and an Oppie could enter and the kids could alternate in the Oppie and also jump in the double hander for a few laps. All the time that they manage to keep both boats lapping they will be accruing virtual distance.

If you feel up to sailing for 4 hours then just enter a single boat and go for it.

NOR, More Details & Registration

For Burghfield members who wish to just race on the Sunday the entry fee is optional, but greatly appreciated. Think of it as a recommended donation. To help with planning please remember to register for the event


2017 Open Day - Thank you!

A ‪great day at the Club with Burghfield Sailability & Berkshire Sail Training for the 2017 Open Day yesterday. Lots of very happy visitors despite the rain! We look forward to seeing our new members at the club very soon.

Huge thanks to all the volunteers - you did an amazing job!


2017 Comet National Championships - 27 to 29 May 2017

Incorporating the:

Comet National Championships 27th - 29th May 2017
Comet Trio Inland Championships 27th - 28th May 2017
Comet Versa Inland Championships 27th - 28th May 2017
Comet Zero Inland Championships 27th - 28th May 2017
Comet Duo Inland Championships 27th May 2017

Online booking EXTENDED to noon on Thursday, 25th May 2017. Late entries will be accepted at the sole discretion of the Organising Authority. Please see the NOR for details of the fees for entry.

More Details, Registration & NOR

View Entries:
Comet (Standard, Xtra or Mino Rig)
Comet Duo
Comet Trio
Comet Versa - Available Soon
Comet Zero - Available Soon

Evening Meals
Evening meals will be available on both Saturday and Sunday after racing. Meals should be booked and paid for in advance. Payment can be made with the booking either by Direct Debit (single payment) or Bank Transfer.

Evening meals are £12 per person

Saturday - BBQ, pudding, tea/coffee
Sunday - Roast Beef dinner, pudding, tea/coffee
A vegetarian option will be available on both days

Book Meals

2017 Open Day

2017 Open Day - 20 May 2017

2017 Burghfield Sailing Club, Berkshire Sail Training & Burghfield Sailability Open Day will take place on

Saturday, 20th May 2017
12 - 4

Invite your friends, family & colleagues to come and try sailing! Everyone welcome from novice to seasoned racer. A great day out for all the family - bring spare clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet!

Click on the image for a larger copy of the 2017 Open Day Poster

Open Day

Open Day Preparation - Help Needed

Volunteers are needed to help get the site shipshape before the open day. So, as in previous years, a number of pre-event preparation days/working parties have been arranged for:
  • Friday 19th May - Carpark set-up, Final Preparations
All members are asked to lend a hand, if at all possible, in the weeks leading up to the event (there is too much for the monthly working parties to complete alone). If you are available to help, it would be very much appreciated.

Please sign up on Dutyman (if you already have a working party roster account) or drop the club office an email.

Reading 10k

Check your route to the club - Sun 21st May 2017

The Royal Berkshire 10k Race will be taking place on Sunday 21st May 2017. Although the race will start and finish within Reading, the following roads in Berkshire will need to be closed between 7am and 2pm to facilitate the race:

• Kirtons Farm Road - entire length
• Berrys Lane - entire length
• Amners Farm Road - entire length
• Pingewood Road south - entire length
• Kybes Lane - between Pingewood Rd South & Kirtons Farm Road

There will also be stop/go traffic control on Burghfield Road during the event.

Traffic will be asked to use the roads around Burghfield in order to get to their destination.

A plan of the closed roads in Berkshire can be found at www.roadworks.org

M4 Closure

Update - M4 Full Road Closure - 12 - 15 May

Highways England have updated the information relating to the closure of the M4 due to bridge refurbishment works.

Update: M4 Chieveley to Theale will be fully closed overnight, Friday 12 May to am Monday 16 May

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.

Click on news item image for larger photo of the diversion.

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Dutyman Rosters - Auto rostering

Most duties to December 2017 have now been allocated.

Due to the recent problems with Dutyman, unfortunately some of the duties have been filled at short notice. Please note: you may have been allocated dates close together. This is due to a large number of members successfully volunteering for dates during the pre-selection period.

If the date/s you have been allocated is/are inconvenient, please arrange a swap AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Youth Race and train

Wednesday Evening Youth Series - 10 May 2017

The most popular Wednesday Evening series in the country started on Wednesday 26th April 2017 and runs every Wednesday through to the last series race on 23rd August, followed by the 2017 Bloodbath & Prizegiving on Wednesday, on 31st August.

This year we're incorporating a Youth Series (results will be extracted from the overall results): 8 races with 6 to count. Helm & Crew aged under 19 on 31/12/17. Dates are : 10 May, 24 May, 7 Jun, 21 Jun, 5 Jul, 19 Jul, 9 Aug & 23 Aug.


Dutyman - Is working again!

Following a number of problems with Dutyman over the bank holiday weekend - it is now working again! Please see the note below regarding sign up for the duty rosters.


2017 Challenger Regatta - 5 & 6 May 2017

The 2017 Burghfield Challenger Regatta takes place at Burghfield on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May 2017.

More Details, NOR and online Registration

Supper will be available on Friday evening - please book with the Club Office

Volunteers Required
Additional Volunteers are required both on shore and on the water on both days. Any offers of help would be very much appreciated - please email Burghfield Sailability

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