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News - June 2016

June 2016


Volunteer Request

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

Urgent Requests:
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 - Bar
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant

Volunteers Needed (don't forget you can swap into earlier duties on Dutyman):
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 - Assistant Race Officer
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 - Safety Boat Officer
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 - Assistant Race Officer
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 - Senior Race Officer
Sun, 7 Aug 2016 - Assistant Race Officer
Sun, 7 Aug 2016 - Bar
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant

Please check DutyMan for members looking for swaps.

Updated: 24 Jun 2016


Admiral's Club: Pancakes - 25th June

Prepare your killer pancake mix, bring it along (with a camping love if you have one) and sail out to Pancake Island for an afternoon feast!

Meet under the balcony at 1pm for a 1:30 start

New Gate

New Site Security Gate

With HUGE thanks to Andrew Leigh a new high level security gate has been installed at the club above the current white gates near the road.

The new gate has a MAXIMUM HEIGHT of 2.2m.

If you are in a high vehicle, have boats on your roof, have a high stacking trailer or a trailer with a mast on a high support please approach the club with caution!

Cars and boats on trailers (under 2.2m high) will be able to access the club with the top gate closed.

The top gate has a separate padlock. If you think you will need access with the top gate open, please contact the club office for further information.

Hangar Road Closed

Road Closure - Tuesday 28th June

Hangar Road on the border of Theale and Burghfield will be closed at the swing bridge between 9:30am and 3:30pm on Tuesday 28th June 2016 while carriageway patching works are carried out.

Traffic will be diverted via Traffic will be diverted via Hose Hill, Theale Road to Burghfield, Reading Road, Hollybush Lane, Whites Hill, A4, Waterside Drive, Brunel Road and vice versa. All enquiries to West Berkshire Council Highway Maintenance Team on 01635 42400

Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

Alternative routes to the club can be found here

Details about road closures in West Berkshire can be found here

Planning Comments

Your Club, Your Say - Planning Application Comments - Still Time to Respond

We have now responded to West Berks Council on behalf of the Committee in support of the Planning Application.

A copy of our letter may be found Here

Several objections have been raised. However, these do not focus on the sailing and charitable aspects that our site provides.

Your committee believes this development is our best opportunity to establish a secure future for the club. Support from the Membership is seen as a positive endorsement by the developers and supports their offer of investment and long term lease.

It only takes a few minutes to register and leave a comment. So please take this opportunity to have your say in the future development of the club. Its long term future requires your support.

Leave comment HERE

Although the closing date for comments was 13th June 2016, it appears that comments can still be left via the online form. Also, as long as the application is yet to be determined (decided), you may still submit a representation by email. This applies even if the online record shows the 'date for comments' has expired. The determination deadline is 26th August - so you still have plenty of time to send a message of support - email

Close gates

Travellers - 22nd June 2016

We have just been informed that the Travellers currently at the Hatch Recreation Ground in Burghfield will be moved on by the Police later today, by 7pm.

We still have additional security in place on the club entrance but if you are planning to visit the club please be extra vigilant when entering/leaving and ensure the white gate is kept locked at all times.


Wednesday 22nd June - Midsummer BBQ

Hopefully, the sun will make an appearance for midsummer next week! With that in mind, Kris will be preparing a chicken shawarma / BBQ with all the trimmings for the ever popular sailor supper.

Please remember to order supper, before going sailing.

Buddy Racing

Admiral's Club: Buddy Racing - 18th June

Buddy with another sailor/racer in an alternative craft The session will be run by Andrew Leigh and sponsored by Mayday Chandlery, so come along and enjoy the fun, and maybe win a prize!

Arrive 1pm for boat preparation. Briefing 1.30pm under balcony
Session will run from 1.30 - 3.30pm

Racing News

Sunday Racing: 2 Race Trial - 19th & 26th June

In order to ensure that the racing at Burghfield continues to be as close and exciting as possible the Sailing Committee is planning a short trial of an alternative to the traditional 2 races per day format.

On Sunday the 19th and Sunday 26th June we will run 2 shorter races back to back in the morning and a single race in the afternoon. These 6 races will be combined in to a mini series with its own set of prizes.

We very much hope that the regular Sunday racers will come along and give it a go and let us have their feedback.

The Summer series will start two weeks later than usual on the 3rd of July and may adopt this format if it proves popular.

Start line

Admiral's Club - Boat Handling:Practicing Race Starts

A club racer will provide tips on handling your boat in tight situations and on the start line.

After a number of practice starts there will be a fun race to put into practice everything you have learnt during the day.

Door Code

Security Update - CODES have CHANGED

Following the departure of the Travellers from the driveway last weekend, we have decided to change the Door and Gate Codes for the club.

The changes will come into effect on Tuesday, 7th June 2016.

An email has been sent to all Primary Members - please keep an eye on your inbox.

AWE Protests - 6th June 2016

We have been informed by Thames Valley Police that peace group Trident Ploughshares and other demonstrators will attempt to disrupt operations at AWE Burghfield during a month long campaign, starting on Monday, June 6.

TVP have set up a Twitter account @WBprotestinfo to provide the public with information about the protests and any disruption to roads or transport links.

During this time, we will be keeping the white gates at the end of the driveway closed, but not locked during the day. Please take additional care when entering the club driveway.

Car Sticker

Security - Car Stickers

In order to aid security on the gate in the short term, we would highly recommend adding a BSC car sticker to the corner of your windscreen.

Stickers for each car can be collected from the club office.

The stickers also make it easier to identify whether there are any visitor cars, rather than member cars, left in the car park when locking up.

Burghfield Park Planning

Burghfield Development Planning Update - Public Response deadline updated - 13th June

As you may have seen when visiting the Club, the orange planning notices are now in place on the main gate. The application was submitted by Berfeld.

Validation and answering of questions has now been completed and the application posted by West Berks.

An email is being sent to all (primary) members.

Application No: 16/01240/OUTMAJ refers to validation on the 6th May.

For those that attended the open evening or subsequent public events, the information is as presented, with the redevelopment of the Club facilities, to include the Clubhouse, boat and car parks. The design for the Club is an artistic interpretation and should not be considered as the final design layout or sizing. This is under review and we are looking to revisit this in the next few weeks.

Time allowed for the Public to respond is limited and all comments or messages of support for the development should
be addressed to West Berks by the 13th June (updated from 2nd June following clarification from WBC Planning)

If you wish to comment, please go Here

Planning overview and all other documents Here

The planned development has recently featured in the National press DailyMail Article

Battle of Burghfield

Battle of Burghfield - Saturday 4th June

Come along for a fun afternoon at Burghfield!
Object: To attack opposing navies’ flagships and capture their flags;to score hits against, and temporarily disable opposing navies by firing cannonballs into their ships.

Full details and rules can be found HERE

RNLI Sailability Cock of Burghfield

RNLI/Sailability Challenge & Cock of Burghfield - 5th June

Normal Sunday racing will be replaced this week by the annual RNLI Sailability Challenge and the Cock of Burghfield.

This event provides a great opportunity for Sailability members to race alongside Club members.

As a fundraising event a donation of £5 per boat is suggested. All the proceeds will go to Sailability/RNLI.

The format will be at least 2 pursuit races, possibly 3 (2 to count) if conditions allow.

Club Clohing

Burghfield Club Clothing

Now Available - Burghfield Club clothing!  Embroidered, polo shirts, hoodies and fleeces in a selection of sizes and colours are now available to purchase at great prices!

Order Club Clothing Here

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