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News - February 2016



An Evening with Tim Hewson - 24th Feb 2016

Weather forecasting presents a huge practical challenge to mankind. This wide-ranging talk will describe the strategy used by ECMWF (the European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecasts) to predict weather around the world, for the days, weeks and months ahead, to quantify the uncertainty in those predictions and to remain world leader in the field. A key point to be discussed will be how the output of our supercomputer is converted into meaningful charts and diagrams. These allow one to identify, amongst other things, when extreme weather is likely, and when confidence in certain weather parameters drops. Such information can be used by a whole range of customers, to better plan outdoor activities such as sailing, through to more critical activities such as protecting lives and infrastructure. Insights will be provided on how to get hold of the best weather forecasts for free.

Tim is more than happy to tailor his presentation to specific requests, so please add a note to your booking form if there are particular topics that you would like Tim to address. This is set to be a hugely informative evening - please book early!

The bar will be open from 1830, presentation starts at 1930, pre-booked supper will be available from the galley.

More details and booking form


Volunteer Request

As we move into the new year and work through the membership renewals, we do have a few volunteer requests for the early part of the year.

Hopefully, the "Volunteer Required" duties on Dutyman are now swappable (the swap request will come to the office). Please only request to swap to a "Volunteer Required" duty which is BEFORE your allocated duty.

If you have not yet been allocated a duty for 2016, and are available for a vacant duty please let us know and we will allocate this to you as a rostered duty for the year.

Volunteers Currently Required:

14 Feb 2016 - Assistant Race Officer - Volunteer Found - Thank you Alan!
14 Feb 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant

21 Feb 2016 - Senior Race Officer - Volunteer Found - Thank you Alan!
28 Feb 2016 - Safety Boat Officer
28 Feb 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant
13 Mar 2016 - Assistant Race Officer
27 Mar 2016 - Safety Boat Officer
27 Mar 2016 - Assistant Race Officer
27 Mar 2016 - Bar
03 Apr 2016 - Safety Boat Assistant

Many thanks in advance! Updated 12 Feb 2015


2016 Skittles Evening - 27 Feb at 19:30

All are welcome to come to the Skittles evening on the 27th Feb starting at 7:30 pm. You can enter as an individual, a couple, a group or a team. The more the merrier!

Entry is £5 per person.

As this has been a very successful evening in the past and places are limited, please book early.

Supper will be available: Main Meal £6/person & Desert £2.25/person. Supper must be booked in advance using the booking form.

Book Skittle Spaces and Supper Here

windy sunday

Windy Sunday makes for great spectating

If there is one thing you wish for as a race officer, it is a southwesterly wind. If you get that, then next on the wish list is plenty of it to make the race fun for the sailors and also to watch.

That is precisely what we had yesterday (Sunday 7th Feb), and the sun even came out to make for a challenging, but fantastic days sailing. True to form, the winds blew and I just couldn't resist getting the camera out. Click the image (right) to be taken to a flickr account of the days fun. Feel free to download any images you want, but if used in any publicity please could you acknowledge Jeremy Carey as the photographer.

Optimist Open

2016 Optimist Winter Open Meeting - 93 entries!

2016 Optimist Winter Open Meeting will take place at Burghfield Sailing Club on 6 February 2016 and with 93 entries it's going to be busy!

Pre-registration for both Main and Regatta fleets has now closed. Registration on the day £20 - please contact the organisers beforehand to check whether there are spaces available.

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

Additionally, this event will form part of the Rooster Southern Traveller Series 2016.
Traveller - Further Details

Weather Update: REGATTA Fleet Cancelled

Unfortunately the Burghfield REGATTA fleet event will now be cancelled tomorrow (6th February 2016) due to the continuing forecast being at the top end of Optimist wind range. Our intention is to refund regatta fleet sailors who have paid minus a small administration fee to cover costs and will notify sailors on the most efficient way to do this.

The MAIN fleet event will go ahead as planned, subject to a review throughout the day.

For more information regarding this decision please see the Event Website


Sunday Breakfast

Looking for a great start to your Sunday? Kris will be offering the option of a Full English Breakfast this Sunday morning. Why not pop down to the club, watch the racing and enjoy a leisurely start to your morning!

Save the Date

An Evening With....

We are delighted to confirm that the very popular Wednesday Evening Talks are back for February and March:

  • 24 February - Tim Hewson: previously a chief forecaster at the Met Office, and now works for the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts which is based in Reading.
  • 16 March - Nick Craig: one of the UK’s top dinghy sailors!

The bar will be open from 1830, with the presentation starting at 1930. A pre-booked supper will be available during the evening.

The evening talks have been very popular in the past, so please book early.

More details and booking form to follow shortly

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