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News - Early 2009

26th May

Oppie Camp 2009

Oppie Camp 2009 - Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June

It's back - bigger and brighter than ever - Oppie Camp 2009

Oppie Camp is open to Oppie Club members up to the age of 12. We have a provisional limit of 50 children and priority will be given to regular Oppie Club attendees aged 8 or over (We will include younger sailor siblings).

Sailors (and parents) are split into teams and take part in a mix of on and off the water activities. As the name implies sailors and parents spend the weekend camping in the club grounds.

Friday night is party night. Bring your own food and drink for an evening of fun and games. The barbeque will be lit at 7.30pm for a DIY supper. Hey, don't forget to bring your drink... you might need it more than anything! Oppie Camp veterans tell everyone that Friday night is the best you can get... team building and a good laugh whilst mastering your tent will certainly make the first night a unique one to remember!

For those who are not able to stay on the Friday night, Camp will start with breakfast and briefing at 8.30am on Saturday morning. The weekend will finish with tea and prize giving at 4.00pm on the Sunday afternoon.

The total cost for the weekend, including meals, will be £45 for each Oppie sailor - parent and sibling meals extra.

To book and confirm your place, click here, download and complete the forms (choice of Word and PDF) and send them as indicated with payment by Sunday 31st May.

19th May

Topper prep session

Preparing and tuning your Topper - 28th May 2:00pm

Alex Benbow, one of the country's leading Topper sailors, will be at Burghfield Sailing Club on Thursday 28th May to share with our Topper sailors what he has learnt about preparing his Topper over the past few years in order to get the most out of it.

There are many small changes and additions that can be made to a Topper within the class rules, many at little or no expense, making it a better boat in which to hone your sailing skills and ultimately which make the boat faster. Alex will be bringing and rigging his own boat and will walk through how he has prepared it and what he does to maintain it.

The session will all be on-shore. A small contribution on the day to cover Alex's travelling costs would be appreciated. Meet in front of the clubhouse at 2:00pm and expect to finish at 5:00pm.

For more details and confirm that you would like to attend, e-mail

12th May

Success at the

Optimist Selection Trials Success

Following a grueling Optimist Selection trials Burghfield has a sailor in each of the three international teams supported by the class association.

Sophie Hamilton will be representing GBR at the World Championships, Issy Hamilton at the European Championships and Josh Voller at the French Nationals. Only 5, 7 and 8 sailors respectively are invited to join these teams so this is a massive achievement.

Dan Bullock narrowly missed out and is the first reserve. Robert Baddeley, Fraser Woodley, James Taylor, Luke Burywood and Kat Colvin also sailed well in a stunningly difficult fleet and most will be back for another go next year.

In total 9 Optimist sailors from Burghfield were invited to take part in the Optimist Selection Trials which is a record for the club and was the largest contingent there. These were held over the last two weekends, three days in Pwllheli then three days in Weymouth with up to 7/8 hours of being at sea per day and a total of 16 races constituting the series. Wind condition varied across the series but were generally lighter. Sophie clocked up the most number of first places across the series, five.

A big thank you to those at the club who have encouraged the sailors to get this far, most especially to Nick Martin who has developed the racing skills of all of these sailors over recent years.

More Info...

Laser Dell Quay

Burghfield fields youngest Laser sailor at South Coast Grand Prix

Matthew Goodbourn, one of the growing number of junior/youth Laser sailors at Burghfield, joined 30 other sailors from fifteen clubs from as far afield as Wembley and Jersey and along the south coast, for the Laser South Coast Grand Prix event at Dell Quay SC in Chichester Harbour, on Sunday 26 April. The event was open to all 4.7, radial and full rigs.

In a moderate wind, three races were held back to back over a windward leeward course. The tricky combination of tides and shifting winds caused the fleet to spread out as sailors sought to gain an advantage from the tide.

The Radial fleet provided the largest entry and Matthew sailing in that fleet took the prize for the youngest competitor.

Full report in Yachts & Yachting...

Further report in Chichester Observer...

11th May

Jenny ET Championships

Burghfield Junior sailors at the 2009 Eric Twiname Championships

Four Burghfield junior sailors represented the RYA Southern Zone at the prestigious 23rd Eric Twiname Championship on the 9th/10th May at Rutland SC.

Now in their 23rd year, the Championships are the pinnacle of the racing calendar for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads as nine squad teams in over 285 boats and windsurfers go head-to-head over two days for the prestige of picking up the coveted Eric Twiname Shield and being named top RYA Zone. This year the South East Zone emerged victorious by the narrowest of margins claiming the overall Championship title from the second placed South Zone (which includes Burghfield SC) on a tie-break. South Zone took the dinghy trophy though, consisting of results from the Toppers, Optimist and Cadets.

Burghfield’s Jennifer Cropley and Rafaella Quinton sailed for the South Zone Optimists and Lottie Harland and Matt Stephens for the South Zone Toppers. For all the Burghfield sailors this was their first ET Championships.

In the Optimist class a total of 59 sailors were competing for their respective zones. With two race wins from four, Jennifer, aged 10, landed the overall as well as the top girl Optimist prizes in her first ET Championships " a great achievement. Rafaella finished in a strong 19th place.

With a total of 72 Topper sailors competing, Lottie finished in 19th place despite sailing two races with a broken top to her mast, and was the first of the South Zone Topper sailors. Matt finished the weekend in 60th place.

Full report click here...

10th May

Topper Inlands

Burghfield Toppers at Inland Championships 2nd/3rd May

Six junior sailors from Burghfield's ever strengthening Topper fleet made their way to Grafham Water SC over the bank holiday weekend to join some 300 other Topper sailors consisting of a mix of adults, youths and juniors. Five of them competed in the annual Topper Inland Championships and one in the the Topper 4.2 National Championship, a competition using the smaller Topper rig for lighter helms.

Conditions for the 260 competitors taking part in the Inland Championship on the Saturday were very fickle, and only one race was sailed in the afternoon. Sunday brought wind in abundance though and Lottie Harland made the most of the wind and the exciting planing conditions for Burghfield, finishing in 98th place overall. Matt Stephens finished the weekend 179th and Josh Stone 185th. Unfortunately Adam Stone took a bump to the head and retired in the opening race of the second day, as did Ben Dowle.

On the 4.2 National Championship course Burghfield’s Katie Dowle put in a consistent performance over the two days for an overall 9th position.

Full report click here...

7th May


Burghfield Topper Open 23rd May 2009

The 2009 Burghfield Sailing Club Topper Open event will take place on Saturday 23rd May.

The event is open to helms of all ages (juniors, youths and adults), and we are expecting some 30 to 40 sailors from across the region to take part, spanning a broad range of ages and abilities.

This event also forms part of the Topper Southern Traveller Series, which consists of 13 events sailed at various venues across the south. See www.gbrtopper.co.uk for more details about Topper racing around the country.

The Notice of Race (including details about entering the event, the club and its facilities) and the Sailing Instructions can be downloaded here.

We look forward to welcoming all Topper sailors to Burghfield Sailing Club on the 23rd May.

27th April

Admiral's Club

2009 Admiral's Club kicks off this Saturday 2 May

Our packed 2009 season starts with a fun event which is fast becoming an AC tradition: the Treasure Hunt. This event has proved to be very popular in previous years with all ages, and will include some of the previous favourite elements, together with the introduction of some new ones to keep you on your toes.

So please ensure Saturday 2nd May is in your diary.

Come along and be rigged and ready to sail at 13:30, or perhaps join us a bit earlier at 12:30 in the bar for a spot of lunch.

No need to book, nothing to pay, just turn up.

For further information, or if you have any queries, contact:

See our full programme for 2009 Admiral's Club here

23rd April

Oppie Club Parent Briefing and Kit Sale - Sunday 26th April

The 2009 Oppie Club Parent Briefing will take place at 1:30pm this Sunday 26th April in the clubhouse. The briefing is for all parents of junior sailors who would like to start off or continue in Oppie Club during 2009.

The briefing will explain everything you need to now about how Oppie Club will be organised and run this year and is a chance for you to ask any questions.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are are just thinking about Oppie Club for your children for the first time or were a regular last year.

The briefing will be followed by the big kit sale where you can sell and buy any items of clothing or equipment - from a pair of gloves to a sail... There will just be a £1 charge for any items sold. This is a great way to get rid of all the gear that your children have grown out of and re-kit them ready for the new season.


Summer's Here - Wednesday evening racing has started

The first Wednesday evening race yesterday had 54 boats racing in a glorious sunset, despite little wind. Results Here

If you have never raced before, are new to the club, or have previous experience, this is the series that is just unmissable. A great way to split up the working week, the personal handicap system in place ensures that all, whatever their ability, have a great chance of doing well.

More info here

17th April

RYA 29er Youth Nationals

RYA Volvo Youth Nationals success

Congratulations to club members Art and Ed Romano who have just finished third in the RYA Volvo 29er Youth Nationals in Largs, Scotland. Art and Ed took to the 29er a couple of years ago and have been steadily improving since.

Though the last three days of racing were postponed due to extreme winds, of the six races they entered Art and Ed finished 2nd in Race two and 1st in Race 3, with two sixth places in Races 5&6.

A great bit of work boys! Congratulations and well done. We hope your year on the racing circuit goes from strength to strength!

more detail

Warning: Thefts From Datchet Water Sailing Club

Yachts and Yachting report: "During the night of Saturday 28th March and the early hours of Sunday 29th March, thieves entered the dinghy park at Datchet Water Sailing Club.

Approximately 30 boats were targeted including Lasers, Toppers, Optimists, a Topper Xenon and a Laser 4000. The thieves slashed covers, stealing spars and rope kits. Unusually some older spars were discarded, and so we are initially ruling out thefts for scrap metal value. "

Full Article Here (although there's not much more detail).

17th March

committee boat
Reminder: Duties

You should all have received notification of your assigned dates and duties. Please check your availability and put them in your diaries. We use the excellent Dutyman system in order to provide an online, interactive and dynamic duty roster for our members.

Please remember that if you cannot attend your duty, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap. There is a duty waiver fee of £70 which becomes payable if a duty is missed and not rearranged.

For more information on duties, the dutyman system and arranging swaps, click here
Commodores cup- 22nd March 2009

Commodore's Cup- 22nd March

This coming Sunday is the Commorodre's Cup race Day. This is one of the club special events and pits all boats from all fleets against each other in a single start. The format for the day is for three races with two to qualify. One race as usual in the morning and two in the afternoon, back to back.

In addition the club is also hosting an RS Vision Open (for the first time) which will run under the same format of three races with two to count. The RS Visions will start first on a standard 5-4-1 go sequence with the start of the Commodoes Cup running six minutes later as in standard club racing: 6-3-go. Please be aware that should there be a general recall for the Visions then they will restart their sequence before club racing gets underway. Should be an excellent day so hope to see you all there.

Jeremy Carey
Rear Commodore Sailing.

Annual Dinner Dance 2009

7.30 pm Saturday 21st November 2009

Information to follow in due course.

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