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News - 2012

10th December

Kat Colvin

Katherine Colvin awarded James Acton Memorial Trophy

On the 15th November at the 39th Annual General Meeting of Burghfield Sailing Club, youth club member Katherine Colvin was awarded the James Acton Memorial Trophy. The trophy, established by Jack Acton in memory of his son James, is awarded each year to a deserving member of the club who has made a difference both inside and outside the club.

Katherine was awarded the trophy in recognition of her very successful two years campaigning in the 420, culminating in 16th at the Worlds and 6th overall in the Nationals where she was also the Ladies National Champion. She has also coached many of our up and coming young sailors at the club and is a regular helper at Sailability on a Thursday evening through the summer.

On being awarded the trophy Katherine said: "Thank you to all at Burghfield Sailing Club for the James Acton Memorial Trophy, I love my sailing and enjoy everything that I do at Burghfield. Eight years ago I visited Burghfield Sailing Club and tried sailing for the first time in an Optimist, a single handed junior dinghy. After enjoying the experience I asked my dad if we could come back. Since then, I've never looked back."

Click here to read more about the ups and downs of Katherine's 420 campaign.

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

On the 15th November 2012 Burghfield Sailing Club held its 39th Annual General Meeting.

The meeting opened at 19.35 and was attended by the Commodore, Steve
Barraclough and 34 Full members.

A good discussion ensued on a number of topics, the Minutes of which can be downloaded here...

9th December

christmas series

Christmas series kicks off next weekend

We look forward to see everyone joining into the festive spirit and joining into the fun of the Christmas sailing series on the following dates:

16th Dec starting at 11:00 am and 13:30 handicap races
26th Dec starting at 12:00 (pursuit race - mulled wine and minced pies after racing)
30th Dec starting at 11:00 am and 13:30 - handicap races

For full details click here

7 December


New Race Officer Manual

The new Race Officer Manual has been revised and republished and is available as a pdf from the : Race instructions page.

There's also copies at the club.

This will take effect from Jan 2013 Onwards. If you are a Race Officer please take a few moments to review the manual - there's great guidance on how to set the best course and manage the racing.

3rd December

Christmas Series needs volunteers

The Christmas series does not have rota-ed personnel. If you want to sail then we need volunteers to run the racing and rescue. There is a sheet on the noticeboard in the club room where you can sign up to help. A number of people have already done so but without a full complement of race officers, rescue people and assistants racing cannot take place. If you are at the club for any of the days, December 16th 26th and 30th and can help then please sign up so that racing can go ahead. Thank you

Chris Simon: Racing Rules of Sailing - Wednesday 5th December 7.30 pm

Following an Olympic year, there will be a revised set of rules from next January " the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 " 2016. While there are not many significant changes from the present rules there certainly are some that will affect competitors and/or race officials. Come along and listen to Chris Simon from the RYA explaining these changes. Kyran will be providing hot food as usual. Please call Pat on 0118 9303604 or email to register. There will be an entry fee of £5 (free for under 16's) payable at the door.

21 November

Nick Martin - The Olympic Experience

Wednesday Winter talk - 21st November 2012, 7.30 pm- The Olympic experience, by Nick Martin

Long time Burghfield club member, and past Principal Race Officer, Nick was helping to officiate at the Olympics in Weymouth this year.

The talk is "a personal view of the Sailing Olympics. We spent 2 1/2 weeks in Weymouth and Portland as part of the Race Management team for the 49ers. In some ways the Olympics is an ordinary Regatta. In other ways it is quite extraordinary. I will try and illustrate why I think it is so special with photographs of the site, our race team at work and the sailing".

There will be an entry fee to cover costs of £5 (free for under 16's). As ever, our catering team will be providing the option of a meal midway through the talk. Please book online in advance so that our caterers can have an indication of numbers. Payment on entry.

Please use the link below to book:

book here

15th November

RS200 Winter Series

Burghfield RS200 Winter Series 2013

This winter Burghfield Sailing Club is running a series for RS200s. The series will take place over the course of five Sundays, one a month from November through to March. On each day both the morning and afternoon race will be part of the series giving a total of ten races with six to count. The dates are:

November 18th 2012
December 9th 2012
January 27th 2013
February 24th 2013
March 24th 2013

The series will take place as part of the asymmetric class with results being extracted. The asymmetric fleet has recently started running on a windward leeward course whenever the wind blows from a suitable direction, the winter series will take advantage of this whenever possible.

Entry to the series is free of charge to all club members. Non-members are welcome to join over the winter or to pay a temporary membership of £5 per day.

If you are interested and would like any more information please contact

14th November

Lottie Harland - RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2012

RYA Award for Lottie

The RYA has just announced that it has awarded Lottie Harland of Burghfield Sailing Club the RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year 2012 for the Thames Valley and London region.

Lottie was nominated by the club not only for her achievements in racing, but also for her work with Burghfield Sailability assisting physically and mentally disabled people to go sailing, and for inspiring and helping develop other junior sailors at the club.

In addition, Lottie has been selected as one of three finalists for the 2012 YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year.

Lottie will receive her RYA Regional Young Sailor of the Year award in January at the London International Boat Show where the winner of the 2012 YJA Pantaenius Young Sailor of the Year will also be announced.

13th November

BSC National Junior Squad Topper

Burghfield Sailors' 2012 Topper Triumphs

At the end of last year, no less than three Burghfield SC Topper sailors, Matthew Stephens, Katie Barraclough and Adam Stone, were selected for the RYA National Junior Squad. No mean feat, considering the intense competition from all over the UK, for the hotly contested 24 places.

After a tough schedule of winter training in the cold and sometimes snowy conditions at venues all over the UK they were ready to do battle, both at a National and International level, in the major Topper events of 2012.

The results speak for themselves, with all three sailors putting in some great performances in the 200+ boat fleets, including a number of top 10 finishes, at the year's premier Topper events. They were joined at some of these events by a number of our up and coming Topper sailors and it was great to see them all out representing the club.

Matthew and Adam are now moving into Lasers and Katie into 420s. We wish them all the best of luck in their new classes and look forward to seeing a new generation of top Topper sailors from Burghfield.

To read more about a year in the life of our Topper sailors and how they all performed at the major events click here...

8th November

2nd November

wed eve

Wednesday Winter Talks

Burghfield Sailing Club are pleased to announce the latest in our series of Wednesday Winter Talks. Here's the first three that are scheduled " watch this space as there may be more in the new year.

21 Nov: Nick Martin: Olympic Experience
Long time Burghfield club member, and past Principal Race Officer, Nick was helping to officiate at the Olympics in Weymouth this year. He presents "a personal view of of the Sailing Olympics. We spent 2 1/2 weeks in Weymouth and Portland as part of the Race Management team for the 49ers. In some ways the Olympics is an ordinary Regatta. In other ways it is quite extraordinary. I will try and illustrate why I think it is so special with photographs of the site, our race team at work and the sailing."

5 Dec: Chris Simon, RYA: Racing Rules of Sailing
Every 4 years the Racing Rules of Sailing change. This talk will be to describe the changes that will take effect from 01 Jan 2013. Here's the site where you can get a copy of the new rules.

30 Jan: Clive Eplett: Club Racer - From Back to Front
Clive describes practical ways to actually sail better " helping club sailors move from the back of the fleet to the front. Clive's book is written by a successful club sailor, specifically for club sailors, giving a refreshing and light-hearted insight into some of the techniques and approaches to both improving performance and gaining more enjoyment from your racing. More info here.

All talks are held at BSC, starting at 7:30. There will be an entry fee to cover costs of £5 (free for under 16's). As ever, our catering team will be providing the option of a meal midway through the talk. Please book online in advance so that our caterers can have an indication of numbers. Payment on entry.

31st October

Success at Bowmoor Optimist Open for the Burghfield Fleet

Bowmoor Optimist Open on 27th October saw the Burghfield Optimists out in force. This was also the final event in the Thames Valley Traveller Series in which Burghfield sailors had a chance of securing top honours.

Representing Burghfield in the main fleet were Peter Baddeley, Dermot Gannon and Douglas Calder and in the regatta fleet we had new rising star, Joshua Thomas.

The day dawned cold but bright with a brisk northerly wind, gusting in excess of 30 knots at times, creating challenging conditions and causing a few capsizes amongst the fleet but the Burghfield boys battled hard and were rewarded for their perseverance with some great results on the day.

Joshua sailed really well and won the regatta fleet with wins in three of the four races whilst in the main fleet the battle to be top Burghfield sailor was very close. Dermot and Douglas tied on points but Dermot won on count back and Peter was just behind. In the end they finished 8th, 9th and 10th respectively.

In the Thames Valley Traveller Series, based on results from our own Burghfield Open plus those at Wraysbury Lake, Papercourt and at Bowmoor, it was again very close with Peter winning the series by a single point from Douglas. A great result for Burghfield.

Well done boys.
7th October - NEW TOPPER CLUB

7th October - NEW TOPPER CLUB

To build on the success of last year’s Topper group training sessions, we are starting a Topper Club; organised on the same parent-run lines as our popular Oppie club. The idea is to run the sessions on Saturday mornings (or afternoons if the majority wants) starting on 13th April. If you would like to take part, or want to find out how the club would operate, please contact me @ . I envisage that there would be at least two groups; one would concentrate on racing and the other on boat handling.

Please let me know if you are able to take your turn at leading the coaching of a group. I will set up a parent briefing meeting when I have had a few positive responses.

I look forward to seeing ever more Toppers at Burghfield.

26th September

Windward / leeward course for the Asymmetric fleet

Windward / leeward course for the Asymmetric fleet

We are pleased to announce that the race officer instructions have been updated to allow windward / leeward course for the Asymmetric fleet as requested. Our thanks go to Rob Martin for updating all the documentation which has now been passed to the Race officers. We wish you all the best with your sailing.

All Racing sailors (whether Asymmetric or not) should read the new guidelines for the implementation of this by clicking the link below so that you are all aware of how it will run.

Sunday racing- Windward /Leeward Guidelines

6th September

Peter Tilbury

We are sad to announce the death of Peter Tilbury who was a founder member of Burghfield Sailing Club and Club Secretary from 1987 until 1995. Peter died on 4th September after a short illness. He was 82 and enjoyed life to the end. Many older members will remember Peter for his helpfulness and his tremendous contribution to the Club, including helping out as Secretary again in 1999. He had a passion for sailing in all forms but especially for the "Tub Fleet". He also had an exceptional knowledge of the birds on the lake.

5th September

Fleet Trophy Day 2012

Fleet Trophy Day- This Sunday!

The Annual Fleet Trophy day takes place this Sunday, 9th September 2012.

Racing is in the normal Sunday Fleets but there are three races from 11am with two to count overall. The second two races are held back to back in the afternoon, so come along for this special event and pit you skills against each other in the lovely Indian Summer weather!

Mike Lyons Trophy Haul

Burghfield sailors go round the island

A number of BSC boats ventured east last Saturday for the 54th Isle of Sheppey race.

Congratulations to Mike Lyons who not only won it overall, but also picked up 'first across the finish line', 'first single hander', and 'first medium handicap'. Just as well his wife Petra was on hand to help carry the trophies!

Other BSC results were Paul Taylor (Blaze) in 7th, Mike & Charlotte Bell (Icon) 14th, and David Angwin (Halo) 33rd.

Race Website

24th August

Burghfield is officially Top Club!

Burghfield has just won the Top Club prize at the RS200 nationals down at Exe Sailing Club :)

Ian Sharps and Ellie Martin were 14th, Chris Catt and Ally were 17th, Chris Martin and Eddie Glenny 18th and Dave Steed and Katharine Martin 22nd. We had seven Burghfield boats out in a fleet of 87.

There are results and photos on yachts and yachting and the rs website: http://uk.rs200sailing.org/ and http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/165408/Noble-Marine-RS200-nationals-day-5.

20th August

Wednesday Evening Racing- The Final Race

This Wednesday unfortunately sees the end of the 2012 Wednesday evening series and as usual it will finish with the Bloodbath!

For those who have not raced this before it is a different format to the normal personal handicap pursuit. the race is a lap timed handicap (same as Sunday racing) in which all competitors start at the same time (6.50pm for everyone) on a long long start line and race until the race officer finishes the race (approx 45-60 mins) Times are taken for each competitor and finishing positions created from them based on the handicap of the boats. Fun Fun Fun!

Prize giving for the main Wednesday Evening Series will also take place after supper, so make the most of the series and come along to the grand finale!

16th Aug

Lottie Harland

Junior Committee

It is very exciting to announce that Lottie Harland is starting a committee of junior members of Burghfield. If, as a junior sailor, you have ideas about what you want to do at Burghfield whether you want to organise a party or a race or water games, either speak to Lottie directly or email .

The club will listen to all suggestions, even the daft ones, because we want you to come to Burghfield and enjoy yourselves. If you want to help Lottie with the running of events remember how good that will look on your C.V. and how many more friends you will make.

Development Day 1st September 2012

The topic for this session is RACING TIPS. Graham and Zoe Camm are very experienced Burghfield sailors and are willing to guide you to better performance in a race.

The Saturday session will start at 11.00 am and finish at 4.00pm, with a break for lunch. The level of tutoring will be geared towards your ability as a sailor. Simply turn up rigged by 11.00 am on Saturday 1st September.

13th July

push your boat out day

21 July 1pm- RYA 'Push your Boat out Day

In a little over a week the RYA is asking all clubs to celebrate sailing in recognition of the forthcoming Olympics and with that in mind we have organised a special day of fun and activities from 1pm into the evening and hope that as many club members and their friends will join us to see how many boats we can get on the water. Not only about sailing the day is definitely also about socialising and we hope that you can come down, bring some BBQ food and join in. Please bring as many friends as you can, club boats and Berkshire Sail Training boats will be available to hire if you need extra boats for small nominal charitable donations.

For more detail about the event please click the link below that will take you to an online version of the special newsletter which was recently sent out.

Th aim of the day is FUN FUN FUN, with prizes being awarded for best dressed up boat, best dressed up people (sailors and non sailors alike) and best of all -- best dressed cake!

So check out the newsletter and come along- wouldn't it be wonderful to see an empty boat park and a lake crammed to bursting with boats!

'Push your boat out day' link

13th June

feva nationals

RS Feva National Junior Champion

Burghfield sailor Will Dolin (crew), and Tom Darling (helm, Hayling Island SC), attended the RS Feva National Championships over the Jubilee long weekend and became British National Junior Champions. There was a strong fleet of 105 dinghies representing most of the main sailing clubs in the UK. The fleet also included several former Feva sailor who have moved on to 29ers and 420s. Strong winds on Saturday & Sunday’s selection series (22-26 knots ) quickly separated the sailors into Gold and Silver fleets, with a large number of boats retiring because of the strong conditions. The final series was sailed in light shifty winds on the Monday and 18-22 knots with heavy driving rain on the Tuesday. The boys enjoyed the fresh conditions and the adrenalin rush of planning at full speed in the strong winds.

7th June

Burghfield Blast


This Sunday is our annual foray into Short course racing....

A fantastic event that has gained in popularity over the years and now has a very strong following. What better way to practice your starting technique than to take part in a day of Short course racing. There will be a briefing at around 10.15 on the morning of the event by the race officer if you are not familiar with the format, but let me assure you, it is not an event to miss!

Jeremy Carey
Principal Race Officer

29th May

AC development day

Want to develop your sailing skills?

Recently learnt to sail and want to develop your sailing skills further, or have been sailing for a while but still want to improve.

No better way to do it than to join in at the first of this years' Admirals Club development days this coming Saturday(2nd June). Be ready to be on the water by 1.30pm where experienced sailor and long time club member Steve Townsend will be there to give you a few hints on how to get the most out of your sailing!

See you there.

13th May

BSC Open Day 2012

Burghfield Sailing Centre Open Day 2012 - A great time had by all

On Saturday May 13th 2012 as the Olympic torch set off on it's journey around the British Isles, lead by three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie, over 200 members and guests took to the water at our annual open day. Sporting their new blue vests, volunteers from Berkshire Sail Training, Burghfield Sailing Club and Sailability were on hand to help families and racers find out what the sailing centre has to offer.

4th May

Comet Open

Comet Open

Twelve visitors from all over the South of England sailed at Burghfield’s Comet Open on 28th April despite the cold and wet day. However, there was a good wind blowing down the lake allowing the first beat of the first race to be set the length of the water. There were numerous changes in position in the first race, with Michael Ettershank (Eyott SC) eventually taking line honours. In race two Bob Dodds (Crawley Mariners YC) led for most of the race, but was caught by Burghfield sailor Chris Robinson when he almost capsized, and then sailed to the wrong mark. The last race was initially led by Chris Robinson, but he was eventually caught by Ian Stone (Maidenhead SC) who went on to win. However, Chris held off Bob in a tacking duel on the last beat to the finish second in the race, which was sufficient to win the event.

2nd May


Please help us improve sailing provision at the club!

The sailing committee has, over recent meetings been considering what we might do to improve what the club offers for both racing and recreational sailors alike. To this end the committee has put together a survey that we would ask ALL MEMBERS to undertake so that we can, if requested, make changes to what the club offers.

The survey is aimed at all members, and, as a members club- YOUR VOICE COUNTS.

It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete and would help the committee and the club immeasurably to ensure that it provides what you want out of being a club member. Please note: the most valuable information is made in the comments boxes so don't hold back your views!

Please complete the survey by Sunday 20th May 2012

Click below to take the survey.


1st May

Itchenor sailing club

Admirals Go to Sea 14th & 15th July

The Admirals Saturday Sailors have organised an alternative venue for their trip to sea this year due to the Olympics taking place in Weymouth and you are invited to take part. Places are strictly limited as the venue although a large club can only accommodate about 12 extra boats so please if you'd like to come along be sure you're fully committed or you'll be preventing someone else from enjoying the sailing. We will be going to Itchenor Sailing Club (in Chichester Harbour). The club is very well catered for with superb facilities (they have over 1600 members - half of which sail fixed keel boats). Although space is limited for storage and launching they will find us space to store our boats over the weekend on their storage deck and boats can be launched easily all day from their jetty. Sailing in the harbour is purported to be excellent and it certainly is a great location.

Whilst organised by Admiral's Saturday Sailors, we would like to encourage any member of BSC interested to join us.

For more details and how to book see Admirals go to sea

BSC's Charles Gilchrist is shown the ropes (Click to enlarge)

Oppie Club kicks off for 2012

BSC's Oppie Club kicked off again last Sunday 22nd April, with a great turnout from kids and parents alike.

Celebrating 25 years of introducing youngsters from the age of 7 to the fun of sailing, start Group for beginners and progressing through levels 1 and 2 and on to racing read more about BSC's Oppie Club here

Prize Giving

Frostbite Series- Prize Giving

This Sunday 22nd April we will be holding the prize giving for the Frostbite series and the Commodore’s Cup. Please stay for lunch and cheer on the champions as they step up to the podium.

Charles Gilchrist
Rear Commodore Sailing

16th April

Wed eve racing

Wednesday Evening Racing kicks off this week

The first of the very popular Wednesday Evening Racing series is i just two days time, and though the temperatures might not be what we have come to expect at this time of year, the wind is looking good for this first event!
The pursuit starts at 6.50pm and runs for 70mins, don't forget that once off the water there will be a lovely supper available up in the club house to warm you up!

For those that raced last year your corrected personal handicap start time can be found by Clicking this link, those who are new to racing can find information about doing your first race here.

Look forward to seeing you on the water!

2nd April

RS200 Winter and Spring Training

Following the cancellation of the first spring training the RS 200 fleet have organised a free training event on Saturday the 14th of April. Coaching will be run by club members Ian Sharps and Chris Martin and is open to all standards. Depending on numbers the training may be split into groups. The training will be tailored to suit those turning up and the conditions.

Participation requires pre-registration to ensure that the correct number of safety boats and driver can be booked.
If you intend to come along on this date please use the pre-registration link below and complete all elements of the form so that you can be easily contacted about the event. More details about the novice training will be available closer to the time.


Thanks, and look forward to seeing you there.

Ian Sharps and Chris Martin

28th March

Clive Eplet Talk postponed

Clive Eplet Talk Postponed

Tonight's Talk From Clive Eplet 'From Front to Back', has, due to unforeseen circumstances been postponed. If you were planning on coming to the talk we apologise for the inconvenience that this might cause, rest assured that the talk will take place at a later date!

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