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News - 2014

24th November

Draycote Dash

Burghfield Success at Draycote

The Draycote Dash, the first of the winter sailjuice series, took place last weekend. Four races on the Saturday in a gradually decreasing wind with a 'Draycote Drift' long persuit race on the Sunday.

Three Burghfield boats made it into the top ten - Mike Lyons won the event sailing a Blaze Halo, Simon Potts & Ally Martin came 5th in a Merlin, and Ann Jackson & Alan Skeens made 10th in an Enterprise.


5th November

BSC logo

Annual General Meeting

The 41st AGM will be held in the Clubhouse on Thursday 13th November 2014 at 7.30 pm.

Final Agenda and other documents can be downloaded here

18th October 2014

Devoti D-Zero

Test sail the amazing Devoti D-Zero at Burghfield Sailing Club

18th October 2014 Start time 10.30 am

The Devoti D-Zero is from the builders of the most successful Finns ever. Devoti Finns have been the choice of every Finn Olympic Medal winner since 1996, including the most amazing run of three consecutive Golds, from the great Sir Ben Ainslie. You have the opportunity to test sail the Devoti D-Zero and are confident that you experience will live up to your expectations.

5th October


Burghfield RS200 Open Meeting 2014

Saturday 11 October 2014

Briefing 10.15, first start 11:00 am

Calling all 200 sailors. This is the penultimate event in the friendly and competitive South East Area Series and the only event of the 200 calendar where you have the chance to win a bottle of Sailor Jerry's in it's own hand crafted oak trophy.

Entry £17 pre entered or £19 on the day (£2 of this goes to SEAS).

More information

Click here to pre-enter

2nd October

Barts Bash Results - Burghfield in the top 10 clubs

Results are still rolling in to the Barts Bash website, but currently Burghfield are sitting at #5 in the top ten clubs participating, with 125 sailors shown.

Book the date for Barts Bash 2 next year: 20th September.

24th September

bb start

Inaugural BART'S BASH race 21 September 2014

Congratulations to everyone from the Club, BSTC and Sailability who took part together in the Bart’s Bash races to make the event a success. The excitement generated by the inspiration of one man is remarkable. As a result we achieved a buzzing atmosphere at the club giving us all something to talk about for years to come; a buzz that we get when the club puts on such large gatherings.

It was a good day for sailing with fine weather and some Force 4 in the morning dropping through 3 to 2 in the afternoon.

Between the three organizations we had fully integrated racing over the day with some astonishing totals.

Club Event Bart's & GBR
Total number of Boats 167 123
Silver Fleet am 35 25
Gold Fleet am 74 47
Silver fleet pm 26 25
Gold Fleet pm 32 26
Total Boat Km sailed 679 480

All in all this should qualify us, not just for inclusion in the Bart’s Bash results, but also, hopefully, as qualifiers for the Guinness Book of Records largest race in the world.

People have shown huge generosity for The Andrew Simpson Sailing Academy. We raised £635 at registration and at least a further £355 in online contributions.

There was, of course, a massive amount of behind the scenes organisation and extra work put in by many members of the Club, Training Centre and Sailability in staging the event for which much appreciation and many thanks are due. It was good to see how the three organizations working closely together can achieve success on a large and complicated event.

Ian Bullock, as PRO, took control of the racing side of the day and organised an augmented team of race officials who managed well under very hectic conditions. In addition to their race duties Peter Colvin, Peter Haddrell, Alan Glanville and Jean Dennis acted as Stewards.

Thanks also go to Graham and Paul, our two Independent Witnesses, who gave up their Sunday, even though they are not themselves sailors, to make sure our event was all above board and counted correctly.

Thanks also to Chris Phillips who was our official photographer for the day and I am sure there were some memorable moments captured by other photographers as well. There are some good photos on the BSC Facebook page.

The Club could not operate a fun session without the bar staff or the caterers. The caterers had a very long day, having been involved with the Oppie camp all weekend.

Finally our thanks to the Bart’s Bash team who got things moving from the start.

16th September

Barts Bash

Barts Bash

The excitement is mounting as arrangements for the Bart’s Bash event on Sunday 21st September are finalised. The inaugural Bart’s Bash is a sailing race that will be run by sailing clubs all around the world on behalf of the charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. It is for this cause that we are suggesting people could pay a £5 donation to take part.

The timetable for the day:-

9.00 Briefing for Stewards/Race officers/Rescue Officers  
9.15 Briefing for novice race competitors  
09.55 Countdown to Novice race 5-4-1-Go
10.00 Novice race  
10.15 Briefing for competitors in Main Race  
10.55 Countdown to Main Race 5-4-1-Go
11.00 Main Race  
12.15 Briefing for novice race competitors  
12.55 Countdown to Novice race 5-4-1-Go
13.00 Novice Race  
13.15 Briefing for competitors in Main Race  
13.55 Countdown to Main Race 5-4-1-Go
14.00 Main Race  

Catering will be available in the Clubhouse all day.

BST instructors are also offering to take out your friends and introduce them to sailing in the Novice Races.

Don’t miss out on supporting your club and being part of the greatest sailing race!

19th August

Bloodbath 2014

The Bloodbath - Wednesday 20th August

This Wednesday unfortunately sees the end of the 2014 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!

Wednesday 30th July BBQ

BBQ Wednesday Evening 30th July 2014

Kris will be preparing a BBQ after racing this coming Wednesday

Cajun Chicken
Jumbo Sausage
3 types of salad Potato/coleslaw/mixed leaves

Meat course £6.00
Vegetarian £5.75

Pre-order your food requirement & pay before racing please, you will be given a token which will correspond with your order request

Bring your friends


29th July

Burghfield Success at Abersoch

Two BSC Blazes and an Icon ventured to Abersoch last week for their dinghy week. Unfortunately the event was plagued by light or no winds resulting in almost half the racing being cancelled.

Despite this it was a great event and venue, and congratulations to David Entwistle (sailing a Blaze) who defied the conditions to come 2nd in the mixed single hander fleet.

1st July

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Floodline Developments Public Consultation - 12 July

Floodline Developments are holding a public consultation event at Burghfield Sailing Club and Burghfield Village Hall regarding the proposed planning application for a lakeside residential development and associated flood alleviation project on land adjacent to the Sailing Club.

Come along to the club from 3.30 - 6.30 pm on Saturday 12th July to find out more and put any questions to representatives of Floodline.

For more information see Floodline Development Poster

5th June

Saturday Social Sailing

Take part in fun sessions to help skills development, improving your sailing skills like tacking and gybing alongside building your confidence and meeting more members. Sessions will be tailored to the people who attend and the weather conditions on the day.

From 1:30 4:30 on Saturdays: Jun 14, 28, July 12, 26, Aug 9, 23

No need to book - just turn up on the day. Don’t forget you can use the club boats as well - contact the office to book and pay on the day (£10).

25th May

18th May

Rs Aero

RS Aero Demo Day - Wednesday 21st May

Come the try the latest single hander from RS Sailing on Wednesday 21st May. It's been called the 21st century Laser. Boats will be available from 10AM to 7PM.

The RS Aero weighs just 48KG all up. It should be much easier to pull up the beach than most other single handers we have at the club. There will be 3 rigs to try - 5, 7 and 9 SQM rigs. The 5 SQM rig is reputedly faster than a standard Laser.

The RS Aero costs just £4,870 - the same price as a Laser but twice as fast. If club members buy 5 boats before the end of the year, each boat will cost just £4,570.

5th May

open day

BSC and BSTC Open Day 2014
Saturday 17th May from 11am until 4pm

Saturday 17th of May sees the The Club and Sailing School open the doors again to welcome anyone who would like to find out more about learning, sailing and racing at Burghfield Sailing Centre. Weather permitting there will be the chance for all visitors to get out on the water with our crews and experience the fun of sailing. Last year we made over 300 runs with visitors of all ages; many of whom decided to join us on the spot.

Visitors should bring a spare set of clothes and shoes on the day, something to change into if they get wet. Hot food will be available all day in the Club House where everyone can relax and talk to other club members to gain an insight into the activities at this flourishing sailing venue.

If you enjoy sailing at Burghfield please encourage your friends, neighbours and colleagues to come a give us a try. The more the merrier.

Download the Poster (A4, PDF).

28th April

Not so slow?

OK, Solo & Comet Open - 26th April

A shifty, gusty southerly wind greeted the 36 boats who attended the OK Solo & Comet open meeting on Saturday.

OK Results
Solo Results
Comet Results

Club member Mike Proven kindly took some photos of the proceedings:

OK Photos
Solo Photos
Comet Photos

24th April


Saturday 3rd May: Treasure Hunt

Mark your calendars - on Saturday 3rd May we have the traditional start of season Treasure Hunt, starting at 1:30. It's a lighthearted event, where you have to sail around the lake to find clues to a location within the club, then solve the puzzles you find there.

All welcome, be ready to sail at 1:30. Meet under the balcony for a briefing. It's not a race and there's no time limit, but there will be a prizegiving at the end of the afternoon.

9th April

OKs at burghfield

OK Youth and Junior Championships at Burghfield

The OK class are holding their Youth and Junior championships on 24th of May.

This is open to helms under 20 years of age on 1st January 2014.

There are at least 4 boats available to borrow for suitably competent sailors. Anyone interested in having a go in this remarkable single hander should contact Deryck Lovegrove on 07721 674 028.
for more info on the OK go to OKDIA

7th April

Ages 17-71

Burghfield Blaze Open

25 Blazes hit the water this weekend at the BSC Blaze Open.

The event was convincingly won by Ben Pickering - at 17 the youngest member of the Blaze CA. He was presented with the prize by CA 'chair'man Paul Taylor, who at 71 is the oldest member of the CA.

Many thanks to Rob Jones & Myles Mence for helping out with training on Saturday, and Ian Bullock who did an excellent job as race officer.





Introduction to Wednesday Evening Racing 9th April

Ever thought of trying racing? The Burghfield Wednesday evening race is the ideal way of getting started with pursuit racing using personal handicaps which gives an advantage for slower sailors.

The first race is on Wednesday 16th April, and on the Wednesday 9th April there is a talk giving an introduction of what you need to know and do.

Food will be served from 6:30, with the talk from 7:30

1st April

Last Year

Blaze Open - 5th & 6th April 2014

The 2014 BSC Blaze Open is this weekend. Saturday will consist of training in the morning with a couple of races in the afternoon.

On Sunday, the Blaze races will be interleaved with club racing - one race before the morning club race and two more while club racers enjoy lunch.

More details here.

If you want to know more about the Blaze, please pop along on Saturday morning or

22nd March

Rules talk Wednesday 26th March 7.30pm

With the waters receding and the sun finally coming out it is time to start dusting off the sailing boots and getting on the water. Former match racer Ally Martin and PRO Chris Martin will be running a rules talk in the evening on Wednesday the 26th of March to help identify those tricky situations that come up in club racing and explain the rules behind them.

The talk will comprise of two sessions with dinner available from Kris in the galley in between. The first session will focus on specific rules that frequently come up in club racing with case studies. The second session will cover further case studies or questions from the audience. The talk will cover the rules in the situations:
  • Rounding the windward mark
  • Before the start
  • Running and reaching boats rounding the same downwind mark
  • Approaching obstructions (islands)

If you have any rules that you would like to be included please e-mail Chris: we will try to cover as many questions as possible.

The talk starts at 7.30pm. Entry is £5.
Please register HERE and give the caterers an idea of numbers for supper.

5th March


Icon Training & 'Try a Boat' Day - 29th March

Regular sailors at Burghfield will have seen Icons sailing over the last couple of years. For those of you that haven't, it's a new boat that was designed and developed by Cirrus Raceboats, current builder of the Blaze, and run by BSC member Mike Lyons. It differs from almost any other 2 person 'one design' developed in the last 20 years in that it only has two sails - the idea is it offers a modern alternative to such classics as the Enterprise.

The newly formed Icon Class Association is holding a training day on March 29th. It's open to both existing Icon sailors and anyone who is interested in trying the boat.

In order to have an idea of numbers, we'd be grateful if you could register here

For more information please email or visit their website.

3rd March

Prize ladder

Prizegiving Sunday 9th March

We plan to give out all awards due including the Autumn series and introduce the new management team at lunch time on 9th March. Charles will present the James Acton Memorial Shield as well.


Winter Talk Wednesday 26th February 2014


Guest speaker- Paul Handley C.Eng MRINA

Paul started his career with a degree in Ship Science at Southampton University, then worked at the Wolfson Marine Unit at the University, then for MotorBoats and Yachting magazine, next ISAF (then IYRU) and then on European boat safety standards as well as designing the following award winning boats: Mustang 30 cruiser/racer, RS Terra, Feva and QBA, RS100, RS K6 and the K1 and K2 keeled dinghies.

"I probably first set foot in a boat at Burghfield SC when my family were members of the club from around 1960 to 67. We went through my parent’s cine from that time and have plenty of film from the early 60’s at Burghfield".

The talk starts at 7.30pm. Entry is £5. Please register HERE and give the caterers an idea of numbers for supper.

21st February

Club Activities

The club is open for activity provided people travel via Theale please while Hangar Road towards Sheffield Bottom remains flooded.

The lake is very full and care must be taken about potential underwater hazards around the shore line.

There is a Working Party on Saturday. Many people have yet to check their boats. Given good weather and time, the Working Party will take photos and put boats back on their trailers.

14th February

Update on the flooding situation

We regret to say that there will be no club racing this Sunday 16th February. We all hope that next Sunday will be OK.

The river remains full and the road past the lake flooded, although work done by WBCC in cutting drains from the road to our lake has limited the extent of the flood towards Sheffield Bottom. The access from Theale remains dry (Friday pm) but adjacent water is very high.

The water in the lake is also very high and one-third of the lower boat park is flooded. Access to the Club via Theale is permitted for essential purposes only and members may wish to check their boats after this period of wind and rain. Where possible, a few boats in the most perilous situations have already been moved, so look around the boat park before looking across the lake. Please also be aware that there are inevitably many underwater trip hazards and obstructions in that section of the boat park.

12th February

Easter Sailing Course 2014

We are pleased to announce that the annual Optimist Easter course will take place on Monday April 7th to Thursday April 10th from 9.30 to 4.30 each day.

The fee will be £100 for members and £120 for non members. For RS Fevas the fee will be £150 per boat for members and £170 for non members

There will be three groups :

1. Novice (those who have spent last year in start but who are ready to move to group 1, plus any just in to group 1)

2. Start Racing (those moving from group 1 to 2 and those still in group 2)

3. Racers (group 3 and above)

If there is a demand there will be separate 4.7 and RS Feva groups.

Sailors will need a full wetsuit or drysuit and suitable footwear as the water can still be very cold at Easter.

We will run a house parent rota if sufficient volunteers come forward.

To register interest please email Fiona Baddeley or call on 07766447255

7th February

More information about access to the club

Further to the note below cancelling racing on Sunday, in view of the abnormally high river and groundwater levels West Berkshire Emergency Operations Centre has asked us to limit access to the club to that for essential purposes only and to cancel any events until further notice.

Essential access does not include driving through the flood water that is the reason for closing the road, which could be an offence. At present access via Theale is dry. We will let you know when we are aware of the position changing.

This evening (Friday) the Environment Agency website has the water level of the River Kennet only 2 cm off the highest recorded - with more rain forecast overnight.


Sunday racing cancelled

Formal racing on Sunday (9th February) is cancelled again due to flooding in the area and road closures. There is now a police road closed sign at the Arrowhead road junction (on the approach from the canal side).

We are trying to negotiate access with the authorities but they are fully committed reacting to extensive flooding around the area as groundwater levels are rising and causing flooding. More rain is expected.

7th Feb

4th February

RYA Sailability logo

Disability Awareness course - 1st March

BSC Sailability is running a one day course to provide the opportunity for club volunteers to receive practical advice and understanding of what is involved in working alongside disabled sailors. There will be a small charge of £5 to cover resources and refreshments.

For application form, please email before 20 February or after 21 February

3rd February

Laser 4.7 Race Coaching

Laser 4.7 Race Coaching

On the 17th and 18th February we will be running two days of Laser 4.7 Race Coaching at Burghfield SC. The coaching is aimed at sailors who have already been racing in other classes and have recently moved into the Laser 4.7. The focus will be on boat setup, handling and speed, although others aspects of racing will also be covered.

This coaching is limited to 6 sailors and at the moment we have one place remaining. If you are interested please e-mail . Cost is £50 for the two days.

The coaching will be led by Lottie Harland, an experienced and successful single-handed racer and qualified RYA Racing Coach. Lottie started her racing in Optimists in our own Oppie Club before moving to Toppers, then through Laser 4.7 and for the past three years she has been racing nationally and internationally in the Laser Radial.

More details...

22nd Jan


BSPS (Burghfield Sailing Photographic Society)

The new Burghfield Sailing Photographic Society. Beginners and experienced snappers welcome!

Meet second Tuesday of Every Month

£2 for members
£3 for Non Members

The Mission is to get everyone from beginners to those with loads of experience using their cameras as much as possible!

We have created a camera club where members can share their photos and also can get advice and feed back on anything photography related.

Come along and share your love for Photography!

Click here to take you to the Facebook Page to get updates on when BSPS is next meeting

17th January

Proceed with caution

An update on access to the Club

Roads to the Club re-opened this week and the drive is clear. The water level in the lake is still high, covering the concrete between the jetties but is slowly going down.

Following the recent rains, the road between Hose Hill and the Burghfield Road closed again yesterday - this section of road is particularly prone to flooding.

To sum up, the situation remains "fluid"!

14th Jan


Bloody Mary Winners

Congratulations to Graham and Zoe for winning the Bloody Mary.

Some more pictures here, courtesy of Alex Irwin, Sportography.tv

11th January

Road closed

Sailing cancelled this Sunday 12th January

The club has just spoken to the Environment Agency who have told us that the road outside the club is still not passable to normal cars without risk of damage and so it will remain closed over the weekend as water levels are expected to rise further over the next couple of days.

Furthermore, due to problems being caused by wash to houses at the Fox and Hounds public house end of the road by the traffic that is still using the road, the Agency is considering opening the canal bridge at Theale so no traffic will be able to use the road past that point.

Unfortunately this means we have no choice but to cancel sailing this Sunday and keep our fingers crossed that next week brings some drier weather.

10th January

Club entrance 10Jan14

Water, water everywhere!

Roads to the Club remain closed but the lake is filling up nicely via the drive!

4th January

Mike wins some cheese!

Burghfield Sailor Wins Oxford Blue

A number of Burghfield boats battled through torrential rain today to get to the inaugural 'Oxford Blue' race, which is part of the 'Sailjuice' series. Congratulations to Mike Lyons who won the event sailing a Blaze.

Series Results

A Blaze sailor's report

24 Sept

'Understanding the Weather' talk Wednesday 11th March 2015 @ 7.30pm
Simon Rowell is a weather expert he was the winning Clipper ‘Round the World’ race skipper in 2002 as well as Assistant Race Director in 2005.
He is an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster instructor and was Chief Instructor of UKSA until 2009. Simons in-deptch knowledge of weather systems stems from his university masters degree in Applied Meteorology.
His great teaching style and tailor made courses will inspire you to spending even more time looking at the weather but understanding it and making it imperative to look at the clods whilst racing.
This informative talk is a must see for any sailor.
Do please come along.
Wednesday 11th March 7.30 pm
Entry fee £5.00 per person
Supper will be available from the Galley
Bar open from 6.30pm

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