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News - June 2017

Oppie Training

Optimist Pathway Training

The first pathway training session at Burghfield happened on Saturday, 10th June 2017. The 6 optimist sailors enjoyed champagne sailing conditions with sun and wind! The session was led by Dan Bullock and supported by Peter Baddeley.

Pathway training is designed to support club junior sailors who want to progress through the RYA pathway route. RYA Pathway - More Details

Further sessions are planned for July and August for both Optimist and Feva Sailors.

Please contact Fiona Baddeley for more details.

Our first optimist class event will be the optimist nationals where we plan to run a couple of Burghfield club socials in the evening.

Road Closure - 17/18 June 2017.

The road from the M4 between the railway bridge/canal bridge and the club has been closed for emergency repairs. The road will be closed all weekend.

Access to the club will be from the Deans Copse Road end only.

Battle of Burghfield

Battle of Burghfield - 17th June, 13.30

A battle between opposing Navies to capture your opponents’ flags, disable their fleet and collect the treasure!

It gets messy! It gets wild! It gets competitive! Great fun for all the family.

If you’d like to use a club boat for this event, please contact the club office.

Nervous Wrecks Donate

Nervous Wrecks - A Fantastic Fundraising Weekend!

The Nervous Wrecks event was set up to raise funds to support the work of West Berkshire Motor Neurone Disease Association and Burghfield Sailability. If you were unable to sail at the event, but would like to support the fundraising, raffle tickets are still available in the Club Office or please make a donation to this great cause

Nervous Wrecks report in Y&Y
Sportography.tv photos - net proceeds from sales being donated to the charities
Please Donate Here.

BSC Racing

Sunday Racing - New 2:1 Race Format - 11th June 2017

Over the next three Sundays (11th, 18th & 25th June) we will be trying out some new ideas to try and bring some variety to our racing.

The main thing that we will be trialling is 2 slightly shorter races back-to-back in the morning with a single race after lunch.

In addition, this will be a mini-series which includes all the races over three Sundays rather than the traditional long morning and afternoon series.

We are still finalising the details of fleets, start sequences and possibly even handicaps so look out for some tweaks there as well.

We very much hope that you will come along, enjoy the racing with an open mind and give lots of feedback afterwards.

See you at 10:15 on Sunday 11th for a briefing which will outline the plan and the changes.

Ian Bullock (PRO)

Races 1, 2 and 3 on Sunday 11th June will also be used to award the
Commodore’s Cup.

Admiral's Club

Admiral’s Club Boat Handling: Spinnakers - 10th June 2017

A fun and informative Sailing development session starting at 13/30, being led by Kevin Druce and covering:

• How to rig the Spinnaker
• Safe launching of the Spinnaker
• Different racing modes to get the most out of your Spinnaker
• Safe recovery of the Spinnaker

If you’d like to use a club boat for this event, please contact the club office.


Comet Championships, Sponsored by Noble Marine

Burghfield hosted the Comet Championships, sponsored by Noble Marine, over the bank holiday. This incorporated the Comet Singlehander National Championships, and the Inlands for the Comet Duo and Comet Trio. The fleets had excellent racing on the Saturday, with good winds. In contrast there was no wind on the Sunday, and all racing was abandoned. This concluded the Inland Championships, with Nigel Ford, Olton Mere SC, winning the Duo event and Adrian and Tracie Padro, Shustoke SC, winning the Trios. The singlehanders continued racing on the Monday, with Chris Robinson, Burghfield SC, leading by a very narrow margin. The wind had barely improved from the previous day, but Race Officer Ian Bullock managed to complete three races. The lighter winds saw different sailors at the top, and the winner was Chris Hatton, Severn SC.

Photos from the event by Sportography.tv

Nervous Wrecks

Why we're running the Nervous Wrecks Event

In 2015, Peter Colvin, dad to Kat & Sophie (the inspiration behind the event), current Burghfield Rear Commodore, club stalwart and Burghfield Sailability supporter, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

MND is a rapidly progressing, incurable disease.

All entry fees and donations will be split 70% / 30% between Motor Neurone Disease Association (West Berkshire) and Burghfield Sailability by 31 July 2017.

  • The Motor Neurone Disease Association supports people diagnosed with MND, funds lifesaving research and life extending drugs.
  • Burghfield Sailability provides boating opportunities for all, regardless of disability.

  • Nervous Wrecks

    Nervous Wrecks - Sailing Instructions

    The Sailing Instructions for the weekend are now available HERE

    A copy will be posted on teh Official Notice Board in the clubroom, but individual copies will not be available. If you would like your own copy, please download and print.

    Nervous Wrecks Schedule

    Nervous Wrecks Schedule - Let's get ready to rumble!

  • Registration 09:00 - 10:30
  • Competitors' Briefing 11:15
  • First Warning 11:55

  • ** It is essential that we have all boats and sailors registered and entered into a scoring programme before the start of the virtual distance race. So, if you haven't already registered, please contact as soon as possible.

  • Registration 09:00 - 09:45
  • Competitors' Briefing 10:15
  • First Warning 11:00

  • Please click on the picture for a larger image.


    Burghfield's Nervous Wrecks - 3 & 4 June 2017

    A fantastic, Club charity fundraising weekend in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association & Burghfield Sailability
    • Sat, 3rd June: 4hr Virtual Distance Race
    • Sat Evening: Hog Roast, Live Music & Beer
    • Sun 4th June: Handicap Racing - 4 races

    Pre-registration is now CLOSED - If you would still like to enter this event, please contact as soon as possible.

    What's a Virtual Distance Race?

    The 4 hour race on Saturday is a perfect opportunity for families or groups of friends to get together and race as a team.

    A team can be any number of boats and people but teams of 2 or three boats with 4-8 people will probably work best.

    When a boat completes a lap, a virtual distance will be calculated based on the handicap of the boat and the length of the course, the aim is to sail as far as possible in the four hours. For a team, the average virtual distance will be calculated for all of its boats.
    The course will come close to the shore so that team members may swap boats as many times as they like and sail as many different boats as they like.

    For example, a family of 4 with a double hander and an Oppie could enter and the kids could alternate in the Oppie and also jump in the double hander for a few laps. All the time that they manage to keep both boats lapping they will be accruing virtual distance.

    If you feel up to sailing for 4 hours then just enter a single boat and go for it.

    More Details, NOR & SIs

    For Burghfield members who wish to just race on the Sunday the entry fee is optional, but greatly appreciated. Think of it as a recommended donation. To help with planning please remember to register for the event


    Sailability Session - Cancelled - 8 June 2017

    Due to the forecast for high winds and rain this evening (8 June 2017), the Sailability Session has been cancelled.

    Hope to see you all again next week.

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