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News - October 2018

National 12 and OK Open

2018 National 12 & OK Open Meeting (Rescheduled from March) - 20th October 2018

The aim of the day is sprint racing - fast and furious, quick turnarounds and lots of challenging fun. As many races as possible over the course of the day on a simple course.

Pre-registration with a discounted entry fee is available until midnight 17 October 2018.

Single-Hander Pre-registered: £15
Double-Hander Pre-registered: £21

Single-Hander Entry after 17 October: £20
Double-Hander Entry after 17 October: £26

More Details, NOR and Pre-registration Here

Burghfield Blast

2018 Burghfield Blast - 28 October 2018

What is it?

The short answer: Short course, rapid fire sprint racing.

Longer answer: We will try and set a course which will take 15-20 minutes with a finish on a separate line from the start but in the same area of the lake.

Initially, classes will start in the same sequence as for normal Sunday racing but as soon as all of a particular fleet has finished, they will be re-added to the back of the queue for another start. Given the right number of entries, we should also have a Juniors class for Oppies, Toppers, Fevas, Laser 4.7's etc.

In an ideal world, the races will take about the same length of time as a complete set of starts so you should have a few minutes to get your breath back and then be ready to go again.

How many races?

As many as we can. We will plan to race for about an hour and a half, then break for lunch, followed by another hour or two for more races. Depending on the conditions, we would be hoping for between 6-10 races per class.

What time?

The first start is at 11.00.

Sounds like a blast!

Yep, that's the idea. Short races are loads of fun. Lots of starts, lots of close tactics before the fleet gets spread out and if you have a bad race you get another chance almost straight away.

OK - so where do I sign up?

Just turn up on the day and sign in as normal.

If you have any questions, please send a mail to


Bonfire Night - Friday, 2nd November 2018

Join us of a fun filled evening of flames, smoke, bangs and excitemnet as we commemorate Guy Fawkes and his flaming ways.

Guy building competition 18:30
Soup & Hot Dogs
Guy Fawkes Parade
Lighting of the Bonfire 20:00

Tickets: Adults - £6 / under 16s - £4.50

More Details and Book Tickets Here

IOCA TV Training

IOCA (UK) Thames Valley Optimist Winter Training & Regatta - 2018/19

IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Area will be running a series of training days between November 2018 and March 2019. There will also be a regatta at the end of the training for sailors who have attended winter training at IOCA Thames Valley and IOCA South areas.

The fee is £165 for six days training and the regatta.

For more experienced sailors
There is an option for sailors who are at a level of experience at RYA Zone squad and above to attend for the six coaching days without the regatta at the end. The fee for this is £150.

For the Optimist training you must be a member of IOCA. For membership details see the IOCA website

Register for IOCA(UK) Thames Valley Training

Saturday 3rd November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
Saturday 19th January 2019
Saturday 2nd February 2019
Saturday 2nd March 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019 (tbc)
Saturday 30th March 2019

This training is very popular, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Wed Winter Talks

Wednesday Winter Talks - No.1 Water Safety - 7 November 2018

As some members may be aware, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Servce (RBFRS) occasionally use Burghfield to train on their water rescue craft.

Steve Kingston, will be joining us from the RBFRS specialist Water Rescue team for the evening to explain how the team works and the importance of Water Safety. It promises to be a very interesting and entertaining evening.

Bar open from 18:30
Evening starts promptly at 19:30

As for previous winter talks there will be a short break for supper at approx 20:15 then the talk will continue. Supper must be pre-booked no later than Monday 5th November.

Please book your place and pre-order supper as soon as possible

2018 Annual Awards

2018 Annual Awards Dinner - 24 November

It is that time of year again where we recognise the bold and the brave, in celebrating their achievements on and off the water. This isn’t an evening all about the winners though, (although obviously shiny stuff will change hands as achievements do need to berecognised). However, this evening is all about the taking part, first or last, come and celebrate the sport that keeps us all on the water whether wet, cold, hot, tired, exhausted or exhilarated,we always come back for more!

Arrival: 19:00, Carriage: 23:00
Dress Code: Lounge Suits/Cocktail Dresses
Tickets: £26 per head

Seats are limited, please do book early to avoid disappointment.

Guests and non-members welcome.
Bottles of wine will be available to purchase on the night - cash or cheques accepted.
Please note the bar accepts cash only.

More Details, Book Tickets and Select Menu Options

Youth Training

2018 Burghfield Youth Training

Following on from the successful training in 2017, the 2018 training is open to all BSC members aged under 18. These Saturdays are aimed at improving racing skills alongside other young sailors. Suitable for all sailors, whether new to racing or experienced on the national circuit. Sorry, but Optimists may not attend these sessions.

Non-members may crew for BSC members for £5 and parents/guardians may crew for under 18s.

Meet rigged and ready for a briefing at 10:00. We aim to finish the day by 16:00.

Upcoming dates are:
•Saturday 24th November

We will endeavour to add more dates throughout the year.

Pre-registration online is essential and can be found here.

Wed Winter Talks

Wednesday Winter Talks - No.2 BSC Sailing Instructions - 12 December 2018

The Burghfield Sailing Club Sailing Instructions have been updated for the start of the 2019 race season.

Ian Bullock, BSC Principle Race Officer will spend the evening guiding you through the updates and important changes. We would highly recommend that all racers, Senior Race Officers, Assistant Race Officers and Safety crews attend.

This evening is free of charge.

Please book your place and pre-order supper as soon as possible

Autumn Series

2018 Autumn Series - 7 October 2018

Sunday 7th October sees the start of the 2018 Autumn Morning and Afternoon Series. The series is 10 weeks long, ending on 16th December (with a break on 28th October for the Burghfield Blast).

The racing is organised into fleets and handicap racing, and the numbers on the water can vary depending on the weather!

Fast Asymmetric - 11:00 and 13:30
Fast Handicap - 11:03 and 13:33
Slow Handicap - 11:06 and 13:36
Optimists - 11:09 and 13:39

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