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News - April 2006

RS400 News

2006 GUL Club Championship Round Three

The third round of the RS400 GUL club championship qualifiers are this Sunday 21st May at the club. We have had 16 400's take part so we now qualify for a maximum five boat team in the finals. It is also the qualifiers for the RS200 this weekend so we could have a good number of RS boats on the water.

All the details are on the Club Champs page.

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Friday Night Youth Training Starts Tonight

We've had a great response to this and are expecting around 20 sailors for the first session!

This is aimed at the older / more experienced sailors (generally Oppie Club Group 3 upwards) who want to spend extra time on the water with coaching, improving their sailing and racing skills. However, the session tonight will also provide coaching for anyone wanting to join the Regatta Fleet at the Optimist Open on Saturday 6th May.

Open to Oppies, Toppers, Fevas, Picos, Laser Radials and Laser 4.7s

Starts Friday 5th May 2006
6.30pm to 8pm.

See Youth Sailing for more details. Please if you are planning to attend.


29th/30th April - Blaze Open Meeting

18 Blazes competed in our annual Blaze Open Meeting over the weekend. Half of the boats were visitors and the other half made up by a strong showing from the club fleet.

After the training on Saturday, one race was completed in the afternoon. The plan on Sunday way to alternate racing with the club fleet in order to make best use of the water. The first race was started at 10.15 in what turned out to be the best Breeze of the day. After that, the wind died away but one more race was completed alongside a much-depleted club fleet.

The results are available here and a full report will follow shortly.


29th April - Blaze Open Training

17 Blazes took part in the Blaze training on Saturday 29th April ahead of the open meeting on Sunday 30th.

Clear skies and a variable wind ensured that everyone had to keep their wits about them to make the most of the conditions.

Ex Burghfield commodore, Steve Townsend led the training with tuning advice offered by local Blaze supremo Mike Lyons (also a past commodore).

The day was nicely rounded off with free beer in the bar.

Sailing Development Day

29th April - Sailing Development Day

Half a dozen boats of all shapes and sizes took advantage of the first Sailing Development day of the season on Saturday 29th April.

The aim of these days is to help club members improve their sailing and help get them towards club racing. It doesn't matter where you are on the learning curve or what type of boat you sail as the training is adapted to the requirements of the group.

Thanks go to Caroline and Nick Martin for running an excellent day's sailing.

Be Cool!

28th April - BSTC Cool club

The "Cool Club" which Berkshire Sail Training Centre started last year, gives 11-18 year olds the opportunity to have fun, gain more experience, race and/or consolidate their skills and techniques.

It runs every Tuesday evening from May 2 to August 29.

More Information...


27th April - Boats: 60 - Wind: 0

Over 60 boats turned up for the first Wednesday Evening Pursuit race of 2006 last night. An excellent start to the 18-race series.

Unfortunately, the wind didn't turn up as hoped and the fleet was becalmed for much of the race. Unfortunate, that is, for everyone except the Optimists! They put what little early breeze there was to good effect to get well clear and bring in a clean sweep of the first 5 places.

The fact that they were singing with 10 minutes still to go, made it pretty clear that they did not expect to get caught. Dan Bullock - one of the younger Oppie Sailors - managed to slip away from the rest of the Oppies to get a good leg ahead. He was the only boat to complete a full lap and there was some concern that he might start lapping the RS 400 fleet.

Full Results...

RS400 news

27th April - RS400’s to visit Lee on Solent Sailing Club

The 4’s are off to Lee for a day’s club racing with the Lee on Solent 400’s on Saturday 27th May 2006. Lee have a strong fleet of 400's and is a very friendly club. This will be an opportunity to practise some sea sailing before the nationals at Mounts Bay in August.

For more information look up the RS400 fleet page or email me at

Sunny with light winds from the West

26th April - Evening Pursuit Starts Today

It looks as if the recent grey weather has broken just in time for the start of our Wednesday Evening Pursuit Series.

The wind is forecast to be around 5-8 MPH from the West. If that holds, it should be a very pleasant start to the series and a great chance to get away from the office and out on the water mid-week.

The personal handicaps have been published so please check that you know your start time.

See you there (and don't forget the sun cream)...

Speed Sailing Trophy

24th April - New: Speed sailing Trophy

Every now and again, a suggestion is made at a committee meeting where everyone just looks at each other and says "Wow - great idea!".

Jeremy Carey's Speed Sailing Trophy was one of those cases. With the advent of GPS, it is possible to calculate boat speed very accurately. So, Jeremy's idea was to hold a bi-annual trophy for the fastest recorded time, he will even lend out his GPS so that everyone can join in.

Something for the fast boats, I hear you say. Nope! All times will be corrected by Portsmouth Yardstick so the Optimists have just the same chance as the speed machines.

If only all decisions at Committee meetings were so easy!

Full Details...

Challenger trimarans

21st/22nd April-Challenger Open

Burghfield SC and Burghfield Sailability together hosted the Challenger Open on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of April. For those who haven't heard of it, the Challenger is a trimaran designed for use by disabled sailors. Though the sun came out and the temperatures rose to a very comfortable level, the wind decided not to join the party and the event was beset by light winds or no wind.

This did not, however prevent racing taking place and all fleets (Gold, Silver and Bronze) took to the water. Twelve challengers took part in the event and six races were completed with visiting sailor, John Draper largely dominating the Gold Fleet taking four bullets. This is not to say that he wasn’t given a run for his money as Graham Hall kept him on his toes throughout the event. Congratulations should go to home sailors Tony Lawton and Dave Vickery who won the Silver and Bronze fleets respectively.

Overall the event was a huge success and thanks should go to all those who gave up their time and helped, we look forward to hosting the event again next year.

For Sale

23rd April - New: Boats For Sale Page

Members can now advertise boats for sale on our new Boats For Sale page.

If you have a boat for sale, please send the details by email to the address given on the new page.

Who turned the wind off?

23rd April - No Racing

Sadly, this Sunday was the complete opposite of last week. Those who arrived at the club in the morning were met with by a cold drizzle and almost no wind. As the morning progressed, the rain stopped but the wind died away to leave a complete mill pond. In the end there was no point even attempting a start and racing was abandoned for the day.

Mark Hayzelden - the inspiration behind the Asymmetric Series which was due to start this weekend - was heard to mutter words like "Jinxed" and "Cursed" as we also struggled to find enough wind to run the inaugural Asymmetric Series last year.

Wednesday Evening Racing

April 21st - Wednesday Evening racing Approaches

Last year, our Wednesday Evening Series was arguably one of the most successful mid-week series at any club in the country. A record breaker by almost any measure you choose to look at. We had more entries, more qualifiers and bigger races than ever before. What is more, we had some of the closest racing between sailors of the widest possible range of experiences.

The good news is that it all starts up again next week on the 26th April.

Personal Handicaps have now been published along with full notes and updated start times in the Wednesday Evening Section.

Introdction to Racing

20th April - Introduction to Racing

Around 40 people - including many new members to the club - attended the Introduction to racing evening presented by , our Rear Commodore Sailing.

The evening was split in to three sections, starting with a simple introduction to how races are organised, with particular emphasis on the Wednesday Evening Series which starts next week.

There was then a break for Supper followed by a section on the essential rules which are needed to get around the course safely. Then, after another short break, there was a section on some tactics and strategy.

If you missed this and would have liked to attend, please see the note below regarding email addresses.

Sophie White

19th April - Sophie White 5th in 29er Eurocup

Sophie White and Andrew Fielder were placed 5th in a strong field of 30 boats in the first round of the 29er Eurocup. Sophie and her family are regulars at Burghfield and we wish them the best of success with the rest of this series.

Sophie and Andrew are supported by Harken and The Rope Loft.

Full Report...

Burghfield Sailing Club

18th April - email address check

As part of our drive to keep costs down and to be kinder to the environment, the club is moving towards email and web downloads as the preferred method of communication.

If you have not received any mails from the club recently (the latest was today entitled "Introduction to Racing") but would like to receive future mails, please could you so that we have your up to date email address.

Each time we send out a mail, 20 or so addresses are bounced so if yours has changed recently, please let us know.

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14th April - Daniel Schieber wins 420 Youth Champs

Congratulations to Daniel Schieber who - crewing for Richard Mason - won the 420 Youth Champs at Weymouth last week. Daniel is a long time member of Burghfield who started out in our Oppie Club and returns to coach the Oppies or join in club racing whenever he has the chance.

Daniel would like to thank LDC Racing Sail Boats and the club for their support.

More Info...

Burghfield Sailing Club

16th April - Spring series kicks off with a bang

More than 50 boats joined the first races of the spring series, a fantastic turn out for an Easter Sunday. The weather played its part with sun and a force 2 breeze which had some interesting gusts.

The Enterprise fleet was strong again with "Team Jackson" back from their successes at the Enterprise Worlds. Richard Goss and John Vail were both out for the first time after recent surgery - we wish them well with their continued recoveries.

The RS 400 fleet had a dozen boats, including a number of new faces, for the first of the qualification races for the RS Gul Club Championships later in the year.

The Handicap fleet saw Ally Martin in her 470 as well as Jeremy Carey racing his Musto skiff for the first time, a great addition to our fleet.

Five Optimists sailed an inner loop course rather than being tucked away in the Oppie area, Something that we hope to see more of in 2006.

All in all, just what club racing should be and a great start to the season.

April Newsletter

15th April - April Newsletter now available

The latest copy of Breezes/Briefs is now available for download from the Publications Page. The promotional poster referred to in the Newsletter is also available from the same page.

Many thanks to , Editor.

Basilica Optimist National Club Championships

8th/9th April - Basilica Optimist National Club Championships

One of the home teams, Burghfield Beaters, battle with the eventual winners, Lymington Lancers, in increasing breeze on the first day of the Basilica Optimist Club Team Racing Championships held at Burghfield Sailing Club over the 8th and 9th April 2006.

Full Report...

29th April - Blaze Open Training

17 Blazes took part in the Blaze training on Saturday 29th April ahead of the open meeting on Sunday 30th.

Clear skies and a variable wind ensured that everyone had to keep their wits about them to make the most of the conditions.

Ex Burghfield commodore, Steve Townsend led the training with tuning advice offered by local Blaze supremo Mike Lyons (also a past commodore).

The day was nicely rounded off with free beer in the bar.

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