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Club Racing

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A brief summary of the various types of racing events that take place at Burghfield:

This is a guide only and for specific instructions relating to club racing please refer to the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

Race Start Times


First A.M Warning Signal

First P.M Warning Signal

Club Series

Cock of Burghfield

Fleet Trophy Day



Commodores Cup,

KGFS + Ladies Rosebowl



Burghfield Blast



Club Series - Frostbite, Spring, Summer and Autumn Sunday Racing

Sunday's are when the main racing at Burghfield takes place. The racing is organised into fleets and handicap racing, and the numbers on the water can vary between about 20 or 25 boats (when its cold and raining) to well over 100 (when its sunny and there is a good breeze blowing). The main racing that takes place at the Club. Organised into fleets and handicap races.

Bank Holiday Series

Most bank holiday weekends.

Wednesday Evening Pursuit Series

These events, held for approx. 18 weeks in the summer, are very popular - both with complete beginners to the racing scene, and to those who are a lot more experienced, it's the time when the lake is the most crowded! Wednesday evening races are a good time for beginners - the winds are generally lighter and the racing is less serious. Because of the Personal Handicap, you can get good racing against other boats, however skilled or un-skilled you might be. Start times range from 18:45 through to about 19:30 with the slower boats starting first. A mass finish is timed for 20:00 followed by a meal and drink in the Club .


The initial personal handicaps will be set to 50% of the values from the end of the previous year. If you have not sailed in this series before please read the Explanatory notes so that you have an idea of the way it works.

  • For those who are new to the series, or those who have changed boats, we will need to assign you with an initial personal handicap. Initially, it can be anything from -2 to +2 depending on your level of experience. Just follow these guidelines:
  • If you are new to racing, use -2 minutes, this will give you a bit of a head start.
  • If you are a reasonably competent club racer, start from the scratch time for your boat.
  • If you are a competitive racer comfortable at open meetings, use +2 to give yourself a challenging race.

Of course, you can use -1 and +1 if you fit in the middle somewhere. Please note that most people in the fleet will already have personal handicaps from previous years so you are just trying to pick a number which will slot you in at the right place. If you are unsure please ask. Should we feel you have got it wildly wrong, your handicap may be manually adjusted for your second race but after that it will only be done automatically.

If you are fairly new to racing, then there are lot of pointers to further useful information on the Introduction to Racing pages.

The following one-day private racing events, also covered by the Notice of Race, shall also form the Club Championship:

Open Meetings

Each of the fleets that are sailed regularly at Burghfield normally has an Open Meeting at the club at some stage during the year. Visitors travel, often up to 150 miles, to attend these events. Visitors from other clubs find the Burghfield Open Meetings very popular - because of the good competition, the way the events are run, the location of the club and the friendliness of the people here at Burghfield. For more details, check the Club Calendar

National Championships

Burghfield also run National Championships and National Inland Championships for a number of different classes each year. The actual boats and classes involved change every year, as the classes like to visit different venues. Burghfield has held National events for Moths, Larks, Optimists, Fevas, RS classes, Laser classes, Enterprises, Comets and many others in recent years. Please check the Club Calendar for details

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