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News - December 2016


Membership Renewals

8 Dec 2016 - The vast majority of membership renewals have been sent by email today. There are a dozen or so that need updating, and a few to post - they will be sent tomorrow. However, if you do not receive your renewal form by email (but would have expected to do so), please contact the club office as soon as possible.

Please note:
The Direct Debit option has been changed to a rolling, 12 month payment plan. If you wish to pay by direct debit, please ensure we have received a SIGNED copy of your renewal form by 31st December 2016. You will be emailed a link to sign up for the direct debit plan through GoCardless. We do not see any of your bank details. GoCardless offers the club cheap, fast and secure payment processing. GoCardless accesses the direct debit network through its sponsor RBS and is registered with the FSA as a Small Payments Institution. For further information please visit www.gocardless.com

Senior Members Full membership for over 65s is £102. The boat/board registration and boat parking fees are the same, regardless of membership type. The fee charged in section 5.Your Fees on your renewal forms should already be showing the reduced fee.

A full list of the 2017 Fees can be found here

Rule changes 2017-2020

Rule Changes: An Evening with Chris Simon - 7 December 2016

2017 - 2020 Racing Rules of Sailing
Rule Changes

Wednesday, 7th December 2016
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.

The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) are revised and published every four years by World Sailing, the international authority for the sport.

The RYA, as the World Sailing, Member National Authority for the UK, makes ‘National Prescriptions’, (which are variations to certain areas within the rules) and publishes them together with other addenda.

The new rules will apply between from January 2017.

Chris Simon (NJ, NU, NRO) and RYA Thames Valley Rules Advisor will be hosting an evening to explain the changes to the current rules. The evening is suitable for racers at all levels.

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Volunteer Requests

Hopefully the last request of the year.....we're currently looking for:

11 December 2016 - Safety Boat Officer

If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated. Please remember that you can always swap into an earlier date if you have already been allocated a duty, or if you haven't completed 2 - 3 duties during your membership year we can allocate a duty to you.

Members are reminded that it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you will have difficulty attending.

Further details about all volunteer duties can be found on the website HERE

Updated: 06 December 2016 17:15

The rosters for 2017 are available - please sign up for your preferred duty as soon as possible

Committee Boat

Thank You - Committee Boat

As some members will be aware the Committee Boat engine gave up completely last Sunday. In a mammoth effort to resolve the issue before the Phantom & D-Zero Open meeting, and to ensure it was ready for racing this Sunday HUGE thanks go to Peter Colvin, Peter Langdon, Andrew Leigh, Wynn Kenrick and Alan Money (plus a few hours from Ian Bullock) for spending a bitterly cold Friday, working until past dark to get the engine changed and running, and the boat back on the water. Great job -Thank You!

BSTC Instructor

Wanted - RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor

The Centre are looking for a seasonal RYA Senior Dinghy Instructor to join their team. The role involves delivering high quality activities to young people and adults. The successful candidate will mainly work with schools in term time and with public courses during the holiday periods.

If you are interested in joining us at the Centre, please telephone us on 01189 303467, or email either: or

Christmas at Burghfield

2016 Christmas Series

The slightly edited Christmas Series will have four races this year with three to count. There will be two races on Sunday 18 Dec and two on Monday 2nd January 2017. There will be no Boxing Day race this year.

Because of the nature of the series, it is expected that the members who decide to race in this series will offer to do a race/safety role whether they have paid the waiver fee or not. These duties are considered separate to the normal duty system. Average points will be available (as per normal racing) if you sign-on on the day of a duty. So, if you do offer to help, you will not lose out in the series.

If you intend to do the series, please be generous and offer your assistance as without volunteers, no racing will take place. There is a sign up form in the clubroom or please let or know

Needed: SRO, AROs, Safety Helms and Crew, Results and Bar (1 member also a keyholder)

CATERING during the Christmas Series:

The galley will be OPEN as usual on Sunday 18th December, but will be CLOSED on 25th December and 1st January. Club racing has not been scheduled for these Sundays.


2017 Duty Rosters have been Uploaded

Please CHOOSE Your Preferred Duty Date NOW

All Weekend Sailing, Bar and Working Party duties for January to June 2017 have now been uploaded to the Dutyman system.

Following the very successful trial (using the sailing roster) for the Autumn rosters, members can for a very limited time, sign-up for their preferred dates, directly on the Dutyman system. Simply login to Dutyman and select the date/duty you wish to volunteer for.

The sign-up will be available until 9am Wednesday 7th December 2016. At this point all remaining duties will be automatically rostered.

Members are reminded that they are expected to complete 2-3 duties each year (excluding Wednesday evenings and the Christmas series which are rostered separately). Please sign up for at least one duty between January and June.

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