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News - August 2017

Burghfield SC Office Closed Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Apologies for any inconvenience but the Club Office will be closed Tuesday 22nd August 2017


Eight Bells...Tony Brailsford

Sadly, we have been informed by former BSC Commodore Chris Hay that Tony Brailsford passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, 16th August. He went into the Royal Berkshire Hospital the week before for treatment.

Tony joined Reading SC, sailing Enterprises before moving to Burghfield with his wife Sue. When dinghy sailing was reluctantly given up, he turned his very skilled hands to build model yachts and sailing them very successfully. It is estimated he built more than 100 International One Metre models derived from the Triple Crown design.

Our thoughts are with his wife Sue and their family.

At present, there are no details about the funeral arrangements.


Volunteer Requests - Very Urgent

It's looking like a busy weekend or two for Burghfield Sailing Club members with many attending Nationals, Open events or off on holiday. Unfortunately, that means we are a bit stuck for volunteers.... If you are around and could help out (even if it's not your usual duty) it would be very much appreciated.

We urgently need:
Sat 19 August - Safety Boat Assistant - volunteer found - thanks Andy
Sat 26 August - Bar (swap available)
Sun 27 August - SRO - volunteer found - thanks Paul
Sun 27 August - Assistant Race Officer (swap available)
Sun 27 August - Bar - volunteer found - thanks Sophie
Mon 28 August - Bar (swap available)

Please contact

Many thanks in advance.

We are also looking for a volunteer either as a safety boat assistant or ARO for the OK Championship races on Saturday 19th August from 3pm.

If you are available to help it would be very much appreciated. Please contact the club office.

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: 18 August 2017 19:25

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International OK Dinghy 60th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday 19th August, Burghfield will be hosting the International OK Dinghy 60th Anniversary Celebration.

The clubroom will, therefore, be unavailable to members from 14:00.

Burghfield Youth Games

Burghfield Youth Games: 26-28 August 2017 - Postponed

Note: The event has been postponed until next year due to low entries as a result of a busy bank holiday weekend.

A weekend of racing and fun activities over the bank holiday weekend: 26 - 28 August 2017

The event will run from Saturday mid-day until Monday mid-day with a mix of youth racing and on water games. The Youth Games is open to Main Fleet Oppie Sailors and youth sailors under the sailing age of 19, Parents/guardians can crew for youths.

If you would like to use a club boat for the event please contact the club office as soon as possible.

BSC Op Nationals

Great Results for Burghfield at the 2017 Optimist Nationals

Congratulations to all of the Burghfield team at the optimist nationals. Everyone worked really hard in some challenging conditions. Well done to Clara and Joe in their first year as assistant coaches, Rob as racing fleet coach, Jon coaching mini racers and all the parents helping out. Thank you also to Tom for bringing Eric. We had some great sailing from all of the sailors but special mention to Charlie Howard for being second boy in the coached regatta fleet and being selected as most improved in his fleet winning the Jaffa trophy; Joseph Jones was 4th overall in a 70 strong regatta racing fleet winning the first 9 year old trophy. In Junior Main fleet James Barrett sailed brilliantly to finish 27th overall in gold fleet.

Note - Fiona Baddeley
Photos - Richard Bourne

2017 Bloodbath

Wednesday Evening Series - The Bloodbath - 30 August 2017

A lap-timed handicap race, single start with one loooooooong line, & no personal handicaps! It’s not scary! It’s a great, fun way to end the evening series!

Start 6:50pm for ALL competitors
Competitors will need to go through the start/finish line on every lap
The race will be in the region of 45-60mins long

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

Following the Bloodbath, join us for supper and the 2017 Prize-Giving Evening.

2017 Prize-giving

Prize-Giving Evening - 30th August 2017

Prizes will be awarded for all outstanding 2016/7 race series. The prize-giving starts after the Bloodbath. Why not join in or come along for supper and a enjoy a great evening celebrating members' successes on the water!

Emails will be sent out shortly to prize winners inviting them to attend.

Topper open

Topper Open Meeting: 2 September 2017 - Entry Open

Incorporating the:
2017 Burghfield Topper Open
2017 Rooster Topper Southern Traveller Series

The event is also an RYA Topper Zone Squad qualifying event.
To be considered for a zone squad, you must apply separately to the RYA: More info

Pre-registration is available until 12 midnight, 24 August 2017 with pre-registered boats benefitting from a discounted entry fee.

More Details, NOR/SIs and Enter Here

View 4.2 Entries
View 5.3 Entries

Burghfield Oppie Open

2017 Optimist Summer Open - 9 Sep 2017

2017 Optimist Summer Open Meeting & RYA South Zone Indicator will take place at Burghfield Sailing Club on 9 September 2017.

Pre-registration is available until 12 midnight, 31st August 2017 with pre-registered boats benefitting from a discounted entry fee.

Event entry for Main and Regatta Fleets closes midnight, 6th September 2017

More Details, NOR and Enter Here

View Main Fleet Entries
View Regatta Fleet Entries

The event is also the 2017 IOCA (UK) Thames Valley Championship & part of the 2017/18 Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series

This event is an indicator for the RYA Optimist South Zone Squad. Sailors who wish to be considered for the RYA South Zone squad must enter the Main fleet, not the Regatta fleet. To be considered, you must apply separately to the RYA - More info

RS200 & RS 400

RS200 & RS 400 Open Meeting: 23 September 2017 - Entry Open

Incorporating the:
2017 RS 200 Open Meeting (2017 SEAS)
2017 RS 400 Open Meeting (2017 Southern Tour)

Pre-registration is available until 9am, 21st September 2017 with pre-registered boats benefitting from a discounted entry fee. Discounted Fee: £20, Standard Fee: £25. Entry fee includes scrummy tea and cakes after racing.

More Details, NOR & Enter Here

View RS200 Entries
View RS400 Entries - Coming Soon


RS Aero Youth Nationals - Club Racing Sunday 13 August - Updated Start Times

Burghfield is delighted to be hosting the first RS Aero Youth Nationals on 12-13 August 2017. Currently there are 30 registered entries.

On Sunday 13th August the RS Aero races and club races will be interleaved. Ian Bullock is the SRO and will endeavour to run the racing on schedule. However, the club races will start a little later at 11:30 and 14:30.

For more details about the RS Aero Youth Nationals

Whitchurch Hill Camera Club

Wednesday Evening Racing - 2 Aug - Whitchurch Hill Camera Club Visit

Whitchurch Hill Camera Club will be on site on Wednesday 2nd August from approx. 6.45pm taking pictures around the club and of the sailing.

If you would like further details or would prefer not to be included in any photos, please contact the club office.

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Pursuit Evening Pursuit 18 - incl. Youth Series
Thursday, Aug 24
Sailability BSC Sailability Group
Sailability BSC Sailability Social
Saturday, Aug 26
Optimist Oppie Social Day - Cancelled
Youth Burghfield Youth Games - Postponed
Optimist Pathway Training Cancelled
Safety Cover Saturday Safety Cover Ends
Sunday, Aug 27
Youth Burghfield Youth Games - Postponed
Optimist No Oppie Club
Club Racing Summer Series AM 8
Club Racing Summer Series PM 8
Monday, Aug 28
Youth Burghfield Youth Games - Postponed
Bank Holiday Bank Holiday Series 5
Bank Holiday Bank Holiday Series 6
Wednesday, Aug 30
Pursuit Evening Pursuit - The Bloodbath
Prizegiving Prize-Giving Evening
Thursday, Aug 31
Sailability BSC Sailability Group
Saturday, Sep 2
Optimist Working Party - Oppie Group
Topper 2017 Topper Open & RYA Zone TQualifier
Sunday, Sep 3
Optimist Oppie Club
Junior Junior Sailing
Club Racing 1:2 Series Race 1, 2 & 3
Committee Sailing Committee Meeting
Thursday, Sep 7
Sailability BSC Sailability Group - End of Season
Saturday, Sep 9
Optimist 2017 Optimist Summer Open Meeting also TV Champs, RYA SZone Optimist Qualifier
Sunday, Sep 10
Optimist No Oppie Club
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