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News - October 2017


Seavets Championship - 7 October 2017

Promoting responsible & sociable windsurfing for the not so young. Membership is open to those over 35 years old.

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Junior/Youth Transition Afternoon - Sunday 8th October

Are you ready to make the jump up from Oppies? Are you looking to try a new boat?

If so, come along to our Junior/Youth Transition Afternoon on Sunday 8th October from 13:00. You can have a go in a Laser, Feva, RS 200 and more...

It's on the same day as the last Oppie Club, so for any Oppie sailors looking to sail a new class over the winter, this is a great opportunity.

To help this afternoon run smoothly, we ask that you sign up for a taster session over lunchtime on Sunday 8th.


Burghfield Blast - Sunday, 1 Oct

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


2017 Merlin Rocket Open - 14 Oct

Online pre-registration is available until 9am, 12th October 2017. Pre-registered boats benefit from a discounted entry fee.

Pre-registration is now closed. Boats may enter on the day.
Standard Fee: £25

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2017 Halloween Disco - Friday 20th October - Booking Extended

Join the dark side for this spooky evening and get involved in fun, games and LOTS of partying!

Remember to come in the scariest costume possible - PARENTS TOO! (there will be prizes!)
For all sailors aged 9-18, parents and family welcome.

£6 for entry, includes party tea
17:00 - 21:30

Book Tickets Here
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Laser Open

2017 Laser Open - 21 October 2017

The 2017 Burghfield Laser open will take place on 21st October 2017.

The event is open to all Laser Standard, Laser Radial and Laser 4.7s.

Pre-registration is now closed, but boats may enter on the day.

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Forecast for Saturday 21st October - UPDATE (20/10/2017 at 11:30)
The forecast for Saturday has remained stable at 25 knots with gusts in the high thirties for 48 hours. Our experience at Burghfield suggests that is likely to materialise at 20 knots with gusts around 30 knots and on that basis we plan to proceed with the Laser Open at this stage.

It is still possible that the Race Committee may decide that the conditions are unsafe on the day.

We would like to remind everyone of Rule 4:


The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is hers alone.

The fact that racing is being run does not imply that the conditions are appropriate for all competitors and all equipment.


Busy Weekend Warning - 28/29 October

It's going to be VERY busy at the club this weekend as we welcome 16 University Teams to the Reading University Sailing Club Team Racing Event.

16 Teams, 3 boats per team, 6 teams on the water at a time and 150 races planned! For those on shore, it should be a great spectacle with close finishing in front of the balcony.

Club Racing will go ahead as planned on Sunday - don't forget the clocks go BACK on Sunday, so everyone gets and extra hour in bed!

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