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News - September 2018

Cock of Burghfield

Cock of Burghfield (Day 2) - 30th Sept 2018

Day 2: 2 x pursuit races - With a 100 minute race in the morning (start at 11:00 = finish at 12:40); and a 70 minute race (start at 13:50 = finish at 15:00) in the afternoon.

PB Refresher

2018 BSC Members' Powerboat Refresher Days - NEW Dates Added

Following consultation between the Main and Sailing Committees the Club has decided to run a series of Member Powerboat Refresher days.

The aim of the refresher days is to ensure all club members acting as safety boat helms are aware of current best practice, current club policies and procedures, and also have the opportunity to practice and improve their boat handling skills through a set of supervised on water scenarios and experience in each type of club powerboat.

Over 70 members have already completed the refreshers!

Safety Boat Helms
All safety boat helms completing duties at the club during racing or training (including but not limited to Oppie Club, Youth/Junior Training, Fleet Training) will be required to complete a refresher course. Reluctance/failure to complete a course, may result in members only being permitted to carry out safety boat assistant/alternative duties in the future.

Safety Boat Assistants currently holding a valid PB2 certificate
If you would like to be considered for Safety Boat Helm duties, or would just like to practice your helming skills, please sign-up for a refresher day.

Senior Race Officers
Please sign up for a refresher..

The days will be run by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre on behalf of the club and will primarily be "on water" refresher days. The course is likely to include some additional tips and techniques relevant to club activities that may not generally be covered in a standard PB2 course.

Further Details, Current Dates & Sign Up Here

Cock of Burghfield

Cock of Burghfield (Day 1) - 23rd Sept 2018

The Cock of Burghfield is usually a one day, pursuit race event but for 2018 will span two weekends - 5 races, 3 to count.

23rd Sep 2018 - Day 1: 3 x lap timed handicap races 2 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon. First start 11:00

30th Sep 2018 - Day 2: 2 x pursuit races - With a 100 minute race in the morning (start at 11:00 = finish at 12:40); and a 70 minute race (start at 13:50 = finish at 15:00) in the afternoon.

2018 Barts Bash

2018 Bart's Bash - Results

What a fantastic day at the club yesterday for the 5th Annual Bart's Bash! Great turnout and fantastic racing with over 70 boats on the start line! THANK YOU to everyone who helped make it such a successful day.

Wind: 7-12 KNOTS
Boats: 82 (72 Finishers)
Sailors: 113

Wind: 13-18 KNOTS
Boats: 45 (40 Finishers)
Sailors: 66

Results are now available please have a quick check and contact if you spot any errors:

Club Results
Burghfield's Bart's Bash Results
Full Results - Bart's Bash Bashboard

For those who missed it, Sportography.tv were on hand to film the start and take some great photos:
Start - Race 1
Bart's Bash Photos - Sportography.tv

Optimist Open credit Sportography.tv

Burghfield Optimist Open - Congratulations & Thank You!

Congratulations to all the Burghfield Sailors who participated in the 2018 Optimist Summer Open on Saturday 8th September - special mentions to Maya Brown, Top Burghfield Sailor, winner of the Thames Valley Championship & 5th overall and Archie Bourne - 1st Regatta Fleet.

Many thanks to all of the club and visitor volunteers - race teams, safety teams, shore/clubhouse teams and weed clearers - we couldn't have run such a fantastic event without you!

Thanks also to Rooster Sailing for their continued support and great prizes, and Sportography.TV for some amazing photos!

Following a couple of results queries the Main Fleet results have been updated and republished.

Full Results - Main & Regatta Fleet

Sportography Photos


Changes to Club Racing Programme Sep / Oct 2018

Following feedback from members and considerable discussion within the sailing committee, the club racing programme for Sept/Oct 2018 has been updated. The previously planned 2:2 Trial will now be replaced with:

  • 2nd Sep - Fleet Trophy Day
  • 9th Sep - Commodore’s Cup
  • 16th Sep - Bart’s Bash - a world record breaking attempt
  • 23rd / 30th Sep - Cock of Burghfield - new 2018 format over two weekends: 1 weekend lap timed handicap, 1 weekend pursuit
  • 7th October - Burghfield Blast
  • 14th Oct - Start of the 2018 Autumn Series

The 2019 Summer Series will be a full 2:2 series but with a with split in results for am / pm.

More Details

Commodore's Cup

Commodore's Cup - Sun 9th Sept 2018

Hopefully, you will have seen in the emails, newsletters or on the website that the race programme for the Autumn has been updated. As such Sunday will be the Commodore's Cup event.

The Commodore’s Cup
A one-day, handicap event - it is a great chance for classes who don’t usually get to compete against one another to do battle.

The format is as follows:
3 races, 2 to count, Single start for all classes, Lap Timed handicap, First Start 11:00

Oppies Open

It's going to be busy... Restricted Sailing - Sat 8th Sep 2018

With a record entry of ust over 140 sailors registered for the Optimist Summer Open on Saturday 8th September, the clubhouse, grounds and water are going to be very busy.

Please note that all safety boats have been allocated to the event and there will be no casual sailing safety cover. If you are planning to visit the club, please pop into the office to check race areas and timings before launching.

Thank you for your understanding.

Oppies Open

2018 Optimist Summer Open Meeting - 8 September - Entry Closes 5th Sep

2018 Optimist Summer Open Meeting & RYA South Zone Indicator will take place at Burghfield Sailing Club on 8 September 2018.

More Details, NOR and Enter Here

View Main Fleet Entries
View Regatta Fleet Entries

Thames Valley Championships & Rooster Traveller Series
The event is also the 2018 IOCA (UK) Thames Valley Championship & part of the 2018/19 Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series

RYA South Zone Optimist Qualifier
This event is an indicator for the 2018-19 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

Winter Open - Transfers
For sailors transferred from the cancelled 2018 Burghfield Winter Open - please check that your entry is correct. Are you in the correct fleet? Has your sail number changed? For transfers and updates - please notify as soon as possible

Barts BAsh 2018

Bart's Bash Sunday, 16th September 2018

Celebrating 5 years of the World's LARGEST sailing event - Bart's Bash 2018 will be a Guinness World Record Attempt

The format for Burghfield's Bart's Bash will be
  • 2 races
  • Starts 11:00 and 13:30
  • Handicap racing with fleet-based staggered starts
  • Start line between 25 and 49 boats
  • Fleet splits to be decided on the day
  • Recommended donation £5 per boat
  • There'll also be a Burghfield Bart's Bash Bake Off - so please get baking

To help with event management and logistics please Sign Up via the Bart's Bash website or email (Name, Helm/Crew, Boat Class, Sail Number, Age) as soon as possible.

Please note: We are aware of some online entry issues. If you are having a problem, please email
The participants entered through the admin panel do not show up in the participant list online (although they are counted in the number of participants/boats). We will make a full list of entries available via the club website later.

  • 09:00 - 10:15 Registration/Sign-on in the Clubroom for the morning race
  • 10:15 Competitor / Volunteer Briefing
  • 11:00 Bart's Bash Race 1
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Registration/Sign-on in the Clubroom for the afternoon race
  • 13:30 Bart's Bash Race 2
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea
  • Prizegiving as soon as possible after racing whilst enjoying tea (and beer) and cakes

Weather Warning

Weather Warning - Sunday 23rd September

It's time to batten down the hatches!

We have gusty weather forecast for most of this week, culminating in very strong winds at the weekend.

If your boat is not tied down securely, please could you pop down to the club to secure it as soon as possible.

Last year the autumnal winds caused damage to a number of boats. Not only boats that came off their own trailers, but also to neighbouring boats that had been secured adequately.

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