Racing - What races are organised at Burghfield?
What are the different races at the club?
The list of the different races shown here is in approximate ascending order of difficulty for a new person to racing. It doesn't mean you have to follow the progression, as often there is more support for you from other fleet members at some of the other events, but it should give you an idea of how serious the racing might be taken by your fellow competitors.
Introduced in 2007, Admiral's Club is:
- Designed for people relatively new to sailing, and very new to racing.
- It is not a "teach you to sail from scratch" club, but it is aimed at those who have learnt to sail and are now wanting to progress further.
- Ideally, you will be able to sail competently around a triangular course, and want to learn more.
- It will certainly help you to improve your boat handling - which is the main limiting factor for most people!
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Fleet Training Days
Each fleet within the club normally manages to organise 2 or 3 different training days during the year. Some of these might be straight boat handling improvements, while others will involve lots of short races for practise.
- Run by the Fleets for the individual fleet members.
- Designed for those who want to improve their sailing skills within their particular class of boat.
- Typically consists of some theory and a lot of practical exercises.
- For more details, take a look at your fleet page or contact your fleet captain
These events, held for 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.
- The time when the lake is 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 at about 20:30.
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Bank Holiday races
- Each Bank Holiday from Easter Monday to the end of August there are a couple of races held.
- These tend to have fewer people racing than on a Sunday or Wednesday, so the water is not crowded.
- This can be a good opportunity to swap helms or crews, to try new ideas, or to gain more experience.
- Normally these are Pursuit Races. With a "100 minute" in the morning (start at 11:00 = finish at 12:40); and a "70 minute" (start at 13:50 = finish at 15:00) in the afternoon.
- The 8 races held count towards the Bank Holiday series results.
Special Events on Sundays
Keep an eye on the website for confirmed dates.
- Between each of the main Club Series, there is often a special event held.
- These may be all-in handicaps, or pursuit races, or fleet races.
- For more details, check the club calendar for: Commodores Cup, Cock of Burghfield, Fleet Trophy, KGFS Pennant Race, Ladies Race.
- KGFS & Ladies Rosebowl - Consists of three races with one discard and there are two prizes to be won. The KGFS Plaque which is open to all competitors and the Ladies Rosebowl which is open to Female Helms. The format of the racing is one start for all competitors and is a normal lap timed handicap. It is an ideal opportunity for all types of boat to compete together and should make for an interesting start! The start will be at 11am, as normal with the second and third race being run back to back after lunch. It is an ideal event to have a go at if you haven't really raced that much before as it is all completed in the one day, so come along and give it a go!
- The Commodore’s Cup - a one-day event which traditionally runs on the Sunday in March between the Winter Frostbite and the Spring series. As a handicap event it is a great chance for classes who don’t usually get to compete against one another to do battle. It is also an opportunity for some to get their boats back on the water after the winter as a shake down before the Spring Series.
The format is as follows:
3 races, 2 to count, Single start for all classes, Lap Timed handicap, First Start 11:00
Normal 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:
The races are split into a morning and an afternoon series for each of the Frostbites, Spring, Summer, Autumn series.
- Fast Asymmetric - 11:00 and 13:30.
- Fast Handicap - 11:03 and 13:33
- Slow Handicap - 11:06 and 13:36
- Normally there are 10 or 11 races in each series.
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- 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, look at the Club Calendar for your class.
- 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.