News - January 2018


Members - Please Check Your Boats!

Over the last couple of weeks during the gusty weather we have had over 20 boats blown over or off their trolleys. Most have been lucky (as have their neighbours) but some have sustained significant damage.

Please ensure that your boats are TIED DOWN securely.


2018 Membership Renewals - Important Update

If you do not currently pay your membership fees by direct debit, please use the following link to sign up as a GoCardless customer.

If you have not already done so, please sign up to goCardless as soon as possible, to ensure a payment can be taken in January and to continue your membership.

UPDATE: If you have already signed up for goCardless, but have not yet received confirmation that the direct debit subscription has been set up - Sharon is working through the renewals as quickly as possible and you should receive your confirmation within the next few days. Your patience whilst we get all members set up with the new payment system is appreciated.

Membership Fee Payments Have Changed
With immediate effect, we will no longer be offering the annual subscription as a single payment but, we will be moving all members to a monthly payment payable by direct debit through goCardless.

We are doing this as it spreads the cost for you, makes changes mid-year easy to manage and it takes less time for us in chasing late payments.

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

If you do have any questions or queries please contact Sharon:

2018 Oppie Open

2018 Optimist Winter Open Meeting - Entry Open

This years Open Meetings kick off on 3rd March with the 2018 Optimist Winter Open Meeting incorporating the hugely popular 2017/18 Rooster® Optimist Southern Traveller Series.

A discounted entry fee is available for sailors registered by midnight, 22 Feb 2018, and paid by 28 Feb 2018. Entries after 22 Feb will be charged the standard fee.

Discounted Fee: £17.50
Standard Fee: £22.50

Event entry closes midnight, 28 Feb 2018. Late entries will only be accepted at discretion of the organising authority and payment of the late entry fee.

Further Details, NOR and Enter Here

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SI Change

Change of Sailing Instructions for Club Races - 5 Jan 2018

Two changes have been agreed by the Sailing Committee with effect from the start of the Frostbite series on 7th January 2018:

• Laser Standards will start with the slow handicap fleet rather than the fast handicap fleet.
• The 2000 class (formally, Laser 2000) should remain in the fast asymmetric fleet.

Further details can be found Here


2018 Duty Rosters - UPDATE

UPDATE 4 Jan 2018 - All rosters are now back online for swaps. Working Party duties have been allocated to the end of the year. Bar and Sailing Duties from June - Dec 2018 and the 2018 Wednesday Duties will be available shortly.

If you have been allocated a date which is not convenient please arrange a swap as soon as possible.

If you have opted out of Dutyman emails/reminders, you will need to check your account manually for details of rostered duties.

Happy 2018

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our members and supporters, health, happiness and fair winds in 2018!

Oppie Race Training

Optimist Race Training 2017-18

As an addition to the Optimist calendar for winter 2017, we plan to run some Optimist Race Training sessions. These are aimed at any Burghfield Optimist sailor who would like to develop their racing skills towards Zone Squad standard and beyond.

They will be led by Ian Bullock with assistance from knowledgeable parents and hopefully, some guest appearances from others with relevant skills and experience. Ian has been involved with Burghfield Optimists, and the Optimist Class for many years and is currently one of IOCA's National Race Officers.

Dates are:

9th Dec
6th Jan
27th Jan
10th Feb
17th March

Start: 10:30 Briefing (rigged & changed)

There will be a nominal charge of £5 per sailor/per session payable in cash on the day.

Places will be limited to 12 initially, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Register Here
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We will need a group of at least half a dozen per session to make it worthwhile.