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Welcome to the late summer edition of Burghfield Breeze
Burghfield Sailing Club's monthly newsletter.

Burghfield Breeze 2015: Issue 5 (September 2015)

News, reviews and information from Burghfield Sailing Club.

Dates for your Diary - Sep 2015

Thursday, Sep 3
Sailability BSC Sailability Group
Saturday, Sep 5
Sailability Sailability Saturday Sailing
Safety Cover Saturday Safety Cover
Recreational Saturday Sailing: Introduction to Racing
Sunday, Sep 6
Optimist Oppie Club 18
Club Events Fleet Trophy Day - 3 Races
Thursday, Sep 10
Sailability BSC Sailability Group (Finish)
Saturday, Sep 12
Optimist Optimist Open
Safety Cover Saturday Safety Cover
Recreational No Saturday Sailing due to the Optimist Open
Sunday, Sep 13
Prizegiving 2015 Summer Series Prizegiving
Optimist Oppie Club 19
Club Events Burghfield Blast - Short Course Racing
Saturday, Sep 19
Safety Cover Saturday Safety Cover
Recreational Saturday Sailing: Battle of Burghfield
Sunday, Sep 20
Optimist Oppie Club End of Season Regatta
Club Racing Bart's Bash
Sunday, Sep 27
Club Events Autumn Series 1
  • Buoyancy aids / life jackets must be worn on the pontoons/jetty, on the water and on the committee boat
  • Safety Boat Volunteers are expected to provide cover between 11 - 4 with a break for lunch
  • If you're last to leave, please ensure the club is secure, and the padlocks closed on both gates.
  • Please don't leave masts down at eye level.
Restricted Sailing
Saturday 12th September 2015

Due the large numbers of sailors and supporters expected for the Optimist Open on Saturday 12th September, there will be very limited on the water and on shore for casual sailors.

If you are planning to visit the club, please call into the office before launching to check race areas and times.

Thank you for your understanding.
Fleet Trophy Day
6th September 2015

3 Races, 1 in the morning, 2 back to back after lunch.  Normal Sunday Fleet racing sign-on and start times.
Optimist Summer Open Meeting and
RYA South Zone Indicator
12th September 2015

Pre -registration (until midnight 23rd Aug) £15, Registration on the Day £20

Main Fleet & Regatta Fleet.
Optimist Open & RYA Indicator Pre-Register Here
Optimist Open & RYA Indicator Notice of Race (updated)
Burghfield Blast
13th September 2015
Briefing 10:15, First Start 11am prompt!

A series of short sprint races, great for starting practice with lots of tight & exciting racing.  Initial fleets start is in the same sequence as normal Sunday Fleet Racing but as soon as all boats in a particular fleet have finished they will be added to the back of the queue for another start!

It's fast, furious and fun!
Battle of Burghfield
19th September 2015

A fantastic, fun event to finish off the Saturday Sailing activities.
Attack the opposition with cannonballs, steal their flags and collect the treasure!

Ammunition will be provided.
No additional weaponry permitted, no hand-to-hand combat.
You're sailors not soldiers!
Bart's Bash
20th September 2015

The World's largest sailing event!
See further details below.
Bart's Bash Sailors/Supporters Register Here



In order to make the identification of members' vehicles easier, car stickers can be collected from the Club Office. Please inform the Office if you are planning to leave your car at the club overnight or at times when the office may be closed so that we can inform security.


The gates at the club are secured by padlocks.  If you are first on site, please open the padlocks, scramble the number and leave the padlock open.  

The padlocks can be locked when scrambled making locking up at the end of the day simpler.
Due to changes in circumstances, work commitments, illness/injury etc we occasionally have Volunteer Duties that need to be filled at short notice.  Currently we are looking for volunteers on the following date:

Sun 6th Sep - Assistant Race Officer

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


Hole 6.5: The Oppie Fundraiser

Former Burghfield member and Wexham Park Golf Club Ladies' Captain Jackie Taylor recently selected Burghfield Sailability as her chosen charity for 2015.  Jackie recently held her Ladies Charity Day and with support from Peter Colvin, added Hole 6.5 – The Oppie Chipping competition. 

The aim was to chip a ball into the Oppie that was floating in the middle of the pond on the 6th hole from about 45 yards.  With over 300 attempts from 89 golfers on the day, the Oppie raised £218. The only ball lifted out at the end of the day, belonged to the Men’s Junior Captain & 4-ball winner.

Support from Berkshire Sail Training with a water fun session, helped to secure a total for the day of just over £1,000.  The Oppie was so successful that it’s been invited back for the Men’s Charity day!

Jackie’s fundraising target for the year is around £3,000. If you'd like to help, donations can be made HERE

Burghfield Sailability

After a very successful summer, the Burghfield Sailability group has only a couple of sessions left this year:
  • 5th Sep - Saturday Sailing only Session, 10:30am-4pm
  • 10th Sep - Last 2015 Thursday Session, 6pm-8pm followed by Sailability Social in the clubroom, 8pm-9:30pm
  • 8th Oct -Thursday Sailability Social, 7:30pm (details to follow)
  • 7th Nov - Saturday Sailability Dinner (details to follow)
If you are interested in helping with the group (on shore or on the water) or would like further details about the opportunities they can provide, please contact

Showers Upgraded

As most of you will have seen and may have experienced by now, the showers at the club have been upgraded. The replacement of the heater units and shower heads are aimed at providing constant hot water at a pre-set temperature.
It is anticipated that the recent experiences of fluctuating temperatures are now a thing of the past and that changing to the new on demand units will be more economical.
Thanks to Peter Colvin who spent a number of weeks researching the different shower units & regulations and for organising the works.  Please let us have your feedback.


20th September 2015
Never give up on achieving your goals

Burghfield is already  registered as one of the venues taking part in Bart's Bash this year.
The event coincides with the end of the Sunday Summer Series, end of Saturday Sailing and end of Oppie Club so we're hoping to make it a Brilliant Burghfield Bash!

This year Bart's Bash will consist of one race (details to follow) but we're also planning to incorporate the Buoy Race in the afternoon with fun for all the family, sailors & landlubbers alike.
How many times have you promised your friends and family to take them sailing one day? With the introduction of Bart's Buddies, The Bash is a great day to introduce friends, family and work colleagues to the sport and for them to experience an unforgettable day on the water, participating in the World's Largest Sailing Event.
For further details, and to sign up for this fantstic event, please use the links below. Last year 125 sailors took part in the event, making Burghfield the 10th largest fleet!
Bart's Buddies
Bart's Buoy Race
Bart's NOR
Bart's Goodies
Bart's Bash Sailors, Supporters & Buddies Register Here


Want to know the basics of racing? Want FREE coaching? Want to sail in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere with expert advice on hand?  
If this sounds like you, then Saturday Sailing could be just perfect!  

5th Sep - An introduction to Racing
12th Sep - No Saturday Sailing due to the Optimist Open
19th Sep - The Battle of Burghfield

If you attended one of the Saturday Sailing sessions we'd love to have some feedback - What did you enjoy? What would you like to see on the programme next year?  Similarly, if you decided not to try some of the sessions, perhaps you could let us know why so we can take this into account when planning 2016. Send Feedback HERE


Burghfield Sailors have had quite a summer at home and abroad. Congratulations to them all (and anyone we've missed!)

Mike Lyons topped the inaugural MUSTO Speed Challenge Wall with an impressive 17.42knts.
More Details

74 boats at the first RS Aero National in Weymouth. Sadly, injury scuppered Ben Rolfe's chances of a top ten place (11th Overall) but congratulations on a race win on day 2 in the Aero 9. Dad, Nigel finished 13th overall in the Aero 7.
Y&Y Report and full results

Nick Craig & Alan Roberts won the final race of the Selden Merlin Rocket Championships & two Burghfield Sailing Club​ boats finished in the top 10: Simon Potts & Luke Shaw (8), Chris Jennings & Pete Horn (9). Great results!
Full Results
Y&Y Report

Second overall for Graham Camm & Zoe Ballantyne at the Gul National 12 Burton Week. Congratulations also to John & Mandy Thornton (8th) and Nigel & Chris White (10th) - 3 Burghfield boats finished in the top 10!
Y&Y report plus full results

Tim Saxton, new RS800 National Champion & Roger Phillips 3rd at the Volvo Noble Marine RS800 Nationals at Castle Cove Sailing Club.
Full Results
Event Video

Matt Mee & Emma Norris on a roll winning the RS200 SW Ugly Tour at Parkstone Yacht Club. Kevin Druce and Izzie Fraser also finished in the top 10.
Y&Y Report & results

Two Burghfield sailors in the top 10 at Sharp's Camel Week - Mike Lyons (2nd) & David Angwin (9th)
Full results

Chris & Jill Jordan (8th) and Kev & Jake O'Brien (15th) at the Laser 2000 Nationals, South Caernarvonshire YC Club
Full results

Steve Middleton and Chris Rowland 10th at the RS400 Nationals, Tenby
Yachts and Yachting Report

Matt Mee and Emma Norris 3rd overall at the 2015 Volvo Noble Marine RS 200 National Championships and also Ally Martin & Simon Potts (1st Lady helm & 4th overall).
Yachts and Yachting report

4.7 sailors Douglas Calder (5th) & Harry Fox (6th) were the highest placed Burghfield boats at the Neil Pryde UKLA National and Open Laser Championships, Mounts Bay.
Full results & further details

If you have news of other Burghfield successes please send an email to


If you have any news from recent sailing events or activities, feedback or suggestions, please email Sharon/Virginia (


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