Welcome to the Burton Sailing Club website

We are a fun, family club that provides a vast range of activities from training for beginners to regular racing, windsurfing and offshore sailing.

We enjoy excellent sailing facilities at Foremark Reservoir amidst the dramatic Derbyshire countryside, in the heart of the National Forest within easy reach of Derby, Nottingham, Burton, Leicester and Loughborough.

More information about the activities we offer, and membership, is given via the tabs above, and the latest news from the club is given below. We hope you enjoy reading about our club, and come and visit us at Foremark soon!

 Click here for info about up-coming sailing, powerboating and windsurfing courses

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Carl Avery

Carl Avery

Laser sailor and occasional 505 crew

RYA Dinghy instructor

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all 'on the water' activity at Burton sailing club has been suspended until further notice. We hope to be back on the water soon.

Any change in the current situation at the club will be communicated as soon as news becomes available.

Keep well, keep safe.

Monday, 24 February 2020 16:40

A note from the incoming Commodore

Following yesterday's AGM, I would like to thank you for putting your trust in me as the new Commodore of Burton sailing Club, a position that I am very proud to hold.

I would like to express my sincere thanks and I am sure, the appreciation of all club members, to the outgoing flag officers, namely: Martin Nelson  (Commodore) Malcolm Hall (Vice Commodore) and Gary Butler (Rear Commodore) for all that they have done during their terms in office. I would also like to thank all that have assisted them on the various committees, many of which have agreed to continue their rolls for the ensuing year. Thank you all!

All that were present at yesterdays AGM are well aware that our club has been left in a good state of health financially and with club member activity on the increase and the improvements already made to our facilities, my job of taking over the reins for the coming year will hopefully, be so much easier.

I am delighted to be working alongside Ian Merrifield, who has taken over Malcolm's position of Vice Commodore, and also Mel Burton, who has taken over from Gary as rear Commodore. Both bring with them a wealth of experience and a strong desire to see the club progress even further going forward.

We can not however do this alone and as such, shall be putting together our respective committees shortly. We would be extremely grateful of anyone that would be willing to get involved and assist us in the future development of our club. Below is a brief overview of each committee and their roles, so if there is a particular area that you think you can offer assistance please let us know.

We have three committees at the club, each meeting once a month.

The General Committee looks after the overall strategic development, communications and publicity of the club and in particular keeps a close watch over the club's finances. I am hoping for us to review the clubs current development plan in the very near future. As this club belongs to us all, I would very much appreciate any input from club members regarding specific areas that you consider could do with addressing or capitalising on to enhance the club. Those of you that have got to know me, should be well aware that I am very approachable and very keen to hear your ideas to help improve the club, so please come and have a chat or drop me a message.

The Sailing Committee oversee all that happens on the water, from club racing and duty fulfilment, to open meetings and all other 'on the water' events. On the water activities are the reason that most of us are members of the club. We are always looking for a fresh approach to increase participation on the water and try to ensure that we provide the format and activities that our members want. We particularly welcome input and participation from all sailing and windsurfing fleet representatives, new sailors, youth representatives and also representatives from our associate universities, schools and scout groups. Please talk to Ian Merrifield if you are willing and able to help in any way.

Finally, the House Committee looks after the clubhouse including the Galley and Bar as well as non-sailing social events too. So if this is an area, that you think that you may be able to offer support, then please speak to Mel.

In other key positions, I am delighted to report that Martin Nelson has decided to continue in his roll of Training Principal. Our training courses have been particularly successful over the past couple of years and have generated a number of new members that have gone on to become very active members of our club. We hope to be able to continue and build on this success going forward.

Philip Coleman has also agreed to continue as General Secretary, a roll that he returned to last year and has once again done a fantastic job alongside our Club Treasurer, Ruth Ford of keeping us well organised and our finances well in order.

I very much look forward to working with you all.

Carl Avery

Commodore Burton Sailing Club

Come along to our open day on Saturday 23rd May and discover all that is great about our club and the wonderful sport of sailing and windsurfing. No need to book, just turn up on the day!

Free sailing taster sessions, windsurfing demonstrations and power boat rides...  Dont forget to spread the word and bring along your family and friends.

Click here for further information

Everyone welcome!

You may have seen some of our windsurf members flying around the reservoir this winter! Foiling has become the new 'big thing' in sailing with rapid growth in all areas.

To continue the development of this area of the club and not wishing to rest on our Laurels of being voted the 'NWF windsurfing club of the year 2018', we are trying to source funding for a range of intermediate windsurf kit, with the hope of running more intermediate Windsurfing and Windfoiling 'first flight' sessions here at Burton sailing Club during the summer.... Watch this space! 

For those that have already progressed to the higher levels, we are delighted to announce that IQ foil class are now running regular foil training for our Olympic pathway sailors.

Truly exciting times for our young windsurfers!

Keeping up to date with the latest club news has never been easier.


All 'Essential' club information and notices are communicated to all club members by email, via 'Mailchimp'. Every club member should receive these emails, however if for some reason, you dont believe that you are receiving them, you can request that your email address be added to the list Here. On occasion, these emails may go in your 'junk' file so please check there first.

Website 'Latest News' and 'Calendar':

The opening page on this website shows the 'latest news.' Information and links to training courses along with general updates of what's happening at the club are posted here. The Calendar offers an 'at a glance' view of everything that is happening on the water.

Website Discussion Board:

This is available to all club members via the members area of this website Here and is a useful tool for general discussion/advice or if you are looking for someone to swap duties with. Response can be a little slow but this is still however a usefull method of communication.

Whats App:

We have a very popular club Whats App group available to all. This is by far the most common and easiest way to keep in touch and up to date with all things club related. Response is usually immediate although not everyone at the club is involved, many are. If you are not in the chat group and wish to be added, please see either Martin Nelson or Carl Avery.

There are also a few 'splinter' Whats app groups if you are  interested in a particular topic such as 'Windsurfing' 'Fleet news' or 'open event racing' These will keep you up to date with that particular group but will not inform you of general club news.

Social Media:

We have a very active 'Facebook' page which is updated regularly with the latest news, photographs and topics of general interest. If you use Facebook and would like to see 'Burton Sailing Club' in your news feed, then visit and 'like' our page Here

We also have a lesser used Burton Sailing Club 'Group' page as well as Instagram and Twitter accounts which can be found on social media.

Club Notice Board:

Details of Club membership, boat hire, general news and events can also be found on the club noticeboard situated in the clubhouse.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 16:24

Coming up at Burton Sailing Club!

A very Happy New year to you all! We hope you are looking forward to the new sailing season as much as we are!

Whilst many of us have enjoyed the festive period at home in the warm with family and friends, some of our hardier sailors and windsurfers have been training and racing hard over the winter months with some fantastic results so far. Well done to you all! I am sure we shall see the benefits on the water this summer!

Our sailing committee have also been working hard to schedule a full programme of club racing, open events and training opportunities throughout this coming year. Most events have now been scheduled in to the calender, so please take a look to see what's going on on the water this summer. If you would like to see more training and coaching at the club, please let us know and we will do our best to get something organised!

A huge 'Thank you!' to all that have helped out in whatever way at the various club 'Work Parties" over the winter, the improvement that has been made to our club facilities has been incredible! There is much more to do however, so if you can come along and help out, even for a short time, it would be very much appreciated. Dates and times can be found on the calender. Everyone welcome!

There are a few important dates to note: Firstly, Membership renewals are now overdue, renewal forms can be downloaded via the link at the top of this page. We have experienced a fantastic start to the year in terms of renewals and also recevied applications from a few new members. Lets hope we keep up the momentum in the busy spring period!

This years annual Prize giving will be held on Friday 28th February, organised by Malcolm Hall and Sarah Gay. You should have received and email from Malcolm with all of the details and booking information (if you havent, please let us know). This is always a fabulous night, so please make every effort to come along and celebrate the success and all that is good about our club.

Finally. This year's AGM will be held in the clubhouse on Sunday 23rd February at 4pm. All three of our flag officers shall be stepping down to make way for a new team to continue the growth and success of previous years. If you would like to be considered for any of the flag officer positions or would like more information on what is involved in being a committee member, then please talk to Martin or any of the existing committee members. You don't need to be an experienced sailor or a long term member, We welcome anyone with enthusiasm and fresh ideas to help drive our club forward!

Our 2020 sailing season begins on Sunday 1st March with the spring series. If members could please sign up for duties before then, it would be very much appreciated.

Looking forward to a seeing you all soon and to another fantastic year at Burton Sailing Club!

Learn to Sail or Windsurf at Burton Sailing Club....

Bookings are now being taken for our popular 'Start sailing' and 'Start Windsurfing' beginners courses.

Our courses are specifically designed by the RYA to deliver first class training for complete beginners. Our friendly and patient RYA qualified instructors will teach you the basics of sailing and get you afloat safely in our level 1 'start sailing course' we will then build your confidence and abilities and aim to have you sailing on your own during our level 2 course.

We offer courses for individuals or families and our youth courses are perfect for children under 16 to participate in.

All equipment is supplied by the club, so you just need to bring yourself and a willingness to learn.

Courses are run during the summer here at Foremark reservoir over a series of weekends and are suitable for all ages from 8 to 88. Watch this short 'Start sailing' video

Courses do tend to fill up quite quickly so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment. Please 'Click here' for booking information.


***2020 Fleet Racing***

We are now putting together our calendar for 2020 and are particularly keen to welcome visiting fleets old and new to Foremark Reservoir.

If you are looking to expand your class association’s existing circuit or are looking for a great venue for your inland or End of Season championships, then Burton Sailing Club is definitely the place for you. 

We boast some of the best sailing facilities in the area with 230 acres of reservoir nestled in the dramatic Derbyshire countryside.
Centrally located, We offer ample parking facilities with no height restriction, ensuring easy and convenient access from all parts of the country.

We provide a full galley (breakfast, lunch and evening meal if required), licensed bar and camping facilities not to mention an excellent race management team, we are sure to have everything that you need to ensure a great event for your class meeting.

If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Sunday 29th of September 2019 saw the first running of the Arthur George Memorial Pursuit Race at Burton Sailing Club.

Arthur was a long time club member, an enthusiastic competitor in Merlin Rockets, 505s and Flying Fifteen fleets who contributed to all aspects of club life at BSC. Arthur unfortunately lost his battle with cancer earlier this year at the untimely age of 62. Arthur enjoyed all sailing including supporting new members on RYA Level 1 and 2 but particularly enjoyed club Pursuit Racing.

Race officer Dennis Cartwright was faced with an unstable weather pattern and the prospect of a 140 degree wind change forecast later in the day. Fortunately the wind remained reasonably stable for the 80 minute race.

The first starter of the 21 boat fleet was Colette Emery in a Laser 4.7 leading the fleet away. The Laser Radial sailed by Greg Rimmer was soon closing down the gap on Colette and ended up leading for much of the race. The lower handicap boats were not out of it however as the wind freshened enough to allow full trapezing conditions for the 505 of Adam Kenney and Tommy Hooton who were by now on the same leg as the lead boat and travelling fast. With only minutes remaining, Malcolm Hall and Martin Nelson in their Flying Fifteen briefly lead the fleet only to be overhauled by Kenny/Hooton in the 505 with seconds to spare.

Everyone enjoyed the event and afterwards 'raised a glass' in memory of Arthur George and his love of Pursuit Racing. The pursuit race will now feature annually in the Burton Sailing Club programme.

Overall Results:

1 Adam Kenny Tommy Hooton 505
2 Malcolm Hall Martin Nelson Flying Fifteen
3 Tim Bird Andrew George Merlin Rocket
4 Greg Rimmer   Laser Radial
5 Mike Pain   Laser
6 Pete Needham Brian West Flying Fifteen
7 Keith Pallett John Skinner Flying Fifteen
8 Ian Barlow   Super Nova
9 Karl Morley   Aero 7
10 Stuart Turnbull   Phantom
11 Matt Pritchard   Phantom
12 Carl Avery   Laser
13 Bill Hooton   Contender
14 Neil Rabbits John Emery 505
15 Matt Pallett Zoe Taylor Flying Fifteen
16 John Gay   Laser
17 Steve Mason Donald Harrison Flying Fifteen
18 Colette Emery   Laser 4.7
19 David Cordy Mike Hampton Flying Fifteen
20 Steve Lockie Rob Stevenson Flying Fifteen
21 Rod Jones   Solo





Monday, 23 September 2019 05:56

Arthur George Memorial Pursuit Race

*Important notice*

'Arthur George Memorial' pursuit race

This Sunday 29th September 2019

Some of you will know the name Arthur George, some of you will be hearing it for the first time. The photograph alongside features Arthur helming a 505 with another longstanding and much respected club member, Dennis Cartwright, crewing in the 2007 505 National Championships.

Well Arthur was also one of the clubs most exceptional Flying Fifteen helms. Sadly he recently passed away after a fight against cancer.

 Arthur was a bit special in that whilst he was fast on the water he never ever, held back his knowledge as to how. Even today when I sail my boat I often think 'What would Arthur do in this situation'  well I can hear him now,  'sit forward, heel the boat, pinch' and hey presto I have made the mark when I thought it impossible.

He also introduced me to real sportsmanship, as I got faster he suggested that we should both work to bring on our fleet and make them faster too, we did quite a few things to even up the odds during racing and all of the fleet got to benefit from that.

I think everyone sailing any boat at our club has had some coaching from him, either on the water or in the bar. To beat Arthur and Angie (his wife) really was something, it didn't happen often but when it did you knew that you had achieved!The reason for this message is to inform you of a last minute, but honorably motivated change to the racing format on the 29th September.

Angie has told us that the 29th would have been Arthurs birthday, and has asked if we could hold a pursuit race in his name on this date. 

Arthur would really have liked this, as he saw these pursuit races as a great way to even up the fleet and make it competitive for everyone, so our aim is to replace the morning races on the 29th September with the 'Arthur George Pursuit Race'

There will be a prize giving event after, with ultimately a trophy to enjoy which Angie will provide. This trophy presented annually will act as a reminder that whilst it is great to win, it is greater still to be involved with the people in the race itself.

We really do hope that you will come along and support this event in memory of Arthur. All members old and new will be made most welcome. 

Thank you

Malcolm Hall

Vice Commodore

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