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!
Commodore at Burton Sailing Club
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We are delighted to now be able to offer stand up paddle boarding (SUP) membership at Burton Sailing Club and are considering offering low cost SUP tuition for anyone new to this extremely popular activity.
We will let you be the first to know as soon as pricing and booking becomes available.
By registering your interest, you are under no obligation to undertake a course, we will just let you when know the next course is available for you to book.
If you already have your own SUP and would like to get out on the water at Foremark reservoir, you will need to apply for club membership first Membership information and prices can be found here
New members are always welcome!
We hope to see you out on the water soon.
You may have seen some of our junior windsurfers flying around the reservoir recently.
Under the guidance of new club member and windsurfing coach Max Bushell, some of our members have really taken to windfoiling and are rapidly becoming quite competent in a range of conditions, often reaching exhilerating and adrenaline inducing speeds over the water!
From complete beginner, through to T15 junior race team to British sailing team our windsurfers go from strength to strength, Windsurfing and Windfoiling has become a real growth area of the club in recent years, thanks to the support and dedication of our windsurf instructors and support team. We are hoping to introduce more windsurf tuition and coaching at all levels in the future.
Of course, its not all about racing around at breakneck speed! We have many windsurf members that prefer just a pleasant afternoon on the water in more relaxing conditions. Thats the beauty of the sport, it can be as energetic or relaxing as you wish it to be!
It' been wonderful to see so many smiling faces in the first couple of weeks of our return to the water. We've enjoyed some lovely weather, some good wind and a little rain too but that hasn't got in the way of you all enjoying your favourite sport!
Safety of all of our members and visitors remains paramount in our battle to overcome the pandemic. Although restrictions around the world are being relaxed, the threat remains! so please continue to observe the clubs temporary operating procedure and help yourself and others to stay safe!
May I please also remind you that although the water is very appealing during this warm weather, swimming is not permitted in any part of Foremark reservoir. A bouyancy aid must be worn on the water or on the pontoon at all times and you must have adequate insurance for your boat, windsurf board or SUP before going on the water.
Under our temporary Covid-19 operating system, we are unfortunately unable to run our popular beginner summer training courses. Those that had already booked have been informed and will be contacted again as and when we are able to resume our training. Our Discover sailing open day has also unfortunately had to be postponed. We hope to run this at a later date if restrictions allow.
We have had quite a number of enquiries from people expressing an interest in joining the club and getting out on the water to sail, windsurf or Paddleboard. I am delighted to say, that we are now accepting new members. membership information can be found here. Becoming a club member provides a cost effective way of getting out on the water. Club members enjoy discounts on all of our training courses as well as low priced hiring of club equipment. New members, either individuals or families are always welcome! You'll find all of our members a really friendly, welcoming and supportive bunch.
The bar, galley and changing facilities at the club remain closed at the moment but our committee members are working hard to resume full operations as soon as restrictions allow.
To all of our existing members, thank you again for your support and cooperation during these difficult times. For those that are still shielding or are unable to get back on the water, we all send our very best wishes and hope to see you all again soon!
It was fantastic to see so many smiling faces as we returned to sailing over the weekend. Thank you all for your support, patience and cooperation over recent weeks.
I would also like to thank our committee members for all of their hard work in ensuring everything was in place to provide our members with a safe return to the water.
As we continue our united effort in restricting the spread of the virus, please make every effort to comply with our new temporary operating procedures. they are in place, not only for your own safety but for the safety of all of our members.
These procedures will be reviewed and updated regularly by the committee to comply with government and health organisations restrictions and guidelines.
Thank you again for your cooperation. We are all very much looking forward to the day that we can return to a more 'normal' level of activity
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Details of Club membership, boat hire, general news and events can also be found on the club noticeboard situated in the clubhouse.
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!