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!
Laser sailor and occasional 505 crew
RYA Dinghy instructor
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 Saturday 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!
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.
|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|
|6||Pete Needham||Brian West||Flying Fifteen|
|7||Keith Pallett||John Skinner||Flying Fifteen|
|8||Ian Barlow||Super Nova|
|9||Karl Morley||Aero 7|
|14||Neil Rabbits||John Emery||505|
|15||Matt Pallett||Zoe Taylor||Flying Fifteen|
|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|
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.
Some very cold winter training has finally paid off with our windsurfers taking podium positions in some major events early in the season. You really are an inspiration to those around you and great ambassadors for Burton sailing Club. A couple of our young sailors have also stepped up to the challenge this year, competing in their first ever competitive DYS event! Well done to you all, we wish you the very best of luck for the rest of the season!
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to all of our new members. We hope that you enjoy your time at Burton Sailing Club as much as we do! Carl Avery is the club representative for all new members, so if there is anything that you need help with or if you want to know anything at all about the club then please just ask. You will usually find him hovering around the bar after sailing!
We are planning to host a few **GET BACK ON THE WATER** sessions for anyone that has sailed in the past and would like to get back in to sailing. Maybe you used to sail at university, are new to the area or have been a club member elsewhere and are looking for a new club to join. Maybe you were a member of our club and just 'got out of the habit of sailing' Whatever your reason, we would love you to pop down to the club, have a chat, take a look around and get out on the water either as a helm or crew and see if Burton Sailing Club is the club for you! we shall be offering discounted membership packages for new members and their families for the remainder of the season. Whether you are a seasoned racer or a comfortable cruiser, you will be offered a very warm welcome! More details will follow shortly!
We have had a few members change class and also a few new sailors joining in our Wednesday and Sunday races series, this has lead to some very close and competitive racing with top positions changing frequently! Its great to see such a healthy, competitive spirit and lots of great 'banter' within our club.
This year, we seem to have a few more 'travellers' at the club than we have seen in recent years, with quite a few of our members taking to the road to compete in regional and national events. Its great to see photographs and reports of club members on their travels so please keep them coming!
We are very much looking forward to the **CHARNWOOD SCOUTS** event this summer. Preparations are well underway but we really could do with ALL OF THE HELP THAT WE CAN GET! so if you can offer any help whatsoever (however small) please speak to our Commodore 'Martin Nelson' and he will be more than happy to have you on board.
**CLUB KIT** Its great to see so many members wearing club logo'd kit around the club. The latest order should be with us shortly. Carl Avery has been putting together orders so if you cant be bothered to order for yourself just let him know what you would like (order forms are on the club notice board) or just drop him a message and he will sort you order out for you.
Finally!. We have started preparations for this years ***CLUB REGATTA*** which will take place on Saturday 31st August. There will be lots of racing, lots of fun and of course the usual great "Burton Sailing Club' atmosphere. Individual time on the water will be fairly short so we hope that you will come along with your family and friends and have a fantastic time on and off the water. The regatta is for the whole club, so there will be activities for our winsurfers, our juniors, our novice sailors as well as our top flight racers so please come along and support us if you can.. Full details and schedule will follow shortly!
Our 'Laser Open' is on Saturday 8th June. We are expecting a good turnout from visiting clubs (races so far this season have seen in excess of 30 boats on the water)
It would be great to see a good turnout representing Burton Sailing Club at this years event.
The Laser fleet are a very friendly bunch and are very welcoming and supportive to all, particularly new sailors perhaps competing for the first time in an open event.
The Laser fleet consist of sailors of all ages and all abilities so if you sail a Laser, please come along and join in the fun. I am sure that you will have a fantastic time!
If you would like more information about this event or if you are interested in travelling to other clubs as part of our Laser fleet, please talk to either Carl Avery or Mike Pain, both have been visiting other clubs this season and would be more than happy to have you join them if interested.