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!
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Our dedicated windsurfers are getting the season off to a flying start!
Although we are only 3 weeks into the new year, we have already had two fantastic turnouts for our winter windsurfing and foiling clinics.
Massive thanks to all of those that have helped with organisation of the events and to the instructors and coaches giving up their time to get these youngsters off to the best start in the sport of windsurfing.
More sessions are planned for next month so be sure to secure your place.
For anyone interested in getting started in windsurfing, our start windsurf courses are ideal for the complete beginner. Courses are suitable for anyone aged 8 and above.
We are delighted to launch a new event for 2022 being held over the weekend of the 12th/13th February as part of the East Midlands Winter mini series!
The 'Blizzard' will be the second event of four local 'Open Handicap' events held during the winter Season. Entry is available on the day, however to help with numbers for catering arrangements, it would be helpful if you could let us know that you are attending by filling in the pre-entry link below.
The format will be a Pursuit race and two back to back average lap PY handicap races on the Saturday with two back to back average lap races on the Sunday.
We would love to see a great turnout in support of the event. Visitors from around the region will be assured the usual warm Burton Sailing Club welcome and for those club members that haven't travelled before, or haven't been involved in events other than club racing, this will be a fantastic opportunity to compete against a wider range of competition of all ages and abilities and a wider variety of craft in the comfort of your own water.
There will be a dedicated windsurf start for any windsurfers wishing to take part and also prizes for first juniors
We do hope that you will come along and be one of the first to race in the Blizzard!
Great news! Following a very successful Inland Championships in 2021, we are delighted to confirm the return of the RS Tera Fleet for their '2022 Start of Season Championships' over the weekend of 14th/15th of May.
The RS Teras are a fantastic fleet of very talented youngsters. It would be great to see some of our own up and coming sailors taking part in this event. Further details of how to get involved will be posted nearer to the date.
We're already looking forward to a great weekend of competetive sailing!
As well as becoming part of a great, family friendly sailing club with a proud 120 year history, members receive access to all of our club facilities, discounts on our RYA training courses along with low cost boat storage and club boat hire.
More details can be found via the link below or just drop us a message and arrange to pop down for a look around to see for yourself what Burton sailing Club has to offer!
This years Sailing, Windsurfing and Powerboat courses for complete beginners and improvers are now available to book online.
As an RYA accredited training centre we pride ourselves on offering high quality, safe and friendly training for everyone. Perfect when you are just starting out.
RYA level 1 'Start Sailing' Course is a weekend course designed to introduce you to sailing and get you out on the water sailing under supervision in light wind. Our Level 2 course Is a 3 day course (usually over two weekends) and aims to build your confidence to a level where you can sail on your own. Courses are available for both adults and children and run alongside each other so families are able to all learn at the same time. If you are new to sailing, then please Click here for more information
If you can already sail, why not enhance your sailing knowledge and skills with one of our improver courses? Our 'better sailing' RYA level 3 course aims to improve your boat handling skills and consolidate everything that you learnt on the Level 1 and level 2 courses.
Our RYA 'Start Racing' course is a great way to learn the basics of dinghy racing and give you the 'upper edge' when you first start racing against your friends at the club.
'Sailing with Spinnakers' will introduce you to 3 sail sailing... There is always plenty of opportunity to practise your new skills whilst crewing for our double hand sailors or why not try 'trapezing' A great way to get involved in performance dinghy sailing.
Powerboat enthusiasts can learn the basics of boat handling on one of our Powerboat level 2 courses for beginners and would further benefit from our weekend 'safety boat' course, learning what you should do in the event of an emergency on the water.
For our windsurfers, we have Taster sessions, Beginner courses and our progressive coaching and foiling clinics for those wishing to further their windsurfing skills.
Discounts on all courses are available to club members however you do not need to be a club member to participate in any of our courses. All kit is supplied by the club.
For details, prices and availability of all of our upcoming courses Please click here
A very happy new year to you all!
Whilst most of us have been consuming our own bodyweight in turkey and Christmas pudding and washing it all down with bucket loads of wine and beer, (Or was that just me?) our committee members have been working hard to try and ensure that 2022 is the best year ever here at Burton Sailing Club!
Winter Work Parties Our winter working parties are well underway and with your fantastic support, we have already made huge inroads in getting the club facilities and grounds fully prepared for the coming season. Look out for dates over the next few weeks and come along and help out if you can. There's plenty to be done and many hands make light work!
Club Racing The 'Super Sundays' introduced last year have gone down a storm, with great support across the board from our members. It's fantastic to see our youngsters getting in the mix as well as many of our new members that have only recently learnt to sail. These will definitely be continued this year, so look out for the dates in the calendar. Our Wednesday night racing will continue as a two race series after the favourable feedback of last season. Wednesdays provided some of our best turnouts on the water and the addition of the early race, gave those that are able to arrive at the club early an extra opportunity to race. Sunday race series will continue as before with two back to back races before lunch and two after. We also have Bart's Bash, The Arthur George Memorial, The Interclub, Tripartite Cup and the Christmas Cracker to look forward to. All in all a fabulous, full seasons racing. There are a number of our members that also enjoy going out and about and competing on the class circuits, so if thats something that interests you, then have a chat amongst your fleet to see who's going where and when and maybe tag along.
Windsurfing Our windsurfing and foiling members have also raised their game a few notches in the past twelve months. Seeing them racing across the reservoir at incredible speeds and tacking/gybing on the foil really is a sight to behold! If you wish to improve your skills dont miss out on upcoming Board and Foil coaching sessions! With a number of new young windsurfers coming into the fold and regular Techno coaching sessions, we are hoping for another successful season competing in regional T15 racing too!
Training and Coaching We have quite a few newly qualified instructors and assistant instructors in Sailing, windsurfing and power boating. (Congratulations to you all!) This really strengthens our ability to offer a wider range of good quality RYA training and continuing development for our members. For those that have never sailed, windsurfed or driven a powerboat before, our complete beginner courses are a great introduction to getting you started. Additional course have been added to the calendar this year, particularly aimed at those members wishing to improve their skills. Our informal Saturday coaching and development sessions have gone down well and these will continue and be developed further this season. Friday evenings are also perfect to get out on the water to practise. If you are interested in learning different skills, then please have a chat to either our training Principal, Martin Nelson or Commodore, Carl Avery... Its not just sailing, we can help with race management, RRS (Racing Rules of Sailing) getting into coaching and instructing and many other things, so please just have a chat and we'll see where we can help.
Youth Academy We are focussed on building on the incredible season that our youth academy enjoyed last season. Welcome to all of our new youngsters, we hope that you continue to build on the success of last year. Many of our youngsters were encouraged and supported to try different activities from sailing to windsurfing, trapezing and spinnaker flying as well as competing in local competition for the first time, which was an absolute pleasure to see. We are planning lots more fun events and further training this year! To all of our parents, that helped out in whatever way, thank you! It really does make life easier when there are people willing to help out. It's very much appreciated! If you would like to help out further or want to know how you can help, just have a word with John, Steve, Greg, or Sarah... They will be more than happy to get you involved in one way or another.
Open Meetings Most of the open meetings have been scheduled for the year and are in the calendar so take a look and see what's on offer. We have tried to focus our attention to hosting the major classes sailed by our members at the club, hopefully this will give many of our members the opportunity to get involved in some good quality fleet racing and maybe provide their first steps to getting out on the circuit. Although there are some top class sailors at our open meetings, there are also many just starting out so definitely give it a go!
Winter Mini Series (See the poster alongside) We are delighted to be taking part in the 2022 East Midlands Winter Mini Series and hope that many of you will come along and join in. Our home leg of the series will be the newly formed 'Blizzard' open meeting on 12th/13th February. Both our event and the one at Notts County SC on the 29th/30th January will offer a Windsurf start with a prize for the first windsurfer. There is also a prize for the first junior at each event.
ILCA Super Grand Prix This year we shall also be hosting the ILCA (Formerly Laser) Super Grand Prix. We will have a day of training on the Saturday with one of the top ILCA coaches followed by the finale of the ILCA Grand Prix series. The prize giving for the series will follow the racing and we are looking forward to a bumper turnout for this one!
Summer Regatta The details of our summer regatta haven't been finalised yet, but we are planning a whole load of fun for adults and children alike. Keep an eye out for the date for that one!
Inter Club, Tripartite Cup Usually one of the first events to go in my calendar! It is our turn to host this years Tripartite Cup racing against our neighbours at Swarkestone and Staunton Harold Sailing Clubs. It would be fantastic to have a great turnout and more importantly some good healthy competition for this one so make sure you have the date in your diary!
All in all, we are looking forward to a fantastic season ahead with plenty going on for all. Remember to keep an eye on the calendar, support our club racing and events wherever possible and if you can help out in any way, particularly at our open meetings ,or with training/coaching sessions then that would be very much appreciated.
Thank you Thank you to all of those that have already renewed your membership for 2022 and signed up for duties on the duty calendar it really is, very much appreciated! Our club continues to go from strength to strength and that is all down to you, our members. Our club is run by the members for the members so we really do rely on you all doing your bit to help out Thank you for all of your input and continued support over the past 12 months.
Burton Sailing Club... The Future is in Your Hands! Finally If you would like to influence and be part of how our club is run, then now is the perfect time to get involved. Our AGM is being held at the beginning of March and it would be fantastic to see some new blood and fresh ideas on our committees. Details of how to get involved will be circulated amongst our membership shortly.
Best wishes and once again, a very happy new year to you all!
What an amazing weekend we had for the RS Tera Inland Championships! Massive 'Thanks' to everyone at the club for their help and support over the weekend. We had around 50 volunteers helping with everything from car parking, to race management. The House team and their army of help, once again did us proud in and around the clubhouse, catering for over 200 people over the weekend.
A fantastic team effort from all involved! Once again! thank you. We really couldn't do it without you.
Congratulations to our winners and to all those taking part, we truly hope that you enjoyed your weekend as much as we did. The RS Tera Class association were once again a great bunch to work with and extremely helpful and supportive on and off the water. We would love to see you all back at Burton SC again soon.
New members aged 8-88 of all abilities are most welcome.
You dont need to be an experienced sailor as we offer sailing and windsurfing courses for complete beginners where you can discover all you need to know to get you out on the water.
For those with some experience we can help to get you back on the water to rebuild your confidence either on your own or as crew to a more experienced helm.
For the more experienced amongst you, why not come and join in with our twice weekly race series throughout the year. We have competitors of all abilities so you are sure to find someone at your level to compete against!
We also have an active youth development programme for youngsters from 8 to 18. Our Youth academy sessions are fun based with a focus on continued development in sailing and windsurfing with some of our members competing at regional and national level.
Club sailing will resume on Saturday 3rd April. All subscribing members should have received an email with essential details of what to expect when the club reopens, along with our outline plans for the coming season.
If for some reason you have not received the email, please let us know.
We very much look forward to welcoming you all back to the club soon for what promises to be a very exciting season ahead.
We would like to say a huge 'THANK YOU' to all of our members for your support, patience and cooperation during a very volatile 2020. Despite it being a very difficult year on the water, membership numbers have continued to rise and on the whole the club has maintained a very friendly and enjoyable atmosphere this summer.
As you are all fully aware, the country remains in a period of lockdown at the moment but we hope to return to our regular sailing activities on Saturday 5th December.
We sincerely hope that 2021 is going to be a much better year for the club and for sailing in general and with that in mind, event and activity planning is well under way. Our 2021 calendar is already filling up with some great events planned both on and off the water.
Some of our hardier sailors have asked for the return of our frostbite series which traditionally takes place during January and February but has been absent from the calendar in recent years. Well, I am delighted to announce that our sailing committee have now included the series in the 2021 calendar, so, for those that dont mind the cold, your club membership fees now provide the opportunity to enjoy a full 12 months on the water.
Club membership renewals and application forms for new members are now available for 2021 and as a token of gratitude for your continued support during this past 12 months we are discounting our 2021 membership fees by 10%
New members to the club are most welcome and will also be able to take advantage of this discounted rate.
Further membership information and prices can be found here.
Once again, thank you for your continued support, We hope to see you all back enjoying some quality time on the water soon.
Burton Sailing Club.