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
With only three weeks to go until the new sailing season, plans are already underway to ensure 2019 is going to be a great year both on and off the water here at Burton Sailing Club!
Thank you to everyone that attended our annual awards night on Saturday. We hope you all had a fabulous time! It was great to reflect on some of the history that we have at our club, with some interesting stories and photographs doing the rounds that I am sure most of us have not heard or seen before. Huge thanks must go to Vice Commodore 'Malcolm Hall' and everyone else involved in making the event such a success. There were many well deserved awards presented during the evening, from our junior sailors and windsurfers, who have really excelled and progressed over the past year, to some of our more established members, who received much deserved recognition for all of their hard work behind the scenes to keep our club running so smoothly! Well done to everyone and also a big 'thank you' to everyone that missed out on an award but have also worked so hard over the year... We really are blessed with a fantastic bunch of people that turn up when needed, roll their sleeves up and get things done for our club!
Our Rear Commodore 'Gary Butler' and his team are working ferociously on the new galley and aim to have it ready for the AGM on the 24th February. Having seen the progress already acheived, I am sure that you will be delighted with the results!
Our training programme has been scheduled and is already filling up quite rapidly, with some courses already fully booked! We have three new training boats ordered, which we are assured will be ready for our Spring/Summer courses. If you have friends or family that are interested in learning to sail or windsurf, then I would advise them to book their places soon!
Our 'Push the Boat out' open day and taster sessions, has been arranged for Saturday 11th May from 10am until 4pm ... If you could help out on the day, it would be very much appreciated...The more the merrier!. The event has been a great success in previous years with a good number of visitors booking places on our courses and also joining our club.
For our newer or less experienced sailors, we have introduced a few new courses in to the training calender specifically with you in mind. The RYA Level 3 'better sailing' course aims to build on and develop skills already recieved during the level 1 & 2 courses and our 'start racing' course will prepare you for our various handicap race series held throughout the year. We are also planning to incorporate more coaching classes for members of all abilities... if there are training/coaching sessions in particular that you would like to see at the club, please let us know and we will try our best to arrange something for you.
If you have kept up to date with our latest news, you will be aware that we are once again hosting the Scouts summer event this year. This is a huge event for the club, which relies heavily on the help and support of many our members. If you are able to help in any way.. No matter how small. Please contact either Martin Nelson, Keith pallett or Phil Coleman. They will be very grateful for all help offered!
Club membership renewals are now due, so a gentle reminder that if you have not renewed by The AGM on the 24th February, you will not be entitled to vote! ... This is your club so make sure that you have your say!
There are a few positions available on various committees at the club. Our committees are vital for the healthy running of the club. It would be great to see some fresh faces and some fresh ideas to keep the club driving forward... If you are interested to find out more, please have a chat with our Commodore Martin Nelson..
We are trying to improve our channels of communication at the club. As such, the Club notice board in the club house has been updated to include all important and relevant club information. This website and our Burton Sailing Club Facebook page are also updated regularly with club 'news'. 'Important' club information will still be sent out via email to every club member. There is also ther discussion board via the website and the club. Our club 'whats app' group is a great platform for general queries to club members in general and extremely useful for more 'immediate' information. If there are any of these formats that you are not familiar with and would like to be included, please see either Martin Nelson or Carl Avery.
We hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM and with the water levels steadily rising, many of you back on the water the following weekend for our Sunday March series.. Please see the calender for details
Finally... Have a fantastic 2019. Thank you all for your support!
This course is open to anyone in the Midlands region with a fair working knowledge of the rules and will enable someone, or a few people, to become your club's 'go to' to get on-the-water dispute resolved in as fair, informal and diplomatic a way as possible.
Spaces are limited to 18.
Cost £10 (including lunch, tea and coffee) to be paid on the day. Book tickets here
Soft drinks and confectionery available to purchase.
Our 2019 club AGM will be held on Sunday 24th February at 16.00hrs in the clubhouse.
The AGM is an important opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan for the coming year. I am sure you'll agree, we have enjoyed a wonderful 2018 at the club and are very much looking forward to building on that success and making 2019 even better!
Burton Sailing Club is your club and your contribution and support is vital for the successful running and continued growth of the club so please make every effort to attend if you can.
Further details will be made available to club members shortly.
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 couse (usually over two weekends) and aims to build you 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 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 sessions 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
As well as becoming part of a great, family friendly sailing club, 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!
The last large scale event that we held for the scouts was a huge success and enjoyed by all... So much so that they would love to do it again.
If you can help in any way at all, whether for just a few hours setting up and taking down or for part or all of the main event itself, PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP ( Contact Either Keith Pallett, Philip Coleman or Martin Nelson)
We know that it is some time away (The event is planned for the week of 29th July to 2nd August 2019 ) but we aim to set up the week before and take down afterwards so the more that we can get in place at this early stage, the better.
We really do need as much help as possible to make this event run smoothly. So once again, whatever you can offer in terms of time, please let us know.
Top windsurfing coach Ali Masters will be running a two day coaching course here at Burton Sailing Club this Spring. Places are limited to just 8 people, so if you would like to register your interest or find out in more detail, just what the course entails, please contact Windsurf instructor Andrea Longley.
Places will be available to Burton Sailing Club members on a 'first come, first served basis', so please book early to avoid disappointment.
The dates for next years powerboat training courses here at Foremark reservoir have now been released and are available to book now. Click here for further course information
These courses are a great introduction to the world of powerboating and are suitable for complete beginners from 12 years upwards. Watch this short RYA 'Introduction to powerboating' video
All equipment is supplied by the club.
Again, this is an extremely popular course so early booking is highly recommended.
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.
Dates for our 'Start windsurfing' courses are yet to be released, so watch this space for further information.
Our last race of the 2018 Season will once again be the 'Christmas Cracker' Pursuit race.
So, add a little festive cheer to yourself and your boat and join us in one of the highlights of the winter season.
The race will take place on Sunday 16th December at 11am and is open to all club members. Last year there was good support from our youth academy and windsurfers, racing alongside the dinghy fleet.
We do hope you will join us again this year for some super racing and maybe a mince pie or two in the bar afterwards!