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
***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.
What a super day we had at this years 'Push the Boat Out' Open day
Huge thanks to all that helped out on the day in whatever capacity. You really did help to make the day a huge success!
Feedback from our visitors was fantastic, with quite a number having now joined our club or signed up for our upcoming training courses.
To our visitors, thank you all for attending and we look forward to seeing you at the club again soon. Please click here for more information about our courses and club membership
Congratulations must go to two of our youngsters representing Burton Sailing Club at the Eric Twiname National Junior Championships, held this year at Rutland Sailing Club.
Nieve Ball won 'first girl' in the 6.8M windsurfing class, whilst Alice Bennion did superbly to finish 4th girl in the 5.8m windsurfing class.
Both girls competed fiercely and are a credit to our club. Well done to you both!
With dedication and hard work, it really goes to show what can be achieved
Our Friday eving social sailing sessions were a great success last year and as the evenings are getting lighter it's time to light up the BBQ and dust off the boat covers!
Friday evenings are a great opportunity to get out on the water and practise your skills in a relaxed environment. Bring your children or grandchildren along to our Youth Academy and windsurfing clubs or just tinker on your boat and talk all things 'sailing' at the bar.
Whatever you want to get up to on a Friday evening, you will be most welcome down at the club. Hope to see you there.
Try Sailing for Free at our annual 'Push the Boat out' Open Day.
No booking required, just come along to Burton Sailing Club on Saturday 11th May.
We shall be providing free sailing taster sessions and powerboat rides and windsurfing demonstrations all day long.
Come along and meet some of our friendly RYA Sailing, Windsurfing and powerboat instructors and club members of all ages to find out more about our club and this wonderful world of sailing.
There will also be a selection of boats on display and a bbq and bar serving refreshments.
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!