Burghfield Sailing Club

Burghfield Sailing Club

Champion Club status. [ [http://www.rya.org.uk/AboutRYA/programmesinitiatives/championclubs/ RYA Champion Club] ] [ [http://www.volvocars.co.uk/sailing/Sponsorship-Programme/Volvo-RYA-Champion-Club-Scheme/champion_clubs.htm List of RYA Champion Clubs Sponsored by Volvo] ]


The club was founded in 1956 as the AWRE SC (Atomic Weapons Research Establishment Sailing Club). The club was principly a sea cruising group with a few dinghy sailors. Having few dinghies and no sailing water, a deal was struck with Pangbourne College, so that members were able to sail in Pangbourne's Firefly dinghies on the Thames.

In 1957 the club became recognised by the RYA and established itself on a small lake in the hamlet of Pingewood in the parish of Burghfield.

During the infamous winter of 1963 ice yachting took place and later in the year the club's Peter Hemment became our first National Champion winning in the Zenith class.

During the mid - late 1960s inter club team racing became very popular with as many as 9 matches, home and away, being held a year.

In 1969 the club became one of the first in the country to hold a personal handicap regatta, the Cock o' Burghfield, with sponsorship being provided by the local Courage Brewery.

In 1972 the club became independent of the AWRE and became Burghfield Lake Sailing Club.

In March 1977 the club moved to the nearby, and very much larger, Theale Lagoon. The club subsequently dropped 'Lake' from its name. The name Burghfield is pronounced 'Bur Field'.


BSC provides extensive racing across a range of dinghy classes. Classes include Lasers, RS400s, RS200s, Enterprises, Phantoms, Blazes. Racing is held every weekend of the year on Sundays and Wednesday evenings during the summer. The Burghfield Icicle is held on Boxing Day. The club hosts many local, regional and national open events throughout the year.

A model yachting group race [http://www.iomclass.org/ 1 Metre] boats on Saturday mornings

There is a successful Oppi Club which trains youngsters to sail and race Optimists.

Thursday evenings the [http://www.burghfieldsailability.org.uk/ Sailability] group provides sailing for the club's disabled members. [ [http://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=6529 West Berkshire Council Burghfield Sailability] ]

For members not wishing to compete in the club racing there is the Admiral's Club providing social sailing.

During the week when there are no organised sailing events the club is popular with windsurfers.

ailing Successes

Members have been extremely successful nationally and internationally. In 1963 Peter Hemment became our first National Champion winning in the Zenith class. Crispin Read-Wilson won the Fireball World Championship in 1979 in Holland [ [http://sports123.com/sai/ow-fir.html Fireball World Champions] ] . Ian [ [http://www.skandiateamgbr.com/NR/rdonlyres/9489F65C-E7D4-4F58-81E4-D532B3CA27EA/0/IanMartin.pdf Ian Martin Skandia RYA Biog] ] and Chris Martin, have won the International 420 National Championships, the 29er National and European Championships and are currently campaigning a 49er on the Olympic Classes World Circuit.

Ian and Chris's cousin Alison Martin [ [http://www.sailing.org/1622.php?memberid=40544 Ally Martin ISAF Sailor Biog] ] has also won championships in Optimists and 420s, including Bronze Medal at the World ISAF Youth Championships [ [http://www.420sailing.org.uk/docs/uploaded/ISAFYouths2003Results.htm Ally Martin winning Bronze Medal at ISAF Youth Worlds 2003] ] . Alison is currently campaigning an International 470 on the Olympic Classes World Circuit.

Mike Lyons who worked with Topper International in the development of the Blaze dinghy has won the class National Championships on many occasions [ [http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?article=136843 Yachts and Yachting report on Blaze nationals 2007] ] . Andrew Leigh has won the Phantom National Championships. Graham Camm and Zoë Ballantine have won many National 12 National Championships [ [http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/?article=137784 Yachts and Yachting report on National 12 nationals 2007] ] . Steve Tylecote has won the Firefly National Championships and also skippered the World Team Racing Championships winning team.

Burnham's Royal Corinthian Yacht Club hosts the Endeavour Trophy annually. This is a unique and historic dinghy event which is always hotly contested with entrants limited to reigning National Champions of the classes sailed in the UK, the winners are crowned 'Champion of Champions'. Burghfield members have twice won this event. Nick and Caroline Martin and in 2007, Steve Tylecote. [ [http://royalcorinthian.co.uk/newsstory.php?story=178 The Endeavour Trophy 2007] ] .


[http://www.geocities.com/maydayboats/ Mayday Chandlery] provide an onsite service to the club and its members.


The Berkshire Sail Training Centre share the lake. The BSTC provides sail training to adults and schools throughout Berkshire.


External links

* [http://www.burghfieldsc.org.uk/ Burghfield SC Web Site]
* [http://www.berkshiresailing.com/ BSTC Web Site]

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