Friday 22nd August

The BSC is hosting the Burnham Week JCC Cocktail Party this Friday the 22nd August. Therefore the Clubhouse will NOT be available during Friday night sailing. HOWEVER, sailing can and will go ahead as normal (changing rooms will be available) and it would be good to see as many dinghies out there as possible.

Burnham Week – BSC Sailing / Racing

Dear Members,


Please note that it has just been brought to our attention that the Sailing Program indicates that there will be a race on Wednesday 27th August and junior sailing on Friday 29th August.  This is an error.

As you know these dates fall in Burnham Week and as is traditional there will be no sailing from the BSC on the Wednesday or the Friday.

PS – Friday the 29th August is the Commodore’s Cocktail Party to which all members are invited from 7pm onwards.

BSC, Committee.

New Class 3 Handicap

Dear Class 3 sailors,

As you will be aware Class 3 is effectively the “Local Handicap” (non IRC) class with handicaps based on published Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) figures.

Most of you have been sailing with white sails only (non-spinnaker) although the PYs were not adjusted for this. Subsequently Class 3 was joined by a boat who wished to fly a spinnaker. This is entirely within the BSC’s ethos to encourage as many entries and as many people to sail as possible. However, we recognise that the handicaps need to be adjusted to reflect “white sails” and try to ensure competitive racing.

After considerable thought and discussion we have decided that we will use an adjustment to the PY for white sails only. Our research shows that commonly adopted corrections are 4% or between 20 and 40 points added to the PY’s. We have decided to adopt 40 points for the timebeing.

Class 3 handicaps become: –

Red Magic Red Fox 200 1185 (no adjustment)
Bella Vela Beneteau 30.5 1080 + 40 = 1120
Live Wire Sonata LK 1058 + 40 = 1098
Randy Robber Robber 1009 + 40 = 1049
Elfin Elan 333 889 + 40 = 929
Spring Chicken MG Spring 25 1004 + 40 = 1044
Charisma Macwester Rowan 22 1350 + 40 = 1390

Note : Local Handicaps are subject to adjustment by the handicap officer.”

Best Regards
Alan Hanna (Handicap Officer)

Seafood Supper 26th August 2014

Reminder : The annual seafood supper will be held on Tuesday 26th August 2014 at the BSC Clubhouse.

In previous there has been a waiting list for this extremely popular event  – we are not quite there yet but book now to avoid disappointment.

For bookings and further details contact John and Margaret Mellard on 01621 782600 or email

UPDATE : Tickets selling fast. £20 / head.


sale by Auction of two abndoned boats

In accordance with the RYA abandoned boat policy there will be a public auction at 1pm on Saturday 16th August by the mast storage area in the field of the RCYC of the two laser hulls.

I’d be grateful if you could put up and on Club notice boards, and notify members by any other appreciate means.

Justin Waples
T: 01799 586279
M: 077 699 048 44

BSC Commodore’s Cruise

Commodore’s Cruise Sunday 10th August
This Sunday is the Commodores Cruise to Fambridge. In the absence of our Commodore the Vice Commodore Richard Tucker will be leading the cruise. We plan to sail down to Fambridge, moore at the Floating pontoon (there is normally a charge for this) and go ashore to have lunch at the Ferry Boat pub. Then sail back with the ebb tide. It would be helpful if you could notify Richard via email if you intend to come and require lunch at the pub so that we can advise them of numbers. The plan would be to leave at around 1045 from the BSC.

Please be aware that this event is weather dependent – there is a possibility that it may be windy and wet on Sunday. However at the time of writing this it is not confirmed and may well pass through before or after our planned event so we will be keeping a watchful eye on the weather situation.

An Inspired Facility