2014 RYA Zone and Home Countries Championships 27 – 28 September.

Entries are now open online for the 2014 RYA Zone and Home Countries Championships with more than 1,000 young sailors and windsurfers set to descend on nine venues around the UK on the weekend of 27 – 28 September.


The Championships traditionally mark the end of the Junior racing season and the start of a hard winter’s training. The regatta is a great first-time event for club level Junior class sailors, giving them the opportunity and support to get a real feel of a Championship atmosphere. It is a fantastic stepping stone into regional and national racing and race training programmes and also a key event for any young sailor wishing to be selected for the RYA Zone and Home Country Squads.


Racing takes place across the nine RYA recognised Junior dinghy and windsurfing classes including the Mirror, Optimist, Topper, RS Feva, Cadets and the windsurfers on the Bic Techno using the open 4.5, and 5.8 rigs, and the Techno 6.8s and Techno 7.8s – classes vary according to each venue. The Laser 4.7 fleet will also be represented at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy as part of their UK Junior Squad indicator series.


All of the Zones and Home Country Championship events will also offer ‘novice’ regatta fleets for Toppers, Optimists and the RS Tera. Fleets will vary according to each venue.


Paul Wren, RYA High Performance Manager, commented: “The RYA Zone and Home Country Championships are always a fantastic experience for the young sailors and this year’s event will be no different. Taking place across nine venues across the UK, the regattas give sailors the opportunity to compete in a fun and friendly environment whilst under the watchful eye of their local RYA High Performance Manager. In addition, we are also expecting a handful of British Sailing Team members to attend a number of events this year to help inspire the next generation of sailors.”


Competitors are urged to submit their entries, together with the entry fee, online at www.ryaracingevents.org.uk before Sunday 21 September. Due to safety considerations and the size and complexity of the event, entries after this date cannot be accepted.

OnBoard JMST poster 2014

Zone Champs Poster 2014 East


• East Zone – Dabchicks Sailing Club & West Mersea Yacht Club. Dinghy fleet, Topper, Optimist Cadet. Regatta Dinghy Fleet, Topper, Optimist & Tera. And  Windsurfers



For further information on the 2014 RYA Zone and Home Countries Championships and for details on how to enter, please visit the event website.


Best Regards


Chris Hussey

Sailing Development Officer

Contracted by Royal Yachting Association

M: 07919 271328 | E: chris.hussey@rya.org.uk

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 mellard2000@aol.com

UPDATE : Tickets selling fast. £20 / head.


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