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Annual General Meeting

As notified in the December newsletter, the Burnham on Crouch Sailing Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th January 2015 at 3pm at the Clubhouse.

  • Any proposals for rule changes (Proposed and Seconded by Full Members) should be submitted to the Honorary Secretary on or before 27th December 2014.
  • Any proposals for agenda items must be received by the Honorary Secretary on or before 4th January 2015.
  • The Agenda for the AGM will posted on the website on the 16th January 2015.

Tea and coffee will be served at the close of the meeting.

Winter Storage of Dinghies

We are now into November so unless you are planning to continue sailing throughout the winter all dinghies should be removed from the dinghy park for safe keeping and preparation for next season.  For those who have no storage space at home there is LIMITED storage space available in the club compound for a fee of £25 / dinghy.

The form is available under the documents tab.

Please keep the compound tidy and maintain a clear area between the gates and store at the back of the clubhouse for vehicle access.  Any unauthorised dinghies will be removed.

Work Party Saturday 18th October

There will be a work party on Saturday 18th October from around 9am.  The first job will be to recover the Flames and winterise the engines but there are plenty of other end of season jobs to do (weather permitting).

David McPherson will be coordinating the tasks so if you want a specific job he can be contacted on dmcpher2@ford.com

We do have lots of members so it would be nice to see some new faces at the work party!

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,

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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.

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.

 

RYA Day Skipper Theory – Any Interest?

I am thinking about organising an RYA Day Skipper Theory Course if this is of interest to members.  Depending on the level of interest it may be possible to host a course at the BSC Clubhouse.  If just a few then it could be held at Bradwell Outdoors (cost at Bradwell is £315/person but we might be able to get a discount for a group booking).

If you are potentially interested let me know and also indicate if you have any preferences (e.g. intensive course over a couple of weekends or weekly evening class type course or any other thoughts – I cannot promise what format it will take at the moment but when I have an idea of numbers we can see what the options are).

John Saunders   email saunders.john@btconnect.com

RYA Day Skipper Theory Course: –

A comprehensive introduction to chartwork, navigation, meteorology and the basics of seamanship required for ‘Competent Crew’. You will find this course invaluable if you want to learn how to start making decisions on board.

The following topics will be covered:

Nautical terms, Ropework, Anchorwork, Safety
International regulations for preventing collisions at sea
Definition of position, course & speed
Navigational charts & publication
Navigational drawing instruments
Compass, Chartwork, Tides & tidal streams
Visual aids to navigation, Meteorology, Passage planning
Navigation in restricted visibility
Pilotage, Marine environment