All posts by Fiona Fraser

New boats!

Today was a very exciting day at the club – we had six shiny new Optimists arrive for our juniors to use 🤩🤩🤩

We would like to say an enormous thank you to those who sponsored us and helped us get to this point – Allen Brothers, Rannoch Adventure, G&B Finch, Harvey Smith & Co, the Town Council and one more ‘potential’ sponsor (just not yet confirmed!).

Our club boats were kindly sponsored over 30 years ago by local companies and have been used for many, many children first learning to sail so it’s lovely that our community has supported the children again. Hopefully these boats will last just as long!

So thank you, thank you, thank you! 😃

The boats will be ‘officially’ launched next Friday (more details to follow)


Thank you to all who supported the RNLI Pennant Race this Wednesday just gone.

I am pleased to report that as a club we raised £160.05.

£71.30 was raised from the Welly Wanging and there was an additional £88.75 donated in the buckets inside the club.

The RNLI are very grateful to all the members who donated. Thank you.

dinghy park

The dinghy park is getting busy and there are only a few remaining spaces. Most boats have been identified and allocated a space with the owners name (there are a few spaces left to be labelled up this week).

To enable us to run the dinghy park smoothly and lighten the workload on us, we have created a Dinghy Park Guidance document. This is only a few basic things but if adhered to will make an enormous difference to the admin involved in keeping track of the boats, trailers and the maintenance of the dinghy park itself. This document can be found on the website under ‘Documents’ then ‘Sailing’.

There are a number of trailers at the back of the dinghy park. Please note that as we are limited on space, trailers do need to be paid for. All costs can be found in the Guidance Document. If you have a road base and have paid for a space for your boat, it may be better to put the trailer under your boat to save paying extra.

We have a few unidentified boats and trailers. It is essential that if you move a boat or trailer into the dinghy park, you contact the Dinghy Park Co-ordinators to advise them of this.

Please see the attached document and if you recognise any of the boats or trailers as your own, ensure you contact us ASAP.

Finally, we have a number of abandoned boats near the entrance to the car park that have been left at the club for many years. If anyone is interested in taking one away free of charge (for a garden feature perhaps or to restore!), please let us know.

Many thanks

Fiona & Andy

Wednesday night racing

I think we can all agree that the Wednesday Worlds 🌍 are the envy of the river 🌊🌊🌊 – but it takes many hands, as well as super BSC sailors, to pull it off.

CAN YOU HELP? 🚤 We’re mainly short on safety cover each and every week, with the same few filling the rota. Are you a competent Flame driver, PB2 qualified, or just happy to crew? No experience necessary, you’ll be paired up appropriately.

Don’t have time to spare all evening? Could you help with launching, recovering or mark laying? All vital jobs that could potentially be chipped in for, and mean our invaluable volunteers get to enjoy the treats from the galley too. 🍻🍝🍷

Are you a competitor? Are you aware that if you help with safety you’ll earn average points for the race you give up? ⛵⛵⛵

Please just drop me an email on



Club events

Another reminder that this weekend the club is throwing open its doors.

Saturday is our bake off – get baking and try and win one of our much coveted trophies. There are 3 categories you can enter – adult, child or dietary.

We will also be selling second hand kit, boating bits and books so if you have anything to donate please bring it down.

Sunday is our Push The Boat Out event. Open from 11am – 4pm we will have paddle boarding and sailing for all to try. We are also hopeful some kayakers can pop down.

There will be a couple of safety boats out so if you just fancy having a sail, you’re more than welcome to pop down & do so. It’d be lovely to see the club nice and busy.
If you can take out someone on your boat, that would be great, if not it’s no problem – just come and have fun!

We would be very grateful for any cake donations for Sunday, any offers of help for safety crew or just people milling around telling people how fabulous our little club is!

We are also missing a keel boat so it would be fab if someone could bring one along in case we have someone who fancies trying out a big boat!

Hope to see lots of you over the weekend!

This weekend!

This coming weekend there’s lots going on at BSC….

On Saturday we have our Bake Off plus book / boating bits sale. Drop off a cake for judging, bring along items to be sold or just pop by for a cuppa and some cake whilst you watch the cruisers racing.

Sunday sees us hosting a Push The Boat Out event. Open to both members and non members, come along and try out something different. Perhaps you’re a dinghy sailor who wants to try kayaking or paddle boarding or maybe you’re thinking of joining the club and want to try out sailing – come along and have a go.

Thanks to those who have offered help. If you are able to help on Sunday please let me know. We’re looking for help in the galley, cakes baked (yes, more cake!), safety crew, sailors to take people out – there’s lots of roles needing filling to showcase how fab our club is and what we can offer!

Junior training

Tomorrow evening sees the first Junior training of the season. For those new to us, we have created an information sheet that (hopefully) tells you all you need to know.

There will be a general briefing for all on the decking at 5.20pm where you will find out what group your child will be in and meet your coaches.

We are needing some crew for the safety boats tomorrow please. There are four spaces needing filling so let us know if you fancy going afloat by emailing

See you all tomorrow!