All posts by Fiona Fraser

Dinghy PaRk

We are in the process of re organising the dinghy park ready for the start of the season.

There is an unidentified boat. We would be grateful if anyone knows who the laser (?) below belongs to, they could email

Many thanks

House Committee

Powerboat course

🚤🚤🚤RYA Powerboat Level 2 🚤🚤🚤

Have you wanted to do the course? Did you want to help afloat on a Wednesday or Friday night but can’t drive the ribs without your ticket? We have secured an instructor to come to us at the BSC on 25th and 26th May to deliver this 2 day course at a rather reduced rate of £180pp. 🌊🌊🌊

⚓ Please see a brief outline of the course below:

🚨 Unfortunately there are limited spaces so please reply as soon as possible.

💷 With regards to payment, 50% is required to be paid by bank transfer or card as soon as possible to secure your space (by the beginning of next week), and the remaining 50% needs to be paid the week before the course.

📧 If you want to snap up a slot, please email me – asap!

push the boat out

Burnham Sailing Club will be running a Push The Boat Out event this year. It is a chance for people to try out sailing and a good way to show people how wonderful it is to be out on our River.

As we have a Kayak and a Paddleboard section, we are also able to offer this as a means for people to try and see if they like it.

So – I would like to plea to anyone that could help on the day. We are running it on Sunday 5th May and will need competent sailors who are able to take out (most likely) novice sailors. Whether you are able to bring a yacht along, or have a large, stable dinghy you are happy to helm, are able to help with kayaking or paddleboarding we would be so grateful.

We will also need people to help in the galley, bake a cake, or just talk to people about how lovely our club is!

Please, if you can help in anyway, email myself, Fiona, on or Lucy on lucy_louward@hotmail,com

Many thanks in advance.

Junior Pond sessions

Hopefully those of you booked to do the pond sessions received all your information this evening via email.

If anyone still wants to join us, please let me know ASAP as our first session is this coming Friday 12th April. Please email to book.

Many thanks 🙂

Burnham week polO shiRts

Late last year Burnham Week competitors decided there was a need to have great polo shirt design for the 2019 Regatta

David Smith from Dewhirst said that he would supply the necessary polo shirts for all the competitors and volunteers for this fabulous local sailing week, so Burnham Week Committee members contacted the Ormiston Academy and a plan was made for the students of the Academy to create a print design for the 2019 Burnham Week Polo shirt. There were 122 designs from the Academy.

These were reviewed by the judges: Tracy Saunders, Holly Anderson, Sarah Buckley and Annie Reid and after a few hours of deliberation the judges narrowed the entries down to nine, as well as two special commendations.  

Ormiston Academy and Burnham week are displaying the nine finalists on the Burnham Week web site for the people’s vote, in order to choose the design to be printed on the 2019 polo shirts. 

Please use this link to see the nine finalists’ artworks and vote…. 

You can use the magnifier to enlarge, then click on your favourite, add your email address and click on submit. Your selection will be added to the score to decide this year’s Polo shirt print design.

Entry to the People’s vote will close at midnight on Friday 19th April 2019

Wednesday night racing

The season is nearly upon us, with our Practise Race next Wednesday and regular racing commencing the following week.

For the Dinghy racing, safety boats are an absolute necessity and we are always needing drivers and crew.

If everyone volunteered to help, we’d probably each only have to do one or two sessions over the season.

With this in mind, we will be setting up a ‘Safety’ WhatsApp group. This will be used to request safety crew for Wednesday’s (and some Fridays and events if needed).

If you are able to help and are happy to be added to this group messaging, please email your mobile number to You will need to have WhatsApp installed on your phone. Huge thanks to those who have already signed up for this.

If you do not have WhatsApp but are able to help with Safety please also email

Many thanks in advance.

Junior pond sessions

We are excited to announce our Pond Dates. These are training sessions aimed at our younger sailors to give them a bit of extra confidence and practise before heading out on the river.

Our pond sessions will be held at Blackwater Sailing Club this year. They have a huge pond and we will have use of their 15 optimists.

We will use this as an opportunity to assess the children’s ability. This will enable us to put them into groups ready for training on the river. We will have lots of coaches, including some of our older juniors to help on the day. They will be on the water or can get into the boat with the children if needed.

At the end of each session we will have capsize / righting practise so do ensure your children are dressed appropriately.

Each session is £10 per child. You can book in for as many or as little as you like.

Please email with the following information;

Child name, Parent name and the date(s) you would like to book.

Please ensure you have completed your membership before attending the pond sessions.

Safety training

At our Volunteers Meeting we said that we would be running some safety training days for those interested over the weekend of 6/7th April.

We will be covering the following;

How to drive the club boats (this will not give you a PB2 certificate – we are trying to arrange a separate course for this)
Where we keep our fuel / how to refuel.
Basic knot tying.
Assisting with a capsized boat
Rescuing a person from the water.
Towing a boat.

Tony Lacey from the RNLI will be the lead for the day. We will also have lots of qualified and experienced people to help out throughout the day.

Thank you to those who are already booked in.

I have two spaces left on Saturday 6th and two on Sunday 7th.

If you would like to attend, please let me know ASAP. I’ll draw names out of a hat if I get loads of interest!

Please email if you are interested.

Junior infOrmation evening

Don’t forget it’s our information evening this coming Friday. Come and find out what will be going on this season at the club in our Junior Section.

We are also excited to announce that Rannoch Adventures are one of a number of local businesses / organisations who are very kindly supporting our Juniors by helping to fund some lovely new club Optimist boats.

They will be sending along the amazing Dawn Wood this Friday to talk to you all about reducing plastic pollution in our oceans.

For those of you who may not know, Dawn has just completed a solo row, unsupported, across the Atlantic Ocean – truly incredible!

We look forward to welcoming Dawn at the club on Friday.