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Club bar opening for members from 14th April from 5:30pm

We are pleased to announce that with the changes in Covid restrictions from 12th April, our Rear Commodore Jeff Welsh and his wife Julie, have offered to run a Wednesday evening outside table service bar.

To achieve this there will be a number of restrictions and rules that members must adhere. All this is subject of course to weather conditions as we are using the decking area.

  • Only Beer, Wine and soft drinks will be available. No tea or coffee
  • The decking area will be set out with as many tables as possible subject to keeping within social distancing guidelines.
  • Customers must follow either the rule of 6 or be in a group any size, subject to table seating capacity, as long as there are no more than two households present.
  • A one way system will be in operation, entry from the club steps side and exit from the river garden side.
  • All attendees must register on entry, name and contact details. That’s everyone in your group, not just group/family lead.
  • When people are not seated, such as being shown to the table or going to the toilet, you must wear a face mask, and observe social distancing.
  • Only the outside changing room toilets will be open to use.  (Unless under extreme circumstances for those with mobility restrictions and that stairs are not useable.)
  • Please wait to be shown to your table.
  • Once seated, do not move chairs or tables as we have to sanitise them every time a new occupant takes that table.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • Julie will take your orders.
  • Card payment only. You may be asked to go to the club house double doors to pay depending on how we get on with the card reader signal strength.
  • All drinks will be served in disposable glasses.
  • A bin to collect all waste and used glasses will be located on exit

We will make every effort to continue running the bar until further changes on Covid restrictions come into force.

If the evenings prove to be unmanageable we will cease until conditions change.

Alan Bartlett

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of life member Alan Bartlett. A long time supporter of the Burnham Sailing Club he started off in a Stella, Torrington. He moved on to Trophy and is probably best remembered for sailing Hops, Steps Ahead and most recently Inn Spirit. You may spot a theme in most of the boat names, Alan was a publican, owning the Torrington Arms in North London. As a staunch Burnham Sailing Club member he would only represent us in the Burnham Week Team Trophy…sadly it became a standing joke that we always had to pick a reserve as he went through a phase of losing his mast every Burnham Week! He was a lovely gentleman to sail with and against, and whilst ill health has kept him away in recent years, he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

George Prince


It is with sadness that we learned today of the death of George Prince, a long-standing member. He
sailed with Ron Jones on Wild Thyme, Halcyon of Burnham and High Spirits, before joining Harry
Croker’s crew on Cheetah of Burnham the SJ 30. When Harry died, he joined us aboard Mantra and
finished his racing days, still on the foredeck, and we benefitted greatly from his knowledge,
expertise and ability to make things.
He was eminently practical and a great craftsman. He made wooden toys that several young
members still have today. He also made the Harry Croker trophy for the river. Several boats have
been at the receiving end of gadgets he has made to ensure things work, or work better.
Afloat he was cool, calm and collected, even when he lost another pipe overboard when the
spinnaker went up! Ashore he was kind, helpful and a real gentleman. Whilst we haven’t seen him
recently in the Club, he will be greatly missed by us all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his children and grandchildren.

Nicky Paul RIP

It is with great sadness to let you that Nicky Paul passed away on 27th December 2020.
Nicky, together with husband John (our past Commodore and present Committee member), has been a long standing supporter and member of the BSC. We will also particularly remember her fondly for being there on Friday evenings, doing registration and supplying us with cakes.

Our thoughts are with John, Charlotte, Dave and grandsons Henry and Stanley at this difficult time.

New updated Guidelines

Further guidance received today from the RYA today indicates despite further lockdown, individuals and household groups, can exercise with marinas etc allowed to stay open this time. We are therefore opening the pontoon and ask that all members abide by all guidance. Please do not use any facility if you have, or anyone in your household has symptoms of, or has tested positive for, corona virus. Please do not gather in the dinghy park or on the pontoon. The guidance may change so please ensure you check the club website before going.

Members are politely reminded that the guidance states that you may only do necessary journeys and make short journeys to exercise.