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.
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.
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.
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.
As we enter Tier 4 at midnight tonight(Sat 19 Dec), we have to close all our facilities for the duration. As always, we thank you all for your support in following the rules as we navigate through these difficult times. Please keep safe and take care during these next few weeks.
Colin Blanks, long time member, has passed away. He drove Volunteer for many years on Wednesdays and for any racing, and in latter years manned the race box. Many of us remember him as he taught us RE at St Peter’s! Our thoughts are with his son and family.
A message from the Sailing Committee. There no planned icicle race this year.
Essex has been placed into tier 2 from Wednesday. Therefore we can reopen the pontoon and members can once again enjoy the water. The group of 6 rule outdoors remains, so please be aware of this ashore and on the pontoon. Racing will resume as per the programme, with the most recent amendments remaining in place, if there is sufficient interest. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to take part. Please continue to observe all Government guidelines and enjoy the facilities safely.