Category Archives: General

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,


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

UPDATE : Tickets selling fast. £20 / head.


BSC Commodore’s Cruise

Commodore’s Cruise Sunday 10th August
This Sunday is the Commodores Cruise to Fambridge. In the absence of our Commodore the Vice Commodore Richard Tucker will be leading the cruise. We plan to sail down to Fambridge, moore at the Floating pontoon (there is normally a charge for this) and go ashore to have lunch at the Ferry Boat pub. Then sail back with the ebb tide. It would be helpful if you could notify Richard via email if you intend to come and require lunch at the pub so that we can advise them of numbers. The plan would be to leave at around 1045 from the BSC.

Please be aware that this event is weather dependent – there is a possibility that it may be windy and wet on Sunday. However at the time of writing this it is not confirmed and may well pass through before or after our planned event so we will be keeping a watchful eye on the weather situation.

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

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


Tera Open Notice of Race 5/6th July2014

Tera  Open Meeting


NOR and  Sailing Instructions Burnham 2014  issue l

General Notes.

This open meeting is designed for all abilities and to be parent friendly. The planned race area will be as close to the pontoon and bar as possible for easy spectating. The post code of the BSC is CM08AS. Competitor lunches included.

1. Rules

1.1  The Open meeting will be governed by the “rules” as defined in the Racing Rules of Sailing 2013 – 2016, and the RS Tera Class Association. In the event of conflict these sailing SI’s these sailing instructions take precedence.

1.2 Competitors shall have completed the entry form and paid the race entry. (£15/day.)


      2 . Entry

      2.1  Enter with Richard Tucker  Tel:07702806759

2.2   Entries will be accepted on the day


3. Communications

3.1  Notices and change of sailing instructions will be posted on the club notice board             and advised at the briefing.

3.2  Signals ashore will be displayed from the Club Race box.



4.  Safety

4.1 Personal buoyancy must be worn by all competitors whist afloat at all times. (This changes RRS 40)

4.1  It is the responsibility of the helm and crew to decide if the conditions are suitable for their ability.


  1. Program

5.1  Saturday 5th |July

5.2  Registration 09:00 hrs – 10:00 hrs

5.3  Competitors Briefing 10:30 hrs

5.4  Launching 11:00 hrs

5.5  First race 11:30 hrs followed by 3 further races with a break for lunch after race 2.

5.6  Sunday 6th July

5.7  Briefing 09:45 hrs

5.8  Launching 10:00 hrs

5.9  First race 10:30 hrs followed by 3 further races with a break for lunch after race 7


  1. Scoring / Discards

6.1  If 4 or more races are sailed there will be one discard.

6.2  The low points scoring system will be used.

6.3  The Race Officer must be informed of any Helm changes


  1. Penalty System

7.1  RRS 44.3 shall not apply, (Scoring penalty)

7.2  Touching a mark is an infringement of the rules and does require a one turn penalty.

7.3  The Race officer must be informed of any intention to lodge a protest  asap.


  1. Time Limit

8.1  The time limit for the first boat is 75 minutes from the starting signal.

8.2  Boats that have not finished within 20 minutes of the first boat may be finished in their observed position on the course at the discretion of the Race Officer.


  1. Equipment

9.1  The equipment used must comply with the Tera Class rules.


  1. Start / Finish / Course

10.1                   The start will be between a flag on the committee boat and the orange buoy at the other end of the line.

10.2                   If a distance mark is used it will be laid just behind the line close to the committee boat, all boats must start and pass this mark on the opposite side to           the committee boat.

10.3                   All boats must pass through the start / finish gate on the windward leg. This is not a requirement on the leeward leg.

10.4                   The course is a windward leeward with a spreader mark, or as advised at the briefing if the conditions do not permit a windward leeward course.

10.5                   The number of laps and course direction,(port or Stbd), will be displayed on the committee boat before the 5 minute signal.

10.6                   The finish line will be as per the start line. After finishing please keep clear of the line, if a boat is recorded crossing the line more than once then the worst recorded place may be used.



11.1 Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent.