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Training at the club

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Mar 252016

There is a wide variety of training available for both juniors and adults. Details are on the  Training page.

Members – note the next evening training session is on Thursday, April 21st, from 7 p.m.,  Sail trim and settings with Ted Garner. Sure to be a great session for both single and double handers, as Ted shares his knowledge and experience as a club instructor and sailor in GP14, Laser and Solo.

Click here for more details and to register your interest for this FREE members training session!


Easter News Update

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Mar 252016
Happy Easter!
This Sunday is the last in the Icebreaker series – It is forecast to be windy, which is quite a contrast to the last two weekends, which have been light. Come down and enjoy the wind. Prize giving will be after the last race – all to play for with lasers holding the first three places currently, closely followed by Ted in his Solo and Steve in his Firefly. Main Points starts on Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd April. Looking a little further ahead, midweek sailing starts on Tuesday 19th April (Raceboards) and Wednesday 20th April (dinghies).
Learn to Sail
This is a call out to Guardians of junior members, if you are interested in learning to sail so you can enjoy the sport along with your children, why not take advantage of our Adult learn to sail course that starts on the 9th April and runs for 4 Saturdays. If you have children of eight and above that you would like to join in the course, they can join the course too.
For more info see the website under training, or email bsctraining@budworthsc.org.uk for more information.
Club Boats
The club has a number of club boats that are available for new members to hire. We seem to have an on-going problem with parts being “borrowed” from these boats and not returned. If we are to make the boats available to new members, they have to be serviceable. PLEASE DO NOT use the club boats as your local store for the forgotten bung, trolley wheel or block. This is theft and last year this cost the club a considerable sum and more to the point, leaves new members without boats to sail and creates work for the fleet captain. If a club member is seen borrowing, then please do challenge them.
Thursday evenings
On the 7th April, Chris Hearn will be running a session on the Race management system. This is a regular yearly course and is always really informative and helpful if you are an ARO or PRO, but it is open to everyone and covers the basics as well, including signing in and getting your results!
Fleet emails
Most fleet captains (including Saturday and Wednesday) send out their own email updates. These keep fleet members up to date with fleet events and coordinate turnouts for racing. However, identifying who belongs to which circulation list can be difficult, especially for crews. If you would like to be included in a fleet’s regular email shot, contact the relevant fleet captain – their email addresses are at http://budworthsc.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/:
Bill Kenyon – Wednesday
Mike Davies – Saturday
Ali Cormack – Team Racing (not on link above – ali.cormack@btinternet.com )
RS200s – Martin Joesbury
Steven Crossley – Fireball
GP14  – Caroline Cawood
Laser  – David Nicholson
Raceboard – Mark Spurrell
RS200          – Martin Joesbury
Solo – Ian Noble
Snipe – Mark Antonelli
Junior Representative – Annabel Page
Alison Hutton spent some time cleaning up litter at the club during the working parties. She was very pleased to get rid of all the old tape and litter but was a little dismayed last weekend to see that it had already begun to appear in the boat park again. Please remember to take your litter to the bins inside or outside the clubhouse – thanks.
See you on the water soon.

Race System Training – TONIGHT! -7th April 2016

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Mar 232016

From 7 pm in the club lounge, and the bar will be open… do come along!!

All sailors need to know how to sign on for a race, but can you 

  • Easily change a sail number?
  • Add your crew name?
  • Help a new member or visiting sailor to sign in?
  • Chris will give you some tips – and save you time on every race!

– PRO/ARO –  New features this year: “Edit Helm, Automated Pursuit Races”.  If you are not sure how to score a race, how (when?) to correct a mistake, then come along!

Whether you are new to the club or not, come along to learn more about our computer race system and have a go on a test system, in comfort !

This is part of our series of early season training, and there will also be RMS “practice” systems running, plus demo and Q&A where Chris will answer your questions!

Also updated copies of the “Race System on a stick”, so bring your Windows 7/8/10 laptop and/or a USB stick for a free copy!

As some preparation is required, it will be helpful (although not essential) to register in advance through WebCollect  to buy a free ticket. Just click this link



March 11th – News Update

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Mar 112016
Working Parties
We are nearly finished with working parties. The final one is this Saturday – 12th March at 9.30am. The season starts on Sunday with the Icebreaker series. The objective of the day is to complete all outstanding jobs and generally make sure the club is ready for the season start, the following day. Please come down and help if you can.
The club is looking smart, so thanks to Steve Hubbard who as usual ran many of the working parties. Thanks this year to the other volunteers who helped Steve run some of the sessions over the past few weeks:
Alison Hutton, Hugh Attfield, Mike Davies and Bill Anderson
Thanks to everyone who has attended the working parties. Without you the club just wouldn’t be ready (well nearly ready, apart from this Saturday).
Also thanks to the Raceboard team led by Eric who have installed a new container over the last few weeks – it involved a lot of ground work, which hopefully kept the Raceboaders fit over winter! It looks great and they now have storage for all the Raceboards plus training kit. This training kit will be available for anyone to use in the summer, when the water warms up a little. The fleet is growing and this enables interested members to give it a go if they wish. Contact Mark Spurrell as the weather warms up.
Winter Boat Places
We have done an audit of the boat park and some members have not paid their winter storage fees. We will be contacting those members individually but we ask that if you are one of those members please pay for this immediately by Webcollect – Many thanks.
We are now ready to start the season and the Icebreaker begins on Sunday. This runs until the 27th March with three races each Sunday. Qualification is achieved when you have sailed half the total numbers of races held (max 9 over three Sundays). It is a nice short series and open to visitors. This year we will have a separate Raceboard competition. Come down and get your sailing/windsurfing limbs attuned again!
Training & Events
Lots of training and events to keep you busy at the start of the season:
Powerboat Experience Days
On Saturday 12th and 19th March from 13.30.  Free to all members
Junior, Adult, Guardian, etc
Your chance to practice driving the ribs, improve your skills and competence
This day is a requirement for those with a Rescue Duty. Each session will rapidly rotate people to minimise waiting times, and will allow members to join in at any time from 13:30.
Please let us know numbers by booking via Webcollect
24th March 19:00 Racing – Boat handling – Improving Tacking and Gybing Jon Chapman
7th April 19:00 – The Race Management System – Signing On for a race, PRO/ARO – how to run and score races Chris Hearn
Sat. 9/16/23/30th April – Learn to Sail Course – Open to all members. (See http://budworthsc.org.uk/Training page for more details) Chris Hill (Senior Instructor)
Members’ Handbooks
These are being printed and therefore will be sent out to all members in the very near future. This year, it has been decided to ensure that every member has the Information Handbook. Hold on to your copy of the Rules and Instructions book this and next year!

Duty Rota.

A note from its constructor! The Duty Rota is now loaded on to DutyMan. The Rota has maintained the requested dates for all those who signed up on the sheets in the Clubhouse or sent me an email.

If the date you have been given is now inconvenient, please make sure you arrange a swap as soon as possible.
It is now the responsibility of every member to confirm and arrange swaps. There is no such thing as a ‘DutyMan Manager’.
The best way is by telephone and then remember to adjust DutyMan, AFTER the swap has been agreed!

Thanks Mark Philpot for all your hard work on these two projects. They represent two of the most difficult and time consuming jobs in the club. Say thanks to Mark next time you see him at the clubhouse – make sure Carol gets a nod also, as I am sure she has helped him along the way. Remember Mark is not responsible for coordinating duties moving forward, it is down to yourself as described above.
Budworth Hoodies
One of our junior members is raising money towards an expedition to Peru in 2017 where she will be helping out at a local children’s project and school. She is offering hoodies for all Budworth Sailing club members in both junior and adult sizes.
The cost of the child’s hoodie is £18 and the cost of an adult’s hoodie is £22. This includes printed back with text ‘Budworth Sailing club’ and printed name on front left breast (if requested). All proceeds will go towards fundraising. The colour of the hoodies will be Oxford Navy with white text print.
If you would like to purchase a hoodie and want to know sizes etc., please contact Freya at freya@peers.myzen.co.uk or see her at the club. (She will be around during junior training sessions and most Sundays).
All orders must be in by 3rd June 2016.
Tree Cutting
This is a plea for some help this Saturday, 12th March, to clear up the wood we have cut in the angler’s field by I/H. We have taken out quite a chunk (and the wind has already magically appeared in places) but we have been struggling to process it all during the normal club working parties. It is critical we get the area all tidied up this Saturday.
The plan is to commence about 09:30 (Ed: note change of time!).
Also, please take a look at the paper on Tree Cutting on the website – http://budworthsc.org.uk/general-posts/comments-invited-cutting-trees-in-the-boatpark/  and comment. We have a Committee meeting next Thursday where we need to make some decisions so we need your input.
Finally – if a member of the public contacts you about the trees please ask them to contact either myself or Hugh Devereux through the contact page on the website.
See you on the water soon!

Comments invited – cutting trees in the boatpark

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Mar 042016

We regularly pollard the willow trees in the boatpark, and they are overdue for a cut. There is an alternative proposal. Please see the discussion document (in the members only section on the February entry of the Main Committee minutes).

Your comments and feedback are requested – please email either Russell Page or Roger Gardner


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March News

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Mar 022016

Spring is nearly here, the winter is nearly over, and already the club is a hub of activity for the new year.

This last weekend saw the completion of the external work around the new Sailboard container, and very nice it looks too. Well done to Eric’s team who did a monumental job of shifting vast quantities of rubble and earth. Then another successful working party on Sunday led by Hugh Attfield saw lots of painting, brushing turfing and tree trimming all to make the club a welcoming place come the start of racing in just a few weeks time. A big thank you to all of you who have come and done your duty, there was a great sense of purpose and community among the throng.

It did amuse me that the Rear was up a pole, his wife spent a lot of time in the Gents and the Vice was on his knees in the training room, meanwhile the Commodore was swinging on a tree on the far side of the lake. – Sorry it appeared somewhat “Navy lark” for those of you old enough…

For those of you still to do a winter duty, there are two days still to do and plenty more jobs require finishing.

Moving on… The schedule for the year is now up on the web site here so check out what is coming up. The duty rota is in the process of being loaded so you will shortly start to receive your notifications. The Handbook is also in prep and will be out as soon as we can.

The start to the year – Ice breaker series – 13th March at 1:30pm.

But before that… there are a few other things…

Thirsty Thursday’s continue this week (3rd) with “THE START” – Bill Kenyon will be taking us through the details of how to make a good start and what to look out for… There is still time to sign up here for this free social at the club… The Lancashire pies will be out again this week and the bar is always open.

This will be followed by “The BEAT” (logically) led by Mark Antonelli on the 10th.

Race management course – March 5th 10am at the club. This course is being run by Henry Wright and will cover all the essentials of being a Race officer, with practical sessions on the water. The junior squad sailors will be providing us with racing boats to ensure we can all learn the techniques. The course will cover

  1. Setting good start lines
  2. Ensuring a good beat
  3. How to cope when things don’t go to plan
  4. Tips for ensuring you record all those finishers.

If you want to join this course, please book in here so we know numbers. On the day you will need lots of layers of warm clothing and waterproofs.


I am pleased to announce that this year as well as all the training that Hugh Attfield and John Waind have put together in previous years. We have extended the offering with a continuous program of family and adult “Learn to Sail” sessions which will take place all day Saturday, enabling us to offer a wide introduction channel to the sport.  This is being led by our new Senior Instructor Chris Hill.

– Click on the course titles to go to the booking website

Family LEARN TO SAIL – 9th April – Do you know someone who wants to learn to sail?? For more information see the web site or email Hugh Devereux

– Adult – Better Sailing – 16th/ 17th April – Aimed at anyone who has completed a learn to sail (RYA L1 and L2.) Or perhaps you have sailed a bit in the past but not done much recently… For queries please email John Waind

There is also a Monday evening Better sailing course which will commence on the 16th May.

Junior training

Our Juniors will again have access to a dedicated training sessions on Sunday mornings. This year we start on the 8th May and run through to the 26th June.  We will be operating a Beginners, Progressors and a Racers group. For information and booking please email Hugh Attfield

Other events coming up

Power boat experience days  – 12th and 19th March  This is a relaxed opportunity for you to get in the Ribs and practice manoeuvres so that you can competently perform your duties during the year. There will be competent helms on hand in the boat to advise and guide you in the rib, and we will set a course and activities for you to do. This isn’t PB training, it is a practice session.


I look forward to seeing you all at the club in the near future,



Hugh Devereux

VIce Commodore