We are holding our annual Open Day on Saturday 5th May from 12 noon to 5pm and extend a warm invitation to anyone who would like to come and visit our marvellous facilities and discover more about the opportunities we offer our members. Admission is free and we will be offering tours of the club and taster sails on our training lake throughout the day. Our cadets will be running sailing demonstrations on the lake and have rigged examples of the training boats we use. Refreshments will be available and our bar will be open. After lunch, you can watch the club dinghy and cruiser racers in action. We will also be running trips on the river Blackwater in the club launch, a Rib and sailing tasters on a cruiser. No booking is required and lifejackets will be provided. If hoping to undertake a sailing taster, wear warm clothes with a waterproof jacket and bring a towel and change of clothing. Click here for the programme for the day: files/Events/Timetable.pdf The exact programme for the day is dependent on weather conditions and subject to alteration. If you need any more information about the day, please contact our Rear Commodore, Nigel Butler firstname.lastname@example.org
A sellout crowd of 92 packed into the main clubroom on Saturday 10th March for our annual Fitting Out Supper. Despite the recent unseasonably cold weather, this event serves as a reminder to members that the sailing season is upon us and their preparations for a great season of sailing should be well underway. After a delicious three course meal, guests were entertained with a very humorous talk by local boy and Practical Boat Owner columnist Dave Selby. Dave enthralled the audience with tales of his exciting voyages and his many transatlantic crossings. He wowed us with tales of his amazing navigational feats, the highlight of which was running aground on Northey Island during the highest spring tide for twelve years. He demonstrated that it is possible to sail with a limited budget and his Sailfish 18 "Marlin" is testament to that. He has recorded one of the slowest passages in maritime history from the Blackwater to the Southampton boat show, known in the annals of sailing as "Marlin's Mission". Dave has recently published the sailors "must have" book "The Impractical Boat Owner". Dave generously offered this to Blackwater Sailing Club members at a specially inflated price. He also gave us the opportunity to buy illustrated mugs and drawings in support of his charity to raise money for research into the rare neurological condition which means he has to be admitted to hospital every four weeks. As promised, those privileged to hear Dave's talk learnt absolutely nothing about sailing, but anyone who wasn't enthused to give it a try should take up golf.
TUESDAY 13TH MARCH 2018
Will members please note that due to necessary work there will be no Electricity to the Main Clubhouse and toilets during the day.
The power will be back on in the evening for the Tuesday Talk!
During the day there will still be power to the Sun Room, Members' Galley and the boat park and members' workshop.
The Annual Joint River Safety Meeting due to be held at the Clubhouse this evening(Wednesday 28th February) at 7.30pm has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. It will be rescheduled later in the year
There have been a few changes in the BSC Cadet Committee.
Cadet Commodore James Crook is standing down as he has been accepted into the Army. Well done James! We are sorry you won’t be with us for much of this year, but good luck and we hope to see you sometime out on the water.
Stepping up to the job as the new Cadet Commodore we are really pleased to have Lizzy Hood who was runner up in the election process.
Stepping up as Honorary Cadet Secretary is Lola Andrews to take on the role that Lizzy would have been doing. So, with Vice Commodore Jamie Norman, and all the Cadet Committee members, that now completes the revised Cadet Committee Dream Team for 2018.
I am really looking forward to working with you guys in my last year as Cadet Skipper before Rob takes over next year.