Club News

Jimmy Starling Trophy, July 13th-14th
Hosted by the BSC

This past weekend, the vibrant mace-coloured sails of the Squibs adorned the water as they competed for the prestigious Jimmy Starling Trophy. It was two fantastic days of competitive sailing and great company, topped off with a delicious meal on Saturday night.
Huge congratulations to Mickey Wright and Alex Porteous!
full results on website Tab: Sailing - Results - Jimmy Starling

Tuesday 14th May 2024
The Dinghy Spring Series is well underway with the Slow Handicaps, Fast Handicaps and Regatta Fleet on the water tonight for Week 6 /8.
Full results in the Sailing Tab above.

A message from John Mellard & Family

John Mellard and Family would like to invite all who knew Margaret to her funeral.
Date: Monday 29th April 2024
Time: 12 noon
Place: United Reformed Church, Station Road, Burnham-on-Crouch
and afterwards all are welcome to the Burnham Sailing Club to continue to celebrate Margaret's life.

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Margaret Mellard. Margaret died peacefully at home on Saturday morning with her husband John and her family by her side.
Margaret was a life long supporter of the Burnham sailing club and a formidable sailor in her own right. If you raced against Scintilla with Margaret on the helm then you will understand what I mean. I for one will miss that smile of approval and on occasions the “ look” that meant you hadn’t quite managed it. A very brave person, still managing to go for a sail just two weeks ago.
Our heart felt condolences go to our president John Mellard and to Sue, David and their families.
Notification of arrangements will follow in due course.
Tom Sadler
Commodore Burnham Sailing Club

Dates for the diary

Monday Meet Up
5th February
A chance to pop into the club for a hot beverage, light lunch and a chatter.
1st Monday of every month 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday Winter Warmers
7th February
Spaghetti Bolognese week.

Notice of AGM
Sunday 28th January, 3 p.m.
The agenda and minutes have been sent to all members via email.
Please check and if you have not receive them contact:

Dates for the diary

We have our first sailing event at BSC this weekend.
We welcome the UKRSTCA RS Tera Eastern Regional Training Squad.

Wednesday Winter Warmer 24th Jan.
Comforting Soups £4.00
Galley opens at 6 p.m.

Burns night 26th January
Orders in by Monday 22nd please
Details on Facebook, WhatsApp notification group and in the galley.

To book for either event contact Ros on

Dates of your diary

Veganuary challenge 17th January Wednesday Winter Warmers
We have loaded Jacket potatoes £4.00
Galley opens at 6 p.m.

Also don't forget Burns Night
book by Monday 22nd January
Menu is on Facebook, Whatsapp notification group and in the Galley

Dates for your diary

Wednesday Winter Warmers start on 10th January with 'Scrumptious pies and Creamy mash'. £5 per person.
Galley opens at 6 p.m.

Come and celebrate a traditional Burns Night on Friday 26th January.
3 course Scottish menu available and a wee dram to toast the haggis. £20 per person.
Galley is open from 6 p.m.

Please contact to book for both events.
Final booking for Burns Night Monday 22nd January.

Burnham Sailing Club Annual General Meeting
Sunday 28th January 2023 at 3pm

Notice of the Annual General Meeting, Agenda and Minutes will be sent out to all members via email.

We look forward to seeing you as we move forward into another successful year full of great sailing and brilliant social events.

Monday 1st January, 2024
Happy New Year Everyone

RBYC Payne-James Icicle Race

After a very successful 2023 Cobra is looking forward to the 2024 sailing season and kicks starts the New Year with a win.
Congratulations Cobra

A great turnout from BSC in the Cruisers
and Dinghy Classes on a very chilly day.

Cruisers Results
1st Cobra BSC
2nd Red Gauntlet
3rd Mantra BSC
4th Exile BSC
5th Triage BSC
6th Kah-Nee-Ta

Dinghy Results
1st Blaze 852
2nd ILCA 6 lazer 213598
3rd ILCA 6 lazer 189382
4th 209957
5th Blaze 680
6th RS200 1152 BSC
7th Natasha BSC
8th ILCA 7 laser 108378
9th Solo 4165
10th ILCA 4 lazer 189093 BSC

It is with sadness that we heard of the death of life member Evelyn Hardy. Mother of past Commodore John Hardy and Claire Hutton Penman. A staunch Sailing Club member she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her children and grandchildren.

On Friday 30th June our President met with the lovely Caroline Cross, to thank her for her contributions to the club through fundraising. Twice now Caroline has taken part in the Maldon mud run and donated part of her funds to Burnham Sailing Club!! The first time her and her family weren't even members, they were passing by and had read about one of our club engines having been stolen and wanted to help . Just over £300 has been gifted now!! Thank you.

Thank you to everyone who came in today and supported our seals by buying cakes, teas, coffees or donating money!!
£181.50 was raised!!!!!!
These funds will go towards the maintenance of the juniors safety fleet, club boats.

Race 2 of the Spring Series Wednesday 19th April is cancelled owing to the forecast. The N Flag is flying. From Tom Sadler, Vice Commodore Sail

Race 2 of the Spring Series Tuesday 18th April is cancelled owing to the forecast. The N Flag is flying. From Tom Sadler, Vice Commodore Sail.

JUNIORS 1st week back!!

36 kids went out on the water
31 parents helped/volunteered

The cobra and 2 wayfarer boats took 18 of our beginners on a cruise up and down the crouch, showing them how to be safe on the water and how to sail.

Bex hurst and Paul Jones our new river 1 coaches took 8 of our river 1’s out on their maiden crouch experience in their opis!!

Tony Lacey took 6 river 2 children out, 3 of those children trialled a club tera for the first time with great success!!

Andy Hutcheon stepped up to coach river 3 children last night while Keith Gilmore is away taking 4 children out.

A great evening with CKC members enjoying our final pool session for a few months, next session will be 16th September make sure this date is in your diary.

The pool was awash with Sea Kayaks and paddlers practicing a whole blend of skills and techniques like how to retrieve an unconscious paddler which presented a few challenges, edging, roll practice, strokes, turns, sculling draw, capsize and self-rescues, my goodness what an action filled session all fantastically orchestrated and supervised by Peter Evans.

Great to welcome three new faces to the mix Andy, Laura and Dan who literally threw themselves into the fun more than they may have anticipated!

Wet exit training/skill practice sessions scheduled to take place during Wednesday sessions these specific sessions will be put on the club calendar so keep a look out.

Latest Catering and Social Events Update has been sent out via email and published via the BSC Facebook Group.

The Membership Portal is now OPEN.
It is easy to copy information across from last year and select payment type.
READ the Instructions carefully.
Warning – Please check the details carefully. There are some mistakes in the database or people missing.
Remember the First page is contact information followed by each member of the membership.

Paper based forms are available to download for those who do not wish to use the Portal.

Burnham Sailing Club - February 2023 Updates

The below updates are available via the email newsletter,

Key Meeting Information for February and March
Launch of the Burnham Sailing Instagram Profile
St David's Day Social Event
Upcoming Social Event Calendar

Please contact Daniel Rodwell via if you have any questions regarding this publication.

Burnham Sailing Club Annual General Meeting
Sunday 29th January 2023 at 3pm

Notice of the Annual General Meeting, Agenda and Minutes have been sent out to all members via email. If you have not received an email please contact to obtain your copies.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM, and hope that you are keeping safe and well during this time.

It is with sadness that I inform you of the death of Peter Pearson.

Peter was a huge part of the Burnham Sailing Club especially within the cadet section and proved to be a real champion of youth sailing. He was instrumental in many cadet events out of the Club.

His knowledge of local history was amazing and his passion for that history to be told was outstanding. His book of Burnham was a great read and so packed full of local interest and many linked to the BSC.

He will be fondly remembered by so many of us who were either parents of the same generation or children at the same time as his. We all have so many memories of the great times!

The Junior award ceremony followed on from the junior regatta with the club’s president John Mellard presenting the trophies for the junior section. He also gave a lovely speech at the end to encourage and further inspire our young sailors.

This year was the first year that beginners had been recognised for their amazing achievements and efforts.
Harry, Caleb, Indy, Jack, Henry and Willow
These children smashed this season and will be going up to river one next season.

River one coach Tony Lacey recognised Alissa Jones and Niall Harrell for their effort and sportsmanship this year.

The Mel Bass trophy was awarded to Tony Lacey for his continuous contribution to the club in coaching every Friday, coaching at pond sessions on Saturdays and helping at events, very well deserved.

Clanger trophy went to Hayley Bullen for falling over on the pontoon whilst helping pull a launching trolly out of the water, which resulted in her going to A&E to be told it’s just sprained and then broken 3 weeks later.

The Endeavour trophy went to Adam smith for his efforts in and out of the club which don't always come easy. He is a dedicated sailor who does not always get recognised as he doesn’t like the racing side of sailing.

Noah Mather’s received the Bob Cole for representing the club away from home at Optimist events across the country.

The day was finished with thanks to the parents from the children for their support in bringing them and volunteering to help at the club.

Thank you to all the coaches and people behind the scenes of the club to help the juniors go ahead. It has been a great season!!!

Full list of awards given:

Spring Series
Slow Handicap - Charlie Rawling
Optimist - Noah Mathers

Summer Series
Slow Handicap - Cameron Hetherington
Optimist - Noah Mather’s

Seasons Points
Slow Handicap
1 - Charlie Rawling
2 - Archie Hutcheon
3 - Eva Kennedy
1 - Noah Mathers
2 - Amy Bullen
3 - Isla Kennedy

Stuart Paul - Noah Mathers

Fast Handicap - Chris Roberts
Slow Handicap - Eva Kennedy
Optimist - Noah Mathers

Endeavour - Adam Smith
Bob Cole - Noah Mathers

River 1
Most Improved - Niall Harrell
Most Sporting - Alisia Jones

River 2
Most Sporting - Archie Hutcheon
Most Improved - Amy Bullen

Most Improved - Cameron Hetherington
Most Sporting - Esmè Van Schagen

Best All Rounder - Charlie Rawling

Clanger - Hayley Bullen

The BSC Junior Regatta 2022 was held on the 1st of October. Things were a bit different this year thanks to the gusting winds and very high tides, activities had to be mainly shore based. We kicked off the day at with breakfast in the club for everyone put on by the galley team. There was fancy dress with the children really taking part and adding to their costumes with face painting throughout the day, even the adults got involved.

There was a treasure hunt where the children had to find captain Blackbeard in the clubhouse who was sneakily hiding among other pirates. Between 10:00 and 12:00 the club also held a McMillan coffee morning which was great and £227 was raised.

Mate morning parents took to the pontoon to launch the rafts that they had made with their children for the raft race. However Tony Lacey (our river one coach) had put a sail in a large lump of polystyrene and jumped on board to sail out!! The winning vessel belonged to George Savage.

Throughout the day there was various games and coloring competitions to keep the kids entertained and sweets were the main theme of prizes for the activities.

The amazing Peaberries cafe kept us fed with their pizzas in the afternoon before finishing off the day with the juniors awards.

Arrangements for Roger Tolhurst funeral

Thursday 18th August - 10.30am
Chelmsford Crematorium
Family Flowers only
A flash of fuchsia pink or red
Donations to Fairleigh Hospice and Marie Curie via Link: https//

Afterwards at the Burnham Sailing Club

Liz, Nic and his sister Jill

It is with sadness that we have to let you know that long standing member Roger Tolhurst has died. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liz, Nic and family.
Roger was an excellent crew throughout his sailing career, racing on Stellas and aboard the family squib Sroda. He was crewing for Jo Barker in Centaur when they won Burnham Week in a large competitive fleet of stellas and spent some time crewing for Peter Duce on his squib. He and Liz raced Sroda together for many seasons. He has sailed for David Lenz on Red Jacket enjoying great successes and he has been seen most recently crewing on Spring Chicken and Ophelia with his brother in law Richard Moore.
Stalwart member of the Club, Roger will be greatly missed afloat and ashore.

The weather forecast is not looking good. If you wish to still take part in the sail past event please be aware of the wind forecast. The president will be on the racebox balcony to view and dip the ensign as you pass. We appreciate that the weather may put you off the club house remains open.
Decision on racing to be made nearer the start time by 1.30pm

It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Jonathan Lewis today. In recent years he has been a regular face at the Club coaching Teras and Fevas as well as sometimes racing his 200 or aboard Traigh.

He has been instrumental in inspiring many to keep racing and responsible for coaching many of our juniors to high levels. His squads and coached youngsters have had huge successes racing in both the UK and abroad. His passion for helping youngsters and encouraging them to keep going in order to improve their racing always shone through and he was so enthusiastic when coaching or acting as race officer.

He will be hugely missed all around the world, by young members and their parents alike. His untimely death leaves a large hole in race coaching for juniors and particularly in the RS fleets.

Our thoughts are with Jo, Ellen, Caitlin and all their families.

Well done to three of our junior sailors (Archie Hutcheon, George Hutcheon and Noah Mathers) who we’re invited by the RYA to take part in the iconic Eric Twiname Junior Championships at Rutland Water in the Optimist class with 58 other competitors from around the country. The 37th ETs was organised by the RYA in conjunction with the Eric Twiname Trust, which sees junior sailors come together to race and represent their region or home country. The first event took place in 1986 and has seen thousands of young sailors compete, including Olympians past and present. Sailing stars Ben Ainslie and Iain Percy were among the early winners of the regatta before going on to Olympic greatness. There were representatives from the following classes: Optimist, RS Tera, RS Feva and Topper dinghies – as well as four different rig sizes of Bic Techno windsurfer.

Light winds were predicted all weekend and the first day’s racing was postponed until 2pm and only two races competed. Noah’s first day was exceptional taking a 6th in the first race and then a bullet in the second which put him in 2nd overnight. Sadly, the winds didn’t favour George or Archie both getting caught up in traffic around the windward mark, both ending up towards the back of the fleet.

Day two was still light, Noah continued in good form with a 5th and 8th and two 14ths’. George managed a 22nd but with a UFD (over the line in the last minute) so was disqualified form that race and a 24th in the 2nd of the day, unfortunately this wasn’t enough for him to climb the table. Archie’s determination meant that event though he was at the back of the fleet he didn’t give up and kept plugging away with his best result being 51st.

The breeze on day three was non-existent with postponement after postponement, eventually at 12pm the race committee cancelled racing and the day was abandoned.

The final results for our lads this weekend were Noah 4th, George 48th and Archie 57th.

The BSC would like to congratulate the boys in taking part in this prestigious event and we are very proud of all our sailors representing our club in events near and far.

The kayakers are pleased to announce that we have been awarded British Canoeing Quality Club status. This is a national quality reward given to organisations who provide a high standard of paddle sport activities. The award recognises and reflects the excellent delivery and outstanding merit of governance and safeguarding which is in place. Our success is the result of many months of team work ensuring that policies and procedures are put in place to make sure that paddling is safe and fun for everyone.

The N flag will be flying from the club, with no racing tonight owing to the forecast.

See you all next week for the start of the Spring Series!

Lucy Heathfield-Ward

Vice Commodore Sailing

Owing to the rapid rise in covid cases we have taken the difficult decision to not open the clubhouse after racing on Sunday. Racing will carry on as we will staff the race box with just 2 people one inside one outside. Prizegiving will be on the decking asap after racing weather permitting. Please keep an eye out on all communication channels in case of further changes. Thank you for your understanding, Sally

Race 5 of the Autumn Series, Sunday 31st October, is cancelled owing to the forecast. The N flag is flying.

Unfortunately, prize giving has been cancelled due to lack of RSVPs. More details to follow this weekend.