IOCA Thames Valley Area
Optimist Winter Open Meeting
Burghfield Sailing Club

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Burghfield SC welcomes you all to our Optimist Winter Open Meeting on 31st January 2009


Event Report

Event reports can be found by clicking on the above link  (03/02/2009)

Event Photos

Some photos from the event have been posted on the Burghfield S.C. web site.  (03/02/2009)

More Photos

There are more photos that were taken by Steve Thornton of Breeze Photographic. These can be found by clicking on the above link.   (03/02/2009)

Final Sailing Instructions

A final set of SIs has now been posted. These contain a minor correction to the previous set and add some alternative courses and an alternative schedule.

Although the courses look complicated, they derive from two basic patterns: A square course which we are likely to use if the wind is across the lake and an extended S course more suitable for use when the wind is across the lake.  


We have made some changes to the NOR to clarify which fleet you should enter. This has been made necessary due to the large interest that has been shown in our Open Meeting. We have now moved entrants to the fleets relevant to the criteria set by the NOR. If you have any questions please do contact us.

The criteria for the three fleets have been selected very carefully in order to provide the best possible racing for all of the sailors who enter.

The lake at Burghfield is large enough to provide great courses with good size beats with most wind directions. If the wind is directly across the lake the length of the beat is reduced and better racing is achieved by having fewer boats on the start line. Racing in flights over a one day event is far from satisfactory for the competitors or for the race management team. Therefore, three fleets, split along squad lines to ensure good, close peer-group racing in the favored option.

We are aware that many sailors may want to sail in a higher fleet to gain experience and to stretch themselves. However, we ask that you respect the criteria specified in the Notice of Race and enjoy the opportunity to have some close racing with the sailors that you train with.

Optimist Gold Fleet - Any members (or selected or previous members) of the IOCA National or Intermediate squads (RYA or IOCA) must enter the Gold Fleet. Members of the IOCA Development Squad may enter Gold Fleet.

Optimist Silver Fleet Any members (or selected or previous members) of the RYA Optimist zone squads must enter the Silver Fleet only. Those in the IOCA Development Squad may enter Silver Fleet. Any sailor who has sailed in at least one major IOCA event in main fleet (that is the Inlands, National Week or End of Season events) and is currently sailing regularly in Main Fleets may also enter the Silver Fleet.

Optimist Bronze Fleet Any sailor who has some experience of open events and is not a current or previous member of an IOCA or RYA squad as defined in the Gold and Silver Fleets and does not meet the additional criteria for the Silver Fleet should enter the Bronze Fleet.

Optimitst Regatta Fleet Any sailor with little or no experience of open events should enter the Regatta Fleet. This will be a coached fleet and will probably be sailed on a separate course to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Fleets.

Thank you for your cooperation   

Sailing Instructions

Click on the link, on the right hand side to view the sailing instructions.  


If the event is canceled and there is no racing, we will give sailors the choice of a refund or carrying their entrance fee forward to our planned summer event.

If sailors withdraw before Wednesday 28th January we will offer a refund or the choice of carrying their entrance fee forward to our planned summer event.

If sailors withdraw after 28 January, or do not show up on the day, then we will not offer a refund.

All refunds will be set at 10, the holding back of 2 is to cover; bank charges, admin, and as a contribution to other incurred costs.   


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Entry Fees

Fleet Normal Late
1. Optimist - Gold Fleet £12.00 --
2. Optimist - Silver Fleet £12.00 --
3. Optimist - Bronze Fleet £12.00 --
4. Optimist - Regatta Fleet £12.00 --


Click Here for the Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions (Gold/Silver/Bronze)
Click above for the Gold, Silver & Bronze fleets sailing instructions.

Sailing Instructions (Regatta)
Click above for the Regatta fleet sailing instructions.

Burghfield SC website

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Entry Fee
The entry fee is 12 payable online or by cheque.

Directions to the Club
Worth reading - there is a width restriction and road works in the area.

Where to Stay

Burghfield Sailing Club Hangar Road Theale Reading Berks RG7 4AP

Any questions

Contact: Alex Pearce
Tel No:   01189 303604

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