Our adapted 2021 calendar has been published taking acount of the roadmap out of COVID restrictions. Everyone is super keen to get back on the water and we have put togther a full calendar that progresses "back to normal" in due course, whilst adhering to the relevant legislation and guidelines. Recreational sailing restarts on 31st March with the Windsurfers epected to be first on the water possibly joined by some hardy dinghy sailors! Easter is a super-long weekend with extra sailing on Bank Holiday Friday and Monday. Saturday FUN sailing also restarts at Easter and Sunday sees the restart of racing (pursuit format initially) with the Wednesday evening series also starting straight away. Junior/Youth coaching starts on 1st May and we have a Junior/Youth/Adults beginners course planned for 22-23rd May (Booking now open).
We are excited to be back on the water from 31st March! In accordance with government guidelines, our clubhouse and changing rooms will remain closed until restrictions are relaxed. We will publish our 2021-2022 programme of sailing, racing and training once the relevant regulations have been published by the government and interpreted by the Royal Yachting Association.
Effective 5th January, in accordance with Government coronavirus legislation and RYA guidance, all activity is cancelled until further notice.
Effective 31st December, Blithfield is subject to Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions. Racing is cancelled until further notice, the grounds remain open for individual sailing and windsurfing. Please comply with Government travel restictions in force in your local area.
The 2020-21 Blithfield Barrel will be a members only series due to Covid-19. Notice of Race here. and Sailing Instructions here.
In accordance with Government coronavirus legislation and RYA guidance, we are closed until 2nd December. We look forward to some pre-christmas sailing!
The calendar has been updated with the Autumn Programme. For Sunday racing, we will continue with our COVID secure Pursuit format, with racing from midday. Saturday FUN sailing continues in October with Buddy sailing after that. Full details here. Note that this year, the Blithfield Barrel will be for members only. Winter Membership starts on the 1st November with pro-rata membership until then, Full details here.
Our Summer Sunday Race Series was won by Andy Couch and Martin Couch in a VX One, 2nd Steve and Gill Leney in a Merlin Rocket and 3rd Andrew Mellor in a Supernova, with an incredible 71 boats taking part in our COVID-special series.Full results here.
Two 1sts for Blithfield at the British Youth Sailing Midland Champs this weekend! Josh won the 6.8m windsurfing and Sam the 4.5m fleet. The recent windy weather practice has clearly paid off!
At the rescheduled 2020 AGM on 6th September, the following Flag Officers elected; Commodore - Ted Kurbica, Vice Commodore - Tracy Smith, Rear Commodore - Andy Watterson.
The calendar has been updated with the Summer Race Programme. Sailing Committee have followed the latest RYA guidance to create a simple programme in line with their philosophy of considerate and conservative sailing. A Sunday series will start from 5th July with 3 pursuit races from 12:00hrs. The Wednesday evening series will start on 8th July with a 18:30hrs start with both series finishing in September. Qualification for the series is reduced to half of the races sailed to reduce any pressure to go out 'to get the result'. All boats are asked to fit or carry a suitable painter to help with social distancing during any potential recovery. So that racing does not encorage risk taking, it will not take place if the wind speed is gusting F7 (28kn) or above. Please manintain social distancing at all times, practice good hand hygiene and stay at home if you many be unwell. Notice of race here and sailing instructions here.
We are excited to be returning to the water on Wednesday 3rd June. All of our planning is in place to comply with Government regulations and we are following RYA guidance. As the restrictions are relaxed, our activities will increase and are summarised in our Restart Sailing Matrix. Under the current COVID Alert Level, only Casual sailing is permitted for single household boats (Additional rules are also in force). Simple racing and FUN sailing will restart when we drop to COVID Alert Level 3. Junior coaching is expected to resume under COVID Alert Level 2. Please note that the clubhouse is currently closed and we are unable to accept visitors. Wash your hands, respect social distancing and stay at home if you may be unwell. Click for full documentation.