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.
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.
Following updated Government guidance permitting a return to watersports and in accordance with Royal Yachting Association guidelines, a staged return to sailing has been established for Blithfield SC. We will advise members as soon as our landlord allows access to the site. Click for documentation.
A sub-committee has been formed to create a recovery plan following the suspension of sailing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As soon as Government restrictions allow, we are looking forward to get back sailing. Documents produced by this committee can be found here If you have any queries or comments please contact the Honorary Secretary or Rear Commodore.
Coronavirus pandemic: following advice from the Government and Public Health England, South Staffs Water has taken the decision to close Blithfield Reservoir to all access for any users from Monday 23rd March.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and in line with RYA guidance, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend all organised activity until at least 30th April 2020 and the clubhouse is closed. We hope to be back up and running as soon as possible. Access to boats and water still available for buddy sailing. Click here to read full statement issued by the Commodore.
Another stormy weekend but a Blast for those who could manage the conditions. It was the boats that could not take the pressure with retirements due to gear failure. Congratulations to Andy Couch with Martin Couch and Andy Frayer up in the front who won the event in a VX1. Results here. Y&Y report here.
Barrel final on Sunday 9th February abandoned. Congratulations to Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby (Merlin Rocket) who take the win but on equal points with Chris Gould and Caroline Croft also in a Merlin. Prizegiving will be during on Sunday 1st March with 3 "bonus" races starting at 11.30, free entry and there will loads of prizes throughout the fleet!
Final round of the Barrel Sunday 9th Feb. Y&Y preview for the day here.
Our Autumn series winners were... Fast fleet team Keeling (RS400), Merlins team Leney, Laser Julian Basset and General Tom Chadfield (Supernova).
Congratulations again go to Andy Davies & Pippa Kilsby who were the victors in round 3 of the 2019-20 Barrel series. Full results are here. and Y&Y report here.
Congratulations to Andy Davies & Pippa Kilsby who were the victors in round 2 of the 2019-20 Barrel series. Full results are here. and Y&Y report here.
Congratulations to Paul & Michelle Keeling who were the victors in round 1 of the 2019-20 Barrel series. Full results are here. and Y&Y report here.
Jim Watterson and Andy Watterson won the 12 o'clock late series in their RS400
Congratulations to Matt Biggs & Beka Jones who won the Merlin Silver Tiller open meeting. Matt last won the GKN trophy in 2009. Results here.
Congratulations to Jim Hopton from Shustoke who won a very wind Phantom Open Meeting. Results here.
Our summer series winners were: Doug Rankin (Fast fleet), Heather Matthews (Laser),Geoff and Noelle Wright (Merlin), Ian McDonald (General Fleet). Well done all!
Blithfield Youth Regatta won by Lydia Barber in a Laser Radial with Taylor Berry 2nd in a Topper. Prizes throughout the fleet presented by the legendary Robin Webb!
Congratulations to Geoff and Noelle Wright who won a very close Wednesday night series in their Merlin Rocket.
Founders Cup 2019 winner was Phil Mason. Regatta fleet won by Matt and Ollie Freeman. 'Team We' took the team prize and Rosie won the cake competition! Fantastic weekend on the water. We <3 sailing!
Conratulations to John Ling of Bartley SC - winner of the Laser Super Grand Prix on 12th May. Paul Keeling from Blithfield came in second. Y&Y report here.
Conratulations to Terry Curtis & Peter Greig - winners of the Midlands & Welsh Osprey Championships on 28th April. Jon Batt & Jonathan Gibbons came in second. Results here. Y&Y report here.
Congratulations to Lydia Barber who has become the 2019 RYA Midlands region Youth Champion. The full story can be read on the RYA website.Full results here. Y&Y report here -->