Blithfield Barrel - Sunday 9th February - Races abandoned. Sorry everyone, but with Storm Ciara forecast to be at its height on Sunday afternoon, we have taken the decision to cancel sailing. The results as published for the first 6 races will stand and there are 2 discards allowed. Therefore congratulations to Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby who take the win but on equal points with Chris Gould and Caroline Croft. In order to hold the prize giving we have decided to run a separate one-off handicap event -- "The Blithfield Blast' on Sunday 1st March starting at 11.30 with 3 races, entry is free and there will loads of prizes. Following racing there will be the prize giving for the Barrel and the Blast. Due to the generosity of our sponsors (see http://www.blithfield.org.uk/barrel/ for details of the sponsors) we will be giving prizes for achievement throughout the fleet – not just the top few.
The NOR and a final format for The Blast will follow shortly and be posted on the Open Meeting page.
The weather forcast for Sunday is under constance review. A decision about racing on Sunday will be made before the weekend. Please monitor the website for a further announcement.
Final round of the Barrel this Sunday. Y&Y preview for the day here.
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.
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.
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. Results here. 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.
The final round of the 2018/19 Blithfield Barrel was yet another windy day. The series overall was convincingly won by the Merlin Rocket of Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby.Overall results here. Final report here.Round 3 of the 2018-19 Barrel was blowing dogs off leads! Racing started but the wind built and was abandoned during the first race. Final round and prizegiving 10th February. Report of a windy day here!
Another light weekend for the 2018-19 Blithfield Barrel! provisional results so far here. at least the sun came out again! Round 2 report here.
Fantastic start to the 2018-19 Blithfield Barrel! provisional results so far here. lets hope for more wind next time! Round 1 report here. Photos here
Winter membership is now available until 31st March - grab your drysuit and join - singehanders only £64 and doublehanders £76. Fill in the PDF or pick up a form at the club and/or speak to Memberhip Secretary Cathy Vincent
Congratulations to Roger Phillips & Will Croker from Burghfield SC. - Winners of the Merlin Silver Tiller - GKN Trophy. results here. Y&Y Report here.
Saturday Fun Sailing starts 29th September 10:00hrs to 13:00hrs more info here
Congratulations to Cliff Milliner from Cotswold SC who found form in the second half of the regatta to win the Supernova Inland Championships beating his fellow club member Gavin Young on a count-back. results here. Y & Y report here.
Youth regata won by Taylor Berry in a Topper. Great sailing by all sailors in blustery conditions. Results here. (photos here) and more on facebook
Lark Inland Championships results here. Y & Y report here.
Lots of fun on the water during our Regatta weekend. Great wind on Saturday and glorious sunshine on Sunday. Congratulations to Team Blue who won overall closely followed by Team Red. Brilliant entries in the cake competition and some spectacular bottle boats. Due to lack of wind, Founder's Cup racing was abandoned. New arrangements still to be determined.
Due to the Staffordshire Ironman 70.2 on 10th June, access to the club will be restricted due to road closures. However, access to Abbots Bromley will still be possible although it may be necessary to take alternative routes. The 12.00 race will be run as normal. A map showing details of the road closures is here. You will need to plan your route depending upon what time you wish to arrive at the club. A crossing point near Uttoxeter that will allow access to the club during the closure is at Woodcrofts Farm, Highwood ST14 8PS.
Sunday 27th May - A sunny morning but clouding over in the afternoon. The weather forecast was for a thunderstorm in the afternoon but from observing the sky it seemed to pass us to the south. The wind was yet again from the east and the readings on the anonometer (8 - 22 mph) bore no relation to the 'fresh' conditions on the far side of the reservoir. The 2 afternoon races were rather short due to the threatening weather, however, the storm actually held off until 19.00hrs. Turnout on the low side as at least 15 members were flying the flag at other events - the Osprey Inlands and Saundersfoot Coppet Week. In addition to the racing, 2 boats were out enjoying the lively conditions and taking their sailing to, or should that be beyond, the limit. Provisional results can be found here
Wednesday 23rd May - a lovely sunny evening. A steady wind from the east but although generally light there were the occasional moments when sitting out was required - quite a crowd for the BBQ. Provisiofnal results here.
Sunday's race results (20th May) can now be seen here. A busy weekend with junior/youth beginners training starting on Saturday and continuing on Sunday. A full course of 12 learning to sailing in Optimist and Toppers in glorious sunshine! Saturday also saw plenty of recreational sailing and people on the water having fun. On Sunday the club passed our annual RYA training centre inspection - thanks to all training team for their efforts! A difficult weather pattern during the Sunday racing (photos here), with variations in strength and direction but a very busy clubhouse with lots of sailors and spectators alike. Fabulous Weekend.
Congratulations to Joe Scurrah. Winners of the Laser Grand Prix - Midlands. Y & Y report here. Results can be found here.
Annual General Meeting 15th May 2018: The Annual Report was presented by Paul Hollis. Financial report was presented by Ian Rose and approved. All officers were re-elected with the exception of Vice Commodore and Rear Commodore and these roles are now vacant. All proposed amendments to the constitution accepted. Keith Gibbons and Don Stokes are elected as Honorary Members in recognition of their contribution over many years at the Club.
Congratulations to Chris Gould & Nick Broomhall. WInners of the Osprey Midland & Welsh Championships results here. and Y & Y report here.
Enterprise & OK inland Championship results can be found here. Y & Y report for Enterprise ICs here and for OKs IC here.
A bitterly cold day with wind from the NW gusting to 38mph in the hour before the race. Sunshine at times but during the first race a snow storm came through reducing visibility to about half the length of the sailing area. During the lunch break another squall removed 2 merlins from their trollies although they were head to wind. 13 boats started the second race but with the wind building to gusts of 35mph there were many retirements. Congratulations to Andy Davis and Tom Pygall who won the day and the series with an impressive display of heavy weather sailing. - results here - Y&Y report here.
A south / south easterly wind, which blows from the dam to the causeway allowed our guest PRO for Round 3 of the Barrel, Steve Watson, to set a long initial beat for the 52 entrants in a course which used the whole of the sailing area of the full reservoir. It was good to welcome several GPs, a couple of Fireballs and Merlins who were making their first appearance at this seasons Regatta. Congratulations to Mike Senior and Chris White who, in both race came in first - results here - Y & Y report here
Congratulations to Paul & Michelle - winners of the Boxing Day - Ideus Trophy race. Wind not as forecast and it died away slowly throughout the race. However, there was a close finish with several changes of places in the last minutes. The advantage of the pursuit race is that all have the opportunity to sample, at the same time, the delights of the bar - notably the mince pies and specially prepared mulled wine. Race results here
Great turnout of 52 boats for the second round of the 2017/18 Blithfield Barrel, in much more sailable wind conditions than round 1. results here - Y&Y report here
The Blithfield Barrel 2017/18 has started with a windy weekend. results here - Y&Y report here
Congratulations to Bill and Margaret Boyson who have won a 2017 RYA Volunteer Award for Lifetime Commitment.
Mark Abbey won the Wednesday Evening Series in his Laser, 2nd Phil Mason and Jamie Mason (RS400), 3rd Geoff and Noelle Wright (Merlin Rocket)Full results here.
Congratulations to Phil Mason and Jamie Mason in their RS400 who win the Founders Cup for 2017. Full results here.
Dinghies allowed to sail now include those of PN845 or greater (30/05/17)
Phantom Open won by Andy Couch from Leigh & Lowton results here photos here
2017 committee elected Founders cup starts 4th June at 14:00hrs
Laser Open won by Craig Williamson from Carsington results here photos here>
Local legend Gareth Cauldwell and supercrew Jon Gibbons do the host club proud and win the Osprey open. Y&Y report here Full results here
Congratualtions to Paul and Michelle Keeling who won a windy the Winter Series in their RS400 against some tough competition. Check out some of their skills on display in this youtube video!
Blithfield Barrel round 4 provided plenty of wind and exhilarating sailing. Christian Birrell & Tom Pygall won the series in their Merlin Rocket Full results here. Y&Y report here