||Blithfield Barrel round 3 was cancelled due to a complete lack of wind and visability. After four races sailed, Christian Birrel & Tom Pygal in their Merlin retain their lead. The best of the rest being lead Chris Gould in 2nd and Caroline Croft 3rd (also first Lady). First singlehander Paul Watsons RS300 with Jonathan Woodward's Solo chasing. The final 2016/17 round is Sunday 12th February. Blithfield
Barrel microsite and results for weeks 1 & 2
|24th Dec 2016
||The gale force winds of the 23rd caused
damage in the dinghy park. See the five pictures 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5. In several
instances the boats have blown over because the
securing ropes have snapped - and not at the
stake. Please insure that you use good strong
ropes - old ropes have failed/perished.
displaced boats have now been secured. Thanks to
Jim & Andy Watterson + Ian Pickard + John
Reay + Ian McDonald.
||The club has again supported St Nicholas
Church and displayed a tree at their Christmas
Tree Festival. Thanks to Barbara Gibbons
& Chris Male for this
|4th Dec 2016
|Round 2 today - congratulations to Mike
Gibson from Bartley SC who won race 3 of the
series in his Supernova and Ferens Barnham with
Andrew Hunter from Northampton SC + Nantwich SC
took the honours in race 4. However, Christian
Birrel & Tom Pygal in their Merlin retain the
lead they established in Round 1. Results
are here. Y&Y
report here. More information about the
Barrel series here
. Next round 8th Jan 2017.
|Ho Ho Ho!
||Christmas party next
weekend. Fun starts from 3pm!
Barrel microsite and results here. After the
first weekend the Merlin of Christian Birrel
& Tom Pygall were are in the lead with the
best of the rest being lead by Caroline Croft
(also first Lady). First singlehander is Jonathan
Woodward's solo in 5th. Chris Martin's Y&Y report
here Next round Sunday 4th December.
||Laying-up Supper - 19th November - see here for more details.
Inland Championships 8th & 9th October.
Club racing as normal on Sunday 9th October -
Light and variable wind on both days -
Congratulations to Ed Bradburn - results here -
pictures on Multimedia
page - Y&Y report here.
|Congratulations to Simon Potts & Ally
Martin from Burghfield SC - winners Merlin Inland
Champs and the Silver Tiller GKN trophy - Inland
Race results here
and full list of trophy winners here. The
Blithfield Silver Tiller GKN trophy - results here. -
Y& Y report here.
taken by Alan Skitt are here
|22nd Sept 2016
||Y&Y preview of the Merlin Inlands here
- further information on Merlin Forum here
|20th Sept 2016
||Results for race held on Sunday 18th Sept are
|13th Sept 2016
|Merlin Inlands Championships - 24th / 25th
will soon be here - Pig roast and all the
trimmings on Saturday night - ALL club members
welcome - no booking required - just come - join
the fun. £8.00 per ticket.
There will be no
Club racing on Sunday 25th September.
||Founders Cup - Congratulations
to Mark Abbey - winner for 2016 - results here
|18th July 2016
||Congratulations to Andy Davis & his crew
Alex Warren who were the winners of Salcombe
Merlin Week. The team trophy was also brought
home by Taxi, Matt & John and Chris Gould -
supported by a further 13 Blithfield Merlins.
Reports for the 6 days on Y&Y.
Have a look at the picture of Taxi inspecting the
hull prior to the start on day 1.
- week 3- Results for races 1 to 6 here
|19th June 2016
||Congratulations to Ed Thomas winner of the
Phantom Open - results here
Matt Biggs + John Hackett who won the Blithfield
round of the 2016 Midland Circuit. - results here.
results now online
Picture gallery repaired
- and now with a new improved photo uploader - if
you've taken you camera to the club, please share
your photos! If you're on duty soon - why not
take your camera?
Summer party Saturday 18th June from 7pm - BYO
BBQ, Bar until late, DJ Mason on the decks, entry
is free. Why not come down? Should be fun/funny
- week 1 - races 1 & 2 - Results
||IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire
will take place on Sunday 12 June 2016.
Therefore there will no 12:00 race on this date.
overview of all road closeures can be seen here
Access to the club is available at all times from
Rugeley via Armitage and Handsacre. You will need
to check how you can get to Rugeley.
Access from Uttoxeter is also available all
day (via the lanes) - see here for details.
|8th May 2016
||Laser Open - congratulations to Cameron Smith
from Chelmarsh who was overall winner and Julian
Bassett who was best Blithfield boat. Final results
|Club race results
||Sunday 8th May - results
4th May - results
course - commencing Tuesday
10th May - for more details or to
book a place please email or
Training page for further information.
|17th April 2016
||Osprey Inland Championships - Congratulations
to Terry Curtis (Weymouth) and Jim Hunt
(Blithfield) - Final
results here - Y&Y report
|6th April 2016
||Congratulations to Andy Davies
who crewed the winning boat in the 2016 GP World
Championships that have just been completed in
Barbados. The Blithfield boat sailed by Richard
Instone & Jim Toothill came in 9th.
A very impressive result in a fleet of 105 boats.
|14th February 2016
|Congratulations to Andy Davis & Alex
Warren who have won the Blithfield Barrel for
2015-16. They were followed home by Matt Biggs
& John Hackett. A result that went down to
the last race of a beautifully sunny winter day.
The first single hander was Jim Hunt in his OK
(4th) followed by Mike Gibson (5th) in a
report here. Provisional results here.
Thanks to this weeks sponsors - IMS & Freedom
||The final round of the Barrel series takes
place this Sunday. Things are fairly open with
Andy Davies and Alex Warren sitting atop the
results with several others waiting to pounce if
given an opportunity. All top 10 places are also
vulnerable. The long range forecast is not yet
predicting the arrival of Storm Jonah so we are
hoping to see as many entrants return as
possible. Can you knock Taxi off his perch?
|Barrel results - A fine sunny day to give the
best of winter sailing conditions. First race won
by Andy Couch (Phantom) in his first visit to the
2015/16 series. Second race won by Osprey helmed
by Chris Gould with Nic Broomhall in the front. Full
results here. Chris Martin's Y&Y
report here. Thanks to this weeks sponsors - HD Sails who
provided drinks bottles for all those attending
|26th December 2015
||Boxing Day race - Congratulations to Chris
Martin & Ben Hendon (Merlin 3744) - winners
of the Ideous Trophy.
|6th December 2015
||Barrel results - The weather window was as
forecast. First race won by Graham Flynn + Adam
Frogatt in a GP14. Second race taken by Andy
Davis + Alex Warren in a Merlin. Full
results here. Chris Martin's Y&Y
report here. Thanks to this weeks sponsors - Creation
Covers & Freedom
||Barrel this Sunday - looks as if
there will be a break in the gales to give a
|18th November 2015
||Only two boats over duing the gale last
night. The club
anemometer measured a max of 74mph. A chart for the
evening from a local anemometer (5 fields
away) confirms that this is a credible reading.
|8th November 2015
||Congratulations to Andy Davis & Richard
Adams who won the first round of the Blithfield
Barrel with (2-1) followed home by Matt Biggs
& John Hackett with a (1-2). Y&Y report
here. Results here.
Thanks to this weeks sponsors - DinghyTec
|25th October 2015
||Congratulations to Andy Davis & Alex
Warren who won the GKN Trophy for the Merlin
Silver Tiller open meeting. Steve & Gill
Leney came second (on count back). Chris Martin's
report here. Full results
|19th October 2015
||Congratulations to Chris Gould + crew, Matt
Biggs + Jon Hackett & Andy Davis + crew who
came 1st - 2nd & 3rd at the Merlin Inlands at
the weekend. And of course - Blithfield Merlins
won the team trophy
|28th August 2015
||Congratulations to Paul Hollis + Liese Scott
and Tim + Rebecca Male who came 1st & 2nd in
the Bronze fleet at the Merlin National Champs.
||Congratulations to Mark & Richard Hartley
who have won the Kestrel National Champs. The top
4 boats finished on equal points. Full
|12th July 2015
||Congratulations to Adam Perry of Pennine SC -
winner of the Phantom open meeting. Full results
|Sunday 14th June 2015
||As a result of local road closures the 12:00
Handicap race is abandoned.
Class race will commence commence at about - but
not before 14:30. The second race will follow
after a short break.
If you wish to travel to the club whilst the
Staffordshire Ironman event is still in progress
|Staffordshire Ironman - to
be held on 14th June - and this
will mean considerable difficulties for many
members wishing to access the Club
details can be found here
. There is a link on this page for you to
enquire about your journey - please use the
A map to show the roads to be closed and the
times is found here.
The implications of this are been considered
by the Management Committee.
||Congratulations to Henry Dugmore -
who will represent the Club (and the RYA West
Midlands Region) in the 2015 Honda RYA Youth Rib
finals (13 to 16 age group). These will be held
at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Sunday,
13th September 2015.
||Laser Open (10th May) -
Congratulations to Oliver Davenport from
Redesmere SC. Also to Andy Hind who won the Laser
Open Cup for highest placed BSC member. Results here : Y&Y
||Osprey Inlands - Well done to Chris Gould
and Nick Broomhall - Osprey Inland Champs 2015 -
they had it sewn up after race 4 - with Gareth
Cauldwell and Jon Gibbons in second place.
Y&Y Report here. - . Final results here.
||Osprey Open Meeting - at the
end of the first day Chris & Nick seem to
have it covered. Day 1
||Osprey Open Meeting -
weekend of 18th-19th April. Saturday evening hog
roast Club members welcome - see here for
details. No club sailing during open
meeting races - . Class races as usual on Sunday.
More information on Open
|Blithfield Barrel -
Congratulations to Chris Gould & Nick
Broomhall, winners of the 2014/15 Blithfiled
Barrel series. Full
results here - Y&Y
||Notice to Visitors - it is
required that all visiting boats & trolleys
are washed on arrival.
Please allow extra time when bringing a boat to
use the hose and brushes on the entrance drive.