Blithfield Sailing Club

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Blithfield Sailing Club,
Blithfield Reservoir,
Waters Lane,
Abbots Bromley, 
WS15 3DU,

Tel. 01283 840464
(weekends only)

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Welcome! Blithfield Reservoir is situated in some of Staffordshire's most beautiful countryside. The 790 acre reservoir was opened in 1952 and much of the surrounding woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Our sailing club offers at least 120 acres of clean water, 180 for open meetings and 300 during the winter months. Complete beginners, both junior and adult, are equally catered for along with experienced dinghy racers and windsurfers. Blithfield offers a comprehensive training programme and has excellent fleet racing.

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News and Updates

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 here
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.

All 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!
Blithfield 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. Pictures here Next round Sunday 4th December.
  Laying-up Supper - 19th November - see here for more details. Book now.
OK 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.

25th Sept 2016

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.

Photographs 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 here
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.
Founders Cup - week 3- Results for races 1 to 6 here
19th June 2016 Congratulations to Ed Thomas winner of the Phantom Open - results here

Also Matt Biggs + John Hackett who won the Blithfield round of the 2016 Midland Circuit. - results here.

10th June Club race 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 :)!
Founders Cup - week 1 - races 1 & 2 - Results here
IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire will take place on Sunday 12 June 2016. Therefore there will no 12:00 race on this date.

An 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 here.
Club race results Sunday 8th May - results and report

Wednesday 4th May - results and report

  Adult training course - commencing Tuesday 10th May - for more details or to book a place please email or see 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 here.
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 Supernova. Y&Y report here. Provisional results here. Thanks to this weeks sponsors - IMS & Freedom Brewery.
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?

10th January 2016

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 & Freedom Brewery.
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 Brewery.
4th December Barrel this Sunday - looks as if there will be a break in the gales to give a reasonable sail
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 & Freedom Brewery.
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 Y&Y report here. Full results here.
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.
24th August Congratulations to Mark & Richard Hartley who have won the Kestrel National Champs. The top 4 boats finished on equal points. Full report here.
12th July 2015 Congratulations to Adam Perry of Pennine SC - winner of the Phantom open meeting. Full results here.
Sunday 14th June 2015 As a result of local road closures the 12:00 Handicap race is abandoned.

The first 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 please see this map.





Staffordshire Ironman - to be held on 14th June - and this will mean considerable difficulties for many members wishing to access the Club

Overall details can be found here . There is a link on this page for you to enquire about your journey - please use the facility.

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 Report here
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 results here
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 Meeting page.
15th February

Blithfield Barrel - Congratulations to Chris Gould & Nick Broomhall, winners of the 2014/15 Blithfiled Barrel series. Full results here - Y&Y report here.
- 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.

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