Blithfield Sailing Club

Blithfield SC

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.

Membership 2016/17 : Fees held at 2015/16 level - Go to bottom of Membeship page to download renewal forms. Discount on renewal fees where payment is received before 1st March.

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News and Updates

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.
  Adult training course - commencing Tuesday 5th May - for more details or to book a place please email
  First Aid course - to be held at the club - Saturday 28th March - for more details or to book a place please email
11th January 2015 Blithfield Barrel - results for the third day here - Y&Y report here. Too much wind for the majority of the fleet.
  The Weather page has been updated. Details of local conditions & a direct link to Windguru have been added.
21st December Winter solstice work party - The Bosun was seen overseeing two subservient members
14th December Blithfield Barrel - results for the second day here - Y&Y report here. No problem with the wind - plenty and resonably consistant.
Blithfield Barrel - 2nd round this Sunday - 14th December. Notice of Race on Open Meeting page. DinghyTec sponsor for this week + Freedom Brewery. First race at 12:00
  Junior Fleet Christmas Party. - Saturday 13th December - see here for more details
9th November Blithfield Barrel - results for the first day here - Y&Y report here.
3rd November Blithfield Barrel - 2014/15 event starts on Sunday 9th November. Notice of Race on Open Meeting page. Have a look at the Y&Y preview. A sponsor for each week - Creation Covers providing the raffle prize this first week as well as some supplies from Freedom Brewery.- be there to be lucky
26th October Congratulations to Simon Potts & Luke Shaw - winners of the GKN Trophy - Merlin Silver Tiller Open Meeting - Results here - Y & Y report here.
15th November Laying-Up supper - Saturday 15th November. Also Junior Fleet prize giving. Please book - at the bar or with a member of the House Committee or
27th & 28th September RYA West Zone Championships at the Club this weekend.

Blithfield welcomes the 90 entries and wishes them a good sailing weekend and every success.

No club sailing whist the event is running. No Club racing on Sunday.

38 boats started the race - Congratulations to Steve & Gill Leney who won and John Lees who was the first single hander in the Blithfield race. - Full results here.

Bart's Bash results can be tracked here. Blithfield results submitted but not yet recorded

21st Aug Congratulations to Jim Hunt - who won the International OK British Championships. Y&Y report here
Your chance to be part of a world record. Sign up for Bart's Bash. Sunday 21st Sept.

Entry is free - however - it is requested that you make a donation to the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Early registration would help with race results administration but you can register at the club on the day.

Notice of Race and Supplementary Notice of Race - Start at 14:00

  RYA First Aid Course to be held on Saturday 30th August. Free to club members. Contact Simon ( to book a place or obtain more details.
21st July Sorry to say the On Board youth Club for Saturday 26th July has been
Social Saturday and the Start Windsurfing course will run as planned
14th July Adult training course to commence with a theory session on Tuesday 22 July followed by practical sessions on Sat/Sun 26/27th July and 2nd/3rd August. To book a place or request more details please contact -
3rd July Phantom & Solution Open meeting this week end (See Open Meeting page for NOR). Club races at usual times.
22nd June Founders Cup - congratulations to Matt Biggs & John Hackett in their Merlin - full results here.
  Founders Cup & Regatta - Change to Notice of Race - all races will be Handicap races.
  Summer Regatta on 21-22nd June - also Founders Cup - see Notice of Race for details of race times etc. - 5th Race (16:00 on Sunday) will be a Pursuit Race.
18th May Next event CVDRA rally - see poster then our Summer Regatta on 21-22nd June, we promise a weekend of fun on and off the water!
  RYA Push The Boat Out on Saturday 17th May 1pm – 4pm
Get your boat back on the water!
Come and have a go at Sailing or Windsurfing – Taster Sessions Available
5th May Laser Open - congratulations to Craig Williamson from Staunton Harold who won the Meeting. Also Paul Keeling who won the Blithfield Laser Cup. - Results here
14th April K1 Midland Area Championship - congratulations to Charley Chandler from Olton Mere who won the first K1 Open Meeting to be held at Blithfield. Results here - Report here
6th April Osprey Inland Championships - congratulations to Chris Gould & Nic Broomhall who took 5 straight wins to walk away as the 2014 Inland Champions. Also to Gareth Caldwell & Jon Gibbons who came in second. Results here - Y&Y report here. - Ian's unexpedited report here
13th March Open Day - Monday 5th May. - Download a poster from here to display at your work place or other suitable location.
22nd Feb The Boat Whisperer - Steve Cockerill will be at the club on Wednesday 26th March - get some top tips to improve you technique. More details to follow. (Steve's website)
16th Feb Blithfield Barrel - Congratulations to Andy Davis and Tom Pygall - winners of the 2013-14 series. Full results here. Going into the final race the top 3 (Matt - Merlin, Taxi - Merlin, Gouldy - Osprey) were on equal points! - Y&Y here. - Photos online here.
12th Feb Blithfield Barrel - Last races of 2013-14 series this Sunday at 12:00 and 14:00hrs sponsored by English Braids - Notice of Race here It even looks like there may be a weather window between storms, and an orange orb in the sky, fingers crossed anyway!
3rd Feb Annual Dinner & Prize Giving - Saturday 8th March - details here - 3 course meal and live music, promises to be a great evening! You might may even be taking home some prizeware!?
23rd Jan Some 2014 dates for your diary:
Annual Dinner Saturday 8th March,
Summer Regatta 21-22nd June.
12th Jan Blithfield Barrel - results for series - races 1 to 6 here. - Photos online here. -Y & Y report here. Final two races on Sunday 16th February.
23rd Dec Boxing Day - Pursuit race at 13:00 - Weather forecast looks reasonable - Start times displayed on the 'Signing -on' board. Also available on Sailing page. After race social - Mulled wine at the bar - bring some mince pies etc.
14th Dec Winter Series - commencing Sunday 5th January - At 12:00 it will be a Handicap race. At 14:00 it will be a 60 min Pursuit race (GP14 the scratch boat). Start times displayed on the 'Signing -on' board. Also available on Sailing page.
11th Dec Blithfield Barrel - results for races 1 to 4 here. (race 3 corrected) -- Y & Y report here. - Photos online here.
6th Dec Storm damage pictures now on Multimedia page
10th Nov Blithfield Barrel - results so far here. - Y & Y report now here. - Photos online here. - Next race this Sunday
29th Oct Blithfield Barrel - 2013/14 event starts on Sunday 10th November. Notice of Race on Open Meeting page. Have a look at the Y&Y preview. A sponsor for each week - be there to be lucky.
22nd Oct Sunday 27th October - Clocks go back therefore Class races at 12:00 & 14:00
30th Sept Details of Laying-up Supper - menu and other details available here
11th Sept Pictures from the Merlin Open have been added to the Multimedia page.
8th Sept Congratulations to Richard Whitworth & Alex Warren- winners of the Merlin Silver Tiller - GKN Trophy. Full results here.
2nd Sept Merlin Open this Sunday - 8th Sept. No club racing. - See Calendar for details of recreational sailing.
21st August Congratutulations to Ian & Jon who won the Wednesday night series.
2nd August Triathlon this Sunday - those arriving for the 12:00 race will find a lot more activity than usual (Race times are as usual). You may wish to allow a little extra time.
28th July Congratulations to Matt & John - winners of the Founders Cup this year. Races 3-4-5 postponed from 23rd June due to high winds only to be beset with almost the same conditions this Sunday. Results for the 5 race series here.
24th July Congratulations to Alan Skitt who won the KI northern Championships last weekend. Y&Y report here
24th July The correct procedure for shortening a race at the mark of a course is now explained on the Sailing page.
23rd July PSUK National Championships - Notice of Race now available on Open Meeting page.
13th July Gallery fixed, we think, (not a bad effort on crummy wifi in Central Asia).To celebrate we've added photos from the Annual Dinner - take a look here! Good luck to the 14 Blithfield Merlins who are competing at Salcome Merlin week, we've got the biggest fleet there - racing starts tomorrow! Follow the results here
8th July Phantom Open - Congratulations to Ed Thomas who beat ex-Blithfiled member Jim Hopton in a classic 2:1 - 1:2 duel. Full results here. Y&Y report here
3rd July Phantom & Solution Open meeting this Sunday - in conjunction with Club racing - race start times as normal. Notice of Race on Open Meetings page
1st July CVRDA & Laser EPS weekend - report and some lovely pictures from day 1 and day 2 on Y & Y. For full results see Open Meetings page

Congratulations to Gareth Caldwell who won the Bala Long distance race at the weekend. Y & Y report here.

24th June This weekend we are hosting a joint CVRDA & Laser EPS Open meetings. Both are 2 day events. Any club member with a boat built before 1985 is invited to take part in the CVRDA event.

There is no restriction to club sailing over the weekend. Sunday races are at normal times.

17th June Regatta this weekend. Details of the kit available for the raft building are now available here.
16th June Enterprise Inland Championships - Congratulations to Russel Short & Jess Law from Ogston. Y&Y report here. There are some pictures on the Multimedia page.
11th June Details of the Regatta are now available. The timetable for the day can be found here.

The Founders Cup race series will be over 2 days but you will be able to qualify if you can only sail on Sunday. Notice of Race here.

9th June Congratulations to Cliff Milner from Cotswold SC who scored 3 bullets to win the Supernova Open. Best Blithfiled boat was Tom Chadfield in his new boat. Full results here.
2nd June Saundersfoot Coppet Week - Congratulations to Gareth Caldwell (in his Int Canoe) who started the week very badly but won the event and Chris Martin with Matt Smith (in the Merlin) who came second. Full results here. Marin Bower & Bob Cartwright also represented the club.
17th May Andy 'Taxi' Davis has added the Scottish Solo Championship trophy to his 2012 National Solo Championship. Congratulations.
14th May Interested in how the Personal Handicap Series is run? Find out more on the Sailing page or go direct to the file here.
11th May Mixed weather for the Laser Open - from sunshine to a 50mph squall at the end of race 3. Congratulations to Jonathan Swain - results here + Y&Y report here
28th April Adult training course to start Tuesday 25th June. See the Training page for more details.
24th April Club Open Day on Monday 6th May. Visitors welcome from 12:00 to 16:00hrs. If you wish to try sailing (dinghy or windsurfing) you will need you bring a change of clothes and some soft footware. If the weather is sunny - bring your lunch and picnic on the lawn. Refreshments available. Find us here. Please follow these directions - it is easier than trying to negotiate the lanes.
21st April Osprey Welsh & Midland Champs - congratulations to Richard & Mark - Results and report on Y&Y here
20th April Osprey Welsh & Midland Champs - Day 1 - Ian said that he & Martin had a relaxing sail - can they keep it so relaxed tomorrow? Day 1 results
7th April There are changes to the Sunday 12:00 series for 2013. Details here
28th Mar Further details about the Osprey Open meeting hog roast can be found here.
23rd Mar Racing abandoned for Sunday 24th March - due to snow conditions at the club
14th Mar Blithfield Barrel - The RYA racing rules committee have found in favour of the Race Committee with regard to the protest that was lodged in December 2012. The results have been amended and can be seen here
17th Feb Barrel - final results (provisional) here, well done to the first ever Fireball victory by Tom Gillard & Simon Potts. Another excellent report on Y&Y
14th Feb Final 2 races of 2012-13 Barrel series this Sunday. Forecast looks good.
19th Jan Racing abandoned for Sunday 20th January
15th Jan Annual Dinner and Prize Giving - Organise your fleet to fill a table or two - Black tie optional - Saturday 23rd Feb at 18:30hrs for 19:00hrs - tickets ?0 - full details here
13th Jan Latest Barrel Results here, thankfully the wind filled in (a bit anyway)! Creation Covers ?0 voucher won by Steve Watson. Photos in the gallery. Report on Y&Y
9th Dec Latest Barrel Results here, that was a bit windy wasn't it? Creation Covers 'man-bag' won by Paul Keeling! Report on Y&Y Photos in the gallery.
26th Nov Christmas Party next Saturday 8th Dec 14:30 till 17:00
21st Nov Rules Night next Thursday 29th Nov at 19:00hrs
11th Nov Full Barrel Results here from rounds 1&2 here Photos here. Report here.
5th Nov Its SUPER SUNDAY! Barrel entry form now online. Well done to 2012 Osprey Inland Champions - Chris Gould and Nick Broomhall who won at Rutland at the weekend.
15th Oct The Laying Up Supper is on 10th November - details in the Clubhouse and then the 2012/13 Barrel begins on 11th November, 9th December, 13th January, 17th February. Starts are at 12:00 and 14:00hrs. It could be massive this winter!
4th Oct Good luck to our 2 teams at the Endeavour Trophy this weekend!!!
16th Sept Merlin Inlands results here. Great Mega party!! 56 boats, Mr Whitworth won, but a shame the wind was playing around all weekend! Report here. Photos here.
3rd Sept Winners of Merlin Rocket National Championship - Triangle Team Trophy (Taxi 2nd, Matt 10th, Pottsy 16th). Can they complete the set at the Inlands on 15/16th Sept?
31st July Andy 'Taxi' Davis has added the Solo National Championship trophy to his 2012 collection! Also a pat on the back for Pete Matthews, who started at Blithfield and has crewed to 1st in the RS200 Eurocup. (also - Weather station fixed and crashed again)
25th July Well done to Gareth Caldwell and Jon Gibbons who won the 2012 Osprey National Championship at Parkstone Yacht Club they won two races but only secured the championship in the last race after a teriffic comeback!
16th July Phantom and Solution open results online. Well done to the Blithfield Merlins - 14 of us went to Salcome week with our top 3 sailors picking up the Dracycote Salver (Normally the reserve of Hollingworth or Cookham). (Taxi 3rd, Matt 9th and Pottsy 10th) . Also Tim returned with the Buckden Bowl (highest placed boat 20 -30 years old). To celebrate, the weather station page has also started working again. Hoorah!!
- 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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