Burton week 2019

24th - 27th August 2019
Pevensey Bay SC

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Venue & entry

Burton Week will be hosted this year by Pevensey Bay Sailing Club.  We have had a long association with the club and this will be our 7th visit, our first was in 1974!!

The Club always make us welcome, not to mention that three of the main organisers are current or ex Twelve sailors, so they know what racing the fleet wants.

Almost everything happens around the Club, at the rear there is easy car parking around the centre grassed area which is where camping is available.  The Club do ask for a donation for the tent and mobile home camping so check when you enter.  Boat parking is on the beach alongside the Club near to the club boats.

The Race Office will be in the caravan parked on the beach alongside the Club. 

The Club caterers will provide food and drink for all and the bar will almost certainly be available!

Family and spectators can watch the racing from the first floor clubroom or the spacious balcony.  Local attractions include the Observatory Science Discovery Centre, Pevensey and Herstmonceux castle and gardens, the beach at Eastbourne, wine tasting at local vineyards and the Seven Sisters country park. Further afield, Brighton offers the famous Brighton Pier with its classic seaside entertainments, the i360, Royal Pavilion, Seaworld and quirky shops in the Lanes, while Hastings hosts the Jerwood gallery, vintage shops and boutique cafes.

Keep an eye on the Official Notice Board in the Club entrance for results, events and notices etc.

Entry Form Notice of Race Parental Consent

Medical Declaration Let everyone know you'll be there


Race winners and one or two random boats will be picked for measurement during the event.  This involves checking a few key things like sails, spars and overall weight, so you could find it useful to take advantage of the facility on offer to check weigh your boat when you arrive.  Check weighing is definitely not obligatory, but it will avoid the need to de-rig for weighing later in the event if you were picked for measurement. Speak to the measurers as they may be keeping a list of boats to be weighed to avoid a queue of boats forming. This facility should be available in the boathouse under the Club during Friday afternoon and early evening, and again on Saturday morning.  Please be aware that the measurers are all sailing too and that time is limited so please don’t use this facility to optimise the arrangement of your correctors - this should be done before arrival!  If you have new sails it would be advantageous to get them measured prior to the event.   If this is not possible please make arrangements in advance with a measurer who is attending the event - there is no guarantee that there will be sufficient time to fit in late requests before racing.

Racing will begin on Saturday afternoon and there will be a briefing at 12.00 which is essential  for those who have not sailed at Pevensey before, and a useful reminder for everyone else. 

Date Race Warning Signal Tide Times (BST)
Saturday 24th August 1st Points Race
2nd Points Race
asap after Race 1
LW – 11.44   (2.07m)
HW – 17.28   (5.7m)
Sunday 25th August Sir William Burton Cup (3rd Points Race)
10.55 HW – 06.11   (5.4m)
LW – 13.01   (2.25m)
HW – 19.01   
Monday 26th August 4th Points Race
5th Points Race
asap after Race 4
HW – 07.57   (5.5m)
LW – 14.32   (2.15m)
Tuesday 27st August 6th Points Race
7th Points Race
asap after Race 6
HW – 09.09  (6.02m)
LW – 15.49   (1.78m)


Burton Week 2019 is again sponsored by Gul and even if you are not a trophy winner you could be in line for one of the Gul vouchers.  There will be additional prizes presented each evening, so please make sure you are around as the winners could be selected from anywhere in the fleet.


Each entrant will be assigned one or two “buddies”, who you can team up with for support and advice, especially if you are new to the class or to Burton Week. The highest scoring buddy teams each day will be awarded prizes, so make sure you get to know yours. Teams will be posted on the Saturday morning.


The changes to the Trophy list made last year are still in place.  As soon as possible after registration a list of subsidiary trophy entrants will be posted, please have a look and make sure you are entered for the correct trophies.


You can launch anywhere along the beach in front of Pevensey Bay SC so it’s easy to forget to pick up your tally.  Check where the tally board is sited and perhaps plan to stick a prominent reminder on your boat so you don’t forget to tally before you launch.  If you don’t tally, and you want to keep your position in the race/s, the only winners will be the local RNLI (minimum £10 donation required to avoid disqualification)!!


GUL are again sponsoring Burton Week and the daily prizes will be presented each evening.

There will be ample food and refreshments available throughout, including on Friday for early arrivals. There is a meal deal scheme in place or booking for your breakfast so please check on arrival.

On Saturday evening there will be a BBQ in the clubhouse which is a good chance to meet up with old friends and for the Class to welcome newcomers.  

On Sunday we will hold the Burton Week Dinner which this year will be at the Cumberland Hotel on the Grand Parade in Eastbourne.  This is the only event which will be held away from the Club. Parking in Eastbourne can be limited so  why not get together with other competitors and plan your transport (mini bus/taxi) in advance and leave the car behind.

The dinner is usually attended by most of the fleet, it is a three course meal and the dress code is smart casual, no worries about black ties!  After dinner, and assuming the sailing has gone to plan, we plan to present the Burton Cup and prizes associated with that race together with the Decanter Trophy and the Burton Brick.  And of course it’s a long standing tradition that the winner of the Burton Cup has to tell a joke at the dinner.

Please book your dinner tickets well in advance as we would hate to disappoint anyone.  We need to know the majority of tickets booked a week before, although we can make some minor adjustments up to and including Saturday.

On Monday we hold the AGM in the early evening and we hope for a good attendance especially as many of you will be staying on site.  If you would like to be a part of the committee or know someone who might please get in touch with the Chair or Hon. Secretary.

After the AGM, there will be the inaugural Pebble Olympics, where teams will compete in multi-disciplinary events to win the coveted Golden Pebble trophy.  

Tuesday, the last day!  Assuming the sailing conditions allow us to complete the final races promptly, we will quickly get to work on the results list. We appreciate that many of you would like to get on the road and we will try to get the prizegiving under way as soon as possible.  It would be good to make sure all the prize winners are present.

Getting there

The Clubhouse is on the beach front. Directions can be found at www.pbsc.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/

There are also some accommodation links at the bottom of the PBSC contact page.   The club camping is £10 per night donation, bookable in advance at social@pbsc.org.uk and to be paid at registration to PBSC with separate cheque or cash

Static caravans and touring pitches are also available for hire at local campsites, including Bay View (right next to the club), Pevensey Bay Holiday Park, Grey Tower Caravan Park (touring pitches only) and Martello Beach.  Houses for rent can be found on www.holidaycottages.co.uk, TripAdvisor and through the local tourist board.


On Friday registration will be available at the Race Office caravan from 1pm, and each subsequent day from 09.00 for the remainder of the event.  Please book in and check we have your correct details, pick up your Sailing Instructions and trolley tally.  Pay PBSC in advance at registration for your camping please, with a separate cheque or cash please. 

Also if you won trophies in 2018 please bring them along as well or make arrangements for them to be delivered to Pevensey.
You will need to give us your boat measurement certificate which we will keep until you leave.  Make sure your buoyancy signature is up to date and if you want a measurer to check anything make a note of the certificate measurements.

Don’t forget that we need a parental consent form for anyone under 18 years old before racing, and this might need to be organised before you arrive.

The results will be prepared in the Race Office and posted on the Official Notice Board in the Club entrance.  Also watch this board for any official notices or changes to sailing instructions, times, events etc.


Please get in touch if you want to know more about the event or arrangements, need a crew or need technical / measurement advise.

Secretary and entries

Chief Measurer

Class Chairman

Pevensey Bay Sailing Club
Old Martello Road
Pevensey Bay
East Sussex
BN24 6DX

01323 761 002 (weekend only)