Paddle Craft at BSC (SUPs and Kayaks)
SUPs and Kayaks will be able to use the reservoir at the same time as general sailing i.e. 7 days a week with the exception of restricted times i.e. Work Party days where there is no boating and Open Meeting days.
Any paddle/oar driven craft is classified as a powered craft under the collision regulations so SUPS/Kayaks have to give way to sail sailors, however, sailors should give the paddle craft space to do so and be courteous especially if it is clear the paddler is a beginner.
Users should be aware of the BSC Local Rule: there is a lane approximately 10m wide marked with bouys on the north east bank, paddle craft have right of way over sail within this zone. This does not stop sailing within this zone at any time including during racing it simply means that the right of way rule will apply.
Sunday afternoon during racing (if racing is using the whole reservoir) paddle craft should use the paddle craft lane only.
During low water periods when low water (red) marks have been set out marking the shallow zone to the north of the club, paddle crafts may also use the shallow zone including during Sunday afternoon racing and Open Meetings.
Buoyancy aids to be worn at all times whilst on the water and pontoons.
The lease allows for up to 10 SUPs + 10 Kayaks on the water at one time.
There is currently no secure storage for SUPS/Kayaks so we strongly recommend they are taken home.
Paddle crafts must have Third Party Insurance (minimum £3,000,000) in place to use the water and boat park.
If you are an RYA member and select Windsurfing as one of you boating interests you get free Third Party Insurance for windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. Note this is only for the RYA member so does not cover family (unless they are on your family RYA membership) and would not cover friends using your board. If you want multiple people to use your board you must take out insurance.
The map of the reservior below shows the bouy placements and hazards, please ensure that your stay well clear of the wier at the south end of the reservoir and make note of the other hazards around the reservoir.
Last updated 18:34 on 7 September 2023