One of the original, founding members and first secretary of Dalgety Bay Sailing Club, Alastair Burnside, together with his wife Beattie played a major part in the club’s inception in 1972 until his untimely death in 2009. Alastair was a consummate volunteer from prior to 15th April 1972, when the club was officially opened until 2009.
Alastair served the club in many ways. Early in its history he was elected Commodore. He held many committee posts and latterly was a hard worker in Rescue Officer and Bosun positions. He was a tireless worker and contributed much to the Tuesday club. He was the task master and the link with the main committee.
His personality lent itself to that of explorer and information seeker. He focused on minimum cost solutions and was a relentless problem solver. He constantly was found constructing trailers and trolleys for Rescue boats, club dinghies, cruisers and any other trailer requirement! He loved to cruise and he was a competitive racer as well. Starting off with an Enterprise and Mirror 16, moving on to Fireballs, an E-Boat and then his cruiser — a 28 foot Colvic in which he often popped over to Europe.
He was a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Ocean and a RYA Senior Instructor and was very keen to promote the sport.
As a Shipmate and a Clubmate, he was always the first to bite his tongue, or volunteer If it wasn’t to go up the mast, it would be to agree to carry out a task where there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm from everyone else.
Following a membership consultation in 2010 it was decided to celebrate his memory by presenting the Alastair Burnside Memorial Trophy. This will be awarded to the individual who :
“has made a significant contribution in the field of voluntary assistance to DBSC”
The club misses Alastair.
Closing date for nominations is 15th October