Bury Lake Young Mariners (BLYM)

BLYM Facilities

aeriel-shot-of-blym.jpgBLYM boasts a diverse fleet of 104 modern sailing dinghies including RS200s, Laser Vagos, Laser 2000's, Lasers, Picos, Toppers, Wayfarers, Coypus, Funboats and Oppies. We also have 9 powerboats specifically for use as rescue and coaching craft. They have over 150 volunteer instructors including over 12 RYA Senior Dinghy Instructors, numerous RYA Dinghy Instructors, RYA Assistant Dinghy Instructors and over 20 RYA Powerboat Instructors.

They also have a galley providing light refreshments, changing rooms with showers, two dinghy storage parks, a workshop, and unlimited use of Bury Lake for dinghy sailing.

For an additional hire charge BLYM also has a large selection of wetsuits and waterproofs available for hire per session, and come free of charge during courses.


Funding obtained for new facilities

An agreement has recently been signed off between the Council and BLYM for the replacement of a Club House (wet side) and Boat House. 

The Council will contribute up to £1,000,000 (interest free) towards the scheme via a loan to BLYM, which will be paid back over 50 years, the same length as the new lease.  Sport England are also funding the project and the remainder of the funds will be met from BLYM. 

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This page will be updated throughout the project and it's very much business as usual at BLYM as works proceed


Bury Lake Young Mariners – Development Report No. 1 – July 2018


Bury Lake Young Mariners is developing new storage, changing and club house facilities for all water based users of bury lake at their extended site in the Rickmansworth Aquadrome, the work is being undertaken in two phases with the first phase including the creation of a new changing room block and a new boathouse with workshop, this first phase is fully funded, efforts continue to raise funds for phase two.

The task associated with construction is anticipated at tasking nine months, following this three months will be allocated to fit out and external landscaping activity.


artist-impression-1.jpgJuly 2018 Update from BLYM

Construction on phase one commenced on the 4th of June, with the site mobilisation by the construction company, this was soon followed by ditch diversionary works, foundation excavations and the placement of the piling matt. The piling matt provides stability for the piling rigs and prevents such heavy plant from slipping in to the ground, especially important considering the proximity of the lake and the high water table. The piling rigs will be used to drive steel tubes down in to the ground to establish a firm footing in to the chalk strata some fifteen meters below the surface on to which the foundation slab will be placed.





August 2018 Update from BLYM

Work has continued apace in the last month with piling activity taking place during the last two weeks of July. This has seen piles driven to a depth averaging 14m over the wet zone site and 10m across the boathouse site.

Following the pile installation, waste services and utility ducts have been installed before creation of the formwork and reinforcement required in order to receive the concrete that will form the above ground slab.

The piling matt associated with the boathouse has now been removed and formwork and reinforcement placed to receive concrete to form the ground slab. Both slabs will be complete by the end of August.

Bricks and blocks have started to be delivered to site and we expect the superstructure for both buildings to commence in early September.

Works continue apace to relocate Nomad Kayak Club on to the BLYM site with their full move expected to be complete by the end of September.

During August BLYM teams have accommodated construction activities as best they can to deliver a wide range of summer courses.