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Buoys, Buoys, Buoys...

Some of you may have noticed that Buoy number 2 has been away on its holidays, however, thanks to Dan and John and a big bag of gravel it is now back in its rightful place.

For those who are not regular sailors Buoy #2 is a marmite buoy - love it or hate it. Sitting in a picturesque corner of the reservoir it is often calm and tranquil and hence a place to 'raft up on' in races. So next time you are on the water why not pay it a visit, make it feel loved, show that you care about its return... For those lottery players amongst you Buoy number 2 has appeared 23 times in races during 2017, and been the finishing mark on the course 3 times, why not include it in your next set of numbers...

The Sailing committee are also overhauling the temp buoys in the comming weeks so please look after them so we don't lose weights in the depths of the reservoir, or cut ropes (watch your props) during use.

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Bartley SC Welcome all Merlin sailors planning to visit the club to participate in the Merlin Rocket Open this Sunday.

We are expecting a strong turnout and as such there will be no club racing.

The club is open to Sunday club sailors for cruising / other water users however they should check with the Race Officer before launching to ensure they remain out of the way of the racing fleet. Please be aware that BSC crusing sailors and water users may be requested to remain ashore throughout or during busy periods of the races planned.

We look forward to welcoming the Merlins, and apologise to Sunday Club racers / water users for any inconvenience caused.


BSC Sailing Committee

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Bartley S.C. look forward to welcoming Junior Sailors from the Midlands region to the Annual Invitational Regatta

Sailiors welcome from: Barnt Green S.C.   Bartley S.C.   Midland S.C. Olton Mere S.C. Shustoke S.C.   Sutton S.C.

Main Fleet and Regatta Fleet* to cater for all levels of experience.

Boat Classes: Optimist, RS Tera, RS Feva, Topper, Laser 4.7, Laser Radial**

£5 Entry (to cover costs). Food and drink available at the Galley / Bar

Event T-Shirt supplied by CAPTAIN KID for all Competitors plus LOTS of PRIZES!!!

   Please e-mail advanced notification of attendance by May 5th to: indicating as a minimum: Name, Class of boat, Age, Fleet (Main or Regatta), and sailing club, to assist in the clubs preparation for the event.

*Regatta Fleet will sail a number of short (20 minute races) around a small triangular course. Competitors should be able to tack 3 or 4 times to a windward mark, bear away onto a reach and gybe around a mark. Rescue crew will offer assistance if competitors are struggling but will not offer any coaching that would provide competitive advantage.

** Other classes with similar PY number can be sailed with prior agreement from the organisers e-mail to request your class to be included.

More information will become available nearer the time on the 'Open Events' tab above (NOR / SI)


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Celebrating Bartley Sailing Success

With the Annual prize giving just around the corner for our club racing (date to be announced shortly) we thought it would be nice to share Bartley Sailors' achievements in competitions away from the club as a kind of 'roll of honor' for 2017.

For example did you know...

Bartley S.C. has the '1st Club' prize from Sharps Doombar Merlin Rocket Week in Salcombe and as a result will host a prestigious 'Silver Tiller' event in March at BSC with the club flag flying over Salcombe Yacht Club at the 2018 Merlin Rocket week?

A Bartley helm has won the West Midlands and Wessex Laser traveller series enabling us to host the last event of the season in 2018 to include the West Midlands Traveller prize giving?

Bartley Juniors won the National Schools Sailing Association Rookie Topper trophy, and the 'Bubbles' RS Tera trophy at Junior Camel Week sponsored by John Bray Holidays and Anns Cottage?

So if you, or someone you know who is too modest to celebrate their success, achieved any positions of note in regattas, juniors, youths, nationals, opens, europeans, worlds please let me know so we can display in the club house and give visitors and club members an appreciation of what Bartley sailors are achieving in the wider sailing world.

Please e-mail your name, boat class, achievement, and any photos to and I will include them on the display.

Thanks in advance for your support in positively marketing our sailors' successes.



Laser 212061

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There are some monitoring sensors near the dam wall which at low to medium levels could foul a propeller or keel. Please note the map below which shows location & a reminder about the other obstruction similarly marked. Please do not remove these marks.



Buoy 2 came adrift recently & will be repositioned shortly.



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Hardon Dinghy Ltd are bringing 2 of their Hadron H2 singlehanded dinghies to Bartley on Sunday 17th December for club members to try.

The boats will be rigged and ready for 10:30 are will be available for members to trial. Please find below a link to the website which will give the philosophy behind the design and the specifications.

Please let me know if you would like a sail and we can schedule the day to ensure anyone who would like to try one out will get the chance.

Mark Reddington

 Hadron H2 - A new Development in Singlehanded Sailing

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BSC club notice - flag officers and committee roles. Would you like to contribute to Bartley SC future success?

BSC club notice - flag officers and committee roles. Would you like to contribute to Bartley SC future success?

You may be aware that at Bartley Sailing Club annual AGM we vote to accept nominations for committee & flag officer roles to act on behalf of members in order that activities and actions are taken in the successful running of the centre. 

Could you contribute to Bartley SC future success by joining the team for the coming 2018 season. Whilst there are a number of posted positions such as Commodore, Vice & Rear Commodore along with Sailing Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, we do have a number of people who actively support the committee, such as :- Safety boat, Bosun, Dutyman/boat park, Training and Club management. 

We are always keen to welcome new members to support the clubs development and contribute to helping us all achieve “Midlands Premier Status” and financial stability necessary to continue long into the future.

Our membership have a wealth of experience and skills available, when someone steps forward to offer assistance it’s amazing how much more can be achieved along with fresh ideas, (great example is our Bosun Dan Earthquake).

BSC needs members to take ownership of activities and “get more involved”. However infrequent, we need to ensure new ideas are considered and that we don’t just rely on the norm or that someone else will do it syndrome…

Whether it’s just the occasional input of time you can offer or something more specific we are looking forward to hearing from you.

BSC have a number of projects running 

  • Club house improvements and upgrade of facilities
  • Boat Park continuation of keeping it tidy and reflecting a professional image 
  • Sailing and other sporting activities, ongoing promoting improvement in water activities
  • Supporting our Bosun with his wonderful efforts to maintain the rescue cover
  • Helping with adult and junior sailing Training (inc K20)
  • Administration support
  • Marketing support and media web advice
  • Off water social arrangements, currently an area where we could all benefit from 

Please can you consider what you could offer your fellow members and step forward to either Guy or myself …..



Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036


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You may have noticed a few new faces around the club recently as some Barnt Green SC members have migrated to Bartley due to a period of repairs draining the water at their club.

We wish all Barnt Green members a warm welcome (in the cold weather!) and hope you take full advantage of what Bartley has to offer. There have already been some changes in the usual racing order as a result and it is great to have some new competition on the water.

Thanks to those who have chosen to sail at Bartley, we hope you find the club to your liking and encourage other Barnt Green sailors to chose Bartley whilst repairs are underway at Barnt Green.

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Wednesday sailing duty reminder

Please can you sing up for duties for wednesday sailing



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Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course

Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course


Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course

Have you held a powerboat certificate for over a year? Do you want to progress to the safety boat endorsement?

Dave Jones (our Principle PB Instructor) is now registering interest across the club to run one or two safety boat courses over the winter season.

The courses are to be run over three days (Day 1 – driving skills refresh, Day 2 and 3 Safety Boat course proper)

To run a course requires at least six candidates due to the logistics of equipment (sail craft and canoes) which are rescued. Dave will collect names and correspond directly to arrange the best fit for the majority.

Course fee will be a £20 donation to the club

Dave Jones

Land: 01216025328

Mob:  07873633370


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Room Hire

Bartley Sailing Club is situated on Bartley Reservoir in the south-western outskirts of Birmingham set overlooking the beautiful surroundings of Lickey Hills and Frankley Beeches offing a unique location for a reception party, family celebration, corporate event or Christmas Party. Our picturesque views overlook the lake and beyond, providing a stunning backdrop for all occasions.
Whether it's a birthday celebration, an office Christmas party, a Wedding or simply a family gets together, we have experience in tailoring special events for anything up to 100 guests.

Relax with people enjoying a drink and a chat with Real ales, local beers and fine wines. Our rotating range of hand pulled ales will capture the imagination of anyone who loves real ale, for others we have a selection of lagers, bitters, bottle cider, fine wine and spirits.

Contact the Club direct to hire a room for your special occasion on:

0121 4775872

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