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Bartley Boys on Tour Laser Trimpley Grand Prix

"Bartley Boys on Tour"

It was a rather grim, wet and windy day for the Trimpley Laser Grand Prix Open on Sunday 4th Sep 17, but that didn't deter John Ling and Richard (Baker Boy) from making the short trip to the beautifully positioned reservoir next to the River Severn.

17 boats signed on which including with some of the Top travelling sailors, so considering the conditions, was a good turnout for the host club.

Race 1 started with strong gusty and was very shifty, with many of the blasts squalls hitting from completely different angles to the prevailing wind, which certainly kept everybody on their toes. Our guys (John and Richard) were on fire and both had a great start, but it was John who took a commanding lead and led the pack for the complete race even after a dodge call for him to do a 720!. Richard put all his Bartley skills to work and battled hard in the strong fleet and managed to finish 5th which taking into consideration the fleet standard was a great result.

Race 2 kicked off after a short lunch, but it looked like John and Baker boy had eaten too many of those fantastic cakes and both had terrible starts. Although Richard did recover well during the second lap, he was very unlucky on the downwind leg as he went towards the dam tower but the wind came in on the left and he was caught again, in the end Richard finished in the middle of the pack taking 7th. John pushed hard all race and gradually roped in the fleet which left him and Richard Mason to battle it out hard on the last lap, so despite being held back at the start John claimed another 1st

Race 3 John’s starts didn't get any better for the third and final race as the OOD called him over the line, where have we heard that one before..... Richard had a fantastic start crossing the fleet with Andy Allan and Paul Powell and also managed to avoid the carnage at the first windward mark, with around 15 boats coming in at all angles. The wind came in strong on the downwind leg and John managed to go wide to recover to an impressive position with Richard holding onto the top place. But on the beat the changing direction allowed for big gains and John came through to take honours for the final race with Richard taking an impressive 3rd.

Overall Richard managed 5th place which was BRILLIANT result, with John finishing a well-deserved 1st. A great day of sailing and a fantastic friendly club.

 

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Laser 208670

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Tonight is the last Laser/Solo tueday racing.. then the 5th is Prize giving and bottle race

AND THEN THERE WAS ONE LEFT… feels strange to be at the last race of the Laser Tue series…2017

STATS for the Laser season

28 different sailors

13 qualifiers

3 Ladies  (one of which is currently winning)

4 youths

And lots of brownies

REMEMBER TONIGHT!!

ONE LEFT !!!!!!: RACE 21 Tuesday Night Laser Series at BSC  29th Aug 2017

After tonight we shall be having a bottle race 5th Sept and it’s the Annual Prize Giving and Curry super!!!

RGs

John

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RS400 Nationals 2017 - Mounts Bay Sailing Club

It was with some trepidation that I eventually agreed to crew in the RS400 Nationals this year.... Like many, I wasn't born into this sport, I didn't do the rounds with the Oppies or Toppers, and I was certainly nowhere near the Laser squads! So for us late comers, any event can seem quite daunting, let alone a National Championships.  What made the decision equally difficult, was that the two sailors that asked me to crew for them, are both very credible helms. 

The decision was made, and trepidation soon turned into nerves - this is my hobby, why do I get nervous ?!   The nerves were seamingly justified, as day 1 dawned..... to a very misty Mount, around 20 knots of breeze.... and oh yes, that other thing I hadn't encountered in an RS400 - waves...... big waves.  The sail out to the start area was interesting enough,  you know the conditions aren't great, when you're struggling to see the leeward gate, let alone the windward mark.

Off we go, day 1, race 1.  Maybe there's an assumption that everyone understands that things are going to be slightly more lumpy on the sea, and I certainly had this in my head, but until you're actually out there,  you don't realise quite how difficult even the basics become. At a fleet talk given by Russ Clark, one of the top 400 sailors in the country, Dave Exley, said that on day 1 of the nationals, he didn't know what his settings were..... with the combination of the wind, rain, waves, it was just a tad disorientating...   So, first race, a quarter of the way up the beat, we go for a tack. I drop the sheet, and like a muppet go back for it - in the meantime, we get slammed by one of the monster waves.   

So... the boat is on it's side, we think the main has cleated, and it takes an absolute age for us to right the boat.  When eventually, we do right the boat, there are around 70 RS400's disappearing into the mist about 200 yards in front - not a pretty site.

There were quite a few DNF's, but we did manage to recover a few places, and ended up 52nd. 

With every event, you'll usually have some highs and lows, undoubtedly, the capsize was one of our lows. For me, one of the biggest highs is a more general point. With our extended sailing family (Sam & Ben Pickering from Chasewater), Bartley / Chase had 5 boats in attendance at the event, so it's important that wives, girlfriends, kids etc all feel like they're part of the team.  My 16 year old daughter was on the fringes a little, waiting for her GCSE results & unable to get them until we returned from Cornwall. But everyone really made Wendy & Emily feel like they were part of the family.

The RS400 team also helped with events planned for every night of the week.... even a reception with Lord Levan on the mount ..b2ap3_thumbnail_21032386_10101307286396617_2031331449130130490_n.jpg

And the Bartley team had a great night out at The Fire Engine Inn

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I can't sign off without mentioning probably one of the best days sailing I've ever had. Conditions are rarely perfect, too much wind, not enough wind etc etc. But on Tuesday the sailing gods were smiling on all of us. A beautiful day, wall to wall sunshine and I'm guessing the wind was somewhere in the mid to upper teens. You'd think on a clear day like this you'd be able to spot the windward mark... but our RO had other ideas, we think the first beat was somewhere in the region of 1.5 miles. We came out of the start gate relatively early, and held our lane.... rounded the windward mark in 7th... blasted around the course to finish a very credible 8th. The result in the 2nd race of the day wasn't as good... but we had a pod of dolphins join us - what a way to finish the day!

Like many, I like to reflect on the event, what it means to me, what could I have done differently & what have I learned.

Those that are wary, don't be, a glance down the results will show you, that whatever your ability, there will always be someone you can race against.  You'll probably be nervous, but nerves will soon diminish - especially if you're lucky enough to be visited by dolphins.

Lessons ?

1) I'm not fit enough!

2) Never believe a helm that tells you he's not bothered about the results !

3) Enjoy

 

There are some great pics on photolounge.co.uk  take 5 mins & have a look

400 Nationals

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Calling all Tuesday night sailors "only two more left"

So far we have completed 19 races and its very tight!!! and so close at the TOP middle and sliver fleets… ONLY 1 point splits the leaders… so you only have two chances left to improve your positions.

 

RACE 19 Tuesday Night Laser Series results at BSC 15th Aug 2017… haven’t yet been posted by Mark so I have sent an email attaching a pdf file for your reading .

With sailors like Robin Pitt, Mike Acaster Roger England all can still qualify, if they turn up!!!! it’s still anyone’s game..

Remember on the 5th September we are having the BOTTLE RACE & PRIZE GIVING evening… it’s should be so much fun..

Kind regards

 John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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Harrison Allen crownd NSSA National Topper Rookie Champion 2017

WOW... WELL DONE Harrison great achievement, we all are so proud of you.... crowned NSSA National Topper Rookie Champion 2017.

Thought you would be pleased to know Harrison won the Topper rookie series at the NSSA national regatta, it all came down to the last race which was almost cancelled due to extreme winds, but he made some good moves and was leading for the very start. He also won the best performance from a Birmingham sailor in the regatta.

On facebook the reports kept us all in suspense as Marie Allen (Chuffed Mummy and Lee Proud daddy) let us all know that their boy only went and won!

This was his first time racing away from Bartley and first racing in a topper now the National Schools Sailing Association, so to manage winning the Topper Rookie series and highest placed Birmingham sailor is just amazing...also when you realise he has only been sailing less than a year!

Proud moment for all involved... also a big shout out to the rest of the team and a huge thanks to Julian from KNBS for looking after them all. ????⛵️

Kind regards

John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman

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Please can all members go to the blog page and press SUBSCRIBE TO BLOG... this way you will be reminded of blog features and this ensure you get regular updates.

 

Kind regards

John

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L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely. It is a requirement placed on us that all rescue boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

I am now taking bookings for courses through to the need of 2017 as per the dates below. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis.

Each course is two days long, run over consecutive Sundays.

September            3rd and 10th

October                 8th and 15th

November             5th and 12th

December             10th and 17th

The course costs £20 to cover the cost of the course manual, which needs to be purchased in advance.

Apply now for a place to obtain your L2 Powerboat certificate.

To book or find out more, contact Dave Jones via email , or phone 07873633370

Dave Jones

Principle Powerboat Instructor

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Practice, practice, practice... that's what it's all about. So, having only sailed together for the last few months (and never on the sea), Richard and I headed for the one day event at Portchester on 14th May.

The entry list had been steadily growing over the previous two weeks, and when we entered 32 RS400's were headed for the coast with sunshine & winde forecast a plenty.... a little too much for me if I'm honest.

Our journey started, a little too casually, at 8am yesterday...and ended in blind panic arriving at 11:30am for a 12pm briefing & a 12:30 start.... all before we'd put the boat together, fixed the spinnaker cleat & got changed.... Something had to give, and unfortunately, the customary bacon sandwich & cup of tea gave way to a Bounty & a swig of Fanta. 

The good people of Portchester sailing club did their very best to help us all get on the water promptly, and with some trepidation, we launched into a good 20+ knots breeze. I have to admit to feeling particularly nervous at this point, I don't handle the heavier stuff particularly well - google apocolyptic conditions at the Steve Nicholson trophy and you'll understand why, but as the opening line says, practice, practice, practice.

For the first race, we roamed a little too far away from the start line, and without any timings just about made it - Not a great start, but we were under way. The pressure was on the left of the course, we were about two thirds of the way down the fleet & with 20 boats rounding the windward mark to port... made for an interesting approach for us back markers, lots of tiller movement usually preceeded by lots of shouting. And so having rounded the windward mark we start our downwind leg... I'm not really sure whether or not it was an advantage being that far back, but with the breeze still building, what lay in front was something akin to carnage, at the gybe mark there were 400's aplenty upside down. No such drama for us, made a nervous gybe, and managed to creep back up to 16th for the first race.

The second race was a little more entertaining - nailed the start, held our lane, and came into the windward mark in 5th (I think).... a little misunderstanding between crew & helm resulted in our only capsize of the day. The rest of that race is a bit of a blur, we recovered, overtook a few boats, had a storming last reach before overtaking more boats right before the finish line - and rather surprisingly finished 8th.

By now, the fleet was a little decimated, some retired wounded, others majestic in their victory - Russ & Penny Clark were simply untouchable. Feeling pretty exhausted, we started the last race of the day, hoping for only two laps! The RO duly delivered, and without much incident, we replicated our race 2 performance, coming in 8th.

Overall, we finished 10th - which, I think it's fair to say we're both very happy with. We found out afterwards that the breeze peeked at 28 knots, and down wind, it's probably the quickest I've been in a 400. We had a couple of hairy moments, when the kite gybes and the main doesn't, it usually spells disaster, but both times we recovered. Nerves aside, we had a great day, so a big thanks to the good people of Portchester for putting on a wonderful event - the afternoon tea post racing was well received.

Looking for to Hayling Island in June!

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A big thank you to Ann Kelly for the 2017 PTBO

Also a big thank you to Ann Kelly… again for taking on the role of organising our team and getting those keen members engaged for the day.

Our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as Bartley SC was aired on TV Made In Birmingham now available on catchup later today if you missed it https://www.madeinbirmingham.tv/catchup/?c=lifestyle&p=x4ugxs

Guy Mason and I were so proud of Bartley Sailing club members efforts and results we have created for the RYA West Midlands, a great job - well done.

 

By way of final feedback from our day…

PBTO figures faithfully kept by our star greeter – Maisy, shows 44 brand new people attending (24 adults and 20 children) and 41 having a sailing trip including so top Fireball guys. Whilst this may not seem massive it is good to have so much interest in Bartley’s local sailing community. We also had approx 10 other people who simply came down and watched from the shores!.

The team headed by Ann Kelly worked so hard along with 12 others who tirelessly focused all day to make it a great success. Working together so hard as a team to get the youth K2o out on the day was also an achievement.

We had lots of SUP’s (paddle boarders) out with Katie & her Supper friends doing a great job. Ed Bader, Caroline, Nigel and Nick went sailing with some first timers. Huw Davies was a bid support all day. Dave Jones took the helm of the powerboats and some joy rides to get people out on the water. Dan our club Bosun ensured we were all fuelled up and ready. Claire got some windsurfers on the water and Rachel and Cia kept us all feed and watered and Simon helped with the preparation beforehand.

Hopefully this will lead to two or three people signing up for the beginners course especially Rob and Niall who were on duty all day are going to join the improvers sessions on a Wednesday night.

Kind regards

 

John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman

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