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Nick Thornton hands over the Solo Fleet Captain to Dave Badger

Nick Thornton hands over the Solo Fleet Captain to Dave Badger

Having spent 9 years as BSC Solo fleet captain representing his fleet on the sailing committee, Nick Thornton feels it is time to step down and allow “new blood” to take over as fleet captain.. 

Dave Badger has kindly stepped forward and so will be taking over the over the captaincy of the Solo fleet from him during the summer and I am sure you will continue to support him, Good luck Dave.

Nick has achieved lots over the years and helped develop the fleet and represented them well on the sailing committee with his enthusiasm. 

He continues running the 2017 Solo Tuesday Evening Summer Series and also the Solo Open meeting on Sunday 1stOctober 2017.

Thanks again Nick and best of luck Dave 

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Calling all Solo's & Laser sailors at BSC

Spring has sprung, the clocks have been changed and next week is Easter........ that must mean that the moment we have all been waiting for with bated breath has finally arrived, yes it’s the beginning of the Tuesday Night Laser & Solo Series. With lots of prizes up for grabs the handicap and fleet racing starts at


Also if anyone else wants to come down sailing feel free to join in 


This year we are delighted to welcome some new members, they have been practising like crazy over the winter months, so to all you fair weather summertime sailors who have managed to punch well above your weight over the last few years on the Tuesday night series, be warned that the competition has stepped up a notch!

It will be great to see you all back again, so don’t forget, 7PM start this Tuesday right through to 5th Sept which will be the bottle race and prize giving evening.

You may be aware of our handicap system, where we run one scratch race per Tues nights (21 in the series) and extrapolate the personal handicap race results by allocating personal handicap times to allow each sailor. This allows a fair chance of anyone winning the handicap race that night. Each week it recalculates a revised PYN to challenge you for the following week.

New members and visitors are given provisional handicaps which are allocated by the executive committee (bribes are accepted in the bar later!!)

With over 45+ Lasers on our boat park it would be great if we can’t get at least half of you on the water at any given time, not to mention those unfortunates that want to join in the Laser fun but have to beg, borrow and steal a sea worthy craft.

So remember we have spare Lasers for you to use so just ask John Ling and we shall get you sorted.

On the Solo side, Dave Badger will be taking over the over the captaincy of the Solo fleet captain from Nick Thornton during the summer and I am sure you will continue to support him.

Good luck Dave.


See you on the water.

Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 07484 085897

Email   or            


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BSC club racing was such a success

This saturday we started the new race formats which were aimed to encouage the K20 and Novices to join.

After the review in the bar with lots of members haying back for a great social it was generally agreed that the day had gone really well... a lot of this was due to the race management from Nick Thronton thanks Nick. it was great.

Whilst we esptablished some teething issues with flag communication, lines and tie limit, the time for lunch was great and nice to be able to enjoy so good food. Then the back to back worked well, although some boats had a slight delay waiting for everyone to finish, but ths did alow for soem more banter on the water.

Once sailors get to grips with the new format im sure things may settle down.


Heres looking forward to next week.







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VHF Radio course

There is an introduction evening for those interested in getting their RYA VHF DSC license, being held on the :-

Date – 12 April 2017

Venue – Bartley Sailing Club

Time – 7pm to 9pm

Cost – is £10 per person but if you sign up for the course on the night this will be returned

The RYA VHF DSC COURSE fee is normally £95 but as a member of Bartley Sailing Club I am offering for ONLY £60

In addition to the course fee there is a 1 off fee to the RYA for registration & certification of £60.

During the evening I will explain the course structure & delivery, followed by a hands on familiarisation of what you can do with Digital Selective Calling ( DSC ), concluding with a Q&A session. If you are interested at the end of the evening you will be able to signup & take away a course pack to start the course the following day.

If you have any other friends or club members who may be interested in doing the course please pass this text on to them

If you would like to attend the evening please text me BOOK ME ON BARTLEY VHF and your name to 07868 845039

Cheers Neill

Splash Adventure Training


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New system for Duty Crews

To all duty crews

Over the last month we have spent a considerable amount of money and time sorting the safety boat fleet at Bartley.

Costs have included £200 for Kill cords , £200 for hatches damaged by concrete weights in the Black Humber RIB and £400 for new dry bags which I will go into further detail below.

I thank you all for your continued consideration for protecting the props as the damage has been low last year especially considering the fluctuating water levels we have experienced during year.

There is a new system in place for collecting and returning the safety boat keys and kill cords in place at the club. We are using the cupboard in the main club room to hang the keys and kill cords and new safety bags. Each hook is labelled for the boats and so are the bags.

The cupboard will be locked in the near future and the key will be on the duty keys, this is to prevent access by people using the room for functions.

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Please draw your bags and keys for the boats you require from the day but do not use them if the hook has a red label hanging on it as the boat will be offline. O.O.D. Please note in the picture there is a race results box on the door and place result sheets in there if Mark Reddington is not available to take them off you at the end of racing. Could all duty crews please place the safety bag and keys back on the correct hook at the end of the day and Not leave them in the boats. and the O.O.D. Is responsible for locking the cupboard at the end of the day and handing the duty keys back to the bar.
The safety bags will have the following kit - Safety Knife, Whistle, First Aid Kit, Spare Kill cord, mini multi tool and a survival blanket. Please only use the knife in an emergency not for general boat bimbling as they need to remain sharp in an emergency.
They are all vacuum packed as you can see in the picture below.
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If you use the kits for any reason please inform me or leave a note in the cupboard so I can replace 
and repack
the bags if required.Please use the tear point in the bags if you need to open them as it will be easier, this is shown in the

Please do not mix the bags or the keys up, Please help me to keep the kit in the right order you never
know you might be the person who needs it one day!Thanks Howard!!!
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BSC Laser boys on tour

BSC Laser boys on tour

After a thrilling start of the Laser Wessex Grand Prix both Jeremy Higson and John Ling ended up in the Top 10, With victory going to John and his new boat.

The water was very busy with over 40 boats split between two fleets of Lasers and Bites. It was very blustery, but warm day with strong winds that greeted the 2017 Bowmoor Laser Grand Prix. The weather forecast maybe put a few off attending the first event of the Wessex Grand Prix Laser Series. Despite this 20 Laser sailors entered and enjoyed the spring sunshine. The breeze in the morning was very gusty and tested the sailors ability, Jeremy Higson got a great start and was reading the shifting wind direction well but was just piped to the first buoy by John, who managed to lead until the end gun with Jeremy fighting hard in 6th.

Race two the wind had strengthen and John managed to find his form and charged out in front. But Jeremy got pinned in by two local sailors which didn’t help his speed and was back in 10th. However his skill came through and he finished in a strong position at the end after one great reach taking two boats. With two bullets John felt comfortable to take a port end flyer in the last race which failed dismally!. and put him down the pack. But Jeremy colours came to the top and rounded the windward buoy in the leading pack. The game was on, and soon the Ling magic worked and he clawed his way back to take the lead and the overall cut glass decanter. Jeremy ended on equal points but did have a great day as his back held out and came away with having had a great sail.

More to follow as the season unfolds from the “Bartley Laser boys on Tour”…. And soon with Lizzy, Emma & Katie joining us… Lady/girls

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Saturday 1st April 2017 starts our new spring sailing series Racing starts 11.30

This Saturday 1st April 2017 starts our new spring sailing series and we WELCOME all club members to come a join in the fabulous sailing especially as the weather is also looking good.


We have changed the sailing format slightly to Fleet racing to encourage more club members to enjoy and below is how we are planning to run the races, so please come on down!! and join in the fun.


Starts 11:30 am with 5 minute warning @ 11:25. Fly numeral pennant 6

Each fleet will then start after the race has begun with 2 intervals apart.

11:30 RS400 start

11:32 General handicap start (GP, Phantom, Aero, 4.7, Mirrors, Taser, RS200/800, Finn, Streaker, Windsurfers etc.)

11:34 Laser/Supernova start

11:36 Solo start

11.38 Novice start (anyone from K20, youths, etc.)


On the technical side we shall be running flag Zulu (20% penalty and restart (no redress, OOD decision) this will hopefully avoid any delays with fleet recalls, this is in place of the Blue Peter.

13.30 Fleet two race 2 min intervals


Handicap fleet

Supernovas & Lasers (all Standard & Radial rigs)


BACK TO BACK for last race

15.15 Fleet three race 2 min intervals


Handicap fleet

Supernovas & Lasers (all Standard & Radial rigs)


Notes for OD’s

o Use the same start line as the finish line

o Start flags are the clubs normal 5, 4, 1 go… thereafter sound signals with class flags

  • Shortening the course on the boat that approaches the line approx. 50mins this most likely will be a slow boat
  • 30 mins Time limit for boats to finish after first boat has finished

o For each fleet shorten the boats on the same lap if possible

o As each boat finishes record their actual time they cross the line – Fleet positions/or handicaps will be used along with average laps to calculate results, although fleet finishing positions will be visible on the water.

o On each race record sheet note the Start time of the exact first race. i.e. RS400 off time

o After race two is finished the 3rd race should be started asap effectively back to back allow for the fleet to return to the line.

  • Results are for each fleet, whilst we will tract an overall combined result this is not used for prizes


I The sailing committee are on hand this weekend to help with any queries and Nick Thornton is OD so I’m sure all will go well. I know change brings apprehension but please try and go with it and see if this change helps the formatting etc. Later in the series we are conducting a review so we welcome feedback and any constructive views to help continually improve things.


Kind regards


John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman


Mob: 07484 085897

Email: john.ling@interserve.com">


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Wednesday improvers sailing sessions will be starting on Wednesday 19th Apr

Wednesday improvers sailing sessions will be starting on Wednesday 19th April.

On the 19th Howard will be running a powerboat training session which will leave the members able to create their own rota to have a "sail under cover".

Every week following that session a triangular course will be laid for the improver sailors to sail around. Official coaching in all classes starts on the 24th May and runs for a period of 8 weeks and is going to be run by a number of different coaches.

The coaching team are caroline, mark, richard ashwell and Mike Gibson. Hope to see you there!

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thanks to all the people who helped at the working party A massive thanks to all the people who helped at the working party today. Some really trojans out there. Tom Williams needs a special mention as he had his head down and grafted for hours! Thank you too to Birmingham Uni and Bartley SUP club, Ben can you pass this on, they all worked really hard and their efforts were massively appreciated! What a fab days sailing, we even enjoyed the awful blustery westerly thanks to some excellent OD skills from Guy and Bradley! Jodie Archer ran the galley with a welcoming smile all day and in the working party mood, rearranged and cleaned all behind the bar! Thanks jodie! The club really feels a fab place to be part of, especially after a nice cider post sailing!
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