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Hi All, 

Just an update on the pontoons!

Please see the picture which shows the disability section only with the winch / lift for non ambulant sailors!

Pontoons are scheduled to be delivered and fitted Thursday 5th May and should be completed by the end of the day, this includes removal of the old sections which are being sold on to two prospective customers.

Just to remind everyone there will be two sets at the cost of £47k and as you can see from the picture they are constructed from a grp waffle which means that and bird effluent will be rinsed away by rain or waves.

If you any further questions please don't hesitate to ask and I will try and answer


HowardIMG 5032

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Thursday evening series 28th April

Forecast is looking good for Thursday 28th April boys & girls.  Dust off your wet suits, get the cover off your boat, and come down and enjoy an evenings sailing followed by a drink & meal in the bar.  Open to all classes.


See you Thursday!

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Sunday 1st May  Laser Midlands Grand Prix

Sunday 1st May  Laser Midlands Grand Prix

Dear All Laser sailors


Please do come along to Bartley Sailing club for this Sunday 1st May Laser Midlands Grand Prix.

It’s going to be good winds, clear skies and warm!!! With some great prizes to be put into a FREE raffle you never know you may even win something!!... for just turning up.

Briefing at 10.15am with first race 11am

Lunch at 12.15 then two races back to back pm.

Don’t forget you have time to practice on Tue evening with our Laser series which starts at 7pm.

The fun evenings are all about getting together and helping each other improve and behind the scenes have some great competition. Its open to all abilities and is structured around one evening race which you each will have a personal handicap to help your chances of winning.

See you on the water.

Kind regards

John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman


Mob: 079 20020036

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Every now and again, the Bartley RS fleet decamps en masse.  It's a relatively rare occurance, but one thing you can be sure of, is that the RS Sprints will be one of those events that the rowdy Brummies turn up to (apologies to our friends from Stourbridge).

So this year, as last, 7 Bartley 400's & 1 Bartley 300 arrived at Rutland...full of nerves & anticipation. 

Some exciting performances had been seen in the 3 brand new boats & the nearly new boat... and as always Sam & John are consistantly at the front of the 400 home fleet. In addition to our star performers, new(ish) talent in the form of Richard Ashwell & Joe Ironside were also showing encouraging signs.

The forecast looked perfect, 12-15 knots on both days, albeit a little on the cold side.

Day 1 started with the usual sprint format, 4 different flights would all battle each other in 6 back to back races on the "M" shaped sprint course. A long beat, tight reach, run, tight reach, beat, tight reach followed by a long run to the finish. 

We lost Nick & Greg in the first race due to an unfortunate incident resulting in their bow sprit fracturing...  but the rest of the fleet raced on.

Some excellent performances saw Howard & Wayne in 2nd place overnight, hot on their heels were Sam & John, Caroline & Jason in 8th and Richard/Joe in 12th.  Those of you that know of the Sprints, will know that those places all count for nought..... as Saturday is merely a seeding day, ready for the big racing in Gold/Silver fleets on Sunday.

So off the water the hot topic of conversation wasn't about the great performances or near misses we'd had, but more about a certain 3 drink rule... I won't name names, but Jason was the enforcer... This topic was closely followed by "how quickly can we open the Enville ale in Howard's Van".

A reasonably sedate evening, by Bartley standards anyway, was followed by the grand finale. A little more breeze was forecast for Sunday & a few nervous Bartley helms were seen pacing the dinghy park.

Again some great racing was had by all.  Sam & John were forced to retire due to a broken boom, Richard & Joe had technical issues with a shredded kite halyard, but managed to get back on the race course to finish the last two races in 3rd & 4th respectively.

Without a doubt, the star 400 performers of the weekend were Howard & Wayne, finishing a credible 4th in the Gold fleet. The star 300 performer was Richard Le Mare finishing 2nd in the Gold fleet.

Special mentions to Richard & Joe, recorded some really good results (consistently beating us by miles) & only just missing out on the Gold fleet - I'm pretty sure you'll get there soon guys, and also to Gareth Blakemore (ably assisted by Guy Mason) making his first event outside of Bartley a memorable one, by not only not finishing last, but also not finishing last Bartley boat - well done guys.

As for us ?  For those of you that saw Shawn's pre sprint photo on Facebook... let's just say, the goggles hardly got wet, but there aren't many paracetemol or ibuprofen left. It's a tought event, with 12 races over two days, so well done to everyone that took part.

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Thursday 21st saw 12 boats take to the water for round 2 of our Thursday evening series. The race officer for the night, Guy Mason, set a "Sprint" like course to give the RS boats a little practice for the the real RS Sprints on 23/24 April.

This week our 12 boats were 5 x RS400's, 1 x RS300, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Blaze, 1 x K1, 1 x Laser & 1 x Vago. 

On the water Mssrs Eeles & Hancox soon found the front & extended what we at frirst thought was an unassailable lead... this proved to be the case almost until the end, when team Downing/McDonnell not only closed the gap, but overtook them. At the final hoot, Eeles/Hancox just held off Knight/Knight (trying out new sails ready for the sprints).

Once the handicap had unwound, Downing/McDonnell took the win followed by another Sprinter Richard Le Mare in his RS300.

Early days yet, but it's close at the top of the table, with Downing/McDonnell tied on 1 point with Knight/Knight.... followed closely by team Bownes in the  Merlin & Richard Le Mare both tied on two points.

Much was made of Howard/Wayne's unassailable lead... Sam/John's new sails in the bar over a drink & our evening repast!


Come down & join us for round 3 next Thursday - our officers of the day Mark Walker & Graham Blackwell assure us it will be a course for single handers !!!    Don't forget -  all classes welcome.

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A big thank you to Mark & Colin for running our latest RS400 training day on 17th April.

Sunday morning arrived with glorious sunshine & an extremely shifty breeze, which came in from nearly every point of the compass at some stage.  

After the initial briefing, focusing mainly on boat handling, the fleet took to the water to practice tacking & gybing. This was followed by a short triangular course, where gybe sets & gybe drops were both practised.

A little light lunch was followed by race practice, 2 laps around a short windward leeward.

All in all, a very successful day, which proved useful for all on the water.

Once again a big thank you to Mark & Colin for putting on the training, in what proved to be somewhat testing conditions!


See you at the Sprints!

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Don't miss out on our fantastic pre Sprints RS400 training day. With some excellent coaching from our in house RS400 guru's Mark & Colin, we should all hopefully see some improvements to take into one of our favourite events, the RS400 Sprints.

Be rigged & ready for 10am, Sunday 17th April.


See you all there!

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Thursday night series got well under way this week.  5 x RS400's, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Blaze & 1 x K1 all braved our season's opener. Downing & McDonnell got out early for a little practice, only to shred their kite halyard. Wayne quickly helped them to get back on the water, and they only just missed the start.

Last years Stevie Nicks & Sprints Champs Messrs Knight & Knight pretty much lead from start to finish - guys you at least need to give us a little hope that we can catch you!

A warm meal & a couple of beers later, and we can pretty much all say, that we're glad mid week sailing is back.


Plenty of room for all comers on a Thursday evening - it's not class specific, so come down, have a race & chew the fat afterwards over a beer!


See you all next week.

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    Sam was only second to the first mark so it was not all his own way quite!
THANK YOU to all those members for the Working Party

On behalf of Caroline and Bartely Sailing Club Committee we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all those members that came down early and gave their time freely to help as a team effort to smarten up the club.... those windows in the race hut have never looked so good. Claire inside and Sam the outside!!..

There were so many people attended I lost count after seeing teams all over...., what was amazing is that we could have filled three skips!!!..Apologies to those members that with my help had to go back into the skip to fish our boat covers!!!

It was such a great feeling to see the team effort and what we did achieve by doing this...

Kind regards







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4 race format , 3 to count

4 x 45 Minute approx races

Briefing - 10.30 am

First race - 11.00 am


Entrance Fee £10.00

Hot Food & Drink Available – Also a Bar.

For further information please contact

Nick Thornton (5061) Solo Fleet Captain

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