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To Mike and Bartley Sailing Club

26th November 2015

Thank you so much to John, Howard, Mike and everyone who supported and nominated me for a RYA 2015 Volunteer Community Award.

It was with great pleasure that I attended the ceremony last week to receive the Award. The ceremony was held after the RYA AGM and hosted by Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive and the award presented by HRH Princess Royal. There were over 50 Award winners including 15 Community Award winners.

Colin (my Husband) and I had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty ourselves. In her opening speech, HRH thanked not only the award winners but those who supported them. She said that sailing would not be the sport it is today without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. She recognised sailing, as being a learning ground for so many life skills and wanted it to be a place where, especially children could learn to understand risks for when, in the future, they may not be in a safe club environment.

So many well deserving people received awards and I am very humbled by the work that the volunteers have done and things that they have achieved. From talking to others we have a strong junior section envied by many and that is thanks to all our K2o instructors and volunteers. A true team effort.

Like so many, our Sailing Club is run by a strong team of volunteers who all contribute a huge amount in so many ways to deliver, high quality sailing, teaching, racing and a thriving junior section, in a safe, friendly and viable way, having an excellent club house and sailing facilities.

So whilst I am honored to have received the award, I accept in on behalf of everyone and thank you all for your support, especially Dave and Mandy at the beginning and more recently Howard, Richard and Lucy who have given so much of their time and for whom I thank for getting me so involved and enjoying every minute of K2o and work I do via sailing/main committees.

Fired up with the stories from other clubs I am anxious to encourage fresh ideas and involve many more of you, so please do help and support the club going forward, sailing is a great sport to be part of.

Thank you

Ann Kelly

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bham awards web
Three Birminghamh sailors had their inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London on Friday (20 November).
Mike Colles (Midland Sailing Club) and Steve Perring (Earlswood Lake SC) were honoured with RYA Lifetime Commitment awards by sailing's national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.
Meanwhile Ann Kelly (Bartley SC) received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution to their club or organisation, either over a period of time or a 'one-off' effort.
A total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK, recognising their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating. The awards ceremony and luncheon was held at One Great George Street, where each award winner was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.
Mike, from Selly Park, has been a member of Edgbaston Reservoir-based Midland SC for over half a century. He has held numerous senior committee posts and been responsible for many landmark events and activities as well as securing funding for new changing rooms and also the creation of disabled facilities at the club. In eight years as the club's Training Principal he helped many local people gain their qualifications and go on to sail regularly. 
Shirley-based Steve has been an Earlswood Lake stalwart for over 20 years, playing a key role in club development, including the acquisition of club land and the replacement of aging infrastructure, while also providing vital support to the Worcestershire Schools Sailing and Canoeing Association (WSSCA) . His dedication extends to his time as a Powerboat Instructor and Race Coach, honing the skills of countless club sailors and powerboat drivers. 
Born and raised in South Birmingham, Ann has been responsible for delivering Bartley's thriving youth training programme, 'K2O', which regularly has 30 sailors aged from 8-17 sailing each Saturday morning and continues to give many children the opportunity to try sailing. She actively encourages people of all ages into sailing, regularly taking new members out on the water while as a Senior Instructor she also helps deliver formal courses to adults. 
The trio were both nominated for their awards by the clubs and organisations they work with and selected as winners by the RYA Awards panel. 
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: "The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you', on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It's our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards
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BOXING DAY 2015 club bottle race


On the sat 26th of December 2015 its Bartley Sailing clubs BOXING DAY bottle race hosted by our Commodore Mike Gibson.

Everyone is welcome especially families who need to blow away the mistletoe and those extra pudding portions!!!

Bottle racing will start at 11am approx.!!!

See you out on the water

Rgs John Ling

Sailing Com

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Bartley Lasers boys triumphant at Frampton Wessex Laser finals

Bartley Lasers boys triumphant at Frampton Wessex Laser finals

On arriving at a very blustery day with forecasts of 30-40 mph winds it was conditions that Jeremy Higson Robin Pitt and John Ling has all experienced at Bartley so were not foiled at the chance of venturing out.

After a tricky on beach wind launch the 30 strong fleet made it to the line and were amazed to see a very professional timing board counting down the 5 minutes. Something we need to consider!!!

The race was two great beats and two blasting reaches which saw Phenomenal speeds and spray. Surprisingly no broken masts were seen possibly because virtually everyone capsized in the guests.

In the first race Robin and John got a good start and john made his way to the front but was forced to do a 720 which lost him the lead. Whilst Jeremy and Robin fort hard, some of the shifty experts seem to come through. Then Robin got in irons and was forced to retire but used this time wisely to regroup his race plan thoughts. Jeremy had some great beats to recover to 6place whilst John managed to catch the leaders and win race 1.

So with Robin’s nemesis Adam John came in 9th he decided that he would turn up for race two!! And so he did with a 11th 6th and 5th in the next races. Just showing that he has the plan to get his act together for the winter series. Jeremy was again close at the start and was right up with the leaders but unfortunately a local sailor that acted in the strangest of fashions, by thinking it was clever to hit as many boats as possible and in the end this took him out big time so unfortunately retired in the last race right when he had he leaders in sight.

At the prize giving it was BARTLEY rules the waves!!! John winning overall Ed Higson wining the Wessex series of events and Robin finishing his series in 8th and Jeremy in 10th. So 4 of the top places going to Bartley Lasers. What a great season they guys have had.

Combining this with Simon Hardiman completing the Masters and doing really well and Richard (baker boy) getting his new boat up to speed the winter season looks like its going to be a great battle before the new year.

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Congratulations to Crispin Beaumont & Tom Darling for winning the 29er Eurocup Lake Garda

Top Twelve Positions

1 GBR 16 Beaumont Crispin, Maschio, Darling Tom, Bartley SC 35,0 5 1 3 1 12 4 8 1 (24)
2 SLO 4 Janezic Peter Lin, Maschio, Podlogar Anze, JK MIPC 41,0 8 2 4 1 1 5 4 (37) 16
3 FIN 22 Kotiranta Juho, Maschio, Kaskinen Akseli, HSS 50,0 6 4 1 7 8 1 9 (24) 14
4 DEN 2377 Dehn-Toftehoej Jens Philip, Maschio, Langballe Christoffer, KDY 50,0 1 2 11 11 (29) 6 6 3 10
5 GER 2260 Lamay Gwendal, Maschio, Willim Luke, KYC/KYC 53,0 3 6 12 14 5 10 1 2 (ufd)
6 SWE 2220 Kraft Theodor, Maschio, Alm Simon, TABK/GKSS 57,0 1 1 4 16 6 8 (21) 9 12
7 DEN 19 Nyborg Daniel, Maschio, Olsen Sebastian, YC Fures 61,0 3 8 7 17 7 12 3 4 (23)
8 NOR 17 Mathisen Tomas, Maschio, Mathisen Mads, Risor SailingClub 62,0 2 3 1 2 8 9 10 (28) 27
9 GBR 2399 Hewitt Bobby, Maschio, Martin Harvey, LLSC/OSC 74,0 2 12 16 4 2 (20) 19 10 9
10 DEN 2363 Saouma Natacha, Maschio, Wantzin Victor, KDY/KDY 76,0 24 5 10 8 4 (36) 16 5 4
11 GBR 14 Grummett James, Maschio, Budden Daniel, BSC/PSC 77,0 8 7 11 15 20 3 2 11 (30)
12 ESP 1627 Gelpì I Cornudella Albert, Maschio, Chapon Carbonell Marc, CN EL BALIS 77,0 4 4 7 9 5 2 24 22 (25)
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Sailing Committee Review of Racing format Survey Monkey Sailing Com

Review of racing format

The Sailing committee of Bartley Sailing club are currently reviewing options to freshen up the racing at Bartley. 

This has been brought on by issues such as long delays between the faster boats finishing handicaps, then starting pursuits, particularly when the race has been prematurely finished due to slower boats potential elapsed time on the race course.

Shortley you will recieve a Survey MONKEY request, inviting you to participate and share your views with us. 

Many thanks to Howard for setting this up for us. 

Please could you think carefully about the questions which will be those below and feel free to add comments at the bottom of the Survey MONKEY, we can only implement the wishes of the membership with Knowledge of what they want through feedback from surveys such as this.

Top of Form

* 1. Given the opportunity to change the format for Saturday Racing please select one of the options below

2 Races on a Saturday One Pursuit One Handicap

2 Races on a Saturday both Handicap

3 Races On a Saturday all Handicap

2 or 3 races on a Saturday with fleet starts

* 2. Both Tuesday Evening Racing and Thursdays this year have struggled to have enough duty crews across the series with low attendance particularly on Thursday evenings a concern. Please select an option which best suits with how you would wish evening sailing to continue.

No change. Tuesday evenings remain Laser & Solo Fleets and Thursday open club racing

Every one to race and combine on either Tuesday or Thursday (reduce to one evening)

Thursday sailing to shorten to a twelve race series and finish before Summer holidays, Tuesdays to continue as is

* 3. Average Laps could be a good solution to ending a Handicap race at the right time for different classes of boats, however the current courses are too long. please select from the options below

The committee should keep the current agreed courses for both Handicap and Pursuit races

The committee should have separate new designed courses for handicaps which are shorter per lap thus more laps making it easier for average lap results 

Not Sure! I don't understand how this works or the relevance to the handicap race

* 4. Please add comments below if there is anything you feel the Sailing Committee can do to improve the quality of racing at Bartley Sailing Club. 


Kind reagrds

John Ling

Chair of the Sailing Com


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K2o Update

K2o has nearly finished for this season; the last session is 17th October.

I would like say that it has been another tremendous season for K2o.

However it is with sadness that I tell you that for Richard and Lucy Crute-Morris and John Ridley it will be finishing with this Saturday being their last sessions.

All three have decided not to continue to help with K2o after this season, but they will remain part of the club and continue to support K2o..

All three were founder members and have worked tirelessly for K2o both on and off the water, Richard and John encouraging many of the youngsters to get into sailing and Lucy has always been there to treat the bruises and mop up the tears and most importantly of all, she has done a wonderful job with all the administration. K2o runs very smoothly and is very well organised and that comes down to hard work and decication.

Also Anna Mason left in the summer taking up her new role in Bristol. Again Anna has been a dedicated member of the team.

It’s not all sadness as K2o continues with the addition of new instructors who have joined this year. Ed and Brad joined earlier in the season and recently we welcomed Kate to the Club and straight away she has got involved with K2o.

On behalf of the Committee and Club members I’d like to thank all those involved with K2o and also to thank all the children for how well they behave at the club. It’s great to see them out on the water enjoying themselves. Long may it continue.

Duty Attendance


Please remember to sign the attendance sheet on the bar when you turn up for duty. Not only do you get your free cup of tea, but Dutyman then knows who has done their duty and does not re-roster you again.

Boat spaces

At this time of year we see the return of quite a few boats. Please can you let Alan Archer know if you are putting your boat in a space, particularly if it is not your space or if it is a new boat? It is difficult to keep track of who’s boat is who’s. This doesn’t just apply to Lasers ! I think Alan is trying to track down who the Scorpion is…..I think it may be a new member.

If you any problems or aren’t sure about boat spaces then please get in touch with Alan or please feel free to let me know.

Supernova Open

Just a reminder that this Sunday is the Supernova Open. It is a great opportunity to see the Club’s premier fleet in action. There should be a good turnout.

It is only a rumour that the lunch has a Mexican theme !!

Finally let’s have a great Autumn series, so see you all on the water. Check out your winter wear as you may need to wrap up warm.


Mike Gibson



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Bartley travellers are triumphant - Andy Bownes & John Ling

Andy Bownes sailing his Phantom and John Ling in his Laser travelled to Shustoke on Sunday 27 September to represent Bartley SC..

In the Phantom fleet Andy returned to his old club to show them a few trick and made some really good starts but unfortunately each time he managed to get away the wind did a vicious turn leaving him on the wrong side of the lake. After some slight verbal pressure from close by sailors Andy did manage to maintain top 2/3 positions and was 3rd Overall. Next Sunday 4th Oct sees Bartley hosting the Phantom open and as part of the circuit turn out could be good. We understand some top sailors are planning to join in and its rumoured that son Chris Bownes is racing his Dad!!!

John in the strong 30 Laser fleet was desperate for victory as in the overall Midlands 2015 Grand Prix it’s so close at the top with three sailors with 3 wins!!. The first race saw John coming from behind to eventually lead but on the last lead to the line he didn’t cover the pack and had to settle for 2nd. Pressure mounted as Cameron who had won was now poised and needed the top place to secure the trophy. But this was not to be, as John managed to battle hard in the second and Won the last race to take this year’s honours.

The Laser Grand Prix finals are next week and he needs a 3rd or better to take overall title!!!

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Pirates’ attack our Bartley's Bash day !!!

Bartley Sailing Club hosted its own Bartley's Bash last Sunday 20th September, where over 44 people were on the water including visitors and K20 youth sailors to enjoy a wonder day of weather and

Ann Kelly our OD and her team, had set us a great course and the longest start line ever seen at BSC to allow all the fleet to get safely away. For the first race Paul & Ella Cowin's in their Vago were quite quick off the mark but showing us the stern (back) of his new RS 400 was Howard, closely followed by Debbie Degge in her Aero 7 and chasing hard was John in his Laser, with the rest of the pack chasing.

For the second year running our visitors Phil and Tracey in the Enterprise did very well especially as they did not know where the buoys were!

It was great to see so many youngsters out on the water and yes we are talking about you Alan & Ken!!!!... Seriously Megan Hardiman displayed great racing skills in her RS Tera and was close to Tom Williams in his Laser!.on corrected time. But in the Youth category   Crewing for good old Dad in their RS Feva was Millie Hardiman who won the overall trophy which was nearly as big as her!! Second was Will and Alex Jones who unfortunately had to dash so didn’t collect their wonderful wooden shield prize.

In the Solo’s the Thornton family had a tough battle and it was a battle to the end with Nick the old man!! Using his regular knowledge to just come in ahead of his son Neil, who clearly was disappointed to not win the amazing personalised Solo logo trophy.

In the RS fleet (out-side top position) was Andy Gill and Ciara Perry in their 200 who came from behind to finish just 1.5minutes behind the leader in corrected time so also had a good race and will again get the sailing committee to re look at their handicap!!!

Andy Bownes who used this as a test event in readiness for the Phantom open on the 4th Oct, had a strong start but was chased hard but in the end didn’t get enough clear air to get away soon enough. As did Pete Ansty who came in second Phantom found that more wind was needed. Our local commander in chief Mike Gibson in his new Supernova, got berried at the start and was held back in traffic so was slightly off pace for him!

John Ellis Rose had a close battle with Tom and finish third Laser and said at the prize giving it was a good day and an added benefit was he stayed dry!

We had a lot of variation this year in the fleets with Adrian and Maria Blocking in their Fireball who nearly got fully out on the wire! Colin & Sally in the Merlin who were second home on the water. Kev Payne sailed consistent must have been all this recent practice at the BSC RS 300 open!!. Again this year we had a windsurfer with Clare Simpson who made it round and this was definitely a massive triumph for her which you could see from the big smile on her face.

A special mention for Huw and Claire who sailed their laser's for the very first time in a race - well done.

Overall Debbie Degge was awarded the prestige Silver BB trophy for the year with Second was John, and third Andy & Ciara

One of the key drivers for the day was to raise funds for our Bartley Sailing Club K20 youth sailors which we have received so far £168 on the day with some sailors pledging to still put some in the pot!!! You know who you are!!! (I have your names!!)

The second half of the day was a race with a twist and fun games session, as Ann introduced the adults to her "Pirates". This mischievous bunch hit the adults with their coloured cannon (plastic) balls resulting in the adults having to do a penalty turn. But in the end their can only be one!!! As it was Kevin Payne who managed to survive the best and was crowned the winner.

There was plenty of activity from the pirates Megan and Millie ruling the waves, Maisy riding on the bow to gain added accuracy, Tom, unsure whether to attack his fellow Laser sailors or not and Cecily in the boat with a sting in its tail!

It was brilliant to see so many people down again and we feel we achieve the aim of raising awareness and some cash to help people get out sailing and racing !!!

So remember the Bar or the committee are still taking any donations so if you can spread the word we will be most grateful.

Thanks again for your kind support



Bartley Sailing Com

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Sad news that Ruth Lennox has passed away

Very sad News

We have been told by Charli Lennox the sad news that Ruth has passed away yesterday and that Rob is very unwell himself.  


Ruth was one very special lady that alway made you feel very welcome and part of the club. Many of you may have known Ruth so could you pass on the message to anyone else please?

Regards John

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