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K2O 2018 Starts on Saturday

The K2O season starts again this Saturday at 9.30. This ever-popular programme to get juniors progressing through the RYA training levels continues to go from strength to strength.

For those new to the club K2O uses Optimists, Picos, RS Teras, and RS Fevas to train junior and youth sailors from learning the basics through to sailing with spinnakers. The more advanced sailors participate in the morning race after a brief training session beforehand.

This year we are hoping to get the Topper fleet back on the water too so that junior helms can train and then participate in the 'RYA Zones' at the end of the season.

More information is available on the K2O tab on this website or through contacting

We look foward to meeting up with returning sailors and welcome the 'class of 2018' to our great sport.

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Sailing Committee Updates

Here are some of the updates from Wednesdays' Committee meeting:


It seems that the Buoys at the top of the lake all made a bid for freedom over the winter. All are now back in place and anchored firmly (thanks Dan and John). They are not in exactly the same place as before by design as tree growth on the shoreline had put #2 in a big wind shadow so it is now further away from the bank.

Saturday Sailing Series:

The Series will continue to consist of 3 race series (morning handicap 1, early afternoon Pursuit, afternoon handicap 2) with the same scoring rules as the Winter series so helms can either pick their favourite race series to qualify for or why not do all three?

The morning Handicap 1 remains the race with a Novice / Junior start and series.

The scoring is to be amended to score helms rather than boats. This enables helms to sail double handers, single handers, different rig sizes, and with different crews. Changing boats will impact their ‘fleet’ series if helms move outside of a fleet (e.g. sailing a Solo and an RS400 during the same series) however it will make it easier to qualify for the overall series and is aimed to improve flexibility as circumstances and wind conditions change. If a 2 man boat wins a series prize then it will be up to the helm to nominate the crew they feel is most deserving of the award.

The exciting change is the introduction of a quarterly ‘End of Series Club Regatta’. The premise is ‘work together, sail together, and relax together’. The day will start with a working party to keep on top of those maintenance jobs that stack up over the year, followed by a standalone 2 pursuit race regatta. Then straight after sailing has finished there will be prize giving for the series (Saturday and Sunday series) and prize giving for the regatta with some food and entertainment.

The series dates have moved slightly to accommodate these club regattas so that they don’t fall on bank holidays. This means that the Spring 2018 series will be a few weeks shorter than usual, and subsequent series will be 1 race shorter than current to accommodate the ‘End of Series Regatta’.

The first Club Regatta will be on the 16th June where 2017 series prizes, and Winter / Spring 2018 series prizes will be awarded so please put the date in the diary. (Club diary will be updated shortly with full dates and times).

We want to have a bit of fun with these quarterly events so why not swap boats for the day or crew for a different helm? There are plenty of juniors / novices in the club who are now getting experience (especially with the RS400 fleet) why not sail the regatta with a junior / novice crew?

Finally – Sunday sailors and Open meetings

It is the easy option to organise Opens on Sundays as the water has significantly fewer water users. However, the current policy of closing the water to club racers has been reviewed and deemed unnecessary. Going forward Sunday races will continue in parallel with the Opens in a designated section of the water. We will monitor during the year to confirm this compromise is a good one.

The club notice of race and sailing instructions will be published as revision 3 on the website shortly to reflect the changes above.

A copy of the Sailing Committee meeting minutes can be found on the club notice board – if you have anything you want to raise please do so via your fleet captain (RS 400: Sam and John Knight, Laser: John Ling, Supernova: Garry Butterfield, Solo: David Badger, Junior: Simon Hardiman, Menagerie: Steve Ward, General: Graham Blackwell / Nick Eaves)

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Bartley Sailors take 3 of the top 4 placings at the Supernova Open

Sunday 25th March saw 24 Supernovas enter the Noble Marine sponsored Supernova Travellers circuit at Bartley, many of whom had sailed at the Cotswold Open the day before.

Bartley fielded a strong fleet and snapped up 3 of the top 4 places.

Congratulations to Cliff Milliner of Cotswold for winning the event with Mike Gibson, and Steve Hawley in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Garry Butterfield had a great day picking up 4th overall and Chris Hawley finally got the hang of his new boat to get a 3rd in the final race.

Full race report on http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/203652

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Race Times Change this weekend

Per SI and NOR, race times are as displayed in the Calendar on the website.

For the Saturday races this means all 3 races move by 30 mins to 11.30, 13.00, and 15.00 this weekend as the Spring series commences.

That means an extra 30 mins on bed or boat bimbling, whichever you prefer...

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Tuesday Evening Sailing Starts on 10th April!!!!

It may not feel like it but Spring is definitely on the way, which means TUESDAY NIGHT SAILING IS BACK!!!

Starting from 10th April there will be racing for Solos, Lasers, and RS400s and any other fleets that can field enough boats for a fleet start. We are also expecting our Novice fleet to come along and the SUP club to be out in force.

The format is fleet racing with handicaps arranged per fleet to give everyone a chance of winning the series, and of course the all important debrief over a swift half in the club afterwards. The racing starts at 7 p.m. the banter starts at about 8 p.m.

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly - what more could you ask for to unwind after a stressful day?

Look forward to seeing you on the water.

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Please be aware of the Open meetings for 2018 as follows:

Merlin and Supernova - completed in March

Junior invitational regatta - 13th May

RS 400 Open - 9th September

Solo Open - 7th October

Laser Open - 14th October

In the future Club racing will continue on these days in a smaller designated area of the reservoir.


Sailing Committee

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Update: Good news - the Buoys have been located so we can now start work on getting them back on the water. OODs please check status before setting a course with 3 or C in it over the next couple of weeks.


After the joy of finally getting Buoy 2 back on the water it appears that Buoy C and 3 have somehow disappeared between 11th and 21st March. The Committee will do a sweep of the shoreline in the next week or so to see if they have been washed up at the top end of the reservoir, however, if you see either of the buoys whilst out sailing or have any information as to their whereabouts please could you advise to so we can get them roped up and back in position.

In the mean time OODs please set temp marks if required until we have a fix in place but remember to bring them in at the end of the day.

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Supernovas Spring Forward

A reminder to all sailors that the club hosts the Supernova Open this Sunday 25th March so there will be no club racing.

Cruising and general water use is permitted but please see the OOD who will advise zones that are suitably out of the way of the race course. Please be aware that you may have to delay taking to the water during the starting sequence when crews and the water are particularly busy.

The second reminder is that the clocks go forward an hour at the weekend so if you are planning on attending make sure you set your alarm at the correct time so you don’t arrive on the start line an hour late!

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Updated Club Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race

Club racing at Bartley is fun and competitive. Whilst most of us race for the enjoyment and do so in ‘the spirit’ of fun and friendly competition it is also important to keep up to date with the latest rules and governance from the RYA and World Sailing so that we comply with, and learn from the latest thinking regarding racing rules.

To keep the club up to date the ‘sailing instructions’ and ‘notice of race’ documents have been revised in line with current sailing club practices, and the current ‘Racing Rules of Sailing’ (RRS) from World Sailing (www.sailing.org).

A copy of the updated sailing instructions (SI) and notice of race (NOR) can now be found on the ‘Club Racing’ tab. We will be running a programme of Blogs to draw attention to sections of these documents, in the meantime please familiarise yourself with their content and the expected format and rules in place for club racing at Bartley.

Bartley SC Sailing Committee

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Merlins Rocket at Bartley!!!


The Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 1 Merlin Rocket Open at Bartley was a great success with 23 boats travelling from far and wide to compete. Unusually it was an easterly wind that greeted the competitors making the course shifty and tactical. There were huge gains and losses to be made depending on the chosen side of the race course and some instability thrown in for good measure with strengthening winds on the long downwind legs. The visiting boats brought in a number of spectators who witnessed a fantastic sight of colourful spinnakers flying in the sunshine. A full report is available on yachts and yachting https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/203008/Merlin-Rockets-at-Bartley

Congratulations to Andy Davies and Pete Gray for the overall win, and to Matt Biggs and Becka Jones, and Caroline Croft and Chris Gould for 2nd and 3rd respectively. It was great to see Bartley SC taking the top three places.
Full List of placings is available in the ‘Results’ section of BSC website.

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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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