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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.


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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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