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This week RS's dominated the starting line, with a 300, 2 x 600's & 3 x 400's with the addition of a phantom to the starting line, it certainly wasn't a slow fleet.

The wind direction, as has been the case for so many weeks now, proved challenging, with huge shifts & huge holes providing a stern test for helm & crew.  Having said all that, Andy & Ciara did a great job for the night as RO's - thanks both.

Back to the racing... a fairly even start saw Mike/Tony, Sam (in a 600 tonight) & Crispin/Leslie challenging for the lead - Mike just edging the others out to take the lead at the windward mark, only for a navigational faux pas, compounded by the crew insisting the direction we were travelling in would be "ok", resulting in a slip from 1st to 5th by the leward mark...

By this stage Crispin & Sam had pulled out in front of all other challengers & the race for 1st/2nd was between them. Eventually, Mike clawed back into 3rd position on the water.

Corrected results for the evening saw 1st - Crispin/Leslie  2nd - Sam  3rd - Andy Bownes  4th Mike/Tony

Rumour has it you could put Sam Knight on an ironing board with a hanky & he'd still be in the top three...(no green eyed monster here!)

Off the water chilli & a pint of "two hoots" was not to be sniffed at. Talk soon turned to the upcoming Southern Champs for the RS fleets & the rather daunting negotiation of the chain ferry...

Hope to see a few more of you on a Thursday night - you're really missing a good night !

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A beautiful sunny evening in May, around 10 knots of breeze - who'd have thought we were in the middle of Birmingham!

This Thursday saw our largest turnout this season, with 15 boats taking to the water. The RS400's made up a third of the fleet, with Lasers, Phantoms, an RS600, RS300, RS200, Merlin and not forgetting the Blaze.

All keen to get on the water, barring the slight hiccup of helping Brad retrieve his dagger board, which no sooner had he taken the 600 off the trolley, promptly floated away !

From the outset Howard lead the way (with his returning super crew Wayne), followed around the windward mark by Mike & Caroline. The two reaches proved to be very tight & Howard/Wayne expertly negotiated these. 

As the first lap ended the places were still Howard 1st, Mike 2nd & Caroline 3rd - not for much longer, as Caroline, in breeze managed to point a full 10/15 degrees higher than anyone else, easily swept aside Mike & started chasing down Howard.

Andy Bownes in the Phantom & Chris/Claire Bownes in the Merlin stuck in there never really losing too much ground on the 400's, with Gareth & Matt having an interesting tustle in the chasing pack.

As the finishing line approached, there was to be a little extra drama, Howard sailed into a hole & the whooping team Girl Power (Caroline/Kate) clinched it on the line! I'm sure Kate will be gracious in her victory and not constantly remind her husband that she beat him!

A swift retun to the bar for a delicous pulled pork bap (thanks Paul) and a pint of two hoots, talk quickly turned towards Parkstone for the 400's.

Why not come down on a Thursday and join us ? A nice relaxed atmosphere, hot food & a pint - not forgetting the racing of course !

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Dear All,  Rachel Luckman


After 15 wonderful years with Bartley, I am finally hanging up my dry suit.

It has been a tremendous pleasure to sail with you all, whether I was racing

you, being coached by you, or you were pulling me out of the water. I have

recommended Bartley to a quite a number of people, some whom, I see, have

become members.


Regrettably, there are now so many competing pressures on my time that

sailing is no longer an option. But I will never forget you all.


I wish you all calm water and fair winds,



Rachel Luckman

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URGENT NEWS SUNDAY 3rd May... We do have a few Lasers racing but the water is open if anyone wnats to come down

Sorry to mess club members around but SUNDAY 3rd May... We do have a few Lasers racing but the water is open if anyone wnats to come down

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