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UK Laser Class Association / ASC Birmingham Training 19th / 20th September

 Seven of our Laser youth sailors will take part in the UKLA / Andrew Simpson Foundation training on Saturday and Sunday. 25 boats are signed up for training provided by the UKLA Squad coaching team so please extend a warm welcome to any visitors.

The weekend promises to bring high value training so watch out for our youth sailors in the club racing the following weekend, we expect them to be moving up the fleet rankings with their newly developed skills. Hope you all have a great time!

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Merlins at Bartley

A great day was had by all at the Merlin Open on Sunday. Race Officer Steve Ward efficiently ran 4 races for the 15 entrants on the day in lovely force 3 to 4 conditions from the South West. A few cruising boats enjoyed a sail too with a Tasar and 2 Mirrors out in the beautiful weather 

There were 3 Bartley boats from our growing fleet out on the water who were in a mid-fleet race of their own. The full results are on the results tab on the website.

1st Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby - Blithfield SC

2nd Simon Potts and James Dawes - Burghfield SC

3rd Matt Biggs and Becka Jones - Blithfield SC

1st Silver Fleet James Goss and Chris Whitehouse - South Staffs SC

1st Bronze Fleet Nigel and Freya Hudson - Bartley SC

Well done to the winners.

Thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event and to Debbie Degge for the photo.

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Thank You Everyone Who Participated and Donated to Barts Bash

 Congratulations to Sam Knight and Chris Bownes for winning the Barts Bash on Saturday. 34 boats took to the water for a fantastic race in perfect conditions. John Knight came 2nd in the Supernova and Megan Hardiman 3rd in a Laser Radial. At the time of writing that placed Bartley boats in 7th, 10th and 15th out of 76 worldwide entries.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise £165 towards much needed repairs on the club fleet ready for the RYA OnBoard fleet activity at the Regional Junior Championships that will be taking place on 26th September at Bartley.

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Reminder - Race 1 @11.30 a.m. on Saturday 12th September 2020 will be the Bartley Barts Bash Race

 It would be great to get as many sailors as possible participating - A small donation to the club is requested (£5 or so) but not mandated for taking part. All proceeds will go towards maintenance of the club fleet of sailing boats.

The race will be a handicap race and will commence at 11.30 for 1hr or so. The race course will be measured, elapsed times recorded and entered into the Barts Bash results system so participants can see where their results are relative to sailors participating all around the country. You will need to sign on at the OOD hut and leave any donations there too for this one so don't forget.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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Merlin Open 13th September

Bartley SC looks forward to welcoming the Merlin Rockets back on September 13th. Please could all competitors follow instructions around the site regarding Covid-19 and be aware that the changing rooms are not yet open for use. Full Galley service is available.

There will be no club racing during this event. 

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Good Luck to our Laser 4.7 Sailors at the Nationals next week

Best of luck to Josh, Megan and new Bartley member Finley who are travelling to Weymouth for the Laser 4.7 Nationals next week. The weather looks great and the competition strong so it should be a fantastic event. Good luck team Bartley!

I will also participate in the Laser Standards against various world, European, and National champions so it is less about luck for me and more about a miracle! Looking forward to bobbing around in the waves though.

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A Great Weekend of Foiling with more Events to come...

Thanks to Shaun from the Andrew Simpson Foundation for training 20 lucky people in the basics of foiling over the weekend.

The sessions commenced with a brief demonstration of the  physics behind foiling and the difference in techniques between a displacement hull and a foiler. The candidates then went out on the water and started to fly in the two foiling craft - a Nikki and a Skeeter. The technique of windward heel coupled with the rapid change from real to apparent wind sailing was quite a challenge, but once up on the foils you were rewarded with a moment of calm flight with just a slight whistle as the craft cut through the water. Unfortunately this was often followed by a landing to windward and a full body rinse - but at least the weather was warm!

Everyone I spoke to had a fantastic time so lets hope Shaun, Nikki and Sleeta can return sometime soon.

So what next?

Keep an eye on the Club Calendar on the website - we have a Merlin Open, Open Topper Training, Laser 4.7 and Radial training, RS Feva and Bic Techno training, and potentially the RYA Junior Championships OnBoard fleet joining us. It all Starts in September so in the mean time enjoy your summer and your watersports at Bartley.


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RYA Level 1, 2 and Powerboat Level 2 Courses in August

Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham are running the following courses on the following dates at Bartley. Please contact them directly to book on to any of these courses.

Youth Sailing Courses

RYA Stage 1 24th & 25th August 2020

RYA Stage 2 26th & 27th August 2020

Adult Sailing Courses

RYA Level 1 24th & 25th August 2020

RYA Level 2 26th & 27th August 2020

Powerboat Level 2 20th & 21st August 2020

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Bar is Open to Members Tuesday Evenings

 For those who like a snack and a drink on Tuesday evenings then you will be glad to know that the bar will be open tomorrow evening for those participating and those just along to watch, so no need to bring your own refreshments this week.

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Pontoon situation

After day 1 the temporary pontoon is in place. The existing pontoon is tethered to 8 (don't untether it!!!). There is a buoy marking the mooring block - again don't move it!

It goes without saying that  #8 is not be use as a mark on a course and should be treated as an obstruction (i.e. sailors can call for room).

Finally, although the tethered pontoon looks like a tempting visitor attraction please do not paddle, swim, or sail out to it on the grounds of your safety.

Thanks for your understanding while these essential repairs take place.

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