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Reminder - Saturday race times 11.00, 12.30, 14.30 from this Saturday

You may have noticed the nights drawing in. The change in race times to allow for this catches members out every year so make sure it is not you this time!

11.00   Handicap race 1 (including Novice and Juniors)

12.30   Pursuit

14.30   Handicap 2

The weather look lovely (especially compared with last weekend) so come along and enjoy the water.

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Commodores Corner


Dear Members,

I am writing to you with an update following our main committee meeting last night.

Firstly, we have excellent news that membership will not increase when renewals come around at the end of this month.  Any members with a standing order or direct debit will continue to have their membership taken from their account at the same rate.  Any cash payers will be contacted by the treasurer, but if you can get to us first with payment then even better, all rates are listed on the membership form on our website. 

Last night's meeting was the first in the wake of the EGM and the minutes from the EGM have been produced and will be published on the club notice board sent out through Dutyman.  Any queries then please get in touch with me or one of the other flag officers.  Copies of the presentation are available for any members who were unable to attend.

Finally – advance warning that the club will be shut on the 12th May 2019 due to the Velo (Birmingham Cycling Event), coming along the dam wall.  I propose we work on submitting a team to ride the event.

On a personal note, if anybody has seen a laser foil bag lying around, its mine!  I am so busy being commodore that the rest of my life has gone to rack and ruin!

Hope to see you all out on the water in the next couple of weeks.





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Solos in the Sunshine

The 7th October brought sunshine and, after a brief postponement, a perfect force 3 from the South West for the 2018 Sailing Chandlery Midland Series Solo open.

The wind direction meant a windward - leeward course was the order of the day with long beats followed by long runs making the racing tactical and tight. In the first 2 races the fleet was split by under 3 minutes first to last boat at the finish line.

Two races were run back to back in the morning with Alan Bishop (Girton) taking the 1st race  followed by Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes) and Howard Eeles (Bartley), with Nigel Davies (Draycote) getting ahead in the second followed by Ian Ingram and Alan Bishop.

A welcome lunch of chicken curry from Dee and the galley crew was taken before the two afternoon races.

The afternoon saw a course change to add a couple of reaching legs into the mix but this didn't phase the front runners with Alan Bishop taking another 1st, Nigel Davies in second, and Bob Suggitt of Barnt Green SC claiming third.

Ian Capener (Bartley) finally found his form to take the final race of the day from Chris Brown (Draycote) in second and Ian Ingram in third.

The final results showed just how tight the racing had been with 2nd and 3rd place tied, and 4th and 5th place tied bringing the low points scoring system into play to differentiate the final placings:

1st Alan Bishop (Girton)

2nd Nigel Davies (Draycote)

3rd Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes)

4th Ian Capener (Bartley)

5th Bob Suggitt (Barnt Green)

Oldest boat prize Huw Davies (Bartley)

Thanks to David and Ed Badger for all their efforts to organise the day, the photos, the new committee boat flag mast holder (fantastic), and the prizes.



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Boat park

Hi All


I called at the club this afternoon. Sadly there are a number of boats on their side. These are mainly in the middle of the boat park and include but not only...1 lark  2 national 12s 2 supernovas 1 bug the firstv2 rows by the water appeared to be ok. There are alao a couple of torn covers . Its meant to be windy tomorrow but it would be good if you checked your baotd tomorrow.




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News flash!!

20181012_160202 Boat blown over

Dear members

Due to extreme weather conditions boats on the boat park are falling over due to not being strapped down .

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Galley open as normal

Dear members, 

Lots of hot snacks available from the galley this weekend, including home made soup, hot pastries, breakfast menu to choose from also salad sandwiches ready for you to just grab and go.

Fully stocked bar is also open if you don't fancy risking the weather 🌪🌪

See you soon Dee 

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RYA Junior Championships - in their own words - the final 2!

Finally an account from Megan in the Laser 4.7s and Millie in the RS Teras:

I loved my time at the RYA regional junior championships at Grafham water. I went there to see where I am in comparison to other laser 4.7 sailors in the country and I also loved having fun with some of my greatest friends. In the past, I have attended many events in my Rs Tera sport and pro but for the majority of these events, I have travelled with my family. I love doing this very much but it was so nice to see familiar faces at the hotel and on the water during and between races. I got such a boost of confidence from doing this event and I just wanted to briefly outline my experience at the competition.

   I arrived at the premier inn on Friday night safely with my boat, Millie’s boat and, much to Harrison’s relief, his boat. I could hardly sleep that night- I was excited and nervous for the next day. I ate breakfast with Harrison, Cecily and Millie on Saturday and then I went to Grafham water. I rigged up and got changed. After a short briefing, I sailed off to the start line and then got to know the ways of the wind. We started racing promptly. I did not have such a good day of racing- I came 46th in the first race, 51st in the second and 38th in the 3rd race (out of 66). I was determined to do better the next day, particularly because I’d let my biggest rival, Harrison, slip past me in 2 of the 3 races! After the first day, I was 50th, just below Harrison and close to Josh.

   The next day, I did some great racing. The wind was perfect (stronger than the day before) and I ended up 2nd around the windward mark in the 1st race! I was amazed and, of course, delighted! I went on to overtake the boy in 1st place before leading the race around the 2nd mark!!! I went on to finish the race in an incredible 14th place after losing a few places downwind and on the second beat. I did not do so well in the other 2 races (56th and 61st) but I just really enjoyed my last few moments sailing in a big fleet with my Bartley friends in planning conditions. Overall, I finished 48th feeling happy about the weekend yet sad that it was all over.

   Over the course of the weekend, I think that I learnt some very valuable skills- how to raft up (thanks to Harrison), golden syrup, maple flavoured, with pancakes is great as a sailor’s breakfast, never eat muffins on the morning of a competition if your name’s Cecily and, aside from the other things I have mentioned, never give up!

   I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my Dad for taking me and helping me, my Mum for supporting me, Marie Allen and Kerry Webb for also supporting me and Kerry again for taking some great photos during the weekend. Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Cecily, Josh, Harrison and Millie for being so supportive and funny and providing me with great competition throughout the weekend. It is sad that event had to end but we can look forward to future competitions. Go team Bartley!

And from Millie:

I really enjoyed the weekend because of all my friends and family were with me and it was just generally an extremely fun and jam-packed weekend full of enjoyable sailing. There were 4 girls in the RS Tera fleet so 1 of us wasn't going to get a medal so we were all fighting for a place in the top 3. On the first day I was 3rd girl then on the next day I moved up to 2nd. Overall we had a great time with muffins and golen syrup, maple flavoured. Thank you very much to all of the Bartley sailors who came and made me have a lot of fun and thank you very much to my family for taking me. It was definitely worth it!

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Reminder - Bartley Solo Open this Sunday 7th Oct

Briefing at 10.30 followed by 4 races. Current forecast - light southwesterly, beautiful sunshine, and plenty of water in the reservoir after the rain on Saturday.

We are hoping for a strong turnout so why not pop down to watch proceedings over a breakfast, lunch, or a swift half from the Bar.

Best of luck to our Bartley Solo sailors.

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Success at Cotswold - now the count down to the Bartley Laser Open on 14th Oct...

John Ling won the Cotswold Open with Richard taking a strong 6th place (and Robin doing what I would have done looking at the conditions and exiting stage left to go and watch some paint dry...)

However - just to prove that it is possible to get ahead of John, here is a photo of Richard in the lead before a full on mugging by the chasing fleet.

Only 9 more days until the Bartley Laser Open and Midland Traveller series finale. Make sure you get to the club for a practice tomorrow!

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RYA Junior Regional Championships - in their own words part 2

Last time we heard from Theo and Josh, this time it is Cecily and Harrisons turn...

First from Cecily:

Last weekend I went to represent Bartley in the RYA East Zone at Grafham Reservoir along with four other guys from Bartley; Josh, Harrison, Megan and Millie. I took part in the Regatta Course in a topper that my dad and I borrowed from K20 and cleaned up. It raced very well, and although on the first day my results weren’t the best, on the second day, with a stronger breeze I had some good battles with the lead boy and lead girl and I came 2nd girl, and 6th overall for the weekend. Not bad for my first time sailing a Topper!
The facilities at Grafham were very nice, and everyone was helpful and friendly. The coaching was very beneficial, which was proved by my results on the second race. All of the coaching was really helpful because it built on my previous knowledge, and proceeded to make my performance the best it could be. I particularly improved in my race starts. My first regatta was definitely exceedingly important and has incited an aspiration to go again, hopefully in the championship fleet, and to secure a medal if not. It was also really marvellous to have Bartley Sailors together as that helped everyone’s performance as we had support and a really good time together with many laughs over the weekend.
All in all, it was an amazing experience that taught me crucial lessons, and a lovely weekend with really nice people and I had a great time. If the opportunity arises again, I will definitely want to do it all again.
Cecily by her reconditioned Topper!
Cecily leads the race on day 2
And from Harrison:
My build up to the Regional Champions was very busy, every Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening and every Saturday I was out practicing for the regatta. Although I put in lots of hours, my primary goal there was to have fun, learn new things, and do what I love with my friends. We got to the hotel on Friday evening and after an anxious wait for my boat to arrive with Simon, Megan and Millie, it was time for some sleep. As probably mentioned we had a 66 boat fleet in the 4.7s which was an ‘experience’ considering the biggest fleet of lasers I’ve ever sailed in is at Bartley on a Tuesday night. I coped well and it was a chance for me to learn how to put training to practice and learn how to cope in a huge fleet. Overall it was a good weekend, everyone was supportive and was great fun and we all helped to put Bartley on the map for the Juniors- they better watch out next year for our Bartley Team!
Harrison sets off to the start line
The Laser fleet in action
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