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Club to Open on Saturday 5th Dec

The current lockdown ends on 2nd Dec so our next sailing day is expected to be Saturday 5th December. The committee are working through all of the applicable guidance and possible interpretations and will provide an update on specifics nearer the time.  

In the meantime start dusting off the winter gear - it has got a bit colder since lockdown started!

Looking forward to being back on the water again!

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Pop-Up VR-Inshore Races on Saturday 28th November

 There will be 4 VR Inshore races with the first starting at 11.00 on Saturday Nov 28th. Log into the custom race in VR-Inshore (https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game) and put in password 'bartley' to race.

20 places in each race - first come first served.

Hope to virtually see you there!

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And the results are in....

Thanks to all who supported the quiz this evening, hope you had a lot of fun! 

And the results?

In First place and proud winner of December's bragging rights was Sean Ricketts 'Sinking Feeling'

In second were the Merlin duo of Nigel and Freya 'Attack of the Clones'

In third, just 1/2 a point ahead of Sam Knight and family was John Ling (playing one handed for extra kudos) 'Say what'

The Webbs 'Hugo Bess' fought hard but confusion in the flag round took them out of contention as the general recall flag was identified as the Ikea Flag with other amusing connotations for the AP and individual recall (Finland?)

David Badger and 'Ocean Pi Retired' played consistently but with David having to go and eat his ocean pie just before the final round the resilience of the retirees won through lower down the table.

Thanks to the participants for supporting and Meg the quizmaster for pulling the rounds together with her first high pressure 'on-line' quiz.

The great news is that it is hopefully only 14 days now until we are back on the water - watch out for a 'pop-up' VR race or two between now and then.

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5pm Saturday - The Great Bartley Sailing Quiz - Don't Miss Out!

 Missing sailing? Tired of walking around the block? Why not join the Bartley Sailing Quiz on Saturday November 21st at 5 p.m.

The content has been produced by Megan 'The MEG' with a number of rounds designed to test your nautical knowledge.

Open to Bartley SC members and their households this is the ultimate test for our sailors – are you up to it?

All you need to do is follow the meeting link to join the MS Teams quiz in the club calendar at 5pm on Saturday and you will be transported to another world (well, our dining room).

There is a Whatsapp group for scoring – join the group by opening your whatsapp App and scanning the QR code below. Quizmaster Meg will ask you to be very honest and score your answers and then post your 'team name' and score on the whatsapp group at the end of each round (Team names to be child friendly please!) so the totaliser can be added to and the winner announced at the end.

If you don't have whatsapp – well, just play along anyway – after all, the prize is being able to look smug for the rest of the evening.

Hope to see you there, after all what else have you got to do?

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Pop Up VR Inshore - Looks like some helms have been practicing!

A large fleet took to the virtual water this morning as they waited for the delayed start of the Vendee Globe  in real life.

The racing was tight and tactical with a few 'steals' and shenanigans in each race - lots of fun!

In the J70 it was The Bartley Beast from Baker Boy and Cecilyy, in the Lasers Silver Lady from Cecilyy and the Bartley Beast, in the 49ers, 180713, from 202455 and the Bartley Beast, and in the Stars, John Laser, from Silver Lady and RS400.

Watch this space for the next round of 'Pop up VR Inshore'

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'Pop-up' VR Inshore races 11.30 Sunday

There will be 4 VR Inshore races with the first starting at 11.30 tomorrow. Log into the custom race in VR-Inshore (https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game) and put in password 'bartley' to race.

20 places in each race - first come first served.

Hope to virtually see you there!

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Bartley Sailing Club Closure for Latest Government Lockdown Period (5th November to 2nd December 2020)

Unfortunately the sailing club will have to close from 00.01 Thursday morning for the Government lockdown period which currently runs to 2nd December. There will be no access to the sailing club except for essential maintenance activities during this time. The Government rules and RYA guidance are very clear on the matter and Bartley SC will comply with the requirements to support the NHS as they manage capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.

Rescue crews scheduled for the lockdown period will be rescheduled. Those scheduled 5th December onwards will remain in place unless direction changes nearer the time.

Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham will also be closed. There will be no access to the water for Bartley SUP or the Bournville Radio Boating group either during this time.

We are as disappointed as you that we have to close for this period but understand the reasons, and as always, thank you for supporting the club as we find a way through the ever changing restrictions that are placed on us.

I am sure the month will pass quickly and we will soon be back out pounding the waves - I look forward to seeing you all then.

Simon Hardiman

BSC Commodore

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Latest Lockdown update

The RYA continue to lobby and seek guidance on lockdown implications with respect to boating. There is a conference call between affiliated clubs and the RYA scheduled for Wednesday evening that I shall be joining. At that point we shall be able to make a decision for the club that we can communicate hopefully on Thursday but definitely before the weekend.

Thanks


Simon

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RYA Training Centre Inspection Passed

Thanks to Kerry Webb, Adrian Bocking and team for their preparation and successful execution of our RYA training centre inspection at the weekend. The inspector was impressed with our levels of compliance and had some useful pointers regarding club sailing boat classes and social media presence to market the club to potential junior and youth sailors. A great result for the club!

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Toppers have a Blast at Bartley

Thanks to our rescue crews for their very active participation in the Topper Open on Sunday. The Force 4 to 6 gave the competitors a challenge and also a blast in the sunshine. Race 1 saw high attrition and it took about 15 minutes to recover the turtled boats and their helms to shore but we still managed to get a further 2 races completed. You have to give credit to the competitors aged between 10 and 16 - even those who were rescued took a breather, added a reef or two and then went back out for more! Photo by our very own Topper world champion from 1990 Debbie Degge who probably wished she was out there with them...

Full results on the results page shortly. Bartley's only entrant in the 30 boat fleet was Millie who managed 12th place after as many capsizes! It would be great to see more Bartley youngsters joining this great class. I still have a club Topper in the boat park if anyone is interested in taking it on...

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Lockdown - what are the implications for the club?

Hi All,

I have been asked by a number of members what the proposed lockdown will mean for the club. The simple answer is that it is a developing situation with no specific clarification for sailing, windsurfing, SUP and Kayak as yet.

The committee are reviewing information as it is released so we can make a decision for the club that is aligned to the guidance from government and the RYA. 

Obviously we hope we can continue to operate so we can all get our outdoor exercise on the water but must also be prepared for a months closure if our water sports are not supported by the guidance.

Whatever the outcome we shall be open until the end of Wednesday so the afternoon race will take place.

We will send further updates and decisions for the club in due course.

Thanks for your patience, understanding and support as always


Simon


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Committee Meeting Actions - October

 The committee held their October Meeting and there are some activities that members may wish to help out with:

Price structure - this has been the same for years. Nigel Hudson, Chris Bownes, and Steve Ward are conducting some benchmarking and evaluation to determine the best structure going forward. If you are passionate about membership prices and categories please link up with one of the team to offer your views and support.

Sailing boat inventory - the club boat inventory is under review. Which boats do you like? Which don't you like? what would you like to see in the club fleet? Are you a member who just wants to use club boats without the hassle of ownership in which case would you support a hire scheme to book the club boats out for a small cost to cover maintenance ? Would you be prepared to volunteer to assist with maintaining the club boats? If any of this is of interest to you please liaise with Benn Freeman at Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham or with Nigel Hudson

Changing rooms - its getting cold and we want to get them open. They are taped up ready for social distancing and we are now just working on a cleaning contract to ensure they are cleaned down in a Covid-19 secure manner

New member assimilation - We have lots of new members (great), we don't have a great way of integrating them into the workings of the club (not great), so we need to get that fixed - anyone who thinks they can help here (especially new members who have recent experience from the customer point of view) please get in touch with Jennifer Foort

Intruder alarm - it keeps being a problem when sensors are not aligned (especially when the ladies changing room fire escape is not closed). If you are locking up and the alarm is flagging an issue it is usually that this door or the fire escape door by the bar isn't correctly closed. We will be replacing the fire escape doors in the changing rooms shortly which should help this.

Pot holes - they are there and we plan to fill them. We have costed re-surfacing the service road but it would use up all available funds (and some) so that is on the back burner for now - in the mean time if you do drive a vehicle into the turning circle please go slowly so as not to cause any further surface damage and prolong the life of what we have.

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***Topper Open Postponed until 1st November*** Club racing as usual on 18th October

Unfortunately the forecast wind strength for 18th November means Topper racing tomorrow is not feasible so the event has been moved to 1st November in the hope that the wind turns up then. This means that club racing etc... can carry on as normal.

Sorry about the late notice but it is the nature of our sport that the wind needs to turn up before we do!

Thanks for your understanding.

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Entry for Youth Laser Training 7th / 8th November now open on UKLA Website

 Entry for the next youth Laser training on 7th and 8th November is now open on the UKLA website. The training is a partnership between Andrew Simpson Foundation and the UKLA. The training is provided by top UKLA coaches and is to the highest standard. Closing date for entries is 26th October.

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Reminder - Topper Open this Sunday

A quick reminder that 24 Toppers will be sailing in the Topper Open this Sunday. There will be no club racing but the water is open for cruising / SUP / Radio boating. Please keep clear of the racing boats and welcome our visitors.

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Near Miss - Lessons Learned

Last week the Tiller steer engine came off its mounting whilst in use, the torque in the propeller swung the engine upwards resulting in the power increasing. The operator pulled the kill cord to shut the engine off and recovered the engine to the boat. The bung to the boat was attached to the engine so that the engine pulled the bung out as it became detached causing the boat to let in water. Thankfully no injuries were sustained.

The investigation has highlighted a number of contributing factors that, when put in sequence, resulted in the incident.

The boat has been made good now, but remains off-line whilst engine repairs are conducted.

The lessons learned from the investigation are as follows:

1.Protect yourself from harm, if necessary at the cost of property. (i.e. in this case let go of the engine - it can be replaced)

2.Maintenance work is the priority - boats can only be used when maintenance work has been fully completed.

3.Maintenance work can only be carried out by the Bosun / on instruction of the Rear Commodore – Please do not 'have a go' yourself as it may not be per the manufacturer's instructions. There is a clipboard in the cupboard by the galley to report issues to the Bosun. Please use it if you find any issues.

4.Engines are to be fitted according to manufacturer's instructions.

5.Bungs are to be attached to the boat by cord and not to the engine or other detachable parts of the boat.

6.Trust your instinct. If your powerboat checks draw attention to something that just doesn't look, feel, or sound right then don't go out and make sure it is reported to the Bosun.

Near misses are valuable for keeping us safe in the future. Thanks to those who raised this issue and to those who have investigated it to ensure no risk from this in the future. There are near miss forms in the club house and all members are encouraged to use them if they see something that needs to be made safe.


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Tiered Restrictions in Birmingham

As you should be aware, the government has moved to a 3 tier approach to Covid-19 restrictions. Below are the rules for the Birmingham area where the club is located. The only change from yesterday is the no household mixing rule indoors so when you have lunch and wish to sit indoors at Tilly's please sit 2m away from those outside of your household. The preparation we have in the Galley continue to meet the new requirements.

As has always been the case, please do not come to the club if you have symptoms or if you have been requested to self-isolate due to your proximity to a confirmed Covid case.

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Millie secures a place in the RYA Topper Regional Training Group

Congratulations to Millie for securing a place in the new Midlands RYA Regional Training Group in the Topper class (previously the Zone Squads).

Selection was made based on race positions at South Staffs SC Open meeting, the Regional Junior Championships at Draycote, and the class training day at Bartley last weekend. Millie will now receive 6 weekends training by a top coaching team over the winter to work on tactics, boat handling, fitness and resilience.

The RYA have recently changed their approach to junior training with a desire to make it regional and inclusive. The new approach fits well with the opportunities that K2O and Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham bring to the club as historically it has been tricky to progress from RYA level 1 to 4 training into junior racing and beyond. This should become an easier pathway, and now that Bartley is getting recognised as a great youth training location there is a huge opportunity out there to bring local juniors and youth sailors up to national level racing standard.

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Topper Training for the Regional Training Group Candidates

Bartley hosted the RYA / ITCA  Topper training for regional training group selection (RTG) previously the 'Zone Squad'. Those wishing to gain access to the RTG programme have to complete the selected Open meeting (SSSC this year), the Regional Junior Championships, and the squad selector training event. The reward is 6 weekends of training with top RYA Coaches to develop skills and provide a pathway to greater things. 23 hopefulls turned up on Sunday for a great day of training.

At Bartley we have 4 club Toppers that Juniors can try out and use on the water and we would encourage any juniors aged 10 to 15 to have a go in a Topper as the class has a thriving Midland circuit and is an RYA recognised pathway class. If you have a junior looking to progress from cruising in a Pico to Olympic success in a single hander then they need to get into a Topper as soon as possible.

If you want more info contact

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Sunday SUP Success

It was great to see BartleySUP out in force on Sunday running two courses to introduce those new to SUP as well as improve the skills of those more proficient. SUP membership can either be purchased as a 'stand alone' watersport or members with sailing membership can SUP at Bartley once they have completed their introductory course with Ben Julian. All enquiries should be addressed to


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