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Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Imagine driving to a 'give way' sign and acting as if it was your right of way. You continue without stopping causing cars to swerve and collide with either you or other objects as they take avoiding action. Carnage follows and a lot of insurance claims. You then drive through every red light getting to your destination quicker than you would have done if you had followed the highway code but with vehicles dispersing in your wake! You may or may not get caught by the police or a dashcam and you most certainly will have caused a bit of road rage.
In sailing there is a highway code called the 'Racing Rules of Sailing' which can be downloaded from the world sailing website. But in sailing there is no driving test and no police so the sport relies on sailors getting to know the rules and sailing within them. It also relies on sailors doing their penalty turns when they have infringed. A sailor that hits every mark, punches their way through the fleet when they have no rights is like the driver paying no attention to the give way signs or running the red light - and rage from other sailors is inevitable! Such a sailor will get to the finish quicker but not fairly or legally. With no police it is up to those around to police the situation, giving clear signals of intent and protesting those who do not take heed.
A few weeks ago the turn out was fantastic with over 30 boats on the start line. With a short first beat 30 boats reached the windward mark all at the same time and a few of them shot through the 'give way' sign. There was a lot of hailing and bumping but no penalty turns or protests. There was some good discussion in the bar afterwards and it was raised at the sailing committee meeting to perhaps move to fleet racing or separate starts, however, after some discussion it was decided that the racing had been great and that the cause was rules adherence rather than quantity of boats. Last year the club ran a racing rules evening and we are looking into a follow-on so all are better educated on the rules of the race. In the mean time there are a few good resources out there for learning and testing your knowledge of the rules of sailing so that you don't get caught out and can sail with confidence in any situation.
To start you off here are a few links to cut and paste into your browser on mark rounding - see how many scenarios you get right (I would like to say I got 100% but I did get one wrong!):
Sorry I do not have everybodys contact details. I popped to the club today and a few boats have been blown over. These include the finn in row b a lark in row f and a yellow moth.
It was far too windy today to pick them back up but the owners may wish to do so later in the week.
The first one was fogged off, the second blowing dogs off leads, so what will the 3rd one bring? Hopefully the currently forecast force 3 dry and mild conditions!
Open to all Lasers or single handers of similar PY. Any rig size (4.7, radial, full). Be rigged and ready for 10.30 and remember your go-pro if you want to take advantage of the Imperial mounts available on the day. Up to 12 x 10 minute races to get your starts and first beats perfected. Briefing before the first race and a review of the days' activity at the end. No charge for Bartley members, £5 for visitors.
A great opportunity to practice the most critical part of the race - don't miss out!
We all know our Bosun Dan is an avid armwrestler and has pulled in a UK first to the club. Here is his report (needless to say we had no security issues on Sunday - these guys are hard as nails!);
Udezumou UK: Year Zero was held on Sunday 5th Jan 2020 at Bartley Sailing Club in Birmingham. It was a trial event to establish a left & right hand overall champion for an annual open competition.
Udezumou is the Japanese style of armwrestling on a flat table. It has not been done before in the UK. There were excellent matches.
Ultimately David Prokupek prevailed to become Udezumou UK left arm champion whilst a dominant Manuel Mota took the the right arm title.
IFA World Masters Left hand -80kg champion Craig Sanders presided over the tournament, presenting the trophies & giving an exhibition match to the winners. He also gave some coaching on the side tables, valuable tips from a World champion.
Sincere thanks to all the pullers for supporting this new concept & our hosts Bartley Sailing Club for use of the facilities.
We look forward to welcoming the event back to Bartley in the future (although we may need to invest in some more robust bar tables!)
You know you're getting old when your 15 year old daughter beats you in a regatta... So here goes - congratulations Megan for winning the End of Series Regatta and the Junior cup! (just let your Dad have a go next time). So how did that happen?
The great thing was that 3 of our juniors participated in the regatta with winds not dropping below a force 4 and often gusting to a 6 in the first race. The other great thing was that they were all showing us the way around the racecourse and not giving us any slack.
After launching (or self launching as Mark found with his Aero blown off its trolley and sliding into the water all on its own!), the Laser 4.7s of Harrison and Megan set off. Harrison caught Megan napping at the start and pulled out a 4 boat lead immediately only to be knocked down a few seconds later as a huge gust hit them. Megan made it first to the windward mark then stuck it in herself allowing Harrison to get back ahead. They then match raced at close quarters with a further synchronised capsize which Harrison managed to recover from quicker to pull out a few boat lengths. On the final lap Megan got caught out on the run and went swimming again allowing me to nip past on the final reach. Harrison ended up with a convincing win with me in second and Megan 3rd (with Steve Ward catching fast in 4th).
As the battered fleet returned to shore Tony decided to call it a day after a few cold capsizes and being the second boat of the day to blow off its trolley. Harrison decided it was time to get warm and packed up for the day. The rest of the fleet stocked up on warm drinks and cake from Tilly's and then went out for race 2 in slightly less squally conditions.
Megan made sure her start was spot on this time and sailed a near perfect race to hold Steve Ward off at the finish line with me not far behind. One of the race highlights was watching her laser plane into a flock of 300 sea gulls - quite a sight in the setting sun.
The fleet came in, warmed up, had a mince pie and all those who survived went home with a few bottles of wine and chocolates and some stories to tell on Christmas day.
Thanks to all who came for a sail and to those hardy souls who put in some hard graft in the morning to tidy the OOD hut, wash the flags, clear up litter, mow the grass, and generally keep on top of those never ending jobs that need doing!
Winter Series starts next weekend - I am on rescue duty so I hope to see some of you then.
Final Regatta results:
1st Megan Hardiman
2nd Simon Hardiman
3rd Steve Ward
Series results for the Autumn series can be seen on the Results tab on the website
(Thanks to Josh Oates for all the photos.)
Bartley S.C. look forward to welcoming all members to the Autumn End of Series Regatta
A fantastic day for all members starting with a bit of work to get the club and facilities in shape followed by a stand-alone 2 race regatta (both races to count)
Series and Regatta Prizes awarded after the racing
(Series Prizes for overall race series and Fleets. Regatta prizes for top 3 and a few for style…)
10.00 Working Party – Bring your equipment to carry out a job or just turn up prepared to do a bit of work.
12.30 75 minute Pursuit Race 1
14.30 75 minute Pursuit Race 2
16.30 (approx.) Prize giving and mince pies / mulled wine
* in the event of inclement weather (i.e. no sailing) the prize giving will be pulled forward to 12.30 *
A new member arrives and wants a membership form – do you know where to get one?
The OOD runs out of sign on sheets – where are they?
A member cuts themselves – where is the accident form?
I want a protest form – where can I find a blank one?
We used to sign on for rescue duty – do we still do that and where do we do that?
Here are the race results – where do I put them?
The answer used to be 'have a look behind the bar' to all of these questions but with the bar now staffed by members 'on demand' it is often locked up and no forms can be found anywhere so we have a little grumble about who should have done what and how it wouldn't have happened in 1987 and then find a blank piece of paper and 'make do'.
This isn't a great system so when I was gifted a document holder I knew exactly what use it could be put to.
Now we have a place to store all these forms. The document holder is right next to the bar as you enter the club house and turn right into the dry area you will see it on your left hand side. It is clearly labelled with its contents so you can quickly locate what you need. It is easy to see when forms need replenishing too so we shouldn't run out.
Aside from blank forms there is also a place for completed race results for Mark to collect and load to dutyman and there is also an OOD Duty Report form to be completed.
The OOD Duty Report is new. It is designed to cover 3 main areas:
1) Safety – Did the crew turn up (please sign in)? Who didn't keep their commitment (record names for follow up)?
2) Incidents / accidents – Did anything happen during the duty that shouldn't have?
3) Repairs – Was anything not there or not working properly?
Please could OODs complete this form on the day of their duty and leave it in the assigned form holder – example below.
I will be printing off various forms over the coming weeks to stock the holders. In the meantime please familiarise yourself with what is there and how to use it. If you have any improvement ideas or other useful forms we should have available let me know and I can always update it (email ).
Congratulations to Ollie Ridgway for winning the 2nd Bartley Bear Sprints of the season on Sunday.
After the first Bartley Bear was cancelled due to fog the competitors were looking forward to getting the chance to put their theory into practice. This time the weather decided to go to another extreme with hail, rain, sun, and wind - lots of wind! John and Jeremy provided the briefing and a brush up on tactics and then the fleet took to the water.
The fleet was a mix of standard and 4.7 rigs with Sean taking the plunge in his Supernova too. It was great to see so many youth helms out with 50% of the participants under 20 showing their enthusiasm and confidence in the tricky conditions.
Whilst the racing was 20% tactics and 80% grunt all competitors had a great time with Josh and Megan deciding they still had enough energy to blast back and forth whilst waiting for the fleet to pull onto the slipway at the end of the session.
Well done to all for surviving - the next one is on Sunday 19th January so get it in the diary.
1st Ollie Ridgway
2nd Tom Williams
3rd Megan Hardiman
Round 1 of the Bartley Bear sprints ended up being a classroom session as the fog came down and didn't shift for the whole day. The current forecast for round 2 looks a lot more promising with 13 mph from the South West looking ideal. Same format as usual; be ready and rigged for 10.30 and don't forget your go-pro if you have one as there will be Imperial Sailing mounts available to use. 10 to 12 races of 10 to 15 minutes duration to pack in as much starting practice as possible. Time to put all that theory into practice.
The following Saturday is the Autumn Series prize giving and End of Series Regatta which will be two 75 minute pursuit races followed by mince pies and some mulled wine. Prizes for the top 3 on the day, juniors, novices, and the Series prizes for the Autumn. Christmas jumpers, hats etc. most welcome!
Don't forget the Bartley Bear this Sunday for Lasers / similar handicap single handers.
What can you expect?
1) A packed start line
2) Up to 12 races of 10 to 15 minute duration
3) Use of camera mounts to provide feedback and evaluation (6 mounts available: first come first served - bring your own GoPro)
4) A briefing / key skills explanation and some tips from previous winners
5) Loads of fun with no pressure - this is all about skills development and the starting / first beat process, everyone's a winner!
6) Great food from Tilly's Galley!
Free to Bartley members, £5 for visitors.
The weather looks ideal so get yourself to the club for a fantastic day!
(Sunday Sailing continues as usual for Sunday sailors)
Welcome to all University teams competing in the Brummie Boom at Bartley S.C. this weekend - we hope you have a great couple of days racing and, no doubt, a great night out in Birmingham!
For Bartley members sailing and racing will continue as usual on a reduced area of the reservoir, please be mindful that the club is likely to be especially busy and you may wish to book lunch early to ensure you get your order at the right time for the race programme.
Following the success last year Bartley laser fleet are running another 4 Bartley Bear sessions over the winter. The first is on Sunday 24th November so get yourself to the club for 10.30 ready for the briefing.
The format is quick cycles of 10 to 15 minute races with a focus on getting your starting technique right in order to make the windward mark first.
GoPro or similar cameras are encouraged with mounts available for the first 6 sailors who request them from Jeremy Higson.
The day is open to travellers at a cost of £5 and is free to members.
After racing the footage can be viewed in the clubhouse and the prize for the winner awarded as well as a prize for the most 'first to the windward mark'.
We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.
Sunday club racing will continue as usual.
The final event of the Midland Grand Prix started with a first for the club; a social event on the preceding evening including various nautical (wind the fender in) and non-nautical (giant connect 4 and 'round the table' table tennis) games followed by a sleep over in the clubhouse.
With the forecast looking decidedly light for the Sunday the participants engaged fully in the fun and stayed up rather late recounting sailing tales until someone looked on Windguru and announced that the 5mph forecast at midday now swung 180 degrees to the SW and would be gusting towards 30mph – time to get some rest!
As the 29 sailors started to arrive on Sunday morning and those in the clubhouse emerged from their sleeping bags they were met with the forecast rain and light wind from the NE. Race Officer Steve Ward set the course and the sailors took to the water for race 1.
The first beat proved shifty with large gains and losses to be made resulting in 11 boats hitting the windward mark at once and trying to find the right lane downwind. Joe Scurrah, John Ling, and George Fereday all went deep and caught a lovely bit of pressure propelling them past the competition to the leeward rounding. Caroline Whitehouse, Sam Knight, Chris Winters, and Paul Keeling all showed that you don't need to have a new laser to be at the front as all were in boats with sail numbers less than 140000 and rounding the mark just behind the lead 3. As the laps progressed the lead pack stretched out from the chasing group with continued challenges on the shifty windward legs enabling a few to catch the lead group whilst others dropped back. As the fleet passed the windward mark for the final time the wind dropped and started to fill in from all directions. John Ling reeled Joe Scurrah in and pulled ahead with minutes to go. At the finish line it was John first, Joe second, a solid 3rd for Chris, with Simon Hardiman just ahead of George Fereday and Paul Keeling. However, we had missed the fact that George was sailing his radial rig which moved him to 3rd on handicap having sailed a fantastic race.
The sailors came in for lunch at Tilly's Galley praying for Windguru to be right and as they looked up from their jacket potatoes at 1.15, as predicted, the wind was blowing a steady F3 from the SW.
The fleet launched for race 2 sailing a course 180 degrees to that of the morning with a sky that looked like Armageddon was on the way. The leading pack got away well with shenanigans at the windward mark due to the starboard rounding. This time Joe made it stick, leading the way from John and Chris with the radials of George and Jamie Mason fighting it out further down the fleet. The lighter weight helms dropped back as the wind strengthened throughout the race but the top 3 held their places to make it 1 win each for Joe and John.
With the wind whipping up for race 3 the attrition began as boats broke, helms tired and the white caps on the waves made an appearance. The race start was lively with a number of boats over at the start on individual recalls. John Ling put in an early tack to port but was unable to clear the fleet and got buried in the middle. The fleet rounded the windward mark with a group of 8 boats charging to the leeward mark at full speed. As the boats progressed upwind again local knowledge paid off for Simon Hardiman who sailed close to the bank to pick up the lift for a fast track to the mark enabling him to pull out 10 boat lengths on the chasing group, this move was repeated on every beat to pull out a lead that would not be challenged. The battle for second was a different matter though with positions changing throughout with a final drag race to the finish in force 6 conditions won by Richard Baker from Chris Winters who finished 1 second apart and a spectacular capsize from Chris to windward just past the line! Richard Mason came in 4th followed by youth Sailor Tom Williams who got his best result of the day.
The next 10 minutes were a mixture of gleeful shouts as boats powered to the line and the thuds of boats capsizing to windward at full speed as a few got their gust response technique wrong. Josh Oates provided the most spectacular capsize managing to detach his rudder and himself from the boat earning him a huge cheer from the spectator group on shore as he crossed the line.
As the mammoth Open and Series prizegiving drew to a close all reflected on a great day and a great series. Special thanks to Richard Mason for coordinating the series and to John Ling for organising the Bartley Open.
1st Joe Scurrah
2nd John Ling
3rd Simon Hardiman
1st Radial and Youth George Fereday
2nd Radial and Youth Jamie Mason
1st Lady Caroline Whitehouse
1st Junior Evan Base
Congratulations to Theo and Millie for being selected for the RYA Midland Zone Squads in the Optimist and Topper squad respectively. This will be the second year Theo has been in the Optimist squad and a first for Millie.
The selection process takes the top 6 boys and top 6 girls from the qualifying events (an Open meeting, the Junior Regional Championships, and a training event) and provides them with 6 weekends of winter training from RYA coaches to develop them to a level where they can compete for a place in the national squad.
This is a great achievement and we wish them well with their training and progression to greater things.
Quiz - There are a number of Bartley Sailors who have been through the RYA Youth Squads, can you name any and what they are doing now? - Post a comment if you think you know who they might be.
Theo in his Optimist
Millie in her Topper