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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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AGM and Race schedule on Saturday Sept 19th

The club AGM will take place on 19th September at the side of the clubhouse by the containers. All attendees must wear facemasks and maintain at least 1m+ social distance. The AGM will be outside to avoid surface contact and provide ventilation so please dress appropriately. There will be no seating. It will commence at 3pm and we hope to complete within the hour. If you are queuing to get into the meeting area please do so at 2m distance, we won't start until  all who wish to attend are signed in. The AGM is the only scheduled Club business meeting and an opportunity for members to review the status and progress the club has made.

To cater for the AGM the club races have been pulled forward for the day. Pursuit 1 will be at 11.00 and Pursuit 2 will be at 13.00 so please make sure you get to the club earlier if you want to participate.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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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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Club Opening Summary 1st September 2020 onward - Covid19 level 3a

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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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Pontoon Repairs Commence Today

The pontoon repair work commences today for up to 2 weeks. Please take care and observe any safety notices during this time as there will be temporary structures in place whilst the ramps are removed for welding work.

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Foiling at Bartley 8th & 9th August - register your interest now!

 The Andrew Simpson Foundation will be offering subsidised foiling opportunities for sailors throughout the UK, including regions in the North, Midlands and the South.

Foiling is an exciting new avenue to the sport of sailing. The ASF's mission is to transform lives through sailing and with an underlying ethos of sailing for all and regular participation, the ASF is excited to offer sailors throughout the UK the opportunity to foil.

The initiative will be delivered at Andrew Simpson Centres and partnering venues, where sailors will have the opportunity to attend an RYA first flights course.

'The thrill of foiling inspires new and experienced sailors alike. We are both proud and excited to offer this opportunity so sailors throughout the U.K. can take flight on an RYA accredited course'– Shaun Priestley, ASF Development Manager.

Outlined below are the nearest venues to you supporting this initiative and available dates:

Northern Region- Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre, Coniston: 5th-6th September
Midlands Region- Bartley Sailing Club: 8th-9th August
Southern Region- ASC Portsmouth: 1st-2nd August
South Western Region- ASC Portland: 22nd-23rd August

Contact the Andrew Simpson Foundation to find out more and to make a booking: Email us on or call us on +44 (0) 1305 457400.

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Bournville Radio Sailing Club to Join Bartley SC

 We are pleased to say that we will enjoy hosting Bournville Radio Sailing Club whilst their club sailing area is repaired. They will be sailing on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons and will use the area between the slipway nearest the dam out towards buoy #8. They will be laying their own race course marks PLEASE LEAVE THESE WHERE THEY ARE as they will be set up for the club's standard courses.

Please also take care to avoid their sailing area as you may be bigger but I am sure they can shout louder! 

You may recognise a few familiar faces as some helms are previous Bartley sailors, and please extend a warm welcome to all helms in this new group of sailors at the club.

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Super Saturday - Update on operations after day 1

We had a great day on the water yesterday and it was so nice to be able to get food from the Galley again. The hard work in preparing for opening had really paid off indoors with the following successes:

The hand sanitiser station at the entrance to ensure all had clean hands upon entering

The one-way system with clearly marked 2m spacing and 'green square' order point

Food served in disposable packaging and cutlery to ensure hygiene with contactless payment, advanced ordering and table service

Teas and coffees in disposable cups

The service was seamless with many takers for food and drink throughout the day - Thanks to Tilly's for the hard work and thoughtful interpretation of the government guidance to keep us all safe as well as fed.

The system for the restrooms was also successful with no queues or issues. Thanks to all for following the one-way system.

There are some areas we can improve on and we need to rely on the membership to help us out here:

There is limited outside seating and whilst the tables are 2m apart the seating arrangements per picnic table are at 1+m distancing so please limit the number of people from different households accordingly. There is always the option of using the seats by the OOD hut, sitting on the grass, or for those of you with hatchback cars or vans to use them as seating areas for lunch if the outdoor area is at capacity.

Launching and recovery - we are seeing average turnouts of 30+ boats at the moment. The recreational pursuit races are designed to stagger the launching and the starts so we don't get 'pinch points' of people at the slipways. Please launch in sequence and only come ashore when the slipway is clear - there is plenty of time between the scheduled races to do this.

General sportsmanship - with high turnouts there is less space on the reservoir so more opportunity to practice our 'when boats meet' rules. Starboard over port, leeward over windward etc. whilst also factoring in that there are many less regular sailors on the water who may not know the rules so well and will need a wider berth. If you know the rules please abide by them and, as this is recreational racing at club level, don't push them.  If you don't know the rules, now is a good time to familiarise yourself so you know what to do when you meet another craft, and in all circumstances let 'warm and friendly' prevail - in these troubling times it is important that everyone leaves our club feeling like they have just had the best day ever.

Thanks to all those who made me aware of the above improvements we can all help to make. In general, all is going very well, this biggest risk now is complacency, so please do your bit to keep our common practice aligned with government guidelines and sportsmanship-like behaviour.

Finally, an update on the clubhouse maintenance programme - the mens changing room now has a new floor for the first time since the clubhouse was built so we hope you like it! The pontoons will be repaired in July please follow any temporary instructions as the work is carried out, The disabled toilet will be updated shortly and we have plans to add shower cubicles in the ladies towards the end of the year dependant on the financial situation.

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Tilly's Galley goes contactless

Just a reminder that Tilly's Galley will open at the weekend. Please comply with all the guidelines that Leanne and Lorraine have put in place to ensure a safe opening.  After successful trials Tilly's Galley will be able to process contactless card transactions for that extra level of safety. So please come armed with your debit card when you order food and drinks.

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Club Conditions of Participation from 4th July 2020

Following developments in government advice and the stance on boating recommended by the RYA the committee have decided to open Bartley SC for recreational watersports on the following basis:

Aim: To enable those who wish to participate in exercise to do so through recreational watersports at a safe social distance within the government and RYA guidelines. To enable the galley to serve food and the bar to serve drinks in line with government guidelines applicable from 4th July 2020

Summary: From 4th July 2020 recreational sailing and a simplified race programme will commence. The dutyman rota will recommence to provide rescue cover to sailors and water users. The galley and bar will open to serve food and drink in line with government guidance. There will be a one-way system in operation through the clubhouse and changing rooms. Changing is still not permitted indoors and showers remain closed until guidance is issued permitting use.

Government guidelines on social distancing are expected to be adhered to at all times. The club member accepts the risks and accepts their responsibility to follow hygiene protocols and distancing rules for the safety of themselves, other water users, and the rights of the club and its directors.

Conditions of participation from 4th July 2020:

  • 1.Ability
  • a.Any Bartley SC member who launches a craft must be confident in their ability to handle the prevailing conditions. This means (but is not limited to) that they should not expect to require any form of external rescue during their exercise time.
  • b.Any member who launches a craft must be able to launch and recover whilst maintaining social distance (2m or 1m+). This may require additional painter length or similar. The craft's owner is responsible for ensuring that this can be done.
  • c.Attendees should be able to rig their boats without assistance. Should assistance be required (for example) to step a mast then this should be carried out at a distance of 2m and both parties wash their hands / wipe down with antiseptic wipes afterwards
  • d.Appraisal as to the suitability of conditions for watersports will be made by the Officer of the Day. They have the final say as to whether conditions are safe to launch.
  • 2.Facilities
  • a.The club gates will be open giving access to the car park. Please park with one free space between vehicles where possible.
  • b.Clubhouse entry for toilet facilities is via the front entrance only
  • c.Exit from the toilets is via the fire escapes at the rear of the changing rooms
  • d.The central toilet facilities will be used by the general public, the ladies and gents toilets will be used by Bartley SC members.
  • e.The showers remain closed as they promote airflow of particles / droplets. Likewise, hand dryers will be switched off to prevent unnecessary airflow of particles.
  • f.The changing rooms can be used as a thoroughfare but not for changing at the present time. Members will need to continue to arrive in sailing gear or change in the car park.
  • g.The Galley will be open at the weekends and the bar on Saturdays after sailing.
  • h.Entrance to the Galley and bar is via the fire escape to the dam side of the clubhouse, exit is via the fire escape to the boat park side of the clubhouse.
  • i.The dry area of the clubhouse to the side of the bar remains closed
  • j.2 m social distancing remains in place when waiting to order food or drink
  • k.Indoor seating is arranged at 2m distance – please do not move closer together
  • l.All people are encouraged to eat / drink outside of the clubhouse to minimise risk of surface transfer of Covid 19
  • m.The indoor area is restricted by the seating plan laid out. When the indoor seating area is full then customers need to either wait until seating becomes available or take their food / drink to an outside area
  • n.The Galley and bar will take orders and then provide a table service to prevent queues forming. Please pay attention to the one way system and comply with any requests from the staff. Hand sanitiser will be provided and an enhanced cleaning regime is in place
  • o.It is the member's responsibility to ensure adequate hand washing / hygiene after they have touched surfaces that others may have come into contact with
  • p.All members are expected to stay alert and social distance at all times on site
  • 3.OOD Hut
  • a.A maximum of 2 people are allowed in the OOD hut at any time and they must sit at either end of the hut to adhere to the 2m social distancing rules. Where persons are from the same household this requirement is waivered.
  • b.All additional rescue crew must remain at social distance outside the OOD hut in a place where they can view the boats ready to rescue as required.
  • c.Crews should come dressed for the eventuality that they may spend all day outdoors.
  • 4.Rescue cover
  • a.There will be a minimum of 1 rescue craft on the water and one on standby for launch at all times that sailing is taking place. When available the Orange Jaffas should be prioritised.
  • b.The orange Jaffas have been marked out for social distancing. When 2 people from a different household are in the rescue boat, they must observe the social distancing and sit at opposite ends of the craft (if they are from the same household this doesn't apply)
  • c.The 1m+ social distancing allows for all rescue craft to be used with 2 crew. If using the RIBs then crews who are not form the same household bubble should endeavour to sit as far as possible from each other in the rescue craft whilst ensuring they are secure in the boat. The wearing of face masks or visors in these boats is recommended if you have one.
  • d.Rescue crews are expected to remain ashore at 2m social distance until such a time that they are needed. The OOD may wish to restrict the sailing area depending on conditions to ensure that any rescue can be executed swiftly if required
  • e.The requirement for any craft to assist another that is in difficulty is emphasised i.e. a sailing boat can assist another that is in trouble
  • f.In the event of a rescue the rescue boat shall remain at a distance greater than 2m from the boat in difficultly until the crew have resolved the situation
  • g.In a situation where the boat in difficulty is in such a position where there is threat to life (entrapment, heart attack etc.) then the rescue crew shall remove the person in difficulty from the water as priority and ensure suitable first aid / emergency services are called. The crew are then expected to carry out usual hygiene protocols. This situation should be prevented by adherence to item 1a.
  • h.The rescue boat shall be launched and recovered in line with social distancing rules. As an example, members should position themselves at 2m intervals on the launch rope and one person may push the boat from the rear.
  • 5.Stand Up Paddleboard:
  • a.The SUP club will follow their specific guidelines for access to, and safety on the water
  • 6.Informal Race Programme
  • a.There will be a limited informal race programme the times of which will be posted on the website calendar. Temporary marks, flags and sound signals may be used. Where possible a member of the rescue crew should be allocated the role of mark layer, flags, and sound signal operation to minimise the number of people touching the various pieces of equipment.
  • b.All races shall be 75-minute pursuit races to minimise the quantity of boats on the start line.
  • c.At the current time there will be no recording of results or race series administration by the OOD and rescue team beyond setting a start line, pressing the start sequence and raising / lowering of flags. This is to minimise the need for the crew to spend time in the rescue boat or to contact pens / paper.
  • d.There shall be no signing on for races to minimise touch points and gatherings.
  • e.OODs are encouraged to use shore-based start lines where possible.
  • 7.General Sailing
  • a.Single hander sailing and double handers where the helm and crew members are from the same household or social 'bubble' as defined by government guidelines are preferred. If helm and crew are from different households then they should endeavour to maximum separation or PPE whilst in the boat and should try to maintain their helm / crew partnership for all sessions they take part in.
  • b.Participants may use their own equipment and clothing, or club boats and clothing. Those using club equipment must be prepared to clean down equipment with soap and water if there is expected use in the following 72 hours.
  • c.Social distancing shall be maintained whilst rigging and moving around the boat park
  • d.The club will be open and sailing may take place during the hours indicated on the club calendar
  • 8.Health
  • a.If you have symptoms  please stay at home
  • b.We advise those in high risk groups to consider very carefully whether their attendance at the premises is prudent in their circumstances (guidance in alignment with RYA 'COVID-19 and Discrimination' documentation).
  • c.If you have had the virus, please stay away from the club for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone
  • d.If you contract the virus and have sailed at the club in the week prior, please let the club directors know as a matter of urgency.

The situation will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as guidance changes. Club members accept and are bound by the conditions above by entering the club premises. Any club member not adhering to the conditions shall be reported to the committee as a matter of urgency.

Please comply with the above for all our safety so our members can continue to enjoy their watersports at Bartley SC.

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Club Opening Summary from 4th July onward (Covid19 level 3).

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VR Inshore Laser Open - and the bottle of beer goes to...

Richard Baker! (I was so close...). Bottle of beer on its way to you next time you are at the club, well done Richard it was a fun evening of racing. 

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