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Weekly Update - there is a lot going on!

Safety First!

4 Bartley members achieved the RYA First Aid certification on the course provided by Rockley Watersports. It included the usual emergency response actions as well as training in the use of our recently purchased club AED with some watersport specific training on hypothermia and cold water shock. This is a course that is well worth booking onto if you haven't updated your first aid skills recently.

Safety Second!

Reminder to duty crews for Tuesday and Wednesdays during the summer

This guidance is intended for OOD and safety crews covering duty where safety cover is provided by the attendees and participants. (Typically but not exclusively Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday Evenings during the Spring and Summer Months)

Responsible person.

The Officer of the Day (OOD) is responsible for provision of adequate safety cover on the water for the prevailing and forecast conditions.

Sailors are responsible for evaluating the conditions and sign on at their own risk and judgement based on prevailing conditions and their sailing ability. If in doubt don’t go out.

Safety Cover.

It is the OOD’s responsibility to ensure that safety cover on the water is adequate to manage the risk. Risk increases relative to:

  • Wind Speed: higher wind = Higher risk
  • Age: Juniors / Over 65 = Higher risk (less strength / risk of health complications)
  • Experience: Novices = Higher risk
  • Quantity of Boats: More boats = Higher risk

A combination of the above factors can result in a significant increase in risk. It is the OODs responsibility to ensure they are satisfied that sufficient cover has been provided for the risk factors evident on the day. If in doubt put another safety boat and crew out on the water.

For info the RYA provides guidelines for Junior sailors of 1 safety boat for 15 sailing boats. There is no guideline for general sailing.

The minimum requirement at the club is 1 Safety boat on the water at all times. When in motion as a safety boat it must have 2 crew (1 driver, 1 assistant) to ensure recovery can be administered safely.

Responsibility to assist a boat in trouble.

Sailors are reminded that vessels in the vicinity of a boat / crew in trouble have a duty to assist. This may be just a quick check to confirm the crew of a capsized boat are in control of their situation, or in extreme circumstances may require active rescue to recover the crew of the vessel in trouble.

Club Winners

Congratulations to John Ling and Jeremy Higson for a 1st and 2nd at the Whitefriars Laser Open and to Sam Knight and Mike Gibson for a 1st and 2nd at the Bartley Supernova Open - great to see our club sailors competing at the top of their game!

Traveller events for your diary:

Junior RYA Midlands regatta is this Saturday at Ogston SC - details on their website

Plus 2 Midlands events - full details on Shustoke and Draycote websites:

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Tuesday evening sailing starts this week 9th April

The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are lighter which can mean only one thing - Tuesday evening sailing is back!

So come on down for a 7pm start. Main fleets are Lasers and Solos but others welcome.

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Supernova Open - Sunday 7th April


Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Supernova fleet to the Bartley SC Supernova Open meeting on Sunday 7th. NOR and SI are on the 'Open meeting' section of this the website. Tilly's will be open for breakfasts and lunch at great prices. Look forward to seeing the club and visiting boats, we hope you have a great day!

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Reminder - Saturday Race times move by 1/2hr this weekend

Just a quick reminder that the Saturday races are at 11.30, 13.00 and 15.00 from this Saturday per the calendar. The weather looks great for sailing.

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Calling All Juniors - RYA Midlands Youth Series 2019

If you are a Bartley S.C. member under the age of 19 on 31st Aug 2019 with boat that has a PY number allocated then you are eligible to participate in the RYA Midlands Youth series 2019. The Event dates and locations are as follows:

April 20th              Ogston SC

May 19th              The Chase SC

June 8th               Notts County SC

July 20th               Staunton Harold SC

August 31st           Rutland SC

September 15th    Bartley SC

There are prizes for the highest placed club and an under 12s prize to encourage younger participants. The Notice of Race is on Ogston SC website for the first event on www.ogstonsc.org under the 'Open Meeting' menu option.

There are up to 5 races at each event of about 30 minutes each on an average lap basis so plenty of racing!

I will be taking 2 juniors to the Ogston event - it would be great to see a few more from Bartley make the trip too. If you want further details drop me a mail on  




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Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller

The Merlins made a welcome return to Bartley on Sunday with 25 entries for the Silver Tiller event. The weather provided some very exciting conditions with gusty force 4 from an ENE direction with some big bends over the racecourse making the tactics critical.

The compettion at the top was increadibly close with the top 5 boats all showing potential to take the trophy home with very close finishes in all races.

In the first race it was Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby sailing for Bartley who took the win on the line from Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby from Blithfield in a very closely contended race. Right behind them were Simon Potts and Ally Potts from Burghfield and the first Silver fleet boat of Chris Martin and Sam Bailey in 4th.

After refueling at Tilly's Galley the fleet set off for a grueling afternoon of hiking. In race 2 the fleet were bunched at the windward mark favouring those who had chosen the starboard layline and accounted for the shifts. This time it was Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby who got ahead (although they were kept honest throughout by Simon and Ally Potts, 2nd) and held out to take the win with Matt Biggs and Becka Jones from Blithfield in 3rd and Roger Phillips and Will Crocker from Burghfield in 4th place.

Entering race 3 it looked like it could be Andy and Pippa's day as they just needed to keep ahead of Chris Gould and Kilsby, but what unfolded was a monumental battle with constantly changing places between the two boats with the Chris' winning by just a few boat lengths to take the race and the trophy. It was just as tight between 3rd and 4th this time with Roger and Will getting the 3rd ahead of Matt and Becka.

The fleet returned to the bar for a swift drink and talk of the days sailing followed by the prize giving.

Full results are on the results page of the website.

Gold fleet:

1st     Chris Gould         Chris Kilsby             Bartley

2nd   Andy Davis           Pippa Kilsby            Blithfield

3rd    Simon Potts         Ally Potts                 Burghfield

Silver Fleet:

1st     Chris Martin        Sam Bailey              Midland

2nd    Rchard Cooke    Russel Hall              Wembley

3rd    Paul Hollis          Paula Mason            Blithfield

Bronze Fleet:

1st     Matt Smith         Jared Lewis             Midland

2nd   Richard Coulter  Louise Leppage      Fishers Green

3rd   Pete Slack           Michelle Evans       Blithfield

Thanks to all the visiting crews - we enjoyed having the fleet at Bartley and thanks to Leanne and the Tilly's Galley crew who had to work hard over lunch to get everyone fed. Final thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event, Howard Eeles for Race Officer duties and the rescue duty crew who were kept nice and busy all day!

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Lasers at Bowmoor and Rutland

Report by John Ling, Laser Fleet Captain

Four Bartley laser team Headed for Bowmoor for the first of the Wessex Grand Prix series on sat 30th mar

In tough light and shifty conditions 5 to 8 mph good racing finally took place with three back to back races. John took a commanding early lead in the first race and held on till the gun. But at the second mark carnage occurred and Jeremy was right in the mix of it and unfortunately hit the bouy and had to do turns which pushed him down the fleet.

Jennifer had a good start in her first ever travelling event And completed all three races proving to herself 3 1/2 hour racing was possible in one day. This enabled her to take second lady overall for the day.

At the front of the fleet John was not having his own way in race two, and had to battle back from fifth place to finally get through to challenge Neil who already had a second in race one. Neil recalled his first win of the day which meant a match race would take place in the last to decide on the overall trophy.

 At the start of the race three John managed to pin neil in And sail him wide Whilst still managing to get to the Windward buoy Close enough to contend for the lead. Eventually pulling through to win the final race whilst Neil manage eighth although This was still enough For his second place overall.

Bsc Overall results

Jeremy finished 6th and first grandmaster. Jennifer 17th and third radial plus second lady John was overall event winner ( first of the 2019 campaign)

Addition by Simon H:

Ollie and I travelled to Rutland on the Midland circuit with similar shifty conditions and a fleet of 21 with Ollie getting a well deserved 6th place (which could have been 4th but the low points scoring system dropped him down a few spots) in a strong fleet. I made up the numbers and enjoyed my bacon sandwich!

The organisers were keen to advertise the training and Open at Blithfield on 11th and 12th May (same weekend as the Birmingham Velo so a good excuse to get away from all the road closures) - details on their website and flyer on the laser noticeboard in the club house.

Next Mildand traveller event is Earlswood Lakes on 28th April

Next Wessex event is Whitefriars on 6th April

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Spring Forward to the Merlin Open this Mothering Sunday


Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Merlin Rockets to the Silver Tiller event this Sunday (and a few who will be around on Saturday to get some practice in). The notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are on the website in the Open Meetings area. Tillys will be open as usual to provide food for all at great prices.

Just a few reminders - the clocks go forward an hour at the weekend so make sure you are not the crew that arrive at the start line an hour late! It is also Mothering Sunday so bring your mothers along to watch and enjoy the food in the club house :)


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Streakers, Supernovas and Lasers - the Open season starts in earnest!

The boat park at Bartley was a little empty this weekend as the Supernovas travelled to Cotswold S.C. and the Streakers and Lasers went to Tamworth.

At Cotswold Mike Gibson came 2nd with Steve Hawley 3rd, Chris Hawley 6th and Garry Butterfield 8th in a fleet of 34 - a fantastic result for the club.

At Tamworth Debbie Degge took the gold for Bartley and even had time for a brief capsize in the second race (although nobody was quite sure how when you look at the conditions!). Well done Debbie, another great result.

In the Lasers I sailed from one hole to the next to end up 8th in a fleet of 22 - not my finest hour! Megan tried a Radial rig for the first time and managed a creditable 19th and more importantly won the chocolates for youngest helm. The journey home was quite a feast...

If you have any tales from the Opens please let me know at  and I will happily post them for you.


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Rockley Watersports Holiday Camps at Bartley S.C. - Fantastic Value - 20% off for Bartley S.C Members!!!


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AGM and Winter Series Prize Giving

Thanks to all our members who attended the AGM today and for the valuable Q&A seesion that followed giving us some good suggestions to ponder and plan. It is the generosity of our members in terms of the time and effort that are  put in that makes the club such a success so thank you for all you do and keep up the great work!

Unfortunately the wind was howling through the shrouds and up-ending dinghies being readied for transport (I hope your Supernovas are OK for next week) so the end of series regatta had to be cancelled forcing us all into the clubhouse for the Winter series prize giving and an early lunch at Tilly's. Here are just a few of the photos taken (thanks to Jennifer Foort) of the AGM and the prize winners. 

The prizes await their winners                                       The Treasurer talks through the club finances

The various fleet, junior (well done Harrison) and series winners get their prizes (and Dan keeps on top of the arm wrestle challngers)

John Ling takes all 3 Saturday Winter Series Trophies - a first for the Club - Well done John! (But look out behind you - there is something coming up the hill!)

The weather gets the best of us for the Regatta...

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Reminder AGM and End of Winter Series Regatta This Saturday

Don't forget that it is the Annual General Meeting at 10.00 this Saturday morning followed by a Q&A session with the Club Committee. If you wish to know more about the running of the club this is the event to attend.

The AGM is followed by the End of Series Regatta. This is a 'stand alone' regatta of 2 Pursuit races both of which count. The first race is at 12.30 and the second at 14.30.

At roughly 16.30 there will be tea and some cakes in the club house whilst the prizes are awarded for the Regatta and for the Winter series races.

As always there are the perpetual cups for the series winners, regatta winner, Junior series and regatta winner, and Novice series and regatta winner, with wine for the top 3 overall, the coverted 'Bartley Winner' mugs for the top 3 per fleet, and some extra goodies as hand outs. But remember; you have to be there to collect your prize or it gets recycled for next time!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.


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RYA Safety boat Training 6th and 28th April (2 day course)

If you have held a Level 2 powerboat certificate for at least a year, you are eligible to take the safety boat drivers course.

The course is designed to teach you how to assist or perform rescues of various craft e.g. single and double hand dinghy, canoes and wind surfers.

Dave Jones has one course for 2019, taking place on 6th and 28th April and currently has two vacant places. The cost is just £30 for club members, none members can be considered if holding a valid certificate.

If you want to book or know more, please contact Dave at or on the following numbers: Land: 01216025328 or Mob:  07887406585

On a separate but linked note - congratulations to our new Powerboat level 2 graduates who had to battle the choppy conditions at the weekend to gain their certification - this group really had to earn their award!

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Foort

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Rules Night a 'Snooker Success'

Thanks to Steve Watson for running an engaging and thought provoking session on how to use the rules to competitive advantage.

The evening started out with the basics and then gradually added complexity with lots of scenarios explained from our enquiring members. The 'dark rule' was of particular interest as were the subtle but important interpretations of 'proper course' (fastest route around the course which is not necessarily the most direct) and rights at the leeward mark for a boat on port who has water over a starboard boat meaning they must go directly to the mark and not have any right to take a wide line. The 3 boat length rule also received a lot of interrogation as to the zone relative to a boats transom.

The feedback from those who I spoke to was very positive and I was very pleased to see so many club members supporting the event. If you have any thoughts as to further sessions you would be interested in then please let me know on . For info I am just working on some OOD training to ensure consitency there - more on this in the comming months...

Some more photos of the evening from Jennifer Foort:

The crowds assemble!

Contemplating being called a GP sailor and having a small boat...

What 3 boat lengths look like

What do you do if you are boat number 5?


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Reminder - "Round the Track Snooker - Using Rules to Competitive Advantage" this Wednesday at 7pm in the clubhouse

Don't forget to attend on Wednesday evening to brush up on the rules of sailing and how to use them to your advantage. This is a free event for members and promises to be a great evening. We hope to see you there.

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Mike Gibson - 1st Master at Supernova Winter Championships!

Photo courtesy of Supernova Association

Congratulations to Mike Gibson for his 1st Master and 4th overall placing in the Supernova Winter Championships at Bowmoor SC last weekend in a fleet of 36. Garry Butterfield also put in a strong result coming in 7th to take the 2nd Master position in the fleet. A great start to what will surely be another great year for the Bartley Supernovas.

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Notice from the Committee - Flag Officer Nominations

With the AGM fast approaching Bartley S.C. Committee would like to draw to the attention of members the following from the 'Rules of Association' should any member wish to put themselves forward for a position on the committee:

In accordance with rule 2.4.3 the Committee’s nominations for Flag Officers, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members shall be placed on the Club Notice from this Saturday (21 days prior to the AGM on the 16th March).

If a member wishes to fulfil a role on Main Committee, in whichever capacity, then you will need to send your nomination in writing (not email) to the Honorary Secretary with the signatures of the nominee, proposer and seconder, and must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM.

Such nominations shall then be added to the notice board. 

In case of query please contact Guy Mason,


Main Committee

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Blustery Bartley Bear - The Final Sprint of the year!

19 boats turned out for the final Bartley Bear Sprints in perfect force 4 to 5 conditions that challenged fitness as much as tactics. With each race lasting just a single 8 minute lap the beat was as critical to securing a place as downwind control was critical to keeping it!

With the wind strength so high the 4.7s and Radial were really in the mix with the second race recording first to last place in less than a minute for the entire fleet. This was great practice for the 4 Youth / Junior sailors who put in a masterclass of high wind sailing with a massive grin factor.

At the front of the fleet the competition was fierce with mistakes penalised heavily by the chasing pack. Simon took the first 2 races, then Ed Higson found his form to push through with dad Jeremy and Robin Pitt hot on his heels. Visitor James Dalby was right up there but got caught out by the black flag and a knock down in a squally gust to drop his overall score. In the 4.7s Harrison, Megan and Josh traded places in the morning session, but it was Harrison who pulled ahead as a clear winner when the wind built further in the afternoon. 

A fantastic lunch at the Galley set the sailors up for the final 5 races. Ed Higson traded places with Sam Knight who made us all eat humble pie as he zipped around the course with a flat boat carrying half the weight of most of us - how does he do it? As the sailors tired the race course became a graveyard of pirouetting Lasers with masts slamming to windward as the gusts caught those napping on the run.

At the end of the day the body was weary, the clothes were drenched, the grins were big, and the tea and cake was just what we all needed!

Massive thanks to Jeremy for organising the 4 events this winter and providing the Imperial Mounts so we can film where we are going wrong! Thanks also to all those who have supported the sprints and made them such a success.

Overall Winner                         Simon Hardiman

Most 'first to windward mark'    Ed Higson

First 4.7                                    Harrison Allen

The winning trophy

Ed gets a prize for winning the race to the windward mark on the most occasions

Megan and Josh get their 4.7 prizes whilst Harrison dashes off to a party!


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Wanted: 300m of chain - can anyone help?

With the success of the sprint racing next on the agenda is slalom racing, but before we can get this exciting format up and running we need about 300m of chain to attach Bouys to. Needs to be metal and plated so it doesn't rust - can come in different lengths and sizes as we can shackle them together, plus we must be able to carry it in the rescue boat so nothing that would anchor a cruise ship!

Any donations greatfully received. Just bring along and leave neatly by the clubhouse side wall facing the storage container and we will do the rest.

Thanks in advance to any members who can help out.

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Reminder - the last Bartley Bear Sprints of the Winter this Sunday!


3 Different winners, 3 very different days of racing so far. The grand finale is this Sunday with a great forecast.

So book your Imperial Mount with Jeremy Higson, turn up for the 10.30 briefing, then get that laser (or similar single hander) out there to flex those start line muscles.

Free to club members, £5 to visitors. Look forward to seeing you at the weekend.

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