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Laser Open Moved to 30th May

Due to the close proximity of the Laser Open scheduled for 4th April to the club provisional opening date of 31st March the decision has been made to move it to later in the year with a date of 30th May now agreed with the UKLA. 

The 4th April will now be normal club sailing / racing so our membership can enjoy the day dusting off the lockdown cobwebs and getting out on the water. 

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Bakerboy Comes in 7th in the RYA Club Championships

 Thanks to all who supported Richard last night in the eSailing Club championships. After the completion of the 6 races he was confirmed as 7th place overall which wasn't too shabby against some of the top 50 eSailors in the country! The winner was VonPigeon from Woolverstone Project club, so well done to him! There was some great support for Richard with many members watching live, and also a few Bartley members gate crashing the races by accidently hitting 'join' instead of 'view' much to the confusion of the commentary team and the hilarity of the Bartley Youth WhatsApp group...(whoops!).

Thanks and well done to Richard, and thanks to those who offered encouragement on the Facebook feed throughout the event.

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When Will We Be Open?

As you will have seen in the news the government has announced a very cautious emergence from lock down. Our current interpretation is that the club can open from 29th March with the first sailing day being Wednesday 31st. The duty rota will commence from Saturday 3rd April, and we will add an extra sailing day on 5th April as a Bartley holiday destination now that we won't be able to go anywhere else!

The RYA haven't yet updated their guidance. When they do we will adjust if necessary. Further details on opening will be posted nearer the time.

Don't forget that Richard 'Bakerboy' Baker is representing the club in the RYA Winter eSailing Championships tonight - good luck Richard!

We also have the virtual dinghy show this weekend for those who have not registered via the RYA website.

Keep safe and well - the count down to sailing has begun...

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Busy Times for Bartley eSailors

Well done to Josh and Millie in their finals of the ITCA Winter Championships last night. Josh was in the Gold fleet and Millie in the Silver. After 5 more races the scores were added to those from the qualifying rounds to result in 16th overall for Josh and 28th overall for Millie out of a fleet of 80 - not bad when you do a bit of research into the other competitor's and their world rankings!

The good news for Millie was that the prizes were based around current International Topper Class Association members. She managed 4th place in this category and a Silver Fleet spot prize so a nice £30 Rooster voucher received!

Next up is Richard Baker on Wednesday evening representing the club in the East and Midlands qualifiers for the RYA Club Championships at 7pm so why not tune in and shout encouragement at the screen to help him on his way. If he gets through that round then the final is at the weekend at the Virtual Dinghy Show - no pressure then!  Good luck BarkerBoy we know you can do it!

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Bakerboy Crowned Bartley VR Inshore Winter Series Winner

Who would believe it? The 20 race winter VR Inshore series ended today and the winners are confirmed as:

J70: 1st Richard Baker, 2nd Simon Hardiman, 3rd Sean Ricketts

49er: 1st Richard Baker, 2nd Simon Hardiman, 3rd Megan Hardiman

Laser: 1st Simon Hardiman, 2nd Richard Baker, 3rd Megan Hardiman

Overall winner: Richard Baker

Thanks to all competitors for keeping the fun going during the dark months, Saturdays seemed particularly popular, especially with the Bartley youth team - just watch out for them on the water as they seem to have developed their match racing skills!

We will wait and see how quickly we can get back to the real thing (hopefully) in tomorrow's announcement. If it is set to be a while, I will schedule a few 'pop up' races, if it is in the next couple of weeks then the real world will take the place of the virtual one!

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Bartley eSailors Compete in the Virtual Winter Championships

Well done to Josh (180713) and Millie (Millie 582) for competing in the GJW ITCA GBR Winter Championships that commenced last night. Josh had a rocky start but smashed the next few races to secure a position in the Gold Fleet for tonight's racing. Millie was steady with 7ths and 8ths to get through to compete in the Silver Fleet. The racing starts at 8 tonight for about an hour. If you want to see how they are getting on go to custom race on VR Inshore between 8 and 9pm and scan through the 5 races that have 'ITCA' 'Winter Champs' or 'Topper' in the title, find 180713 or Millie 582 on the list and click on the camera tab to view the race.

Good luck to both our eSailors!

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A Big Few Days of British Sailing...

The end of this week provides a great opportunity to watch some British sailors in action. Sometime over the next few days Pip Hare will complete the Vendee Globe. She has posted lots of short clips on YouTube which give you a feel for both the mental and physical challenges of this single handed non-stop race around the world. Pip will be the first British sailor home in 19th place and the second lady past the post. The Vendee channel on YouTube has been streaming each competitor's return to Les Sables d'Olonne so keep an eye out for her finish and first steps on dry land.

At the weekend Team Ineos UK will compete against Luna Rossa in the finals of the Prada cup. The races are from 2 a.m. in the morning so you may wish to watch the full race re-runs on YouTube instead! They are usually loaded and ready to view by 8 in the morning - just keep away from social media if you don't want to see the result beforehand. There is action on Saturday and Sunday morning provided the wind shows up. The winner of the Prada Cup then goes onto challenge Team New Zealand for the Americas Cup in March. The racing between the Italians and the British has been very close to date so well worth a watch.

Finally, a reminder that the RYA Dinghy show is on 27 and 28 Feb and is Virtual so you don't even have to move from your chair to attend. Make sure you register to attend on the RYA website to access the presentations and exhibitors.

We are expecting the Government to announce the way out of lock down on 22nd Feb at which point we hope that we will have some idea as to when we may be able to open the club again. We will update you as soon as we know more.

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VR Inshore Results to Date

Some good racing today - here are the results to date.

Interesting to see the banter on the WhatsApp group as to how many boats are named after birds.....or fish....or insects, all because the RSPB would like us to count birds in our gardens this weekend! I am beginning to wonder if the BBC should do an article on Sailors mental health during lockdown as a result :)  

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As the Nation Backs Sir Ben Ainslie in the Prada Cup, Bartley SC Backs Richard 'Bakerboy' Baker in the eSailing Winter Championships

There are so many similarities between our very own Richerd Baker and Sir Ben; they have both sailed lasers, you wouldn't want to make either of them angry, they sail with the aggression of a piranha in a bowl of goldfish, and they even look alike in a certain light (i.e. a very dim light). Even their competition budgets contain the same numbers; £120m for Sir Ben and £1.20 for daily broadband for Richard. As Sir Ben gets himself into shape for the February final of the Prada cup Richard is conducting daily thumb flexes for the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championships. 

Just as the Prada cup enables access to the Americas cup, the eSailing regional races enable access to the National championships and who knows, maybe even a knighthood for the esteemed winner - imagine the glory 'Sir Bakerboy'

So what are his chances? We will have to wait and see. Will he sandbag like Sir Ben and shoot to the front when least expected or will he come straight out of the gate in the lead? Only time will tell...

One thing is for sure though he needs to be challenged in the practice races so we need as many people joining the club esailing on Wednesday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings to help him tune his tactics - we are relying on you Bartley eSailors to help our man lift the Can!

Richard bagged his place in the competition by winning our club series in 2020 coming 1st out of 37 helms - we know he is good, now we will see just how good...

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K2O Barts Club Starting April 2021

We are excited to announce that K2O club for junior sailors will be run through Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham in 2021 with a K2O Sailing club for beginners to RYA level 3 on Saturday morning, and a K2O Racing Club for RYA level 3 and above on Sunday morning.

Booking is via the ASC Birmingham website on the following links, we hope you young sailor can join us:

Junior sailors below stage 3 should join https://asbirmingham.checkfront.co.uk/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=70 for weekly K2O sessions, those stage 3 and above should join https://asbirmingham.checkfront.co.uk/reserve/?preview=1&item_id=172

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Brrrrrrrr

I hope you are all coping well during lockdown and are staying safe. At least we haven't been missing too many sailing days as the snow has been rather persistent in January, and when the snow has melted we have had no wind!

For those missing the club here is a photo Suzie Webb took of the reservoir yesterday looking glorious in the wintery weather.

Just a quick reminder that VR Inshore is continuing per the club calendar on Wednesdays and at the weekend, and that the club calendar is beginning to fill up with the addition of an Albacore and Streaker Open in May for club members possessing these boats.

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John Millward 1923 - 2021

It is with sadness that I have been asked to pass on the news that one of Bartley Sailing Club's founder members John Millward passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 20th January aged 98.

John was a much loved, hugely respected sailor, who did so much to make Bartley the thriving club it continues to be today.

John was always the mechanic, a trade learned from overseeing Spitfire radiator manufacturing in his early days, which he then transferred to tinkering with anything that could sail in later life. Those in the Mirror fleet may even have the plywood scale models of their boats that John made for them during the last season before his move from the Midlands to Gosport for his retirement (I know my Dad's is still pride of place).

John is survived by his Wife Kath to whom he was married for 78 years, children, grand children and even a couple of great grand children, nearly all of whom have experienced John's passion for sailing and encouragement to get out on the water. 

For those wishing to write to Kath they may do so by sending correspondence to:

Kath Millward, Brookfield Retirement Residence, 1 Clayhall Road, Gosport, PO12 2DY

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Message from Ben Hodgson, RYA Midlands Co-ordinator

Welcome to the first update of 2021!

I hope you managed to enjoy the festive period and that this email finds you well looking forward to 2021. The year ahead looks to have more ongoing challenges with the COVID restrictions continuing to affect us all both at home and with our boating.

I am writing to let you know of some upcoming events and opportunities that either club management, or club members from all kinds of organisations should be able to join and enjoy through the coming weeks and months. With us all experiencing another set of lockdown restrictions, it is more important than ever that we have something in the diary to look forward to. Also, to let you know that the RYA, both nationally and within the region continue to work to offer support and guidance to make boating, in all its forms, as accessible as possible.

COVID-19 Hub

We continue to update our advice and guidance based on the current government restrictions and you can find the latest guidance at our COVID-19 Hub.

Online/Digital training

We are continuing to deliver online content which you can view and share with your members on the RYA YouTube channel – take a look.

Instructor Training & CPD

For those venues that have Training Centre status, there are a number of training courses and CPD opportunities being programmed for the coming season.

Crucially, the first of these are the Dinghy and Windsurf Senior Instructor courses as well as a FREE series of forums to help instructors prepare for these. All of the courses and CPD sessions can be found and booked HERE.

During lockdown we are going to be running some free online training sessions to help instructors get the most from running OnBoard sessions. When you attend you will be provided access to some new resources for you to use in delivering fun sessions for your junior and youth sailors. For details please contact

In 2018 a new Aspiring Female Instructors project was piloted in the Midlands, which resulted in clubs across the region benefitting from nine new female Dinghy Instructors (DIs) and four female Senior Instructors (SIs). Project lead, Tricia Ordsmith, is inviting expressions of interest to repeat the project this year. The plan is to start with some on-line sessions followed by on the water sessions when COVID allows. Anyone who is interested in becoming an instructor - whether a DI or SI please contact

Please ensure your instructor team is aware of these opportunities as appropriate.

Save the Dates!

It is usually at this time of year when all of the conferences take place at various venues across the UK. Most of these events have been moved to an online format and bookings will open soon if they haven't already done so.

Please do get in touch if there is anything you require support with,

Stay Safe,

Ben.

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Reminder - Building Female Participation at Bartley SC - 20th Jan 7.30 to 8.30pm

 We are planning on running a WOW (Women on the Water) Coaching Day at our club in April 2021 for all our female members. This coaching day will have something for all abilities, complete beginner through to experienced racer. Come along and have fun on the water, meet other female members, refresh your sailing or racing skills and build your confidence.

Patricia Ordsmith, RYA Coach, has offered her time to come and run the day.

Patricia would like to meet up with you all over an online call to discuss what you would like out of the day so she can plan the day and identify additional resources required to help deliver a day to meet your needs. Patricia has also arranged for a special guest, who is an experienced female Laser sailor and Racing Coach, to join the call.

Bartley SC WOW Kick-off meeting
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/928553341

You can also dial in using your phone.
United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

Access Code: 928-553-341

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/928553341

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Mine's a Pint - The Bar Gets a Make-over!

 We hope our members are all well. Whilst those who are front line workers will no doubt be incredibly busy, others will have a glimpse into the life of a hibernating tortoise sitting in the cold and dark week after week. But like the tortoise we will wake up in spring and look around, however, we will have more to look forward to than lettuce leaves as the bar has received a much needed make-over. Thanks to Dave Jones and Steve Ward for clearing the mess and un-needed items and to Leanne and the Tilly's team for the fresh new look. Looking forward to a time when we can be leaning against the counter, sipping a cold one, and talking about the day on the water - hang on in there, it won't be long...

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Millie is 1st Girl in the 2020 West Midlands Topper Traveller

Well done to Millie for winning the prize for 1st Girl on the West Midlands Topper Series. The series was much reduced due to Covid in 2020 with only 2 of the 4 planned events taking place, however, all things considered, it was great to be able to get 2 events sailed with 30 boats at each.

Millie is pictured with her Rooster neck scarf, Topper bottle, and medal that she received in the post.

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A View of 2020 from Bartley Youth Sailor Cecily

 As crazily apocalyptic as 2020 was, it wouldn't be fair to say that there weren't any upsides to the somewhat repetitive stay at home directives. Although we couldn't sail - and that really was a blow for all of us - Bartley continued on, with weekly VR races getting rather competitive (thanks Megs and Mills!) for those who could actually wake up on time! When the club was finally able to open up again, the exercise routes - although not races - were great fun too. It was also the year in which I finally moved up from a topper, and started learning the ways of being a laser sailor and received lots and lots of helpful advice from the gang; the most infamous being, 'Don't be sorry just be better' from the one and only Harrison, and of course, 'That sounds like a you problem' from our very frank Josh. I have to admit, I tend to follow Megan's advice the most!

Just as it seemed that races were going to be replaced by exercise courses forever, towards the end of September my first Youth UKLA training weekend hit Bartley with a bang ( and lots and lots and lots of wind!), in which lots of us youth were tested on our gust responses. The main highlight of the weekend obviously being the competition for most capsizes, with the winner (Josh) owning up to at least 14, yet I'd be willing to bet my second place that there were more!

Then, as November came, yet another lockdown arrived, and a cold Saturday night brought The Great Bartley Sailing Quiz, with Quizmaster Megs a.k.a "The MEG", bringing us five tough rounds to battle through. The teams captained by Sean and Freya (Sinking Feeling and Attack of the Clones) came first and second respectively. Kezza and I managed to scrape fifth place, slightly hindered by confusing the general recall flag with the IKEA one!

Then, sooner than we knew it, we were back on the water just in time for another Laser training weekend which was significantly less windy, and eventually resulted in us hard working sailors receiving a long tow back to shore, although Josh and Harrison did return with slightly elongated arms - their own faults for not rigging a painter! Then, over the holiday, we benefited from some chilling morning sails, a favourite of mine including a capsize and a loss of a centreboard (sorry about that OOD Simon) on Boxing Day no less, not to mention a slightly traumatic snowball fight with Tom and Freya on New Years Eve Eve and the repercussions for Tom and I when Freya remembered she could throw pretty well.

And then suddenly it was the New Year, and 2021 has arrived - off to a brilliant start wouldn't you say?! In short, 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, and my thoughts are with those who have lost a lot, but I am very grateful for my friends, the things I have been lucky enough to learn, and Bartley, and its members, for being an incredibly lovely environment, even throughout the worst year that ever was.

Cecily :)

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And they are off... 2 races in and it is all to play for.

 The winter VR series is 2 races in and it is all to play for. Richard Baker is still the man to watch, but he is not having it all his own way. Sam Knight made a guest appearance today and, along with Sean Ricketts, the 400 boys took the top 2 spots in the 49ers (well they do have spinnakers so us single handers don't understand the downwind angles!).

Currently Richard Baker leads the J-70, Sam Knight the 49ers, and Simon Hardiman the Lasers.

We have been having some fun in the AC75s too - my form is similar to INEOS UK - enough said!

Next races start at 11.00 on Sunday - see you there! 

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A photo a day - from the archives...

Back in the 1990s there was a strong Mirror fleet at Bartley with their own series on Friday evenings. John Millward was fleet captain with a regular turnout of over 10 boats or more. The fleet has dwindled as plastic boats have become more popular and 'build a boat' from kit form in your garage is, perhaps, too time consuming for many. The photo shows my father in the Mirror I learnt to sail in rounding mark 8. It is interesting to see the blocks of flats in the background that were demolished and replaced with 'low rise' new housing that benefitted the club with a more scenic outlook and less of a wind shadow at buoy 7.

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VR Inshore Winter Series starts Weds 6th Jan @18.30

If you haven't had a go before then try it now - instructions below: 

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