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Don't forget the End of Series Regatta Saturday 15th Dec

Brief working party at 10.00 for those wishing to avoid Christmas shopping

Lunch at Tilly's Galley - you know you want to...

2 Pursuit race regatta 12.30 and 14.30 both to count

Novice trophy for the first novice / improver in the 14.30 race

Prize for first Junior helm in the 2 races (the one in the photo fancies her chances - can you beat her?)

Prize giving for Autumn series and regatta after racing (with mince pies) - I have lots of wine to distribute so if you have won a fleet or overall series prize please turn up to collect it otherwise I have to drink all the mulled wine, prosecco, red / white wine, and eat all the chocolates myself...(its a tough job but someone has to do it).

I am expecting Santa hats and tinsel on the boats - please don't disapoint me!

See you on Saturday.

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Baker Boy wins the Bartley Bear

Well done to Richard Baker for winning the Bartley Bear Sprints in some challenging conditions today. He showed the rest of us how to execute some fantastic starts to get to the windward mark consistently ahead of the fleet.

The first 4.7 was Harrison Allen again but Josh is gaining and the GoPro footage from the cameras on the Higson designed Imperial transom mounts gave us all some insights into those little tweaks that could see the gap closing next time around.

It was great to see a couple of travellers from Midland and Chelmarsh - please spread the word and bring your club mates along next time in January.

Thanks again to Jeremy for his coaching and organisation, we are all benefitting hugely from these sessions.

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Sailing kit

Hi all


I believe there may have been a mix up of sailing kit. This happened last wesnesday afternoon. I was almost the last person to leave and somebody has picked my kit up I believe in error.


I took home the only bag like mine left and had a surpruse this morning to find I accidentally had the kit of Jack Collins.

Jacks kit is now at the club in thecupboard by the pool table.


If anybody knows Jack please tell him .

If anybody has my very large kit would they call me please on 07973 951255


Thank You







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Autopost Test

Autopost Test

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Its beginning to look a lot like...The End of Series Regatta!

Thats right - only one more weekend to go and the Autumn series is over for another year which means that the End of Series Regatta is taking place on Saturday 15th December.

There will be a shortened working party from 10.00 to 11.30 followed by 2 Pursuit races at 12.30 and 14.30 that will constitute the regatta (both races to count).

After the final race has finished there will be mince pies and prize giving for the Autumn Series and the End of Series Regatta in the club house.

For those who attended the Wednesday evening improvers sessions during the summer (or any others who consider themselves as novices / improvers) there will be the 'novice shield' awarded to the winner of this group in the 14.30 race so you only need to race in the second race to qualify for this (although you may wish to do the 12.30 race to practice!).

There will also be a cup for the first Junior (Under 18) helm in the regatta participating in both races.

The series prizes will be awarded to top 3 in the Autumn series overall and the top 3 qualifiers per fleet - you have to be there to collect your prize though!

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for some festive fun and sailing - Christmas decorations on your boats and santa hats encouraged but not essential... See you on the 15th.

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Bartley Bear Sprints round 2 this Sunday 9th Dec

Who will win the Bartley Bear sprint trophy this time around?

For those wanting to know more the Bartley Bear sprints are a fantastic way of improving your starting with the opportunity to get some coaching and pointers from our very own Jeremy Higson using imperial camera mounts (just bring your own go-pro or similar).

If you think this is just for the expert sailors think again - we had a wide range of abilities last time around and all found it a great learning experience. The difference could really be seen last Saturday as those who had attended the sprints all had vastly improved starts in the races.

The format is 10.30 briefing / coaching followed by 10 to 12 short (10 to 15 minute) races around 3 to 4 marks with the focus being the race to the windward mark.

The initiative is primarily for Lasers (all rigs) but other single handers are most welcome - we had one Aero last time and that worked out really well, and 3 Laser 4.7s.

So take some time out from the Christmas shopping and get to Bartley for some starting practice.

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Wed afternoon this week

Hi All


I have seen the weather forecast for this week, it looks a little breezy so if your boat is not tied down please do so.

If it is as windy as forecast there may be a number of people at the club who dont want to sail. If that is the case I have a couple of tasks that I could do with a hand with. We are trying to tidy up the club including some areas that are generally unseen. I would really appreciate it if anybody not sailing could give me a hand for about an hour and a half as many  hands would make the task easier, this is generally throwing rubbish into the skip and is mainly inside.

I should be there around 2pm.


Thanks in anticipation.



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Fresh new look to Tilly's Galley

If you have been at the club this weekend you will have noticed a different look to Tilly's Galley with fresh new table cloths,a nautical theme to the table decorations and fantastic food with a friendly service including some delicious home made cakes.

Some highlights from the lunch menu:

Jacket potato with a choice of fillings from cheese, beans, chicken curry, chilli, tuna mayo, coleslaw, cottage cheese for £3 with one filling or only £3.50 for 2 fillings - fantastic value!

Cheese, ham, or tuna mayo bap £2

Sausage roll only £1

or if you get there early why not go for the extra large 'all-in' full english at £6 or a standard size for £4 with a choice of breakfast baps if you are in for a quick bite before the first race

and then there is the cake, lovely cake, lovely lovely cake - be quick or it might all get eaten!

The speed of service is perfect so you can eat between races without waiting - so no need to bring any of your own food as it is all here at a great price in the club house.

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Bartley Bear Sprints this Sunday

Don't forget that it is the first of the Bartley Bear Sprints for the Laser class this Sunday (other classes can attend - please contact Jeremy Higson to register interest).

Briefing is at 10.30 and the forecast looks great. It is free entry to BSC members and only £5 for visitors so great value. A warming lunch will be available to buy from the Galley.

The aim of the day is to hold up to 12 short races to reward those who start well whilst offering alot of practice for those who want to get better in this critical part of the race.

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Galley Opens for Brummie Bender

Bartley SC extends a warm welcome to all sailors travelling to us at the weekend for the match racing at the Brummie Bender. Leanne has been getting the food ordered at the galley to ensure we have enough bacon sandwiches in the morning and baked potatoes and Chilli at lunch to get everyone warmed up after the activity on the water.

Usual club sailing will continue as normal in a slightly reduced racing area - and the food is there for you too!

See you at the weekend.

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Avon rib

Hi all This is a request for help. The avon I believe has recently been filled with water to a consideràble depth. Since then we have power from the battery to the engine and a fully charged battery. We do not have any turnover from the switch to the engine. Does anybody who knows what they are doing have the necessary testers to test the electrics and repair please.If not thats fine also but thought I would ask before going outside of the club. Thank you Steve Steve ward
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Safety First

With the sailing season now drawing in those hardy enough to sail in the cold and windy conditions that Autumn and Winter bring we will blog a few reminders so members can refresh themselves on some of the rules of the road and of the club. The first is a reminder that all club members need to turn up on their assigned duty date to ensure safe sailing. If people do not attend then it is the OODs decision as to whether to sail and he or she may request further volunteers on the day if the conditions require it or may close the water if this is not possible.

Here is a guide that was put out for Tuesday and Wednesday sailing in the summer which is equally applicable at the weekends - please support all safety aspects of the club as it is priority number 1.


  • Responsible person.

The Officer of the Day (OOD) is responsible for deciding whether they have 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 (from those available on the day) or if this is not possible close the gates.

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.

We all capsize from time to time and even the most experienced can get into escallating difficulty when a number of contributing factors combine - please respect the decisions of the OOD when they make a call on the grounds of safety, and please, please, please keep to your commitment when signing up to do your rescue duty.


Bartley Sailing Committee

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Bartley Bear Sprint Racing

Jeremy Higson has kindly aranged some sprint racing for the Laser fleet (and other classes by arrangement). Details below:


25th Nov 18

9th Dec 18

20th Jan 19

17th Feb 19

Classes: Standard Lasers, 4.7, and Radial (other classes welcome just ask).

Briefing 10.30 am

Full safety cover

6-12 Races, 8 to count , 1 discard,

Start sequence 3,2,1, Go

Short Start Lines

10-15 minute races

Simple Trapezoidal Course or Triangle, all Marks to Port, through the gate every lap,

Winner In each Race To wear Yellow Bib

Format:- is to race 5-6 races ,Lunch then 5-6 races, back to the clubhouse to watch videos and

discuss antics from the day.

We have a Trophy for the fastest Laser on the day

£5 entry for visitors. Free to Bartley club members.

Imperial Sailing will provide Laser Camera Mounts, just bring along a Go-Pro Camera if you have


Please reply to the mail below if you are interested to give me an idea of numbers.

Organiser: Jeremy Higson


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Galley to Re-open Saturday 17th November

We are pleased to announce that the Galley will re-open on 17th November from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Leanne who runs Tillies Taters from the dinghy park will be taking on the Galley for us and will be reaching out to club members and membership groups (Birmingham Uni etc.) in due course to ensure the menu choices meet your needs.

The success of this arrangement depends entirely on club members using this fantastic service so please purchase food and drink from the galley when you are at the club to support this venture and ensure its continuation.

We hope you enjoy the food and help Leanne to provide a profitable service for the club.

There will be further notices regarding the Bar in due course.

Best regards


Bartley S.C. Committee


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John Ling makes it 2 traveller series wins in the Laser

Congratulations to John Ling for a second series win in the Laser Wessex Grand Prix after an eventful open at Frampton which saw 4 Bartley boats in the top 6 (John 1st, Simon 2nd, Jeremy 4th, Robin 6th) and Harrison taking the 1st 4.7 slot sailing particularly well in a very gusty force 4 to 6 (even beating some full rigs and radials).

Frampton put on some great racing, a lovely ploughmans lunch with much needed soup, and handled the event extremely well. Jamie and Tina Lavender provided a nice wrap up to the series with the prizes offered from Dinghybuyerdirect.com.

The Bartley synchronised swimming team was caught on camera as John wiped out at the leeward mark taking me with him! Luckily the only casulty was my burgee which is somewhere in the mud at the bottom - so if anyone wants to buy me a christmas present you know what to get...:)

Photo by Alistair Hunter - well caught!!!!


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Garry Butterfield Wins the Supernova Travellers Trophy

It's been a fantastic year for the Bartley Supernovas, topped off by Gary Butterfield taking home the travellers trophy at the last event! Gary put together a really consistent set of results, especially towards the end of the year. Well done Gary! 
That means Bartley ends the year with the Travellers trophy, the Team prize and the Nationals champion , cementing our place as the number 1 Supernova club in the UK. Now we just need the inlands for the clean sweep next year.....

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Thank you Frank!

You may or may not know that this is Frank's final weekend after over 18 years of loyal service to the club.

Frank has been by the entrance gates or patrolling the general area in all weathers making sure members and non-members are directed to the correct part of the club and ensuring that the right people come in and the wrong people don't!

On behalf of the club membership and management we wish you all the best for the future Frank and hope to see you using your honorary membership to pop back and visit us from time to time.

If you are at the club this weekend please stop and have a chat with Frank to show your appreciation.


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Galley and Bar will be closed until further notice.

Dear members,

Please be aware that the bar and galley will be closed until further notice and that the current club management arrangement will no longer be operational. Further updates will be provided in due course and we would appreciate your support and patience whilst we work through the actions that now need to be put in place.

In the mean time feel free to consume packed lunches and socialise in the main club area. We would ask that you do your best to leave the premises tidy when you have finished - your help with this is much appreciated.

Bartley SC Committee.

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Lasers in the lashing rain!



Room at the mark!

Despite the weather 36 lasers travelled to the Midland traveller series finale at Bartley on Sunday 14th October to sail in a North North Westerly in the pouring rain!

Race office Steve Ward and his crew quickly set a great course maximising the beats and runs on the lake to make the racing tight for the fleet. With the course being windward - leeward it was important to get ahead of the fleet and into clear air which John Ling managed to do from the start leaving the chasing pack covering each others wind and slowing themselves down. Numerous battles took place throughout the fleet, most noticeably between Bartley commodore Caroline Whitehouse and Paul Keeling from Blithfield fighting for second place who exchanged places throughout and reminded us all that Lasers are not a class you can win by throwing money at new equipment with both boats over 30 years old. In the end it was Caroline who played the final beat right taking second from Paul.

If nothing else the first race showed that the new handicap racing for radials and 4.7s for the Midlands series could really mix things up with Ellie Craig taking 5th place in a radial from Megan Hardiman in a 4.7 in 6th place and Jamie Mason and Greg Corves both placing their radials in the top 10 - fantastic news for junior and youth sailing.

Steve (frozen rigid) lashed to the fantastic new flagpole arrangement on the Jaffa courtesy of David Badger

After race one the fleet were glad to come into the warm and dry and refuel on curry and chilli con carne expertly prepared by Dee and the Galley crew and some time to catch up with friends from the circuit and a few former Bartley sailors (Hello Anna and Izzy!).

There was a slight reluctance to get back out into the rain but Steve got us all motivated and race 2 was on. This time it was me who managed to pop out of the front of the fleet and disappear into the distance leaving John Ling and Lazaros Andronis to follow on in 2nd and 3rd and Paul and Caroline to battle it out again for 4th and 5th in the standards.

In the radials Ellie once again showed the way taking 5th overal ahead of Jamie Mason and Greg Corves.

The 4.7s were very closely contested with each of the competitors leading their fleet at some stage in the race. At the finish line it was Megan Hardiman from Josh Oates and Harrison Allen, who were determined not to be beaten by a girl for the third time in the final race...

The only photo of me in the lead ever taken - so its going on the blog!

Race 3 saw a change of course as the wind swung to the North one minute before the start was about to take place. Steve and team quickly rearanged the start line and got us off to a race of beats and runs the length of the water. This time it was Jeremy Higson who got ahead at the start and never looked back despite John's best efforts to catch him. Paul Keeling remained as consistent as every to take the 3rd Standard spot, with a few people deciding they were not wet enough and going for a swim (Mike Homer - 5 capsizes, Adam Hague - learning that toe-strap maintenance is important, Caroline Whitehouse - remembering what windward capsizes feel like, to name just a few). The real suprise for many of us came when the results were published as the course was clearly great for radials with Ellie Craig taking 1st radial and 2nd in the race, Dan Keenan 2nd radial and 4th overall, and Greg Corves 3rd radial and 5th overall. In fact over half of the top 12 places were taken by radials and 4.7s.

In the 4.7s Harrison finally got the better of Megan to take 1st 4.7 and joint 11th in the race overall - the banter continued long into the afternoon...

Commodores caption competition - entries to

With the sailing done for the day the soggy sailors returned to the bar for a mega prizegiving for the day and for the traveller series. Thanks to John for organising a great day and prizegiving, thanks to all who travelled from both Midlands and Wessex regions, and thanks to the race and galley teams for organising us all.

Full report for the event and the series can be found on Yachts and Yachting. Full results for the open will be published shortly on the 'results' page.


1st     John Ling

2nd   Simon Hardiman

3rd    Paul Keeling


1st    Ellie Craig

2nd  Greg Corves

3rd   Jamie Mason


1st   Megan Hardiman

2nd  Harisson Allen

3rd  Josh Oates

(another) One for the album!

The elite atheletes that are 'the Midlands Travellers'...

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Saturdays Speacial @ the galley

Hi members,

Chicken curry and a hot drink on offer this Saturday for £5 when it gone it's gone!! please pre order b4 sailing other food options available also.

Many thanks Dee 

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