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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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Change to Bartley SC Sailing Instructions - Protests


'You don't need rules until you need rules'. If everyone follows the Racing Rules of Sailing with the same interpretation then you don't need rules, however there are different interpretations, different opinions (we see things how we are not how they are), and grey areas. The ability to protest when you consider a rule has been infringed is the right of every sailor, as is the ability to immediately exonerate by taking the penalty associated. At Bartley we are keen to ensure club racing is fair as well as educational and actively encourage protests where a perceived infringement has occurred. To make this process easier to administer the sailing instructions have been updated based on member feedback.

The Sailing instructions (SI) have been updated to allow more time to lodge a protest, to reinforce the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest, and the arbitration step added to the process to create an environment of learning for all. Updates are as follows:


15.1 Protests must be made on the appropriate form obtainable from the Race Officer and must be handed to the Race Officer within 40 minutes of the time the last boat finishes the relevant race. This changes RRS rule 61.3

15.2 Protests will be conducted with the additional step of arbitration following the arbitration process outlined in Appendix T of the RRS.

15.3 It is the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest at the earliest reasonable opportunity after the protestee has finished the race (i.e. as soon as both parties have returned to shore). All parties involved in the protest are expected to remain on site until the Officer of the Day (Race Officer) has confirmed they are free to depart. Where possible the arbitration should take place at the end of the days racing in an open forum in the club house. This is to ensure facts are not forgotten and to provide a learning experience to others in the club on rules and how they are applied.  This requirement is additive to section 61.1 of the RRS.

A link to a full copy of the club SI can be found on the 'Racing' tab

Happy and fair sailing

Sailing Committee

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Bartley K2O Juniors in RYA OnBoard article

Ben, Shay, Theo and Cecily have all received a mention in a recent RYA article highlighting their experiences at the RYA Championships in Autumn 2018. This is great for the Juniors and great for the club - hope you enjoy the read:


(note if you are having trouble with the link then cut and paste to your browser or go to the www.rya.org website, click on the 'news & events' tab, then 'latest RYA News Stories' and finally 'Use the OnBoard Fun Fleet to Inspire Sailors This Season' posted on 25th Jan)

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Sam Knight and Chris Bownes win the Steve Nicholson Trophy 2019

Sam and Chris extend their lead

Congratualtions Sam and Chris for a fantastic win over a fleet of 35 double handers contesting the Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton SC. 

Steve Ward and Mark Rolfe achieved a creditable 20th in the challenging conditions. Mark says he has a new respect for GP14s given how exhausted he was at the end of the day!

Steve and Mark bear away




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2019 RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety Boat Courses

Fantastic offer for all club members - RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety Boat courses at a MUCH reduced price. If you don't already have this qualification BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!!

Powerboat Training 2019

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.

It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

The course costs just £30 to members (usual cost using an external provider is about £200) to cover club costs and is run over two days.

To book your space, please contact Dave Jones via or phone:  07887406585

Dates for 2019 training are as follows:

March   9 & 10      L2 PB

Apr        6 & 28      Safety Boat training (must hold L2PB for more than 1 year)

June      9 & 16     L2 PB

Sept      22 & 29    L2 PB

Nov       3 & 10      L2 PB

Dec        7 & 8       L2 PB


Dave Jones

Land: 01216025328

Mob:  07887406585

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Gala Evening Played its Cards right!

Thanks to all who supported the fantastic gala night on Friday and to John, Jennifer, Marie, and all at Tilly's Galley for organising it.

Everyone who attended had a great time with a very close game of 'Play your Cards right', the 'Bosuns Challenge' and a raffle with some top prizes.

Here are just a few of the many photos of the evening:

The tragic victims of the Bosuns Challenge - Dan really is hard as nails!

Brucie makes a guest appearance (somehow!)

Good friends and Sailors

The K2O crew play their cards right

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Ollie Ridgeway is the third Bartley Bear Sprints Winner!

Cogratulations to Ollie for winning the 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints in challenging conditions and taking the trophy from the clutches of Richard Baker. 

Well done too to Harrison Allen for winning the 4.7 class for the 3rd time showing his dominance yet again.

Thanks to Jeremy Higson for arranging the day, to Sam Knight for the coaching tips and John Ling for being race officer.

The next Bartley Bear Sprint is on the 17th February - who can challenge Ollie for the trophy? Who can knock Harrison off the top spot in the 4.7s? Make sure you come along as it could be you...

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Reminder - Fitting out Gala on 25th January, please come along for the social event of the year!

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Annual AGM - Update from Commodore

Dear Members,

Happy new year and I hope you are all recovered after the festive period and I am hoping to get out on the water more regularly in the next few weeks and hope to see as many of you out there as possible.

The Committee are messaging to inform you that the Annual AGM will take place on the 16th March at 10.00 before the end of season races and prize giving’s.  

The AGM will present the accounts from the previous financial year (October 2017-October 2018) which have been prepared by our accountant. It will also include votes on committee members for the following year and will follow with a member’s Q and A session regarding club developments. 

I hope that you can attend but if you would like information from me directly then please be in touch through the



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Bartley Bear Sprints Sunday 20th Jan @ 10.30

The 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints will take place on the 20th Jan. 

There will be a briefing and off-the-water training session at 10.30 followed by up to twelve 10 to 15 minute races.

Let Jeremy Higson know if you want to borrow an Imperial Sailing mount for your GoPro or similar to record your sailing for the de-brief at the end of the session.

The session is aimed predominantly at Lasers (any rig) but other single handers with similar PY are welcome.

The focus is on start practice and the race to the windward mark - all abilities welcome.

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Tilly's Galley now open from 12.45 on Wednesdays for Lunch

To all the Wednesday people - Great news; you can now have food before you sail as Leanne will be open from 12.45 to serve you.

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BSC New years fitting out gala Party 25th Jan 7pm

Dear Members,


We have arranged at Bartley Sailing Club on Friday 25th January to hold a New years party for members and friends and continue the fun and frolics (off the water)

Have you seen "Play your Cards right" the plan is for a quiz and games session to win some amazing prizes.

A full sit down two course dinner and refreshments have been organsied (full menu and drinks details will follow).

There will be a raffle so bring along any of those unwanted bottles or christmas gifts (that dont fit etc) so we can add a smile on someones face that night.

For now put the date in your diaries as this event must not be missed.

An all inclusive £12 entry, so please confirm your booking to Tilly at the Galley or from Jennifer Foort, Marie Allen or me (John L) we shall record names to save hassle on the night plus allows us to know attending numbers etc.

The club will be transformed and dressed for the evening, with a music play list to smooth the way... special request can be arranged though!!!

We hope everyone will attend as last time year 70 came so lets get the message out there and make this a real night to remember


Happy new year

John Ling


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Happy New Year to all our Members!!

Happy New Year everyone!

This time of year brings reflection on the last year and plans for the new...

2018 brought some significant changes and challenges for the club whilst also highlighting the high level of sailing from our experienced racers and introduced numerous new members to the club who are just starting out.

In 2018 we:

Held the Silver Tiller Merlin event

The Supernova and Solo open meetings

The Laser end of Midland Traveller Series prize giving

The Midlands Junior Regatta

We introduced some new initiatives with Wednesday evening development sessions for those wishing to improve and Bartley Bear Sprint racing to improve our starting. We introduced the End of Series Regatta and prize giving with working parties that have cleared and tidied the boat park.

We travelled to the RYA Championships with our juniors, and bought the 2018 cohort of new junior sailors onboard through K2O on Saturday mornings.

Our laser fleet continued to grow through the Tuesday evening racing and a few travelled the circuits to put Bartley on the map further afield.

The Supernovas also grew in both numbers and competitiveness with the national and traveller champions both from Bartley.

The Solo fleet remained stable with a few finally retiring whilst new faces arrived.

The 400 fleet grew slightly with a couple more boats on the water during the summer months, and the handicap fleet remains strong for those sailing their prefered class with participation in the Aero and Streaker Nationals.

We continued to enjoy sailing against those from Barnt Green and more recently Earlswood as their water levels dropped.

On the club front we signed Rockley Watersports, changed from a managed club to a member led club, and introduced Tilly's Galley.

Our SUP team continued to grow and continue expanding through socials and cycling around the local area.

And so to 2019; we have a lot to look forward to...

The winter series is now underway so please come along and join us for a sail and jacket potato.

We have 2 more sessions of the Bartley Bear in January and February.

We have the Merlin Silver Tiller and the Supernova Open at the end of March / April, and will announce the dates of further opens in the New Year.

We will also be the final of the RYA Midlands Junior Traveller Series in September. This is a new initiative to get as many Juniors racing as possible without the pressure of squad selectors etc. This will be a great event for our K2O sailors to showcase their skills.

For all events keep a look out on the blog, the Bartley SC Facebook page, and the various Whatsapp groups that fleets have set up, and of course the calendar which informs all of race times.

So whether you SUP, sail, paddle, windsurf, powerboat or support, we wish you all the very best for a prosperous and Happy 2019.

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Linda Cross

It is with sadness that I write to inform you that Linda Cross passed away on the 19th December 2018.

Linda was a long standing member of Bartley Sailing Club and held the position of Laser Fleet Captain for many years during the 90’s, organizing the fleet series and open meetings.

Linda’s funeral will be held at Kinver Methodist church on the 11th January 2019 at 1:30 PM.

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The 12 Days of Bartley S.C. Christmas

Whatever you may be doing we hope you have a very Merry Christmas from the Sailing Committee at Bartley S.C.

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Stanley Bird

It is with great sadness that I have to inform our members of the passing of Stanley Bird (or Stan as most of us knew him) on 16th December.

Stan was the perfect gentleman, always smartly dressed, willing to help, friendly and cheerful. He was an honorary member of Bartley S.C. with 30 years service to the club.

Stan will be fondly remembered for keeping the Wednesday sailors stocked up with cake and tea and was a keen sailor during the earlier years.

Stan's funeral will be at Lodge Hill crematorium at 2.15 on Thursday 27th December followed, appropriately, by tea and cake at the sailing club.

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Baby its cold outside...

Or more accurately flippin' freezing. But did that put the End of Series regatta off? Of course not. The working party braved the cold and tidied the area to the side of the boat garage, the upstairs office, the grass area by the OOD hut, and a litter pick throughout the boat park. Thanks to all who helped to keep our club looking clean and tidy.

Then a fleet of 8 took to the water in freezing rain, gusty force 5 winds, and a wind chill factor of -4. The course was simple but the tactics were not! John Ling took the Regatta win from Sam knight, but it was very close. Harrison Allen took the Junior prize sailing fantastically in the conditions to 4th overall. Steve Ward and Mike Acaster kept the GP upright to show that it is not just the Lasers that go out in the big winds, and Mark Rolfe demonstrated the 2 opposing states of an RS Aero; flying or upside-down!

The Autumn series prize giving then took place with mice pies, chocolates and mulled wine to thaw out the frozen sailors.

Steve Hawley won both the Handicap 1 and Pursuit series with Ian Clarke taking the Handicap 2 series. Great to see a couple of new names on the series tropies.

The Sunday series was won by Paul Fowell.

The Junior Series was won by Harrison Allen.

The overall and fleet series winners who attended received their trophies, wine, chocolates, and the all improtant Bartley 'winner' mug in a light hearted ceremony which all enjoyed.

Here are a few photos of the fun..

Thanks to Jennifer Foort for all the photos.

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Tilly's Galley closed on 22nd / 23rd December

For those planning on sailing on Saturday and Sunday 22 / 23rd December please be advised that Tilly's Galley will be closed for their Christmas break so make sure you bring your own food.

The Galley will reopen the following week 29th / 30th Dec.

Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

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Sailing over the Christmas period

For those who celebrate Christmas hopefully you are well on your way with the important preparations. At the sailing club the festive spirit is very evident too with the Christmas decorations up in the clubhouse.

For those hardy enough to sail during the Winter there will continue to be the usual weekend racing over the festive period, however a show of hands from the Wednesday crew showed few can support this series on Boxing day and 2nd January so these dates have been cancelled and will be shown as such in the calendar shortly. The Wednesday series will recommence on 9th January.

Steve Ward is soliciting interest for a New Years day race - if you are interested in participating either as a sailor or rescue crew then please let him know by phone or text 07973 951255 and we will then confirm whether there are sufficient members interested to run this.

Finally, it is the End of Series Regatta tomorrow - the weather looks bonkers so we will take a view as to what races can be run in the conditions and may finish early if the wind and rain are too severe. If you are a prize winner in the Autumn series and want to pop in during the day to collect it rather than hanging around until 4.30pm then I am happy to distribute in the morning and between races (if they happen). Bartley Mugs are awarded to 1st,2nd,3rd in the fleets, wine to top 3 placings in each series overall, and cups / trophies to series winners. Chocolates and mice pies will also be around to complement the Galley food.


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