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A Great Sail followed by a Fine Ploughman's Finishes the 2019 Tuesday Series

A busy start line for the bottle race - looks pretty dark already!

Its official, the summer is over as the nights draw in and the Tuesday evening sailing comes to an end for another year. What a great series it has been this year, as popular as ever with Bartley sailors and those bringing their boats from other clubs for a mid-week Bartley fix providing close racing boat to boat and even closer in the personal handicap.

Well done to all sailors and we hope you enjoy the prizes (including the rubber chicken with matching towel). Unfortunately there is no Solo Open this year but the lasers need to put the 13th October in the diary as the series finale for the  Midlands Traveller - a must for all Bartley Lasers.

The club house tilts at 45 degrees to slide the sailors closer to the bar...

Fantastic food


Solo Squinting competition

Great to have the legend that is Les back in the fold this year

Thanks to Jennifer Foort for all the photos - many, many, many more on the whatsapp Laser page

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Messing About on the River...

“There's nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”

Most Open meetings are similar formats - turn up at a small lake with a club house and launch area, 3 to 4 races and a prize giving. Then there is Trent Valley S.C. which is the only river sailing event on the Midlands Laser circuit. For spectators it is just the best! The fleet pass within inches of you, the start is the width of the river so no room for error, and then throw in a few barges and pleasure boats and there is alot to get excited about. Even getting there is an adventure - 2 railway crossings, past the farm, over a humpback bridge, through the field of cows and sheep to a club in the most unlikely place imaginable! I love it. 

On Sunday the Lasers made their annual pilgrimage to the river with John, Jennifer and Megan representing Bartley and George a an honorary Bartley Laser as he has been thrashing us all season on his Tuesday evening ventures to Bartley from Earlswood. With the wind nice and strong by the club house the Race Officer set a course up the river with 3 loops at the extremity which unfortunately had no wind at all! 40 minutes later one competitior had had enough and returned, a further 20 minutes and the leader appeared. After 1 hr 40mins Joe Scurah sailed back up the course to see if Megan was still alive or had found the river's source. Luckily she was happily sunbathing in the doldrums but the promise of 2 races before lunch had to be abandoned and the full ploughmans was attacked with gusto whilst the race officials adjusted the course to shorten the upriver leg and keep the racing out of the wind shaddow.

Races 2 and 3 were alot more like it - lots of wind, random gusts and close racing. For the spectators it was like watching motor racing at a chicane, the boats went screaming to a buoy but there was a severe wind shift just before it that caught plenty out! Joe Scurah in the lead nearly put his boom through a pleasureboat window as he tried to control a death roll, Local legend James Dalby tipped it in to windward and dredged the Trent to give him a nice river weed burgee, and George Faraday tipped it in right on the mark. The spectators were having a blast!

So how did the Bartley sailors get on? Well John came 2nd, George came 3rd, Megan came 8th, and Jennifer was 2nd Radial :) Joe Scurah from Carsington won the event (and the gentlemans award for bringing Megan back from her trip to Burton)

I guess you either love or hate river sailing, all I can say is that it is great fun for the spectators.

Next Midland circuit event is Trimpley this weekend followed by Barnt Green the week after - lets keep the Bartley numbers up at the front! (I hope to be back in the saddle for Shustoke if my back gets fixed in time)

Megan trying to catch George after his capsize

Jennifer speeds downwind

Starboard! John tries to get on the right side of Megan...

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Facing Their Fear...

Calm before the storm...

Bartley sent a strong team of Junior and Youth competitors to the penultimate RYA Midland Youth Series at Rutland, the 3 Laser 4.7s of Josh, Harrison, and Megan stood alongside the Laser, Topper, and RS Tera of Tom, Cecily, and Millie. The wind was forecast at 16 to 17 mph but as the team took to the water they found it was stronger than that on the race course with boats obliterated on the start line as the gusts blew in. Unfortunately Cecily was one of the early casualties but after a tow back to shore she defeated her demons and took to the water in the calmer area close to the shore to show the conditions would not beat her. Out in the middle of the lake the race started with the tightest competition between the fleet of 7 laser 4.7s who sailed as a 6 boat clump with Jamie Tylecote from Rutland out in front of the mini fleet for most of the race allowing a laser 3000, radial, and Tom in his full rig to pull away. At the other end of the fleet the RS Teras battled bravely through the waves with a sole Topper in between.

Harrison and Josh sailed fantastically to be the 2nd and 4th Laser 4.7s in race 1 with Megan never recovering from a poor start to take the 6th. Millie took a while to settle in and focussed on finishing the race in the safest way possible rather than taking risks, and Tom took a 10th on handicap despite the Laser looking like it would take off.

Race 2 was a similar story but this time Tom took 4th on handicap and Harrison and Megan 3rd and 4th laser 4.7s. Millie's 'safe but sure' approach continued to work for her as one of the other Teras went into an unexpected gybe on the run providing the helm with a nasty bang to the head and ultimately retirement from the competition - not a day to be caught unawares!

The sailors returned to shore with stories to tell over lunch before returning to the water to find how strong the wind really could blow!

Lunch - the usual refined affair...

Race 3 overpowered nearly the whole fleet with multiple capsizes and retirements. Those that could hold onto their boats had the ride of their lives, others had a rather wet race with a few heading nearer to shore to wait for the squalls to pass. Millie continued her steady approach to the race and ended up winning it as the other boats had so many 'events'

The final race was a little (but not much) calmer with the fleet now down to 12. Unfortunately Harrison was taken out on the run leading to a new experience in the protest room which let Megan take 3rd laser 4.7 in the Race. Local knowledge seemed to prevail once again as the Rutland sailors took the top spots overall.

The prizes were awarded on the provisional results so Tom got a second place trophy, however the final results were posted later on the website and are somewhat different (and do look to be more in line with what was expected!). 

So we ended up with Harrison in 6th, Megan 7th, Tom 8th, Millie 10th, Josh 11th, and Cecily 15th, we had a protest awarded in Harrison's favour, Megan's first experience of being a witness, Millie's last sail in her Tera before moving to a Topper, and a lesson in resilience: When the wind throws everything at you then strength of character shows through - you have to solve problems, work out how to get through, sail the boat right on the edge of control and get back in the saddle after a fall. Our team all experienced that on Saturday, and you know what? They all came through that little bit stronger...

The next, and final event in the series is at Bartley on Sunday 15th September. Lets hope it is a little bit calmer!!!

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Tilly's Galley Shut 31 Aug / 1 Sept

Please be aware that the Galley will be closed this weekend so please bring your own refreshments along to the club. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Service will resume as normal on 7th Sept.

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Less than 1 month to the Bartley Junior Regatta (RYA Midland Youth Series Finale)

Less than a month to the RYA Junior Regatta at Bartley on 15th September. We encourage all junior level 3 and above to come along to get some experience of racing so put the date in the diary and support the club and junior sailing in the Midlands. K2O members can use the Fevas, Teras, Picos - just let me know in advance so we can make sure we have enough boats allocated to sailors ()

If you know other juniors at Midlands clubs please invite them and their fellow sailors so we get a great turnout. Those on social media please share with as many midland junior sailors as possible.

Lots of prizes for participants but you have to be in it to win it!

 

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Topper Available for Club Member use

I have managed to get another Topper up and running so if you are a junior member at Bartley without a boat of your own and want to take advantage of this then let me know on

The conditions are simple - just pay for a boat park space, use and look after the boat, hand it back when you have outgrown it or are no longer using it.

It is insured on the club insurance so no need to pay any more.

Toppers are usually suitable for ages 12 to 16 depending on size / weight and are a great junior class.

First come first served so let me know a.s.a.p. if you are interested. I plan to get one more back on the water over the winter period so don't worry if you miss out this time around.

Offer is only open to Bartley members.

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RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Looking to take your sailing to the next level and inspire the next generation?

Join us this October half term 28th October to 1st November at Rockley Watersports Bartley for an RYA Dinghy Instructor Course

Dates: Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019

Cost: ONLY £250!

Pre entry assessment is on Sunday 6th October for £110 with training available on Saturday 5th October

Pre requisite courses available: RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA First Aid, RYA Safe and Fun.

Talk to Benn, visit the website or call the team to book your place on 07398 564 615

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Lots going on...

I may have to cancel my holidays next year as after 2 weeks away in sunny Cornwall I have returned to lots of news to catch up on!

So where to start? Lets go with the Supernovas. The Bowmoor S.C. and Girton S.C. events took place in July with a strong turnout from Bartley. At Bowmoor Chris Hawley took 3rd, Mike Gibson 5th, Steve Hawley 6th, Garry Butterfield 8th and Andy Bownes 9th in a fleet of over 30. At Girton Garry won the event outright. 

In the Lasers John Ling took the win at Clevedon in a much reduced fleet due to the strong winds - some great photos of the event on the Yachts and Yachting website.

Now to the RS Aeros. For those who are unfamiliar with the class it has 3 different rigs - the 5m sail for those who nibble lettuce leaves, the 7m sail for those who munch broccoli, and the 9m sail for the full Popeye Spinnach can-poppers.Jeremy Higson decided that he was clearly in the latter category and ready for anything that the Scottish weather could throw at him. Well sort of - the 20 knot winds coupled with 6 foot waves on day 1 resulted in a steep learning curve but by the end of the event he had mastered the Aero to come 7th in the 9m rig and first Master.

The Aeros take off...

The 20 knots of wind were also a feature in the Anglesea Offshore race with Steve Ward and Mike Acaster taking on the 16 mile race in the Menai Straits - not for the faint hearted. They survived as did their trusty GP14 and managed 1st GP, 5th overall, and 2nd in the slow fleet. The final challenge was the 3 hour drive home!

The Anglesea Offshore race gets going

In the Junior / Youth sailing competitions Josh and Harrison represented Worcestershire in the National Schools Sailing Association National Championships in Weymouth. There were 22 sailors in the Laser 4.7 fleet making for a great competition. Josh sailed consistently to take 10th place with his highest result a 5th and Harrison finished in 5th place overall with a couple of 2nd places in his series results - great sailing from both our 4.7 boys.

Harrison powers to the finish line.

Here come the girls... Megan and Millie participated in Junior Camel Week in Rock (opposite Padstow). This was Megan's third JCW and she wanted to get into the top 5 this year. However a 2nd place in the practice race gave her the confidence to set her sights higer winning the Cornish Holidays Cup on day 1, the Tranquility Cup on day 2 (which was sailed in a tranquil Force 2), the Beaufort Cup on day 3 (this time in force 5 to 6), and then the Vicuna Cup on the 2nd race of the final day resulting in her winning the overall event and the Highest placed Laser with 4 first places and a discarded 3rd - the training in Weymouth a couple of weekends before clearly paid off. Sister Millie managed 16th place out of a 37 strong fleet with 12th her highest placing.

 

Waiting to launch at Junior Camel Week.

Now enough of all this sailing away from the club - what is happening closer to home? Wednesday evening continues to progress our developing sailors, K2O now has a new group of RYA level 1 sailors who are  working towards level 2, Tuesday evenings are into their final month with the trophies now being polished ready for the series winners, Rockley has been running school holiday camps alongside their powerboat and sailing courses, and we now have lockers for club members! These are located behind the door in the OOD hut and are for the use of Club Members only. You just sign out a key, put your valuables in the locker and lock it, then return the key to the correct locker after use. The locker keys are on floats should you manage to drop them in the reservoir. Thanks to Jennifer Foort for taking the initiative on this.

Nowhere to store your car keys? You have now...

And finally... The Gents refurb is progressing well, soon be time for the grand opening :)

 

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K2O Cancelled August 10th due to high wind forecast

With the wind foreacast at force 5 (fresh breeze) gusting 8 (fresh gale) tomorrow 10th August the K2O team have decided that it will be too windy to safely sail at K2O and have cancelled the session. The next session will be the 17th August after which there is no session on 24th due to the August Bank Holiday. Usual service will resume on 31st August until the end of the season.

Again - sorry about tomorrow and hope you can find something equally fun to do whilst the storm rattles through.

The K2O Instructor team.

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Weekly round up - Juniors at Staunton Harold, Lasers at Midland, NSSA at Weymouth.

The athletes assemble in Weymouth ready for a week of sailing with the National Schools Sailing Association. Reports from Harrison indicate day 1 was a challenge with variable conditions (including jellyfish and dolphins!). Josh is currently in 10th place and Harrison in 9th but they reckon a top 5 is feasible - keep the pressure on guys - trigger starts, flat boats and surf the waves, we know you can do it!

On Saturday Megan and Millie continued the RYA Midlands Youth Series at Staunton Harold. Maybe it was the holidays or the force 4 to 5 winds that kept the numbers down but those that sailed had a blast. Megan was pipped on countback into second place however her 3 seconds and 2 firsts were quite an achievement in a strong fleet of junior sailors. Millie battled some early demons to overcome the gusts and pull herself up to 5th with improving results over the day.

Megan decides to race a fireball upwind whilst Millie sets her sights on the Topper...

On Sunday the lasers travelled to Midland S.C. with a fleet of 25 and 12 different clubs represented. Whilst the standard fleet had very strong competition, the 4.7s had their own match racing competition with all 3 races tightly contested.

At the end of the day John got 4th, I managed a 6th closely followed by Ollie in 7th. In the 4.7s Megan came 2nd Laser 4.7 and 10th overall - we all need to start watching out for these juniors...

How to strengthen your stomach muscles... #philbase

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Powerboat Level 2 course £249 on the Solent...or £30 at Bartley for members!

The RYA Level 2 powerboat course is internationally recognised giving you access to boat hire around the globe as well as on home shores. 

The course is charged at £200 to £300 when purchased from a provider but only £30 - yes £30 for Bartley members.

For our club it is a requirement of membership that you hold this qualification so that our members receive a high standard of safety cover with competent powerboat drivers. 

Any one of these reasons should be sufficient for those who have not yet obtained their qualification to book onto one of the 3 remaining dates this year.

The course is 2 days covering powerboat checks, the importance of kill cords, man overboard, launch and retrieval, gear and steer, driving at speed and much more. Learn the theory in the classroom first and then get out on the water for some practice.

The remaining dates for this year are:

Sept 22nd and 29th

Nov 3rd and 10th

Dec 7th and 8th

If you are not yet qualified please sign up a.s.a.p.

To book on please contact Dave Jones on  or call 07887 406 585

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Dave Watton Funeral Details

For those wishing to pay their respects to Dave Watton his funeral is at 10.45 a.m. Wednesday 31st July at Worcester Crematorium.

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Full Programme for Bartley Juniors

Firstly - congratulations to Harrison for winning the 1st Laser at the Upton Warren Regatta last weekend and to Josh following on in 3rd. Great results for the club.

Bartley has invested alot of time and effort into progressing Juniors from excited starters in their Optimists, through RYA levels 1 to 4 and onto the racing circuit or instructing. K2O continues to be THE fun club for junior sailors in the West Midlands with over 40 participants in the Saturday morning programme. 

However, not all juniors are aware of what is available to them once they have learned to sail, so here is a round up of the type of activity you could get involved in:

RS Tera - search up the class website for the UK RS Tera association and you will find a midlands based circuit of weekends of racing split into the Pro (larger rig), sport (white and orange sail used on our club boats), and a coached regatta fleet (for those who can sail a triangle). If you want to borrow a club Tera for one of these events just ask permission at K2O - they are easy to put on a roof rack so no towing required.

RYA Regional Championships - 28 / 29 September. Two days of championship and squad selector racing for the experienced, coaching for the regatta fleet (RYA level 2 to 4), or fun and games for the OnBoard participants (RYA level 0 to 2). Details on the RYA Website. Midlands event is at Draycote Water this year. Bartley usually attend with 3 or 4 K2O sailors.

National Schools Sailing Association Nationals at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Accademy - this takes place next week and Bartley will be represented by Harrison and Josh in their Laser 4.7s. A great week of camping, sailing and fun for schools sailors. Probably too late to enter this year, but a good event to cut your teeth on next year. Ben Julian who runs the SUP club is your contact for this event.

RYA Midlands Youth Series - a 6 location series for Juniors in the midlands with the final event at Bartley on 15th September. 5 Short races per day with plenty of prizes for juniors aged between 8 and 17 with RYA level 2 or above. Next event is at Staunton Harold SC (near Burton Upon Trent) this Saturday. Megan and Millie will be representing Bartley so if you have a boat and the day free why not join them. Details on Staunton Harold SC website.

Holiday regattas - going to the beach on holiday or to the Lake district? Check the local clubs for open meetings or regatta weeks. Usually a familly friendly race programme with some fun activities thrown in. We have had many years of fun participating in the Dartmouth Regatta where we got to meet the Olympic sailing team, and Junior Camel Week in Padstow with its 'Swallows and Amazons' beach competition, quiz evening, and BBQ night - have a look around as these are alot of fun for the junior and youth sailors.

Class training - if you have a boat then look at the class association website for training events. Topper and Laser are both good at this. Megan was at Weymouth last weekend where she received coaching in a ratio of 1 to 7 with the UK Laser Class 4.7 national coach. They spent 2 days with 5 hours on the water per day just practicing how to start and sail the first 4 minutes of the race fast - a great way to meet other young sailors and practice those key sailing skills.

Holiday camps - looking for a place to leave your energetic young sailor whilst you are at work and they are on holiday? Why not give the grandparents a rest and sign them onto an activity at Rockley based at Bartley. Benn will be happy to hear from you and let you know what is available from sailing through to windsurfing.  

Warm, sunny sailing holidays - There are a number of great sailing holidays for the family or individuals, Neilson, Wildwind, Club Vass are all well known providers with sun, sea, and sailing for all. 

Finally - you haven't got a boat so you can't participate anyway? Well why not sign up for one of the reconditioned Toppers. The third boat is now revitalised and ready to be handed to its new owner this Saturday, so if you want one let me know on  and I will scrub one up for you for the price of the boat space you will keep it in. When you have finished with it just hand it back and the next lucky junior can take it on. These are fine for regatta fleet racing but once you get the bug you will want one in full racing livery and that will be up to the bank of Mum and Dad...

If you want more info on any of the above or advice on what boat to buy your young sailor, how to transport boats, what sailing gear to buy etc.. just let me know on  and I will try to help you out.

Whatever you are doing and wherever you are sailing this summer have a great time.

Club Topper #3 ready to go...

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Bartley On Tour

Just to keep you up to speed on events past and present...

Firstly - just to add to the Supernova Nationals success, Bartley won the Club prize for the event. Well done team!

Last weekend was the Laser Masters Nationals at Torbay Yacht club with 3 days of lightwind sailing for the over 35s. Ollie Ridgeway went along and achieved a great 24th position in the 50 strong fleet - a fantastic result for his first trip to the event.

This week it is the Salcombe Merlin week. If you are tired of watching Wimbledon why not cheer on the Bartley boats as the Merlin Class association and Salcombe Yacht Club live stream the races (or you can catch up on day one of the races too)

For the travelling Bartley Juniors the next RYA Midland Junior sereis event is at Staunton Harold on 20th July. I will be taking Megan and Millie and it would be great if other juniors could travel too - 5 races of about 30 mins each. Bartley are on track for the team prize so lets keep the momentum.

Finally - well done to George Fereday who sails at Bartley on a Tuesday evening for winning the Notts County Laser Open with 3 firsts and a 3rd - a text book display. (I managed the Old man's prize by clinging on to his coat tails)

Hope you are all enjoying your water sports - with the holiday season approaching keep me updated on any achievements at the club or further afield and I will post them. Remember K2O continues through the holidays for the junior section, Tuesday racing and Wednesday improvers sessions are great therapy during the week, and Sunday is a lovely day for messing about on the water - enjoy!

 

 

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Gents Shower / Toilet Refurbishment Starting 22nd July

A consistent piece of feedback from our recent membership survey was the state of the Gents facilities and the need for an update of the rather tired toilet / shower area.

The good news is that we have now reached a position where we have sufficient funds in place to commence work on this project!

Phase 1 will start on 22nd July and will be to strip out the toilet area and replace with new, and refurb the showers with cubicles. During this time there will be some disruption so please bear with us and comply with any requests to use different entrances to the changing room area / be patient if there is any disruption to the water supply from time to time.

Thank you for your support whilst this important piece of work is carried out.

 

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And the results are in... How did our Supernova sailors fair?

Well... they were greeted by this shore break which mean't the first day of racing became a tournament at the crazy glof course in the sunshine instead.

Saturday and Sunday were a whole different ball game though with a full programme of racing to keep the 100+ fleet busy. Hopefully you had a peep on the website to see the GPS boat tracking - the Laser fleet did so we could give our honorary Supernova Sailor Jeremy Higson a bit of support in these strange boats with things called shrouds and mast rake controls.

So how did the Bartley fleet get on? The answer is FANTASTICALLY showing just what a strong fleet we have at the club.

Sam Knight came in 4th followed by Chris Bownes in his first Nationals in the Supernova in 7th (and I think he won the last race). Reliable Mike Gibson showed he wasn't letting up in 11th followed by Steve Hawley in 16th. Jeremy Higson felt the support from his on-line Laser backing team to get 18th just ahead of Garry Butterfield and Chris Hawley in 19th and 20th, with Phil Taylor in 33rd. 

I am sure they will all have tales to tell when they get back to the club house. I have booked the open top bus for a lap of the carpark :) Well done all!

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Sunday Sailing - lets get more participation!

It was a great day to sail today with a real mixture craft on the water - fantastic to see so many windsurfers as well as the Sunday racers and a few canoes too. If you are one of our members who is not yet confident enough to join the Saturday racing or just want a quieter day with fewer craft on the water then please come down on a Sunday and make sure that the water is used!

 

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Bosun Battles on...

As many of us know Dan Earthquake has been in training for the Battle of Arms (as he has beaten every single one of us who tried to beat him!). Have a good look at the poster and see if you can see him. Dans performance wasn't too shabby at all taking out a couple of opponents before being ultimately beaten by the medalists for each arm. I guess that means we will need to help him train ready for next year now!. And what has Dan done to celebrate - what Dan often does during the summer - he gets up at 2.30 in the morning and drives a support boat for English channel swimmers. What a guy - makes me tired just thinking about it!

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First Aid Course 14th July with Rockley

Just a quick note to let members know that Rockley will be running an RYA accredited first aid course on 14th July at the club. A few of our Dinghy Instrucors have already booked on as this requires a refresh every 3 years so if you are nearing your due date this could be your chance. Further info from Benn at Rockley ()

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Sundays - come on down and enjoy the water!

A crusing member recently dropped me an e-mail having recently discovered Sundays as a great day for cruising and pottering about without the extensive racing programme and training that takes place on Saturdays. 

So by means of a reminder - if you want to come down to the club to cruise, take the family out in a boat, practice your skills, or take part in one of the 2 fun races then come along on Sunday - almost all of the water is away from the 4 or 5 racing boats so no danger of getting in the way and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

For those that use the club boats or K2O juniors who wish to improve their Pico or RS Tera skills and have their own clothing this is a great day to take one out for a practice. (just put the gear back as you found it in the garage after use and let the club know if any damage occured or you found an issue with the boat that needs looking at - )

Tillys is open as usual and we would encourage you to buy your lunch from the Galley team so we can keep business viable on a Sunday.

The forecast this Sunday is warm sunshine and a steady force 2 to 3 - so why wouldn't you want to come down and enjoy the water?

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