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Sunday 20th Sprint racing starts @ 11am at Bartley Sailing Club

Sunday 20th Sprint racing starts @ 11am at Bartley Sailing Club

We are delighted to share that some of the Laser fleet have come together at Bartley Sailing Club to arrange some sprint style racing this Sunday 20th Nov starting at 11am

The plan (weather permitting) is to run as many races as possible to practice starts, full advice and direction will be shared on the day depending on numbers.

Anyone wanting to borrow a boat please come and see me

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Travelling Bartley Lasers leads the fleet!!! Midlands & Wessex GP

Travelling Bartley Lasers leads the fleet!!! Midlands & Wessex GP

 

Recently Robin Pitt & Jeremy Higson along with me travelled to South Cerney and Clevedon where the team dominated and held the flag high for Bartley.

At Clevedon Robin Pitt found form even in the light airs and bagged his first WIN!!!! Whilst Jeremy at South Cerney Led the pack at the Top mark after managing to get to grips with his new Mk2 sail.

Tuesdays Laser racing has seen some pretty close racing and returning to form has been Les Druyf which has caused a stir as the handicap committee had to convene an emergency session as the normally soft rating was removed because he is still dam good!!!..

Michael Parker has returned to form as is Baker boy (AK Richard) so as the results show after the half way mark it’s still very open on the leader board.

We are always please to see new faces so remember it’s an open session and even if you don’t have a boat we have spare race ready ones to use!!! just come along!!!

See you out on the water very soon

Regards

John

 

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Tractor training for members Saturday 1115

We are running on Saturday a training session for all members to moderate the club tractor so that the launching of the safety and rescue boats can be made easy.

 

Brad Will be running the training session with myself and completing the risk assessments in order that members feel comfortable and safe with the tractors usage.

 

The Session will start around 1115 for all those who are interested.

 

Kind regards John

 

 

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Push THE boat out help needed -lease

Please can you support THE push THE boat out day this saturday

 

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BSC New Bosun Dan Earthquake

BSC New Bosun Dan Earthquake

For those of you that have recently turned up to do rescue you may have noticed a few changes in the garage!! such as it is tidy and the powerboats are ready to use.....

This does not happening by chance; rather Dan Earthquake came forward and kindly volunteered to support Howard and Brad in trying to maintain the clubs equipment in good order.

Weekly Dan compiles a detailed report for the main committee which shows the issues he finds and what he has done to rectify. This is a thankless task and one that must be recognised by us all. So its with big thanks we solute Dan for his efforts.

Going forward I did want to share though some of the surprising things that have come to light. Such as :- damage fuel line, keys and marks left in boat, power on, sailing gear left in boat along with rubbish etc.

Firstly when you take out a rescue boat the crews must ensure that it is always checked over beforehand for fuel, kill cords and that it works!!!

EQUALLY important::::: once you have finished please ensure at the end of the day that

1. You turn off all power remove keys

2. Remove buoys & flags and any gear/rubbish

3. Empty water

4. REPORT ANY DAMANGE.... this is key please so that action can be taken.

IF it’s an engine fault can you place the "OUT OF ACTION" sign on the engine so that the next day it can be looked at! Also TELL either Dan, Howard or Brad

Once again PLEASE take responsibility for looking after our powerboats so that engine props and the general gear last as long as it can, it will save us money... and help keep your membership fee’s down.

 

Kind regards

John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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Bartley SC - RS400 Open Meeting - 15th May

We are highly honoured to be both on the Northen Circuit & Southern Circuit for the RS400's this year.  Let's see if we can mobilise a bumper home fleet.

Make the most of the next couple of Thursdays & next weekend to practice ready for our open!

Details are available from Caroline.

As always, food (and beer!) will be available.

See you there.

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Thursday evening series 2016 - Round 3

The warning signs were there for all to see.... as I arrived, it was pouring down with rain & a group of hardy sailors were all huddled together just outside the club. I thought, no one will sail tonight, we'll just have a beer & a chin wag about the weekend.... 10 minutes later, as the wind moderated, we were all getting ready to rumble.

5 x RS400's & a Blaze braved the conditions. Nick & Greg had a flying start (ahem!), but the lead boat pretty much from start to finish, was Caroline & Jason. Sam & John pushed hard all the way around the race course, but to no avail. In Waynes absence, I did my best Barnum & Bailey impression in the front of Howards boat, which meant the best we could hope for was a 3rd place...... Just as we'd taken that 3rd place, I endeavered to make it a bit more interesting by dropping the kite sheets in the gybe.... Entertaining enough from the shore I'm willing to bet!

Overall, I think we beat everyone on the capsize count - now he knows what Shawn has to put up with!

Join us next week, when hopefully Howard's performance will be much improved with the addition of Wayne!

Sailing, beer, food & a good laugh in the bar afterwards.... what more could ask for on a Thursday night.

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Pontoon Update!

Hi All, 

Just an update on the pontoons!

Please see the picture which shows the disability section only with the winch / lift for non ambulant sailors!

Pontoons are scheduled to be delivered and fitted Thursday 5th May and should be completed by the end of the day, this includes removal of the old sections which are being sold on to two prospective customers.

Just to remind everyone there will be two sets at the cost of £47k and as you can see from the picture they are constructed from a grp waffle which means that and bird effluent will be rinsed away by rain or waves.

If you any further questions please don't hesitate to ask and I will try and answer

Thanks

HowardIMG 5032

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Pontoon Update!

Hi All, 

Just an update on the pontoons!

Please see the picture which shows the disability section only with the winch / lift for non ambulant sailors!

Pontoons are scheduled to be delivered and fitted Thursday 5th May and should be completed by the end of the day, this includes removal of the old sections which are being sold on to two prospective customers.

Just to remind everyone there will be two sets at the cost of £47k and as you can see from the picture they are constructed from a grp waffle which means that and bird effluent will be rinsed away by rain or waves.

If you any further questions please don't hesitate to ask and I will try and answer

Thanks

HowardIMG 5032

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My first Rutland RS400 Sprint 2016

 

Fear not..get your wetsuit on and give the RS400 Sprints a go...for a full on, all action and great fun few days.

 

If like me you have never ventured out from the comfort of your own club house for competitive sailing then give the RS sprints ago, you will not be disappointed. 

This being the first RS400 Sprint I have attended, you can imagine I was nervous and full of trepidation looking out at a much larger Rutland open water with a steady wind and a few gusts thrown in. Looking around me at all the experienced sailors I did question myself...along with a few expletives under my breath!...but hey you have to step out of your own comfort zone occasionally!

Gear all checked...myself and Guy set off to the start line, once on the water the nerves had settled, with the sun shimmering off the water and RS sail boats all around it was a wonderful sight to behold.  

During the first few races I was just getting to grips with it all but being over keen going into the Gybe too hot, twice we went over. Guy was brilliant at getting the boat back up... 30 seconds back in the boat, spinnaker back up and off we go again...he should be in the formula one team!

The rest of the races we stayed upright with a few hairy moments when I decided to nearly fall off the back until Guy dragged me back in, all good fun. Exhilarating fast downwind legs ... final leg hit with gust and we shot off like a pocket rocket ... over the finish line, sails flying, big smiles and high fives.

At the end we came near the bottom of the table (only by a few points) but still had a great sense of achievement, good team work and lots of fun.

Rutland has an excellent sailing club, full English breakfast, cheap overnight digs and friendly faces. We had a great Saturday evening meal at the Local Pub with fellow members from Bartley Sailing Club, including plenty of banter thrown in for good measure.

All I can suggest if you have never done a 'Sprint' before just go for the experience, you will not regret it, also a great learning curve to improve your sailing skills. 

So step out of your comfort zone and give the RS400 Sprints ago,  full on, all action and great company, what more could you ask for....would be great to see you there. Cheers guys and girls for a great weekend :)

 

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Thursday evening series 28th April

Thursday evening series 28th April

Forecast is looking good for Thursday 28th April boys & girls.  Dust off your wet suits, get the cover off your boat, and come down and enjoy an evenings sailing followed by a drink & meal in the bar.  Open to all classes.

 

See you Thursday!

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Sunday 1st May Laser Midlands Grand Prix

Sunday 1st May  Laser Midlands Grand Prix

Sunday 1st May  Laser Midlands Grand Prix

Dear All Laser sailors

 

Please do come along to Bartley Sailing club for this Sunday 1st May Laser Midlands Grand Prix.

It’s going to be good winds, clear skies and warm!!! With some great prizes to be put into a FREE raffle you never know you may even win something!!... for just turning up.

Briefing at 10.15am with first race 11am

Lunch at 12.15 then two races back to back pm.

Don’t forget you have time to practice on Tue evening with our Laser series which starts at 7pm.

The fun evenings are all about getting together and helping each other improve and behind the scenes have some great competition. Its open to all abilities and is structured around one evening race which you each will have a personal handicap to help your chances of winning.

See you on the water.

Kind regards

John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman

Email

Mob: 079 20020036

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RS Sprints - Bartley on tour

Every now and again, the Bartley RS fleet decamps en masse.  It's a relatively rare occurance, but one thing you can be sure of, is that the RS Sprints will be one of those events that the rowdy Brummies turn up to (apologies to our friends from Stourbridge).

So this year, as last, 7 Bartley 400's & 1 Bartley 300 arrived at Rutland...full of nerves & anticipation. 

Some exciting performances had been seen in the 3 brand new boats & the nearly new boat... and as always Sam & John are consistantly at the front of the 400 home fleet. In addition to our star performers, new(ish) talent in the form of Richard Ashwell & Joe Ironside were also showing encouraging signs.

The forecast looked perfect, 12-15 knots on both days, albeit a little on the cold side.

Day 1 started with the usual sprint format, 4 different flights would all battle each other in 6 back to back races on the "M" shaped sprint course. A long beat, tight reach, run, tight reach, beat, tight reach followed by a long run to the finish. 

We lost Nick & Greg in the first race due to an unfortunate incident resulting in their bow sprit fracturing...  but the rest of the fleet raced on.

Some excellent performances saw Howard & Wayne in 2nd place overnight, hot on their heels were Sam & John, Caroline & Jason in 8th and Richard/Joe in 12th.  Those of you that know of the Sprints, will know that those places all count for nought..... as Saturday is merely a seeding day, ready for the big racing in Gold/Silver fleets on Sunday.

So off the water the hot topic of conversation wasn't about the great performances or near misses we'd had, but more about a certain 3 drink rule... I won't name names, but Jason was the enforcer... This topic was closely followed by "how quickly can we open the Enville ale in Howard's Van".

A reasonably sedate evening, by Bartley standards anyway, was followed by the grand finale. A little more breeze was forecast for Sunday & a few nervous Bartley helms were seen pacing the dinghy park.

Again some great racing was had by all.  Sam & John were forced to retire due to a broken boom, Richard & Joe had technical issues with a shredded kite halyard, but managed to get back on the race course to finish the last two races in 3rd & 4th respectively.

Without a doubt, the star 400 performers of the weekend were Howard & Wayne, finishing a credible 4th in the Gold fleet. The star 300 performer was Richard Le Mare finishing 2nd in the Gold fleet.

Special mentions to Richard & Joe, recorded some really good results (consistently beating us by miles) & only just missing out on the Gold fleet - I'm pretty sure you'll get there soon guys, and also to Gareth Blakemore (ably assisted by Guy Mason) making his first event outside of Bartley a memorable one, by not only not finishing last, but also not finishing last Bartley boat - well done guys.

As for us ?  For those of you that saw Shawn's pre sprint photo on Facebook... let's just say, the goggles hardly got wet, but there aren't many paracetemol or ibuprofen left. It's a tought event, with 12 races over two days, so well done to everyone that took part.

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Thursday Evening Series 2016 - Round 2

Thursday 21st saw 12 boats take to the water for round 2 of our Thursday evening series. The race officer for the night, Guy Mason, set a "Sprint" like course to give the RS boats a little practice for the the real RS Sprints on 23/24 April.

This week our 12 boats were 5 x RS400's, 1 x RS300, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Blaze, 1 x K1, 1 x Laser & 1 x Vago. 

On the water Mssrs Eeles & Hancox soon found the front & extended what we at frirst thought was an unassailable lead... this proved to be the case almost until the end, when team Downing/McDonnell not only closed the gap, but overtook them. At the final hoot, Eeles/Hancox just held off Knight/Knight (trying out new sails ready for the sprints).

Once the handicap had unwound, Downing/McDonnell took the win followed by another Sprinter Richard Le Mare in his RS300.

Early days yet, but it's close at the top of the table, with Downing/McDonnell tied on 1 point with Knight/Knight.... followed closely by team Bownes in the  Merlin & Richard Le Mare both tied on two points.

Much was made of Howard/Wayne's unassailable lead... Sam/John's new sails in the bar over a drink & our evening repast!

 

Come down & join us for round 3 next Thursday - our officers of the day Mark Walker & Graham Blackwell assure us it will be a course for single handers !!!    Don't forget -  all classes welcome.

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A big thanks for the RS400 training day!

A big thank you to Mark & Colin for running our latest RS400 training day on 17th April.

Sunday morning arrived with glorious sunshine & an extremely shifty breeze, which came in from nearly every point of the compass at some stage.  

After the initial briefing, focusing mainly on boat handling, the fleet took to the water to practice tacking & gybing. This was followed by a short triangular course, where gybe sets & gybe drops were both practised.

A little light lunch was followed by race practice, 2 laps around a short windward leeward.

All in all, a very successful day, which proved useful for all on the water.

Once again a big thank you to Mark & Colin for putting on the training, in what proved to be somewhat testing conditions!

 

See you at the Sprints!

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RS400 training day

Don't miss out on our fantastic pre Sprints RS400 training day. With some excellent coaching from our in house RS400 guru's Mark & Colin, we should all hopefully see some improvements to take into one of our favourite events, the RS400 Sprints.

Be rigged & ready for 10am, Sunday 17th April.

 

See you all there!

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Thursday Night Series

Thursday night series got well under way this week.  5 x RS400's, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Blaze & 1 x K1 all braved our season's opener. Downing & McDonnell got out early for a little practice, only to shred their kite halyard. Wayne quickly helped them to get back on the water, and they only just missed the start.

Last years Stevie Nicks & Sprints Champs Messrs Knight & Knight pretty much lead from start to finish - guys you at least need to give us a little hope that we can catch you!

A warm meal & a couple of beers later, and we can pretty much all say, that we're glad mid week sailing is back.

 

Plenty of room for all comers on a Thursday evening - it's not class specific, so come down, have a race & chew the fat afterwards over a beer!

 

See you all next week.

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THANK YOU to all those members for the Working Party

THANK YOU to all those members for the Working Party

On behalf of Caroline and Bartely Sailing Club Committee we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all those members that came down early and gave their time freely to help as a team effort to smarten up the club.... those windows in the race hut have never looked so good. Claire inside and Sam the outside!!..

There were so many people attended I lost count after seeing teams all over...., what was amazing is that we could have filled three skips!!!..Apologies to those members that with my help had to go back into the skip to fish our boat covers!!!

It was such a great feeling to see the team effort and what we did achieve by doing this...

Kind regards

John

 

 

 

 

 

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BSC 2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

BSC 2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

BARTLEY SAILING CLUB

Birmingham West Midlands

2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

SUNDAY 2th OCTOBER 2016

MIDLAND AREA QUALIFYING EVENT

4 race format , 3 to count

4 x 45 Minute approx races

Briefing - 10.30 am

First race - 11.00 am

ALL CLUB SOLO SAILORS WELCOME

Entrance Fee £10.00

Hot Food & Drink Available – Also a Bar.

For further information please contact

Nick Thornton (5061) Solo Fleet Captain

0121 550 4650 - E-mail -

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STOP PRESS BSC Working party this SAT 9th April 9.30am

STOP PRESS BSC Working party this SAT 9th April 9.30am

This year’s working party is going to be arranged for 9th April 9.30am

PLEASE BRING YOUR RAKES/GLOVES/ ANY OTHER TOOLS to help with cleaning up the club grounds.

 

We plan to carry out some light maintenance work;-

Cleaning the welcome signs

Patio area

Garage floor

Hut windows

General clearing up of the dinghy park... re disturbing some of the stones that are excessive around some boat area, and relocating to more needed patches

Caroline Downing (Whitehouse) is heading up the day so please speak to her or me if you have any questions

These are the main areas that we need your help with please

Racing Hut

Entrance area

Garage

Dinghy Park

So please come down slightly earlier than your normal time on sat and if possible help out. There is always something that can be done.

Kind regards

John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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