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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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Dave Whatton

I am saddened to inform you that last weekend we were informed that Dave Whatton has recently passed away.

I am aware that Dave was a long standing member of the club and sailed a few different types of boat and was known to many members.

I have no details of arrangements at the moment but I will let you know when these are available.

Our condolences go to Daves family at this time.

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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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N.B N.B. O.O.D's O.O.D's

As a consequence of a nasty accident to one of the race management team last Wednesday afternoon the method of fixing the Starting Box Window Protection Boards has been changed. 

To remove: withdraw bolts, saving in a safe place thenslide the boards to the nearest corner of the starting box, where they can be withdrawn and lowered to the ground. Take care as they are heavy and may be buffetted by the wind. 

To replace: Taking care as you lift the boards, slide the appropriate board, in the correct order, from its nearest corner to the correct position and then replace the bolts.

Hopefully this will prevent the tendency of the boards to fall as the bolts are positioned and tightened.

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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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