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​Thanks to all who attended the informative talk last night about the reservoir and its various feeds. We learnt about the construction and increasing maintenance of the water collection and transfer systems running between the Elan valley and Bartley. We found that the adjacent Frankley reservoir has significant interactions with Bartley reservoir and from the air the full extent of the operation can be seen. Furthermore we learnt about the 'resilience' plans that are currently being completed to enable water levels at Elan to be dropped for maintenance whilst the river severn is regulated by an alternative dam to provide 50 days water coverage whilst maintenance takes place. We also found that Trimpley reservoir is one of our feeders too (but only when times are tough)! At the end of the talk a few short film clips were shown from youtube about the reservoir and the current activity so search these up if you have further interest.

The turnout was the biggest seen in recent years so thanks to all who supported and to Nick Eaves for organising the evening with Severn Trent. If there are other specific interest talks that you would like to see at Bartley let me know on and we will try our best to get things organised.

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Reminder - Talk by Severn Trent on Bartley Reservoir at 7.30 pm this Wednesday 22nd January

​Ever wondered how it all works and what Severn Trent has been up to recently in and around our reservoir? Then please come along to this informative talk on Wednesday evening in the clubhouse.

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Useful Resources for Getting to Know the Rules of Racing

Imagine driving to a 'give way' sign and acting as if it was your right of way. You continue without stopping causing cars to swerve and collide with either you or other objects as they take avoiding action. Carnage follows and a lot of insurance claims. You then drive through every red light getting to your destination quicker than you would have done if you had followed the highway code but with vehicles dispersing in your wake! You may or may not get caught by the police or a dashcam and you most certainly will have caused a bit of road rage.

In sailing there is a highway code called the 'Racing Rules of Sailing' which can be downloaded from the world sailing website. But in sailing there is no driving test and no police so the sport relies on sailors getting to know the rules and sailing within them. It also relies on sailors doing their penalty turns when they have infringed. A sailor that hits every mark, punches their way through the fleet when they have no rights is like the driver paying no attention to the give way signs or running the red light - and rage from other sailors is inevitable! Such a sailor will get to the finish quicker but not fairly or legally. With no police it is up to those around to police the situation, giving clear signals of intent and protesting those who do not take heed. 

A few weeks ago the turn out was fantastic with over 30 boats on the start line. With a short first beat 30 boats reached the windward mark all at the same time and a few of them shot through the 'give way' sign. There was a lot of hailing and bumping but no penalty turns or protests. There was some good discussion in the bar afterwards and it was raised at the sailing committee meeting to perhaps move to fleet racing or separate starts, however, after some discussion it was decided that the racing had been great and that the cause was rules adherence rather than quantity of boats. Last year the club ran a racing rules evening and we are looking into a follow-on so all are better educated on the rules of the race. In the mean time there are a few good resources out there for learning and testing your knowledge of the rules of sailing so that you don't get caught out and can sail with confidence in any situation. 

To start you off here are a few links to cut and paste into your browser on mark rounding - see how many scenarios you get right (I would like to say I got 100% but I did get one wrong!):

https://sailzing.com/rule-18-mark-room/

https://sailzing.com/rule-18-mark-room2/

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High winds

Hi all

Sorry I do not have everybodys contact details. I popped to the club today and a few boats have been blown over. These include the finn in row b  a lark in row f and a yellow moth.

It was far too windy today to pick them back up but the owners may wish to do so later in the week.

Steve 

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3rd Bartley Bear - 19th January @10.30

The first one was fogged off, the second blowing dogs off leads, so what will the 3rd one bring? Hopefully the currently forecast force 3 dry and mild conditions!

Open to all Lasers or single handers of similar PY. Any rig size (4.7, radial, full). Be rigged and ready for 10.30 and remember your go-pro if you want to take advantage of the Imperial mounts available on the day. Up to 12 x 10 minute races to get your starts and first beats perfected. Briefing before the first race and a review of the days' activity at the end. No charge for Bartley members, £5 for visitors.

A great opportunity to practice the most critical part of the race - don't miss out! 

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Udezumou UK - a first for Bartley and the UK!

We all know our Bosun Dan is an avid armwrestler and has pulled in a UK first to the club. Here is his report (needless to say we had no security issues on Sunday - these guys are hard as nails!);

Udezumou UK: Year Zero was held on Sunday 5th Jan 2020 at Bartley Sailing Club in Birmingham. It was a trial event to establish a left & right hand overall champion for an annual open competition.

Udezumou is the Japanese style of armwrestling on a flat table. It has not been done before in the UK. There were excellent matches.

Ultimately David Prokupek prevailed to become Udezumou UK left arm champion whilst a dominant Manuel Mota took the the right arm title.

IFA World Masters Left hand -80kg champion Craig Sanders presided over the tournament, presenting the trophies & giving an exhibition match to the winners. He also gave some coaching on the side tables, valuable tips from a World champion.

Sincere thanks to all the pullers for supporting this new concept & our hosts Bartley Sailing Club for use of the facilities. 

We look forward to welcoming the event back to Bartley in the future (although we may need to invest in some more robust bar tables!)

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Reservoir Talk Wednesday 22nd Jan 2019 @ 7.30 p.m.

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Wishing all of our Members a Very Happy Christmas

Bartley Sailing Club wishes you a Very Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year!

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Megan wins the End of Series Regatta

You know you're getting old when your 15 year old daughter beats you in a regatta... So here goes - congratulations Megan for winning the End of Series Regatta and the Junior cup! (just let your Dad have a go next time). So how did that happen?

The great thing was that 3 of our juniors participated in the regatta with winds not dropping below a force 4 and often gusting to a 6 in the first race. The other great thing was that they were all showing us the way around the racecourse and not giving us any slack.

After launching (or self launching as Mark found with his Aero blown off its trolley and sliding into the water all on its own!), the Laser 4.7s of Harrison and Megan set off. Harrison caught Megan napping at the start and pulled out a 4 boat lead immediately only to be knocked down a few seconds later as a huge gust hit them. Megan made it first to the windward mark then stuck it in herself allowing Harrison to get back ahead. They then match raced at close quarters with a further synchronised capsize which Harrison managed to recover from quicker to pull out a few boat lengths. On the final lap Megan got caught out on the run and went swimming again allowing me to nip past on the final reach. Harrison ended up with a convincing win with me in second and Megan 3rd (with Steve Ward catching fast in 4th).

As the battered fleet returned to shore Tony decided to call it a day after a few cold capsizes and being the second boat of the day to blow off its trolley. Harrison decided it was time to get warm and packed up for the day. The rest of the fleet stocked up on warm drinks and cake from Tilly's and then went out for race 2 in slightly less squally conditions. 

Megan made sure her start was spot on this time and sailed a near perfect race to hold Steve Ward off at the finish line with me not far behind. One of the race highlights was watching her laser plane into a flock of 300 sea gulls - quite a sight in the setting sun.

The fleet came in, warmed up, had a mince pie and all those who survived went home with a few bottles of wine and chocolates and some stories to tell on Christmas day.

Thanks to all who came for a sail and to those hardy souls who put in some hard graft in the morning to tidy the OOD hut, wash the flags, clear up litter, mow the grass, and generally keep on top of those never ending jobs that need doing!

Winter Series starts next weekend - I am on rescue duty so I hope to see some of you then.

Final Regatta results:

1st Megan Hardiman

2nd Simon Hardiman

3rd Steve Ward

Series results for the Autumn series can be seen on the Results tab on the website

Best wishes 


Simon

(Thanks to Josh Oates for all the photos.)

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End of Series Regatta Saturday 14th December

 Bartley S.C. look forward to welcoming all members to the Autumn End of Series Regatta

A fantastic day for all members starting with a bit of work to get the club and facilities in shape followed by a stand-alone 2 race regatta (both races to count)

Series and Regatta Prizes awarded after the racing

(Series Prizes for overall race series and Fleets. Regatta prizes for top 3 and a few for style…)

Schedule:

10.00 Working Party – Bring your equipment to carry out a job or just turn up prepared to do a bit of work.

12.30            75 minute Pursuit Race 1

14.30            75 minute Pursuit Race 2

16.30 (approx.) Prize giving and mince pies / mulled wine

* in the event of inclement weather (i.e. no sailing) the prize giving will be pulled forward to 12.30 *

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