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***Topper Open Postponed until 1st November*** Club racing as usual on 18th October

Unfortunately the forecast wind strength for 18th November means Topper racing tomorrow is not feasible so the event has been moved to 1st November in the hope that the wind turns up then. This means that club racing etc... can carry on as normal.

Sorry about the late notice but it is the nature of our sport that the wind needs to turn up before we do!

Thanks for your understanding.

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Entry for Youth Laser Training 7th / 8th November now open on UKLA Website

 Entry for the next youth Laser training on 7th and 8th November is now open on the UKLA website. The training is a partnership between Andrew Simpson Foundation and the UKLA. The training is provided by top UKLA coaches and is to the highest standard. Closing date for entries is 26th October.

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Reminder - Topper Open this Sunday

A quick reminder that 24 Toppers will be sailing in the Topper Open this Sunday. There will be no club racing but the water is open for cruising / SUP / Radio boating. Please keep clear of the racing boats and welcome our visitors.

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Near Miss - Lessons Learned

Last week the Tiller steer engine came off its mounting whilst in use, the torque in the propeller swung the engine upwards resulting in the power increasing. The operator pulled the kill cord to shut the engine off and recovered the engine to the boat. The bung to the boat was attached to the engine so that the engine pulled the bung out as it became detached causing the boat to let in water. Thankfully no injuries were sustained.

The investigation has highlighted a number of contributing factors that, when put in sequence, resulted in the incident.

The boat has been made good now, but remains off-line whilst engine repairs are conducted.

The lessons learned from the investigation are as follows:

1.Protect yourself from harm, if necessary at the cost of property. (i.e. in this case let go of the engine - it can be replaced)

2.Maintenance work is the priority - boats can only be used when maintenance work has been fully completed.

3.Maintenance work can only be carried out by the Bosun / on instruction of the Rear Commodore – Please do not 'have a go' yourself as it may not be per the manufacturer's instructions. There is a clipboard in the cupboard by the galley to report issues to the Bosun. Please use it if you find any issues.

4.Engines are to be fitted according to manufacturer's instructions.

5.Bungs are to be attached to the boat by cord and not to the engine or other detachable parts of the boat.

6.Trust your instinct. If your powerboat checks draw attention to something that just doesn't look, feel, or sound right then don't go out and make sure it is reported to the Bosun.

Near misses are valuable for keeping us safe in the future. Thanks to those who raised this issue and to those who have investigated it to ensure no risk from this in the future. There are near miss forms in the club house and all members are encouraged to use them if they see something that needs to be made safe.


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Tiered Restrictions in Birmingham

As you should be aware, the government has moved to a 3 tier approach to Covid-19 restrictions. Below are the rules for the Birmingham area where the club is located. The only change from yesterday is the no household mixing rule indoors so when you have lunch and wish to sit indoors at Tilly's please sit 2m away from those outside of your household. The preparation we have in the Galley continue to meet the new requirements.

As has always been the case, please do not come to the club if you have symptoms or if you have been requested to self-isolate due to your proximity to a confirmed Covid case.

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Millie secures a place in the RYA Topper Regional Training Group

Congratulations to Millie for securing a place in the new Midlands RYA Regional Training Group in the Topper class (previously the Zone Squads).

Selection was made based on race positions at South Staffs SC Open meeting, the Regional Junior Championships at Draycote, and the class training day at Bartley last weekend. Millie will now receive 6 weekends training by a top coaching team over the winter to work on tactics, boat handling, fitness and resilience.

The RYA have recently changed their approach to junior training with a desire to make it regional and inclusive. The new approach fits well with the opportunities that K2O and Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham bring to the club as historically it has been tricky to progress from RYA level 1 to 4 training into junior racing and beyond. This should become an easier pathway, and now that Bartley is getting recognised as a great youth training location there is a huge opportunity out there to bring local juniors and youth sailors up to national level racing standard.

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Topper Training for the Regional Training Group Candidates

Bartley hosted the RYA / ITCA  Topper training for regional training group selection (RTG) previously the 'Zone Squad'. Those wishing to gain access to the RTG programme have to complete the selected Open meeting (SSSC this year), the Regional Junior Championships, and the squad selector training event. The reward is 6 weekends of training with top RYA Coaches to develop skills and provide a pathway to greater things. 23 hopefulls turned up on Sunday for a great day of training.

At Bartley we have 4 club Toppers that Juniors can try out and use on the water and we would encourage any juniors aged 10 to 15 to have a go in a Topper as the class has a thriving Midland circuit and is an RYA recognised pathway class. If you have a junior looking to progress from cruising in a Pico to Olympic success in a single hander then they need to get into a Topper as soon as possible.

If you want more info contact

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Sunday SUP Success

It was great to see BartleySUP out in force on Sunday running two courses to introduce those new to SUP as well as improve the skills of those more proficient. SUP membership can either be purchased as a 'stand alone' watersport or members with sailing membership can SUP at Bartley once they have completed their introductory course with Ben Julian. All enquiries should be addressed to


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New Members Enjoy Perfect Sunday Conditions

We have seen more and more new members join the club recently which is fantastic! A few were out and about on Sunday using the club boats in some lovely conditions. The popularity of the use of club boats is on the increase so we shall be looking at the best way to ensure that boats are available when members wish to use them now that we can see a clear demand for this type of offering at the club.

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Fantastic Flagpole!

A huge 'thank you' to Glyn and John for taking on the flagpole refurbishment over the weekend. It has been lowered, sanded and painted over the weekend and will be re-roped and pulled back upright on Wednesday. And the best thing of all? - they saw a job that needed doing, checked the committee were OK with their idea, and just got on with it - more of this approach gratefully received!

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RYA / International Topper Class Association Training Sunday Oct 11th Followed by Topper Open Sunday Oct 18th

Just a reminder that we shall have  24 Toppers arriving this Sunday for a training day. They will be on the water for about 4 hours from roughly 10.30 onwards with 3 RYA / ITCA Coaches. We shall be using 4 rescue boats for the training, and club racing may be on a reduced area of the reservoir depending on the exercises taking place. 

The following week we have a similar number returning for the Topper Open meeting. Cruising, SUP, and radio boating can all take place concurrently but it is unlikely that we can run club racing due to the number of boats attending. If you are on the water please keep clear of racing boats.

Please extend a warm welcome to any visitors - this is the first time in many years that Bartley has run Topper training and a Topper Open and we are hoping that it is the beginning of promoting the class at the club as a pathway for our K2O juniors. There are still a few places left for the Open meeting so if you know any club Topper sailors who have not signed up please encourage them to do so.

Note to visitors - if you wish to leave your Topper at Bartley for the week to save transporting it both weekends just let me know on  

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Great Day Had by Our Trimpley SC Friends

Sunday looked a bit damp and overcast so you could understand if our visitors from Trimpley SC had decided to stay in bed, but the great news was that they turned out in force with 5 GP14s, 4 Lasers, and a K1 to enjoy 4 coached races and a debrief in the sunshine at the end of the day. Thanks to all who helped out on the day and to our visitors for packing their boats up and making the journey. It was great to meet you all.

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Welcome to Trimpley Sailors this Sunday 4th Oct

Please welcome our visiting sailors from Trimpley this Sunday. They usually have a club weekend away at Plas Menai but for obvious reasons couldn't go this year so Bartley is the substitute (well Frankley Beeches almost looks like a welsh mountain and the water comes from Wales). Many of you will know the Trimpley sailors from the Open circuit or mid-week sailing so please extend a warm welcome. Hope you all have a great day!

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Offshore Sailing - Greg Pace

If any Club members have an interest in offshore sailing can you let me know, as I intend to have a 'scoping' meeting to see what the level of interest is. This may appeal to members who:-

* Have never sailed in an offshore sailing boat and would like to do so for the first time,
*Already own or have a share in an offshore boat here in the UK or abroad - this may be an avenue to get some willing hands to help you move your boat from time to time, or just have some company during trips,
* Have previously done some offshore sailing and would now like to build on this with some RYA qualifications (Comp Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster),
* Would like to meet other Club members with a view to forming an offshore boating syndicate (shared boat ownership),
* Need to mileage build before taking the next RYA qualification,
* Are considering entering a team for offshore racing events i.e. Round the Island,
* Would like to attend meetings to listen to guest speakers, to learn more about the fun of offshore sailing.

Depending on the level of interest and with the support of the Committee, I may look to start a Bartley offshore section. Please speak to me at the Club (usually there on Saturdays or Wednesday afternoon) or drop me a text.

Thanks, Greg (07982 417622)
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Derek Campbell 1936 - 2020

It is with great sadness that I share the news of Derek's passing in the early hours of this morning. Derek was Commodore of the sailing club from 2007 to 2012 and a regular sailor in his Solo and RS400. He initiated and completed many club improvement projects and was a well known and much loved member of our club, we shall miss him. Our thoughts are with his wife Christine and the family at this sad time. If you wish to send a message of condolence to the family please send to Guy Mason on email address  and he will pass them on.

The Unknown Shore.

Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away,
With no response to a friendly hail,
In the silent hush of the twilight pale,
When the night stoops down to embrace the day
And the voices call in the water's flow.

Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away.
Through purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the unknown sea,
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To mystic isles, where at anchor lay
The craft of those who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barques were anchored near,
Some loving souls that my heart held dear
In silent sorrow will drop a tear;
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In mooring sheltered from the storm and gale,
And greeted friends who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.

(Elizabeth Clark Hardy)

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Racing Times Reminder - Saturday 11.00 Handicap, 12.30 Pursuit, 14.30 Handicap. Sunday 11.15 Handicap, 13.30 Handicap

There will be a few of you who don't read the communications and will be late to the start line on Saturday / Sunday. Lets just say I have done the best I can - this is the routine until either Covid guidance changes again or Spring arrives!  The Autumn race series is up and running - ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good luck to our sailors at the Regional Junior Championships

It has been a quieter year than normal for competitions but the good news is that the Regional Junior Championship fleets are going ahead at Draycote this Saturday. This annual event is for Midland youth sailors to compete and practice their skills. Last year we won and achieved 2nd in the Feva class. This year our travelling juniors are now classed as youth sailors so we are fielding a much reduced fleet until the next generation join the party!

In the Topper Class Millie is representing Bartley in a fleet of 39, and new member Finley is dropping out of his Laser 4.7 and getting back in his Optimist for the event with 21 signed on in this class. The weather looks lively so the racing should be great. Best of luck to both competitors.


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RYA OnBoard at Bartley on Saturday Cancelled

Unfortunately the RYA OnBoard event has been cancelled this weekend. The K2O team will be in touch with the club Level 2 sailors as there is now opportunity to run a morning session for this group.

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AGM Update

Thanks to all who attended the AGM and adhered to the Covid 19 protocols. We reviewed the club financial statements and club report and then voted in the following committee with effect from 1st October 2020:

Commodore Simon Hardiman

Vice Commodore Nigel Hudson

Rear Commodore David Jones

Hon Secretary Hugo Russell

Hon Treasurer Chris Bownes

Committee members:

Ben Julian SUP Club Interests

Benn Freeman ASF Interests

Jennifer Foort Marketing and Membership

Kerry Webb Training Centre Principal

Steve Ward Facilities Management

Tony Cliff Financial support to the Treasurer

Thanks were given to Caroline Whitehouse for her club leadership through some pretty tough times, and to Tony Cliff for his considerable efforts in the Treasurer role whilst working 60 hour weeks in his day job.

Guy Mason was awarded an honorary membership for 16 years service on the Committee at Bartley.

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Laser Youth Training Keeps the Participants on their Toes

Over 20 youths enjoyed the UKLA and Andrew Simpson Foundation Laser training at the weekend in some very challenging conditions. One thing is for sure, their gust response will have improved significantly over the two days! Watch out this weekend though as Bartley's 7 participants are likely to be that bit nearer the front of the fleet!

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