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RYA Level 1, 2 and Powerboat Level 2 Courses in August

Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham are running the following courses on the following dates at Bartley. Please contact them directly to book on to any of these courses.

Youth Sailing Courses

RYA Stage 1 24th & 25th August 2020

RYA Stage 2 26th & 27th August 2020

Adult Sailing Courses

RYA Level 1 24th & 25th August 2020

RYA Level 2 26th & 27th August 2020

Powerboat Level 2 20th & 21st August 2020

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Bar is Open to Members Tuesday Evenings

 For those who like a snack and a drink on Tuesday evenings then you will be glad to know that the bar will be open tomorrow evening for those participating and those just along to watch, so no need to bring your own refreshments this week.

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Pontoon situation

After day 1 the temporary pontoon is in place. The existing pontoon is tethered to 8 (don't untether it!!!). There is a buoy marking the mooring block - again don't move it!

It goes without saying that  #8 is not be use as a mark on a course and should be treated as an obstruction (i.e. sailors can call for room).

Finally, although the tethered pontoon looks like a tempting visitor attraction please do not paddle, swim, or sail out to it on the grounds of your safety.

Thanks for your understanding while these essential repairs take place.

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Pontoon Repairs Commence Today

The pontoon repair work commences today for up to 2 weeks. Please take care and observe any safety notices during this time as there will be temporary structures in place whilst the ramps are removed for welding work.

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Foiling at Bartley 8th & 9th August - register your interest now!

 The Andrew Simpson Foundation will be offering subsidised foiling opportunities for sailors throughout the UK, including regions in the North, Midlands and the South.

Foiling is an exciting new avenue to the sport of sailing. The ASF's mission is to transform lives through sailing and with an underlying ethos of sailing for all and regular participation, the ASF is excited to offer sailors throughout the UK the opportunity to foil.

The initiative will be delivered at Andrew Simpson Centres and partnering venues, where sailors will have the opportunity to attend an RYA first flights course.

'The thrill of foiling inspires new and experienced sailors alike. We are both proud and excited to offer this opportunity so sailors throughout the U.K. can take flight on an RYA accredited course'– Shaun Priestley, ASF Development Manager.

Outlined below are the nearest venues to you supporting this initiative and available dates:

Northern Region- Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre, Coniston: 5th-6th September
Midlands Region- Bartley Sailing Club: 8th-9th August
Southern Region- ASC Portsmouth: 1st-2nd August
South Western Region- ASC Portland: 22nd-23rd August

Contact the Andrew Simpson Foundation to find out more and to make a booking: Email us on or call us on +44 (0) 1305 457400.

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Bournville Radio Sailing Club to Join Bartley SC

 We are pleased to say that we will enjoy hosting Bournville Radio Sailing Club whilst their club sailing area is repaired. They will be sailing on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons and will use the area between the slipway nearest the dam out towards buoy #8. They will be laying their own race course marks PLEASE LEAVE THESE WHERE THEY ARE as they will be set up for the club's standard courses.

Please also take care to avoid their sailing area as you may be bigger but I am sure they can shout louder! 

You may recognise a few familiar faces as some helms are previous Bartley sailors, and please extend a warm welcome to all helms in this new group of sailors at the club.

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Super Saturday - Update on operations after day 1

We had a great day on the water yesterday and it was so nice to be able to get food from the Galley again. The hard work in preparing for opening had really paid off indoors with the following successes:

The hand sanitiser station at the entrance to ensure all had clean hands upon entering

The one-way system with clearly marked 2m spacing and 'green square' order point

Food served in disposable packaging and cutlery to ensure hygiene with contactless payment, advanced ordering and table service

Teas and coffees in disposable cups

The service was seamless with many takers for food and drink throughout the day - Thanks to Tilly's for the hard work and thoughtful interpretation of the government guidance to keep us all safe as well as fed.

The system for the restrooms was also successful with no queues or issues. Thanks to all for following the one-way system.

There are some areas we can improve on and we need to rely on the membership to help us out here:

There is limited outside seating and whilst the tables are 2m apart the seating arrangements per picnic table are at 1+m distancing so please limit the number of people from different households accordingly. There is always the option of using the seats by the OOD hut, sitting on the grass, or for those of you with hatchback cars or vans to use them as seating areas for lunch if the outdoor area is at capacity.

Launching and recovery - we are seeing average turnouts of 30+ boats at the moment. The recreational pursuit races are designed to stagger the launching and the starts so we don't get 'pinch points' of people at the slipways. Please launch in sequence and only come ashore when the slipway is clear - there is plenty of time between the scheduled races to do this.

General sportsmanship - with high turnouts there is less space on the reservoir so more opportunity to practice our 'when boats meet' rules. Starboard over port, leeward over windward etc. whilst also factoring in that there are many less regular sailors on the water who may not know the rules so well and will need a wider berth. If you know the rules please abide by them and, as this is recreational racing at club level, don't push them.  If you don't know the rules, now is a good time to familiarise yourself so you know what to do when you meet another craft, and in all circumstances let 'warm and friendly' prevail - in these troubling times it is important that everyone leaves our club feeling like they have just had the best day ever.

Thanks to all those who made me aware of the above improvements we can all help to make. In general, all is going very well, this biggest risk now is complacency, so please do your bit to keep our common practice aligned with government guidelines and sportsmanship-like behaviour.

Finally, an update on the clubhouse maintenance programme - the mens changing room now has a new floor for the first time since the clubhouse was built so we hope you like it! The pontoons will be repaired in July please follow any temporary instructions as the work is carried out, The disabled toilet will be updated shortly and we have plans to add shower cubicles in the ladies towards the end of the year dependant on the financial situation.

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Tilly's Galley goes contactless

Just a reminder that Tilly's Galley will open at the weekend. Please comply with all the guidelines that Leanne and Lorraine have put in place to ensure a safe opening.  After successful trials Tilly's Galley will be able to process contactless card transactions for that extra level of safety. So please come armed with your debit card when you order food and drinks.

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Club Conditions of Participation from 4th July 2020

Following developments in government advice and the stance on boating recommended by the RYA the committee have decided to open Bartley SC for recreational watersports on the following basis:

Aim: To enable those who wish to participate in exercise to do so through recreational watersports at a safe social distance within the government and RYA guidelines. To enable the galley to serve food and the bar to serve drinks in line with government guidelines applicable from 4th July 2020

Summary: From 4th July 2020 recreational sailing and a simplified race programme will commence. The dutyman rota will recommence to provide rescue cover to sailors and water users. The galley and bar will open to serve food and drink in line with government guidance. There will be a one-way system in operation through the clubhouse and changing rooms. Changing is still not permitted indoors and showers remain closed until guidance is issued permitting use.

Government guidelines on social distancing are expected to be adhered to at all times. The club member accepts the risks and accepts their responsibility to follow hygiene protocols and distancing rules for the safety of themselves, other water users, and the rights of the club and its directors.

Conditions of participation from 4th July 2020:

  • 1.Ability
  • a.Any Bartley SC member who launches a craft must be confident in their ability to handle the prevailing conditions. This means (but is not limited to) that they should not expect to require any form of external rescue during their exercise time.
  • b.Any member who launches a craft must be able to launch and recover whilst maintaining social distance (2m or 1m+). This may require additional painter length or similar. The craft's owner is responsible for ensuring that this can be done.
  • c.Attendees should be able to rig their boats without assistance. Should assistance be required (for example) to step a mast then this should be carried out at a distance of 2m and both parties wash their hands / wipe down with antiseptic wipes afterwards
  • d.Appraisal as to the suitability of conditions for watersports will be made by the Officer of the Day. They have the final say as to whether conditions are safe to launch.
  • 2.Facilities
  • a.The club gates will be open giving access to the car park. Please park with one free space between vehicles where possible.
  • b.Clubhouse entry for toilet facilities is via the front entrance only
  • c.Exit from the toilets is via the fire escapes at the rear of the changing rooms
  • d.The central toilet facilities will be used by the general public, the ladies and gents toilets will be used by Bartley SC members.
  • e.The showers remain closed as they promote airflow of particles / droplets. Likewise, hand dryers will be switched off to prevent unnecessary airflow of particles.
  • f.The changing rooms can be used as a thoroughfare but not for changing at the present time. Members will need to continue to arrive in sailing gear or change in the car park.
  • g.The Galley will be open at the weekends and the bar on Saturdays after sailing.
  • h.Entrance to the Galley and bar is via the fire escape to the dam side of the clubhouse, exit is via the fire escape to the boat park side of the clubhouse.
  • i.The dry area of the clubhouse to the side of the bar remains closed
  • j.2 m social distancing remains in place when waiting to order food or drink
  • k.Indoor seating is arranged at 2m distance – please do not move closer together
  • l.All people are encouraged to eat / drink outside of the clubhouse to minimise risk of surface transfer of Covid 19
  • m.The indoor area is restricted by the seating plan laid out. When the indoor seating area is full then customers need to either wait until seating becomes available or take their food / drink to an outside area
  • n.The Galley and bar will take orders and then provide a table service to prevent queues forming. Please pay attention to the one way system and comply with any requests from the staff. Hand sanitiser will be provided and an enhanced cleaning regime is in place
  • o.It is the member's responsibility to ensure adequate hand washing / hygiene after they have touched surfaces that others may have come into contact with
  • p.All members are expected to stay alert and social distance at all times on site
  • 3.OOD Hut
  • a.A maximum of 2 people are allowed in the OOD hut at any time and they must sit at either end of the hut to adhere to the 2m social distancing rules. Where persons are from the same household this requirement is waivered.
  • b.All additional rescue crew must remain at social distance outside the OOD hut in a place where they can view the boats ready to rescue as required.
  • c.Crews should come dressed for the eventuality that they may spend all day outdoors.
  • 4.Rescue cover
  • a.There will be a minimum of 1 rescue craft on the water and one on standby for launch at all times that sailing is taking place. When available the Orange Jaffas should be prioritised.
  • b.The orange Jaffas have been marked out for social distancing. When 2 people from a different household are in the rescue boat, they must observe the social distancing and sit at opposite ends of the craft (if they are from the same household this doesn't apply)
  • c.The 1m+ social distancing allows for all rescue craft to be used with 2 crew. If using the RIBs then crews who are not form the same household bubble should endeavour to sit as far as possible from each other in the rescue craft whilst ensuring they are secure in the boat. The wearing of face masks or visors in these boats is recommended if you have one.
  • d.Rescue crews are expected to remain ashore at 2m social distance until such a time that they are needed. The OOD may wish to restrict the sailing area depending on conditions to ensure that any rescue can be executed swiftly if required
  • e.The requirement for any craft to assist another that is in difficulty is emphasised i.e. a sailing boat can assist another that is in trouble
  • f.In the event of a rescue the rescue boat shall remain at a distance greater than 2m from the boat in difficultly until the crew have resolved the situation
  • g.In a situation where the boat in difficulty is in such a position where there is threat to life (entrapment, heart attack etc.) then the rescue crew shall remove the person in difficulty from the water as priority and ensure suitable first aid / emergency services are called. The crew are then expected to carry out usual hygiene protocols. This situation should be prevented by adherence to item 1a.
  • h.The rescue boat shall be launched and recovered in line with social distancing rules. As an example, members should position themselves at 2m intervals on the launch rope and one person may push the boat from the rear.
  • 5.Stand Up Paddleboard:
  • a.The SUP club will follow their specific guidelines for access to, and safety on the water
  • 6.Informal Race Programme
  • a.There will be a limited informal race programme the times of which will be posted on the website calendar. Temporary marks, flags and sound signals may be used. Where possible a member of the rescue crew should be allocated the role of mark layer, flags, and sound signal operation to minimise the number of people touching the various pieces of equipment.
  • b.All races shall be 75-minute pursuit races to minimise the quantity of boats on the start line.
  • c.At the current time there will be no recording of results or race series administration by the OOD and rescue team beyond setting a start line, pressing the start sequence and raising / lowering of flags. This is to minimise the need for the crew to spend time in the rescue boat or to contact pens / paper.
  • d.There shall be no signing on for races to minimise touch points and gatherings.
  • e.OODs are encouraged to use shore-based start lines where possible.
  • 7.General Sailing
  • a.Single hander sailing and double handers where the helm and crew members are from the same household or social 'bubble' as defined by government guidelines are preferred. If helm and crew are from different households then they should endeavour to maximum separation or PPE whilst in the boat and should try to maintain their helm / crew partnership for all sessions they take part in.
  • b.Participants may use their own equipment and clothing, or club boats and clothing. Those using club equipment must be prepared to clean down equipment with soap and water if there is expected use in the following 72 hours.
  • c.Social distancing shall be maintained whilst rigging and moving around the boat park
  • d.The club will be open and sailing may take place during the hours indicated on the club calendar
  • 8.Health
  • a.If you have symptoms  please stay at home
  • b.We advise those in high risk groups to consider very carefully whether their attendance at the premises is prudent in their circumstances (guidance in alignment with RYA 'COVID-19 and Discrimination' documentation).
  • c.If you have had the virus, please stay away from the club for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone
  • d.If you contract the virus and have sailed at the club in the week prior, please let the club directors know as a matter of urgency.

The situation will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as guidance changes. Club members accept and are bound by the conditions above by entering the club premises. Any club member not adhering to the conditions shall be reported to the committee as a matter of urgency.

Please comply with the above for all our safety so our members can continue to enjoy their watersports at Bartley SC.

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VR Inshore Laser Open - and the bottle of beer goes to...

Richard Baker! (I was so close...). Bottle of beer on its way to you next time you are at the club, well done Richard it was a fun evening of racing. 

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Club opening from 4th July and Andrew Simpson Centre Survey

A few changes have occurred over the last week or so that impact our club.

Firstly the Covid-19 threat has been lowered to level 3 and secondly there is new guidance on social distancing at 1m+ to enable the practical opening of bars and restaurants.

This means that the club can move to the next stage of opening as follows:

  • Tilly's Galley will open from 4th July onwards. There will be some changes to ensure distancing in queues and seating areas. We ask that you comply with all requests for your own and others safety.
  • The club bar will open to members from 4th July onwards, again with changes to ensure compliance to the required regulations
  • The Dutyman rota will become live again from 4th July onwards. We request that you turn up for duty to launch the rescue craft and remain on standby for any rescue required. We still recommend that the orange jafa boats are used where possible to enable 2m social distancing however all boats can be used on a 1m+ basis or if crews are from the same household. As per previous instruction, rescue boats should only be used when a rescue is required to minimise the time that crews are at close proximity to each other (unless from same household). All boats should remain aware of their duty to assist any vessel in trouble and not just assume that the rescue crew have seen the incident – if you are close by check the helm and crew are OK.
  • K2O club will open on 11th July to returning members. Unfortunately, RYA level 1 and 2 courses cannot be offered at this time
  • Informal coaching will recommence on the evening of 8th July. If you are interested and not already included in the WhatsApp group for this please send your details to  and I will forward on to Steve Ward who runs the sessions

The RYA is updating their guidance later this week and the sailing (racing) programme / changing room facility situation will be communicated once we have reviewed this.

In the mean time it has been great to see so many people on the water over the last month. I have received many comments about the more laid-back approach and how it has improved the club community. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays all seem to be taking care of themselves but a few have commented that a morning race and an afternoon race on Saturday with a longer lunch break would suit their needs better than the current 3 race schedule so folk can chat over lunch and allow some time for cruising and practicing. The current plan is to return to racing with the 3 race programme on Saturday but if there is a large expression of wish to drop to a morning and an afternoon race only then I would be happy to consider the change – drop me your thoughts on  (I will assume no communication = keep as is).

Look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

The Andrew Simpson Centre is currently reviewing its readiness to open - here is a note from them too:

Hello

I hope you are all enjoying being back out on the water again.

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to lift, we continue to monitor Government Guidelines alongside RYA Guidance to inform our operations over the coming months.

We will only consider opening Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham when we are confident that we can facilitate safe activity, with appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices. Our priority is to reassure you as our customer that your safety is our priority and therefore, as part of this process, we also want to hear from you.

If you would be interested in any of our courses or activities please could complete a 2 minute survey which will help us to understand your readiness to leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors, on the water and in what capacity.

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT FORM  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RFAMsWaork2s0YWBVztWTdaZtTrgcSpEri-4R0xap_5UM1dMNFY3VDFXRThFMVhZSlFCUzlVS1dHWS4u

Thank you for your time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Simpson Centre Team Birmingham

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VR Inshore - Virtual Laser Open, Weds 24th @ 18.30

VR Inshore now has Lasers so to celebrate we will run a 1-off, 3 race competition with 2 races to count - just like a laser open meeting! 

Racing will be this Wednesday evening June 24th at 18.30 (sign on from 18.25). All races will be in the Laser class. Race 2 will start no earlier than 18.40 and race 3 no earlier than 18.50. First 20 helms to join get to race.

Race will be in the VR Inshore custom race area password 'bartley'

Its just a bit of fun but you never know there may be a prize for the winner if we get more than 15 participants!

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Notice from the Committee

 Dear Bartley SC Member,

We hope you staying safe and in good health at the current time and those of you participating at Bartley are enjoying your water sports.

The Committee held their monthly meeting last night and discussed the Annual General Meeting. Under current government guidelines we cannot promote gatherings of more than 6 people and we need 26 to be quorate so a face to face meeting is not yet possible. Our constitution doesn't allow for remote on-line AGMs and as yet the government rules prohibit this too so we are in a holding pattern as to the date at the moment. We will schedule the AGM as soon as we can and as such are kicking off the process for election of flag officers and committee of management.

Three of our five directors will step down at the AGM after numerous years of service, we thank them for their significant contribution to bringing the club to its current level of success and now need replacements in order to both function day to day and to continue to grow.

If you feel you have the skills, the vision, the desire to put something back into the club, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team then we would love to hear from you by providing an expression of interest to by 30th June 2020.

In terms of commitment the committee meet monthly to review finances, administration, maintenance, marketing, on-the-water activities and plans for the future. Workload is distributed and progressed between meetings.

There will be a full handover and support for those who are prepared to take on a committee position.

The process is as follows:

Expressions of interest to be submitted to by 30th June 2020

Nominations for Flag Officers and Committee of Management 4 weeks prior to the AGM

Election of Flag Officers and Committee of Management at the AGM (voted for by current members present)

This is a great opportunity to gain experience running a small business, taking a role of both influence and responsibility, and putting back into the shared interest community that you enjoy.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards

Simon Hardiman

Rear Commodore

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More Photos from the Weekend

Here are some of the photos from last Saturday taken by Sean Ricketts. Full set are on the Facebook page. This weekend looks like great sailing weather again so why not come along and join those exercising on the water. 

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GJW ITCA GBR Tidal e-sailing Championships

With the absence of the International Topper Class national series events they have been running e-sailing series events instead. The latest of these was the Tidal championships that consisted of 5 races on Saturday evening to determine the top 60 competitors split into groups of 20 for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze fleet flights for the finals on Sunday night.  

Millie participated for ITCA and Bartley and as soon as she entered the first race it was apparent that this was going to be tough with the UK e-sailing champion and runner up in her race! She took it in her stride though and managed a couple of high placings (3rd and a 4th) that saw her through to 32nd place out of 114 competitors and qualification in the Silver fleet for Sunday.

Sunday's racing was tough but again Millie punched above her weight (which is actually quite light) to come 11th in the Sliver fleet and 31st overall. She was quite pleased to beat her RYA coach by 2 places too :) which could make the next squad meeting quite interesting!

At Bartley we have enjoyed the e-sailing whilst the real thing hasn't been available but now we are back on the water the participation has dropped to a couple of members so it feels like time to draw a close to our club scheduled VR Inshore races and let those who wish to continue playing join the available public races and championships. Thanks to all who have supported this, it has built new friendships, kept us connected as a club, and taught us a lot about tactics.

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Check out the Facebook site for some great photos from the weekend.

 Here is another great photo from Saturday. For those who are missing 'photo of the day' Jennifer is posting more pictures during the week so have a look at the Bartley Sailing Club Facebook site for our sailors in action.

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Lively Saturday

It was a great day of sailing today. The fleets were exercising hard, the juniors were literally screaming across the pond, and Nigel and Freya found the bailer in the Merlin!

Thanks to Collin and Sean for providing rescue cover today with some help from Cecily and Kerry who took a few pictures whilst on the water.

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Relaxing Tuesday Evenings and Facebook site postings

Despite the lack of wind the club had good turnout last night from both Sailors and SUP - pleasant and relaxing.... 

(and one capsize to windward - now who could that have been?)

For more photos and updates go to the Bartley SC Facebook page where Jennifer Foort is doing a great job posting all things club related - thanks Jennifer!

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VR Inshore - 3 races at 6.30 tonight, don't forget!

We have 3 fun races tonight on VR inshore. It would be great to get the participants nearer to 20 than the 10 mark so join if you can - The Bartley Beast is waiting.... 

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Covid-19 Bartley SC Operating Summary - Up to 4th July 2020

The above is a 'quick guide' . More detail is available on the blog and the 'duty' section.

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