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A Picture a day - Last one!

With the lifting of some of the restrictions from lockdown hopefully you can all get out and about, see 6 other people, and take a trip to the club to sail or at least watch the sailing. This hopefully means that you are not reliant on an in-box full of photos to break the boredom so I will drop the posts to 1 or so per week to keep you updated on news and events with the odd photo thrown in for good measure.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos and a big thank you again to Debbie and others who supplied the photos for the last 10 weeks or so - there has been a lot of appreciation shown by isolated members

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VR Series 4 closes, recreational sailing is in full swing - so what next?

It has been 10 weeks since our first race of Virtual Sailing back in the last week of March and 4 series later Baker Boy is clearly the outstanding winner - big congratulations to him. The rest of us? Well we have been getting better and the competition has been getting harder, the game has broken down some age barriers and helped many club members get to know each other through the competition as well as providing a lifeline through isolation. Thanks to all who have participated - it has been great fun. 

Now as the shoots of spring blossom into summer the shoots of Virtual Sailing are now blossoming into real sailing as the club is once again open for exercise. During this transitional period I will continue to run 3 races in VR Inshore on Wednesday and Sunday evenings just for fun and monitor participation over the next 2 weeks. If numbers are holding up then I will keep it going, if they drop off any further then I will draw it to a close and let those who enjoy the game continue with the public races on offer.

To keep you updated on the easing of lockdown restrictions I will be participating in a 'return to racing' webinar and a 'return to training' webinar both run by the RYA Midlands team in the next 2 weeks which will hopefully provide useful discussion and estimated time-frames for the next steps for the club. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

It has been great to see so many people out on the water (over 30 boats on Saturday) enjoying the champagne sailing conditions, we hope you continue to enjoy the weather and all Bartley can offer at the present time. Unfortunately we did have a member slip and cut their knee on  Saturday as the algae has been growing whilst we have been isolating. A stiff broom cleared a lot of it (thanks Nigel and Freya) but please take extra care when launching as it is slippy.

See you on the water soon.


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A Photo a Day

Caroline and Tony getting the RS400 ready. 

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A Photo a Day.

Sailing may be back on but we are looking forward to seeing Leanne and Lorraine at Tilly's Galley again - lets hope its not too long to wait... 

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A Photo a Day...

Another one from Wednesday and it looks like the weather will be as warm with a bit more wind on Saturday. If you are coming along don't forget your food, drink, sun cream, and any Covid cleaning essentials you rely on.

I will open the gates at 10.00 and close them at 4 pm on Saturday for those that have been asking. 

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A Photo a Day and first day back at the reservoir

25 boats enjoyed a leisurely sail in light and variable conditions yesterday afternoon. The system worked well with people keeping their distance and sailing sensibly. and no issues with car parking or use of the facilities. Thanks to Howard for the photo taken from his drone high above the sailors.

I will open up at 10.00 on Saturday. If you are coming for the  day don't forget your sandwiches and plenty of sunscreen / water.

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A Photo a Day.

Josh battles the elements 

Look forward to seeing a few members this afternoon for a leisure sail. Please respect the social distancing and conditions of attendance so we can keep the club open on the current basis!

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A Picture a day.

Michael gets that Solo onto the plane. 

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A Video a Day.

Its Bank Holiday Monday!!!! That means we all need a trip to the coast to breath in the salty air and feel the sea breeze - so here you go, the sounds and views from East Portlemouth opposite Salcombe in Devon - a place that the Merlins know well and the Juniors found quite challenging in full ebb tide. Luckily for us that meant a great view as they jostled for position 20 yards from shore.

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VR Inshore results series 4 so far..

Baker Boy is looking strong for series 4 but Silver Lady seems to be specialising in the J-70 class this time - still time to turn the results on their head though.... Next race at 14.30 today - the weather is a bit grey today so why not join us.

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A Video a day.

With all the wind recently here is a quick trip across the pond in a force 5.

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A Photo a Day.

Lasers yesterday, so a collective of Supernovas today winning the team prize at the nationals.  A rather colourful ensemble!

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Sue Williams

Thanks for your comment - please could you call me 07990540158 to discuss the best way to keep updated

Thanks

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A Photo a Day.

A collective noun for a group of laser sailors? 

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A Video a Day / Committee meeting update

One from Bartley Bear showing the importance of a good start. Harrison pulls the trigger right on the gun and pops out of the front of the fleet (the 4.7 half way down the line) before the bigger rigs pick up more speed. Have a look at the difference in positions just a few seconds after the start, it is already possible to predict the front / back of the fleet at the windward mark.

The Committee met last night for quite a long meeting to discuss the usual agenda items of funds and maintenance, and also to discuss the latest guidance and government approach to the coronavirus. Agreement was reached on how Bartley SC can provide access to the water for outdoor exercise whilst maintaining  social distancing requirements and the date for an initial trial and on what grounds participation can occur will be communicated by dutyman e-mail shortly. When you receive this information please take time to read all of the conditions and ensure you are prepared to comply with these before making the journey to the club. This is for your protection, the protection of those around you, and the protection of the club and its directors.

If you are not receiving dutyman e-mails then please let me know on and I can make sure you are added to the circulation and receive this information (please check your trash / spam folders first) .

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A Video a Day.

A 9 year old's view of the reservoir - enjoy the sail. 

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A Video a Day...

Lets try something new - and hope it works! Here is Bartley Bear sprint racing at its best. 

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A Picture a Day.

 The fleet at the Bartley Junior Regatta in 2018 head for the leeward mark.

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A Photo a Day.

Happy Sunday everyone! The sun is out and the 11.00 VR Inshore has just concluded with some great racing as usual. RS400 seemed to be going well this morning so here is a picture of the man in action in a real boat - Sean mark rounding in some strong winds. 

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A Photo a Day and next steps for the club with current RYA and Government guidelines.

 Chris and Wayne making the RS400 look like a casual Sunday sail.

Many members have been asking when the club can be open for sailing again and whether the committee are working on any plans. The current Government status and RYA guidance is that with the latest easing of restrictions boating can take place in England with social distancing maintained (i.e. multi-person craft must be from the same household if distancing can't be maintained). This sounds ideal but there is a lot to consider before opening the club on such a basis. Spinnaker SC opened immediately but with no rescue cover, Barnt Green are opening for cruising on Sunday but only require rescue to be crewed by 1 person, Padstow harbour have opened for resident dinghies, the list goes on. 

The committee have so far conducted a risk analysis to highlight all the areas where there is risk if we were to open which includes protecting the wishes of our membership (i.e. some may be happy to come to the club in a manner where social distancing can be maintained, others are not yet prepared to leave the house or can't as they are in a high risk group). On the practical side the club has been measured out for 2m social distancing and one-way traffic. This includes the OOD hut and rescue craft (the 2 Jaffas meet social distancing requirements, Ribs could be used but only with same household crews). 

The committee are now preparing a standard working procedure for the various stages of lockdown where 5 is total lockdown and the club is closed and level 1 is pre-virus status and fully open. The current government status is level 4 and the document will identify on what (if any) basis the club can open at each corresponding level.

All of these documents and procedures will be reviewed on 20th May at the committee meeting and we will update our membership shortly afterwards.

Thanks to all who have provided input, highlighted risks, and provided potential solutions to some of the more difficult problems to overcome before re-opening.

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