If you were there it was epic, if you weren't then come along tomorrow for a more gentle sail...
Photos from Chris Oates https://1drv.ms/u/s!AVE2NmcUZCj7rzZEKbxoUGx8MDFL?e=Q1jSFc if you want to see all the fun.
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There are still a couple of places left for the International Topper Class Association (ITCA) open training on Sunday 15th March at Bartley. Entry is via the ITCA website under the 'Events' section. The day is run by Topper Coaching Staff and includes fitness, theory, and practice on the water followed by a debrief at the end of the day. There is one club Topper available for use if anyone wishes to use it for the day just let me know on . Entrants will need to be able to sail a triangle course confidently (i.e. no absolute beginners). There are currently 14 entrants and it would be great to get to the full 16 so if you know someone who has a Topper encourage them to come along.
What a weekend! We hope all our membership survived without too much disruption and were saved from any floods or falling debris. As Steve's post mentioned Saturday was just too windy but Sunday was sailable - just!
5 mad fools set off for the Bartley Bear sprints; 2 laser 4.7s of Josh and Harrison, 2 Laser Radials of Ollie and Simon, and Sean going for full on, fully batterned Supernova.
After launching the squalls soon started to come in with torrential rain and spray blowing off the wave crests. The famous five lined up on the start and, after a slog up the first beat, let the sail out onto the reach providing swift acceleration to terminal velocity to the gybe mark really testing our boat handling skills! And so the day progressed; quick 12 minute races of full concentration, full speed, and full on wipe-outs, mixed with some great match racing and excellent starts.
At the end it was anyone's guess who had won but in the conditions it was clear that the 4.7s were holding their own on handicap. With Josh and Harrison tied on points the results went to countback with Josh taking the win.
You may think we were a bit bonkers, but we were not the only ones... looking up the reservoir there was a steady stream of wetsuited warriors in high-vis orange tabards propelling their stand-up paddle boards around the perimeter in their winter series race. It was just fantastic to see so many people on the water showing their passion for water-sports whatever the met office could throw at us.
As the worn out participants returned to shore they were welcomed by the freshly painted clubhouse and warm food and drink from Tilly's - a great end to an epic day.
Thanks to all who organised and helped on rescue - we were working hard and it was cold - you must have been frozen!
Good morning from Steve Ward
Im at the club at present and its currently blowing over 30 knots . The water is currently closed. The wind forecast is meant to increase so this is sadly likely to be the case all day.
All bots in the boat park are currently ok.
Im also the ood today.
The Committee are very excited to announce that the Andrew Simpson Foundation have selected Bartley S.C. as their Birmingham base to offer a wide range of RYA courses and training opportunities. We encourage our members to have a look at our new partner's website at https://aswc.co.uk/our-centres/birmingham/ to see the fantastic opportunities for beginners right through to advanced training and coaching for the seasoned sailor. We look forward to working with the Andrew Simpson Centre and everything that they have to offer.
Fingers crossed, touch wood etc.. we will get the final Bartley Bear of the season sailed this Sunday. Hopefully the wind will have dropped a bit during the week and we can get this final event under way. Usual drill - All Laser rigs welcome or any single handers with similar PY. 10.30 rigged and ready. Free to members £5 for visitors. Go-pro or similar welcome.
12 short races designed to practice starts and skills on the first beat.
The forecast this weekend is currently showing gusts over 50 knots for Sunday. If you sail on Saturday please ensure that your boat is securely tied down before you leave to prevent any damage to your boat, or neighboring boats should the forecast wind materialise. Please also do a quick check of any boats around yours as their owners may not be regular sailors and tie down ropes do rot over time.
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.
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.
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!):
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.
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!
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!)
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
(Thanks to Josh Oates for all the photos.)
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…)
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 *
A new member arrives and wants a membership form – do you know where to get one?
The OOD runs out of sign on sheets – where are they?
A member cuts themselves – where is the accident form?
I want a protest form – where can I find a blank one?
We used to sign on for rescue duty – do we still do that and where do we do that?
Here are the race results – where do I put them?
The answer used to be 'have a look behind the bar' to all of these questions but with the bar now staffed by members 'on demand' it is often locked up and no forms can be found anywhere so we have a little grumble about who should have done what and how it wouldn't have happened in 1987 and then find a blank piece of paper and 'make do'.
This isn't a great system so when I was gifted a document holder I knew exactly what use it could be put to.
Now we have a place to store all these forms. The document holder is right next to the bar as you enter the club house and turn right into the dry area you will see it on your left hand side. It is clearly labelled with its contents so you can quickly locate what you need. It is easy to see when forms need replenishing too so we shouldn't run out.
Aside from blank forms there is also a place for completed race results for Mark to collect and load to dutyman and there is also an OOD Duty Report form to be completed.
The OOD Duty Report is new. It is designed to cover 3 main areas:
1) Safety – Did the crew turn up (please sign in)? Who didn't keep their commitment (record names for follow up)?
2) Incidents / accidents – Did anything happen during the duty that shouldn't have?
3) Repairs – Was anything not there or not working properly?
Please could OODs complete this form on the day of their duty and leave it in the assigned form holder – example below.
I will be printing off various forms over the coming weeks to stock the holders. In the meantime please familiarise yourself with what is there and how to use it. If you have any improvement ideas or other useful forms we should have available let me know and I can always update it (email ).
Congratulations to Ollie Ridgway for winning the 2nd Bartley Bear Sprints of the season on Sunday.
After the first Bartley Bear was cancelled due to fog the competitors were looking forward to getting the chance to put their theory into practice. This time the weather decided to go to another extreme with hail, rain, sun, and wind - lots of wind! John and Jeremy provided the briefing and a brush up on tactics and then the fleet took to the water.
The fleet was a mix of standard and 4.7 rigs with Sean taking the plunge in his Supernova too. It was great to see so many youth helms out with 50% of the participants under 20 showing their enthusiasm and confidence in the tricky conditions.
Whilst the racing was 20% tactics and 80% grunt all competitors had a great time with Josh and Megan deciding they still had enough energy to blast back and forth whilst waiting for the fleet to pull onto the slipway at the end of the session.
Well done to all for surviving - the next one is on Sunday 19th January so get it in the diary.
1st Ollie Ridgway
2nd Tom Williams
3rd Megan Hardiman
Round 1 of the Bartley Bear sprints ended up being a classroom session as the fog came down and didn't shift for the whole day. The current forecast for round 2 looks a lot more promising with 13 mph from the South West looking ideal. Same format as usual; be ready and rigged for 10.30 and don't forget your go-pro if you have one as there will be Imperial Sailing mounts available to use. 10 to 12 races of 10 to 15 minutes duration to pack in as much starting practice as possible. Time to put all that theory into practice.
The following Saturday is the Autumn Series prize giving and End of Series Regatta which will be two 75 minute pursuit races followed by mince pies and some mulled wine. Prizes for the top 3 on the day, juniors, novices, and the Series prizes for the Autumn. Christmas jumpers, hats etc. most welcome!