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Don't forget the Bartley Bear this Sunday for Lasers / similar handicap single handers.
What can you expect?
1) A packed start line
2) Up to 12 races of 10 to 15 minute duration
3) Use of camera mounts to provide feedback and evaluation (6 mounts available: first come first served - bring your own GoPro)
4) A briefing / key skills explanation and some tips from previous winners
5) Loads of fun with no pressure - this is all about skills development and the starting / first beat process, everyone's a winner!
6) Great food from Tilly's Galley!
Free to Bartley members, £5 for visitors.
The weather looks ideal so get yourself to the club for a fantastic day!
(Sunday Sailing continues as usual for Sunday sailors)
Welcome to all University teams competing in the Brummie Boom at Bartley S.C. this weekend - we hope you have a great couple of days racing and, no doubt, a great night out in Birmingham!
For Bartley members sailing and racing will continue as usual on a reduced area of the reservoir, please be mindful that the club is likely to be especially busy and you may wish to book lunch early to ensure you get your order at the right time for the race programme.
Following the success last year Bartley laser fleet are running another 4 Bartley Bear sessions over the winter. The first is on Sunday 24th November so get yourself to the club for 10.30 ready for the briefing.
The format is quick cycles of 10 to 15 minute races with a focus on getting your starting technique right in order to make the windward mark first.
GoPro or similar cameras are encouraged with mounts available for the first 6 sailors who request them from Jeremy Higson.
The day is open to travellers at a cost of £5 and is free to members.
After racing the footage can be viewed in the clubhouse and the prize for the winner awarded as well as a prize for the most 'first to the windward mark'.
We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.
Sunday club racing will continue as usual.
The final event of the Midland Grand Prix started with a first for the club; a social event on the preceding evening including various nautical (wind the fender in) and non-nautical (giant connect 4 and 'round the table' table tennis) games followed by a sleep over in the clubhouse.
With the forecast looking decidedly light for the Sunday the participants engaged fully in the fun and stayed up rather late recounting sailing tales until someone looked on Windguru and announced that the 5mph forecast at midday now swung 180 degrees to the SW and would be gusting towards 30mph – time to get some rest!
As the 29 sailors started to arrive on Sunday morning and those in the clubhouse emerged from their sleeping bags they were met with the forecast rain and light wind from the NE. Race Officer Steve Ward set the course and the sailors took to the water for race 1.
The first beat proved shifty with large gains and losses to be made resulting in 11 boats hitting the windward mark at once and trying to find the right lane downwind. Joe Scurrah, John Ling, and George Fereday all went deep and caught a lovely bit of pressure propelling them past the competition to the leeward rounding. Caroline Whitehouse, Sam Knight, Chris Winters, and Paul Keeling all showed that you don't need to have a new laser to be at the front as all were in boats with sail numbers less than 140000 and rounding the mark just behind the lead 3. As the laps progressed the lead pack stretched out from the chasing group with continued challenges on the shifty windward legs enabling a few to catch the lead group whilst others dropped back. As the fleet passed the windward mark for the final time the wind dropped and started to fill in from all directions. John Ling reeled Joe Scurrah in and pulled ahead with minutes to go. At the finish line it was John first, Joe second, a solid 3rd for Chris, with Simon Hardiman just ahead of George Fereday and Paul Keeling. However, we had missed the fact that George was sailing his radial rig which moved him to 3rd on handicap having sailed a fantastic race.
The sailors came in for lunch at Tilly's Galley praying for Windguru to be right and as they looked up from their jacket potatoes at 1.15, as predicted, the wind was blowing a steady F3 from the SW.
The fleet launched for race 2 sailing a course 180 degrees to that of the morning with a sky that looked like Armageddon was on the way. The leading pack got away well with shenanigans at the windward mark due to the starboard rounding. This time Joe made it stick, leading the way from John and Chris with the radials of George and Jamie Mason fighting it out further down the fleet. The lighter weight helms dropped back as the wind strengthened throughout the race but the top 3 held their places to make it 1 win each for Joe and John.
With the wind whipping up for race 3 the attrition began as boats broke, helms tired and the white caps on the waves made an appearance. The race start was lively with a number of boats over at the start on individual recalls. John Ling put in an early tack to port but was unable to clear the fleet and got buried in the middle. The fleet rounded the windward mark with a group of 8 boats charging to the leeward mark at full speed. As the boats progressed upwind again local knowledge paid off for Simon Hardiman who sailed close to the bank to pick up the lift for a fast track to the mark enabling him to pull out 10 boat lengths on the chasing group, this move was repeated on every beat to pull out a lead that would not be challenged. The battle for second was a different matter though with positions changing throughout with a final drag race to the finish in force 6 conditions won by Richard Baker from Chris Winters who finished 1 second apart and a spectacular capsize from Chris to windward just past the line! Richard Mason came in 4th followed by youth Sailor Tom Williams who got his best result of the day.
The next 10 minutes were a mixture of gleeful shouts as boats powered to the line and the thuds of boats capsizing to windward at full speed as a few got their gust response technique wrong. Josh Oates provided the most spectacular capsize managing to detach his rudder and himself from the boat earning him a huge cheer from the spectator group on shore as he crossed the line.
As the mammoth Open and Series prizegiving drew to a close all reflected on a great day and a great series. Special thanks to Richard Mason for coordinating the series and to John Ling for organising the Bartley Open.
1st Joe Scurrah
2nd John Ling
3rd Simon Hardiman
1st Radial and Youth George Fereday
2nd Radial and Youth Jamie Mason
1st Lady Caroline Whitehouse
1st Junior Evan Base
Congratulations to Theo and Millie for being selected for the RYA Midland Zone Squads in the Optimist and Topper squad respectively. This will be the second year Theo has been in the Optimist squad and a first for Millie.
The selection process takes the top 6 boys and top 6 girls from the qualifying events (an Open meeting, the Junior Regional Championships, and a training event) and provides them with 6 weekends of winter training from RYA coaches to develop them to a level where they can compete for a place in the national squad.
This is a great achievement and we wish them well with their training and progression to greater things.
Quiz - There are a number of Bartley Sailors who have been through the RYA Youth Squads, can you name any and what they are doing now? - Post a comment if you think you know who they might be.
Theo in his Optimist
Millie in her Topper
Calling all laser sailors - don't forget the final event of the traveller series is at Bartley on Sunday. There will be prizes for the winners on the day as well as the series prizes which means we expect a big turnout!
Looking at the forecast it shouldn't be too strenuous on Sunday so why not come along on Saturday to the BBQ in the evening followed by a few pints at the bar.
Look forward to seeing our fleet out in strength on Sunday - good luck to all our sailors.
With a forecast of gales and torrential rain the RYA Midlands Regional Championships at Draycote looked in serious doubt at the weekend. Team Bartley (Josh and Sean in black spinnaker Feva, Megan and Harrison in yellow spinnaker Feva, Theo in his Optimist, Cecily and Millie in Toppers, and Ben in the Regatta fleet Topper) arrived at the venue with trees bending and halyards slapping. After signing on the race officer informed the sailors that there would be a postponement until the wind dropped later in the day as current conditions were "fresh to frightening". The sailors rapidly decamped to the playground and were seen on slides, swings and climbing frames in full sailing gear much to the bemusement of the general public.
At 2.45 p.m. the windsurfers were sent out to test the wind strength and then finally at 3.30 pm the Toppers launched followed by the Fevas, Teras, and Optimists for a 2 race blast. Cecily and Millie sensibly went for reefed sails enabling them to control the Toppers upwind whilst giving a bit away downwind. Both faired well against the 46 boat fleet gaining mid-fleet placings in the races.
The compact fleet of 3 RS Fevas set off like rockets literally taking off on the downwind legs. All that spinnaker practice at K2O clearly paid off as the hoists and drops were well controlled enabling a fantastic show for the spectators (and a terrifying sight for the Toppers and Optimists as they buzzed the fleets). Megan and Harrison took two bullets with Josh and Sean taking a 2nd and 3rd.
In the Optimists Theo showed what a season in the squads can do taking two top three placings in a very competitive fleet.
Ben and the regatta fleet joined forces with the Onboard fleet and won the Volvo drag race using a plastic Volvo bag to propel his Topper from end to end of the reservoir.
With the attrition rate increasing the fleets were called ashore and requested to turn up early on Sunday for up to 5 races
Day 2 was meant to be less windy - and it was (slightly). Battling through flooded motorways and crashed cars the team finally got to the venue with a few minutes to spare resulting in the fastest ever rigging of a Feva in history!
Out on the water the race team managed to get 4 races in back to back with steadily increasing winds until the force 6 to 7 gusts put paid to running the full 5 races planned.
Megan and Harrison learnt how to get the spinnaker halyard wrapped around the bowsprit giving Sean and Josh the opportunity to wipe the smiles off their faces by winning the first race - albeit briefly as they came back to win the next 3!
Cecily and Millie learnt how to plane at full speed in their Toppers (and how to tie their mainsheets correctly and recover from turtled)
Theo blasted on through to keep in the top 3 throughout until he got wiped out in the last race up-ending his Optimist
Ben learnt how to reattach his mainsheet whilst sailing downwind holding his kicker!
And the results?
Megan and Harrison are the Mildands RS Feva Junior Champions with Sean and Josh a close second.
Theo came a fantastic 3rd in the Optimist fleet
Ben won a prize for the Volvo drag race and a medal for surviving
Millie and Cecily both made it into the top half of the Topper fleet finishing the final race next to each other
Ben was awarded an RYA Values prize for his determination in sailing by his kicker when the mainsheet came adrift, whilst Megan and Harrison got an RYA Values prize for dragging a 3/4 capsized Feva over the finishing line through pure determination. All the Feva sailors were complemented on the help they gave launching the Topper fleet although we think Josh probably helped more than most...
So thats that for another year - we will lose a few from this group next year as they go over the age limit but I am sure we can get some of this years' K2O sailors to fill their place and keep Team Bartley on the podium!
Congratulations to all our K2O sailors for their achievements over the spring and summer months. It has been great to see the rate of development of our sailors and champions of the future pictured here with their RYA Certificates of achievement. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
A special thank you to Adrian and his instructor and volunteer team without whom the K2O club could not exist.
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Bartley hosted the finale of the 6 event RYA Midlands Youth Series on Sunday 15th Spetember in champaign sailing conditions.
Sunshine and force 3 winds greeted the competitors as they arrived at Bartley Sailing Club for the RYA Midlands Youth Series finale. Race Officers Aida Milvydaite and John Ling provided the briefing followed by a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for John by the sailors.
The five-race regatta then got underway in strengthening and then weakening winds as the clouds came and went.
Race one enabled the sailors to get a feel for the course and where the gains were with some big opportunities on the upwind leg often neutralised by the fickle wind on the run. Sean Ricketts in his Supernova was first to the windward mark but also first to get caught out by a gust and take an early swim. The Laser fleet got away well and made the most of the stronger wind periods managing to pull away as they got up to full speed on the reach. Megan Hardiman sailed her 4.7 rig flat and fast upwind and with just the right amount of heel on the downwind legs to take the win from Harrison Allen and last year’s winner Tom Williams.
The wind strengthened in race 2 and whilst the Lasers stretched away with the Supernova, and the Toppers had their own battle, it was Theo Smith in his Optimist who nailed the beats to take the win from Megan Hardiman. Josh Oates took third place from Tom Williams in a tight battle between the Laser full rigs.
After a great lunch at Tilly’s Galley an increased fleet took to the water as Mona Nygard from Olton Mere borrowed one of the club boats to take part rather than just watch her sisters Stella and Eva.
A course change meant more reaches in race 3 and the stronger wind conditions resulted in the Laser full rigs and Supernova shooting away from the chasing pack. In the 4.7s Harrison Allen reached the windward mark ahead of Stella Nygard and Megan Hardiman however by the time they were back to the leeward mark Megan had passed Stella and her match racing tactics forced Harrison high and gave her rights at the mark to get ahead. This battle slowed the group down considerably allowing Millie Hardiman sailing her Topper for the first time to catch up to the back of the group and beat them on handicap. In the end it was the laser full rig of Tom who beat Josh and Sean in his Supernova into 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Race 4 had many battles throughout the fleet; Josh, Tom and Sean were close throughout with Josh winning the battle in the end, in the 4.7 / Radial fleet Harrison made sure it didn’t go all Megan’s way taking the honours while Stella and Eva upped their game closing in on them. In the Toppers Millie, Cecily Webb and Tiarnan Smith fought well with Ben Hodgetts keeping them honest as he steadily improved as the day went on in his first regatta. Theo kept the Optimist driving forward and took third place behind Harrison and Megan after the results were processed.
The final race was a battle of the full rigs with Josh and Tom equal at the finish and Megan remaining consistent to take 3rd.
The team de-rigged and dried off with a welcome piece of John’s birthday cake to replenish their energy for the prize giving.
The regatta prizes were awarded to:
1st Megan Hardiman Laser 4.7 141464 Bartley S.C.
2nd Tom Williams Laser 186251 Bartley S.C.
3rd Josh Oates Laser 180713 Bartley / Barnt Green S.C.
1st Under 12 Theo Smith Optimist 5483 Bartley S.C.
1st <2yrs experience Ben Hodgetts Topper 40647 Bartley S.C.
The Series Prizes were awarded by Don Munro to:
1st Megan Hardiman Laser 4.7 141464 Bartley S.C.
2nd Harrison Allen Laser 4.7 213555 Bartley S.C.
3rd Cecily Webb Topper 42852 Bartley S.C.
4th Millie Hardiman RS Tera 2122 Bartley S.C.
5th Greg Cornes Laser Radial 197694 Chase S.C.
Team Prize: Bartley S.C.
1st under 12 Theo Smith Optimist 5483 Bartley S.C.
1st <2yrs experience Ben Hodgetts Topper 40647 Bartley S.C.
We wish our juniors continued success as they take part in the RYA Midland areas championships this weekend. Sean, Josh, Harrison and Megan will be in the RS Feva XL Championship fleet, Millie and Cecily are in the Championship Topper fleet, Theo in the Championship Optimist fleet, and Ben in the Topper Regatta fleet - good luck to all.
David Badger gets a bottle of wine and a cup to drink it from!
Well done to David Badger for winning the End of Series Regatta on Sunday with Howard, Chris, and Jeremy very close behind. Sean sailed his new Supernova well to take the youth prize.
Sean gets his name on the Junior / Youth trophy
Summer series prize winners were:
Saturday Handicap 1: 1st John Ling, 2nd Steve Hawley, 3rd Mike Gibson
Saturday Pursuit: 1st Steve Hawley, 2nd John Ling, 3rd David Badger
Saturday Handicap 2 : 1st Steve Hawley, 2nd Jeremy Shinton, 3rd John Ling
Sunday Series: 1st Andy Bownes, 2nd Roger Pass, 3rd Paul Fowell
Well sailed all series and fleet winners, it has been great to see so many of our saiors enjoying the conditions over the Summer months.
Steve Hawley shows off the Silverware
That can mean only one thing - The Autumn Series starts this Saturday! No need to dust off the drysuit just yet as the weather looks warm, sunny and with a lovely breeze. Make sure you don't miss out on the first race of the new season.
The sailing committee met last night and it was felt to be a good idea to run a try a boat day.
The reasons behind it were many but included , Tuesday, Wed and Thursday night sailing has ended as a result of this there are sailors who do not know what to do next, how to try a different boat , or what different boats handle like.
K20 will have finished and there may be young sailors looking to sail for the winter season.
Some people may enjoy crewing who currently do not have a crewing job and some club members may just like to try a different boat to usual. It may even be an opportunity to boost your fleet.
This would only work if members were prepared to turn up, rig their boat and let others have a go in it, in return for having a go in different boats if you wish. It is necessary for the weather to be decent to permit this and the wind to be reasonable there is no intention to run this in boat breaking weather.
The sailing season of open meetings is coming to an end and with the availability of the sailing committee generally it was felt that Sunday 27th October would be a good day to try this with times to be confirmed but I would suggest 10.30 to 1pm..
We currently have offers to use all of the club boats which include picos, fevas, laser 2000 and others , a phantom, a gp14, a solo, a laser, any other offers would be very welcome.
We may ask BEN if the sup team would be prepared to lend a board or 2 as well.
Who will be the lucky winner of this trophy on Sunday? One thing is for sure you have to be in it to win it so calling all juniors - please come along and support the event!!!
There will be aditional prizes for first under 12 helm, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, medals for fleets, and a prize for the first K2O helm with less than 2 years experience.
There will also be the series prizes awarded and as it stands Bartley will get the individual series win and the team prize - now lets keep it that way with some great sailing on Sunday!
First race is at 11.00. Participants to be ready and rigged by 10.00. £7.50 entry fee for single handers and £10.00 for double handers. There are 5 races of 30 to 40 minutes each planned and the weather looks great - sunny with a gentle breeze from the South West - so what else could any junior sailor possibly want to do?
Notice of race and sailing instructions are on the 'open meeting' tab but if all that is too complicated then all will be explained at the briefing on the day. If you know any juniors from other Midlands clubs then remind them where they need to be on Sunday...
Any Sunday sailors wondering if there will be club racing then the answer is 'yes' if enough turn up - either in a separate area or on the same course as the juniors with a different start time depending on numbers (just please keep out of their way / don't get mixed up in their race!)
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.
The beautiful sight that greeted the Supernova fleet on Sunday morning
It has been a busy weekend of sailing / drifting for club travellers. The Supernovas went to Northampton for the inland championships with mixed conditions i.e. wind on Saturday and not so much on Sunday. However they managed to get 5 races in and with the Bartley fleet just outside the medals on Saturday evening the Sunday drift proved crucial enabling Mike Gibson to creep up to 3rd place overall and 2nd Master. In a fleet of 46 the Bartley team came in as follows:
7th Steve Hawley, 9th Chris Hawley, 16th Garry Butterfield, 32nd Dave Stephen, and 41st Stuart Stephen who was also 3rd Bronze fleet. Well done all.
The UK Laser Association Sailingfast youth series gets under way at Poole Y.C.
Further South the conditions were similar for the UKLA youth series and 4.7 class ladder event; a good breeze on Saturday and no racing on Sunday with the AP falling limp over the clubhouse all morning. Luckily the race officer decided to pull a race forward from Sunday to Saturday providing 4 good races. Megan Hardiman entered the 4.7 fleet for Bartley gaining a 14th place out of 32 with her highest placing 10th in race 1. Not a bad start against the country's best and sailing by far the oldest boat
Finally the Lasers went to Trimpley on Sunday for the Midlands Traveller Series which really was a drift... The light wind master found his way to the front with John Ling taking 1st from George Fereday in 2nd. With only a few events left Joe Scurrah from Carsington and John are tied on points for the series with John just ahead now on countback. It should make for a fantastic series finale at Bartley on October 13th!
A busy start line for the bottle race - looks pretty dark already!
Its official, the summer is over as the nights draw in and the Tuesday evening sailing comes to an end for another year. What a great series it has been this year, as popular as ever with Bartley sailors and those bringing their boats from other clubs for a mid-week Bartley fix providing close racing boat to boat and even closer in the personal handicap.
Well done to all sailors and we hope you enjoy the prizes (including the rubber chicken with matching towel). Unfortunately there is no Solo Open this year but the lasers need to put the 13th October in the diary as the series finale for the Midlands Traveller - a must for all Bartley Lasers.
The club house tilts at 45 degrees to slide the sailors closer to the bar...
Solo Squinting competition
Great to have the legend that is Les back in the fold this year
Thanks to Jennifer Foort for all the photos - many, many, many more on the whatsapp Laser page
“There's nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”
Most Open meetings are similar formats - turn up at a small lake with a club house and launch area, 3 to 4 races and a prize giving. Then there is Trent Valley S.C. which is the only river sailing event on the Midlands Laser circuit. For spectators it is just the best! The fleet pass within inches of you, the start is the width of the river so no room for error, and then throw in a few barges and pleasure boats and there is alot to get excited about. Even getting there is an adventure - 2 railway crossings, past the farm, over a humpback bridge, through the field of cows and sheep to a club in the most unlikely place imaginable! I love it.
On Sunday the Lasers made their annual pilgrimage to the river with John, Jennifer and Megan representing Bartley and George a an honorary Bartley Laser as he has been thrashing us all season on his Tuesday evening ventures to Bartley from Earlswood. With the wind nice and strong by the club house the Race Officer set a course up the river with 3 loops at the extremity which unfortunately had no wind at all! 40 minutes later one competitior had had enough and returned, a further 20 minutes and the leader appeared. After 1 hr 40mins Joe Scurah sailed back up the course to see if Megan was still alive or had found the river's source. Luckily she was happily sunbathing in the doldrums but the promise of 2 races before lunch had to be abandoned and the full ploughmans was attacked with gusto whilst the race officials adjusted the course to shorten the upriver leg and keep the racing out of the wind shaddow.
Races 2 and 3 were alot more like it - lots of wind, random gusts and close racing. For the spectators it was like watching motor racing at a chicane, the boats went screaming to a buoy but there was a severe wind shift just before it that caught plenty out! Joe Scurah in the lead nearly put his boom through a pleasureboat window as he tried to control a death roll, Local legend James Dalby tipped it in to windward and dredged the Trent to give him a nice river weed burgee, and George Faraday tipped it in right on the mark. The spectators were having a blast!
So how did the Bartley sailors get on? Well John came 2nd, George came 3rd, Megan came 8th, and Jennifer was 2nd Radial :) Joe Scurah from Carsington won the event (and the gentlemans award for bringing Megan back from her trip to Burton)
I guess you either love or hate river sailing, all I can say is that it is great fun for the spectators.
Next Midland circuit event is Trimpley this weekend followed by Barnt Green the week after - lets keep the Bartley numbers up at the front! (I hope to be back in the saddle for Shustoke if my back gets fixed in time)
Megan trying to catch George after his capsize
Jennifer speeds downwind
Starboard! John tries to get on the right side of Megan...