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Winter Theory Courses @ Bartley S.C.

Subject – Winter theory courses

Dear Members

Following up on interest shown in both Day Skipper & Yachtmaster theory & practical courses. I have invited Neill Chipping from Splash Adventure Training, that many of you know, back to run another winter series for us. This year we will be running both Day Skipper & Yachtmaster as well as VHF DSC SRC and RYA First Aid courses.  These courses will prepare you for getting On Board & taking responsibility for the Helm of a yacht either in local waters or offshore dependent on experience, here in the UK or in more sunny locations around the world

The first course we are looking to put on is the RYA Day Skipper & Coastal Yachtmaster theory dependent on interest.


  • Running over 16 weeks from 7pm to 9.30pm
  • The start date being proposed is the 7th October TO 24TH February
  • Cost - £360 – if we get more than six on the course this will be reduced to £320

To book a place go to Splash Adventure Training


  • Running over 6 Sundays from 9am to 4.30pm
  • The start date being proposed is the 1st Nov, 8th Nov, 15th Nov, 22nd Nov, 29th Nov, 13th Dec
  • Cost - £320 – if we get more than six on the course this will be reduced to £280


To book a place go to Splash Adventure Training


Included in the cost is

  • RYA training pack
  • Comprehensive eLearning resources, consisting of professional video library, online homework & course material
  • Loan of training almanac & chartwork instruments worth £35 for FREE
  • 5% discount on any practical courses

Neill will be at the club on Wednesday 23rd September from 5pm to 9pm, if you would like to come and have a chat over which course would suit you best. If you interested in doing this could you drop him text on 07868 845039

In addition to the theory courses Neill offers a full range of practical courses on his yacht based on the south coast.

For those interested in trying Yachting, Neill is offering the club members a fantastic introductory weekend package for £160 per person and includes the following; To book a place go to Splash Adventure Training

  • Accommodation on both the Friday & Saturday nights
  • All wet weather gear if needed
  • All breakfasts, lunches, snacks. The evening meals on the Friday & Saturday will be ashore and the cost of this is not included and down to your own pocket
  • All marina fees, fuel, electric & gas

If you or a friend are interested in one of these courses or another’s, please either speak to ME or contact Neill via his website Splash Adventure Training or call him on 07868 845039.

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7 days to go till Bartley's Bash (dont miss out) Sun 20th Sept

7 days to go till Bartley's Bash (dont miss out) Sun 20th Sept

7 days to go till Bartley's Bash


Bartley's Bash is this coming Sunday, 20th September. The race starts at 11:00am and we hope to have 60 boats on the start line. Please come along.

To help the Galley cater it would be really helpful if you could e:mail Paul Archer  and copy me if you intend to stay for lunch. Just a quick e:mail with expected numbers would be a huge help.


Please come and join in... its always grea fun to see so many members all together!!!


Kind regards

John Ling





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Our biggest Bash this year... Bartley's Bash 20th Sept 2015

Our biggest Bash this year... Bartley's Bash 20th Sept 2015


        ITS BIG AND ITS Going to be FUN!!! So make sure you are coming down... and bring a friend or two

Sunday 20th September

11am Bartley Bash Race

This year we are running our own event in aid of developing our club, by hosting a friendly family handicap race for everyone – aim to get all our members out sailing!

12.30 pm Family races and games

Having fun on the water with games and races for everyone – Games will include treasure hunt, ball collecting, paddling and sailing races – all suited to the weather conditions on the day

Come along with the whole family and have some fun on the water.


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BARTLEY's BASH is back 20th September

BARTLEY's BASH is back 20th September

11am Bartley's Bash Race

This year we are running our own event in aid of developing our club, by hosting a friendly family handicap race for everyone – aim to get all our members out sailing!

12.30 pm Family races and games

Having fun on the water with games and races for everyone – Games will include treasure hunt, ball collecting, paddling and sailing races – all suited to the weather conditions on the day

Come along with the whole family and have some fun on the water.

Refreshments from the Bar and Galley


We are asking, please, for donations or a min £5 per boat and for anyone to raise funds towards our youth K20 programme and other sailing club activities. Last year we raised into the central Bart's account in excess of £600. So this year the committee wanted to maintain this generosity but keep the sums raised and use locally at our club for to benefit our members.   


The day’s events are open to any family and friends club members - therefore we are hoping that local clubs will support our day as well.

All Children must be accompanied by Parent(s) or Guardian.

Look forward to seeing you on the water -

Any questions please feel free to contact me or Ann Kelly Ann Kelly <>


John Ling

Sailing Committee Chairman

079 20020036


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We have finally got the sailwave file working correctly now, thanks to Mark Reddington for all his help and persistence to get it sorted.

So now the fleet have reached that point in the year where you can start to see where you are on the two ladders PY is the SCRATCH and RYA NHC is the personal results list.

To be clear we are running a 21 series of Tue night races that should finishes on the Tue 1st Sept (I believe) so prize giving and our Curry night bottle race meal will be the 8th Sept (following week)

So take a good look at the list upto Race 14 so ensure that do enough to qualify which is Half the amount of races sailed. Attached is a pdf which shows each race and how the handicaps change etc. Each week on line on our results page is the best place to see the most updated results though.


So far this has been a great series with reasonable numbers turning out to enjoy the spring and warm summer evenings, which has produced some of the BEST sailing and Racing at Bartley SC.

The battle is tight for the personal series with Robin Pitt, coming to his form and being pushed hard by Richard Baker in his brand new boat….these two are closely followed by last year’s winner Mike Acaster, Jeremey Higson, Michael Parker and me.

Alistair Baillie has been showing us his strong downwind skills, and would be higher on the leader board but seems to like the water as he goes for an occasional dip which slows him down. Simon Hardiman has been in the top 3 each time he’s come out but needs to attend more!!! As does our Champion Ed Higson!!!!what can we say 4 firsts and 3 seconds in the scratch, he a hard one to catch these days!!!

The fleet has been blessed by the ladies this year and Kate Victoria, Anna Mason, Debbie Degge and Emma have all done very well each time they sailed…In fact Both Kate and Emma have each won a personal race!!

We have had some new members join us Martin Slyne, Tom Fenemore, Duncan Samuel, David Matty, which is great to see. Along with Gary Allcock, Giles Rawlinson, John Ellis Rose and Brad Eeles which would be great if we saw them all more on the water.

With 7 races left in the series it’s going to be intense so don’t miss out…. Come on down

Race starts 7pm sharp!!!

Kind regards


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Crispin Beumont & Tom Darling win Silver at 29er Europeans!

Crispin Beumont & Tom Darling win Silver at 29er Europeans!

Congratulations to Bartley's Crispin Beumont for winning Silver at the 29er European Championship at Medemblik.

Crispin and his crew Tom Darling missed out on Gold by one point on the final day.

Crispin now goes to the worlds at Pwllheli 4th to the 8th August i am sure we will all wish him luck and keep a keen eye on the results

For Full Y&Y report - http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/184454/British-Youth-Sailing-Team-at-29er-Europeans

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Attack of the killer chain ferry or trials and tribulations of a back marker

It occurs to me, that all race reports are written by the winners, or at the very worst someone not far behind. Whilst there’s nothing inherently wrong with this (after all, history is always written by the winning side), it doesn’t always tell the full story.

So with this in mind, here’s our story from the recent RS Southern championships.

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Tony Cliff & I sail with my best friend Shawn Woodcock an RS400 at Bartley SC. We’re usually somewhere towards the back of the fleet – although not always, we do every now and again, get the occasional nose bleed !

Our planning for the Southern Champs started some time ago, probably around the time of the RS Sprint Champs at Rutland, when, buoyed by our promotion to the gold fleet (if only for one brief moment – we still have the picture to prove it) & the large turnout of Bartley 400’s – some 7 boats made the trip to Rutland, we all decided that it be great to try to repeat the experience at another event.

Ever since we started planning, tales of the killer chain ferry, along with links to youtube videos of said ferry destroying a dinghy have done the rounds, much to the amusement of some, but I have to say, real worry for me !

So, at 6am on Saturday 20th June, Shawn arrived to pick me up. We travelled down to the south coast through the drizzle, eventually emerging in Poole harbour to a gloriously sunny day. Some 100 boats of the various RS classes joined us – quite some spectacle.

After the briefing, which included instructions on getting past the chain ferry – don’t hit it, as it’s an offence, we started off with some trepidation. I should probably explain, as puddle sailors from Birmingham, our experience of sailing together on the sea is limited to a flat calm weekend at Pwllheli. lord knows how many years ago.

The sail out to Bournemouth bay was pretty uneventful really – 100 dinghys managed to negotiate the chain ferry with no real drama. In fact, once we cleared Poole harbour, it was a pretty good reach down to the start line. Our three races on the Saturday were pretty good too, enough breeze to get the boat planning / catch a few waves, but not too much to cause many problems. We also had our own little tussles with a few of the other back markers. In the first race, we were in about 23rd position for much of the race, until the last leg to the finish line – we didn’t know where it was & the chasing pack did ! Hence our position of 27 out of 27…

Things improved in the 2nd race, we had some exciting battles and ultimately managed to hold on to 20th (with the other 7 boats breathing down our necks at the finish line). In the final race of the day, tiredness along with a broken wing wang meant that we retired, only to face a trudge back to the club against the tide. We clocked it at 1 ½ hours from the sailing area.

The real entertainment, as always, is reserved for Saturday night, to give you a flavour we had, an RAC callout due to an over active fridge…, BBQ’s till midnight, midges galore, an inflatable sofa and spiced rum & coke. Of course none of this would be any good unless you had a great bunch of friends to share it with!

Sunday morning dawned with one or two sore heads & more breeze than Saturday. Feeling once again nervous about the days sailing we started off in circa 15-20 knots with waves for the chain ferry… Once again no issues.  So for us, we come screaming out of the harbour going about as fast as we can ever remember going only for a mighty bang, followed by Shawn calmly (!) telling me he had no steering, we realised quickly that whatever we’d hit (below the surface) had broken the down haul on the rudder. We promptly capsized, to re-emerge facing Poole harbour… the remnants of the oncoming RS fleet (100’s, 200s, 300’s, 400’s, 500’s, 800’s) all flying there kites approaching at speed…along with various other craft coming in and out of the harbour !

Unfortunately, our weekend was over – we crawled back to the club to pack away. Nevertheless, we had a great time once again. I have learnt a few lessons, and if you’ll indulge me a little while longer, these are they :

  1. Make sure your boat is prepared – over the course of the weekend breakages cost us 4 races. Whether we’d have been able to do all 4 is questionable though!
  2. There will always be someone to race against, whatever your ability – don’t deprive yourself of the chance to have a go
  3. Don’t listen to scary stories about chain ferries and the like – it wasn’t that bad in the end. Four successful crossings and not a near miss in sight (it really wasn’t a killer chain ferry !)
  4. Even if you’re a puddle sailor with limited experience (like me), at least once in your life, have a go on the sea. It’s hard work, but with all that expanse of water, the wind & the waves, even if you’re in last place I guarantee you’ll enjoy the reaches
  5. Value your friends – we had a great bunch with us at the Sprints in Rutland & again at the Southern Champs – this what really makes the weekend.

I hope I haven’t bored you too much !

Happy sailing!

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Bartley at the seaside!

This weekend saw a bumper turnout of Bartley boats at both the Supernova Nationals at Paignton and the RS Southern Championships at Parkstone.

Well done to Mike Gibson coming 2nd overall in the Supernova Nationals, with Bartley also being well represented by Chris Hawley, Gary Butterfield & Steve Hawley (all finishing in the top 20).

Full results are available at :



Bartley representatives at the RS Southern Champs took 3rd & 4th place in the RS300's - well done Richard Le Mare & Sam Knight respectively.

Full report available at :



In the 400's - Howard/Wayne finished 11th, Caroline/Jason 13th, Nick/Tony 18th & Shawn/Tony 27th.  Shawn & Tony proving that a bit of boat bimbling goes a long way broken wing wangs on Saturday & rudder down hawl on Sunday, although we're pretty sure the latter was the fault of a rather large jelly fish.....

Full report available at :



If you have any other reports of Bartley SC travellers, why not upload to the blog ?  


Happy sailing !

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BSC Sailing committee meeting Wed 3rd 7pm

BSC Sailing committee meeting Wed 3rd 7pm

We are at a stage that we need to compile a list of actions and strategy to improve both the racing and general sailing activities including racing etc.

Like you I am keen to ensure BSC grows and therefore that the Bartley Sailing Club sailing committee listens and ACTS on ideas.

This Wed 3rd 7pm is the planned S.Com monthly meeting where I’m hoping it’s well-attended and at which you and any club member wishing to contribute is welcome.

Please can you therefore confirm if you can attend….

The main committee have asked me to build on the previous successes that Guy and Mike achieved in the chair, so I thought that it would be a good opportunity for us all to:-

  • Take stock of BSC positives
  • Review the opportunities
  • Develop a defined list of actions that need

There has been a number of emails flying around, concerning a number of points that we as the Sailing Club sailing committee should consider as:-

  1. Training – what is available to members - when best to do it, who can deliver and offer support
  2. Racing formats – times between races type of races
  3. Getting members back on the water
  4. Open meeting formats and combined fleets
  5. Bart’s Bash event

Please can you consider the above and let me have your thoughts

Kind regards


Bartley Sailing Club Sailing Com Chair

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Bartley on tour

Congratulations to our Supernova travellers at Exmouth last weekend. Steve Hawley finishing 11th, Chris Hawley finishing 9th & Mike Gibson finishing 2nd.

Full results are available at :


The RS400's are off to Locks next weekend & the RS Southern Champs will be the weekend of the 20/21 June - stay tuned for more results!

If you have any results or reports that you'd like posting to the blog, let me know or you could even have a go yourself!

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