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RYA Junior Regional Championships - in their own words part 1

A few of our juniors participated in the RYA Junior Regional Championships at the weekend - each has written a short blog of their experience to share with you. We hope you enjoy reading them. The first 2 are Theo who sailed at Northampton in his Optimist and Josh who sailed in his Laser 4.7 in his first National competition.

Firstly from Josh who is a Barnt Green sailor who is with us while they wait for the water levels to rise:

I went down to Grafham water not really for the competition but for the experience and the chance to get to know some of the junior sailors at Bartley Green a little better. I can happily say that I have rarely been in the company of more supportive and friendly people. They guided me through loading by boat into the car all the way to shouting friendly banter on the start line. For someone who has always raced at a club it was a shock to be sitting on the start line with 66 other laser 4.7s, but I felt in my element and enjoyed every single second. I hope to go back and see if can improve on my disastrous score. But the only way is up and with the facilities at both Barnt and Bartley Green I'm sure I will improve at least a little!

Enjoying the company at the Premier Inn after a hard days sailing

Dressed up and ready to go - team Barntley!


The second account is from another Barnt Green sailor who has joined us at K2O this season - Theo in his Optimist:

At the Midlands RYA Junior Regional Championships at Northampton SC there were 10 different fleets. I was at the top of the second most competitive racing fleet, the championship Optimist fleet.

Even though we only had nine sailors, it was still very competitive racing. I had had a lot of training, including the Optimist Nationals, the pre-Nationals training, K20 every weekend and Rockley in the holidays. On the Saturday the weather wasn’t the best. We had a load of wind shifts and the wind kept on suddenly disappearing, but the Sunday was way better - we only had to move the course once and I won two races so that was a great day of racing. Me and Dilara Soyer (from Draycote) were fighting for first and second place in most races and she ended up getting first overall and I was second. I also earned a Values prize for respecting the rules because I did my turns straight away when I hit a mark and still won the race.

My two friends, Ben and Shay, who have done some sailing at Bartley as well (hooray!) were in the fun onboard fleet that was for people who hadn’t done any racing before which is great for beginners. Next year hopefully they will be in the main fleet!

Well-done to the eastern tribe of Bartley sailors who went to Grafham. Thank you to Bartley Sailing Club for training us to be awesome sailors.


Theo in action...

Ben, Theo, and Shay - good sailing, great friends - what could be better!


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Good luck to our K2O sailors at the RYA Championships this weekend!

Good luck Josh, Harrison, and Megan in the 66 strong Laser 4.7 fleet, Theo in the Optimists, Millie in the Teras, and Cecily in the Toppers!

With the event in the Midalnds attracting over 100 sailors and the Eastern area attracting over 200 sailors it promises to be quite a weekend.

The K2O convoy sets off along the A14 tomorrow night - give us a wave if you see us!

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Saturday race times remain at 11.30, 13.00, 15.00 until 13th Oct Inclusive

Hello to all Saturday racers. Last week I noticed that the calendar was showing an earlier pull forward of race times than is usual. This will be corrected shortly, however in the mean time for your information the races will remain as:

11.30 Handicap 1

13.00 Pursuit

15.00 Handicap 2

Up to and including 13th October when the light starts to fade.

Apologies for the confusion, I don't think it had any impact last week as I waited for everyone to get on the water who had turned up to sail.

Best regards

Simon / Sailing Committee

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Level 2 Powerboat Training - last course of the year for BSC members 21st / 28th Oct - only £30!

Level 2 power boat training spaces available for last course of the year, 21 and 28th Oct

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.

It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

We have spaces on the next course being run over the 21 and 28 Oct 2018. The course costs £30 to cover club costs.

To book your space, please contact Dave Jones via or phone:  07887406585

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Bartley on-tour success continues...

I was wondering why the club racing was so quiet over the weekend - now I know... The 400s had gone to Notts County, the Supernovas to Burton, and the Lasers and Phantoms to Shustoke! And the results show just what a great standard of sailors we have; Sam and John Knight 3rd in the 400s, Mike Gibson 1st and Garry Butterfield 2nd in the Supernovas, John Ling 1st and me 5th in the Lasers, and Andy Bownes 4th in the Phantoms. Well done to all our travellers, but don't stay away too long as the Autumn series just started at Bartley and it looks like whilst the cat is away the mice will play...there are some new names at the top of the scoresheets at the moment (Howard and Sean, Tony Jacks, Mark Walker) just waiting to be challenged :)

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Foort, Paul Williamson, Supernova Association.


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Upcoming Dinghy Instructor Course

Me again, 

Morning all, Benn from Rockley has asked me to circulate some information regarding an upcoming RYA Dinghy Instructor Course.

Our RYA Dinghy Instructor course will run on the 29th October to the 2nd November 2018 and will cost £200 for club members. We are also able to offer the following Pre-requisites:

RYA Pre Entry Assessment Training and Assessment Weekend

20th & 21st October


RYA Pre Entry Assessment

21st October


RYA Powerboat Level 2

27th & 28th October


RYA Safe and Fun

Online Course


All enquirires are to be directed to Benn


07398 564615

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Commodore's Corner

Morning Folks,

I hope you all had a fun weekend, preferably with some sailing involved.


We RS 400's went to Notts County and were again met with amazing hospitality.  Sam and John Knight were flying the Bartley flag and came home with a 3rd place but the top 3 boats were so close.  Sam and John are regularly proving to be at the very top of the 400 fleet and their hard work and pererverance over the last couple of years is really paying off.  The treasurer and I had a more leisurely sail in the middle of the fleet and enjoyed the bar games on saturday night.

Later this week we will be producing a summary of the EGM and what was discussed and if anyone who couldn't attend would like further information then please contact me. 

Hope to see as many of you out on the water as possible in the cooling winter months.

Best Wishes





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Optimist-ic for Theo...

Well done to Theo Smith who managed an excellent 5th place at Shustoke's Optimist Open meeting behind the current top girl in the country and 4 ex-squad members.

Theo's next competition will be at the RYA Zone Championships at Northampton S.C. in a week and a half's time where he is hoping to secure a place in the Optimist Squad for himself.

Wishing you every success Theo!

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Navigation Theory Courses

If anyone is interested in a Navigation Theory Course please see the attached poster and contact:

http://www.splashadventure.co.uk/">www.splashadventure.co.uk or call Neill on 07868 845039 email Neill@splasadventure.co.uk">Neill@splasadventure.co.uk

Other courses available are:

Marine First Aid

Yachtmaster Theory

VHF DSC Radio License

Day Skipper Practical’s

Yachtmaster Practical’s

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Summer End of Series Regatta

Thanks to all who supported yesterday's end of series regatta and prize giving.

The working party cleared a large fallen branch and general dedris from the top of the boat park, cleaned up a club Phantom ready for sale, cleaned the 2.4m boats which we hope to sell on during the week, mowed the grass, strimmed the area adjacent to the garage, edged the grass / curbs, and polished the trophies. Thanks to all who worked hard to make the club ship shape - as they say 'many hands make light work'.

The K2O junior group were out in force with a great sailing session in a sunny force 3 followed by the award of their RYA certificates. Congratulations to all.

We had plenty of potential new member visits with Nigel Hudson kindly taking 2 prospective members out in his National 12 for a joy ride, and a further 2 taking advantage of John Ling's laser to remind them what dinghy sailing is all about after a number of years yachting. There was further interest in K2O membership with a taster session arranged for a junior next week. Thanks to Nigel and John for stepping up at the last minute to show what Bartley can provide.

We also welcomed an Enterprise (Graham and Jennifer) and a Laser (Tony) from Earlswood who will be joining us until the end of November whilst the water levels replenish at their home club. Please say hello if you you see them at the club.

The afternoon racing saw over 20 boats taking to the start line. The first race favoured the asymetrics with some screaming reaches for them to power through - high on the 'grin factor' for all. Howard and Sean took the win with some exemplary RS400 sailing. The second race was more windward / leeward and, with a falling breeze, favoured the single handers with David Badger taking the win in this race.

The overall regatta was won by John Ling showing consistency pays. David Badger got the Sliver medal spot followed by a joint 3rd place on points for Howard and Sean, shared with Harry in his Solo. First Junior was Sean and first Junior helm was Millie in her RS Tera who sailed for nearly 80 minutes in each race!

For the Summer Series the winners were:

Gary 'O' trophy for Handicap 1 Saturday        Neil Boneham

Asterix Cup for Saturday Pursuit                    Mike Gibson

Vic Lewis Cup for Handicap 2 Saturday         Mike Gibson

Sunday fun series                                           Roger Pass

Junior                                                              Harisson Allen

Novice                                                             Hanah Milne


The raffle turned into an auction for the Gill Gillet and buoyancy aid raising £65 for the club

After a curry and a drink many members joined the EGM upstairs to review the current financial situation and plans for the club

Again - thanks to all who supported this enjoyable day.

Some photos.... (by the way if you want to buy the Phantom it is going on apolloduck today)





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