A huge 'thank you' to Glyn and John for taking on the flagpole refurbishment over the weekend. It has been lowered, sanded and painted over the weekend and will be re-roped and pulled back upright on Wednesday. And the best thing of all? - they saw a job that needed doing, checked the committee were OK with their idea, and just got on with it - more of this approach gratefully received!
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Just a reminder that we shall have 24 Toppers arriving this Sunday for a training day. They will be on the water for about 4 hours from roughly 10.30 onwards with 3 RYA / ITCA Coaches. We shall be using 4 rescue boats for the training, and club racing may be on a reduced area of the reservoir depending on the exercises taking place.
The following week we have a similar number returning for the Topper Open meeting. Cruising, SUP, and radio boating can all take place concurrently but it is unlikely that we can run club racing due to the number of boats attending. If you are on the water please keep clear of racing boats.
Please extend a warm welcome to any visitors - this is the first time in many years that Bartley has run Topper training and a Topper Open and we are hoping that it is the beginning of promoting the class at the club as a pathway for our K2O juniors. There are still a few places left for the Open meeting so if you know any club Topper sailors who have not signed up please encourage them to do so.
Note to visitors - if you wish to leave your Topper at Bartley for the week to save transporting it both weekends just let me know on
Sunday looked a bit damp and overcast so you could understand if our visitors from Trimpley SC had decided to stay in bed, but the great news was that they turned out in force with 5 GP14s, 4 Lasers, and a K1 to enjoy 4 coached races and a debrief in the sunshine at the end of the day. Thanks to all who helped out on the day and to our visitors for packing their boats up and making the journey. It was great to meet you all.
Please welcome our visiting sailors from Trimpley this Sunday. They usually have a club weekend away at Plas Menai but for obvious reasons couldn't go this year so Bartley is the substitute (well Frankley Beeches almost looks like a welsh mountain and the water comes from Wales). Many of you will know the Trimpley sailors from the Open circuit or mid-week sailing so please extend a warm welcome. Hope you all have a great day!
* Have never sailed in an offshore sailing boat and would like to do so for the first time,
*Already own or have a share in an offshore boat here in the UK or abroad - this may be an avenue to get some willing hands to help you move your boat from time to time, or just have some company during trips,
* Have previously done some offshore sailing and would now like to build on this with some RYA qualifications (Comp Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster),
* Would like to meet other Club members with a view to forming an offshore boating syndicate (shared boat ownership),
* Need to mileage build before taking the next RYA qualification,
* Are considering entering a team for offshore racing events i.e. Round the Island,
* Would like to attend meetings to listen to guest speakers, to learn more about the fun of offshore sailing.
Depending on the level of interest and with the support of the Committee, I may look to start a Bartley offshore section. Please speak to me at the Club (usually there on Saturdays or Wednesday afternoon) or drop me a text.
Thanks, Greg (07982 417622)
It is with great sadness that I share the news of Derek's passing in the early hours of this morning. Derek was Commodore of the sailing club from 2007 to 2012 and a regular sailor in his Solo and RS400. He initiated and completed many club improvement projects and was a well known and much loved member of our club, we shall miss him. Our thoughts are with his wife Christine and the family at this sad time. If you wish to send a message of condolence to the family please send to Guy Mason on email address and he will pass them on.
The Unknown Shore.
Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away,
With no response to a friendly hail,
In the silent hush of the twilight pale,
When the night stoops down to embrace the day
And the voices call in the water's flow.
Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away.
Through purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the unknown sea,
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To mystic isles, where at anchor lay
The craft of those who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.
A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barques were anchored near,
Some loving souls that my heart held dear
In silent sorrow will drop a tear;
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In mooring sheltered from the storm and gale,
And greeted friends who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.
(Elizabeth Clark Hardy)
There will be a few of you who don't read the communications and will be late to the start line on Saturday / Sunday. Lets just say I have done the best I can - this is the routine until either Covid guidance changes again or Spring arrives! The Autumn race series is up and running - ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
It has been a quieter year than normal for competitions but the good news is that the Regional Junior Championship fleets are going ahead at Draycote this Saturday. This annual event is for Midland youth sailors to compete and practice their skills. Last year we won and achieved 2nd in the Feva class. This year our travelling juniors are now classed as youth sailors so we are fielding a much reduced fleet until the next generation join the party!
In the Topper Class Millie is representing Bartley in a fleet of 39, and new member Finley is dropping out of his Laser 4.7 and getting back in his Optimist for the event with 21 signed on in this class. The weather looks lively so the racing should be great. Best of luck to both competitors.
As you will know from the news we all need to play our part in tackling the Covid 19 pandemic. The changes laid out by the government affect us as follows:
1) Everyone on site MUST sign in. Sailing Members need to leave name, phone number, and sail number on the signing on sheet so we can get in touch. Non-members must sign in at Tilly's to provide name and contact details. For Group Members and non-sailing water sports (SUP, Kayak, and Radio Boaters etc...) please sign in either at OOD hut or Tilly's so we know you are on site.
2) We will start the Autumn sailing race programme on Saturday. You will be required to sign on for the races so we can collect details for track and trace as well as processing the results. Cruising boats MUST also sign on at the OOD hut. The race series and cruising is an organised sporting event. Bartley SC is the organising authority. Spectators are not participants in the sporting event and the rule of 6 applies when onshore.
3) There shall be NO gathering at the OOD hut when signing on. Please queue at a social distance and follow the 1 way system shown below around the OOD hut. The OOD can delay the start of the race if this takes a little more time than usual. Please be patient..
4) The club has a Covid-19 QR code which will be displayed around the site. When the NHS COVID-19 APP is live all visitors will be able, and are encouraged to register their presence on site using this App.
We continue to monitor the government requirements and the RYA interpretation of the guidance to ensure compliance. The current status with the galley and level to which we can open the clubhouse remains unchanged at this time. The Galley operates as both takeaway and table service. Screens have recently been erected as an extra level of protection. Tilly's will continue to review guidance and update their operating procedures as required.
All members have their part to play in controlling the spread of the virus so please do not come to the club if you are symptomatic, and please make the new protocols your routine so we can all enjoy our exercise on the water.
Thanks to all who attended the AGM and adhered to the Covid 19 protocols. We reviewed the club financial statements and club report and then voted in the following committee with effect from 1st October 2020:
Commodore Simon Hardiman
Vice Commodore Nigel Hudson
Rear Commodore David Jones
Hon Secretary Hugo Russell
Hon Treasurer Chris Bownes
Ben Julian SUP Club Interests
Benn Freeman ASF Interests
Jennifer Foort Marketing and Membership
Kerry Webb Training Centre Principal
Steve Ward Facilities Management
Tony Cliff Financial support to the Treasurer
Thanks were given to Caroline Whitehouse for her club leadership through some pretty tough times, and to Tony Cliff for his considerable efforts in the Treasurer role whilst working 60 hour weeks in his day job.
Guy Mason was awarded an honorary membership for 16 years service on the Committee at Bartley.
Over 20 youths enjoyed the UKLA and Andrew Simpson Foundation Laser training at the weekend in some very challenging conditions. One thing is for sure, their gust response will have improved significantly over the two days! Watch out this weekend though as Bartley's 7 participants are likely to be that bit nearer the front of the fleet!
Seven of our Laser youth sailors will take part in the UKLA / Andrew Simpson Foundation training on Saturday and Sunday. 25 boats are signed up for training provided by the UKLA Squad coaching team so please extend a warm welcome to any visitors.
The weekend promises to bring high value training so watch out for our youth sailors in the club racing the following weekend, we expect them to be moving up the fleet rankings with their newly developed skills. Hope you all have a great time!
The club AGM will take place on 19th September at the side of the clubhouse by the containers. All attendees must wear facemasks and maintain at least 1m+ social distance. The AGM will be outside to avoid surface contact and provide ventilation so please dress appropriately. There will be no seating. It will commence at 3pm and we hope to complete within the hour. If you are queuing to get into the meeting area please do so at 2m distance, we won't start until all who wish to attend are signed in. The AGM is the only scheduled Club business meeting and an opportunity for members to review the status and progress the club has made.
To cater for the AGM the club races have been pulled forward for the day. Pursuit 1 will be at 11.00 and Pursuit 2 will be at 13.00 so please make sure you get to the club earlier if you want to participate.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
A great day was had by all at the Merlin Open on Sunday. Race Officer Steve Ward efficiently ran 4 races for the 15 entrants on the day in lovely force 3 to 4 conditions from the South West. A few cruising boats enjoyed a sail too with a Tasar and 2 Mirrors out in the beautiful weather
There were 3 Bartley boats from our growing fleet out on the water who were in a mid-fleet race of their own. The full results are on the results tab on the website.
1st Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby - Blithfield SC
2nd Simon Potts and James Dawes - Burghfield SC
3rd Matt Biggs and Becka Jones - Blithfield SC
1st Silver Fleet James Goss and Chris Whitehouse - South Staffs SC
1st Bronze Fleet Nigel and Freya Hudson - Bartley SC
Well done to the winners.
Thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event and to Debbie Degge for the photo.
Congratulations to Sam Knight and Chris Bownes for winning the Barts Bash on Saturday. 34 boats took to the water for a fantastic race in perfect conditions. John Knight came 2nd in the Supernova and Megan Hardiman 3rd in a Laser Radial. At the time of writing that placed Bartley boats in 7th, 10th and 15th out of 76 worldwide entries.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise £165 towards much needed repairs on the club fleet ready for the RYA OnBoard fleet activity at the Regional Junior Championships that will be taking place on 26th September at Bartley.
It would be great to get as many sailors as possible participating - A small donation to the club is requested (£5 or so) but not mandated for taking part. All proceeds will go towards maintenance of the club fleet of sailing boats.
The race will be a handicap race and will commence at 11.30 for 1hr or so. The race course will be measured, elapsed times recorded and entered into the Barts Bash results system so participants can see where their results are relative to sailors participating all around the country. You will need to sign on at the OOD hut and leave any donations there too for this one so don't forget.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Bartley SC looks forward to welcoming the Merlin Rockets back on September 13th. Please could all competitors follow instructions around the site regarding Covid-19 and be aware that the changing rooms are not yet open for use. Full Galley service is available.
There will be no club racing during this event.
Best of luck to Josh, Megan and new Bartley member Finley who are travelling to Weymouth for the Laser 4.7 Nationals next week. The weather looks great and the competition strong so it should be a fantastic event. Good luck team Bartley!
I will also participate in the Laser Standards against various world, European, and National champions so it is less about luck for me and more about a miracle! Looking forward to bobbing around in the waves though.