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Whizz Bang, Bartley at N12 Burton Week

Take a look at the link below for the Hudsons having a go at the N12 Burton Week in Brixham. Some great photos of 3406 nailing that start line!


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Bartley RS400 Open

Bartley RS400 Open 9th September - report by Sam Knight

Four visitors journeyed to Bartley sailing club in south Birmingham, joining another four home boats for the 6th round of the rooster southern tour. The fleet was greeted with a rip-roaring 20+ knot breeze blowing straight down the lake, promising an epic day of racing. RO Andy Bownes was tasked with a tight five race schedule and promptly had the fleet away for the first race of the day just after 11:30.

With gusts and shifts seemingly firing at random down the length of the lake it was the local boats taking up the early running, with Sam and John Knight taking the early lead, closely pursued by visitors Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon. Demonstrating a disappointing lack of post-holiday rustiness (Having landed less than 24 hours earlier) Sean and Annalise stayed within striking distance, finally taking the lead on the final beat and taking the first bullet of the day. Behind the first two an almighty battle of the siblings saw Adam Whitehoue & Chris Bownes get first race bragging points over Adam’s sister Caroline Downing and Tony Cliff.

With a building breeze it was Nick Eaves and Joe Ironside taking a flyer in race 2, splitting from the fleet soon after the start and reaching the windward mark in the lead. They were soon pegged back by Sam & John and Adam & Chris, who were able to find the best of the breeze downwind. With the wind now peaking in the high 20’s, a few of the more experienced crews were introduced to the notoriously chilly Bartley water, especially sobering for Sean and Annalise after their week diving into lukewarm seas off yachts in the Mediterranean. At the finish the Knights were able to maintain their lead, followed by Adam & Chris and Nick & Joe.

A brief lunch break allowed the crews to speculate on the surprising steadiness of the breeze (for Bartley) and discuss the merits of wearing drysuits, even in the early autumn, before heading out for the afternoon races. There hadn’t been much change in the conditions over the break and the Knights were able to continue their form from the morning races, leading round every mark to take their second bullet of the day. Caroline and Tony were similarly untroubled as they took an easy second, with the real race taking place behind them for third. Adam & Chris were solid for the first two laps, but eventually fell to fourth behind Sean and Annalise, with Stuart Halman and Anna Walsh in close attendance.

The fourth race saw a few of the fleet a little too eager to get going. Three boats returned to have another go at the start, with series leaders Sam & John leaving themselves a bit to do if they wanted a picket fence final score. A lap late, they gave themselves an even bigger challenge by stopping mid- gybe to wash some of the Weymouth salt off their sails, kindly joined by Nick & Joe (“we were following you!”). This was all immaterial as Caroline and Tony sailed off to take the race by the biggest margin of the day, another good result could see them challenge for the overall lead if they could force another bad race from Sam & John. A tight tussle for second saw Adam and Chris just pipping Howard Eeles and Sean Ricketts to the finish

It was a very close first leg from the last start, with the whole fleet within a few boat lengths of each other at the windward mark. Howard and Sean continued to show they had plenty of speed, leading the fleet through the first few laps until they found a bad shift just on their approach to the windward mark. This allowed Sam and John to take the lead, which they never relinquished giving them the overall win. Behind them, Sean & Annalise and Caroline & Tony were inseparable through the last lap with the former just taking second place on the final gybe into the finish.

Back on shore Sam thanked Andy Bownes and his crew for his excellent race management throughout the day, and thanked the visitors for travelling to support the event. Bartley look forward to hosting the 400’s again next year and we look forward to the final Southern tour event at Oxford in October; It looks like an event not to be missed – 12 single lap races planned!

  1. Sam & John             5 pts

  2. Caroline & Tony       10 pts

  3. Sean & Annalise      13 pts

  4. Adam & Chris          14 pts

  5. Stuart & Anna          17 pts

  6. Howard & Sean       18 pts

  7. Nick & Joe               21 pts

  8. John & Mark            32 pts


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Finn-tastic Mr Shinton

The Finn Inland Championships took place at the weekend at Oxford S.C. with Jeremy Shinton representing the club in his first outing to a Finn event. The wind was howling with 3 races per day to challenge the sailors ability and stamina. Jeremy managed to get to the windward mark in the top group in most of the races showing he has competitive upwind speed only to find that the downwind pumping technique allowed in the class required some work and he lost time to the competition on this part of the course.

Overall the event was a great entry into the Finn class racing with Jeremy posting a creditable 16th out of 32 in a competitive fleet.

The only thing that stands between Jeremy and Giles Scott now is a good downwind pumping technique, now who at the club could teach him that....? ;)


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Bartley Lasers 1st and 2nd at Trimpley

Bartley Lasers continued their Midland traveller circuit success with a 1st (John) and 2nd (Simon) place at Trimpley SC at the weekend to follow on from a win at Trent Valley the week before. John Ling now leads the series with only Shustoke, Draycote, Staunton Harold, and the series finale at Bartley left to go. It would be great to see our full laser fleet out on the water for our Open on 14th October so if you own or have access to a laser make sure you put the date in your diary.

(Photo @ Trent Valley SC Courtesy of Jennifer Foort)

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Windsurf Store

Dear Members

If you have any equipment stored in the paid storage Windsurfing Container, you are reminded that all equipment must be clearly marked and identifiable.

As part of the ongoing tidy up of our club any surplus equipment that cannot be properly identified, or storage has not been paid for, is likely to be removed and disposed of in due course.

Regards Caroline 

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Curry, prizes and a bottle race - Celebrating the Tuesday Evening series 2018

26 people sailed in the bottle race on our last Tuesday eveing of the series and of the year with 41 at the prize giving and curry.

Prizes of wine, beer, tape measures, shower gel, fanta, Haribos, and much more were distributed to the worthy winners:

Dave brand over 60 prize

Ian capener the solo scratch

Roger Hopper solo personal handicap

Tom Williams laser personal handicap

Laser scratch John ling

Full results will be posted on the results section of the website shortly.

Thanks to all attendees for making this one of the best years ever. Thanks to John and David for the orgainisation and prizes. Thanks to Dee and the Galley team for feeding us so well and keeping the drink flowing.

Great to see the club house full of happy sailors!


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End of Series Regatta and Prize Giving Saturday 15th Sept 2018

Bartley S.C. looks forward to welcoming all of our members to the Summer ‘End of Series Regatta’ and Summer Series Prize Giving

Schedule for the day:

9.30  K20 Junior Club ‘Mini Regatta’

10.00  Working Party – Top end of Boat Park

12.00  Mini Regatta Prize giving & RYA Certificate presentation for all K2O members. Parents - don't forget your cameras!

13.00  End of Series Regatta (both races to count)

  - Pursuit Race 1 @ 13.00

  - Pursuit Race 2 @ 15.00

  - Novice / Improvers challenge Shield TBC

17.00 (ish)  Curry, Raffle and Prize Giving, followed by EGM.

*** The raffle will be for a BRAND NEW Gill bouyancy aid and Gill Gillet *** (All proceeds to the club)

Hope to see you on the day!

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Galley special this weekend

Hot roast pork on crusty bread with stuffing and gravy yum.

Homemade soup.

All day Breakfast available from 9am till 3pm.

cold sandwiches also available.


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RS400 Open Meeting - 9th September

Calling all RS400 sailors.... it's time to put your club rash vest on, as Bartley SC is the next stop on the Southern Tour.

Our event will be on Sunday 9th September, with registration opening at 9.30am.

Do come along and support your club, and hopefully pit your wits against other sailors from the Southern circuit....who knows, a little local knowledge might help propel you up the fleet!

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THE LAST 2018 Tuesday Night racing (Laser & Solo Series) results 4th Sept Bottle race


Dear Sailors, (Bartley SC 2018 Tuesday night racing season)

What a season we all have had…. In the Lasers we saw on ave 16ish boats attend with a record 23 in the fleet in one evening. In the Solos the strong fleet was slightly less but still in one race 11 turned out…very impressive.

Although it’s sad the series is over we are planning to do some training on some weekends using Imperial sailing mounts to capture valuable footage….

….. more details to follow

What this means is though NEXT TUE we have a bottle race to celebrate to help award the Prizes.

4Th Sept Bottle race, please bring a bottle and give to me at the bar.


Claire & Chris Bownes are on duty and the plan is as follows


All comers (Handicap) start as close to 6.45pm-7pm sharp (as light is fading) any boat…

One start with times taken for each boat. We shall record the fleet scratch positions but the main prizes will be awarded taking into everyone’s personal handicaps from the season that we have….


After racing finishes its back to the bar as Denise has got us curry supper for £3.50 (great deal)  if you can pay before sailing that would help please.


Followed by the prize giving … Solos, Lasers & Handicap fleet.


It’s going to be a great fun evening so everyone is welcome even if you haven’t qualified or not sailed before… ANY BOAT ANY SAILOR!!!!

Kind regards


Bartley SC – Lasers

Mobile: 079 20020036


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