With all the wind recently here is a quick trip across the pond in a force 5.
Bartley Sailing Club Blog
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 sa...
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Following developments in government advice and the stance on boating recommended by the RYA the committee have decided to open Bartley SC for recreational watersports on the following basis:
Aim: To enable those who wish to participate in exercise to do so through recreational watersports at a safe social distance within the government and RYA guidelines.
Summary: Recreational sailing will commence, there will be no racing provision or schedule. Those wishing to participate in sailing will also be expected to take a turn on rescue cover. Government guidelines on social distancing are expected to be adhered to at all times. The club member accepts the risks and accepts their responsibility to follow hygiene protocols and distancing rules for the safety of themselves, other water users, and the rights of the club and its directors.
There will be a trial session on Wednesday 27th May at 14.00hrs please register your interest to nullnull (numbers may be limited if there is a large uptake)
Conditions of participation:
- a.Any Bartley SC member who launches a craft must be confident in their ability to handle the prevailing conditions. This means (but is not limited to) that they should not expect to require any form of external rescue during their exercise time.
- b.Any member who launches a craft must be able to launch and recover whilst maintaining 2m social distance. This may require additional painter length or similar. The craft's owner is responsible for ensuring that this can be done.
- c.Attendees should be able to rig their boats without assistance. Should assistance be required (for example) to step a mast then this should be carried out at a distance of 2m and both parties wash their hands / wipe down with antiseptic wipes afterwards
- d.There will be no activity on the water in winds above 20 knots.
- a.The club gates will be open giving access to the car park. Please park with one free space between vehicles where possible.
- b.The clubhouse will open only as far as the disabled toilet which can be used by members. If a member uses this facility it is their responsibility to clean down surfaces before and after use. The floor has been marked for social distancing to assist members.
- c.There is NO access to showers or changing facilities. Water users are expected to arrive / depart changed or to change in the carpark. The toilet facility is not to be used as a changing room.
- d.There will be no Galley service.
- e.It is the member's responsibility to ensure adequate hand washing / hygiene after they have touched surfaces that others may have come into contact with
- f.All members are expected to stay alert and social distance at all times on site
- 3.Rescue cover
- a.There will be 1 rescue craft on the water and one on standby for launch at all times that recreational sailing is taking place. These shall be the orange Jaffas
- b.The orange Jaffas have been marked out for social distancing. When 2 people from a different household are in the rescue boat they must observe the social distancing and sit at opposite ends of the craft (if they are from the same household this doesn't apply)
- c.Rescue crews are expected to remain ashore at social distance until such a time that they are needed. The OOD may wish to restrict the sailing area depending on conditions to ensure that any rescue can be executed swiftly if required
- d.The requirement for any craft to assist another that is in difficulty is emphasised i.e. a sailing boat can assist another that is in trouble
- e.In the event of a rescue the rescue boat shall remain at a distance greater than 2m from the boat in difficultly until the crew have resolved the situation
- f.In a situation where the boat in difficulty is in such a position where there is threat to life (entrapment, heart attack etc.) then the rescue crew shall remove the person in difficulty from the water as priority and ensure suitable first aid / emergency services are called. The crew are then expected to carry out usual hygiene protocols. This situation should be prevented by adherence to item 1a.
- g.By attending the club for sailing on one or more occasions a member accepts that they will conduct rescue duty on the above basis. Those who do not attend are not expected to carry out a duty or come to the club.
- h.Rescue duty will be organised by the participants and will not be administered by dutyman. Only those who wish to participate need conduct a rescue duty.
- i.An OOD will be nominated by the participants for each sailing session. Their decision is final on all matters.
- j.The rescue crew shall consist of an OOD and 1 other for the duration of the session. The OOD must remain consistent throughout the session. The 1 other may be rotated throughout the session.
- k.The rescue boat shall be launched and recovered in line with social distancing rules. As an example members should position themselves at 2m intervals on the launch rope and one person may push the boat from the rear. Launch and recovery is the responsibility of those attending the session. If there are insufficient people in attendance to safely launch and recover the rescue boat (minimum 5 people) then the session shall be postponed until sufficient members arrive or cancelled in the case of insufficient members.
- 4.Recreational sessions:
- a.The SUP club will follow their specific guidelines for access to, and safety on the water
- b.There will be no racing or race programme. No temporary marks will be used, no flags or sound signals shall be used. Sessions are for exercise and wellbeing
- c.Members who wish to participate in recreational sailing will need access to Whatsapp, or buddy with someone who does who can relay communication. The Whatsapp group shall be used to confirm the OOD and rescue member prior to the session starting. Particpants shall let the OOD know if they plan to attend via the Whatsapp group so that rough numbers are understood. The OOD shall determine whether to finish a session early or start late if Whatsapp communication indicates participant numbers are low
- d.Those wishing to participate need to send their name and mobile number to so they can be added to the Whatsapp group and the club can keep track of who is active should it be required for track and trace.
- e.The OOD may choose to limit the number of people on the water during sessions in line with the prevailing conditions. Their decision is final.
- f.Single hander sailing and double handers where the helm and crew members are from the same household only are permitted
- g.Participants must only use their own equipment and clothing, no club boats or clothing are to be used at this time
- h.Social distancing shall be maintained whilst rigging and moving around the boat park
- i.The club will be open and sailing may take place between the following hours;
- i.Tuesdays – 6.30pm to 8pm
- ii.Wednesdays – 2pm to 4.30pm
- iii.Saturdays – 10am to 4pm
- iv.Sundays – 10am to 4pm
- a.If you have symptoms or belong to a high-risk group, please stay at home
- b.If you have had the virus, please stay away from the club for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone
- c.If you contract the virus and have sailed at the club in the week prior, please let the club directors know as a matter of urgency.
The situation will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as guidance changes. Club members accept and are bound by the conditions above by entering the club premises. Any club member not adhering to the conditions shall be reported to the committee as a matter of urgency.
We hope that all of our members enjoy their watersports at Bartley SC
One from Bartley Bear showing the importance of a good start. Harrison pulls the trigger right on the gun and pops out of the front of the fleet (the 4.7 half way down the line) before the bigger rigs pick up more speed. Have a look at the difference in positions just a few seconds after the start, it is already possible to predict the front / back of the fleet at the windward mark.
The Committee met last night for quite a long meeting to discuss the usual agenda items of funds and maintenance, and also to discuss the latest guidance and government approach to the coronavirus. Agreement was reached on how Bartley SC can provide access to the water for outdoor exercise whilst maintaining social distancing requirements and the date for an initial trial and on what grounds participation can occur will be communicated by dutyman e-mail shortly. When you receive this information please take time to read all of the conditions and ensure you are prepared to comply with these before making the journey to the club. This is for your protection, the protection of those around you, and the protection of the club and its directors.
If you are not receiving dutyman e-mails then please let me know on and I can make sure you are added to the circulation and receive this information (please check your trash / spam folders first) .
Happy Sunday everyone! The sun is out and the 11.00 VR Inshore has just concluded with some great racing as usual. RS400 seemed to be going well this morning so here is a picture of the man in action in a real boat - Sean mark rounding in some strong winds.
Chris and Wayne making the RS400 look like a casual Sunday sail.
Many members have been asking when the club can be open for sailing again and whether the committee are working on any plans. The current Government status and RYA guidance is that with the latest easing of restrictions boating can take place in England with social distancing maintained (i.e. multi-person craft must be from the same household if distancing can't be maintained). This sounds ideal but there is a lot to consider before opening the club on such a basis. Spinnaker SC opened immediately but with no rescue cover, Barnt Green are opening for cruising on Sunday but only require rescue to be crewed by 1 person, Padstow harbour have opened for resident dinghies, the list goes on.
The committee have so far conducted a risk analysis to highlight all the areas where there is risk if we were to open which includes protecting the wishes of our membership (i.e. some may be happy to come to the club in a manner where social distancing can be maintained, others are not yet prepared to leave the house or can't as they are in a high risk group). On the practical side the club has been measured out for 2m social distancing and one-way traffic. This includes the OOD hut and rescue craft (the 2 Jaffas meet social distancing requirements, Ribs could be used but only with same household crews).
The committee are now preparing a standard working procedure for the various stages of lockdown where 5 is total lockdown and the club is closed and level 1 is pre-virus status and fully open. The current government status is level 4 and the document will identify on what (if any) basis the club can open at each corresponding level.
All of these documents and procedures will be reviewed on 20th May at the committee meeting and we will update our membership shortly afterwards.
Thanks to all who have provided input, highlighted risks, and provided potential solutions to some of the more difficult problems to overcome before re-opening.
Can he be beaten? It seems not! Top of the leader board in all 3 classes again with some great performances. Special mention to Jennifer Foort for winning the Nacra race today.
Series 4 starts tomorrow - lets hope it is the last one we have to do 'virtually'. 49ers followed by J-70s then the Star class for a bit of match racing. Hope to see you there.
One for the windsurfers - a much underrated sailing discipline which provides a full workout whilst propelling the sailor at speeds of over 30 knots. It requires balance, technique and great gust response but the rewards are fantastic - there is nothing like a bit of chop hopping in a force 5 to 6 to provide that ear to ear grin!
Oops almost forgot today as daughter number 2 was using the computer for her on-line exams at my normal log on time!
Anyway, here is one to remind us we have a load of windsurf equipment on site so lets hope Andrew Simpson Centre can get some new windsurfers up and running when we get back on the water!
It was Megan's turn in the Eric Twiname championships on Saturday in the 4.7 VR Inshore fleet. She had 4 great races with lots of tactical moves required to move up the leader board. She was 3rd in her heat placing her 6th overall. A few have questioned why her VR boat is 'Silver Lady' which goes back to early regattas where she always came second to get the silver and Richard at K2O nicknamed her the 'Silver Lady'.
Millie would have been at Rutland this weekend competing for the Midland Topper zone in the RYA Eric Twiname championships, instead the racing was run through VR Inshore. There were 4 races with 3 to count. Millie's practice in the Bartley series seemed to pay off as she got some great starts in her races and read the shifts and pressure well. She was in a group of 16 sailors and was 3rd in her group. When all 65 competitors had completed their racing the scores were consolidated and Millie was placed 13th overall and 2nd Midland sailor - well done Millie.