Chicken curry and a hot drink on offer this Saturday for £5 when it gone it's gone!! please pre order b4 sailing other food options available also.
Many thanks Dee
You may have noticed the nights drawing in. The change in race times to allow for this catches members out every year so make sure it is not you this time!
11.00 Handicap race 1 (including Novice and Juniors)
14.30 Handicap 2
The weather look lovely (especially compared with last weekend) so come along and enjoy the water.
The 7th October brought sunshine and, after a brief postponement, a perfect force 3 from the South West for the 2018 Sailing Chandlery Midland Series Solo open.
The wind direction meant a windward - leeward course was the order of the day with long beats followed by long runs making the racing tactical and tight. In the first 2 races the fleet was split by under 3 minutes first to last boat at the finish line.
Two races were run back to back in the morning with Alan Bishop (Girton) taking the 1st race followed by Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes) and Howard Eeles (Bartley), with Nigel Davies (Draycote) getting ahead in the second followed by Ian Ingram and Alan Bishop.
A welcome lunch of chicken curry from Dee and the galley crew was taken before the two afternoon races.
The afternoon saw a course change to add a couple of reaching legs into the mix but this didn't phase the front runners with Alan Bishop taking another 1st, Nigel Davies in second, and Bob Suggitt of Barnt Green SC claiming third.
Ian Capener (Bartley) finally found his form to take the final race of the day from Chris Brown (Draycote) in second and Ian Ingram in third.
The final results showed just how tight the racing had been with 2nd and 3rd place tied, and 4th and 5th place tied bringing the low points scoring system into play to differentiate the final placings:
1st Alan Bishop (Girton)
2nd Nigel Davies (Draycote)
3rd Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes)
4th Ian Capener (Bartley)
5th Bob Suggitt (Barnt Green)
Oldest boat prize Huw Davies (Bartley)
Thanks to David and Ed Badger for all their efforts to organise the day, the photos, the new committee boat flag mast holder (fantastic), and the prizes.
I called at the club this afternoon. Sadly there are a number of boats on their side. These are mainly in the middle of the boat park and include but not only...1 lark 2 national 12s 2 supernovas 1 bug the firstv2 rows by the water appeared to be ok. There are alao a couple of torn covers . Its meant to be windy tomorrow but it would be good if you checked your baotd tomorrow.
Lots of hot snacks available from the galley this weekend, including home made soup, hot pastries, breakfast menu to choose from also salad sandwiches ready for you to just grab and go.
Fully stocked bar is also open if you don't fancy risking the weather 🌪🌪
See you soon Dee
Finally an account from Megan in the Laser 4.7s and Millie in the RS Teras:
I loved my time at the RYA regional junior championships at Grafham water. I went there to see where I am in comparison to other laser 4.7 sailors in the country and I also loved having fun with some of my greatest friends. In the past, I have attended many events in my Rs Tera sport and pro but for the majority of these events, I have travelled with my family. I love doing this very much but it was so nice to see familiar faces at the hotel and on the water during and between races. I got such a boost of confidence from doing this event and I just wanted to briefly outline my experience at the competition.
I arrived at the premier inn on Friday night safely with my boat, Millie’s boat and, much to Harrison’s relief, his boat. I could hardly sleep that night- I was excited and nervous for the next day. I ate breakfast with Harrison, Cecily and Millie on Saturday and then I went to Grafham water. I rigged up and got changed. After a short briefing, I sailed off to the start line and then got to know the ways of the wind. We started racing promptly. I did not have such a good day of racing- I came 46th in the first race, 51st in the second and 38th in the 3rd race (out of 66). I was determined to do better the next day, particularly because I’d let my biggest rival, Harrison, slip past me in 2 of the 3 races! After the first day, I was 50th, just below Harrison and close to Josh.
The next day, I did some great racing. The wind was perfect (stronger than the day before) and I ended up 2nd around the windward mark in the 1st race! I was amazed and, of course, delighted! I went on to overtake the boy in 1st place before leading the race around the 2nd mark!!! I went on to finish the race in an incredible 14th place after losing a few places downwind and on the second beat. I did not do so well in the other 2 races (56th and 61st) but I just really enjoyed my last few moments sailing in a big fleet with my Bartley friends in planning conditions. Overall, I finished 48th feeling happy about the weekend yet sad that it was all over.
Over the course of the weekend, I think that I learnt some very valuable skills- how to raft up (thanks to Harrison), golden syrup, maple flavoured, with pancakes is great as a sailor’s breakfast, never eat muffins on the morning of a competition if your name’s Cecily and, aside from the other things I have mentioned, never give up!
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my Dad for taking me and helping me, my Mum for supporting me, Marie Allen and Kerry Webb for also supporting me and Kerry again for taking some great photos during the weekend. Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Cecily, Josh, Harrison and Millie for being so supportive and funny and providing me with great competition throughout the weekend. It is sad that event had to end but we can look forward to future competitions. Go team Bartley!
And from Millie:
I really enjoyed the weekend because of all my friends and family were with me and it was just generally an extremely fun and jam-packed weekend full of enjoyable sailing. There were 4 girls in the RS Tera fleet so 1 of us wasn't going to get a medal so we were all fighting for a place in the top 3. On the first day I was 3rd girl then on the next day I moved up to 2nd. Overall we had a great time with muffins and golen syrup, maple flavoured. Thank you very much to all of the Bartley sailors who came and made me have a lot of fun and thank you very much to my family for taking me. It was definitely worth it!
Briefing at 10.30 followed by 4 races. Current forecast - light southwesterly, beautiful sunshine, and plenty of water in the reservoir after the rain on Saturday.
We are hoping for a strong turnout so why not pop down to watch proceedings over a breakfast, lunch, or a swift half from the Bar.
Best of luck to our Bartley Solo sailors.
John Ling won the Cotswold Open with Richard taking a strong 6th place (and Robin doing what I would have done looking at the conditions and exiting stage left to go and watch some paint dry...)
However - just to prove that it is possible to get ahead of John, here is a photo of Richard in the lead before a full on mugging by the chasing fleet.
Only 9 more days until the Bartley Laser Open and Midland Traveller series finale. Make sure you get to the club for a practice tomorrow!
Last time we heard from Theo and Josh, this time it is Cecily and Harrisons turn...
First from Cecily: