We have 3 fun races tonight on VR inshore. It would be great to get the participants nearer to 20 than the 10 mark so join if you can - The Bartley Beast is waiting....
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Some of you may be aware that Derek Campbell one of our ex-commodores and long standing Bartley SC member has been suffering from ill health for a while now. I received the following from Gloria Rickard today which she asked me to pass on so sailing club members know where they can visit him;
'I spoke to Christine Campbell on Monday and Derek was hopefully being transferred from the place in Tipton to St. Josephs Home in Harborne: 71 Queens Park B32 2LB. Tel.No. 0121 427 2486'
With the lifting of some of the restrictions from lockdown hopefully you can all get out and about, see 6 other people, and take a trip to the club to sail or at least watch the sailing. This hopefully means that you are not reliant on an in-box full of photos to break the boredom so I will drop the posts to 1 or so per week to keep you updated on news and events with the odd photo thrown in for good measure.
I hope you have enjoyed the photos and a big thank you again to Debbie and others who supplied the photos for the last 10 weeks or so - there has been a lot of appreciation shown by isolated members
It has been 10 weeks since our first race of Virtual Sailing back in the last week of March and 4 series later Baker Boy is clearly the outstanding winner - big congratulations to him. The rest of us? Well we have been getting better and the competition has been getting harder, the game has broken down some age barriers and helped many club members get to know each other through the competition as well as providing a lifeline through isolation. Thanks to all who have participated - it has been great fun.
Now as the shoots of spring blossom into summer the shoots of Virtual Sailing are now blossoming into real sailing as the club is once again open for exercise. During this transitional period I will continue to run 3 races in VR Inshore on Wednesday and Sunday evenings just for fun and monitor participation over the next 2 weeks. If numbers are holding up then I will keep it going, if they drop off any further then I will draw it to a close and let those who enjoy the game continue with the public races on offer.
To keep you updated on the easing of lockdown restrictions I will be participating in a 'return to racing' webinar and a 'return to training' webinar both run by the RYA Midlands team in the next 2 weeks which will hopefully provide useful discussion and estimated time-frames for the next steps for the club. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
It has been great to see so many people out on the water (over 30 boats on Saturday) enjoying the champagne sailing conditions, we hope you continue to enjoy the weather and all Bartley can offer at the present time. Unfortunately we did have a member slip and cut their knee on Saturday as the algae has been growing whilst we have been isolating. A stiff broom cleared a lot of it (thanks Nigel and Freya) but please take extra care when launching as it is slippy.
See you on the water soon.
Another one from Wednesday and it looks like the weather will be as warm with a bit more wind on Saturday. If you are coming along don't forget your food, drink, sun cream, and any Covid cleaning essentials you rely on.
I will open the gates at 10.00 and close them at 4 pm on Saturday for those that have been asking.
25 boats enjoyed a leisurely sail in light and variable conditions yesterday afternoon. The system worked well with people keeping their distance and sailing sensibly. and no issues with car parking or use of the facilities. Thanks to Howard for the photo taken from his drone high above the sailors.
I will open up at 10.00 on Saturday. If you are coming for the day don't forget your sandwiches and plenty of sunscreen / water.
Its Bank Holiday Monday!!!! That means we all need a trip to the coast to breath in the salty air and feel the sea breeze - so here you go, the sounds and views from East Portlemouth opposite Salcombe in Devon - a place that the Merlins know well and the Juniors found quite challenging in full ebb tide. Luckily for us that meant a great view as they jostled for position 20 yards from shore.
Baker Boy is looking strong for series 4 but Silver Lady seems to be specialising in the J-70 class this time - still time to turn the results on their head though.... Next race at 14.30 today - the weather is a bit grey today so why not join us.
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) .