Happy VE day! I hope you enjoy whatever you are doing to celebrate.
Good luck too to our sailors representing the Midlands in the Eric Twiname virtual regatta over the weekend we hope you do well.
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For those trying to join the racing last night it was a bit of a struggle. I could communicate with those on Whatsapp so we captured a few but not everyone. I also posted the password as bartley1 in the race title and will do this again if there are issues another time.
I have tested the custom race last night and this morning and it all seems to be running smoothly with the usual password so we will continue to use bartley as usual from tonight.
If there are issues again I will use bartley1 and post on whatsapp and in the race name.
I think the issue arose because they were upgrading the VR app to include Aukland and remove an issue where race scores showed 1st place twice on the leader board. I logged the first race but then it rebooted and the custom race was gone and it wouldn't accept the password. Hopefully this is a one-off and we will be back to normal tonight.
The competition is hotting up (as are the race tactics!). There is feedback and training via Zoom from the 'Master' Bakerboy. Here are the standings up to race 8. Still plenty of time to change the scores - you have to be in it to win it so see you at 6.30pm tonight for more action.
Normally we would be into the Tuesday evening series now. There is nothing quite like the dash from work, the hurried rigging, then forgetting the trials of daily life with an hour sailing with friends followed by a catch up in the club house. The perfect tonic.
K2O was scheduled to start at the weekend introducing the next generation to the enjoyment and benefits of sailing as a sport. Lets hope we can still get some training in this year. In the meantime here are the cheerful sails usually seen on Saturday mornings in the summer.
Today we have Garry ready to go full stretch to level off the Supernova.
A big thank you to Newman University Security who informed us of further fly tipping earlier in the week. This time they got really good CCTV footage of the culprit who happened to be the same person as previously and will give the police much more to go on. They also raised it with Birmingham City Council who have cleared the mess away so the club is back to normal again. We are very grateful for the support from Newman University on this matter and the assistance they have given to the club and the Police and council.
Congratulations to Richard Baker for winning the Star class and 49er class and to Megan Hardiman for winning the Formula 18 class. The competition is getting better and better as the races progress so keep playing and it could be you at the top in series 3.
Speaking of which, series 3 starts on Wednesday at 18.30 and is Offshore Racers, J-70, and Nacra to keep things fresh. 20 races in the series with 50% to count. See you on the start line.
With series 2 of VR Inshore drawing to a close and series 3 ready to start you may be wondering what you need to do to get to the front of the fleet. Here are a few tips:
Good luck it all and keep racing as the big races are the most fun.
It is interesting how sailing fleets change over the years from Mirrors, Larks, GP14s through to the need for speed with RS400s, Moths, RS600s, and anything with a trapeze and Spinnaker. Now days single handers continue to grow in popularity as it is harder to coordinate helm / crew commitments. As a result Bartley has grown very healthy Supernova and Laser fleets.
So today here is a shout out to all the Supernovas with a picture of the Master of the class Mike Gibson. For those unfamiliar with the class it is similar in handicap to a Laser but with a more comfortable hiking position and more sail controls. The sail is fully battened which makes it more powerful and also more tactical downwind as 'velocity made good' (VMG) becomes more of a factor than it is in the laser. Recent hull colours have given the newer boats a very striking appearance. If you are looking to join a growing class at Bartley then the Supernova is definitely worth a look.