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A Photo a Day.

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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VR Inshore password issue

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.

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A Picture a Day.

I guess there are more ways than 1 to propel a boat (what are we teaching them in K2O!). Thanks to Jonathan North for this photo.

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VR Inshore scores after race 8

 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.

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A Picture a Day.

Tom and Megan get to grips with the Feva 

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A Picture a Day.

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. 

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A Photo a Day...

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. 

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A Picture a Day

Mark just about keeping control of the Aero. 

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A Picture a day and a big thank you to Newman University Security Staff.

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.

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A Picture a Day

A Stylised one of Wayne and Chris going at 200 mph in the RS400 ...

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A Picture a Day...

Ollie - a Barnt Green / Bartley Green sailor and medium wind specialist - always one to look out for when you think you have got away and he reels you in and passes at the finish line... 

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Test

Test, please ignore.

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A Picture a Day...

And they're off...

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VR Inshore Series 2 and the results are in...

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. 

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A Picture a Day...

He sails a Laser, we wins a lot, he maintains the club grounds, he is the infamous John Ling! (But you may not recognise him when he comes back as he has been seen cultivating a sailors beard since the lockdown)

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VR INSHORE

 Hi all

I was playing about today and got thrown out for an app upgrade. You may wish to upgrade before tonight.

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A Picture a Day...

Today we have Kerry in his Laser looking particularly happy! 

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VR Inshore - some race tips...

 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:

  • Don't infringe – it may seem a pain to tack off or go around someone but it is much quicker than a 10s penalty. Use the space bar if you are not confident with the controls
  • VMG is the best help there is for fast boats (but you don't need it for the slow ones)– you know you are always sailing at the optimum speed for where you are on the course
  • Go on a public race – The first race gives you all the 'helps' so you can see how much of a wind shadow other boats cast (light areas on the water vs the dark areas where wind is strong), see the wind angle (3 wind socks in the circle in the top left), VMG so you are always pointing well relative to the wind, layline so you know when to tack for the mark, and distance to start so you can be going full speed. You can then decide for yourself which are the biggest help. For each public race you do you will get either a green coin to 'buy' a race help or a blue sticker so you can pimp your boat so worth doing regardless of your position.
  • The wind strength can be seen in the circle in the top left. Dark areas are strong wind, lighter is less wind. Head for the strong wind areas.
  • Room at the mark doesn't apply in VR – port / starboard and windward / leeward are the only rules so watch out!
  • Luff gradually or you get the penalty
  • If you really want a port start and the line is congested infringe with 10s to go and start on port by the committee boat. You lose a couple of seconds but if that is the side with all the wind you soon get the advantage.
  • If you don't complete a manoeuvre then you take the infringement. If you want to gybe to starboard but there is a boat to leeward head up a bit so you can complete you gybe and then take them out... 
  • If you have eyesight like mine play the game on a laptop rather than your phone. The controls are a bit more clunky but at least you can see the VMG windsock!

Good luck it all and keep racing as the big races are the most fun.

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VR Inshore series 2 results with 2 races to go...

Can anyone challenge Baker Boy? (and does anyone know who A of the Cloanes is?)

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A Picture a Day...

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. 

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