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Weekly Update - there is a lot going on!

Safety First!

4 Bartley members achieved the RYA First Aid certification on the course provided by Rockley Watersports. It included the usual emergency response actions as well as training in the use of our recently purchased club AED with some watersport specific training on hypothermia and cold water shock. This is a course that is well worth booking onto if you haven't updated your first aid skills recently.

Safety Second!

Reminder to duty crews for Tuesday and Wednesdays during the summer

This guidance is intended for OOD and safety crews covering duty where safety cover is provided by the attendees and participants. (Typically but not exclusively Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday Evenings during the Spring and Summer Months)

Responsible person.

The Officer of the Day (OOD) is responsible for provision of adequate safety cover on the water for the prevailing and forecast conditions.

Sailors are responsible for evaluating the conditions and sign on at their own risk and judgement based on prevailing conditions and their sailing ability. If in doubt don’t go out.

Safety Cover.

It is the OOD’s responsibility to ensure that safety cover on the water is adequate to manage the risk. Risk increases relative to:

  • Wind Speed: higher wind = Higher risk
  • Age: Juniors / Over 65 = Higher risk (less strength / risk of health complications)
  • Experience: Novices = Higher risk
  • Quantity of Boats: More boats = Higher risk

A combination of the above factors can result in a significant increase in risk. It is the OODs responsibility to ensure they are satisfied that sufficient cover has been provided for the risk factors evident on the day. If in doubt put another safety boat and crew out on the water.

For info the RYA provides guidelines for Junior sailors of 1 safety boat for 15 sailing boats. There is no guideline for general sailing.

The minimum requirement at the club is 1 Safety boat on the water at all times. When in motion as a safety boat it must have 2 crew (1 driver, 1 assistant) to ensure recovery can be administered safely.

Responsibility to assist a boat in trouble.

Sailors are reminded that vessels in the vicinity of a boat / crew in trouble have a duty to assist. This may be just a quick check to confirm the crew of a capsized boat are in control of their situation, or in extreme circumstances may require active rescue to recover the crew of the vessel in trouble.

Club Winners

Congratulations to John Ling and Jeremy Higson for a 1st and 2nd at the Whitefriars Laser Open and to Sam Knight and Mike Gibson for a 1st and 2nd at the Bartley Supernova Open - great to see our club sailors competing at the top of their game!

Traveller events for your diary:

Junior RYA Midlands regatta is this Saturday at Ogston SC - details on their website

Plus 2 Midlands events - full details on Shustoke and Draycote websites:

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Tuesday evening sailing starts this week 9th April

The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are lighter which can mean only one thing - Tuesday evening sailing is back!

So come on down for a 7pm start. Main fleets are Lasers and Solos but others welcome.

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Autopost Test

Autopost Test

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Supernova Open - Sunday 7th April


Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Supernova fleet to the Bartley SC Supernova Open meeting on Sunday 7th. NOR and SI are on the 'Open meeting' section of this the website. Tilly's will be open for breakfasts and lunch at great prices. Look forward to seeing the club and visiting boats, we hope you have a great day!

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Reminder - Saturday Race times move by 1/2hr this weekend

Just a quick reminder that the Saturday races are at 11.30, 13.00 and 15.00 from this Saturday per the calendar. The weather looks great for sailing.

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Calling All Juniors - RYA Midlands Youth Series 2019

If you are a Bartley S.C. member under the age of 19 on 31st Aug 2019 with boat that has a PY number allocated then you are eligible to participate in the RYA Midlands Youth series 2019. The Event dates and locations are as follows:

April 20th              Ogston SC

May 19th              The Chase SC

June 8th               Notts County SC

July 20th               Staunton Harold SC

August 31st           Rutland SC

September 15th    Bartley SC

There are prizes for the highest placed club and an under 12s prize to encourage younger participants. The Notice of Race is on Ogston SC website for the first event on www.ogstonsc.org under the 'Open Meeting' menu option.

There are up to 5 races at each event of about 30 minutes each on an average lap basis so plenty of racing!

I will be taking 2 juniors to the Ogston event - it would be great to see a few more from Bartley make the trip too. If you want further details drop me a mail on  




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Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller

The Merlins made a welcome return to Bartley on Sunday with 25 entries for the Silver Tiller event. The weather provided some very exciting conditions with gusty force 4 from an ENE direction with some big bends over the racecourse making the tactics critical.

The compettion at the top was increadibly close with the top 5 boats all showing potential to take the trophy home with very close finishes in all races.

In the first race it was Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby sailing for Bartley who took the win on the line from Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby from Blithfield in a very closely contended race. Right behind them were Simon Potts and Ally Potts from Burghfield and the first Silver fleet boat of Chris Martin and Sam Bailey in 4th.

After refueling at Tilly's Galley the fleet set off for a grueling afternoon of hiking. In race 2 the fleet were bunched at the windward mark favouring those who had chosen the starboard layline and accounted for the shifts. This time it was Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby who got ahead (although they were kept honest throughout by Simon and Ally Potts, 2nd) and held out to take the win with Matt Biggs and Becka Jones from Blithfield in 3rd and Roger Phillips and Will Crocker from Burghfield in 4th place.

Entering race 3 it looked like it could be Andy and Pippa's day as they just needed to keep ahead of Chris Gould and Kilsby, but what unfolded was a monumental battle with constantly changing places between the two boats with the Chris' winning by just a few boat lengths to take the race and the trophy. It was just as tight between 3rd and 4th this time with Roger and Will getting the 3rd ahead of Matt and Becka.

The fleet returned to the bar for a swift drink and talk of the days sailing followed by the prize giving.

Full results are on the results page of the website.

Gold fleet:

1st     Chris Gould         Chris Kilsby             Bartley

2nd   Andy Davis           Pippa Kilsby            Blithfield

3rd    Simon Potts         Ally Potts                 Burghfield

Silver Fleet:

1st     Chris Martin        Sam Bailey              Midland

2nd    Rchard Cooke    Russel Hall              Wembley

3rd    Paul Hollis          Paula Mason            Blithfield

Bronze Fleet:

1st     Matt Smith         Jared Lewis             Midland

2nd   Richard Coulter  Louise Leppage      Fishers Green

3rd   Pete Slack           Michelle Evans       Blithfield

Thanks to all the visiting crews - we enjoyed having the fleet at Bartley and thanks to Leanne and the Tilly's Galley crew who had to work hard over lunch to get everyone fed. Final thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event, Howard Eeles for Race Officer duties and the rescue duty crew who were kept nice and busy all day!

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Lasers at Bowmoor and Rutland

Report by John Ling, Laser Fleet Captain

Four Bartley laser team Headed for Bowmoor for the first of the Wessex Grand Prix series on sat 30th mar

In tough light and shifty conditions 5 to 8 mph good racing finally took place with three back to back races. John took a commanding early lead in the first race and held on till the gun. But at the second mark carnage occurred and Jeremy was right in the mix of it and unfortunately hit the bouy and had to do turns which pushed him down the fleet.

Jennifer had a good start in her first ever travelling event And completed all three races proving to herself 3 1/2 hour racing was possible in one day. This enabled her to take second lady overall for the day.

At the front of the fleet John was not having his own way in race two, and had to battle back from fifth place to finally get through to challenge Neil who already had a second in race one. Neil recalled his first win of the day which meant a match race would take place in the last to decide on the overall trophy.

 At the start of the race three John managed to pin neil in And sail him wide Whilst still managing to get to the Windward buoy Close enough to contend for the lead. Eventually pulling through to win the final race whilst Neil manage eighth although This was still enough For his second place overall.

Bsc Overall results

Jeremy finished 6th and first grandmaster. Jennifer 17th and third radial plus second lady John was overall event winner ( first of the 2019 campaign)

Addition by Simon H:

Ollie and I travelled to Rutland on the Midland circuit with similar shifty conditions and a fleet of 21 with Ollie getting a well deserved 6th place (which could have been 4th but the low points scoring system dropped him down a few spots) in a strong fleet. I made up the numbers and enjoyed my bacon sandwich!

The organisers were keen to advertise the training and Open at Blithfield on 11th and 12th May (same weekend as the Birmingham Velo so a good excuse to get away from all the road closures) - details on their website and flyer on the laser noticeboard in the club house.

Next Mildand traveller event is Earlswood Lakes on 28th April

Next Wessex event is Whitefriars on 6th April

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Help Request Please

Hi All


Last year we had a working party in March. This did a great job of cleaning the club up which looked a lot better after the event.

This year we used the working party date for the agm, which was good as nobody really wanted to be outside that day. As a result the grassed areas of the club are looking quite long. A couple of club members have been really kind and started to mow the grass etc.

If anybody has any time to help cut the grass, clear the driveway edges or weed the patio then that would be really appreciated. Saturday is due to be really light winds so if grass cutting seems more appealing there is a lawn mower at the club that runs on the same petrol as the club safety boats.

Its in the cage if you need the code please call me 07973 951 255.

We seem to have very large areas of grass so if everybody could do a little bit we can soon get it sorted.


Many Thanks





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Spring Forward to the Merlin Open this Mothering Sunday


Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Merlin Rockets to the Silver Tiller event this Sunday (and a few who will be around on Saturday to get some practice in). The notice of Race and Sailing Instructions are on the website in the Open Meetings area. Tillys will be open as usual to provide food for all at great prices.

Just a few reminders - the clocks go forward an hour at the weekend so make sure you are not the crew that arrive at the start line an hour late! It is also Mothering Sunday so bring your mothers along to watch and enjoy the food in the club house :)


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