Welcome to Bartley Sailing Club situated on Bartley Reservoir in the South-Western outskirts of Birmingham. We are a friendly and welcoming group of enthusiasts, whether it's for cruising, racing, learning or even just a chat in the clubhouse we look forward to meeting you at our club. Here is just a taste of what we offer.
Bartley Sailing Club is volunteer run and relies on individual membership, group membership and partner revenue sharing agreements to sustain operations and fund growth. The club aims to promote sailing and watersports on Bartley Reservoir and make them accessible to as many people as possible, leading to a lifelong enjoyment of out door exercise, relaxation, and competition on the water.
To achieve this aim the club has partnered with Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham to provide high quality training throughout the year extending the clubs ability to reach as many potential water users as possible through weekend and weekday courses. Once trained, new watersports enthusiasts are encouraged to join the club to continue perfecting their skills and become part of the Bartley Sailing Club Community.
We are an RYA affiliated club in partnership with or RYA training centre; Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham. All of our training is provided the Andrew Simpson Centre (ASC) and can be booked directly via their website (see link in our website menu). ASC Birmingham offer a wide range of training opportunities for individuals and group bookings alike. From beginner to instructor level, alongside world class coaching via their performance academy ASC Birmingham has something for every potential or expert watersports enthusiast. If you are unsure where to start our qualified instructor team can literally show you the ropes.
During the summer months our ever popular K2O club introduces and develops our young sailors from the age of 8 to 18 starting at RYA level 1 in Optimists and Picos progressing to RYA level 4 in the exciting RS Feva class, blasting across the reservoir with spinnaker flying!
New for 2021 is the K2O Race Club on Sunday mornings to progress from competent cruiser to expert racer, opening up our juniors to the RYA Pathways and Open meeting circuits enabling them to compete at the top of their game.
K2O Sailing Club on Saturday mornings and K2O Race Club on Sunday mornings can be booked directly through our training provider Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham via the link on this website's menu.
Sailing & Windsurfing
We sail on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday afternoons all year and on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Summer.
There is a full programme of both pursuit and handicap races for our members to enjoy as well as plenty of water to just cruise and practice boat / board handling.
The club runs a number of class specific Open Meetings throughout the year enabling members to test their skills against the best sailors in the region and the country.
Bartley is not just about sailing though, we have a very active SUP club and a growing number of kayakers who enjoy exercising around the perimeter of the 120 acre reservoir.
Facilities / Social
We have a large clubhouse to get changed and showered in after a day on the water. There is a licenced members bar and Tilly's Galley to serve hot and cold food at the weekends. Andrew Simpson Foundation are located upstairs in the clubhouse where they conduct their classroom sessions. We have outdoor and indoor seating areas and regular social activities and events for all to enjoy.
Our boatpark is large enough for our membership to store their boats on site in a secure compound with easy access to the water via concrete slipways.
Built around 1900 Bartley reservoir is gravity fed from the Elan Valley in Wales and contains drinking water for the local area (managed by Severn Trent Water). The club was founded in the late 1970's by local sailors who saw the potential of the size of water and the wind accelerating down the hill at the top end of the reservoir in the prevailing South-Westerlies. From early beginnings of a portacabin on some gravel the club quickly grew enabling the clubhouse, carpark, race office, pontoons and launching areas to be constructed providing the excellent facilities you see today.
Last updated 13:09 on 22 January 2023