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Bartley Sailing Club will be CLOSED on Sunday 10th due to bad weather. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Hardon Dinghy Ltd are bringing 2 of their Hadron H2 singlehanded dinghies to Bartley on Sunday 17th December for club members to try.

The boats will be rigged and ready for 10:30 are will be available for members to trial. Please find below a link to the website which will give the philosophy behind the design and the specifications.

Please let me know if you would like a sail and we can schedule the day to ensure anyone who would like to try one out will get the chance.

Mark Reddington

 Hadron H2 - A new Development in Singlehanded Sailing

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You may have noticed a few new faces around the club recently as some Barnt Green SC members have migrated to Bartley due to a period of repairs draining the water at their club.

We wish all Barnt Green members a warm welcome (in the cold weather!) and hope you take full advantage of what Bartley has to offer. There have already been some changes in the usual racing order as a result and it is great to have some new competition on the water.

Thanks to those who have chosen to sail at Bartley, we hope you find the club to your liking and encourage other Barnt Green sailors to chose Bartley whilst repairs are underway at Barnt Green.

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The sailing committe met on Wednesday with the following updates resultant:

Item 1. Comfort break between the two afternoon races on Saturdays.

The committee reviewed feedback from some of the membership to reinstate the comfort break between races (which had been removed based on the need for sailors to keep warm between races during the winter months). The decision was to give the OOD the discretion to sail the races back to back or allow a short comfort break between races.

It is therefore up to any sailors requiring a comfort break to advise this to the OOD before launching for the first afternoon race so the request can be accommodated.

It is also requested that the sailors can be ready for a latest start to the second race of the afternoon by 2.30pm so those remaining on the water do not get frozen.

The sailing committee viewed this as the best compromise for all circumstances.

Item 2. Change of course between Saturday Race 2 and Race 3 in the afternoon.

Currently there is no means of indicating a change of course bewteen the afternoon races. It was decided that flag L with one sound signal will be used to notify sailors of a change of course between the 2 races. It is up to the OOD to post the new course on the course board and make the sailors remaining of the water aware of the new course either by using the course board displayed on a committee boat, or verbally.

 b2ap3_thumbnail_Flag-L.gif  Flag L + 1 sound signal for notification of change of course

This instruction will be posted in the OOD hut as a reminder.

Item 3. Signing on for race 3 Saturday

Those signing on for race 2 (Pursuit) on Saturday will automatically be signed on for race 3 (handicap). Those just competing in the final race will need to sign on in the usual manner.

Item 4. Conduct

The club has done well to encourage a number of new members and junior members who are now participating in racing on a more regular basis on Saturday mornings. The behaviours of more experienced members on and off the water will set the standards for those less experienced to look up to. Please make this standard one of welcome and expemplary sportsmanship for our juniors and novices on and off the water.

Item 5. Rescue Duty

Sunday - it is expected that the duty crew remain throughout the day to cover the possibility of members arriving in the afternoon to participate in any of the water sports the club caters for (Windsurfing, Canoeing, SUP). An early finish because it is too windy or not windy enough to dinghy sail may provide the best opportunity for those wishing to Windsurf, SUP, or Canoe and as paying members the duty crew need to ensure their needs are appropriately catered for.

General - If you suscribe to the Blog then it is likely that you are a member who keeps your commitments to the club. However we are finding It is rare that all allocated duty crew turn up on the day allocated to them. It is a term of membership that all carry out their 2 duties per year and there is plenty of time to request swaps on dutyman. Please ensure we all stay safe by attending per the rosta.

Item 6. Sailing Committee

The sailing committee has voluntary representation from all main racing fleets and aims to keep the balance right for the needs of the membership. We acknowledge that there is not always a single best way for all membership needs to be addressed and ask that any individuals that have issues they wish to raise do so with one of the committee for consideration at the monthly meeting. The committee are:

Chair / Laser:                              John Ling

Laser, K2O, and Windsurf:         Simon Hardiman

Solo:                                           Dave Badger / Nick Eves

Phantom:                                    Graham Blackwell

Supernova:                                 Gary Butterfield

RS400:                                       John and Sam Knight / Nick Eves

If you feel your fleet is under-represented or you could contribute positively to the committee please contact us as we are always looking for more volunteers to progress the club and it's sailing format in a positive direction...

See you on the water and enjoy your sailing at Bartley SC.


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Wednesday sailing duty reminder

Please can you sing up for duties for wednesday sailing



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Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course

Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course


Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course

Have you held a powerboat certificate for over a year? Do you want to progress to the safety boat endorsement?

Dave Jones (our Principle PB Instructor) is now registering interest across the club to run one or two safety boat courses over the winter season.

The courses are to be run over three days (Day 1 – driving skills refresh, Day 2 and 3 Safety Boat course proper)

To run a course requires at least six candidates due to the logistics of equipment (sail craft and canoes) which are rescued. Dave will collect names and correspond directly to arrange the best fit for the majority.

Course fee will be a £20 donation to the club

Dave Jones

Land: 01216025328

Mob:  07873633370


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The Autumn race format starting October 7th will continue the successful format run over the Summer with the following seasonal 'tweaks':

The Saturday Races will be pulled forward by 1/2 hr to reflect the daylight hours during Autumn / Winter.

The final race on Saturday will start as soon as possible after race 2 so that sailors do not get too cold between races as the temperature drops.

Race 1 Handicap including novice and juniors

10.50     10 minute warning

11.00     Fast fleet start

11.02     Slow fleet start

11.04     Junior / Novice Start

Race 2 Pursuit

12.35     10 minute warning

12.45     Mirror start

14.00     Finish

Race 3 Handicap (Timing to be determined by the OOD on the day to start as soon as possible after race 2)

Earliest timing:

14.05     10 minute warning

14.15     Fast fleet start

14.17     Slow fleet start

Sunday race times to remain the same as Summer Series.

I plan to conduct a few sessions to coach the novices and juniors before the first race on Saturday to help with starting, mark rounding, racing rules, trim and tactics. I will post on the blog the week before these take place so those who are interested can turn up a bit earlier to practice.

Hope to see as many of you as possible sailing over the autumn and winter....

Simon Hardiman Laser 212061

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Flying Solo!


Well I have seen it all now - a Solo completely out of the water bar its foils having hit a 32 knot gust at buoy '0', tightened up, hit a wave, taken off, and then slapped down for a capsize! And that was only a taste of the fun the Solo fleet had at the Bartley Open on Sunday.

17 took to the water, 1 returned straight away..., 8 remained by the end of the day staggering around, soaked through, but with grins from ear to ear.

Full report on Y&Y www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/198827/Solos-at-Bartley

Thanks to the competitiors for the entertainment, the rescue crew for a hard days work, the galley for feeding us on time, and Nick Thornton for organising the event (and special thanks to his wife for compiling the results year after year).

We asked for wind after the last 2 years drifting - and it all came at once!

Well done to Howard, Ian, and Neil - the top 3 Bartley boats.


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A MASSIVE thank you to the Bartley Stand Up Paddle Boarders (SUP) for the great job they did on Sunday morning. The working party showed just how much can be done with a well organised team and an array of power tools!

The area in front of the OOD hut from end to end of the fence is now clear of rubbish, strimmed and trimmed, and looking like a club the membership can be proud of.

Thanks to all who helped out on the day (although some of you looked like you were enjoying strimming just a little too much - you know who you are...) it has made a real difference to the look of the foreshore.

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Bartley Juniors at the RYA Zone Championships


Harrison Allen and Millie Hardiman both represented Bartley K2O in their first 'main fleet' experience at the RYA Zone Championships at Rutland (Toppers) and Leigh and Lowton (Teras). Both sailors had to battle hard in large fleets and learned what it was like to start in a big fleet on an Olympic-style course. The level of competition was high as the event was a squad selector for the RYA youth squads giving both our junior sailors a taste of what it takes to compete at national level. Both took away some key learning and experience to consolidate over the winter season and are already champing at the bit to get their race tactics tuned at the Bartley Saturday morning race ready for the 2018 Open circuit!

Well done to both sailors!

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