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RS400 Nationals 2017 - Mounts Bay Sailing Club

It was with some trepidation that I eventually agreed to crew in the RS400 Nationals this year.... Like many, I wasn't born into this sport, I didn't do the rounds with the Oppies or Toppers, and I was certainly nowhere near the Laser squads! So for us late comers, any event can seem quite daunting, let alone a National Championships.  What made the decision equally difficult, was that the two sailors that asked me to crew for them, are both very credible helms. 

The decision was made, and trepidation soon turned into nerves - this is my hobby, why do I get nervous ?!   The nerves were seamingly justified, as day 1 dawned..... to a very misty Mount, around 20 knots of breeze.... and oh yes, that other thing I hadn't encountered in an RS400 - waves...... big waves.  The sail out to the start area was interesting enough,  you know the conditions aren't great, when you're struggling to see the leeward gate, let alone the windward mark.

Off we go, day 1, race 1.  Maybe there's an assumption that everyone understands that things are going to be slightly more lumpy on the sea, and I certainly had this in my head, but until you're actually out there,  you don't realise quite how difficult even the basics become. At a fleet talk given by Russ Clark, one of the top 400 sailors in the country, Dave Exley, said that on day 1 of the nationals, he didn't know what his settings were..... with the combination of the wind, rain, waves, it was just a tad disorientating...   So, first race, a quarter of the way up the beat, we go for a tack. I drop the sheet, and like a muppet go back for it - in the meantime, we get slammed by one of the monster waves.   

So... the boat is on it's side, we think the main has cleated, and it takes an absolute age for us to right the boat.  When eventually, we do right the boat, there are around 70 RS400's disappearing into the mist about 200 yards in front - not a pretty site.

There were quite a few DNF's, but we did manage to recover a few places, and ended up 52nd. 

With every event, you'll usually have some highs and lows, undoubtedly, the capsize was one of our lows. For me, one of the biggest highs is a more general point. With our extended sailing family (Sam & Ben Pickering from Chasewater), Bartley / Chase had 5 boats in attendance at the event, so it's important that wives, girlfriends, kids etc all feel like they're part of the team.  My 16 year old daughter was on the fringes a little, waiting for her GCSE results & unable to get them until we returned from Cornwall. But everyone really made Wendy & Emily feel like they were part of the family.

The RS400 team also helped with events planned for every night of the week.... even a reception with Lord Levan on the mount ..b2ap3_thumbnail_21032386_10101307286396617_2031331449130130490_n.jpg

And the Bartley team had a great night out at The Fire Engine Inn

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I can't sign off without mentioning probably one of the best days sailing I've ever had. Conditions are rarely perfect, too much wind, not enough wind etc etc. But on Tuesday the sailing gods were smiling on all of us. A beautiful day, wall to wall sunshine and I'm guessing the wind was somewhere in the mid to upper teens. You'd think on a clear day like this you'd be able to spot the windward mark... but our RO had other ideas, we think the first beat was somewhere in the region of 1.5 miles. We came out of the start gate relatively early, and held our lane.... rounded the windward mark in 7th... blasted around the course to finish a very credible 8th. The result in the 2nd race of the day wasn't as good... but we had a pod of dolphins join us - what a way to finish the day!

Like many, I like to reflect on the event, what it means to me, what could I have done differently & what have I learned.

Those that are wary, don't be, a glance down the results will show you, that whatever your ability, there will always be someone you can race against.  You'll probably be nervous, but nerves will soon diminish - especially if you're lucky enough to be visited by dolphins.

Lessons ?

1) I'm not fit enough!

2) Never believe a helm that tells you he's not bothered about the results !

3) Enjoy

 

There are some great pics on photolounge.co.uk  take 5 mins & have a look

400 Nationals

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Calling all Tuesday night sailors "only two more left"

So far we have completed 19 races and its very tight!!! and so close at the TOP middle and sliver fleets… ONLY 1 point splits the leaders… so you only have two chances left to improve your positions.

 

RACE 19 Tuesday Night Laser Series results at BSC 15th Aug 2017… haven’t yet been posted by Mark so I have sent an email attaching a pdf file for your reading .

With sailors like Robin Pitt, Mike Acaster Roger England all can still qualify, if they turn up!!!! it’s still anyone’s game..

Remember on the 5th September we are having the BOTTLE RACE & PRIZE GIVING evening… it’s should be so much fun..

Kind regards

 John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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Harrison Allen crownd NSSA National Topper Rookie Champion 2017

WOW... WELL DONE Harrison great achievement, we all are so proud of you.... crowned NSSA National Topper Rookie Champion 2017.

Thought you would be pleased to know Harrison won the Topper rookie series at the NSSA national regatta, it all came down to the last race which was almost cancelled due to extreme winds, but he made some good moves and was leading for the very start. He also won the best performance from a Birmingham sailor in the regatta.

On facebook the reports kept us all in suspense as Marie Allen (Chuffed Mummy and Lee Proud daddy) let us all know that their boy only went and won!

This was his first time racing away from Bartley and first racing in a topper now the National Schools Sailing Association, so to manage winning the Topper Rookie series and highest placed Birmingham sailor is just amazing...also when you realise he has only been sailing less than a year!

Proud moment for all involved... also a big shout out to the rest of the team and a huge thanks to Julian from KNBS for looking after them all. ????⛵️

Kind regards

John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman

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Kind regards

John

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L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely. It is a requirement placed on us that all rescue boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

I am now taking bookings for courses through to the need of 2017 as per the dates below. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis.

Each course is two days long, run over consecutive Sundays.

September            3rd and 10th

October                 8th and 15th

November             5th and 12th

December             10th and 17th

The course costs £20 to cover the cost of the course manual, which needs to be purchased in advance.

Apply now for a place to obtain your L2 Powerboat certificate.

To book or find out more, contact Dave Jones via email , or phone 07873633370

Dave Jones

Principle Powerboat Instructor

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RS Tera Inlands - Always the Bridesmaid...

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The RS Tera inland Championships at Rutland was attended by Megan and Millie from Bartley SC on a sunny weekend with near perfect conditions. The Main RS Tera sport fleet attracted over 50 competitors and required good tactics in a shifty and gusty Breeze. Megan had her best 4 races on the first day gaining placings in the top 15 and finishing 19th at the end of the Saturday. The second day proved harder to read and she dropped a little to finish 23rd overall in a highly competitive fleet, but returned to shore with a huge grin after sailing in the stronger winds on Sunday and happy to be in the top half of the fleet.

Millie entered the 12 strong Regatta fleet which proved to have tougher competition than she has faced in other events. It soon became apparent that one of the local sailors would wrap up the overall win leaving the rest of the fleet to fight it out for 2nd. With 10 coached races and a rapidly improving fleet Millie had to work hard and apply all she had learnt to keep ahead. She managed to win one of the races and then consistency proved to be the eventual differentiator with top 6 placings in every race including many in the top 3 she maintained her first day advantage to finish 2nd place Inland Regatta fleet Champion at the close of the weekend. This is the 3rd event she has taken the 2nd prize so a feeling of 'always the Bridesmaid, never the Bride...' is beginning to prevail, maybe the illusive win will come at the end of seasons, then it really will be time to move into the main fleet and play with the big kids...

 

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The Bartley Lasers blast through in Chew for the Wessex series with Ed Higson 1st, Robin 7th and Jeremy 10th, with an honorary placing for Anna Mason (as she used to be Bartley) as 5th Radial.... 35 entrants, so a great result for our club (and Anna).

Report in Y&Y. And what a photo of Robin pinching to the mark in that Rio boat of his...

 

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A great evening of sailing and SUP (paddleboards - and beer supping) was had by all last night.

In the Lasers Richard 'Baker Boy' was quick to the lead ahead of Simon, Robin, and Michael who were covering each other in a match race that Jeremy S wanted a part of in his Fin on the first lap. As the laps increased the competition got as hot as the weather with Ollie steaming through on the run but chancing it with the gusts to take a dip to windward to cool himself down. Richard fell into the trap of looking behind as Simon reeled him in on some lucky lifts to finally take the lead with a lap to go. As the final reach to the finish approached 1st to 5th were all within 1 minute of each other after an hour of racing - Simon got the win followed closely by Richard, Robin, Jeremy H, Michael, and a sundried Ollie. Katie defected from the SUP team for the evening to be first lady helm with Izzy retiring with a dodgy clew strap (sales opportunity John...). Harrison had a great race in his radial as the only junior but we will have to wait until John gets back to see where he finished on handicap.

The 400s were out after unpacking from a weekend drifter at Hayling that sounded eventful - especially the rafting at the mark and the 200s steaming in...

The Solos were also out in force enjoying the perfect conditions.

And of course the SUP team were out with many new members having a go, great to see this part of the club expanding so rapidly - (I can see an alternative race format for those weeks when there is no wind for the fleets).

So if you haven't discovered Tuesday evening sailing / SUP yet you really should - Hope to see you on the water soon.

 

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K2O RS Teras compete in South West Travellers

Bartley K2O members Megan and Millie competed in the SW traveller series with 21 RS Teras during half term finishing just outside the top 3 in Salcombe with Megan 4th Pro and Millie 4th Sport, and then at Starcross with Megan 5th Pro and Millie 4th Sport. The racing on both days was very tight with no really dominant performances and plenty of position changes. It was a fantastic sight to see the fleets sailing in the sunshine - there are alot of good young sailors out there!

Video of Salcombe RS Tera open available on youtube with write up on Yachts and Yachting web page where SYC were kind enough to give both girls a mention.

For info the Tera Inlands is comming up at Rutland 1st and 2nd July and sign on for the Nationals has just opened for the August Bank Holiday weekend. Sign up available on the RS Tera association website.

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