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A bumper fleet of 30 RS400's turned out for this years round of the RS Sprints at Rutland. For the uninitiated, the Sprints is a one off event comprising 12 short 20 minute races over the course of the weekend.

By my reckoning (and I'm bound to have missed some), this year's stellar entry list comprised 3 x national champions past & present, 4 x sprint champions past & present, the current winter champion..... and not forgetting the odd Olympian..... No pressure then!

Bartley SC always attend well at the Sprints, and this year was no exception with 6 boats travelling. So on Saturday in most un-Rutland like conditions (sub 20 knots) we all launched into virtually no breeze..... subsequently developing into no breeze at all! After roughly 2 hours a float, a more Rutland like 15 knots blew through (blew through being the operative words), settling down into the forecast 7-8 knots... and eventually we managed to get away. Stars of the first race were undoubtedly Wayne & Gareth, tacking off quickly, they rounded the windward mark well ahead of the fleet, eventually finishing 2nd in that race.

Such were the conditions, that consistency was always going to be the key... Unfortunately, not many of us were consistent - all Bartley boats (I think) posting a top 5 finish in the qualifiers, but not in each race. Our intrepid & blurry eyed team assembled Sunday morning, genuinely not knowing which fleet they'd be sailing in (Gold, Silve or Bronze). In the end only our most recent Sprint champs Messrs Knight & Knight made the cut for the Gold fleet.

Sunday's racing proved to be equally as tricky if not more so, the wind had shifted around to the West and at best again was only the forecast 6-7 knots..... After our alloted 6 races, Bartleys sailers finished.... Knight/Knight 7th Gold fleet, Downing/McDonnell 3rd Silver Fleet, Ashwell/Cliff 7th Silver fleet, Hancox/Blakemore 8th Silver fleet, Eaves/Pace 10th Silver fleet.... and in their first 400 event Chris & Claire Bownes won the Bronze fleet - well done guys.

A special mention should go to Caroline & Jason for providing the pre race entertainment on Saturday morning..... who else would turn up for an event & decide to change their pole line......preparation, preparation, preparation!!


All in all a great weekend... looking forward to the next travellerb2ap3_thumbnail_18010188_1871376549802486_1003007641282187605_n.jpg

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What a weekend!!!! Racing at Laser Wessex Grand Prix Whitefriars

Bartley Laser Boys did well, 

What a weekend!!!! Racing at Laser Wessex Grand Prix Whitefriars 

Robin 6th

Jeremy 5th birthday boy

Edward 2nd

John First!!!...

Winners Podium
Left to Right: Neil Crosby (Bowmoor) 3rd Combined Fleet, John Ling (Bartley) 1st Combined Fleet, Ed Higson (Bartley) 2nd Combined Fleet, Fiona Chamberlain(Whitefriars) Ladies, Jeremy Higson (Bartley) Grand Master, Rupert Whelan (Whitefriars) 1st Radial, Rick Plummer (Bowmoor) Great Grand Master, Will Hopes (Whitefriars) 2nd Radial, Jacob Miller (Avon), 3rd Radial 
more photos to follow and drone footage also

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Due to unforseen circumstances I will be unable to provide the power boat training booked for volunteers wishing to help cover the Wednesday night sailing and coaching, 

Please do not attend tonight as there will be no Safety boat cover either.

Kind Regards


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This seasons Thursday night series is due to get under way on 20th April.  All classes welcome.

Come along, have a sail followed by a hot meat in the clubhouse.. and maybe a cheeky pint. For those RS400's due to head off to the RS Sprints at Rutland, it's an ideal opportunity to get some last minute practice in!


See you there.

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Nick Thornton hands over the Solo Fleet Captain to Dave Badger

Nick Thornton hands over the Solo Fleet Captain to Dave Badger

Having spent 9 years as BSC Solo fleet captain representing his fleet on the sailing committee, Nick Thornton feels it is time to step down and allow “new blood” to take over as fleet captain.. 

Dave Badger has kindly stepped forward and so will be taking over the over the captaincy of the Solo fleet from him during the summer and I am sure you will continue to support him, Good luck Dave.

Nick has achieved lots over the years and helped develop the fleet and represented them well on the sailing committee with his enthusiasm. 

He continues running the 2017 Solo Tuesday Evening Summer Series and also the Solo Open meeting on Sunday 1stOctober 2017.

Thanks again Nick and best of luck Dave 

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Calling all Solo's & Laser sailors at BSC

Spring has sprung, the clocks have been changed and next week is Easter........ that must mean that the moment we have all been waiting for with bated breath has finally arrived, yes it’s the beginning of the Tuesday Night Laser & Solo Series. With lots of prizes up for grabs the handicap and fleet racing starts at


Also if anyone else wants to come down sailing feel free to join in 


This year we are delighted to welcome some new members, they have been practising like crazy over the winter months, so to all you fair weather summertime sailors who have managed to punch well above your weight over the last few years on the Tuesday night series, be warned that the competition has stepped up a notch!

It will be great to see you all back again, so don’t forget, 7PM start this Tuesday right through to 5th Sept which will be the bottle race and prize giving evening.

You may be aware of our handicap system, where we run one scratch race per Tues nights (21 in the series) and extrapolate the personal handicap race results by allocating personal handicap times to allow each sailor. This allows a fair chance of anyone winning the handicap race that night. Each week it recalculates a revised PYN to challenge you for the following week.

New members and visitors are given provisional handicaps which are allocated by the executive committee (bribes are accepted in the bar later!!)

With over 45+ Lasers on our boat park it would be great if we can’t get at least half of you on the water at any given time, not to mention those unfortunates that want to join in the Laser fun but have to beg, borrow and steal a sea worthy craft.

So remember we have spare Lasers for you to use so just ask John Ling and we shall get you sorted.

On the Solo side, Dave Badger will be taking over the over the captaincy of the Solo fleet captain from Nick Thornton during the summer and I am sure you will continue to support him.

Good luck Dave.


See you on the water.

Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 07484 085897

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BSC club racing was such a success

This saturday we started the new race formats which were aimed to encouage the K20 and Novices to join.

After the review in the bar with lots of members haying back for a great social it was generally agreed that the day had gone really well... a lot of this was due to the race management from Nick Thronton thanks Nick. it was great.

Whilst we esptablished some teething issues with flag communication, lines and tie limit, the time for lunch was great and nice to be able to enjoy so good food. Then the back to back worked well, although some boats had a slight delay waiting for everyone to finish, but ths did alow for soem more banter on the water.

Once sailors get to grips with the new format im sure things may settle down.


Heres looking forward to next week.







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VHF Radio course

There is an introduction evening for those interested in getting their RYA VHF DSC license, being held on the :-

Date – 12 April 2017

Venue – Bartley Sailing Club

Time – 7pm to 9pm

Cost – is £10 per person but if you sign up for the course on the night this will be returned

The RYA VHF DSC COURSE fee is normally £95 but as a member of Bartley Sailing Club I am offering for ONLY £60

In addition to the course fee there is a 1 off fee to the RYA for registration & certification of £60.

During the evening I will explain the course structure & delivery, followed by a hands on familiarisation of what you can do with Digital Selective Calling ( DSC ), concluding with a Q&A session. If you are interested at the end of the evening you will be able to signup & take away a course pack to start the course the following day.

If you have any other friends or club members who may be interested in doing the course please pass this text on to them

If you would like to attend the evening please text me BOOK ME ON BARTLEY VHF and your name to 07868 845039

Cheers Neill

Splash Adventure Training


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New system for Duty Crews

To all duty crews

Over the last month we have spent a considerable amount of money and time sorting the safety boat fleet at Bartley.

Costs have included £200 for Kill cords , £200 for hatches damaged by concrete weights in the Black Humber RIB and £400 for new dry bags which I will go into further detail below.

I thank you all for your continued consideration for protecting the props as the damage has been low last year especially considering the fluctuating water levels we have experienced during year.

There is a new system in place for collecting and returning the safety boat keys and kill cords in place at the club. We are using the cupboard in the main club room to hang the keys and kill cords and new safety bags. Each hook is labelled for the boats and so are the bags.

The cupboard will be locked in the near future and the key will be on the duty keys, this is to prevent access by people using the room for functions.

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Please draw your bags and keys for the boats you require from the day but do not use them if the hook has a red label hanging on it as the boat will be offline. O.O.D. Please note in the picture there is a race results box on the door and place result sheets in there if Mark Reddington is not available to take them off you at the end of racing. Could all duty crews please place the safety bag and keys back on the correct hook at the end of the day and Not leave them in the boats. and the O.O.D. Is responsible for locking the cupboard at the end of the day and handing the duty keys back to the bar.
The safety bags will have the following kit - Safety Knife, Whistle, First Aid Kit, Spare Kill cord, mini multi tool and a survival blanket. Please only use the knife in an emergency not for general boat bimbling as they need to remain sharp in an emergency.
They are all vacuum packed as you can see in the picture below.
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If you use the kits for any reason please inform me or leave a note in the cupboard so I can replace 
and repack
the bags if required.Please use the tear point in the bags if you need to open them as it will be easier, this is shown in the

Please do not mix the bags or the keys up, Please help me to keep the kit in the right order you never
know you might be the person who needs it one day!Thanks Howard!!!
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BSC Laser boys on tour

BSC Laser boys on tour

After a thrilling start of the Laser Wessex Grand Prix both Jeremy Higson and John Ling ended up in the Top 10, With victory going to John and his new boat.

The water was very busy with over 40 boats split between two fleets of Lasers and Bites. It was very blustery, but warm day with strong winds that greeted the 2017 Bowmoor Laser Grand Prix. The weather forecast maybe put a few off attending the first event of the Wessex Grand Prix Laser Series. Despite this 20 Laser sailors entered and enjoyed the spring sunshine. The breeze in the morning was very gusty and tested the sailors ability, Jeremy Higson got a great start and was reading the shifting wind direction well but was just piped to the first buoy by John, who managed to lead until the end gun with Jeremy fighting hard in 6th.

Race two the wind had strengthen and John managed to find his form and charged out in front. But Jeremy got pinned in by two local sailors which didn’t help his speed and was back in 10th. However his skill came through and he finished in a strong position at the end after one great reach taking two boats. With two bullets John felt comfortable to take a port end flyer in the last race which failed dismally!. and put him down the pack. But Jeremy colours came to the top and rounded the windward buoy in the leading pack. The game was on, and soon the Ling magic worked and he clawed his way back to take the lead and the overall cut glass decanter. Jeremy ended on equal points but did have a great day as his back held out and came away with having had a great sail.

More to follow as the season unfolds from the “Bartley Laser boys on Tour”…. And soon with Lizzy, Emma & Katie joining us… Lady/girls

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