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Bartley Sailing Club Prize giving and annual fitting out supper is on

Friday 18th March 2016 START TIME 7pm


HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR PLACE??? to possible win of £100,000.000 lottery prize as we have a raffle again that has amazing prizes, so please bring any of those unwanted bottles/gifts along and we shall what we can raise for the BSC charity fund.

Every member, family & friends are all welcome so please come and enjoy our wonderful evening of fun and frolics at Bartley SC. We want to build on last year’s success so we will ensure that Lou Archer & her team will deliver sufficient succulent food complimented by some great beer…and even better company!!

Again it’s your chance to congratulate last year’s racing winners who will be able to collect their trophies.

Equally important we have planned for some party games which will involve boat races under sail with some super prizes to be won…. So get your teams arranged

So if that’s not enough to get you to come down another incentive is….

There are a few special prizes and recognition to announce for individuals that put in tirelessly their free time, on behalf of the membership so it’s only fitting that members should be there to say thanks…so don’t miss out!!

So that we can plan the creative menu PLEASE register at the bar by purchasing your tickets @ £7.50 ea.

We look forward to seeing you all for the EVENT of the YEAR!!!!

Kind regards


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BSC MEMBERS YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU. Working party 9th April 9.30am


This year’s working party is going to be arranged for 9th April 9.30am

We plan to carry out some light maintenance work and general clearing up of the dinghy park...

These are the main areas that we need your help with please

Racing Hut

Entrance area


Dinghy Park

Caroline Downing (Whitehouse) has volunteered to head this year’s team so please speak to her or me if you have any questions

So please come down slightly earlier than your normal time on sat and if possible help out. There is always something that can be done.

Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

Email johngling

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Evening training sessions

Evening training sessions have been well received and members who attended have been thankful to Mark Reddington for his presentation.

At the first evening 36 members attended on the 13th Jan 2016 to debate the Course settings and how to run well organise courses.

Race Management training – 3rd Feb 2016

  • OOD will need to be aware that we are planning to start in April having split starts in the handicap races.
  • This is to encourage more sailors to join in the racing
  • It will only apply when 12< or more boats are signed in
  • We are also considering using a Zulu flag into the future for the starts so that it acts as a greater warning of being over (20% penalty charge)

Rules 24th Feb 2016 7pm

This should be a lively session and we are planning to have prizes for those that know the right answers!!!


Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036


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Course setting evening – 13th Jan 2016 7pm

Dear All BSC members

The sailing committee are holding a number of winter training sessions to help improve the racing format and guidance for sailor’s enjoyment and safety. 

The first session is

  • Course setting      evening – 13th Jan 2016

This is aimed at providing why good courses are needed and that setting the right course for the wind conditions helps OD race management

  • Race      Management training – 3rd Feb 2016

By looking at having the right course it enables the OD to arrange racing to be enjoyable and fair for every type of boat. This session will guide you through the DO's and DON'Ts

  • Rules 24th Feb      2016

A good session for anyone that needs advice as to how the rules protects you and your boat whilst racing. This is not aimed at the basic starboard and port but more around the issues we face here at Bartley with buoy rounding’s and the technical side of racing. A good session to refresh you on some of the new updated rules

At these sessions we shall issue further OD guidelines on how this can work simply to help you.

We are hoping that members will want to come down and join in these session and therefore if you have any specifics you want covered please can you contact us before hand

Kind regards


Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036





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New Pontoons For Bartley!

Good News! 2016 gets off to a great start for the club.

Severn Trent confirmed the order for two new complete pontoons for the reservoir yesterday and they will be going into production during the next three weeks ready for Installation during April this year.

We have been incredibly lucky that we have managed to address the long term issue of the original pontoons not being able to withstand the prevailing conditions at Bartley, prior to taking ownership of them next year as per the recent lease agreement.

What I am sure of after some hard work ensuring the new spec pontoons cater for our immediate and future needs, is that we have a quality builder delivering bespoke quality pontoons that meets our expectations coupled with proper Installation that will withstand the worst of weather.

Please see the picture which demonstrates what the pontoon will look like, although we will not be having decking but GRP Decking like on the current boardwalks. They will be galvanised steel construction and 2 meters wide and the left hand pontoons will come with a winch for disabled sailors and the hand rails but not the right hand set.

If any one wants further information please ask me when I am available at the club. 


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BSC Christmas wishes 2015

Dear All member's and their families,

Bartley Sailing Club Committee would like to wish you a Merry Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you all for a fantastic new season of sailing in 2016.

Congratualtions to those sailors this year who have triumphed in their various fleets and also to the many new members that have progressed to even start racing for the first time this season.

Kind regards




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To Mike and Bartley Sailing Club

26th November 2015

Thank you so much to John, Howard, Mike and everyone who supported and nominated me for a RYA 2015 Volunteer Community Award.

It was with great pleasure that I attended the ceremony last week to receive the Award. The ceremony was held after the RYA AGM and hosted by Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive and the award presented by HRH Princess Royal. There were over 50 Award winners including 15 Community Award winners.

Colin (my Husband) and I had a wonderful time and were treated like royalty ourselves. In her opening speech, HRH thanked not only the award winners but those who supported them. She said that sailing would not be the sport it is today without the hard work and dedication of its volunteers. She recognised sailing, as being a learning ground for so many life skills and wanted it to be a place where, especially children could learn to understand risks for when, in the future, they may not be in a safe club environment.

So many well deserving people received awards and I am very humbled by the work that the volunteers have done and things that they have achieved. From talking to others we have a strong junior section envied by many and that is thanks to all our K2o instructors and volunteers. A true team effort.

Like so many, our Sailing Club is run by a strong team of volunteers who all contribute a huge amount in so many ways to deliver, high quality sailing, teaching, racing and a thriving junior section, in a safe, friendly and viable way, having an excellent club house and sailing facilities.

So whilst I am honored to have received the award, I accept in on behalf of everyone and thank you all for your support, especially Dave and Mandy at the beginning and more recently Howard, Richard and Lucy who have given so much of their time and for whom I thank for getting me so involved and enjoying every minute of K2o and work I do via sailing/main committees.

Fired up with the stories from other clubs I am anxious to encourage fresh ideas and involve many more of you, so please do help and support the club going forward, sailing is a great sport to be part of.

Thank you

Ann Kelly

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bham awards web
Three Birminghamh sailors had their inspirational volunteer endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards in London on Friday (20 November).
Mike Colles (Midland Sailing Club) and Steve Perring (Earlswood Lake SC) were honoured with RYA Lifetime Commitment awards by sailing's national governing body, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.
Meanwhile Ann Kelly (Bartley SC) received an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution to their club or organisation, either over a period of time or a 'one-off' effort.
A total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK, recognising their exceptional generosity and dedication to boating. The awards ceremony and luncheon was held at One Great George Street, where each award winner was presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate.
Mike, from Selly Park, has been a member of Edgbaston Reservoir-based Midland SC for over half a century. He has held numerous senior committee posts and been responsible for many landmark events and activities as well as securing funding for new changing rooms and also the creation of disabled facilities at the club. In eight years as the club's Training Principal he helped many local people gain their qualifications and go on to sail regularly. 
Shirley-based Steve has been an Earlswood Lake stalwart for over 20 years, playing a key role in club development, including the acquisition of club land and the replacement of aging infrastructure, while also providing vital support to the Worcestershire Schools Sailing and Canoeing Association (WSSCA) . His dedication extends to his time as a Powerboat Instructor and Race Coach, honing the skills of countless club sailors and powerboat drivers. 
Born and raised in South Birmingham, Ann has been responsible for delivering Bartley's thriving youth training programme, 'K2O', which regularly has 30 sailors aged from 8-17 sailing each Saturday morning and continues to give many children the opportunity to try sailing. She actively encourages people of all ages into sailing, regularly taking new members out on the water while as a Senior Instructor she also helps deliver formal courses to adults. 
The trio were both nominated for their awards by the clubs and organisations they work with and selected as winners by the RYA Awards panel. 
Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: "The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you', on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It's our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."
For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards
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BOXING DAY 2015 club bottle race


On the sat 26th of December 2015 its Bartley Sailing clubs BOXING DAY bottle race hosted by our Commodore Mike Gibson.

Everyone is welcome especially families who need to blow away the mistletoe and those extra pudding portions!!!

Bottle racing will start at 11am approx.!!!

See you out on the water

Rgs John Ling

Sailing Com

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Bartley Lasers boys triumphant at Frampton Wessex Laser finals

Bartley Lasers boys triumphant at Frampton Wessex Laser finals

On arriving at a very blustery day with forecasts of 30-40 mph winds it was conditions that Jeremy Higson Robin Pitt and John Ling has all experienced at Bartley so were not foiled at the chance of venturing out.

After a tricky on beach wind launch the 30 strong fleet made it to the line and were amazed to see a very professional timing board counting down the 5 minutes. Something we need to consider!!!

The race was two great beats and two blasting reaches which saw Phenomenal speeds and spray. Surprisingly no broken masts were seen possibly because virtually everyone capsized in the guests.

In the first race Robin and John got a good start and john made his way to the front but was forced to do a 720 which lost him the lead. Whilst Jeremy and Robin fort hard, some of the shifty experts seem to come through. Then Robin got in irons and was forced to retire but used this time wisely to regroup his race plan thoughts. Jeremy had some great beats to recover to 6place whilst John managed to catch the leaders and win race 1.

So with Robin’s nemesis Adam John came in 9th he decided that he would turn up for race two!! And so he did with a 11th 6th and 5th in the next races. Just showing that he has the plan to get his act together for the winter series. Jeremy was again close at the start and was right up with the leaders but unfortunately a local sailor that acted in the strangest of fashions, by thinking it was clever to hit as many boats as possible and in the end this took him out big time so unfortunately retired in the last race right when he had he leaders in sight.

At the prize giving it was BARTLEY rules the waves!!! John winning overall Ed Higson wining the Wessex series of events and Robin finishing his series in 8th and Jeremy in 10th. So 4 of the top places going to Bartley Lasers. What a great season they guys have had.

Combining this with Simon Hardiman completing the Masters and doing really well and Richard (baker boy) getting his new boat up to speed the winter season looks like its going to be a great battle before the new year.

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Bartley Sailing Club is situated on Bartley Reservoir in the south-western outskirts of Birmingham set overlooking the beautiful surroundings of Lickey Hills and Frankley Beeches offing a unique location for a reception party, family celebration, corporate event or Christmas Party. Our picturesque views overlook the lake and beyond, providing a stunning backdrop for all occasions.
Whether it's a birthday celebration, an office Christmas party, a Wedding or simply a family gets together, we have experience in tailoring special events for anything up to 100 guests.

Relax with people enjoying a drink and a chat with Real ales, local beers and fine wines. Our rotating range of hand pulled ales will capture the imagination of anyone who loves real ale, for others we have a selection of lagers, bitters, bottle cider, fine wine and spirits.

Contact the Club direct to hire a room for your special occasion on:

0121 4775872

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