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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

b2ap3_thumbnail_image1.JPGHarrison in action on the last day

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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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A big thank you to Ann Kelly for the 2017 PTBO

Also a big thank you to Ann Kelly… again for taking on the role of organising our team and getting those keen members engaged for the day.

Our efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as Bartley SC was aired on TV Made In Birmingham now available on catchup later today if you missed it https://www.madeinbirmingham.tv/catchup/?c=lifestyle&p=x4ugxs

Guy Mason and I were so proud of Bartley Sailing club members efforts and results we have created for the RYA West Midlands, a great job - well done.


By way of final feedback from our day…

PBTO figures faithfully kept by our star greeter – Maisy, shows 44 brand new people attending (24 adults and 20 children) and 41 having a sailing trip including so top Fireball guys. Whilst this may not seem massive it is good to have so much interest in Bartley’s local sailing community. We also had approx 10 other people who simply came down and watched from the shores!.

The team headed by Ann Kelly worked so hard along with 12 others who tirelessly focused all day to make it a great success. Working together so hard as a team to get the youth K2o out on the day was also an achievement.

We had lots of SUP’s (paddle boarders) out with Katie & her Supper friends doing a great job. Ed Bader, Caroline, Nigel and Nick went sailing with some first timers. Huw Davies was a bid support all day. Dave Jones took the helm of the powerboats and some joy rides to get people out on the water. Dan our club Bosun ensured we were all fuelled up and ready. Claire got some windsurfers on the water and Rachel and Cia kept us all feed and watered and Simon helped with the preparation beforehand.

Hopefully this will lead to two or three people signing up for the beginners course especially Rob and Niall who were on duty all day are going to join the improvers sessions on a Wednesday night.

Kind regards


John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman

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PTBO was a great success at Bartley

Hi Folks

Thank you all so very much for helping make the event a success. Everyone worked so hard and worked together as a team to get K2o completed as well as PTBO. Overcome rigging issues and petrol requirements, extra duty help for the visitors sailing trips “ just in case” – as well kitting everyone out, directing to boats and general safety. Also our volunteer helms and folks generally chatting about the club. Katie  & her Supp friends doing a great job with the paddle boarders. Perhaps we should a K2o for paddle boarders!  (and we all want a go now) Claire with our windsurfers. Rachel and Cia (sorry if spelt wrong) keeping us feed and watered and Simon with the preparation beforehand.

The club should be very proud of its helpers. A great job well done.

A brief summary of PBTO figures faithfully kept by our star meeter and greeter – Maisy, shows 42 attending (22 adults and 20 children) and 38 having a sailing trip.

So if you were feeling tired you have every right to be.

Hopefully this will lead to two or three signing up for the beginners course and Rob and Niall who were on duty are going to join the improvers sessions on a Wednesday night.

Thank you again


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PUSH the BOAT OUT day at BSC Sat 13th May

Not long now till PUSH the BOAT OUT day at Bartley SC (Sat 13th May)

This year PTBO at Bartley SC is looking to get even more people out on the water and experiencing the joy of sailing!


Have you ever wanted to try sailing a diferent boat or windsurfing? RYA Push the Boat Out is taking place at Bartley 13th May with free taster sessions ...so bring along friends and family.
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Evening racing, Thursdays races now moved to Tuesdays
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Sadly there has been a dramatic decline in Thursday night attendance sailing to the point where only couple of boats are turning up. Unfortunately this is not economical for the club as each time it’s open we incur staff and associated running costs. It is proposed that the Thursday night sailors could amalgamate with Tuesday night from next week. In order to not disturb the single handers the 400 fleet will have a start at 18.55 and will self-manage their course and finish. The menagerie fleet that can also sail will start with the 400,s.

We are planning that whilst a windward leeward course sits better with them they will use the top and bottom marks only this way courses for the single handers will remain unaffected with their normal variation.

This is not intended to disrupt existing sailor’s enjoyment but merely to facilitate sailing for all. We hope this will be accepted by the membership as a necessary and viable solution that should also help a more sociable club nights and less demand on the number of duties carried out from Tuesday sailors. Results will be calculated at the end.

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BSC AGM 2017 This SATURDAY  6th May after the racing


AGM 2017

To all Members,

The AGM date has been set for the Saturday 6th May 2017.

The meeting will start as soon as practical after the days Club racing.


Attached are the Company Accounts for year to Oct 31 2016

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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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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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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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Saturday 1st April 2017 starts our new spring sailing series Racing starts 11.30

This Saturday 1st April 2017 starts our new spring sailing series and we WELCOME all club members to come a join in the fabulous sailing especially as the weather is also looking good.


We have changed the sailing format slightly to Fleet racing to encourage more club members to enjoy and below is how we are planning to run the races, so please come on down!! and join in the fun.


Starts 11:30 am with 5 minute warning @ 11:25. Fly numeral pennant 6

Each fleet will then start after the race has begun with 2 intervals apart.

11:30 RS400 start

11:32 General handicap start (GP, Phantom, Aero, 4.7, Mirrors, Taser, RS200/800, Finn, Streaker, Windsurfers etc.)

11:34 Laser/Supernova start

11:36 Solo start

11.38 Novice start (anyone from K20, youths, etc.)


On the technical side we shall be running flag Zulu (20% penalty and restart (no redress, OOD decision) this will hopefully avoid any delays with fleet recalls, this is in place of the Blue Peter.

13.30 Fleet two race 2 min intervals


Handicap fleet

Supernovas & Lasers (all Standard & Radial rigs)


BACK TO BACK for last race

15.15 Fleet three race 2 min intervals


Handicap fleet

Supernovas & Lasers (all Standard & Radial rigs)


Notes for OD’s

o Use the same start line as the finish line

o Start flags are the clubs normal 5, 4, 1 go… thereafter sound signals with class flags

  • Shortening the course on the boat that approaches the line approx. 50mins this most likely will be a slow boat
  • 30 mins Time limit for boats to finish after first boat has finished

o For each fleet shorten the boats on the same lap if possible

o As each boat finishes record their actual time they cross the line – Fleet positions/or handicaps will be used along with average laps to calculate results, although fleet finishing positions will be visible on the water.

o On each race record sheet note the Start time of the exact first race. i.e. RS400 off time

o After race two is finished the 3rd race should be started asap effectively back to back allow for the fleet to return to the line.

  • Results are for each fleet, whilst we will tract an overall combined result this is not used for prizes


I The sailing committee are on hand this weekend to help with any queries and Nick Thornton is OD so I’m sure all will go well. I know change brings apprehension but please try and go with it and see if this change helps the formatting etc. Later in the series we are conducting a review so we welcome feedback and any constructive views to help continually improve things.


Kind regards


John Ling

Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman


Mob: 07484 085897

Email: john.ling@interserve.com">


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Wednesday improvers sailing sessions will be starting on Wednesday 19th Apr

Wednesday improvers sailing sessions will be starting on Wednesday 19th April.

On the 19th Howard will be running a powerboat training session which will leave the members able to create their own rota to have a "sail under cover".

Every week following that session a triangular course will be laid for the improver sailors to sail around. Official coaching in all classes starts on the 24th May and runs for a period of 8 weeks and is going to be run by a number of different coaches.

The coaching team are caroline, mark, richard ashwell and Mike Gibson. Hope to see you there!

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thanks to all the people who helped at the working party A massive thanks to all the people who helped at the working party today. Some really trojans out there. Tom Williams needs a special mention as he had his head down and grafted for hours! Thank you too to Birmingham Uni and Bartley SUP club, Ben can you pass this on, they all worked really hard and their efforts were massively appreciated! What a fab days sailing, we even enjoyed the awful blustery westerly thanks to some excellent OD skills from Guy and Bradley! Jodie Archer ran the galley with a welcoming smile all day and in the working party mood, rearranged and cleaned all behind the bar! Thanks jodie! The club really feels a fab place to be part of, especially after a nice cider post sailing!
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