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Laser Masters Inlands 8-9th April

Calling all Laser Masters (over 33 to attend and race, over 35 years old to qualify for prizes) the 2017 series is starting 8-9th April with the Inlands at Chew Valley near Bristol.

If you are interested then go to www.laser.org.uk and enter. Cost is £30 for the weekend plus you need to be a member of the UKLA. Camping available for £10 per night. 3 races per day. 

I will be going to Chew Valley in April, and Beer in May (13th and 14th). There are further events later in the year at Hayling Island and Pevensey Bay - both great south coast locations for some good sailing in the waves (unfortunately I can't make these as they clash with Childrens' sailing schedule).

It would be great to see a few more Bartley sailors at these events - the sailing is competitive and the evening entertainment tends to be lively enough too! If you want to know more or plan to come along let me know.

Cheers  Simon

 

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1986 - Retro Sailing in Brew XI

Check out the hiking style...

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Bartley sailors dominate out on the open circuit

Bartley sailors dominate out on the open circuit

Last weekend saw the RS400 team go to Queen Mary for the Winter Championships, to battle it out against a 25 strong fleet turnout. Celebrations continuing long into the late hours of Saturday night after Caroline’s 2nd place in race 3 and with Howard & Richard keeping pace in the middle of the fleet. Day two saw the competition getting to grips with the testing conditions and our team having to pull out all they could muster. But being OCS on the last race has brought home the realisation for Jason that his job of managing Caroline must continue on and OFF the water next time the zambuca’s are out!!! It was tough competition but our team did well and enjoyed the event.

The Laser team of Jeremy Robin and John ventured to Bowmoor SC for the first of the Wessex Regional Grand Prix’s. With 37 boats all keen to dust of their winter blues it was runnerup Champion last year Tim Keighley with his new boat that was powerful of the line but Robin Pitt with all his winter training was having none of it and battled to the first buoy rounding in 4th. With Ling struggling to find clear air and when finally reaching the dizzy heights of the leader board was forced to do a doggy 720 resulting in falling back to third. Jeremy came in for lunch wondering why boats seemed to just keep passing him by, only to fine he was carrying half the lake with him. It seems running a-ground at BSC had damaged his hull which was not noticed till it was too late. Whilst Ling started race two in a commanding position, again a 720 caused him to drop to second leaving the event wide open and all on the last race with three positional winners.

Robin’s start in race 3 was again strong and put him up with the top 5 boats, along with Jeremy but unfortunately soon found his boat sluggish on the runs. Ling was away from the line like a bullet leading the pack home and as Robin said at the prize giving speech “you go fast when you don’t get in everyone’s way”

Bartley Sailing club can be proud that it’s represented out on the open circuit in such a strong way by some great sailors.

Lots more reports to follow from the National circuit with Ed Higson triumphant in 2nd in the Radial qualifiers just behind Olympiad Alison Young.

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Laser Masters Nationals

Looks like the Bartley pond sailors have been experiencing the waves recently so here is another one...

3 days at the Laser Masters in force 4 to 6 in sunshine and a swell off Eastbourne. A Laser event for the more mature sailor (or so you would think). It seems like most mature Laser sailors have become Olympic Coaches judging by the sponsored cars in the carpark!

It was a great event with over 5 countries represented, 'beer on the beach' each day after sailing, and a fine evening with the 'Jazz Folkers' on the Saturday interspersed with people who could actually play their instruments!

The racing was fantastic with 65 boats on the start line and some big wave surfing on the downwind legs with plenty of capsizes all round.

I managed to hit my target of just getting into the middle third of the fleet and I am getting the hang of upwind wave sailing at last...

Full report in Y&Y and Laser.org.uk. Next event it Arun in September if any or you over 35s fancy it...

(I am 208687 in the picture - just catching up....!!!)

Simon H

P.S. any tips on how to recover from 3 days hiking out in a Laser- I could hardly walk!

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ITS arrived TUESDAY NIGHT RACING Lasers  Week three results

Hi Please see attached up to week three Laser results

 

Yet another Tuesday comes and goes, and what a belter it was, great breeze and not too cold. Once again we managed to field a fleet of all rigs and abilities. Our 2 radials coping well with the conditions, being split by John, closely followed by Howard who seemed to be missing someone else in the boat to talk to….. apart from the fish at one point! Jeremy and Michael seemed to be tethered together for most of the race with 2 seconds to separate them at the finish, Robin couldn’t make ground on John and failed to put distance between him and Michael and Jeremy not matter how hard he tried (and he did try hard!), John as usual, was the noisiest on the water, and was lucky not to find himself in the protest room, and that only leaves our potential Olympian, Ed. He set off in front and showed no intention of letting anyone get close to him. Obviously his Dad is continuing to coach him well! A fautless performance.

 

Thanks to our duty crew, Brad and Richard. I bet Richard spent all duty thinking that the conditions would have been perfect for him!

 

See you all on the weekend for the biggest Laser extravaganza to ever visit BSC.

 

Regards

 

Robin Pitt

Laser 200920

Any other volunteers wanting to wright a report please?

See you sat

Kind regards

John

Bartley Sailing Club Lasers

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