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Laser Masters Inlands 8-9th April
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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
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Check out the hiking style...

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Bartley sailors dominate out on the open circuit
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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
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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
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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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Tue Lasers ....ITs all over bar the shouting and clams of un fair handicaps etc
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Final results posted

 

Can you believe it 20 weeks have past and what a great season we have had... so many tails to tell. From Jeremy dominating at the start of the season,  our Commodore Mike joining in and showing us his skills (plus spectacular capsizes) to the quiet and deadly Mike Acaster who just plug away at the top each week and calmly moved up the leader board, whilst Richard was training hard to master his roll tacks.

BUT IN THE END THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE---------- 2014 BSC Laser personal handicap Champion is Mike Acaster congratulations

I have attached the Full Sailwave file attached and it should be available soon on the BSC web site.

As you can see below the Top of the leader board is divided by only a few points !!!.

Taking race 20 results into consideration Richard Baker and Michael Parker both sailed so well and consistently improved over the whole season, but I know that in the last race the wind dropped and Mike managed to get away leaving the battle at buoy 0... and well that was it....

Last year’s winner Giles was also so close with only one point in it between him and Simon, Giles nearly took glory again with his amazing start on the last race but unfortunately headed out to a patch of dead wind and it was all over!!! A real shame..

Robin Pitt had moments of glory with 5 top places but throughout the season also had some which he would rather me not mention... but it does show he’s got it...Jeremy was clearly in the driving seat but after his back injury had to slow down and all he could do was smile and wave!!! Our “SuperBoy” Mike found that we “Laser guys” make it look easy!! But it’s not... in the end he had a credible season and finish 3rd overall in the scratch with only 1.5 off Simon.

Gary Allcock finally had to smile as he not only finished 10th with 4 top positions he also managed to beat Robin in the last race!!!

John Ellis Rose was not far behind with a few great results and some that needed a digit removing!! he did manage to win in Race 16 though the week of buying us all a drink!!!! (did he?)

Emma Hancox in her 4.7 sailed really well but with the lighter airs not being kind, it was a case of not doing enough races to have the vital discard... anyhow she takes the first lady position...

Jim did a similar thing by just missing out, do to his discards but was getting stronger all season.

Ed Higson, what can we say... young blood that has great skill..... was in poll but needed to do more races... he has so much glassware anyhow!!! And more to come I’m sure!

Alastair also missed out do to discards but was very consistent when he came. Ian the dark horse... god knows how good he would be if he upgraded his laser!!!

Tony Cliff had a season of uphill improvement starting at the back end and ending with him never giving up and in the top slots of results. So as he practices over the winter he will be a force to be reckoned with next season chaps.

Debbie was our 2nd placed Lady but missed out do to discards, real shame as she came 1st 2nd and 3rd in the scratch races!!!

Brad won our youth “pain in the **** prize”!! seriously he has improved and with two 1st, 3rd and 6th which is a brilliant result. Just need to sail a Laser more often mate!!!

On to our 3rd place lady Katie who joined us for 6 sessions and had impressive results, as did Ann 4th place lady who really push Emma at the start of the series but because of change of job could not make Tuesdays.

Other sailors Tom Clarke, Steve Thomas, Nigel Hudson, Chris Thomas, Andrew Gill, Neil Boneham, and Dan Richardson all who joined in seemed to enjoy themselves.

NOW FOR THE BIG LAST NIGHT OF THE SEASON – Laser Prizing giving

 

Please make sure you are there I have a number of prizes to award

 

Remember that evening 9th September is also our Bottle race where we hope you will all invite your partners along and come and have a great evening racing and Curry and Beer at the club

As always any issues please feel free to let me know and I will be happy to amend.

Kind regards

John

Ravens Crest

Impney park

Droitwich Spa

Worcs

WR9 0BL

Mob 079 200200 36

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Wk 19 Lasers - Tues evening Race results updated CLOSE AT THE TOP
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Results file updated and is posted online and attached as PDF file

 

IT’S SO CLOSE AT THE TOP of the personal handicaps

Well this is going to be a cruncher of a last race on Tues 2nd September... with Mike Acaster just ahead of Richard and Michael it’s all down to the last race...

In fact it does work out that as the final discard comes into play with 10 Races counting that we have 8 sailors fighting for the top winning positions

Mike 36 , Richard, 37,Michael 38, John 40,Simon 43, Giles 44,Robin 53, Jeremy 55.

Regarding the scratch series I have also attached the results which again shows results being so close at the TOP....

With lots of goodies to present at the Prize giving evening on the 9th Its all to play for!!!!

Remember 9th September our Bottle race and Final Prize Givingwhere we hope you will all invite your partners along and come and have a great evening racing and Curry and Beer at the club

As always any issues please feel free to let me know and I will be happy to amend but only for a large fee!!!!

As we are now using Sailwave (through the great help from Mark and Colin) which is a free software available to anyone, it has been suggested that the club make a donation to the guy that set this up. I fully support this and wondered how the Laser fleet felt if we contributed something to this from our prize fund monies? Please let me have your thoughts.

Kind regards

John

Ravens Crest

Impney park

Droitwich Spa

Worcs

WR9 0BL

Mob 079 200200 36

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Week 18 Laser sailors - Tues evening Race results updated
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As you can see below we have sailed 18 races meaning only two left and the Top of the leader board is divided by only a few points !!!.

Taking last night’s results into consideration Michael Parker is now on top with Richard just behind by two points leaving the next three by only another 4points

So there’s lots to fight for in the closing stages. Just so it’s clear the table on the right is your personal PYN and also in times (add 20 points for each minute onto our 1074)

I do hope you have all enjoyed the racing it been so much fun so far.

So the onto the last few weeks. 

Remember 9th September our Bottle race and Final Prize Givingwhere we hope you will all invite your partners along and come and have a great evening racing and Curry and Beer at the club

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Laser Grand Prix results 2014
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Bartley Sailing Club   Laser Grand Prix Racing results July 14
  20th July 14              
                 
Helm Boat Boat   Position
  Name Nos. 1 2 3 Discard Total points Final
Rob Lennox G 192514 2 2 1 -2 3 1
John Ling Say Ling (M) 204545 7 1 2 -7 3 2
Edward Higson Y 203581 1 3 7 -7 4 3
Debbie Degge G 186793 3 7 4 -7 7 4
Robin Pitt M 200920 10 4 5 -10 9 5
Guy Pearson M 192541 4 6 9 -9 10 6
Rod Theaker M 144288 5 8 6 -8 11 7
Simon Hardiman A 186257 6 5 8 -8 11 8
Jamie Cuxson Y 187480 9 9 3 -9 12 9
Richard Baker S 180231 8 18 14 -18 22 10
Andrew Gill S 184354 13 10 12 -13 22 11
Adam John M 205123 11 11 dnf   22 12
Paul Powell M 202293 12 21 11 -21 23 13
Robert Marshall G 182478 17 12 13 -17 25 14
Ian Davies G 164546 18 23 10 -23 28 15
John Dickinson G 191760 15 13 16 -16 28 16
Eleanor Craig Y 167608R 14 14 20 -20 28 17
Alastair Baillie M 143617 16 15 15 -16 30 18
Andrew Bownes G 164567 19 16 dnf   35 19
James Allan 150742 23 20 17 -23 37 20
Nigel Hudson M 190823 21 17 21 -21 38 21
Harrison Bradbury-Knight Y 128850 20 22 18 -22 38 22
Emma Hancox A 159707R 22 25 19 -25 41 23
Austin Jackson R 20529R 32 19 25 -32 44 24
Giles Rawlinson M 77637 24 24 23 -24 47 25
Michael Dalziel M 169859 26 27 22 -27 48 26
Bradley Eeles Y 189123 25 dnf 24   49 27
Haydn Lavander Y 201700R 29 26 26 -29 52 28
Ryan Lettinga Y 179100 28 28 dnf   56 29
Dan Richardson A 200886 30 29 dnf   59 30
Anna Mason S 181335R 27 dns dns   59 31
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