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New Website on its Way!

As you should be aware we are moving to a new website in the near future. The address will be the same but the content will have a more modern and fresh appearance to it which we hope members will like. 

The change also moves us from just a website to an administration tool that brings together membership details, boat park spaces, RYA qualifications, accounts, booking systems, duty roster, and so much more. There will be more communication as we transfer to the new site and gradually switch on each piece of the extended functionality.

A huge vote of thanks to Hugo, Giles, and Roger, as well as the extended team (Nick, Alan, Dave, Ben to name a few) who have worked tirelessly to transfer often very outdated records into the new system over the last year. It has been a massive job which deserves a massive 'THANK YOU!'

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Laser Open Moved to 30th May

Due to the close proximity of the Laser Open scheduled for 4th April to the club provisional opening date of 31st March the decision has been made to move it to later in the year with a date of 30th May now agreed with the UKLA. 

The 4th April will now be normal club sailing / racing so our membership can enjoy the day dusting off the lockdown cobwebs and getting out on the water. 

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Bakerboy Comes in 7th in the RYA Club Championships

 Thanks to all who supported Richard last night in the eSailing Club championships. After the completion of the 6 races he was confirmed as 7th place overall which wasn't too shabby against some of the top 50 eSailors in the country! The winner was VonPigeon from Woolverstone Project club, so well done to him! There was some great support for Richard with many members watching live, and also a few Bartley members gate crashing the races by accidently hitting 'join' instead of 'view' much to the confusion of the commentary team and the hilarity of the Bartley Youth WhatsApp group...(whoops!).

Thanks and well done to Richard, and thanks to those who offered encouragement on the Facebook feed throughout the event.

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When Will We Be Open?

As you will have seen in the news the government has announced a very cautious emergence from lock down. Our current interpretation is that the club can open from 29th March with the first sailing day being Wednesday 31st. The duty rota will commence from Saturday 3rd April, and we will add an extra sailing day on 5th April as a Bartley holiday destination now that we won't be able to go anywhere else!

The RYA haven't yet updated their guidance. When they do we will adjust if necessary. Further details on opening will be posted nearer the time.

Don't forget that Richard 'Bakerboy' Baker is representing the club in the RYA Winter eSailing Championships tonight - good luck Richard!

We also have the virtual dinghy show this weekend for those who have not registered via the RYA website.

Keep safe and well - the count down to sailing has begun...

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Busy Times for Bartley eSailors

Well done to Josh and Millie in their finals of the ITCA Winter Championships last night. Josh was in the Gold fleet and Millie in the Silver. After 5 more races the scores were added to those from the qualifying rounds to result in 16th overall for Josh and 28th overall for Millie out of a fleet of 80 - not bad when you do a bit of research into the other competitor's and their world rankings!

The good news for Millie was that the prizes were based around current International Topper Class Association members. She managed 4th place in this category and a Silver Fleet spot prize so a nice £30 Rooster voucher received!

Next up is Richard Baker on Wednesday evening representing the club in the East and Midlands qualifiers for the RYA Club Championships at 7pm so why not tune in and shout encouragement at the screen to help him on his way. If he gets through that round then the final is at the weekend at the Virtual Dinghy Show - no pressure then!  Good luck BarkerBoy we know you can do it!

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Bakerboy Crowned Bartley VR Inshore Winter Series Winner

Who would believe it? The 20 race winter VR Inshore series ended today and the winners are confirmed as:

J70: 1st Richard Baker, 2nd Simon Hardiman, 3rd Sean Ricketts

49er: 1st Richard Baker, 2nd Simon Hardiman, 3rd Megan Hardiman

Laser: 1st Simon Hardiman, 2nd Richard Baker, 3rd Megan Hardiman

Overall winner: Richard Baker

Thanks to all competitors for keeping the fun going during the dark months, Saturdays seemed particularly popular, especially with the Bartley youth team - just watch out for them on the water as they seem to have developed their match racing skills!

We will wait and see how quickly we can get back to the real thing (hopefully) in tomorrow's announcement. If it is set to be a while, I will schedule a few 'pop up' races, if it is in the next couple of weeks then the real world will take the place of the virtual one!

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Bartley eSailors Compete in the Virtual Winter Championships

Well done to Josh (180713) and Millie (Millie 582) for competing in the GJW ITCA GBR Winter Championships that commenced last night. Josh had a rocky start but smashed the next few races to secure a position in the Gold Fleet for tonight's racing. Millie was steady with 7ths and 8ths to get through to compete in the Silver Fleet. The racing starts at 8 tonight for about an hour. If you want to see how they are getting on go to custom race on VR Inshore between 8 and 9pm and scan through the 5 races that have 'ITCA' 'Winter Champs' or 'Topper' in the title, find 180713 or Millie 582 on the list and click on the camera tab to view the race.

Good luck to both our eSailors!

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A Big Few Days of British Sailing...

The end of this week provides a great opportunity to watch some British sailors in action. Sometime over the next few days Pip Hare will complete the Vendee Globe. She has posted lots of short clips on YouTube which give you a feel for both the mental and physical challenges of this single handed non-stop race around the world. Pip will be the first British sailor home in 19th place and the second lady past the post. The Vendee channel on YouTube has been streaming each competitor's return to Les Sables d'Olonne so keep an eye out for her finish and first steps on dry land.

At the weekend Team Ineos UK will compete against Luna Rossa in the finals of the Prada cup. The races are from 2 a.m. in the morning so you may wish to watch the full race re-runs on YouTube instead! They are usually loaded and ready to view by 8 in the morning - just keep away from social media if you don't want to see the result beforehand. There is action on Saturday and Sunday morning provided the wind shows up. The winner of the Prada Cup then goes onto challenge Team New Zealand for the Americas Cup in March. The racing between the Italians and the British has been very close to date so well worth a watch.

Finally, a reminder that the RYA Dinghy show is on 27 and 28 Feb and is Virtual so you don't even have to move from your chair to attend. Make sure you register to attend on the RYA website to access the presentations and exhibitors.

We are expecting the Government to announce the way out of lock down on 22nd Feb at which point we hope that we will have some idea as to when we may be able to open the club again. We will update you as soon as we know more.

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VR Inshore Results to Date

Some good racing today - here are the results to date.

Interesting to see the banter on the WhatsApp group as to how many boats are named after birds.....or fish....or insects, all because the RSPB would like us to count birds in our gardens this weekend! I am beginning to wonder if the BBC should do an article on Sailors mental health during lockdown as a result :)  

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As the Nation Backs Sir Ben Ainslie in the Prada Cup, Bartley SC Backs Richard 'Bakerboy' Baker in the eSailing Winter Championships

There are so many similarities between our very own Richerd Baker and Sir Ben; they have both sailed lasers, you wouldn't want to make either of them angry, they sail with the aggression of a piranha in a bowl of goldfish, and they even look alike in a certain light (i.e. a very dim light). Even their competition budgets contain the same numbers; £120m for Sir Ben and £1.20 for daily broadband for Richard. As Sir Ben gets himself into shape for the February final of the Prada cup Richard is conducting daily thumb flexes for the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championships. 

Just as the Prada cup enables access to the Americas cup, the eSailing regional races enable access to the National championships and who knows, maybe even a knighthood for the esteemed winner - imagine the glory 'Sir Bakerboy'

So what are his chances? We will have to wait and see. Will he sandbag like Sir Ben and shoot to the front when least expected or will he come straight out of the gate in the lead? Only time will tell...

One thing is for sure though he needs to be challenged in the practice races so we need as many people joining the club esailing on Wednesday evening, Saturday and Sunday mornings to help him tune his tactics - we are relying on you Bartley eSailors to help our man lift the Can!

Richard bagged his place in the competition by winning our club series in 2020 coming 1st out of 37 helms - we know he is good, now we will see just how good...

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