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Derek Campbell 1936 - 2020

It is with great sadness that I share the news of Derek's passing in the early hours of this morning. Derek was Commodore of the sailing club from 2007 to 2012 and a regular sailor in his Solo and RS400. He initiated and completed many club improvement projects and was a well known and much loved member of our club, we shall miss him. Our thoughts are with his wife Christine and the family at this sad time. If you wish to send a message of condolence to the family please send to Guy Mason on email address  and he will pass them on.

The Unknown Shore.

Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away,
With no response to a friendly hail,
In the silent hush of the twilight pale,
When the night stoops down to embrace the day
And the voices call in the water's flow.

Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my moorings and sail away.
Through purple shadows that darkly trail
O'er the ebbing tide of the unknown sea,
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To mystic isles, where at anchor lay
The craft of those who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barques were anchored near,
Some loving souls that my heart held dear
In silent sorrow will drop a tear;
But I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In mooring sheltered from the storm and gale,
And greeted friends who had sailed before
O'er the unknown sea to the unknown shore.

(Elizabeth Clark Hardy)

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Racing Times Reminder - Saturday 11.00 Handicap, 12.30 Pursuit, 14.30 Handicap. Sunday 11.15 Handicap, 13.30 Handicap

There will be a few of you who don't read the communications and will be late to the start line on Saturday / Sunday. Lets just say I have done the best I can - this is the routine until either Covid guidance changes again or Spring arrives!  The Autumn race series is up and running - ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Good luck to our sailors at the Regional Junior Championships

It has been a quieter year than normal for competitions but the good news is that the Regional Junior Championship fleets are going ahead at Draycote this Saturday. This annual event is for Midland youth sailors to compete and practice their skills. Last year we won and achieved 2nd in the Feva class. This year our travelling juniors are now classed as youth sailors so we are fielding a much reduced fleet until the next generation join the party!

In the Topper Class Millie is representing Bartley in a fleet of 39, and new member Finley is dropping out of his Laser 4.7 and getting back in his Optimist for the event with 21 signed on in this class. The weather looks lively so the racing should be great. Best of luck to both competitors.


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RYA OnBoard at Bartley on Saturday Cancelled

Unfortunately the RYA OnBoard event has been cancelled this weekend. The K2O team will be in touch with the club Level 2 sailors as there is now opportunity to run a morning session for this group.

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AGM Update

Thanks to all who attended the AGM and adhered to the Covid 19 protocols. We reviewed the club financial statements and club report and then voted in the following committee with effect from 1st October 2020:

Commodore Simon Hardiman

Vice Commodore Nigel Hudson

Rear Commodore David Jones

Hon Secretary Hugo Russell

Hon Treasurer Chris Bownes

Committee members:

Ben Julian SUP Club Interests

Benn Freeman ASF Interests

Jennifer Foort Marketing and Membership

Kerry Webb Training Centre Principal

Steve Ward Facilities Management

Tony Cliff Financial support to the Treasurer

Thanks were given to Caroline Whitehouse for her club leadership through some pretty tough times, and to Tony Cliff for his considerable efforts in the Treasurer role whilst working 60 hour weeks in his day job.

Guy Mason was awarded an honorary membership for 16 years service on the Committee at Bartley.

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Laser Youth Training Keeps the Participants on their Toes

Over 20 youths enjoyed the UKLA and Andrew Simpson Foundation Laser training at the weekend in some very challenging conditions. One thing is for sure, their gust response will have improved significantly over the two days! Watch out this weekend though as Bartley's 7 participants are likely to be that bit nearer the front of the fleet!

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UK Laser Class Association / ASC Birmingham Training 19th / 20th September

 Seven of our Laser youth sailors will take part in the UKLA / Andrew Simpson Foundation training on Saturday and Sunday. 25 boats are signed up for training provided by the UKLA Squad coaching team so please extend a warm welcome to any visitors.

The weekend promises to bring high value training so watch out for our youth sailors in the club racing the following weekend, we expect them to be moving up the fleet rankings with their newly developed skills. Hope you all have a great time!

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AGM and Race schedule on Saturday Sept 19th

The club AGM will take place on 19th September at the side of the clubhouse by the containers. All attendees must wear facemasks and maintain at least 1m+ social distance. The AGM will be outside to avoid surface contact and provide ventilation so please dress appropriately. There will be no seating. It will commence at 3pm and we hope to complete within the hour. If you are queuing to get into the meeting area please do so at 2m distance, we won't start until  all who wish to attend are signed in. The AGM is the only scheduled Club business meeting and an opportunity for members to review the status and progress the club has made.

To cater for the AGM the club races have been pulled forward for the day. Pursuit 1 will be at 11.00 and Pursuit 2 will be at 13.00 so please make sure you get to the club earlier if you want to participate.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

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Merlins at Bartley

A great day was had by all at the Merlin Open on Sunday. Race Officer Steve Ward efficiently ran 4 races for the 15 entrants on the day in lovely force 3 to 4 conditions from the South West. A few cruising boats enjoyed a sail too with a Tasar and 2 Mirrors out in the beautiful weather 

There were 3 Bartley boats from our growing fleet out on the water who were in a mid-fleet race of their own. The full results are on the results tab on the website.

1st Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby - Blithfield SC

2nd Simon Potts and James Dawes - Burghfield SC

3rd Matt Biggs and Becka Jones - Blithfield SC

1st Silver Fleet James Goss and Chris Whitehouse - South Staffs SC

1st Bronze Fleet Nigel and Freya Hudson - Bartley SC

Well done to the winners.

Thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event and to Debbie Degge for the photo.

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Thank You Everyone Who Participated and Donated to Barts Bash

 Congratulations to Sam Knight and Chris Bownes for winning the Barts Bash on Saturday. 34 boats took to the water for a fantastic race in perfect conditions. John Knight came 2nd in the Supernova and Megan Hardiman 3rd in a Laser Radial. At the time of writing that placed Bartley boats in 7th, 10th and 15th out of 76 worldwide entries.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise £165 towards much needed repairs on the club fleet ready for the RYA OnBoard fleet activity at the Regional Junior Championships that will be taking place on 26th September at Bartley.

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