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Commodore's Christmas Round-up

 What a year!

As we approach the end of 2020 it is difficult to remember the normality we enjoyed at the start of it.

We kicked off 2020 with arm wrestling rather than sailing with Bosun Dan Earthquake organising the first Udezumou event of its kind in the UK. There were no security issues at the club on that day!

At the 3rd attempt of the season we managed to get a Bartley Bear sprint racing event on the water with strong or no wind hampering the previous two.

At the end of January the clubhouse was packed with friends and family for an informative talk on the reservoir by Severn Trent.

After a few months of discussions with various providers Andrew Simpson Foundation signed up as the training provider for Bartley on 10th Feb. In 2021 all of our training will be coordinated through the Andrew Simpson Centre (ASC) manager Benn Freeman.

February bought us storm after storm with the next Bartley Bear forcing the laser fleet to drop a sail size to handle the conditions, followed by storm Jorge a few weeks later with some epic photos of sailing on the day.

In March we welcomed Steve Watson back for another talk on the sailing rules and held the Winter end of series regatta and working party to add more gravel to the dinghy park. Thanks to all who helped.

On March 15th we held Topper class winter training run by the International Topper Class Association (ITCA) with participants travelling form Wales and the home counties.

And then… the most used words of the year appeared 'unprecedented' and 'Covid-19' and the club went into lockdown and we retreated to our homes. But that wasn't the end of it – the club quickly moved the reservoir to our computer screens with new friendships (and rivalries) developed on the virtual racecourse. We also enjoyed 'a photo a day' to remind us of happier times on the water.

The club used the time to get some jobs booked in; specifically, the gents changing room floor, the disabled toilet (which those of us who don't use it hadn't realised what a state it was in), and repairs to the pontoons which were both in an unsafe condition due to storm damage over the winter.

We also had to deal with a fly tipper…twice! Thankfully the culprit seems to have ceased littering our grounds.

As VE day celebrations came and went we were back on the water for 'recreational sailing' and buying food from Tilly's using a new contactless system! Risk assessments and one-way systems became the norm as we enjoyed seeing our friends again at a 2m distance and 6 at a time!

At this time some smaller craft joined us as the Bournville Radio Boaters could not sail on home waters and joined us to sail their smaller (but no less tactical) craft on the reservoir. It has been great to see them and a lot of fun to watch.

SUP also grew from strength to strength as more people visited the club during the months that exercise was constrained to outdoors only.

With no open meetings or holidays abroad, the club enjoyed bumper participation in all disciplines over the Summer with some fantastic days for sailing and windsurfing. The WhatsApp group became the way to communicate with a few 'specialist' groups also popping up (Youth, Windsurf, Novice improvers), and Facebook had all the photos of members enjoying the weather and sport to the full (thanks to all our photographers and to Jennifer for posting them). We had more enquiries and new members than ever during this time and it has been great to welcome so many new faces to the club over recent months.

In August Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham finally came off furlough and onto the water with a weekend of foiling that was great fun for the participants. The UK Laser class association also got one of the few Nationals off the ground with Josh and Megan participating in Weymouth for Bartley.

In September we managed to hold the AGM (at last!), Barts Bash, a Merlin Open meeting, and UKLA and ASF Laser youth training. The Autumn series marked an end to recreational sailing and the start of organised racing again, and our friends from Trimpley SC joined us for an away day. Sadly, September also saw the passing of Derek Campbell, a former Commodore and club regular who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

October continued the training theme with Toppers training once again at Bartley, and Optimists and Windsurfers also enjoying their performance coaching with ASC Birmingham. Maintenance activity continued with a fresh coat of paint for the flagpole. The Toppers enjoyed the windiest Open meeting in history and then we were back into lockdown.

November went back on-line with some pop-up VR Inshore races and a fun quiz before opening with a bang with UKLA and ASC Birmingham Laser youth training and the end of series regatta in December.

Who knows what 2021 will bring? We hope that we can start to open more extensively and that Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham can really take off, we hope that the competition circuit can open up again, we hope the new racing rules of sailing don't cause us any headaches, we hope the clubhouse can open fully so our social scene can reinvigorate, we hope the vaccination programme enables all of the above as swiftly as possible, and most of all we hope that 2021 is a happy and healthy one for all our members.

Thanks to the army of helpers at the club who make all of the above happen, we really wouldn't have the vibrant club that we all enjoy without you.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Simon Hardiman

Commodore

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Bumper Turnout for End of Series Regatta

From the photo you may have thought we had held a Supernova Open meeting, in fact this was their pursuit race start on Saturday's End of Series Regatta which saw over 30 boats competing for the cup. For those new to the club there are 4 End of Series Regatta's to mark the close of each racing series during the year. They are a great opportunity to participate in a couple of races with prizes on the day, so if you haven't got the time to sail a full series these are a great way to participate in club racing.

The winner on the day was Jeremy Shinton in his Solo followed by Mike Gibson in the Supernova and Megan Hardiman in her Laser Radial.

The Autumn series winners are all posted on the results page - well done to all.

There were 'spot prizes' on the day - I understand Les won the best Elf impression but you will have to go to the Facebook site to see that picture.

Thanks to David Badger and crew for organising, Nigel Hudson for sorting the prizes, and Stu for all the photos on Facebook. 

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Santa SUP Postponed to 20th December

Well its windy and very wet - why would Santa want to SUP in that weather? Save those outfits for another week and we will see you all next Sunday. 

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Club Programme over the next few weeks

Just a quick reminder of what is happening at the club over the next few weeks...

End of Autumn Series Regatta Saturday 12th December - 2 Pursuit races, both to count for a Trophy and bottle. Race 1 at 11.30 race 2 at 14.00. Prizes (wine and chocs) for the regatta and the Autumn Series will be laid out on the outside tables for collection as soon as the results for the day are turned around. 

On 13th December there will be our Bartley Santa SUP around the reservoir - a fun sight to see and participate in.

There is a Boxing day 'bottle race' at 11.30 on 26th December (75 minute Pursuit) and the club will be closed on Sunday 27th December.

Santa hats are actively encouraged over the festive period.

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Great Weekend of Laser Training

 Saturday provided an ideal F3 for the 15 helms that arrived at Bartley for the UKLA / Andrew Simpson Centre youth training. The focus was on boat speed and 'changing gear' with good use of the sail controls and boat balance followed by start line practice. Sunday was a less hopeful prospect with wind forecast at 3mph dropping to 2mph it was a question as to whether there would be enough wind to sail, but after an on-shore briefing using a tennis ball to show how the centre of effort moves as different sail controls were applied the boats took to the water for roll tack and roll gybe practice (some were a bit over zealous from the photo!). The weekend proved that whatever the weather there are skills to be learnt. As the sailors returned home to warm up the 'ping' of new messages on whatsapp could no doubt be heard around the country as the coaches posted examples of good practice and areas to work on for all the participants. 

These sessions really are great for our youth sailors to learn new skills and meet with other competitors from around the country. The next Bartley session is scheduled for 16th and 17th January. Entry is via the UKLA website.

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Laser Training Dec 5th and 6th

The club welcomes all youth sailors participating in this weekend's training and hope you have a great experience on and off the water. You should have received info directly from UKLA / Andrew Simpson Foundation regarding the schedule for the 2 days - please contact them directly if you require any further info.

We expect it to be cold so wrap up warm. For visiting parents the Galley is open for takeaway service of hot and cold drinks and meals between 9.30 and 14.30 at very reasonable prices so please feel free to support the club in this way. 

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Club Opening Guide 5th Nov 2020 onwards

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VR Results for Sunday

 Well done to all participants this morning - there seemed to be a few server issues with VR Inshore today but most managed to finish the races.

Race 1 49er: Richard Baker, Sean Ricketts, Simon Hardiman

Race 2 Laser: Simon Hardiman, Sean Ricketts, Kerry Webb

Race 3 Barcolana : Richard Baker, Millie Hardiman, Simon Hardiman

Race 4 AC75: Sean Ricketts, Simon Hardiman, Cecily Webb

That's all the VR Inshore done for this lockdown. See you on the water for real next weekend.

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Pop Up VR Inshore Races 11.00 Sunday 29th Nov @ 11.00

 Great way to start the morning today so we will do the same tomorrow at 11.00 – 4 races tomorrow:

Race 1: 49ers

Race 2: Lasers

Race 3: Barcolana 50

Race 4: AC75

Go to custom race and enter password 'bartley'

Today's winners were:

Race 1 Barcolana 50: The Bartley Beast, Speed m/c 3742, RS400

Race 2 Nacra 17: Speed m/c 3742, Bakerboy, Silver Lady

Race 3 Laser: The Bartley Beast, 180713, Bakerboy

Race 4 J70: 180713, Bakerboy, Silver Lady

Race 5 AC75: RS400, Bakerboy, The Bartley Beast

Thanks and well done to all participants

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Pop-Up VR-Inshore Races on Saturday 28th November

 There will be 4 VR Inshore races with the first starting at 11.00 on Saturday Nov 28th. Log into the custom race in VR-Inshore (https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game) and put in password 'bartley' to race.

20 places in each race - first come first served.

Hope to virtually see you there!

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