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Now where’s that form…?

A new member arrives and wants a membership form – do you know where to get one?

The OOD runs out of sign on sheets – where are they?

A member cuts themselves – where is the accident form?

I want a protest form – where can I find a blank one?

We used to sign on for rescue duty – do we still do that and where do we do that?

Here are the race results – where do I put them?

The answer used to be 'have a look behind the bar' to all of these questions but with the bar now staffed by members 'on demand' it is often locked up and no forms can be found anywhere so we have a little grumble about who should have done what and how it wouldn't have happened in 1987 and then find a blank piece of paper and 'make do'.

This isn't a great system so when I was gifted a document holder I knew exactly what use it could be put to.

Now we have a place to store all these forms. The document holder is right next to the bar as you enter the club house and turn right into the dry area you will see it on your left hand side. It is clearly labelled with its contents so you can quickly locate what you need. It is easy to see when forms need replenishing too so we shouldn't run out.

Aside from blank forms there is also a place for completed race results for Mark to collect and load to dutyman and there is also an OOD Duty Report form to be completed.

The OOD Duty Report is new. It is designed to cover 3 main areas:

1) Safety – Did the crew turn up (please sign in)? Who didn't keep their commitment (record names for follow up)?

2) Incidents / accidents – Did anything happen during the duty that shouldn't have?

3) Repairs – Was anything not there or not working properly?

Please could OODs complete this form on the day of their duty and leave it in the assigned form holder – example below.

I will be printing off various forms over the coming weeks to stock the holders. In the meantime please familiarise yourself with what is there and how to use it. If you have any improvement ideas or other useful forms we should have available let me know and I can always update it (email ).

Thanks

Simon Hardiman

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Ollie Wins the Bartley Bear

​Congratulations to Ollie Ridgway for winning the 2nd Bartley Bear Sprints of the season on Sunday.

After the first Bartley Bear was cancelled due to fog the competitors were looking forward to getting the chance to put their theory into practice. This time the weather decided to go to another extreme with hail, rain, sun, and wind - lots of wind! John and Jeremy provided the briefing and a brush up on tactics and then the fleet took to the water.

The fleet was a mix of standard and 4.7 rigs with Sean taking the plunge in his Supernova too. It was great to see so many youth helms out with 50% of the participants under 20 showing their enthusiasm and confidence in the tricky conditions.

Whilst the racing was 20% tactics and 80% grunt all competitors had a great time with Josh and Megan deciding they still had enough energy to blast back and forth whilst waiting for the fleet to pull onto the slipway at the end of the session.

Well done to all for surviving - the next one is on Sunday 19th January so get it in the diary.

Final positions:

1st Ollie Ridgway

2nd Tom Williams

3rd Megan Hardiman

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Round 2 of the Bartley Bear Sprints Sunday 8th Dec, End of Series Regatta Saturday 14th Dec

Round 1 of the Bartley Bear sprints ended up being a classroom session as the fog came down and didn't shift for the whole day. The current forecast for round 2 looks a lot more promising  with 13 mph from the South West looking ideal. Same format as usual; be ready and rigged for 10.30 and don't forget your go-pro if you have one as there will be Imperial Sailing mounts available to use. 10 to 12 races of 10 to 15 minutes duration to pack in as much starting practice as possible. Time to put all that theory into practice.

The following Saturday is the Autumn Series prize giving and End of Series Regatta which will be two 75 minute pursuit races followed by mince pies and some mulled wine. Prizes for the top 3 on the day, juniors, novices, and the Series prizes for the Autumn. Christmas jumpers, hats etc. most welcome!

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Three Peaks Race Talk TONIGHT

Members might like to know that there is a talk TONIGHT, 26th. November, at Ashwood Marina Social Club DY60AQ at 8.00 pm by David Holbourn on taking part in the legendary Three Peaks Race from Barmouth to Fort William, in which sailors race a boat to Caernavon, Whitehaven and Fort William and runners from their crew scale Snowdon, ScaFell Pike and Ben Nevis. Visitors’ fee £3.00. Event organised by Midlands Coastal Cruising Club
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Reminder - Bartley Bear this Sunday at 10.30

Don't forget the Bartley Bear this Sunday for Lasers / similar handicap single handers.

What can you expect?

1) A packed start line

2) Up to 12 races of 10 to 15 minute duration

3) Use of camera mounts to provide feedback and evaluation (6 mounts available: first come first served - bring your own GoPro)

4) A briefing / key skills explanation and some tips from previous winners 

5) Loads of fun with no pressure - this is all about skills development and the starting / first beat process, everyone's a winner!

6) Great food from Tilly's Galley!

Free to Bartley members, £5 for visitors. 

The weather looks ideal so get yourself to the club for a fantastic day!

(Sunday Sailing continues as usual for Sunday sailors)

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Brummie Boom! - Bartley welcomes University Team Racers

Welcome to all University teams competing in the Brummie Boom at Bartley S.C. this weekend - we hope you have a great couple of days racing and, no doubt, a great night out in Birmingham!

For Bartley members sailing and racing will continue as usual on a reduced area of the reservoir, please be mindful that the club is likely to be especially busy and you may wish to book lunch early to ensure you get your order at the right time for the race programme. 

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Reminder - Day Skipper Course Starts this Wednesday at 7 pm

​A quick reminder that the Day Skipper Course commences this Wednesday evening at the club

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Laser Bartley Bear Sunday 24th Nov - Sprint racing

​Following the success last year Bartley laser fleet are running another 4 Bartley Bear sessions over the winter. The first is on Sunday 24th November so get yourself to the club for 10.30 ready for the briefing.

The format is quick cycles of 10 to 15 minute races with a focus on getting your starting technique right in order to make the windward mark first.

GoPro or similar cameras are encouraged with mounts available for the first 6 sailors who request them from Jeremy Higson.

The day is open to travellers at a cost of £5 and is free to members.

After racing the footage can be viewed in the clubhouse and the prize for the winner awarded as well as a prize for the most 'first to the windward mark'.

We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

Sunday club racing will continue as usual.

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Laser Midland Grand Prix Series Finale

 The final event of the Midland Grand Prix started with a first for the club; a social event on the preceding evening including various nautical (wind the fender in) and non-nautical (giant connect 4 and 'round the table' table tennis) games followed by a sleep over in the clubhouse.

With the forecast looking decidedly light for the Sunday the participants engaged fully in the fun and stayed up rather late recounting sailing tales until someone looked on Windguru and announced that the 5mph forecast at midday now swung 180 degrees to the SW and would be gusting towards 30mph – time to get some rest!

As the 29 sailors started to arrive on Sunday morning and those in the clubhouse emerged from their sleeping bags they were met with the forecast rain and light wind from the NE. Race Officer Steve Ward set the course and the sailors took to the water for race 1.

The first beat proved shifty with large gains and losses to be made resulting in 11 boats hitting the windward mark at once and trying to find the right lane downwind. Joe Scurrah, John Ling, and George Fereday all went deep and caught a lovely bit of pressure propelling them past the competition to the leeward rounding. Caroline Whitehouse, Sam Knight, Chris Winters, and Paul Keeling all showed that you don't need to have a new laser to be at the front as all were in boats with sail numbers less than 140000 and rounding the mark just behind the lead 3. As the laps progressed the lead pack stretched out from the chasing group with continued challenges on the shifty windward legs enabling a few to catch the lead group whilst others dropped back. As the fleet passed the windward mark for the final time the wind dropped and started to fill in from all directions. John Ling reeled Joe Scurrah in and pulled ahead with minutes to go. At the finish line it was John first, Joe second, a solid 3rd for Chris, with Simon Hardiman just ahead of George Fereday and Paul Keeling. However, we had missed the fact that George was sailing his radial rig which moved him to 3rd on handicap having sailed a fantastic race.

The sailors came in for lunch at Tilly's Galley praying for Windguru to be right and as they looked up from their jacket potatoes at 1.15, as predicted, the wind was blowing a steady F3 from the SW.

The fleet launched for race 2 sailing a course 180 degrees to that of the morning with a sky that looked like Armageddon was on the way. The leading pack got away well with shenanigans at the windward mark due to the starboard rounding. This time Joe made it stick, leading the way from John and Chris with the radials of George and Jamie Mason fighting it out further down the fleet. The lighter weight helms dropped back as the wind strengthened throughout the race but the top 3 held their places to make it 1 win each for Joe and John.

With the wind whipping up for race 3 the attrition began as boats broke, helms tired and the white caps on the waves made an appearance. The race start was lively with a number of boats over at the start on individual recalls. John Ling put in an early tack to port but was unable to clear the fleet and got buried in the middle. The fleet rounded the windward mark with a group of 8 boats charging to the leeward mark at full speed. As the boats progressed upwind again local knowledge paid off for Simon Hardiman who sailed close to the bank to pick up the lift for a fast track to the mark enabling him to pull out 10 boat lengths on the chasing group, this move was repeated on every beat to pull out a lead that would not be challenged. The battle for second was a different matter though with positions changing throughout with a final drag race to the finish in force 6 conditions won by Richard Baker from Chris Winters who finished 1 second apart and a spectacular capsize from Chris to windward just past the line! Richard Mason came in 4th followed by youth Sailor Tom Williams who got his best result of the day.

The next 10 minutes were a mixture of gleeful shouts as boats powered to the line and the thuds of boats capsizing to windward at full speed as a few got their gust response technique wrong. Josh Oates provided the most spectacular capsize managing to detach his rudder and himself from the boat earning him a huge cheer from the spectator group on shore as he crossed the line.

As the mammoth Open and Series prizegiving drew to a close all reflected on a great day and a great series. Special thanks to Richard Mason for coordinating the series and to John Ling for organising the Bartley Open.

Results:

1st                                                     Joe Scurrah

2nd                                               John Ling

3rd                                                    Simon Hardiman

1st Radial and Youth                 George Fereday

2nd Radial and Youth               Jamie Mason

1st Lady                                      Caroline Whitehouse

1st Junior                                    Evan Base


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Bartley Juniors Selected for the RYA Youth Sailing Zone Squads

​Congratulations to Theo and Millie for being selected for the RYA Midland Zone Squads in the Optimist and Topper squad respectively. This will be the second year Theo has been in the Optimist squad and a first for Millie. 

The selection process takes the top 6 boys and top 6 girls from the qualifying events (an Open meeting, the Junior Regional Championships, and a training event) and provides them with 6 weekends of winter training from RYA coaches to develop them to a level where they can compete for a place in the national squad.

This is a great achievement and we wish them well with their training and progression to greater things.

Quiz - There are a number of Bartley Sailors who have been through the RYA Youth Squads, can you name any and what they are doing now? - Post a comment if you think you know who they might be.


 Theo in his Optimist

Millie in her Topper 

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