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Weekend Round Up

To use Ollie's favourite phrase on Saturday it was 'blowing dogs off leads'. So what did the Bartley sailors do? Go sailing of course!

The Junior k2O team continued their travelling success at the Notts County S.C. RYA Midland Junior Regatta series. Harrison and Megan were in their in Laser 4.7s and Cecily in her Topper. I actually thought we may have been better off sailing the boats up the M42 on the way to the event with the amount of surface water on the motorway but thankfully we all arrived safely.

After the briefing the sailors launched boats in the wind shaddow of the club house and the watching parents were treated to an exciting game of 'will they or won't they capsize' as they got 100m out to where the force 6 to 7 gusts where whipping through. A few of the youngsters were quickly back on shore after multiple dunkings but the Bartley crew stuck out the full 5 races.

The race standings were pretty consistent throughout the day with Harrison taking 5 wins and showing just how good his strong wind boat handling is. Megan followed up with 5 second places catching up as the wind dropped slightly then falling back as it built again but always in contention to keep Harrison on his toes! Cecily had a fantastic time with a Topper dominated fleet so lots of competition for her. Again, consistency was the name of the game and she came home in 6th place overall with a spot prize for survival!

As always with the travelling team there was alot of banter and fun throughout the day and complements from the host club on good behaviour and sailing ability. Thanks to Notts County for hosting the event we all really enjoyed it. Full report in Yachts and Yachting.

Good friends - wet, weary, and happy!

Racing to the Windward mark

She's behind you...

Some of the Laser fleet travelled to Burton (John and Ollie) and some to Chew Valley (Jeremy and Robin). At both events it seemed like the memo had not been received that 25Knts of wind = radial rig. At Burton John managed a 3rd and Ollie a 9th, both getting overhauled by radials, and at Chew Jeremy got first to the windward mark and then got bown off and into the water leading to retirement before either he or the boat broke. Robin had more success but came in early due to conditions too so will have to wait until the results are posted before we know how he faired!

Ollie holds on for dear life

...and so does John...

I understand from Facebook that the Supenovas had a cracking sail at Bartley on Saturday too in the challenging conditions - great to hear!

Today has been an all together quieter affair. It was nice to see the SUP club out this morning, a few cruising members taking family and friends out for a relaxed sail in the sunshine, and the Powerboat level 2 course in full swing, not to mention the Sunday fun race series underway. Sunday really is 'up for grabs' so if you have any desire to start up a Sunday club of some kind to get more folk on the water and enjoying themselves I would love to hear from you. (familly, novice, crusing, canoeing, lady's sailing, anything?!). Drop me a mail at

 

 

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Working Party Saturday 15th June - Revitalise a Topper

The Club has 6 Toppers that have gradually become unloved. But that is changing! Kerry was the first to take the plunge and revitalised Topper number 1 last year. Since then it has come 2nd in the RYA Championships Regatta fleet and 6th at the RYA Midlands Open at Notts County at the weekend. I have taken the plunge with Topper number 2 and what I thought was a purple boat was in fact blue! The boat is almost ready after fitting a new bailer and a few fittings and replacing a toe strap and Millie is looking forward to using it shortly when I have bleached the mildew off the sail and re-roped the boom.

There are 4 boats left and enough bits to get 3 up and running for the cost of about £100. We aim to get the boats clean and some heat gunned at the working party on Saturday after which I am interested to hear from parents who would like to adopt a Topper for their child to use. The terms for this are: 

1) You pay for the parts required to get the boat on the water 

2) You fit the parts (help is on hand if you need it)

3) You pay for a boat space to store the boat in

4) You maintain it and use it until you child has outgrown it or is not using it regularly at which time it is passed onto another club junior member on the same terms.

The boats are covered on the club insurance so this is a relatively easy and cheap way to get on the water for the sake of a mornings work and a few £. Toppers are fantastic youth boats typically for ages 11 to 15.

If you are interesed in taking one of the Toppers on the please e-mail me at

The unloved Topper before work started

5 Hours later after a clean and heat gun blasting

Job done and ready to rig...

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Spring End of Series Regatta Saturday 15th June - All Welcome!

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Business planning workshop - thanks to all attendees

Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the business planning workshop on Wednesday and provided useful feedback as to stengths, weaknesses, opportinities and threats to our club.

Reviewing the survey results provided some clear themes;

What we do well...

Great stretch of clean water with good wind

Good racing programme

Great food and service provided by Tillys

Wednesday evening improver sessions

K2O club for the children / youth members

Accessible with good opening times

Room for improvement...

Update facilities and ground maintenance

Race management and rules observance

Improve sailing numbers on a Sunday

More Socials

On-line payment options

More inclusive (families, women, cruising, improvers)

 

The attendees provided many further insights that I shall now be clustering into themes and writing up in the plan.

When the plan is finalised we shall be picking a number of projects to work on as well as being clear as to the areas that will be 'on-hold' until our first level priorities have been completed.

I will continue to post updates as we work through this so members are kept up to date.

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K1 at Rutland and Teign Corinthian

 

It looks like the Bartley K1s have started to stamp their mark on the circuit with Graham Blackwell getting a 7th place in the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club Open meeting back in May and Alan Birch promoting the Bartley name at Rutland last weekend to get a solid 5th place. Well done to both.

The K1 is a light weight single handed keelboat. Bartley currently has a small but expanding fleet of these stable but fast boats.

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AED as easy as 123 - Trained and ready to go!

 

Thanks to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance service for a very informative session on CPR and the use of the club defibrilator on Tuesday evening. I was a little confused to hear the group singing 'nellie the elephant' whilst conducting chest compressions but was soon educated that this provides the perfect rythm and quantity of compressions required. Apparently 'Staying alive' by the Beegees also works, and for the younger generation 'Baby Shark' is a good substitute too (although you wont get it out of your head for the rest of the day).

Our defribrillator will soon be hung up in the club ready for use and it really is as easy as opening the box and an electronic voice talks you through what to do. It senses for a pulse and will only operate the electric shock if none is detected so the decision making is conducted by the machine rather than you.

Thanks to all who attended the training and thanks to Jeremy Higson for championing the cause on this vital piece of equipment.

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Bartley Juniors shine at Ogston Laser Open

 

 Well done to Megan and Harrison at the Ogston SC Laser Open on Sunday. Megan was 7th and Harrison 8th in a strong mixed fleet of 24 comprising all 3 laser rigs. Harrison had a great start in the first race and pulled out quite a lead over the other 3 laser 4.7s but Megan didn't give up and managed to catch up to make a pivitol call on the last lap for room at an obstruction enabling her to cover Harrison off and pull ahead to take the class lead. After some healthy banter at lunch time Megan had clearly refuelled ready for the building force 4 to 5 wind for race 2 and pulled out a convincing lead over the 4.7 fleet to take her second class win. In the final race Harrison got it together and led from the start with no danger of the chasing pack getting back in contention.

With the results finalised Megan got the 4.7 trophy and 2nd Junior and Harrison the 3rd Junior - the trophy cabinet is starting to fill...

I went along too and spent the 3 races match racing Garry Knot from Pennine for 2nd and 3rd place in the standard rigs. I got him in the first race but he beat me by a boat length in races 2 and 3 leaving me 3rd standard and 4th overall as a radial got into the mix on handicap. Great racing though - I enjoyed every minute.

Harrison conducts some fine tuning (photo philbase.com)

Megan gets on the Plane (Photo Philbase.com)

I get twisted up (photo philbase.com)

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Supernovas at Carsington

Well done to Steve Hawley (3rd), Chris Bownes (4th), Mike Gibson (6th and 1st Master) and Chris Hawley rounding off the top 10 in a 27 strong fleet at the Supernova Open at Carsington S.C. Looks like another strong year for the fleet is getting under way.

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RYA Junior Midland Series at Ogston

3 Bartley Juniors attended the 2nd RYA Junior series open at Ogston on Saturday. The sailors were greeted by a gentle breeze and bright sunshine. There were travellers from Blithfield, Chase, and Bartley to add to the strong contingent from Ogston. The race officer got proceedings off on time and gave the juniors three 30 minute races back to back before lunch just to make sure they had worked up an appetite followed by a single race in the afternoon to allow for club racing to follow on.

With the racing format based on handicap and average laps it was impossible to tell where the sailors had come until the times had been plugged into the computer and the algorithms run!

In the end the top 3 spots were taken by the Laser Radials (Greg Cornes, Jamie Mason) and a Topper (Alice Hedley-Fenn) with our laser 4.7s in 4th and 6th and Millie coming in as the first under 12 competitor in 7th.

It became clear on the Sunday why there were so many juniors in Lasers - they had all come to get some practice in for the laser Open - more on that in a separate blog.

The next event is on Saturday at Notts County. Megan and Harrison will be going in their 4.7s if any other juniors want to come along and keep Bartley in the running for the team trophy. 

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