Bartley Sailing Club Blog
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Calling all laser sailors - don't forget the final event of the traveller series is at Bartley on Sunday. There will be prizes for the winners on the day as well as the series prizes which means we expect a big turnout!
Looking at the forecast it shouldn't be too strenuous on Sunday so why not come along on Saturday to the BBQ in the evening followed by a few pints at the bar.
Look forward to seeing our fleet out in strength on Sunday - good luck to all our sailors.
With a forecast of gales and torrential rain the RYA Midlands Regional Championships at Draycote looked in serious doubt at the weekend. Team Bartley (Josh and Sean in black spinnaker Feva, Megan and Harrison in yellow spinnaker Feva, Theo in his Optimist, Cecily and Millie in Toppers, and Ben in the Regatta fleet Topper) arrived at the venue with trees bending and halyards slapping. After signing on the race officer informed the sailors that there would be a postponement until the wind dropped later in the day as current conditions were "fresh to frightening". The sailors rapidly decamped to the playground and were seen on slides, swings and climbing frames in full sailing gear much to the bemusement of the general public.
At 2.45 p.m. the windsurfers were sent out to test the wind strength and then finally at 3.30 pm the Toppers launched followed by the Fevas, Teras, and Optimists for a 2 race blast. Cecily and Millie sensibly went for reefed sails enabling them to control the Toppers upwind whilst giving a bit away downwind. Both faired well against the 46 boat fleet gaining mid-fleet placings in the races.
The compact fleet of 3 RS Fevas set off like rockets literally taking off on the downwind legs. All that spinnaker practice at K2O clearly paid off as the hoists and drops were well controlled enabling a fantastic show for the spectators (and a terrifying sight for the Toppers and Optimists as they buzzed the fleets). Megan and Harrison took two bullets with Josh and Sean taking a 2nd and 3rd.
In the Optimists Theo showed what a season in the squads can do taking two top three placings in a very competitive fleet.
Ben and the regatta fleet joined forces with the Onboard fleet and won the Volvo drag race using a plastic Volvo bag to propel his Topper from end to end of the reservoir.
With the attrition rate increasing the fleets were called ashore and requested to turn up early on Sunday for up to 5 races
Day 2 was meant to be less windy - and it was (slightly). Battling through flooded motorways and crashed cars the team finally got to the venue with a few minutes to spare resulting in the fastest ever rigging of a Feva in history!
Out on the water the race team managed to get 4 races in back to back with steadily increasing winds until the force 6 to 7 gusts put paid to running the full 5 races planned.
Megan and Harrison learnt how to get the spinnaker halyard wrapped around the bowsprit giving Sean and Josh the opportunity to wipe the smiles off their faces by winning the first race - albeit briefly as they came back to win the next 3!
Cecily and Millie learnt how to plane at full speed in their Toppers (and how to tie their mainsheets correctly and recover from turtled)
Theo blasted on through to keep in the top 3 throughout until he got wiped out in the last race up-ending his Optimist
Ben learnt how to reattach his mainsheet whilst sailing downwind holding his kicker!
And the results?
Megan and Harrison are the Mildands RS Feva Junior Champions with Sean and Josh a close second.
Theo came a fantastic 3rd in the Optimist fleet
Ben won a prize for the Volvo drag race and a medal for surviving
Millie and Cecily both made it into the top half of the Topper fleet finishing the final race next to each other
Ben was awarded an RYA Values prize for his determination in sailing by his kicker when the mainsheet came adrift, whilst Megan and Harrison got an RYA Values prize for dragging a 3/4 capsized Feva over the finishing line through pure determination. All the Feva sailors were complemented on the help they gave launching the Topper fleet although we think Josh probably helped more than most...
So thats that for another year - we will lose a few from this group next year as they go over the age limit but I am sure we can get some of this years' K2O sailors to fill their place and keep Team Bartley on the podium!