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***Topper Open Postponed until 1st November*** Club racing as usual on 18th October

Unfortunately the forecast wind strength for 18th November means Topper racing tomorrow is not feasible so the event has been moved to 1st November in the hope that the wind turns up then. This means that club racing etc... can carry on as normal.

Sorry about the late notice but it is the nature of our sport that the wind needs to turn up before we do!

Thanks for your understanding.

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Entry for Youth Laser Training 7th / 8th November now open on UKLA Website

 Entry for the next youth Laser training on 7th and 8th November is now open on the UKLA website. The training is a partnership between Andrew Simpson Foundation and the UKLA. The training is provided by top UKLA coaches and is to the highest standard. Closing date for entries is 26th October.

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Reminder - Topper Open this Sunday

A quick reminder that 24 Toppers will be sailing in the Topper Open this Sunday. There will be no club racing but the water is open for cruising / SUP / Radio boating. Please keep clear of the racing boats and welcome our visitors.

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Near Miss - Lessons Learned

Last week the Tiller steer engine came off its mounting whilst in use, the torque in the propeller swung the engine upwards resulting in the power increasing. The operator pulled the kill cord to shut the engine off and recovered the engine to the boat. The bung to the boat was attached to the engine so that the engine pulled the bung out as it became detached causing the boat to let in water. Thankfully no injuries were sustained.

The investigation has highlighted a number of contributing factors that, when put in sequence, resulted in the incident.

The boat has been made good now, but remains off-line whilst engine repairs are conducted.

The lessons learned from the investigation are as follows:

1.Protect yourself from harm, if necessary at the cost of property. (i.e. in this case let go of the engine - it can be replaced)

2.Maintenance work is the priority - boats can only be used when maintenance work has been fully completed.

3.Maintenance work can only be carried out by the Bosun / on instruction of the Rear Commodore – Please do not 'have a go' yourself as it may not be per the manufacturer's instructions. There is a clipboard in the cupboard by the galley to report issues to the Bosun. Please use it if you find any issues.

4.Engines are to be fitted according to manufacturer's instructions.

5.Bungs are to be attached to the boat by cord and not to the engine or other detachable parts of the boat.

6.Trust your instinct. If your powerboat checks draw attention to something that just doesn't look, feel, or sound right then don't go out and make sure it is reported to the Bosun.

Near misses are valuable for keeping us safe in the future. Thanks to those who raised this issue and to those who have investigated it to ensure no risk from this in the future. There are near miss forms in the club house and all members are encouraged to use them if they see something that needs to be made safe.


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Tiered Restrictions in Birmingham

As you should be aware, the government has moved to a 3 tier approach to Covid-19 restrictions. Below are the rules for the Birmingham area where the club is located. The only change from yesterday is the no household mixing rule indoors so when you have lunch and wish to sit indoors at Tilly's please sit 2m away from those outside of your household. The preparation we have in the Galley continue to meet the new requirements.

As has always been the case, please do not come to the club if you have symptoms or if you have been requested to self-isolate due to your proximity to a confirmed Covid case.

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Millie secures a place in the RYA Topper Regional Training Group

Congratulations to Millie for securing a place in the new Midlands RYA Regional Training Group in the Topper class (previously the Zone Squads).

Selection was made based on race positions at South Staffs SC Open meeting, the Regional Junior Championships at Draycote, and the class training day at Bartley last weekend. Millie will now receive 6 weekends training by a top coaching team over the winter to work on tactics, boat handling, fitness and resilience.

The RYA have recently changed their approach to junior training with a desire to make it regional and inclusive. The new approach fits well with the opportunities that K2O and Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham bring to the club as historically it has been tricky to progress from RYA level 1 to 4 training into junior racing and beyond. This should become an easier pathway, and now that Bartley is getting recognised as a great youth training location there is a huge opportunity out there to bring local juniors and youth sailors up to national level racing standard.

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Topper Training for the Regional Training Group Candidates

Bartley hosted the RYA / ITCA  Topper training for regional training group selection (RTG) previously the 'Zone Squad'. Those wishing to gain access to the RTG programme have to complete the selected Open meeting (SSSC this year), the Regional Junior Championships, and the squad selector training event. The reward is 6 weekends of training with top RYA Coaches to develop skills and provide a pathway to greater things. 23 hopefulls turned up on Sunday for a great day of training.

At Bartley we have 4 club Toppers that Juniors can try out and use on the water and we would encourage any juniors aged 10 to 15 to have a go in a Topper as the class has a thriving Midland circuit and is an RYA recognised pathway class. If you have a junior looking to progress from cruising in a Pico to Olympic success in a single hander then they need to get into a Topper as soon as possible.

If you want more info contact

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Sunday SUP Success

It was great to see BartleySUP out in force on Sunday running two courses to introduce those new to SUP as well as improve the skills of those more proficient. SUP membership can either be purchased as a 'stand alone' watersport or members with sailing membership can SUP at Bartley once they have completed their introductory course with Ben Julian. All enquiries should be addressed to


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New Members Enjoy Perfect Sunday Conditions

We have seen more and more new members join the club recently which is fantastic! A few were out and about on Sunday using the club boats in some lovely conditions. The popularity of the use of club boats is on the increase so we shall be looking at the best way to ensure that boats are available when members wish to use them now that we can see a clear demand for this type of offering at the club.

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Fantastic Flagpole!

A huge 'thank you' to Glyn and John for taking on the flagpole refurbishment over the weekend. It has been lowered, sanded and painted over the weekend and will be re-roped and pulled back upright on Wednesday. And the best thing of all? - they saw a job that needed doing, checked the committee were OK with their idea, and just got on with it - more of this approach gratefully received!

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