Over 20 youths enjoyed the UKLA and Andrew Simpson Foundation Laser training at the weekend in some very challenging conditions. One thing is for sure, their gust response will have improved significantly over the two days! Watch out this weekend though as Bartley's 7 participants are likely to be that bit nearer the front of the fleet!
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Seven of our Laser youth sailors will take part in the UKLA / Andrew Simpson Foundation training on Saturday and Sunday. 25 boats are signed up for training provided by the UKLA Squad coaching team so please extend a warm welcome to any visitors.
The weekend promises to bring high value training so watch out for our youth sailors in the club racing the following weekend, we expect them to be moving up the fleet rankings with their newly developed skills. Hope you all have a great time!
The club AGM will take place on 19th September at the side of the clubhouse by the containers. All attendees must wear facemasks and maintain at least 1m+ social distance. The AGM will be outside to avoid surface contact and provide ventilation so please dress appropriately. There will be no seating. It will commence at 3pm and we hope to complete within the hour. If you are queuing to get into the meeting area please do so at 2m distance, we won't start until all who wish to attend are signed in. The AGM is the only scheduled Club business meeting and an opportunity for members to review the status and progress the club has made.
To cater for the AGM the club races have been pulled forward for the day. Pursuit 1 will be at 11.00 and Pursuit 2 will be at 13.00 so please make sure you get to the club earlier if you want to participate.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
A great day was had by all at the Merlin Open on Sunday. Race Officer Steve Ward efficiently ran 4 races for the 15 entrants on the day in lovely force 3 to 4 conditions from the South West. A few cruising boats enjoyed a sail too with a Tasar and 2 Mirrors out in the beautiful weather
There were 3 Bartley boats from our growing fleet out on the water who were in a mid-fleet race of their own. The full results are on the results tab on the website.
1st Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby - Blithfield SC
2nd Simon Potts and James Dawes - Burghfield SC
3rd Matt Biggs and Becka Jones - Blithfield SC
1st Silver Fleet James Goss and Chris Whitehouse - South Staffs SC
1st Bronze Fleet Nigel and Freya Hudson - Bartley SC
Well done to the winners.
Thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event and to Debbie Degge for the photo.
Congratulations to Sam Knight and Chris Bownes for winning the Barts Bash on Saturday. 34 boats took to the water for a fantastic race in perfect conditions. John Knight came 2nd in the Supernova and Megan Hardiman 3rd in a Laser Radial. At the time of writing that placed Bartley boats in 7th, 10th and 15th out of 76 worldwide entries.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event and helped us raise £165 towards much needed repairs on the club fleet ready for the RYA OnBoard fleet activity at the Regional Junior Championships that will be taking place on 26th September at Bartley.
It would be great to get as many sailors as possible participating - A small donation to the club is requested (£5 or so) but not mandated for taking part. All proceeds will go towards maintenance of the club fleet of sailing boats.
The race will be a handicap race and will commence at 11.30 for 1hr or so. The race course will be measured, elapsed times recorded and entered into the Barts Bash results system so participants can see where their results are relative to sailors participating all around the country. You will need to sign on at the OOD hut and leave any donations there too for this one so don't forget.
Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Bartley SC looks forward to welcoming the Merlin Rockets back on September 13th. Please could all competitors follow instructions around the site regarding Covid-19 and be aware that the changing rooms are not yet open for use. Full Galley service is available.
There will be no club racing during this event.
Best of luck to Josh, Megan and new Bartley member Finley who are travelling to Weymouth for the Laser 4.7 Nationals next week. The weather looks great and the competition strong so it should be a fantastic event. Good luck team Bartley!
I will also participate in the Laser Standards against various world, European, and National champions so it is less about luck for me and more about a miracle! Looking forward to bobbing around in the waves though.
Thanks to Shaun from the Andrew Simpson Foundation for training 20 lucky people in the basics of foiling over the weekend.
The sessions commenced with a brief demonstration of the physics behind foiling and the difference in techniques between a displacement hull and a foiler. The candidates then went out on the water and started to fly in the two foiling craft - a Nikki and a Skeeter. The technique of windward heel coupled with the rapid change from real to apparent wind sailing was quite a challenge, but once up on the foils you were rewarded with a moment of calm flight with just a slight whistle as the craft cut through the water. Unfortunately this was often followed by a landing to windward and a full body rinse - but at least the weather was warm!
Everyone I spoke to had a fantastic time so lets hope Shaun, Nikki and Sleeta can return sometime soon.
So what next?
Keep an eye on the Club Calendar on the website - we have a Merlin Open, Open Topper Training, Laser 4.7 and Radial training, RS Feva and Bic Techno training, and potentially the RYA Junior Championships OnBoard fleet joining us. It all Starts in September so in the mean time enjoy your summer and your watersports at Bartley.