Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Following developments in government advice and the stance on boating recommended by the RYA the committee have decided to open Bartley SC for recreational watersports on the following basis:Aim: To enable those who wish to participate in exercise to...
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First of all 'Happy Easter', we hope you and your families are all well and have a peaceful day.
Today's picture is Dave Jones our power boat instructor who has been running courses for our Bartley members for more years than I can remember. There is a reason the courses can be offered for only £30 and that is because Dave gives up his weekends to train just for the love of it.
But it is not just Dave, it is Dan the Bosun who keeps 6 rescue boats serviced and running, it is the Committee members who organise the building upgrades, the electric certificates, the insurance, the intruder alarm, the accounts, the website and marketing, the contracts with Newman Uni, Birmingham Uni, Local Schools, the Sea Scouts, and Andrew SImpson Foundation. It is the army of helpers who do the things we take for granted at the club - Mark for the results every week, Alan for the dutyman schedule, Nick for boat park and membership processing, Steve for buildings maintenance, John for grounds maintenance, sailing committee for making sure all the race management resources are available, Greg for running the Bar and Leanne and Lorraine for putting the soul into the club with Tilly's Galley.
Then there are the future sailors - the K2O instructors and helpers who have to maintain their certificates and first aid qualifications as well as all the paperwork that goes with running an RYA training centre, and then give every Saturday morning throughout the Summer free of charge to get youngsters on the water. And then there are the members who help during working parties and continue to support the club by carrying out rescue duties.
We are not a service provider, we are a community with a shared interest - so a big "thank you for all you do to support our club!
Is Richard Baker really that good? It appears so as he goes into the final weekend of the first series heading all leader boards! I have found his secret though - lots of practice as I was up against him in one of the Day boat public races today and he was 2nd to my 4th in a fleet of rather fiery Italians and Spanish sailors!
On Monday I will start a new series with Stars as the slow tactical fleet, Formula 18 as the Cat, 49er as the fast single hull, and a 4th race 'just for fun' with a variety of boats to try out.
The turnout this week has been great - hope you are all enjoying your racing!
1986 - I was sailing on a Wednesday afternoon in my games lesson from Five Ways School and the Birmingham Mail took this photo to promote sailing as an activity for the forthcoming bank holiday. Track forward 30 years and I still haven't mastered this very simple boat, but the hiking stance and sail controls have improved somewhat!