Hi All At the risk of giving late notice, last year the club ran a successful Wednesday evening series of sailing sessions. It is intended to do so again this year starting this evening. There will be coaching which is informal for those who can already sail and wish to improve their skills. It is hoped that these will cover a range of abilitities but they are aimed at encouraging those who currently do not race to have the skills to do so. Improvers are also welcome. As last year the sessions will start at 6.30 with those who are a little later being able to join in as they arrive. The club boats will be available as last year but if you have your own thats fine as well. Last year a number of sailors came to sail on Wednesday evenings who do not wish to race and simply enjoyed a sail without lots of others on the lake. You will also be very welcome again. At present I have not arranged for food to be available but this may be possible in future if numbers are sufficient. It may also be possible to have the bar open afterwards for a short time. See you there Steve
Bartley Sailing Club Blog
It was a close contest at the Rooster Zest RS400 Sprints at Queen Mary last weekend between the Bartley crews of Knight / Knight and Whitehouse / Cliff. Sam and John started strong then tailed off whilst the reverse was true for Caroline and Tony.
Great to see two Bartley boats on the podium in the Gold Fleet only a single point apart in this competitive field.
Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Midlands Optimist squad for training on Saturday and Sunday. The club will be open from 9.00 for breakfast and early rigging. The weather looks like it will be lively so plenty of opportunity to practice those strong wind skills! Theo secured a place in the squad after his success at the Regional Championships last year and will be representing Bartley. We hope you all have a great training session.
Three of our K2O club went to Ogston to compete in the RYA Youth Midland Series. There was a great turnout from clubs around the Midlands, but sadly the wind didn't turn up and the racing had to be cancelled.
However, not all was lost as the RYA coaches laid on a free coaching session to help the attendees with their starts and light wind tactics which all found to be of great benefit.
The next event is at the Chase S.C. on 19th May if there are any Juniors wishing to attend. For info the fleet ranged from sailors who had recently started to sail right up to those who had just competed in the RYA Youth competition in Weymouth so all abilities are welcome.
4 Bartley members achieved the RYA First Aid certification on the course provided by Rockley Watersports. It included the usual emergency response actions as well as training in the use of our recently purchased club AED with some watersport specific training on hypothermia and cold water shock. This is a course that is well worth booking onto if you haven't updated your first aid skills recently.
Reminder to duty crews for Tuesday and Wednesdays during the summer
This guidance is intended for OOD and safety crews covering duty where safety cover is provided by the attendees and participants. (Typically but not exclusively Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday Evenings during the Spring and Summer Months)
The Officer of the Day (OOD) is responsible for provision of adequate safety cover on the water for the prevailing and forecast conditions.
Sailors are responsible for evaluating the conditions and sign on at their own risk and judgement based on prevailing conditions and their sailing ability. If in doubt don’t go out.
It is the OOD’s responsibility to ensure that safety cover on the water is adequate to manage the risk. Risk increases relative to:
- Wind Speed: higher wind = Higher risk
- Age: Juniors / Over 65 = Higher risk (less strength / risk of health complications)
- Experience: Novices = Higher risk
- Quantity of Boats: More boats = Higher risk
A combination of the above factors can result in a significant increase in risk. It is the OODs responsibility to ensure they are satisfied that sufficient cover has been provided for the risk factors evident on the day. If in doubt put another safety boat and crew out on the water.
For info the RYA provides guidelines for Junior sailors of 1 safety boat for 15 sailing boats. There is no guideline for general sailing.
The minimum requirement at the club is 1 Safety boat on the water at all times. When in motion as a safety boat it must have 2 crew (1 driver, 1 assistant) to ensure recovery can be administered safely.
Responsibility to assist a boat in trouble.
Sailors are reminded that vessels in the vicinity of a boat / crew in trouble have a duty to assist. This may be just a quick check to confirm the crew of a capsized boat are in control of their situation, or in extreme circumstances may require active rescue to recover the crew of the vessel in trouble.
Congratulations to John Ling and Jeremy Higson for a 1st and 2nd at the Whitefriars Laser Open and to Sam Knight and Mike Gibson for a 1st and 2nd at the Bartley Supernova Open - great to see our club sailors competing at the top of their game!
Traveller events for your diary:
Junior RYA Midlands regatta is this Saturday at Ogston SC - details on their website
Plus 2 Midlands events - full details on Shustoke and Draycote websites:
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The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are lighter which can mean only one thing - Tuesday evening sailing is back!
So come on down for a 7pm start. Main fleets are Lasers and Solos but others welcome.
Bartley looks forward to welcoming the Supernova fleet to the Bartley SC Supernova Open meeting on Sunday 7th. NOR and SI are on the 'Open meeting' section of this the website. Tilly's will be open for breakfasts and lunch at great prices. Look forward to seeing the club and visiting boats, we hope you have a great day!
Just a quick reminder that the Saturday races are at 11.30, 13.00 and 15.00 from this Saturday per the calendar. The weather looks great for sailing.
If you are a Bartley S.C. member under the age of 19 on 31st Aug 2019 with boat that has a PY number allocated then you are eligible to participate in the RYA Midlands Youth series 2019. The Event dates and locations are as follows:
April 20th Ogston SC
May 19th The Chase SC
June 8th Notts County SC
July 20th Staunton Harold SC
August 31st Rutland SC
September 15th Bartley SC
There are prizes for the highest placed club and an under 12s prize to encourage younger participants. The Notice of Race is on Ogston SC website for the first event on www.ogstonsc.org under the 'Open Meeting' menu option.
There are up to 5 races at each event of about 30 minutes each on an average lap basis so plenty of racing!