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Survey Feedback already providing lots of useful info


Some great feedback to date from members via our survey. Thanks if you have taken the survey, and please take 5 minutes to complete if you haven't. We are especially keep to hear more from members who have recently joined, windsurfers, SUP members, and those in the lower age categories.

Here are some of the summary responses to date:

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Tuesday and Wednesday evening sailing


Another great evening on the water last night. Don't forget single hander racing on a Tuesday evening and novice / improver sessions on a Wednesday evening during the summer - a great way to relax.

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RYA Junior Midland Series - Ogston date confirmed as 1st June


The RYA Junior series that will see its finale at Bartley in September is adding another date at Ogston SC on 1st June to provide a second opportunity to gain points at the venue after the previous attempt was called off due to lack of wind. The following week there will be the next round at Notts County. The series is open to juniors from 8 to 18. If you would like more details please e-mail

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Laser Success at Bristol Corinthian


Building winds greeted the team of visiting Lasers to Bristol Corinthian but by the time it came to start the back to back 3 races the wind shifted, died and then filled in 20” degrees left. So the PRO had his work cut out to relay the course.

Race 1; Jeremy maintained his previous bullet off line starts and powered off and lead to the first buoy but by the bottom of the Olympic trapezoid course the fleet were all over him and back on the beat john overtook. But on the following downwind leg the leading bunch get interwoven with the Solos and this gave Neil Crosby the chance to charge through. By the next leg it was nip and tuck to the line with Neil taking honours, and john and Robin Pitt close behind. Meanwhile Graham Royle was fighting hard with Local man Simon Beck and doing really well.

Second race john got a clean start and held it to the gun. Whilst Jeremy Higson was always there but had a tough battle against Robin Pitt who finally came in close behind for second.

This meant it was wide open for second, third and fourth sailors places, so race three was important to get away with a clean start. John and Jeremy took an early lead and this combination finished in that order followed by Robin Pitt and Neil Crosby.

This meant there was a tie in points with all three of them on 5 net. But on the low points system uses the result of the last race so final positions were.

1st John G Ling 2 pts

2nd Neil Crosby 5pts

3rd Jeremy Higson 5pts

4th Robin Pitt 5pts

5th Simon Beck 10pts

6th Graham Royle 12pts

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Your Part in the Club's Future


As part of our business planning for the club we are really interested in the views of our membership and would love to know your feedback on what you love and what you think needs some work to improve.

The following link opens a short questionnaire that will help us collate all responses. It should take only a few minutes to complete (unless you want to provide lots of detail) and will enable us to ensure our future direction is aligned to our members requirements as well as the external market trends. This is one of the ways your voice can be heard so please take the opportunity to help us to help you and your needs.

Please click on the link (or cut and paste into your browser) to complete the survey: Bartley S.C. Feedback survey

If you are having issues accessing the link please email and we will get it resolved for you.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.


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K2O kicks off with RYA level 1 and 2 courses


K2O kicks off in earnest this Saturday morning as Bartley's ever popular junior and youth club starts the training season. This year we have 2 groups (and a waiting list) for our level 1 and 2 courses and the usual faces returning for the level 3 and 4 sessions throughout the spring and summer months. We have 3 new members of our instructor team all of whom have progressed through the K2O club themselves and are now learning what it is like to be on the other side of the training program - great experience for them, great resource for the club, and they can use their qualification to travel further afield should they wish; everybody wins!

Please extend the usual warm welcome to any new faces you see at the club and help them find their way around if they are looking lost.

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Defibrillator (AED) Training - 4th June 19.00hrs



The club has recently purchased a defibrillator and will be providing training in its use on 4th June at 19.00hrs. The training takes approx 70 minutes and provides a comprehensive guide and practical session in the use of the AED. This device may save your life or you may be the one using it to save another's life so please come along to the session to ensure you are confident in how to use it.

When the training has been administered the AED will be activated and ready for use in the club.

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Free Whistles!


As a follow on to our feature on safety a number of members got in touch to reinforce the importance of sailors carrying a whistle to draw attention when in trouble. To help us all a number of whistles have been left in the OOD hut for members to take 'free of charge' if they do not already have one. First come first served - when they are gone they are gone so pick one up quickly!

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Reminder - Push the Boat Out Tomorrow 6th May

Just a quick reminder that Rockley will be running Push the Boat Out at Bartley tommorrow should you have any friends or family who would like the opportunity to try sailing for the first time.

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Turn the Tide on Plastics

Thanks to the Bartley SUP team who spent last Sunday cleaning up the area surrounding the water and as the photo shows there was a lot of plastic waste collected. Some of this will have been thrown in the water by passers by, some will have blown into the water from the surrounding area, and some may have been an accidental 'overboard'.

The team did a great job and the quantity of waste just highlights the wider problem faced with single use plastics. Lets all do our bit to pick up litter, prevent litter, and recycle where we can to keep the reservoir and the planet clean and sustainable.



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Lasers at Earlswood

Congratulations to the 7 Lasers from Bartley that travelled to the Earlswood Laser open last week. After storm Hannah had passed through on the Saturday (Windsurfers - you missed out it was sailable on Saturday an I had the reservoir all to myself!) the weather was more gentle on the Sunday.

John won overall for being good at winning

Jeremy won the Great Grand Master prize for being mature

Harrison won the 4.7 prize for being little

Jennifer won the lady's prize for being, well, a lady!

Kerry, Tony, and Ollie were clearly beyond categorisation and will have to work on making themselves unique in some way!

Well done all - a great turn out with more than a third of the boats coming from Bartley maximising the prize bounty. Next open is at Blithfield next weekend with training on the Saturday and the Open meeting on the Sunday (if you are looking for somewhere to sail whilst the Birmingham Velo keeps things closed closer to home).

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The Knights battle the Lady Commodore for Queen Mary's favour


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.

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Midland Optimist Squad training this weekend


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.

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K2O Juniors at Ogston RYA Regatta


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.

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Weekly Update - there is a lot going on!

Safety First!

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.

Safety Second!

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)

Responsible person.

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.

Safety Cover.

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.

Club Winners

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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Tuesday evening sailing starts this week 9th April

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.

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Supernova Open - Sunday 7th April


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!

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Reminder - Saturday Race times move by 1/2hr this weekend

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.

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Calling All Juniors - RYA Midlands Youth Series 2019

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!

I will be taking 2 juniors to the Ogston event - it would be great to see a few more from Bartley make the trip too. If you want further details drop me a mail on  




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Merlin Rocket Silver Tiller

The Merlins made a welcome return to Bartley on Sunday with 25 entries for the Silver Tiller event. The weather provided some very exciting conditions with gusty force 4 from an ENE direction with some big bends over the racecourse making the tactics critical.

The compettion at the top was increadibly close with the top 5 boats all showing potential to take the trophy home with very close finishes in all races.

In the first race it was Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby sailing for Bartley who took the win on the line from Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby from Blithfield in a very closely contended race. Right behind them were Simon Potts and Ally Potts from Burghfield and the first Silver fleet boat of Chris Martin and Sam Bailey in 4th.

After refueling at Tilly's Galley the fleet set off for a grueling afternoon of hiking. In race 2 the fleet were bunched at the windward mark favouring those who had chosen the starboard layline and accounted for the shifts. This time it was Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby who got ahead (although they were kept honest throughout by Simon and Ally Potts, 2nd) and held out to take the win with Matt Biggs and Becka Jones from Blithfield in 3rd and Roger Phillips and Will Crocker from Burghfield in 4th place.

Entering race 3 it looked like it could be Andy and Pippa's day as they just needed to keep ahead of Chris Gould and Kilsby, but what unfolded was a monumental battle with constantly changing places between the two boats with the Chris' winning by just a few boat lengths to take the race and the trophy. It was just as tight between 3rd and 4th this time with Roger and Will getting the 3rd ahead of Matt and Becka.

The fleet returned to the bar for a swift drink and talk of the days sailing followed by the prize giving.

Full results are on the results page of the website.

Gold fleet:

1st     Chris Gould         Chris Kilsby             Bartley

2nd   Andy Davis           Pippa Kilsby            Blithfield

3rd    Simon Potts         Ally Potts                 Burghfield

Silver Fleet:

1st     Chris Martin        Sam Bailey              Midland

2nd    Rchard Cooke    Russel Hall              Wembley

3rd    Paul Hollis          Paula Mason            Blithfield

Bronze Fleet:

1st     Matt Smith         Jared Lewis             Midland

2nd   Richard Coulter  Louise Leppage      Fishers Green

3rd   Pete Slack           Michelle Evans       Blithfield

Thanks to all the visiting crews - we enjoyed having the fleet at Bartley and thanks to Leanne and the Tilly's Galley crew who had to work hard over lunch to get everyone fed. Final thanks to Mark Reddington for organising the event, Howard Eeles for Race Officer duties and the rescue duty crew who were kept nice and busy all day!

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