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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 do so through recreational watersports at a safe social distance within the government and RYA guidelines.
Summary: Recreational sailing will commence, there will be no racing provision or schedule. Those wishing to participate in sailing will also be expected to take a turn on rescue cover. Government guidelines on social distancing are expected to be adhered to at all times. The club member accepts the risks and accepts their responsibility to follow hygiene protocols and distancing rules for the safety of themselves, other water users, and the rights of the club and its directors.
There will be a trial session on Wednesday 27th May at 14.00hrs please register your interest to nullnull (numbers may be limited if there is a large uptake)
Conditions of participation:
The situation will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as guidance changes. Club members accept and are bound by the conditions above by entering the club premises. Any club member not adhering to the conditions shall be reported to the committee as a matter of urgency.
We hope that all of our members enjoy their watersports at Bartley SC
One from Bartley Bear showing the importance of a good start. Harrison pulls the trigger right on the gun and pops out of the front of the fleet (the 4.7 half way down the line) before the bigger rigs pick up more speed. Have a look at the difference in positions just a few seconds after the start, it is already possible to predict the front / back of the fleet at the windward mark.
The Committee met last night for quite a long meeting to discuss the usual agenda items of funds and maintenance, and also to discuss the latest guidance and government approach to the coronavirus. Agreement was reached on how Bartley SC can provide access to the water for outdoor exercise whilst maintaining social distancing requirements and the date for an initial trial and on what grounds participation can occur will be communicated by dutyman e-mail shortly. When you receive this information please take time to read all of the conditions and ensure you are prepared to comply with these before making the journey to the club. This is for your protection, the protection of those around you, and the protection of the club and its directors.
If you are not receiving dutyman e-mails then please let me know on and I can make sure you are added to the circulation and receive this information (please check your trash / spam folders first) .
Happy Sunday everyone! The sun is out and the 11.00 VR Inshore has just concluded with some great racing as usual. RS400 seemed to be going well this morning so here is a picture of the man in action in a real boat - Sean mark rounding in some strong winds.
Chris and Wayne making the RS400 look like a casual Sunday sail.
Many members have been asking when the club can be open for sailing again and whether the committee are working on any plans. The current Government status and RYA guidance is that with the latest easing of restrictions boating can take place in England with social distancing maintained (i.e. multi-person craft must be from the same household if distancing can't be maintained). This sounds ideal but there is a lot to consider before opening the club on such a basis. Spinnaker SC opened immediately but with no rescue cover, Barnt Green are opening for cruising on Sunday but only require rescue to be crewed by 1 person, Padstow harbour have opened for resident dinghies, the list goes on.
The committee have so far conducted a risk analysis to highlight all the areas where there is risk if we were to open which includes protecting the wishes of our membership (i.e. some may be happy to come to the club in a manner where social distancing can be maintained, others are not yet prepared to leave the house or can't as they are in a high risk group). On the practical side the club has been measured out for 2m social distancing and one-way traffic. This includes the OOD hut and rescue craft (the 2 Jaffas meet social distancing requirements, Ribs could be used but only with same household crews).
The committee are now preparing a standard working procedure for the various stages of lockdown where 5 is total lockdown and the club is closed and level 1 is pre-virus status and fully open. The current government status is level 4 and the document will identify on what (if any) basis the club can open at each corresponding level.
All of these documents and procedures will be reviewed on 20th May at the committee meeting and we will update our membership shortly afterwards.
Thanks to all who have provided input, highlighted risks, and provided potential solutions to some of the more difficult problems to overcome before re-opening.
Can he be beaten? It seems not! Top of the leader board in all 3 classes again with some great performances. Special mention to Jennifer Foort for winning the Nacra race today.
Series 4 starts tomorrow - lets hope it is the last one we have to do 'virtually'. 49ers followed by J-70s then the Star class for a bit of match racing. Hope to see you there.
One for the windsurfers - a much underrated sailing discipline which provides a full workout whilst propelling the sailor at speeds of over 30 knots. It requires balance, technique and great gust response but the rewards are fantastic - there is nothing like a bit of chop hopping in a force 5 to 6 to provide that ear to ear grin!
Oops almost forgot today as daughter number 2 was using the computer for her on-line exams at my normal log on time!
Anyway, here is one to remind us we have a load of windsurf equipment on site so lets hope Andrew Simpson Centre can get some new windsurfers up and running when we get back on the water!
It was Megan's turn in the Eric Twiname championships on Saturday in the 4.7 VR Inshore fleet. She had 4 great races with lots of tactical moves required to move up the leader board. She was 3rd in her heat placing her 6th overall. A few have questioned why her VR boat is 'Silver Lady' which goes back to early regattas where she always came second to get the silver and Richard at K2O nicknamed her the 'Silver Lady'.
Millie would have been at Rutland this weekend competing for the Midland Topper zone in the RYA Eric Twiname championships, instead the racing was run through VR Inshore. There were 4 races with 3 to count. Millie's practice in the Bartley series seemed to pay off as she got some great starts in her races and read the shifts and pressure well. She was in a group of 16 sailors and was 3rd in her group. When all 65 competitors had completed their racing the scores were consolidated and Millie was placed 13th overall and 2nd Midland sailor - well done Millie.
For those trying to join the racing last night it was a bit of a struggle. I could communicate with those on Whatsapp so we captured a few but not everyone. I also posted the password as bartley1 in the race title and will do this again if there are issues another time.
I have tested the custom race last night and this morning and it all seems to be running smoothly with the usual password so we will continue to use bartley as usual from tonight.
If there are issues again I will use bartley1 and post on whatsapp and in the race name.
I think the issue arose because they were upgrading the VR app to include Aukland and remove an issue where race scores showed 1st place twice on the leader board. I logged the first race but then it rebooted and the custom race was gone and it wouldn't accept the password. Hopefully this is a one-off and we will be back to normal tonight.