Tuesday 28th evening sailing!
Chicken curry with rice and a drink £7.50
* drink offer is only pint of larger, cider, medium soft drink
Which means its the last Tuesday evening series race this week with just the bottle race next Tuesday evening, and the last Wednesday coaching session tomorrow. We hope you have enjoyed the evening sessions and look forward to seeing many of you join the sailing at the weekends and on Wednesday afternoons throughout Autumn and Winter.
Those who have taken up the opportunity of coaching run by Steve Ward and David and Ed Badger have progressed their skills and built new friendships over the summer. There are plans afoot to continue into the Autumn and to run a novice 'Champion of Champions' shield race at the end of series regatta in September so watch this space. In the mean time the participants were awarded 'mugs of achievement' to mark their progression over the Wednesdays. Thanks again to the coaches and to all participants for making this such a success.
Congratulations to Bartley windsurfer Claire Simpson for winning the Star Letter prize this month in the RYA Members Magazine. Whilst giving a hint as to her age Claire also got Bartley 2 mentions in the magazine, and won a Standard Horizon VHF radio (does that mean we can talk to you while you windsurf or will you be listening to the radio function instead?). Great to know you will continue 'pottering on your board' for as long as you are able, well done for winning the prize, and sincere thanks for positively marketing windsurfing at Bartley.
***The RYA Members Magazine is a publication from the RYA for their membership and includes may fascinating articles. To find out how to become a member of the RYA visit www.rya.org ***
For those who weren't aware the RS Games have been taking place all summer in Weymouth with different weeks for different classes. This week is all about the RS 400s. Bartley has 3 boats entered with Sam and John Knight currently up there with the best in 6th place after 2 days of racing. The report from day 2 does show just what an impressive Commodore and Treasurer we have at the club though with a special mention of their Le Mans start from the pub... RS 400 day 2 report . Best of luck to the Bartley sailors for the rest of the competition we hope the wind and tide work in your favour!
(if you can't get the link to work try www.rs400.org and follow the link to the RS Games).
I have greatly enjoyed reading of our sailing successes, messages from the Commodore , Sailing Secretary and galley but wonder how many of our members actually are subscribed to the "Blog". Those who aren,t are missing out big time.
May I make 3 suggestions. First ask your sailing "buddies", fellow competitors, boat park neighbours and crews(if applicable) if they have subscribed to the "Blog". If not encourage them to join and try and explain how to do so if puzzled(see John Lings blog on how to join). Third, presumptiously, I wonder whether those with access to the "Dutyman" message facility (ie. the Officers) could consider sending out an appeal to all members to join the website and the "Blog" so to more feel part of the Club community. Moreover such an appeal could be incorporated, with instructions, in the "welcome pack" given to new members.
Let's grow the Club Spirit!
Alan (Supernova 1096)
Our consistently top placed club sailor Debbie Degge went to the Streaker Nationals older, lighter, but not wiser (her words not mine!) having previously finished second overall, she found capsizing was a rather slow tactic and ended up in the Silver Fleet as a result. However all was not lost as she posted better positions race on race to secure 1st place in the Silver fleet. Great result Debbie and we look forward to buying you a celebratory drink in the bar or galley.
P.S. I love the categories of age that the Streakers use; 'over' 'well over' 'past it' and 'well past it' - regardless of age I know what I would be categorised as!
Bartley sailors on-tour continued with a blustery Aero Worlds attended by Debbie Deggie and Mark Rolfe flying off the waves at Weymouth in their RS Aero 5 and 7 respectively, and Robin Pilcher attended the Nationals spreading the Bartley name in this rapidly expanding and exciting class.
Leak and potatoe soup on sale tomorrow from the kitchen x
Guess who is who! 3 likely lads from Bartley performing rather well at the British Moth Nationals at Chelmarsh - currently 4th, 8th, and 12th - come on Bartley!!! (someone needs to tell John he needs a Moth T-shirt - loving that banner though, is it going to join the team travelling to the RS400 Nationals next week?)
We have a selection of fresh crusty bread sandwiches available this weekend served from the galley!
Our breakfast menu is available all day up untill 3pm.
Dont forget to bring the kids! Children's meals available allday along with snacks and drinks.
All served from myself and the girls at the galley!! Dee 😊
The club recently invested in new propellers for a number of the safety boats to replace damaged ones. Unfortunately 2 of these have been damaged during the first week of use. Please could all safety boat drivers take particular care when driving in the shallows, when launching and recovering, and ensure boats are securely on trailers before pulling them up the slipway.
If you do damage a propeller can you please note it on the whiteboard in the garage so that the Bosun can get it repaired. Unfortunately when a prop is damaged it can damage the drive shaft on the engine if used so we need to get them fixed as soon as damage occurs.
OODs - if any other groups use the boats whilst you are on duty please remind them to report any damage and let the Commodore / Rear Commodore know if you suspect damage has occured whilst the boats have been on loan by e-mailing or .
For no obvious reason we have had a higher incidence of damage recently - please help by being careful and vigilant.
Thanks in advance
July has seen some beautiful summer weather and has been a great time to get out on the water and enjoy some food and drink apres-watersport at Bartley.
Tuesday evenings have continued to see large participant numbers with over 30 sailing some weeks. The informal coaching has continued to draw in our members who are newer to sailing to hone their skills in the warm summer evenings, and the SUP team continue to be the fastest growing group in the club bringing a great social atmosphere on and off the water. Wednesday afternoons remain popular with those who have flexible or non-existant working hours (very jealous), and K2O and the race series on Saturdays are keeping the water stacked full of boats and activity.
I guess that the weather had to break sometime with this weekend seeing some very strong winds which seemed to bring a large number of windsurfers out of hibination - great to see the boards whipping accross the water after what seems like a long period of absence - keep coming as the winds strengthen, I need the company!
Dave was also running the powerboat level 2 course on the Sunday in the rain to build our strength in this area. If you haven't yet booked on, please do as it is invaluable to the club and shares the load when rescue duty comes around. Thanks to those who signed up for this course and for sticking it out in the bad weather.
Further afield Bartley sailors have been competing and putting the club on the map regionally and nationally:
Bartley was very successful in the Supernova Nationals winning the team prize (now behind the bar for you to admire), 1st place (Sam Knight), 1st youth (Ed Hidson), 3rd Silver fleet (Garry Butterfield), 4th Master (Mike Gibson). Bartley also has 3 boats in the top 10 on the Open Circuit.
Harrison Allen represented Birmingham schools in the NSSA national regatta posting 4 top 10 positions with his best result a 4th in his laser 4.7. Well done Harrison - keep up the good work.
The Bartley SC flag flew over the Salcombe Merlin week with Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby taking 3rd place and Caroline Croft and Matt Lulham-Robinson 8th
Bob Suggitt (on loan from Barnt Green until it rains some more!) is currently 3rd in the Midland series with David Badger and Ian Capener in the top 11
3 Bartley boats travelled to Lee on Solent to get some practice in for the RS Games and the Bartley Open on September 9th. The Knights got into the top 10 despite leaving early!
John Ling pulled up into 9th place on the Midlands traveller circult one place ahead of me but with plenty more opens to close the gap to the top. I competed in the Masters nationals and finally made the jump from 2/3rds down the fleet to half way to get 30th out of 60 boats. Highest position was 14th teaching me that a good start and clear wind made all the difference - just need to learn how to do it again now!
In the News:
You may have seen Barnt Green SC mentioned on the BBC Midlands News recently to celebrate their 100th anniversay as a club - Congratulations from all at Bartley, we continue to enjoy having you as members until the water levels finally rise at Barnt Green again.
Please continue to keep me informed of achievements of note to include in the Blog on and I hope you continue to enjoy whatever activities you have planned on and off the water over the summer period.
Congratulations to Sam Knight for winning the Supernova National Championships, to Ed Higson for winning the 1st Youth prize, and to Bartley Sailing Club for winning the Team Prize - fantastic results for Bartley sailors!
Full report on the Supernova Facebook page and in Yachts and Yachting.
What a great month June has been; the sun has been shining, the wind has been blowing, and Bartley has had a full schedule:
The End of Series Regatta and working party was a great success and has improved the appearance of the club no end.
The Tuesday eveining sailing has grown from strength to strength with over 20 boats competing regularly.
Wednesday evening informal coaching has increased the participants confidence on the water as well as briefing them on different boat types in the dinghy park as possible next steps on their sailing journey. The programme was initially set for a one month trial and will now be continued through to the end of August due to its success.
K2O has a bumper year of new starters as well as progressing juniors from previous years through the RYA stages and some of the older members starting out on their Assistant Instructor qualification.
6 New members have joined us in June so if you see unfamiliar faces in the boat park please extend a warm welcome.
Bartley SUP continue their Wednesday Evening socials and full diary of paddle boarding, Rockley Watersports schedule is filling up over the holidays, and the Sea Scouts are out in force.
It is fantastic to see the water in use by so many different groups, and the social side taking off as folk enjoy a swift half in the sunshine after exploits on the water. Long may this continue.
So onto July - GOOD LUCK to all Bartley sailors taking part in the Supernova Nationals this weekend. We have high hopes individually and for a team prize so no pressure! Why not check the Supernova website and Facebook page to see how are team are getting on?
And finally, good luck to England in the Football on Saturday - those sailing may wish to negotiate race times around the coverage - I shall leave that up to you...!
In light of a few incidents on Tuesday evenings regarding safety cover the Sailing Committee would like to ensure that all are clear on requirements of those volunteering to cover safety on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where arangements are made by the participants.
Firstly that safety boats must have 2 crew and be on the water ready to rescue water users in trouble.
Secondly that safety boat crew must remain alert and scan the water for water users in trouble and be positioned where they can monitor all on the water.
Thirdly that the OOD is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient crewed safety boats on the water to cover the risk and taking the decision to sail. The risk increases with wind speed, quantity of boats, quantity of novice / junior sailors.
The Sailing Committee are seeking advice from the RYA as to specific ratio guidelines and will communicate when this has been confirmed. In the mean time - if in doubt put another safety boat out. It is better to have more cover than insufficient cover.
A second safety boat means 2 more people won't be sailing, however safety always takes priority, especially in watersports so please support the OOD if he / she requests an additional boat and crew on the day.
Thanks for your help in keeping us all safe on the water
The Main Committee met last night for their monthly meeting. The following were reviewed and appropriate action plans / lines of enquiry put in place:
1) Feedback from the AGM, acknowledgement of members views and the best way to tackle the issues raised.
2) Detailed review of Rockley contract and outstanding actions.
3) Review of financial situation and short term cost reduction and revenue increase opportunities to include sale of assets that are no longer used, practical, or required.
4) Review of medium term strategic options for the club to balance income and expenditure more successfully.
Bartley Fleet Captains John Ling (Laser) and Garry Butterfield (Supernova) are both leading the way for our club. John won the Hollowell Laser Open at the weekend to give him his second 1st place in the series lining him up nicely to defend his Midlands Traveller title this year. Gary pushed ahead with some strong performances recently in his Supernova to put him in the lead of the Noble Marine Supernova traveller series as the fleet prepare for the Nationals in a couple of weeks time.
Great to see Bartley Sailors on the top step of the podium!