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And the results are in... How did our Supernova sailors fair?

Well... they were greeted by this shore break which mean't the first day of racing became a tournament at the crazy glof course in the sunshine instead.

Saturday and Sunday were a whole different ball game though with a full programme of racing to keep the 100+ fleet busy. Hopefully you had a peep on the website to see the GPS boat tracking - the Laser fleet did so we could give our honorary Supernova Sailor Jeremy Higson a bit of support in these strange boats with things called shrouds and mast rake controls.

So how did the Bartley fleet get on? The answer is FANTASTICALLY showing just what a strong fleet we have at the club.

Sam Knight came in 4th followed by Chris Bownes in his first Nationals in the Supernova in 7th (and I think he won the last race). Reliable Mike Gibson showed he wasn't letting up in 11th followed by Steve Hawley in 16th. Jeremy Higson felt the support from his on-line Laser backing team to get 18th just ahead of Garry Butterfield and Chris Hawley in 19th and 20th, with Phil Taylor in 33rd. 

I am sure they will all have tales to tell when they get back to the club house. I have booked the open top bus for a lap of the carpark :) Well done all!

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Sunday Sailing - lets get more participation!

It was a great day to sail today with a real mixture craft on the water - fantastic to see so many windsurfers as well as the Sunday racers and a few canoes too. If you are one of our members who is not yet confident enough to join the Saturday racing or just want a quieter day with fewer craft on the water then please come down on a Sunday and make sure that the water is used!

 

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N.B N.B. O.O.D's O.O.D's

As a consequence of a nasty accident to one of the race management team last Wednesday afternoon the method of fixing the Starting Box Window Protection Boards has been changed. 

To remove: withdraw bolts, saving in a safe place thenslide the boards to the nearest corner of the starting box, where they can be withdrawn and lowered to the ground. Take care as they are heavy and may be buffetted by the wind. 

To replace: Taking care as you lift the boards, slide the appropriate board, in the correct order, from its nearest corner to the correct position and then replace the bolts.

Hopefully this will prevent the tendency of the boards to fall as the bolts are positioned and tightened.

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Bosun Battles on...

As many of us know Dan Earthquake has been in training for the Battle of Arms (as he has beaten every single one of us who tried to beat him!). Have a good look at the poster and see if you can see him. Dans performance wasn't too shabby at all taking out a couple of opponents before being ultimately beaten by the medalists for each arm. I guess that means we will need to help him train ready for next year now!. And what has Dan done to celebrate - what Dan often does during the summer - he gets up at 2.30 in the morning and drives a support boat for English channel swimmers. What a guy - makes me tired just thinking about it!

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First Aid Course 14th July with Rockley

Just a quick note to let members know that Rockley will be running an RYA accredited first aid course on 14th July at the club. A few of our Dinghy Instrucors have already booked on as this requires a refresh every 3 years so if you are nearing your due date this could be your chance. Further info from Benn at Rockley ()

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Sundays - come on down and enjoy the water!

A crusing member recently dropped me an e-mail having recently discovered Sundays as a great day for cruising and pottering about without the extensive racing programme and training that takes place on Saturdays. 

So by means of a reminder - if you want to come down to the club to cruise, take the family out in a boat, practice your skills, or take part in one of the 2 fun races then come along on Sunday - almost all of the water is away from the 4 or 5 racing boats so no danger of getting in the way and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

For those that use the club boats or K2O juniors who wish to improve their Pico or RS Tera skills and have their own clothing this is a great day to take one out for a practice. (just put the gear back as you found it in the garage after use and let the club know if any damage occured or you found an issue with the boat that needs looking at - )

Tillys is open as usual and we would encourage you to buy your lunch from the Galley team so we can keep business viable on a Sunday.

The forecast this Sunday is warm sunshine and a steady force 2 to 3 - so why wouldn't you want to come down and enjoy the water?

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Where have all the Supernovas gone?

Well - you can find out as they travel to the Nationals this weekend and all get fitted out with a GPS tracker which will post their positions real time as they race around the course. So if you wish to know which Hawley is getting the upperhand or whether Gary or Mike are leading the Masters then get on line, search for the Supernova class association Facebook site or webpage and get linked up. 

If this all sounds a bit techie then come to the club and get a great result - with all the Supernovas at the nationals it is a great opportunity to move up the Club series leaderboard!

And if you want to know the odds for our sailors - taken straight from the Supernova website:

Gold fleet:

Team Bartley 
Chris Hawley:
Odds of winning - Hell freezing over 
2018 result (out of 114) - 15th
The best thing about the Chairman's sailing is his boat - certainly one of the best looking boats that has been made. The fluorescent orange and black machine is sure to be spotted on the race course. Chris is never going to win the event and if it is more than a force 3 - 4 is likely to be propping up the gold fleet table.

Steve Hawley:
Odds of winning - "Worth a quid"
2018 result (out of 114) - 20th
Will 8 spin classes a week win you the nationals? No. But it might win you a race or two. Even more determined than ever and king of the ridiculous commitment to an outside "bang the corners" approach. On form following a strong performance at Carsington last weekend.

Garry Butterfield:
Odds of winning - Needle in a haystack?
2018 result (out of 114) - 18th
The Bartley fleet captain and the 2018 Noble Marine travellers champion. Currently in the top 2 in the travellers and winner of one open this year. Keeps himself out of trouble on the racecourse, despite sailing an "Aquafresh" coloured boat.

Mike Gibson:
Odds of winning - I wouldn't bet against him
2018 result (out of 114) - 12th
Previous national champion and multiple inland champion. Known as Mr Consistent and always in the mix, less so on the sea though. If Mike gets his head in gear has the potential to leave the fleet standing. Best performance usually in the mid-airs when the sea is flat.

Sam Knight:
Odds of winning - Roll of a dice?
2018 result (out of 114) - 1st
Sam rocked up last year, won, then left again. A talented sailor and winner of several prestigious events (Steve Nic etc). Sam has once again borrowed one of the newest boats in the fleet and will be looking to defend his crown. Sam weighs less than a gnat, will he be on form if the wind gods get fruity.

Chris Bownes:
Odds of winning - Untested!
2018 result (out of 114) - DNA
Chris is brand new to the fleet, but has been performing well this year at club and open level. You can liken him to the Big Friendly Giant, and wears a signature rash vest over 3 or 4 buoyancy aids to make himself look tough. Will absolutely be at the sharp end of the results if it blows - the only discretionary boat in the Gold fleet.

Silver fleet:

  • Jeremy Higson - Untested in a supernova other than last year's nationals. A quality sailor and he certainly knows which way to point a laser - definitely one to watch, this year in a Mark2e

Good luck to all our sailors - Bartley S.C. expects great things!

Stop Press - News just in - Well done to Garry Butterfield, David Stephen, and Stuart Stephen for representing Bartley at the Attenborough SC Supernova Open last week. Garry posted 5th overall and 2nd Master - keep up the good work!

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Laser win at Nottingham S.C.

John and Ollie travelled to the challenge that is Nottingham S.C. Laser Open on Sunday. The challenge being that the racing is set on the river Trent so once you have got used to short tacking accross the river you get the added challenge of barges lterally barging through the race course! The club itself is delightful and in a lovely setting.

John provided his usual master class and kept the trophy from last year. Ollie got 'radialled' i.e. the handicap system got the better of him but he managed a strong 4th overall.

Draycote next week if any of the laser fleet want to go then onto Notts County the week after and Carsington after that.

Photos courtesy of Phil Base

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RYA Inspection - All Good to Go!

Great news - Bartley maintains its status as an RYA training facility after a thorough and successful audit on Saturday. A big thank you to Kerry Webb and Adrian Brocking and the K2O instructor team for getting everything in order for, and on the day.

For those who don't know K2O is our junior club running on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30. It trains children from the age of 8 to 18 and takes them through RYA levels 1 to 4 and more recently some of the older members are moving to assistant instructor level.

K2O is run entirely by volunteers who give their time freely to encourage youngsters into our great sport. We are always on the look out for help and new instructors so if you have a Dinghy instructor qualification or just wish to help out then let the team know on  

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End of Series Regatta - Thanks to all who Supported!

Thanks to all who supported the End of Series Regatta on Saturday. We managed to get most of the grounds tidy at the working party but unfortunately were a bit short on numbers to get the Toppers cleaned up so will have to do this another time.

The Regatta had a great attendance of 26 boats and was won by John Ling (Laser), 2nd was Simon Hardiman (Laser), and 3rd was Steve Hawley (Supernova). 4th and 1st Junior and Lady was Megan Hardiman (Laser 4.7), and the 'endevour' trophy went to Jennifer Foort (Laser Radial).

Series wins went to:

Handicap 1  - John Ling (Laser)

Pursuit - David Badger (Solo)

Handicap 2 - Mark Walker (K1)

Sunday Fun Series - Paul Fowell (Streaker)

The area by the car park gets a good weeding    -  as does the patio

The Mowing and Strimming team blast through the grass!

Looking neater...

Regatta Prize winners (Photos Jennifer Foort)

Series prize winners (Fleets)

Happy and very wet sailors after the cloudburst right overhead in race 1 (photos Jennifer Foort)

 

 

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Weekend Round Up

To use Ollie's favourite phrase on Saturday it was 'blowing dogs off leads'. So what did the Bartley sailors do? Go sailing of course!

The Junior k2O team continued their travelling success at the Notts County S.C. RYA Midland Junior Regatta series. Harrison and Megan were in their in Laser 4.7s and Cecily in her Topper. I actually thought we may have been better off sailing the boats up the M42 on the way to the event with the amount of surface water on the motorway but thankfully we all arrived safely.

After the briefing the sailors launched boats in the wind shaddow of the club house and the watching parents were treated to an exciting game of 'will they or won't they capsize' as they got 100m out to where the force 6 to 7 gusts where whipping through. A few of the youngsters were quickly back on shore after multiple dunkings but the Bartley crew stuck out the full 5 races.

The race standings were pretty consistent throughout the day with Harrison taking 5 wins and showing just how good his strong wind boat handling is. Megan followed up with 5 second places catching up as the wind dropped slightly then falling back as it built again but always in contention to keep Harrison on his toes! Cecily had a fantastic time with a Topper dominated fleet so lots of competition for her. Again, consistency was the name of the game and she came home in 6th place overall with a spot prize for survival!

As always with the travelling team there was alot of banter and fun throughout the day and complements from the host club on good behaviour and sailing ability. Thanks to Notts County for hosting the event we all really enjoyed it. Full report in Yachts and Yachting.

Good friends - wet, weary, and happy!

Racing to the Windward mark

She's behind you...

Some of the Laser fleet travelled to Burton (John and Ollie) and some to Chew Valley (Jeremy and Robin). At both events it seemed like the memo had not been received that 25Knts of wind = radial rig. At Burton John managed a 3rd and Ollie a 9th, both getting overhauled by radials, and at Chew Jeremy got first to the windward mark and then got bown off and into the water leading to retirement before either he or the boat broke. Robin had more success but came in early due to conditions too so will have to wait until the results are posted before we know how he faired!

Ollie holds on for dear life

...and so does John...

I understand from Facebook that the Supenovas had a cracking sail at Bartley on Saturday too in the challenging conditions - great to hear!

Today has been an all together quieter affair. It was nice to see the SUP club out this morning, a few cruising members taking family and friends out for a relaxed sail in the sunshine, and the Powerboat level 2 course in full swing, not to mention the Sunday fun race series underway. Sunday really is 'up for grabs' so if you have any desire to start up a Sunday club of some kind to get more folk on the water and enjoying themselves I would love to hear from you. (familly, novice, crusing, canoeing, lady's sailing, anything?!). Drop me a mail at

 

 

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Working Party Saturday 15th June - Revitalise a Topper

The Club has 6 Toppers that have gradually become unloved. But that is changing! Kerry was the first to take the plunge and revitalised Topper number 1 last year. Since then it has come 2nd in the RYA Championships Regatta fleet and 6th at the RYA Midlands Open at Notts County at the weekend. I have taken the plunge with Topper number 2 and what I thought was a purple boat was in fact blue! The boat is almost ready after fitting a new bailer and a few fittings and replacing a toe strap and Millie is looking forward to using it shortly when I have bleached the mildew off the sail and re-roped the boom.

There are 4 boats left and enough bits to get 3 up and running for the cost of about £100. We aim to get the boats clean and some heat gunned at the working party on Saturday after which I am interested to hear from parents who would like to adopt a Topper for their child to use. The terms for this are: 

1) You pay for the parts required to get the boat on the water 

2) You fit the parts (help is on hand if you need it)

3) You pay for a boat space to store the boat in

4) You maintain it and use it until you child has outgrown it or is not using it regularly at which time it is passed onto another club junior member on the same terms.

The boats are covered on the club insurance so this is a relatively easy and cheap way to get on the water for the sake of a mornings work and a few £. Toppers are fantastic youth boats typically for ages 11 to 15.

If you are interesed in taking one of the Toppers on the please e-mail me at

The unloved Topper before work started

5 Hours later after a clean and heat gun blasting

Job done and ready to rig...

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Spring End of Series Regatta Saturday 15th June - All Welcome!

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Business planning workshop - thanks to all attendees

Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the business planning workshop on Wednesday and provided useful feedback as to stengths, weaknesses, opportinities and threats to our club.

Reviewing the survey results provided some clear themes;

What we do well...

Great stretch of clean water with good wind

Good racing programme

Great food and service provided by Tillys

Wednesday evening improver sessions

K2O club for the children / youth members

Accessible with good opening times

Room for improvement...

Update facilities and ground maintenance

Race management and rules observance

Improve sailing numbers on a Sunday

More Socials

On-line payment options

More inclusive (families, women, cruising, improvers)

 

The attendees provided many further insights that I shall now be clustering into themes and writing up in the plan.

When the plan is finalised we shall be picking a number of projects to work on as well as being clear as to the areas that will be 'on-hold' until our first level priorities have been completed.

I will continue to post updates as we work through this so members are kept up to date.

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K1 at Rutland and Teign Corinthian

 

It looks like the Bartley K1s have started to stamp their mark on the circuit with Graham Blackwell getting a 7th place in the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club Open meeting back in May and Alan Birch promoting the Bartley name at Rutland last weekend to get a solid 5th place. Well done to both.

The K1 is a light weight single handed keelboat. Bartley currently has a small but expanding fleet of these stable but fast boats.

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AED as easy as 123 - Trained and ready to go!

 

Thanks to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance service for a very informative session on CPR and the use of the club defibrilator on Tuesday evening. I was a little confused to hear the group singing 'nellie the elephant' whilst conducting chest compressions but was soon educated that this provides the perfect rythm and quantity of compressions required. Apparently 'Staying alive' by the Beegees also works, and for the younger generation 'Baby Shark' is a good substitute too (although you wont get it out of your head for the rest of the day).

Our defribrillator will soon be hung up in the club ready for use and it really is as easy as opening the box and an electronic voice talks you through what to do. It senses for a pulse and will only operate the electric shock if none is detected so the decision making is conducted by the machine rather than you.

Thanks to all who attended the training and thanks to Jeremy Higson for championing the cause on this vital piece of equipment.

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Bartley Juniors shine at Ogston Laser Open

 

 Well done to Megan and Harrison at the Ogston SC Laser Open on Sunday. Megan was 7th and Harrison 8th in a strong mixed fleet of 24 comprising all 3 laser rigs. Harrison had a great start in the first race and pulled out quite a lead over the other 3 laser 4.7s but Megan didn't give up and managed to catch up to make a pivitol call on the last lap for room at an obstruction enabling her to cover Harrison off and pull ahead to take the class lead. After some healthy banter at lunch time Megan had clearly refuelled ready for the building force 4 to 5 wind for race 2 and pulled out a convincing lead over the 4.7 fleet to take her second class win. In the final race Harrison got it together and led from the start with no danger of the chasing pack getting back in contention.

With the results finalised Megan got the 4.7 trophy and 2nd Junior and Harrison the 3rd Junior - the trophy cabinet is starting to fill...

I went along too and spent the 3 races match racing Garry Knot from Pennine for 2nd and 3rd place in the standard rigs. I got him in the first race but he beat me by a boat length in races 2 and 3 leaving me 3rd standard and 4th overall as a radial got into the mix on handicap. Great racing though - I enjoyed every minute.

Harrison conducts some fine tuning (photo philbase.com)

Megan gets on the Plane (Photo Philbase.com)

I get twisted up (photo philbase.com)

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Supernovas at Carsington

Well done to Steve Hawley (3rd), Chris Bownes (4th), Mike Gibson (6th and 1st Master) and Chris Hawley rounding off the top 10 in a 27 strong fleet at the Supernova Open at Carsington S.C. Looks like another strong year for the fleet is getting under way.

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RYA Junior Midland Series at Ogston

3 Bartley Juniors attended the 2nd RYA Junior series open at Ogston on Saturday. The sailors were greeted by a gentle breeze and bright sunshine. There were travellers from Blithfield, Chase, and Bartley to add to the strong contingent from Ogston. The race officer got proceedings off on time and gave the juniors three 30 minute races back to back before lunch just to make sure they had worked up an appetite followed by a single race in the afternoon to allow for club racing to follow on.

With the racing format based on handicap and average laps it was impossible to tell where the sailors had come until the times had been plugged into the computer and the algorithms run!

In the end the top 3 spots were taken by the Laser Radials (Greg Cornes, Jamie Mason) and a Topper (Alice Hedley-Fenn) with our laser 4.7s in 4th and 6th and Millie coming in as the first under 12 competitor in 7th.

It became clear on the Sunday why there were so many juniors in Lasers - they had all come to get some practice in for the laser Open - more on that in a separate blog.

The next event is on Saturday at Notts County. Megan and Harrison will be going in their 4.7s if any other juniors want to come along and keep Bartley in the running for the team trophy. 

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