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John Ling makes it 2 traveller series wins in the Laser

Congratulations to John Ling for a second series win in the Laser Wessex Grand Prix after an eventful open at Frampton which saw 4 Bartley boats in the top 6 (John 1st, Simon 2nd, Jeremy 4th, Robin 6th) and Harrison taking the 1st 4.7 slot sailing particularly well in a very gusty force 4 to 6 (even beating some full rigs and radials).

Frampton put on some great racing, a lovely ploughmans lunch with much needed soup, and handled the event extremely well. Jamie and Tina Lavender provided a nice wrap up to the series with the prizes offered from Dinghybuyerdirect.com.

The Bartley synchronised swimming team was caught on camera as John wiped out at the leeward mark taking me with him! Luckily the only casulty was my burgee which is somewhere in the mud at the bottom - so if anyone wants to buy me a christmas present you know what to get...:)

Photo by Alistair Hunter - well caught!!!!

 

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Garry Butterfield Wins the Supernova Travellers Trophy

It's been a fantastic year for the Bartley Supernovas, topped off by Gary Butterfield taking home the travellers trophy at the last event! Gary put together a really consistent set of results, especially towards the end of the year. Well done Gary! 
That means Bartley ends the year with the Travellers trophy, the Team prize and the Nationals champion , cementing our place as the number 1 Supernova club in the UK. Now we just need the inlands for the clean sweep next year.....

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Thank you Frank!

You may or may not know that this is Frank's final weekend after over 18 years of loyal service to the club.

Frank has been by the entrance gates or patrolling the general area in all weathers making sure members and non-members are directed to the correct part of the club and ensuring that the right people come in and the wrong people don't!

On behalf of the club membership and management we wish you all the best for the future Frank and hope to see you using your honorary membership to pop back and visit us from time to time.

If you are at the club this weekend please stop and have a chat with Frank to show your appreciation.

 

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Galley and Bar will be closed until further notice.

Dear members,

Please be aware that the bar and galley will be closed until further notice and that the current club management arrangement will no longer be operational. Further updates will be provided in due course and we would appreciate your support and patience whilst we work through the actions that now need to be put in place.

In the mean time feel free to consume packed lunches and socialise in the main club area. We would ask that you do your best to leave the premises tidy when you have finished - your help with this is much appreciated.

Bartley SC Committee.

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Lasers in the lashing rain!

 

 

Room at the mark!

Despite the weather 36 lasers travelled to the Midland traveller series finale at Bartley on Sunday 14th October to sail in a North North Westerly in the pouring rain!

Race office Steve Ward and his crew quickly set a great course maximising the beats and runs on the lake to make the racing tight for the fleet. With the course being windward - leeward it was important to get ahead of the fleet and into clear air which John Ling managed to do from the start leaving the chasing pack covering each others wind and slowing themselves down. Numerous battles took place throughout the fleet, most noticeably between Bartley commodore Caroline Whitehouse and Paul Keeling from Blithfield fighting for second place who exchanged places throughout and reminded us all that Lasers are not a class you can win by throwing money at new equipment with both boats over 30 years old. In the end it was Caroline who played the final beat right taking second from Paul.

If nothing else the first race showed that the new handicap racing for radials and 4.7s for the Midlands series could really mix things up with Ellie Craig taking 5th place in a radial from Megan Hardiman in a 4.7 in 6th place and Jamie Mason and Greg Corves both placing their radials in the top 10 - fantastic news for junior and youth sailing.

Steve (frozen rigid) lashed to the fantastic new flagpole arrangement on the Jaffa courtesy of David Badger

After race one the fleet were glad to come into the warm and dry and refuel on curry and chilli con carne expertly prepared by Dee and the Galley crew and some time to catch up with friends from the circuit and a few former Bartley sailors (Hello Anna and Izzy!).

There was a slight reluctance to get back out into the rain but Steve got us all motivated and race 2 was on. This time it was me who managed to pop out of the front of the fleet and disappear into the distance leaving John Ling and Lazaros Andronis to follow on in 2nd and 3rd and Paul and Caroline to battle it out again for 4th and 5th in the standards.

In the radials Ellie once again showed the way taking 5th overal ahead of Jamie Mason and Greg Corves.

The 4.7s were very closely contested with each of the competitors leading their fleet at some stage in the race. At the finish line it was Megan Hardiman from Josh Oates and Harrison Allen, who were determined not to be beaten by a girl for the third time in the final race...

The only photo of me in the lead ever taken - so its going on the blog!

Race 3 saw a change of course as the wind swung to the North one minute before the start was about to take place. Steve and team quickly rearanged the start line and got us off to a race of beats and runs the length of the water. This time it was Jeremy Higson who got ahead at the start and never looked back despite John's best efforts to catch him. Paul Keeling remained as consistent as every to take the 3rd Standard spot, with a few people deciding they were not wet enough and going for a swim (Mike Homer - 5 capsizes, Adam Hague - learning that toe-strap maintenance is important, Caroline Whitehouse - remembering what windward capsizes feel like, to name just a few). The real suprise for many of us came when the results were published as the course was clearly great for radials with Ellie Craig taking 1st radial and 2nd in the race, Dan Keenan 2nd radial and 4th overall, and Greg Corves 3rd radial and 5th overall. In fact over half of the top 12 places were taken by radials and 4.7s.

In the 4.7s Harrison finally got the better of Megan to take 1st 4.7 and joint 11th in the race overall - the banter continued long into the afternoon...

Commodores caption competition - entries to

With the sailing done for the day the soggy sailors returned to the bar for a mega prizegiving for the day and for the traveller series. Thanks to John for organising a great day and prizegiving, thanks to all who travelled from both Midlands and Wessex regions, and thanks to the race and galley teams for organising us all.

Full report for the event and the series can be found on Yachts and Yachting. Full results for the open will be published shortly on the 'results' page.

Standards:

1st     John Ling

2nd   Simon Hardiman

3rd    Paul Keeling

Radials:

1st    Ellie Craig

2nd  Greg Corves

3rd   Jamie Mason

4.7s

1st   Megan Hardiman

2nd  Harisson Allen

3rd  Josh Oates

(another) One for the album!

The elite atheletes that are 'the Midlands Travellers'...

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Saturdays Speacial @ the galley

Hi members,

Chicken curry and a hot drink on offer this Saturday for £5 when it gone it's gone!! please pre order b4 sailing other food options available also.

Many thanks Dee 

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Reminder - Saturday race times 11.00, 12.30, 14.30 from this Saturday

You may have noticed the nights drawing in. The change in race times to allow for this catches members out every year so make sure it is not you this time!

11.00   Handicap race 1 (including Novice and Juniors)

12.30   Pursuit

14.30   Handicap 2

The weather look lovely (especially compared with last weekend) so come along and enjoy the water.

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Solos in the Sunshine

The 7th October brought sunshine and, after a brief postponement, a perfect force 3 from the South West for the 2018 Sailing Chandlery Midland Series Solo open.

The wind direction meant a windward - leeward course was the order of the day with long beats followed by long runs making the racing tactical and tight. In the first 2 races the fleet was split by under 3 minutes first to last boat at the finish line.

Two races were run back to back in the morning with Alan Bishop (Girton) taking the 1st race  followed by Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes) and Howard Eeles (Bartley), with Nigel Davies (Draycote) getting ahead in the second followed by Ian Ingram and Alan Bishop.

A welcome lunch of chicken curry from Dee and the galley crew was taken before the two afternoon races.

The afternoon saw a course change to add a couple of reaching legs into the mix but this didn't phase the front runners with Alan Bishop taking another 1st, Nigel Davies in second, and Bob Suggitt of Barnt Green SC claiming third.

Ian Capener (Bartley) finally found his form to take the final race of the day from Chris Brown (Draycote) in second and Ian Ingram in third.

The final results showed just how tight the racing had been with 2nd and 3rd place tied, and 4th and 5th place tied bringing the low points scoring system into play to differentiate the final placings:

1st Alan Bishop (Girton)

2nd Nigel Davies (Draycote)

3rd Ian Ingram (Earlswood Lakes)

4th Ian Capener (Bartley)

5th Bob Suggitt (Barnt Green)

Oldest boat prize Huw Davies (Bartley)

Thanks to David and Ed Badger for all their efforts to organise the day, the photos, the new committee boat flag mast holder (fantastic), and the prizes.

 

 

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Boat park

Hi All

 

I called at the club this afternoon. Sadly there are a number of boats on their side. These are mainly in the middle of the boat park and include but not only...1 lark  2 national 12s 2 supernovas 1 bug the firstv2 rows by the water appeared to be ok. There are alao a couple of torn covers . Its meant to be windy tomorrow but it would be good if you checked your baotd tomorrow.

 

Steve

 

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News flash!!

20181012_160202 Boat blown over

Dear members

Due to extreme weather conditions boats on the boat park are falling over due to not being strapped down .

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Galley open as normal

Dear members, 

Lots of hot snacks available from the galley this weekend, including home made soup, hot pastries, breakfast menu to choose from also salad sandwiches ready for you to just grab and go.

Fully stocked bar is also open if you don't fancy risking the weather 🌪🌪

See you soon Dee 

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RYA Junior Championships - in their own words - the final 2!

Finally an account from Megan in the Laser 4.7s and Millie in the RS Teras:

I loved my time at the RYA regional junior championships at Grafham water. I went there to see where I am in comparison to other laser 4.7 sailors in the country and I also loved having fun with some of my greatest friends. In the past, I have attended many events in my Rs Tera sport and pro but for the majority of these events, I have travelled with my family. I love doing this very much but it was so nice to see familiar faces at the hotel and on the water during and between races. I got such a boost of confidence from doing this event and I just wanted to briefly outline my experience at the competition.

   I arrived at the premier inn on Friday night safely with my boat, Millie’s boat and, much to Harrison’s relief, his boat. I could hardly sleep that night- I was excited and nervous for the next day. I ate breakfast with Harrison, Cecily and Millie on Saturday and then I went to Grafham water. I rigged up and got changed. After a short briefing, I sailed off to the start line and then got to know the ways of the wind. We started racing promptly. I did not have such a good day of racing- I came 46th in the first race, 51st in the second and 38th in the 3rd race (out of 66). I was determined to do better the next day, particularly because I’d let my biggest rival, Harrison, slip past me in 2 of the 3 races! After the first day, I was 50th, just below Harrison and close to Josh.

   The next day, I did some great racing. The wind was perfect (stronger than the day before) and I ended up 2nd around the windward mark in the 1st race! I was amazed and, of course, delighted! I went on to overtake the boy in 1st place before leading the race around the 2nd mark!!! I went on to finish the race in an incredible 14th place after losing a few places downwind and on the second beat. I did not do so well in the other 2 races (56th and 61st) but I just really enjoyed my last few moments sailing in a big fleet with my Bartley friends in planning conditions. Overall, I finished 48th feeling happy about the weekend yet sad that it was all over.

   Over the course of the weekend, I think that I learnt some very valuable skills- how to raft up (thanks to Harrison), golden syrup, maple flavoured, with pancakes is great as a sailor’s breakfast, never eat muffins on the morning of a competition if your name’s Cecily and, aside from the other things I have mentioned, never give up!

   I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my Dad for taking me and helping me, my Mum for supporting me, Marie Allen and Kerry Webb for also supporting me and Kerry again for taking some great photos during the weekend. Last but not least, I would like to say thank you to Cecily, Josh, Harrison and Millie for being so supportive and funny and providing me with great competition throughout the weekend. It is sad that event had to end but we can look forward to future competitions. Go team Bartley!

And from Millie:

I really enjoyed the weekend because of all my friends and family were with me and it was just generally an extremely fun and jam-packed weekend full of enjoyable sailing. There were 4 girls in the RS Tera fleet so 1 of us wasn't going to get a medal so we were all fighting for a place in the top 3. On the first day I was 3rd girl then on the next day I moved up to 2nd. Overall we had a great time with muffins and golen syrup, maple flavoured. Thank you very much to all of the Bartley sailors who came and made me have a lot of fun and thank you very much to my family for taking me. It was definitely worth it!

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Reminder - Bartley Solo Open this Sunday 7th Oct

Briefing at 10.30 followed by 4 races. Current forecast - light southwesterly, beautiful sunshine, and plenty of water in the reservoir after the rain on Saturday.

We are hoping for a strong turnout so why not pop down to watch proceedings over a breakfast, lunch, or a swift half from the Bar.

Best of luck to our Bartley Solo sailors.

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Success at Cotswold - now the count down to the Bartley Laser Open on 14th Oct...

John Ling won the Cotswold Open with Richard taking a strong 6th place (and Robin doing what I would have done looking at the conditions and exiting stage left to go and watch some paint dry...)

However - just to prove that it is possible to get ahead of John, here is a photo of Richard in the lead before a full on mugging by the chasing fleet.

Only 9 more days until the Bartley Laser Open and Midland Traveller series finale. Make sure you get to the club for a practice tomorrow!

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RYA Junior Regional Championships - in their own words part 2

Last time we heard from Theo and Josh, this time it is Cecily and Harrisons turn...

First from Cecily:

Last weekend I went to represent Bartley in the RYA East Zone at Grafham Reservoir along with four other guys from Bartley; Josh, Harrison, Megan and Millie. I took part in the Regatta Course in a topper that my dad and I borrowed from K20 and cleaned up. It raced very well, and although on the first day my results weren’t the best, on the second day, with a stronger breeze I had some good battles with the lead boy and lead girl and I came 2nd girl, and 6th overall for the weekend. Not bad for my first time sailing a Topper!
The facilities at Grafham were very nice, and everyone was helpful and friendly. The coaching was very beneficial, which was proved by my results on the second race. All of the coaching was really helpful because it built on my previous knowledge, and proceeded to make my performance the best it could be. I particularly improved in my race starts. My first regatta was definitely exceedingly important and has incited an aspiration to go again, hopefully in the championship fleet, and to secure a medal if not. It was also really marvellous to have Bartley Sailors together as that helped everyone’s performance as we had support and a really good time together with many laughs over the weekend.
All in all, it was an amazing experience that taught me crucial lessons, and a lovely weekend with really nice people and I had a great time. If the opportunity arises again, I will definitely want to do it all again.
 
 
Cecily by her reconditioned Topper!
Cecily leads the race on day 2
 
And from Harrison:
 
My build up to the Regional Champions was very busy, every Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening and every Saturday I was out practicing for the regatta. Although I put in lots of hours, my primary goal there was to have fun, learn new things, and do what I love with my friends. We got to the hotel on Friday evening and after an anxious wait for my boat to arrive with Simon, Megan and Millie, it was time for some sleep. As probably mentioned we had a 66 boat fleet in the 4.7s which was an ‘experience’ considering the biggest fleet of lasers I’ve ever sailed in is at Bartley on a Tuesday night. I coped well and it was a chance for me to learn how to put training to practice and learn how to cope in a huge fleet. Overall it was a good weekend, everyone was supportive and was great fun and we all helped to put Bartley on the map for the Juniors- they better watch out next year for our Bartley Team!
 
Harrison sets off to the start line
 
The Laser fleet in action
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RYA Junior Regional Championships - in their own words part 1

A few of our juniors participated in the RYA Junior Regional Championships at the weekend - each has written a short blog of their experience to share with you. We hope you enjoy reading them. The first 2 are Theo who sailed at Northampton in his Optimist and Josh who sailed in his Laser 4.7 in his first National competition.

Firstly from Josh who is a Barnt Green sailor who is with us while they wait for the water levels to rise:

I went down to Grafham water not really for the competition but for the experience and the chance to get to know some of the junior sailors at Bartley Green a little better. I can happily say that I have rarely been in the company of more supportive and friendly people. They guided me through loading by boat into the car all the way to shouting friendly banter on the start line. For someone who has always raced at a club it was a shock to be sitting on the start line with 66 other laser 4.7s, but I felt in my element and enjoyed every single second. I hope to go back and see if can improve on my disastrous score. But the only way is up and with the facilities at both Barnt and Bartley Green I'm sure I will improve at least a little!

Enjoying the company at the Premier Inn after a hard days sailing

Dressed up and ready to go - team Barntley!

 

The second account is from another Barnt Green sailor who has joined us at K2O this season - Theo in his Optimist:

At the Midlands RYA Junior Regional Championships at Northampton SC there were 10 different fleets. I was at the top of the second most competitive racing fleet, the championship Optimist fleet.

Even though we only had nine sailors, it was still very competitive racing. I had had a lot of training, including the Optimist Nationals, the pre-Nationals training, K20 every weekend and Rockley in the holidays. On the Saturday the weather wasn’t the best. We had a load of wind shifts and the wind kept on suddenly disappearing, but the Sunday was way better - we only had to move the course once and I won two races so that was a great day of racing. Me and Dilara Soyer (from Draycote) were fighting for first and second place in most races and she ended up getting first overall and I was second. I also earned a Values prize for respecting the rules because I did my turns straight away when I hit a mark and still won the race.

My two friends, Ben and Shay, who have done some sailing at Bartley as well (hooray!) were in the fun onboard fleet that was for people who hadn’t done any racing before which is great for beginners. Next year hopefully they will be in the main fleet!

Well-done to the eastern tribe of Bartley sailors who went to Grafham. Thank you to Bartley Sailing Club for training us to be awesome sailors.

Theo

Theo in action...

Ben, Theo, and Shay - good sailing, great friends - what could be better!

 

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Good luck to our K2O sailors at the RYA Championships this weekend!

Good luck Josh, Harrison, and Megan in the 66 strong Laser 4.7 fleet, Theo in the Optimists, Millie in the Teras, and Cecily in the Toppers!

With the event in the Midalnds attracting over 100 sailors and the Eastern area attracting over 200 sailors it promises to be quite a weekend.

The K2O convoy sets off along the A14 tomorrow night - give us a wave if you see us!

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Saturday race times remain at 11.30, 13.00, 15.00 until 13th Oct Inclusive

Hello to all Saturday racers. Last week I noticed that the calendar was showing an earlier pull forward of race times than is usual. This will be corrected shortly, however in the mean time for your information the races will remain as:

11.30 Handicap 1

13.00 Pursuit

15.00 Handicap 2

Up to and including 13th October when the light starts to fade.

Apologies for the confusion, I don't think it had any impact last week as I waited for everyone to get on the water who had turned up to sail.

Best regards

Simon / Sailing Committee

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Level 2 Powerboat Training - last course of the year for BSC members 21st / 28th Oct - only £30!

Level 2 power boat training spaces available for last course of the year, 21 and 28th Oct

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.

It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

We have spaces on the next course being run over the 21 and 28 Oct 2018. The course costs £30 to cover club costs.

To book your space, please contact Dave Jones via or phone:  07887406585

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Bartley on-tour success continues...

I was wondering why the club racing was so quiet over the weekend - now I know... The 400s had gone to Notts County, the Supernovas to Burton, and the Lasers and Phantoms to Shustoke! And the results show just what a great standard of sailors we have; Sam and John Knight 3rd in the 400s, Mike Gibson 1st and Garry Butterfield 2nd in the Supernovas, John Ling 1st and me 5th in the Lasers, and Andy Bownes 4th in the Phantoms. Well done to all our travellers, but don't stay away too long as the Autumn series just started at Bartley and it looks like whilst the cat is away the mice will play...there are some new names at the top of the scoresheets at the moment (Howard and Sean, Tony Jacks, Mark Walker) just waiting to be challenged :)

Photos courtesy of Jennifer Foort, Paul Williamson, Supernova Association.

 

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