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Club opening from 4th July and Andrew Simpson Centre Survey

A few changes have occurred over the last week or so that impact our club.

Firstly the Covid-19 threat has been lowered to level 3 and secondly there is new guidance on social distancing at 1m+ to enable the practical opening of bars and restaurants.

This means that the club can move to the next stage of opening as follows:

  • Tilly's Galley will open from 4th July onwards. There will be some changes to ensure distancing in queues and seating areas. We ask that you comply with all requests for your own and others safety.
  • The club bar will open to members from 4th July onwards, again with changes to ensure compliance to the required regulations
  • The Dutyman rota will become live again from 4th July onwards. We request that you turn up for duty to launch the rescue craft and remain on standby for any rescue required. We still recommend that the orange jafa boats are used where possible to enable 2m social distancing however all boats can be used on a 1m+ basis or if crews are from the same household. As per previous instruction, rescue boats should only be used when a rescue is required to minimise the time that crews are at close proximity to each other (unless from same household). All boats should remain aware of their duty to assist any vessel in trouble and not just assume that the rescue crew have seen the incident – if you are close by check the helm and crew are OK.
  • K2O club will open on 11th July to returning members. Unfortunately, RYA level 1 and 2 courses cannot be offered at this time
  • Informal coaching will recommence on the evening of 8th July. If you are interested and not already included in the WhatsApp group for this please send your details to  and I will forward on to Steve Ward who runs the sessions

The RYA is updating their guidance later this week and the sailing (racing) programme / changing room facility situation will be communicated once we have reviewed this.

In the mean time it has been great to see so many people on the water over the last month. I have received many comments about the more laid-back approach and how it has improved the club community. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays all seem to be taking care of themselves but a few have commented that a morning race and an afternoon race on Saturday with a longer lunch break would suit their needs better than the current 3 race schedule so folk can chat over lunch and allow some time for cruising and practicing. The current plan is to return to racing with the 3 race programme on Saturday but if there is a large expression of wish to drop to a morning and an afternoon race only then I would be happy to consider the change – drop me your thoughts on  (I will assume no communication = keep as is).

Look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

The Andrew Simpson Centre is currently reviewing its readiness to open - here is a note from them too:

Hello

I hope you are all enjoying being back out on the water again.

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to lift, we continue to monitor Government Guidelines alongside RYA Guidance to inform our operations over the coming months.

We will only consider opening Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham when we are confident that we can facilitate safe activity, with appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices. Our priority is to reassure you as our customer that your safety is our priority and therefore, as part of this process, we also want to hear from you.

If you would be interested in any of our courses or activities please could complete a 2 minute survey which will help us to understand your readiness to leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors, on the water and in what capacity.

COMPLETE AND SUBMIT FORM  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=RFAMsWaork2s0YWBVztWTdaZtTrgcSpEri-4R0xap_5UM1dMNFY3VDFXRThFMVhZSlFCUzlVS1dHWS4u

Thank you for your time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Simpson Centre Team Birmingham

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VR Inshore - Virtual Laser Open, Weds 24th @ 18.30

VR Inshore now has Lasers so to celebrate we will run a 1-off, 3 race competition with 2 races to count - just like a laser open meeting! 

Racing will be this Wednesday evening June 24th at 18.30 (sign on from 18.25). All races will be in the Laser class. Race 2 will start no earlier than 18.40 and race 3 no earlier than 18.50. First 20 helms to join get to race.

Race will be in the VR Inshore custom race area password 'bartley'

Its just a bit of fun but you never know there may be a prize for the winner if we get more than 15 participants!

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Notice from the Committee

 Dear Bartley SC Member,

We hope you staying safe and in good health at the current time and those of you participating at Bartley are enjoying your water sports.

The Committee held their monthly meeting last night and discussed the Annual General Meeting. Under current government guidelines we cannot promote gatherings of more than 6 people and we need 26 to be quorate so a face to face meeting is not yet possible. Our constitution doesn't allow for remote on-line AGMs and as yet the government rules prohibit this too so we are in a holding pattern as to the date at the moment. We will schedule the AGM as soon as we can and as such are kicking off the process for election of flag officers and committee of management.

Three of our five directors will step down at the AGM after numerous years of service, we thank them for their significant contribution to bringing the club to its current level of success and now need replacements in order to both function day to day and to continue to grow.

If you feel you have the skills, the vision, the desire to put something back into the club, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team then we would love to hear from you by providing an expression of interest to by 30th June 2020.

In terms of commitment the committee meet monthly to review finances, administration, maintenance, marketing, on-the-water activities and plans for the future. Workload is distributed and progressed between meetings.

There will be a full handover and support for those who are prepared to take on a committee position.

The process is as follows:

Expressions of interest to be submitted to by 30th June 2020

Nominations for Flag Officers and Committee of Management 4 weeks prior to the AGM

Election of Flag Officers and Committee of Management at the AGM (voted for by current members present)

This is a great opportunity to gain experience running a small business, taking a role of both influence and responsibility, and putting back into the shared interest community that you enjoy.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards

Simon Hardiman

Rear Commodore

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More Photos from the Weekend

Here are some of the photos from last Saturday taken by Sean Ricketts. Full set are on the Facebook page. This weekend looks like great sailing weather again so why not come along and join those exercising on the water. 

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GJW ITCA GBR Tidal e-sailing Championships

With the absence of the International Topper Class national series events they have been running e-sailing series events instead. The latest of these was the Tidal championships that consisted of 5 races on Saturday evening to determine the top 60 competitors split into groups of 20 for the Gold, Silver, and Bronze fleet flights for the finals on Sunday night.  

Millie participated for ITCA and Bartley and as soon as she entered the first race it was apparent that this was going to be tough with the UK e-sailing champion and runner up in her race! She took it in her stride though and managed a couple of high placings (3rd and a 4th) that saw her through to 32nd place out of 114 competitors and qualification in the Silver fleet for Sunday.

Sunday's racing was tough but again Millie punched above her weight (which is actually quite light) to come 11th in the Sliver fleet and 31st overall. She was quite pleased to beat her RYA coach by 2 places too :) which could make the next squad meeting quite interesting!

At Bartley we have enjoyed the e-sailing whilst the real thing hasn't been available but now we are back on the water the participation has dropped to a couple of members so it feels like time to draw a close to our club scheduled VR Inshore races and let those who wish to continue playing join the available public races and championships. Thanks to all who have supported this, it has built new friendships, kept us connected as a club, and taught us a lot about tactics.

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Check out the Facebook site for some great photos from the weekend.

 Here is another great photo from Saturday. For those who are missing 'photo of the day' Jennifer is posting more pictures during the week so have a look at the Bartley Sailing Club Facebook site for our sailors in action.

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Lively Saturday

It was a great day of sailing today. The fleets were exercising hard, the juniors were literally screaming across the pond, and Nigel and Freya found the bailer in the Merlin!

Thanks to Collin and Sean for providing rescue cover today with some help from Cecily and Kerry who took a few pictures whilst on the water.

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Relaxing Tuesday Evenings and Facebook site postings

Despite the lack of wind the club had good turnout last night from both Sailors and SUP - pleasant and relaxing.... 

(and one capsize to windward - now who could that have been?)

For more photos and updates go to the Bartley SC Facebook page where Jennifer Foort is doing a great job posting all things club related - thanks Jennifer!

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VR Inshore - 3 races at 6.30 tonight, don't forget!

We have 3 fun races tonight on VR inshore. It would be great to get the participants nearer to 20 than the 10 mark so join if you can - The Bartley Beast is waiting.... 

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Covid-19 Bartley SC Operating Summary - Up to 4th July 2020

The above is a 'quick guide' . More detail is available on the blog and the 'duty' section.

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Derek Campbell

Some of you may be aware that Derek Campbell one of our ex-commodores and long standing Bartley SC member has been suffering from ill health for a while now. I received the following from Gloria Rickard today which she asked me to pass on so sailing club members know where they can visit him;

'I spoke to Christine Campbell on Monday and Derek was hopefully being transferred from the place in Tipton to St. Josephs Home in Harborne: 71 Queens Park B32 2LB. Tel.No. 0121 427 2486'

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A Picture a day - Last one!

With the lifting of some of the restrictions from lockdown hopefully you can all get out and about, see 6 other people, and take a trip to the club to sail or at least watch the sailing. This hopefully means that you are not reliant on an in-box full of photos to break the boredom so I will drop the posts to 1 or so per week to keep you updated on news and events with the odd photo thrown in for good measure.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos and a big thank you again to Debbie and others who supplied the photos for the last 10 weeks or so - there has been a lot of appreciation shown by isolated members

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VR Series 4 closes, recreational sailing is in full swing - so what next?

It has been 10 weeks since our first race of Virtual Sailing back in the last week of March and 4 series later Baker Boy is clearly the outstanding winner - big congratulations to him. The rest of us? Well we have been getting better and the competition has been getting harder, the game has broken down some age barriers and helped many club members get to know each other through the competition as well as providing a lifeline through isolation. Thanks to all who have participated - it has been great fun. 

Now as the shoots of spring blossom into summer the shoots of Virtual Sailing are now blossoming into real sailing as the club is once again open for exercise. During this transitional period I will continue to run 3 races in VR Inshore on Wednesday and Sunday evenings just for fun and monitor participation over the next 2 weeks. If numbers are holding up then I will keep it going, if they drop off any further then I will draw it to a close and let those who enjoy the game continue with the public races on offer.

To keep you updated on the easing of lockdown restrictions I will be participating in a 'return to racing' webinar and a 'return to training' webinar both run by the RYA Midlands team in the next 2 weeks which will hopefully provide useful discussion and estimated time-frames for the next steps for the club. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

It has been great to see so many people out on the water (over 30 boats on Saturday) enjoying the champagne sailing conditions, we hope you continue to enjoy the weather and all Bartley can offer at the present time. Unfortunately we did have a member slip and cut their knee on  Saturday as the algae has been growing whilst we have been isolating. A stiff broom cleared a lot of it (thanks Nigel and Freya) but please take extra care when launching as it is slippy.

See you on the water soon.


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A Photo a Day

Caroline and Tony getting the RS400 ready. 

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A Photo a Day.

Sailing may be back on but we are looking forward to seeing Leanne and Lorraine at Tilly's Galley again - lets hope its not too long to wait... 

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A Photo a Day...

Another one from Wednesday and it looks like the weather will be as warm with a bit more wind on Saturday. If you are coming along don't forget your food, drink, sun cream, and any Covid cleaning essentials you rely on.

I will open the gates at 10.00 and close them at 4 pm on Saturday for those that have been asking. 

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A Photo a Day and first day back at the reservoir

25 boats enjoyed a leisurely sail in light and variable conditions yesterday afternoon. The system worked well with people keeping their distance and sailing sensibly. and no issues with car parking or use of the facilities. Thanks to Howard for the photo taken from his drone high above the sailors.

I will open up at 10.00 on Saturday. If you are coming for the  day don't forget your sandwiches and plenty of sunscreen / water.

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A Photo a Day.

Josh battles the elements 

Look forward to seeing a few members this afternoon for a leisure sail. Please respect the social distancing and conditions of attendance so we can keep the club open on the current basis!

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A Picture a day.

Michael gets that Solo onto the plane. 

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A Video a Day.

Its Bank Holiday Monday!!!! That means we all need a trip to the coast to breath in the salty air and feel the sea breeze - so here you go, the sounds and views from East Portlemouth opposite Salcombe in Devon - a place that the Merlins know well and the Juniors found quite challenging in full ebb tide. Luckily for us that meant a great view as they jostled for position 20 yards from shore.

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