Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Happy new year and I hope you are all recovered after the festive period and I am hoping to get out on the water more regularly in the next few weeks and hope to see as many of you out there as possible.
The Committee are messaging to inform you that the Annual AGM will take place on the 16th March at 10.00 before the end of season races and prize giving’s.
The AGM will present the accounts from the previous financial year (October 2017-October 2018) which have been prepared by our accountant. It will also include votes on committee members for the following year and will follow with a member’s Q and A session regarding club developments.
The 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints will take place on the 20th Jan.
There will be a briefing and off-the-water training session at 10.30 followed by up to twelve 10 to 15 minute races.
Let Jeremy Higson know if you want to borrow an Imperial Sailing mount for your GoPro or similar to record your sailing for the de-brief at the end of the session.
The session is aimed predominantly at Lasers (any rig) but other single handers with similar PY are welcome.
The focus is on start practice and the race to the windward mark - all abilities welcome.
To all the Wednesday people - Great news; you can now have food before you sail as Leanne will be open from 12.45 to serve you.
We have arranged at Bartley Sailing Club on Friday 25th January to hold a New years party for members and friends and continue the fun and frolics (off the water)
Have you seen "Play your Cards right" the plan is for a quiz and games session to win some amazing prizes.
A full sit down two course dinner and refreshments have been organsied (full menu and drinks details will follow).
There will be a raffle so bring along any of those unwanted bottles or christmas gifts (that dont fit etc) so we can add a smile on someones face that night.
For now put the date in your diaries as this event must not be missed.
An all inclusive £12 entry, so please confirm your booking to Tilly at the Galley or from Jennifer Foort, Marie Allen or me (John L) we shall record names to save hassle on the night plus allows us to know attending numbers etc.
The club will be transformed and dressed for the evening, with a music play list to smooth the way... special request can be arranged though!!!
We hope everyone will attend as last time year 70 came so lets get the message out there and make this a real night to remember
Happy new year
Happy New Year everyone!
This time of year brings reflection on the last year and plans for the new...
2018 brought some significant changes and challenges for the club whilst also highlighting the high level of sailing from our experienced racers and introduced numerous new members to the club who are just starting out.
In 2018 we:
Held the Silver Tiller Merlin event
The Supernova and Solo open meetings
The Laser end of Midland Traveller Series prize giving
The Midlands Junior Regatta
We introduced some new initiatives with Wednesday evening development sessions for those wishing to improve and Bartley Bear Sprint racing to improve our starting. We introduced the End of Series Regatta and prize giving with working parties that have cleared and tidied the boat park.
We travelled to the RYA Championships with our juniors, and bought the 2018 cohort of new junior sailors onboard through K2O on Saturday mornings.
Our laser fleet continued to grow through the Tuesday evening racing and a few travelled the circuits to put Bartley on the map further afield.
The Supernovas also grew in both numbers and competitiveness with the national and traveller champions both from Bartley.
The Solo fleet remained stable with a few finally retiring whilst new faces arrived.
The 400 fleet grew slightly with a couple more boats on the water during the summer months, and the handicap fleet remains strong for those sailing their prefered class with participation in the Aero and Streaker Nationals.
We continued to enjoy sailing against those from Barnt Green and more recently Earlswood as their water levels dropped.
On the club front we signed Rockley Watersports, changed from a managed club to a member led club, and introduced Tilly's Galley.
Our SUP team continued to grow and continue expanding through socials and cycling around the local area.
And so to 2019; we have a lot to look forward to...
The winter series is now underway so please come along and join us for a sail and jacket potato.
We have 2 more sessions of the Bartley Bear in January and February.
We have the Merlin Silver Tiller and the Supernova Open at the end of March / April, and will announce the dates of further opens in the New Year.
We will also be the final of the RYA Midlands Junior Traveller Series in September. This is a new initiative to get as many Juniors racing as possible without the pressure of squad selectors etc. This will be a great event for our K2O sailors to showcase their skills.
For all events keep a look out on the blog, the Bartley SC Facebook page, and the various Whatsapp groups that fleets have set up, and of course the calendar which informs all of race times.
So whether you SUP, sail, paddle, windsurf, powerboat or support, we wish you all the very best for a prosperous and Happy 2019.
It is with sadness that I write to inform you that Linda Cross passed away on the 19th December 2018.
Linda was a long standing member of Bartley Sailing Club and held the position of Laser Fleet Captain for many years during the 90’s, organizing the fleet series and open meetings.
Linda’s funeral will be held at Kinver Methodist church on the 11th January 2019 at 1:30 PM.
It is with great sadness that I have to inform our members of the passing of Stanley Bird (or Stan as most of us knew him) on 16th December.
Stan was the perfect gentleman, always smartly dressed, willing to help, friendly and cheerful. He was an honorary member of Bartley S.C. with 30 years service to the club.
Stan will be fondly remembered for keeping the Wednesday sailors stocked up with cake and tea and was a keen sailor during the earlier years.
Stan's funeral will be at Lodge Hill crematorium at 2.15 on Thursday 27th December followed, appropriately, by tea and cake at the sailing club.
Or more accurately flippin' freezing. But did that put the End of Series regatta off? Of course not. The working party braved the cold and tidied the area to the side of the boat garage, the upstairs office, the grass area by the OOD hut, and a litter pick throughout the boat park. Thanks to all who helped to keep our club looking clean and tidy.
Then a fleet of 8 took to the water in freezing rain, gusty force 5 winds, and a wind chill factor of -4. The course was simple but the tactics were not! John Ling took the Regatta win from Sam knight, but it was very close. Harrison Allen took the Junior prize sailing fantastically in the conditions to 4th overall. Steve Ward and Mike Acaster kept the GP upright to show that it is not just the Lasers that go out in the big winds, and Mark Rolfe demonstrated the 2 opposing states of an RS Aero; flying or upside-down!
The Autumn series prize giving then took place with mice pies, chocolates and mulled wine to thaw out the frozen sailors.
Steve Hawley won both the Handicap 1 and Pursuit series with Ian Clarke taking the Handicap 2 series. Great to see a couple of new names on the series tropies.
The Sunday series was won by Paul Fowell.
The Junior Series was won by Harrison Allen.
The overall and fleet series winners who attended received their trophies, wine, chocolates, and the all improtant Bartley 'winner' mug in a light hearted ceremony which all enjoyed.
Here are a few photos of the fun..
Thanks to Jennifer Foort for all the photos.
For those planning on sailing on Saturday and Sunday 22 / 23rd December please be advised that Tilly's Galley will be closed for their Christmas break so make sure you bring your own food.
The Galley will reopen the following week 29th / 30th Dec.
Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
For those who celebrate Christmas hopefully you are well on your way with the important preparations. At the sailing club the festive spirit is very evident too with the Christmas decorations up in the clubhouse.
For those hardy enough to sail during the Winter there will continue to be the usual weekend racing over the festive period, however a show of hands from the Wednesday crew showed few can support this series on Boxing day and 2nd January so these dates have been cancelled and will be shown as such in the calendar shortly. The Wednesday series will recommence on 9th January.
Steve Ward is soliciting interest for a New Years day race - if you are interested in participating either as a sailor or rescue crew then please let him know by phone or text 07973 951255 and we will then confirm whether there are sufficient members interested to run this.
Finally, it is the End of Series Regatta tomorrow - the weather looks bonkers so we will take a view as to what races can be run in the conditions and may finish early if the wind and rain are too severe. If you are a prize winner in the Autumn series and want to pop in during the day to collect it rather than hanging around until 4.30pm then I am happy to distribute in the morning and between races (if they happen). Bartley Mugs are awarded to 1st,2nd,3rd in the fleets, wine to top 3 placings in each series overall, and cups / trophies to series winners. Chocolates and mice pies will also be around to complement the Galley food.
Brief working party at 10.00 for those wishing to avoid Christmas shopping
Lunch at Tilly's Galley - you know you want to...
2 Pursuit race regatta 12.30 and 14.30 both to count
Novice trophy for the first novice / improver in the 14.30 race
Prize for first Junior helm in the 2 races (the one in the photo fancies her chances - can you beat her?)
Prize giving for Autumn series and regatta after racing (with mince pies) - I have lots of wine to distribute so if you have won a fleet or overall series prize please turn up to collect it otherwise I have to drink all the mulled wine, prosecco, red / white wine, and eat all the chocolates myself...(its a tough job but someone has to do it).
I am expecting Santa hats and tinsel on the boats - please don't disapoint me!
See you on Saturday.
Well done to Richard Baker for winning the Bartley Bear Sprints in some challenging conditions today. He showed the rest of us how to execute some fantastic starts to get to the windward mark consistently ahead of the fleet.
The first 4.7 was Harrison Allen again but Josh is gaining and the GoPro footage from the cameras on the Higson designed Imperial transom mounts gave us all some insights into those little tweaks that could see the gap closing next time around.
It was great to see a couple of travellers from Midland and Chelmarsh - please spread the word and bring your club mates along next time in January.
Thanks again to Jeremy for his coaching and organisation, we are all benefitting hugely from these sessions.
Thats right - only one more weekend to go and the Autumn series is over for another year which means that the End of Series Regatta is taking place on Saturday 15th December.
There will be a shortened working party from 10.00 to 11.30 followed by 2 Pursuit races at 12.30 and 14.30 that will constitute the regatta (both races to count).
After the final race has finished there will be mince pies and prize giving for the Autumn Series and the End of Series Regatta in the club house.
For those who attended the Wednesday evening improvers sessions during the summer (or any others who consider themselves as novices / improvers) there will be the 'novice shield' awarded to the winner of this group in the 14.30 race so you only need to race in the second race to qualify for this (although you may wish to do the 12.30 race to practice!).
There will also be a cup for the first Junior (Under 18) helm in the regatta participating in both races.
The series prizes will be awarded to top 3 in the Autumn series overall and the top 3 qualifiers per fleet - you have to be there to collect your prize though!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for some festive fun and sailing - Christmas decorations on your boats and santa hats encouraged but not essential... See you on the 15th.
Who will win the Bartley Bear sprint trophy this time around?
For those wanting to know more the Bartley Bear sprints are a fantastic way of improving your starting with the opportunity to get some coaching and pointers from our very own Jeremy Higson using imperial camera mounts (just bring your own go-pro or similar).
If you think this is just for the expert sailors think again - we had a wide range of abilities last time around and all found it a great learning experience. The difference could really be seen last Saturday as those who had attended the sprints all had vastly improved starts in the races.
The format is 10.30 briefing / coaching followed by 10 to 12 short (10 to 15 minute) races around 3 to 4 marks with the focus being the race to the windward mark.
The initiative is primarily for Lasers (all rigs) but other single handers are most welcome - we had one Aero last time and that worked out really well, and 3 Laser 4.7s.
So take some time out from the Christmas shopping and get to Bartley for some starting practice.
I have seen the weather forecast for this week, it looks a little breezy so if your boat is not tied down please do so.
If it is as windy as forecast there may be a number of people at the club who dont want to sail. If that is the case I have a couple of tasks that I could do with a hand with. We are trying to tidy up the club including some areas that are generally unseen. I would really appreciate it if anybody not sailing could give me a hand for about an hour and a half as many hands would make the task easier, this is generally throwing rubbish into the skip and is mainly inside.
I should be there around 2pm.
Thanks in anticipation.
If you have been at the club this weekend you will have noticed a different look to Tilly's Galley with fresh new table cloths,a nautical theme to the table decorations and fantastic food with a friendly service including some delicious home made cakes.
Some highlights from the lunch menu:
Jacket potato with a choice of fillings from cheese, beans, chicken curry, chilli, tuna mayo, coleslaw, cottage cheese for £3 with one filling or only £3.50 for 2 fillings - fantastic value!
Cheese, ham, or tuna mayo bap £2
Sausage roll only £1
or if you get there early why not go for the extra large 'all-in' full english at £6 or a standard size for £4 with a choice of breakfast baps if you are in for a quick bite before the first race
and then there is the cake, lovely cake, lovely lovely cake - be quick or it might all get eaten!
The speed of service is perfect so you can eat between races without waiting - so no need to bring any of your own food as it is all here at a great price in the club house.
Don't forget that it is the first of the Bartley Bear Sprints for the Laser class this Sunday (other classes can attend - please contact Jeremy Higson to register interest).
Briefing is at 10.30 and the forecast looks great. It is free entry to BSC members and only £5 for visitors so great value. A warming lunch will be available to buy from the Galley.
The aim of the day is to hold up to 12 short races to reward those who start well whilst offering alot of practice for those who want to get better in this critical part of the race.