Take a look at the link below for the Hudsons having a go at the N12 Burton Week in Brixham. Some great photos of 3406 nailing that start line!
Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Bartley RS400 Open 9th September - report by Sam Knight
Four visitors journeyed to Bartley sailing club in south Birmingham, joining another four home boats for the 6th round of the rooster southern tour. The fleet was greeted with a rip-roaring 20+ knot breeze blowing straight down the lake, promising an epic day of racing. RO Andy Bownes was tasked with a tight five race schedule and promptly had the fleet away for the first race of the day just after 11:30.
With gusts and shifts seemingly firing at random down the length of the lake it was the local boats taking up the early running, with Sam and John Knight taking the early lead, closely pursued by visitors Sean Cleary and Annalise Nixon. Demonstrating a disappointing lack of post-holiday rustiness (Having landed less than 24 hours earlier) Sean and Annalise stayed within striking distance, finally taking the lead on the final beat and taking the first bullet of the day. Behind the first two an almighty battle of the siblings saw Adam Whitehoue & Chris Bownes get first race bragging points over Adam’s sister Caroline Downing and Tony Cliff.
With a building breeze it was Nick Eaves and Joe Ironside taking a flyer in race 2, splitting from the fleet soon after the start and reaching the windward mark in the lead. They were soon pegged back by Sam & John and Adam & Chris, who were able to find the best of the breeze downwind. With the wind now peaking in the high 20’s, a few of the more experienced crews were introduced to the notoriously chilly Bartley water, especially sobering for Sean and Annalise after their week diving into lukewarm seas off yachts in the Mediterranean. At the finish the Knights were able to maintain their lead, followed by Adam & Chris and Nick & Joe.
A brief lunch break allowed the crews to speculate on the surprising steadiness of the breeze (for Bartley) and discuss the merits of wearing drysuits, even in the early autumn, before heading out for the afternoon races. There hadn’t been much change in the conditions over the break and the Knights were able to continue their form from the morning races, leading round every mark to take their second bullet of the day. Caroline and Tony were similarly untroubled as they took an easy second, with the real race taking place behind them for third. Adam & Chris were solid for the first two laps, but eventually fell to fourth behind Sean and Annalise, with Stuart Halman and Anna Walsh in close attendance.
The fourth race saw a few of the fleet a little too eager to get going. Three boats returned to have another go at the start, with series leaders Sam & John leaving themselves a bit to do if they wanted a picket fence final score. A lap late, they gave themselves an even bigger challenge by stopping mid- gybe to wash some of the Weymouth salt off their sails, kindly joined by Nick & Joe (“we were following you!”). This was all immaterial as Caroline and Tony sailed off to take the race by the biggest margin of the day, another good result could see them challenge for the overall lead if they could force another bad race from Sam & John. A tight tussle for second saw Adam and Chris just pipping Howard Eeles and Sean Ricketts to the finish
It was a very close first leg from the last start, with the whole fleet within a few boat lengths of each other at the windward mark. Howard and Sean continued to show they had plenty of speed, leading the fleet through the first few laps until they found a bad shift just on their approach to the windward mark. This allowed Sam and John to take the lead, which they never relinquished giving them the overall win. Behind them, Sean & Annalise and Caroline & Tony were inseparable through the last lap with the former just taking second place on the final gybe into the finish.
Back on shore Sam thanked Andy Bownes and his crew for his excellent race management throughout the day, and thanked the visitors for travelling to support the event. Bartley look forward to hosting the 400’s again next year and we look forward to the final Southern tour event at Oxford in October; It looks like an event not to be missed – 12 single lap races planned!
Sam & John 5 pts
Caroline & Tony 10 pts
Sean & Annalise 13 pts
Adam & Chris 14 pts
Stuart & Anna 17 pts
Howard & Sean 18 pts
Nick & Joe 21 pts
John & Mark 32 pts
The Finn Inland Championships took place at the weekend at Oxford S.C. with Jeremy Shinton representing the club in his first outing to a Finn event. The wind was howling with 3 races per day to challenge the sailors ability and stamina. Jeremy managed to get to the windward mark in the top group in most of the races showing he has competitive upwind speed only to find that the downwind pumping technique allowed in the class required some work and he lost time to the competition on this part of the course.
Overall the event was a great entry into the Finn class racing with Jeremy posting a creditable 16th out of 32 in a competitive fleet.
The only thing that stands between Jeremy and Giles Scott now is a good downwind pumping technique, now who at the club could teach him that....? ;)
Bartley Lasers continued their Midland traveller circuit success with a 1st (John) and 2nd (Simon) place at Trimpley SC at the weekend to follow on from a win at Trent Valley the week before. John Ling now leads the series with only Shustoke, Draycote, Staunton Harold, and the series finale at Bartley left to go. It would be great to see our full laser fleet out on the water for our Open on 14th October so if you own or have access to a laser make sure you put the date in your diary.
(Photo @ Trent Valley SC Courtesy of Jennifer Foort)
26 people sailed in the bottle race on our last Tuesday eveing of the series and of the year with 41 at the prize giving and curry.
Prizes of wine, beer, tape measures, shower gel, fanta, Haribos, and much more were distributed to the worthy winners:
Dave brand over 60 prize
Ian capener the solo scratch
Roger Hopper solo personal handicap
Tom Williams laser personal handicap
Laser scratch John ling
Full results will be posted on the results section of the website shortly.
Thanks to all attendees for making this one of the best years ever. Thanks to John and David for the orgainisation and prizes. Thanks to Dee and the Galley team for feeding us so well and keeping the drink flowing.
Great to see the club house full of happy sailors!
Bartley S.C. looks forward to welcoming all of our members to the Summer ‘End of Series Regatta’ and Summer Series Prize Giving
Schedule for the day:
9.30 K20 Junior Club ‘Mini Regatta’
10.00 Working Party – Top end of Boat Park
12.00 Mini Regatta Prize giving & RYA Certificate presentation for all K2O members. Parents - don't forget your cameras!
13.00 End of Series Regatta (both races to count)
- Pursuit Race 1 @ 13.00
- Pursuit Race 2 @ 15.00
- Novice / Improvers challenge Shield TBC
17.00 (ish) Curry, Raffle and Prize Giving, followed by EGM.
*** The raffle will be for a BRAND NEW Gill bouyancy aid and Gill Gillet *** (All proceeds to the club)
Hope to see you on the day!
Calling all RS400 sailors.... it's time to put your club rash vest on, as Bartley SC is the next stop on the Southern Tour.
Our event will be on Sunday 9th September, with registration opening at 9.30am.
Do come along and support your club, and hopefully pit your wits against other sailors from the Southern circuit....who knows, a little local knowledge might help propel you up the fleet!
Please be aware that a lorry will be on site at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning to remove the old pontoon sections from the top of the boat park. I have cleared an access area so that the sections can be lifted by crane from their current location so please leave this area clear for the next couple of days. When the sections have been removed I will return boats / hulls etc... to their previous locations.
If you are ariving on site on Saturday morning please be patient while the removal activity takes place.
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.