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A Picture a Day...

It is interesting how sailing fleets change over the years from Mirrors, Larks, GP14s through to the need for speed with RS400s, Moths, RS600s, and anything with a trapeze and Spinnaker. Now days  single handers continue to grow in popularity as it is harder to coordinate helm / crew commitments. As a result Bartley has grown very healthy Supernova and Laser fleets. 

So today here is a shout out to all the Supernovas with a picture of the Master of the class Mike Gibson. For those unfamiliar with the class it is similar in handicap to a Laser but with a more comfortable hiking position and more sail controls. The sail is fully battened which makes it more powerful and also more tactical downwind as 'velocity made good' (VMG) becomes more of a factor than it is in the laser. Recent hull colours have given the newer boats a very striking appearance. If you are looking to join a growing class at Bartley then the Supernova is definitely worth a look. 

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A Picture a day - but not a good one today :(

 Whilst we all do what is necessary during these strange times there are those who think it is acceptable to just drop their rubbish wherever they feel like so long as it is away from their property. Thank you for those members who brought this situation to our attention. Luckily Newman University have a camera that points to the area and have identified the culprit as an individual in a people carrier - the rest is up to the police to trace them and take the required action. In the mean time the council have been informed and will hopefully remove the rubbish, unfortunately at the tax payers expense. There are some great stories of people helping each other selflessly in the current crisis, it is just unfortunate that there are also a minority who act in a completely selfish manner wasting time and resources that could be better focused elsewhere. 

In other updates - thanks to all members who continue to support the club, and remember that if you are struggling with your membership due to circumstances out of your control then please get in touch rather than just cancelling and we will try to work together to keep you sailing and the club still operating.

The club Directors continue to explore government and Sport England avenues for cost saving opportunities - a big thank you to Tony for filling in and submitting the paperwork as it is a time consuming task.

Thanks also to Dave, Dan, and Steve who have been making sure that all moving parts of the club are kept serviced and operating so we can hit the water seamlessly when restrictions are finally lifted.

Hoping you are all safe and managing in the current climate, and remember that you can sail virtually every weekday evening and twice on Saturday and Sunday.

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A Picture a Day...

Ruth at the helm of the Javelin 

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A Picture a Day...

How many people has Ann taught and helped to start their sailing journey? It must be in the hundreds. Thanks Ann!

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Photo thanks to Debbie

A picture of Supernova 497 being happily sailed by me was the "First Photo of the Day". I felt I wished to send copies to my (grown up) children and asked Debbie for permission to do so. She has kindly not only sent me 4 copies of the photo, but also an enhanced jpg. as well with no charge.. Many thanks, Debbie!
These "photos of the day" have been so uplifting to keep us focussed on returning to sailing rather than giving up when all this is over. Many thanks also to Simon for having the idea and processing the daily dose.
Stay safe! Alan Birch
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A Picture a Day...

Bosun Dan and Kerry battle it out... 

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A Picture a Day...

When Neil won everything in his phantom... 

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A Picture a Day - points for style?

Tom Daley or Mike Gibson - they have so much in common, from physique to swimming attire (allegedly) but when it comes to the Pontoon diving section it has to be Mike for style (certainly looks like he will make less splash than the K2O crew).

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VR Inshore series 2 results so far...

Nearly half way through the series and this is where the top sailors are positioned. 

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A Picture a Day...

Commodores past and present (uniform optional!) 

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A Picture a Day...

Most of the photos I have been using have been taken by Debbie Degge, so here is the photographer in action herself. Thanks for supplying the photos - feedback from members has been very positive.

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A Picture a Day...

Ian gets the Finn moving. 

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We need to know who you are...

VR Inshore is going well and I have managed to decipher most of the alias' from sail numbers or obvious names but I can't work out who the following are so please let me know by posting a comment and I can add you to the results.

A of the Cloanes

Madcap

Knot Gooin Out

BETONI

Peaky B  

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A Picture a Day...

Here come the girls... Jennifer and Megan on tour on the river Trent last year.  

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The Olympics may have been postponed for a year but in 2012 K2O were carrying the Olympic Torch. 

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Andrea and Alan on a cold day in the Taser 

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A few years back now - can you identify helm and crew? 

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VR Inshore - the results are in for series 1

Congratulations Richard Baker - a clean sweep!

Below are the top 12 for each class, full results to be loaded on the results page shortly.

Next series starts Monday at 18.30 - hope to see you there.

Enter your text here ...

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A Picture a Day... Thanks for All You Do...

First of all 'Happy Easter', we hope you and your families are all well and have a peaceful day.

Today's picture is Dave Jones our power boat instructor who has been running courses for our Bartley members for more years than I can remember. There is a reason the courses can be offered for only £30 and that is because Dave gives up his weekends to train just for the love of it. 

But it is not just Dave, it is Dan the Bosun who keeps 6 rescue boats serviced and running, it is the Committee members who organise the building upgrades, the electric certificates, the insurance, the intruder alarm, the accounts, the website and marketing, the contracts with Newman Uni, Birmingham Uni, Local Schools, the Sea Scouts, and Andrew SImpson Foundation. It is the army of helpers who do the things we take for granted at the club - Mark for the results every week, Alan for the dutyman schedule, Nick for boat park and membership processing, Steve for buildings maintenance, John for grounds maintenance, sailing committee for making sure all the race management resources are available, Greg for running the Bar and Leanne and Lorraine for putting the soul into the club with Tilly's Galley. 

Then there are the future sailors - the K2O instructors and helpers who have to maintain their certificates and first aid qualifications as well as all the paperwork that goes with running an RYA training centre, and then give every Saturday morning throughout the Summer free of charge to get youngsters on the water. And then there are the members who help during working parties and continue to support the club by carrying out rescue duties.

We are not a service provider, we are a community with a shared interest - so a big "thank you for all you do to support our club!

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A Picture a Day - We're Sinking 2

This photo was taken during the recent storm Jorge and has a 'voyage to the bottom of the reservoir' feel to it... 

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