We hope our members are all well. Whilst those who are front line workers will no doubt be incredibly busy, others will have a glimpse into the life of a hibernating tortoise sitting in the cold and dark week after week. But like the tortoise we will wake up in spring and look around, however, we will have more to look forward to than lettuce leaves as the bar has received a much needed make-over. Thanks to Dave Jones and Steve Ward for clearing the mess and un-needed items and to Leanne and the Tilly's team for the fresh new look. Looking forward to a time when we can be leaning against the counter, sipping a cold one, and talking about the day on the water - hang on in there, it won't be long...
Bartley Sailing Club Blog
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Well done to Millie for winning the prize for 1st Girl on the West Midlands Topper Series. The series was much reduced due to Covid in 2020 with only 2 of the 4 planned events taking place, however, all things considered, it was great to be able to get 2 events sailed with 30 boats at each.
Millie is pictured with her Rooster neck scarf, Topper bottle, and medal that she received in the post.
As crazily apocalyptic as 2020 was, it wouldn't be fair to say that there weren't any upsides to the somewhat repetitive stay at home directives. Although we couldn't sail - and that really was a blow for all of us - Bartley continued on, with weekly VR races getting rather competitive (thanks Megs and Mills!) for those who could actually wake up on time! When the club was finally able to open up again, the exercise routes - although not races - were great fun too. It was also the year in which I finally moved up from a topper, and started learning the ways of being a laser sailor and received lots and lots of helpful advice from the gang; the most infamous being, 'Don't be sorry just be better' from the one and only Harrison, and of course, 'That sounds like a you problem' from our very frank Josh. I have to admit, I tend to follow Megan's advice the most!
Just as it seemed that races were going to be replaced by exercise courses forever, towards the end of September my first Youth UKLA training weekend hit Bartley with a bang ( and lots and lots and lots of wind!), in which lots of us youth were tested on our gust responses. The main highlight of the weekend obviously being the competition for most capsizes, with the winner (Josh) owning up to at least 14, yet I'd be willing to bet my second place that there were more!
Then, as November came, yet another lockdown arrived, and a cold Saturday night brought The Great Bartley Sailing Quiz, with Quizmaster Megs a.k.a "The MEG", bringing us five tough rounds to battle through. The teams captained by Sean and Freya (Sinking Feeling and Attack of the Clones) came first and second respectively. Kezza and I managed to scrape fifth place, slightly hindered by confusing the general recall flag with the IKEA one!
Then, sooner than we knew it, we were back on the water just in time for another Laser training weekend which was significantly less windy, and eventually resulted in us hard working sailors receiving a long tow back to shore, although Josh and Harrison did return with slightly elongated arms - their own faults for not rigging a painter! Then, over the holiday, we benefited from some chilling morning sails, a favourite of mine including a capsize and a loss of a centreboard (sorry about that OOD Simon) on Boxing Day no less, not to mention a slightly traumatic snowball fight with Tom and Freya on New Years Eve Eve and the repercussions for Tom and I when Freya remembered she could throw pretty well.
And then suddenly it was the New Year, and 2021 has arrived - off to a brilliant start wouldn't you say?! In short, 2020 was a challenging year for everyone, and my thoughts are with those who have lost a lot, but I am very grateful for my friends, the things I have been lucky enough to learn, and Bartley, and its members, for being an incredibly lovely environment, even throughout the worst year that ever was.
The winter VR series is 2 races in and it is all to play for. Richard Baker is still the man to watch, but he is not having it all his own way. Sam Knight made a guest appearance today and, along with Sean Ricketts, the 400 boys took the top 2 spots in the 49ers (well they do have spinnakers so us single handers don't understand the downwind angles!).
Currently Richard Baker leads the J-70, Sam Knight the 49ers, and Simon Hardiman the Lasers.
We have been having some fun in the AC75s too - my form is similar to INEOS UK - enough said!
Next races start at 11.00 on Sunday - see you there!
Back in the 1990s there was a strong Mirror fleet at Bartley with their own series on Friday evenings. John Millward was fleet captain with a regular turnout of over 10 boats or more. The fleet has dwindled as plastic boats have become more popular and 'build a boat' from kit form in your garage is, perhaps, too time consuming for many. The photo shows my father in the Mirror I learnt to sail in rounding mark 8. It is interesting to see the blocks of flats in the background that were demolished and replaced with 'low rise' new housing that benefitted the club with a more scenic outlook and less of a wind shadow at buoy 7.
We are planning on running a WOW (Women on the Water) Coaching Day at our club in April 2021 for all our female members. This coaching day will have something for all abilities, complete beginner through to experienced racer. Come along and have fun on the water, meet other female members, refresh your sailing or racing skills and build your confidence.
Patricia Ordsmith, RYA Coach, has offered her time to come and run the day.
Patricia would like to meet up with you all over an online call to discuss what you would like out of the day so she can plan the day and identify additional resources required to help deliver a day to meet your needs. Patricia has also arranged for a special guest, who is an experienced female Laser sailor and Racing Coach, to join the call.
Bartley SC WOW Kick-off meeting
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT)
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Following developments in government advice, the stance on boating recommended by the RYA, and the movement of the West Midlands to Tier 4, the committee have updated the conditions of opening of Bartley SC for recreational watersports on the following basis:
Aim: To enable those who wish to participate in exercise to do so through recreational watersports at a safe social distance within the government and RYA guidelines.
Summary: Recreational sailing will commence, there will be no racing provision or schedule. Those wishing to participate in sailing will also be expected to take a turn on rescue cover. Government guidelines on social distancing are expected to be adhered to at all times. The club member accepts the risks and accepts their responsibility to follow hygiene protocols and distancing rules for the safety of themselves, other water users, and the rights of the club and its directors.
Conditions of participation:
a.Any Bartley SC member who launches a craft must be confident in their ability to handle the prevailing conditions. This means (but is not limited to) that they should not expect to require any form of external rescue during their exercise time
a.The club gates will be open giving access to the car park.
b.The clubhouse will open for use of toilets and Galley takeaway service only.
c.There is no access to showers or changing facilities. Water users are expected to arrive / depart changed or to change in the carpark. The toilet facility is not to be used as a changing room.
d.It is the member's responsibility to ensure adequate hand washing / hygiene after they have touched surfaces that others may have come into contact with
e.Those attending must ensure that the club is secure during and after use. If there is any issue setting the alarm or locking up please use the 'BSC Sailing Info' WhatsApp group to request assistance.
a.There will be 1 rescue craft on the water (Orange Jaffa preferred) and one on standby for launch at all times that recreational sailing is taking place.
b.The orange Jaffas have been marked out for social distancing. When 2 people from a different household are in the rescue boat they must observe the social distancing and sit at opposite ends of the craft (if they are from the same household this doesn't apply)
c.Rescue crews are expected to remain ashore at social distance until such a time that they are needed.
d.The requirement for any craft to assist another that is in difficulty is emphasised i.e. a sailing boat can assist another that is in trouble
e.In a situation where the boat in difficulty is in such a position where there is threat to life (entrapment, heart attack etc.) then the rescue crew shall remove the person in difficulty from the water as priority and ensure suitable first aid / emergency services are called.
f.By attending the club for sailing on one or more occasions a member accepts that they will conduct rescue duty on the above basis. Those who do not attend are not expected to carry out a duty or come to the club.
g.Rescue duty will be organised by the participants using 'BSC Sailing Info' WhatsApp group and will not be administered by dutyman. Only those who wish to participate need conduct a rescue duty.
h.An OOD will be nominated by the participants for each sailing session. Their decision is final on all matters.
i.The rescue crew shall consist of an OOD and 1 other for the duration of the session. The OOD must remain consistent throughout the session. The 1 other may be rotated throughout the session.
a.The SUP club will follow their specific guidelines for access to, and safety on the water
b.All attendees are required to sign on at the OOD hut so their info can be stored for 21 days for track and trace.
c.There will be no race programme. Sessions are for exercise and wellbeing.
d.Members who wish to participate in recreational sailing will need access to the 'BSC Sailing Info' Whatsapp group, or buddy with someone who does who can relay communication. The Whatsapp group shall be used to confirm the OOD and rescue member prior to the session starting. The OOD shall determine whether to finish a session early or start late if Whatsapp communication indicates participant numbers are low or there is low uptake on the day.
e.Those wishing to participate need to send their name and mobile number to so they can be added to the Whatsapp group and the club can keep track of who is active should it be required for track and trace.
f.The OOD may chose to limit the number of people on the water during sessions in line with the prevailing conditions. Their decision is final.
g.The club will be open and sailing may take place between the following hours;
i.Wednesdays – 13.30pm to 16.30pm
ii.Saturdays – 10am to 3pm
iii.Sundays – 10am to 3pm
h.Organised activity for under 18s may still continue in line with government and RYA guidelines.
a.If you have symptoms or belong to a high-risk group, please stay at home
b.If you have had the virus, please stay away from the club for at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone
c.If you contract the virus and have sailed at the club in the week prior, please let the club directors know as a matter of urgency.
The situation will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as guidance changes. Club members accept and are bound by the conditions above by entering the club premises. Any club member not adhering to the conditions shall be reported to the committee as a matter of urgency.
We hope that all of our members enjoy their watersports at Bartley SC.
It Was a great Boxing Day race with a strong youth fleet on the water. The weather was a lovely force 3 to 5 keeping all the sailors on their toes (and a few dipping them in the water). The Christmas meal was certainly exercised off with a beat the length of the lake followed by some downwind blasting. At the finish gun it was Tom Williams from Megan Hardiman and Harrison Allen in laser / Radials. Nice to see 17 boats, 2 windsurfs and a number of SUP members enjoying the conditions. Thanks to Dan Earthquake for helping with rescue. Full results on the results page.