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Full Programme for Bartley Juniors

Firstly - congratulations to Harrison for winning the 1st Laser at the Upton Warren Regatta last weekend and to Josh following on in 3rd. Great results for the club.

Bartley has invested alot of time and effort into progressing Juniors from excited starters in their Optimists, through RYA levels 1 to 4 and onto the racing circuit or instructing. K2O continues to be THE fun club for junior sailors in the West Midlands with over 40 participants in the Saturday morning programme. 

However, not all juniors are aware of what is available to them once they have learned to sail, so here is a round up of the type of activity you could get involved in:

RS Tera - search up the class website for the UK RS Tera association and you will find a midlands based circuit of weekends of racing split into the Pro (larger rig), sport (white and orange sail used on our club boats), and a coached regatta fleet (for those who can sail a triangle). If you want to borrow a club Tera for one of these events just ask permission at K2O - they are easy to put on a roof rack so no towing required.

RYA Regional Championships - 28 / 29 September. Two days of championship and squad selector racing for the experienced, coaching for the regatta fleet (RYA level 2 to 4), or fun and games for the OnBoard participants (RYA level 0 to 2). Details on the RYA Website. Midlands event is at Draycote Water this year. Bartley usually attend with 3 or 4 K2O sailors.

National Schools Sailing Association Nationals at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Accademy - this takes place next week and Bartley will be represented by Harrison and Josh in their Laser 4.7s. A great week of camping, sailing and fun for schools sailors. Probably too late to enter this year, but a good event to cut your teeth on next year. Ben Julian who runs the SUP club is your contact for this event.

RYA Midlands Youth Series - a 6 location series for Juniors in the midlands with the final event at Bartley on 15th September. 5 Short races per day with plenty of prizes for juniors aged between 8 and 17 with RYA level 2 or above. Next event is at Staunton Harold SC (near Burton Upon Trent) this Saturday. Megan and Millie will be representing Bartley so if you have a boat and the day free why not join them. Details on Staunton Harold SC website.

Holiday regattas - going to the beach on holiday or to the Lake district? Check the local clubs for open meetings or regatta weeks. Usually a familly friendly race programme with some fun activities thrown in. We have had many years of fun participating in the Dartmouth Regatta where we got to meet the Olympic sailing team, and Junior Camel Week in Padstow with its 'Swallows and Amazons' beach competition, quiz evening, and BBQ night - have a look around as these are alot of fun for the junior and youth sailors.

Class training - if you have a boat then look at the class association website for training events. Topper and Laser are both good at this. Megan was at Weymouth last weekend where she received coaching in a ratio of 1 to 7 with the UK Laser Class 4.7 national coach. They spent 2 days with 5 hours on the water per day just practicing how to start and sail the first 4 minutes of the race fast - a great way to meet other young sailors and practice those key sailing skills.

Holiday camps - looking for a place to leave your energetic young sailor whilst you are at work and they are on holiday? Why not give the grandparents a rest and sign them onto an activity at Rockley based at Bartley. Benn will be happy to hear from you and let you know what is available from sailing through to windsurfing.  

Warm, sunny sailing holidays - There are a number of great sailing holidays for the family or individuals, Neilson, Wildwind, Club Vass are all well known providers with sun, sea, and sailing for all. 

Finally - you haven't got a boat so you can't participate anyway? Well why not sign up for one of the reconditioned Toppers. The third boat is now revitalised and ready to be handed to its new owner this Saturday, so if you want one let me know on  and I will scrub one up for you for the price of the boat space you will keep it in. When you have finished with it just hand it back and the next lucky junior can take it on. These are fine for regatta fleet racing but once you get the bug you will want one in full racing livery and that will be up to the bank of Mum and Dad...

If you want more info on any of the above or advice on what boat to buy your young sailor, how to transport boats, what sailing gear to buy etc.. just let me know on  and I will try to help you out.

Whatever you are doing and wherever you are sailing this summer have a great time.

Club Topper #3 ready to go...

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Dave Whatton

I am saddened to inform you that last weekend we were informed that Dave Whatton has recently passed away.

I am aware that Dave was a long standing member of the club and sailed a few different types of boat and was known to many members.

I have no details of arrangements at the moment but I will let you know when these are available.

Our condolences go to Daves family at this time.

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Bartley On Tour

Just to keep you up to speed on events past and present...

Firstly - just to add to the Supernova Nationals success, Bartley won the Club prize for the event. Well done team!

Last weekend was the Laser Masters Nationals at Torbay Yacht club with 3 days of lightwind sailing for the over 35s. Ollie Ridgeway went along and achieved a great 24th position in the 50 strong fleet - a fantastic result for his first trip to the event.

This week it is the Salcombe Merlin week. If you are tired of watching Wimbledon why not cheer on the Bartley boats as the Merlin Class association and Salcombe Yacht Club live stream the races (or you can catch up on day one of the races too)

For the travelling Bartley Juniors the next RYA Midland Junior sereis event is at Staunton Harold on 20th July. I will be taking Megan and Millie and it would be great if other juniors could travel too - 5 races of about 30 mins each. Bartley are on track for the team prize so lets keep the momentum.

Finally - well done to George Fereday who sails at Bartley on a Tuesday evening for winning the Notts County Laser Open with 3 firsts and a 3rd - a text book display. (I managed the Old man's prize by clinging on to his coat tails)

Hope you are all enjoying your water sports - with the holiday season approaching keep me updated on any achievements at the club or further afield and I will post them. Remember K2O continues through the holidays for the junior section, Tuesday racing and Wednesday improvers sessions are great therapy during the week, and Sunday is a lovely day for messing about on the water - enjoy!

 

 

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Gents Shower / Toilet Refurbishment Starting 22nd July

A consistent piece of feedback from our recent membership survey was the state of the Gents facilities and the need for an update of the rather tired toilet / shower area.

The good news is that we have now reached a position where we have sufficient funds in place to commence work on this project!

Phase 1 will start on 22nd July and will be to strip out the toilet area and replace with new, and refurb the showers with cubicles. During this time there will be some disruption so please bear with us and comply with any requests to use different entrances to the changing room area / be patient if there is any disruption to the water supply from time to time.

Thank you for your support whilst this important piece of work is carried out.

 

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And the results are in... How did our Supernova sailors fair?

Well... they were greeted by this shore break which mean't the first day of racing became a tournament at the crazy glof course in the sunshine instead.

Saturday and Sunday were a whole different ball game though with a full programme of racing to keep the 100+ fleet busy. Hopefully you had a peep on the website to see the GPS boat tracking - the Laser fleet did so we could give our honorary Supernova Sailor Jeremy Higson a bit of support in these strange boats with things called shrouds and mast rake controls.

So how did the Bartley fleet get on? The answer is FANTASTICALLY showing just what a strong fleet we have at the club.

Sam Knight came in 4th followed by Chris Bownes in his first Nationals in the Supernova in 7th (and I think he won the last race). Reliable Mike Gibson showed he wasn't letting up in 11th followed by Steve Hawley in 16th. Jeremy Higson felt the support from his on-line Laser backing team to get 18th just ahead of Garry Butterfield and Chris Hawley in 19th and 20th, with Phil Taylor in 33rd. 

I am sure they will all have tales to tell when they get back to the club house. I have booked the open top bus for a lap of the carpark :) Well done all!

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Sunday Sailing - lets get more participation!

It was a great day to sail today with a real mixture craft on the water - fantastic to see so many windsurfers as well as the Sunday racers and a few canoes too. If you are one of our members who is not yet confident enough to join the Saturday racing or just want a quieter day with fewer craft on the water then please come down on a Sunday and make sure that the water is used!

 

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N.B N.B. O.O.D's O.O.D's

As a consequence of a nasty accident to one of the race management team last Wednesday afternoon the method of fixing the Starting Box Window Protection Boards has been changed. 

To remove: withdraw bolts, saving in a safe place thenslide the boards to the nearest corner of the starting box, where they can be withdrawn and lowered to the ground. Take care as they are heavy and may be buffetted by the wind. 

To replace: Taking care as you lift the boards, slide the appropriate board, in the correct order, from its nearest corner to the correct position and then replace the bolts.

Hopefully this will prevent the tendency of the boards to fall as the bolts are positioned and tightened.

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Bosun Battles on...

As many of us know Dan Earthquake has been in training for the Battle of Arms (as he has beaten every single one of us who tried to beat him!). Have a good look at the poster and see if you can see him. Dans performance wasn't too shabby at all taking out a couple of opponents before being ultimately beaten by the medalists for each arm. I guess that means we will need to help him train ready for next year now!. And what has Dan done to celebrate - what Dan often does during the summer - he gets up at 2.30 in the morning and drives a support boat for English channel swimmers. What a guy - makes me tired just thinking about it!

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First Aid Course 14th July with Rockley

Just a quick note to let members know that Rockley will be running an RYA accredited first aid course on 14th July at the club. A few of our Dinghy Instrucors have already booked on as this requires a refresh every 3 years so if you are nearing your due date this could be your chance. Further info from Benn at Rockley ()

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Sundays - come on down and enjoy the water!

A crusing member recently dropped me an e-mail having recently discovered Sundays as a great day for cruising and pottering about without the extensive racing programme and training that takes place on Saturdays. 

So by means of a reminder - if you want to come down to the club to cruise, take the family out in a boat, practice your skills, or take part in one of the 2 fun races then come along on Sunday - almost all of the water is away from the 4 or 5 racing boats so no danger of getting in the way and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

For those that use the club boats or K2O juniors who wish to improve their Pico or RS Tera skills and have their own clothing this is a great day to take one out for a practice. (just put the gear back as you found it in the garage after use and let the club know if any damage occured or you found an issue with the boat that needs looking at - )

Tillys is open as usual and we would encourage you to buy your lunch from the Galley team so we can keep business viable on a Sunday.

The forecast this Sunday is warm sunshine and a steady force 2 to 3 - so why wouldn't you want to come down and enjoy the water?

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Where have all the Supernovas gone?

Well - you can find out as they travel to the Nationals this weekend and all get fitted out with a GPS tracker which will post their positions real time as they race around the course. So if you wish to know which Hawley is getting the upperhand or whether Gary or Mike are leading the Masters then get on line, search for the Supernova class association Facebook site or webpage and get linked up. 

If this all sounds a bit techie then come to the club and get a great result - with all the Supernovas at the nationals it is a great opportunity to move up the Club series leaderboard!

And if you want to know the odds for our sailors - taken straight from the Supernova website:

Gold fleet:

Team Bartley 
Chris Hawley:
Odds of winning - Hell freezing over 
2018 result (out of 114) - 15th
The best thing about the Chairman's sailing is his boat - certainly one of the best looking boats that has been made. The fluorescent orange and black machine is sure to be spotted on the race course. Chris is never going to win the event and if it is more than a force 3 - 4 is likely to be propping up the gold fleet table.

Steve Hawley:
Odds of winning - "Worth a quid"
2018 result (out of 114) - 20th
Will 8 spin classes a week win you the nationals? No. But it might win you a race or two. Even more determined than ever and king of the ridiculous commitment to an outside "bang the corners" approach. On form following a strong performance at Carsington last weekend.

Garry Butterfield:
Odds of winning - Needle in a haystack?
2018 result (out of 114) - 18th
The Bartley fleet captain and the 2018 Noble Marine travellers champion. Currently in the top 2 in the travellers and winner of one open this year. Keeps himself out of trouble on the racecourse, despite sailing an "Aquafresh" coloured boat.

Mike Gibson:
Odds of winning - I wouldn't bet against him
2018 result (out of 114) - 12th
Previous national champion and multiple inland champion. Known as Mr Consistent and always in the mix, less so on the sea though. If Mike gets his head in gear has the potential to leave the fleet standing. Best performance usually in the mid-airs when the sea is flat.

Sam Knight:
Odds of winning - Roll of a dice?
2018 result (out of 114) - 1st
Sam rocked up last year, won, then left again. A talented sailor and winner of several prestigious events (Steve Nic etc). Sam has once again borrowed one of the newest boats in the fleet and will be looking to defend his crown. Sam weighs less than a gnat, will he be on form if the wind gods get fruity.

Chris Bownes:
Odds of winning - Untested!
2018 result (out of 114) - DNA
Chris is brand new to the fleet, but has been performing well this year at club and open level. You can liken him to the Big Friendly Giant, and wears a signature rash vest over 3 or 4 buoyancy aids to make himself look tough. Will absolutely be at the sharp end of the results if it blows - the only discretionary boat in the Gold fleet.

Silver fleet:

  • Jeremy Higson - Untested in a supernova other than last year's nationals. A quality sailor and he certainly knows which way to point a laser - definitely one to watch, this year in a Mark2e

Good luck to all our sailors - Bartley S.C. expects great things!

Stop Press - News just in - Well done to Garry Butterfield, David Stephen, and Stuart Stephen for representing Bartley at the Attenborough SC Supernova Open last week. Garry posted 5th overall and 2nd Master - keep up the good work!

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Laser win at Nottingham S.C.

John and Ollie travelled to the challenge that is Nottingham S.C. Laser Open on Sunday. The challenge being that the racing is set on the river Trent so once you have got used to short tacking accross the river you get the added challenge of barges lterally barging through the race course! The club itself is delightful and in a lovely setting.

John provided his usual master class and kept the trophy from last year. Ollie got 'radialled' i.e. the handicap system got the better of him but he managed a strong 4th overall.

Draycote next week if any of the laser fleet want to go then onto Notts County the week after and Carsington after that.

Photos courtesy of Phil Base

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RYA Inspection - All Good to Go!

Great news - Bartley maintains its status as an RYA training facility after a thorough and successful audit on Saturday. A big thank you to Kerry Webb and Adrian Brocking and the K2O instructor team for getting everything in order for, and on the day.

For those who don't know K2O is our junior club running on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30. It trains children from the age of 8 to 18 and takes them through RYA levels 1 to 4 and more recently some of the older members are moving to assistant instructor level.

K2O is run entirely by volunteers who give their time freely to encourage youngsters into our great sport. We are always on the look out for help and new instructors so if you have a Dinghy instructor qualification or just wish to help out then let the team know on  

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End of Series Regatta - Thanks to all who Supported!

Thanks to all who supported the End of Series Regatta on Saturday. We managed to get most of the grounds tidy at the working party but unfortunately were a bit short on numbers to get the Toppers cleaned up so will have to do this another time.

The Regatta had a great attendance of 26 boats and was won by John Ling (Laser), 2nd was Simon Hardiman (Laser), and 3rd was Steve Hawley (Supernova). 4th and 1st Junior and Lady was Megan Hardiman (Laser 4.7), and the 'endevour' trophy went to Jennifer Foort (Laser Radial).

Series wins went to:

Handicap 1  - John Ling (Laser)

Pursuit - David Badger (Solo)

Handicap 2 - Mark Walker (K1)

Sunday Fun Series - Paul Fowell (Streaker)

The area by the car park gets a good weeding    -  as does the patio

The Mowing and Strimming team blast through the grass!

Looking neater...

Regatta Prize winners (Photos Jennifer Foort)

Series prize winners (Fleets)

Happy and very wet sailors after the cloudburst right overhead in race 1 (photos Jennifer Foort)

 

 

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Weekend Round Up

To use Ollie's favourite phrase on Saturday it was 'blowing dogs off leads'. So what did the Bartley sailors do? Go sailing of course!

The Junior k2O team continued their travelling success at the Notts County S.C. RYA Midland Junior Regatta series. Harrison and Megan were in their in Laser 4.7s and Cecily in her Topper. I actually thought we may have been better off sailing the boats up the M42 on the way to the event with the amount of surface water on the motorway but thankfully we all arrived safely.

After the briefing the sailors launched boats in the wind shaddow of the club house and the watching parents were treated to an exciting game of 'will they or won't they capsize' as they got 100m out to where the force 6 to 7 gusts where whipping through. A few of the youngsters were quickly back on shore after multiple dunkings but the Bartley crew stuck out the full 5 races.

The race standings were pretty consistent throughout the day with Harrison taking 5 wins and showing just how good his strong wind boat handling is. Megan followed up with 5 second places catching up as the wind dropped slightly then falling back as it built again but always in contention to keep Harrison on his toes! Cecily had a fantastic time with a Topper dominated fleet so lots of competition for her. Again, consistency was the name of the game and she came home in 6th place overall with a spot prize for survival!

As always with the travelling team there was alot of banter and fun throughout the day and complements from the host club on good behaviour and sailing ability. Thanks to Notts County for hosting the event we all really enjoyed it. Full report in Yachts and Yachting.

Good friends - wet, weary, and happy!

Racing to the Windward mark

She's behind you...

Some of the Laser fleet travelled to Burton (John and Ollie) and some to Chew Valley (Jeremy and Robin). At both events it seemed like the memo had not been received that 25Knts of wind = radial rig. At Burton John managed a 3rd and Ollie a 9th, both getting overhauled by radials, and at Chew Jeremy got first to the windward mark and then got bown off and into the water leading to retirement before either he or the boat broke. Robin had more success but came in early due to conditions too so will have to wait until the results are posted before we know how he faired!

Ollie holds on for dear life

...and so does John...

I understand from Facebook that the Supenovas had a cracking sail at Bartley on Saturday too in the challenging conditions - great to hear!

Today has been an all together quieter affair. It was nice to see the SUP club out this morning, a few cruising members taking family and friends out for a relaxed sail in the sunshine, and the Powerboat level 2 course in full swing, not to mention the Sunday fun race series underway. Sunday really is 'up for grabs' so if you have any desire to start up a Sunday club of some kind to get more folk on the water and enjoying themselves I would love to hear from you. (familly, novice, crusing, canoeing, lady's sailing, anything?!). Drop me a mail at

 

 

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Working Party Saturday 15th June - Revitalise a Topper

The Club has 6 Toppers that have gradually become unloved. But that is changing! Kerry was the first to take the plunge and revitalised Topper number 1 last year. Since then it has come 2nd in the RYA Championships Regatta fleet and 6th at the RYA Midlands Open at Notts County at the weekend. I have taken the plunge with Topper number 2 and what I thought was a purple boat was in fact blue! The boat is almost ready after fitting a new bailer and a few fittings and replacing a toe strap and Millie is looking forward to using it shortly when I have bleached the mildew off the sail and re-roped the boom.

There are 4 boats left and enough bits to get 3 up and running for the cost of about £100. We aim to get the boats clean and some heat gunned at the working party on Saturday after which I am interested to hear from parents who would like to adopt a Topper for their child to use. The terms for this are: 

1) You pay for the parts required to get the boat on the water 

2) You fit the parts (help is on hand if you need it)

3) You pay for a boat space to store the boat in

4) You maintain it and use it until you child has outgrown it or is not using it regularly at which time it is passed onto another club junior member on the same terms.

The boats are covered on the club insurance so this is a relatively easy and cheap way to get on the water for the sake of a mornings work and a few £. Toppers are fantastic youth boats typically for ages 11 to 15.

If you are interesed in taking one of the Toppers on the please e-mail me at

The unloved Topper before work started

5 Hours later after a clean and heat gun blasting

Job done and ready to rig...

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Spring End of Series Regatta Saturday 15th June - All Welcome!

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Business planning workshop - thanks to all attendees

Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the business planning workshop on Wednesday and provided useful feedback as to stengths, weaknesses, opportinities and threats to our club.

Reviewing the survey results provided some clear themes;

What we do well...

Great stretch of clean water with good wind

Good racing programme

Great food and service provided by Tillys

Wednesday evening improver sessions

K2O club for the children / youth members

Accessible with good opening times

Room for improvement...

Update facilities and ground maintenance

Race management and rules observance

Improve sailing numbers on a Sunday

More Socials

On-line payment options

More inclusive (families, women, cruising, improvers)

 

The attendees provided many further insights that I shall now be clustering into themes and writing up in the plan.

When the plan is finalised we shall be picking a number of projects to work on as well as being clear as to the areas that will be 'on-hold' until our first level priorities have been completed.

I will continue to post updates as we work through this so members are kept up to date.

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K1 at Rutland and Teign Corinthian

 

It looks like the Bartley K1s have started to stamp their mark on the circuit with Graham Blackwell getting a 7th place in the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club Open meeting back in May and Alan Birch promoting the Bartley name at Rutland last weekend to get a solid 5th place. Well done to both.

The K1 is a light weight single handed keelboat. Bartley currently has a small but expanding fleet of these stable but fast boats.

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AED as easy as 123 - Trained and ready to go!

 

Thanks to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance service for a very informative session on CPR and the use of the club defibrilator on Tuesday evening. I was a little confused to hear the group singing 'nellie the elephant' whilst conducting chest compressions but was soon educated that this provides the perfect rythm and quantity of compressions required. Apparently 'Staying alive' by the Beegees also works, and for the younger generation 'Baby Shark' is a good substitute too (although you wont get it out of your head for the rest of the day).

Our defribrillator will soon be hung up in the club ready for use and it really is as easy as opening the box and an electronic voice talks you through what to do. It senses for a pulse and will only operate the electric shock if none is detected so the decision making is conducted by the machine rather than you.

Thanks to all who attended the training and thanks to Jeremy Higson for championing the cause on this vital piece of equipment.

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