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
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.
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.
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.
Well done to Megan and Harrison at the Ogston SC Laser Open on Sunday. Megan was 7th and Harrison 8th in a strong mixed fleet of 24 comprising all 3 laser rigs. Harrison had a great start in the first race and pulled out quite a lead over the other 3 laser 4.7s but Megan didn't give up and managed to catch up to make a pivitol call on the last lap for room at an obstruction enabling her to cover Harrison off and pull ahead to take the class lead. After some healthy banter at lunch time Megan had clearly refuelled ready for the building force 4 to 5 wind for race 2 and pulled out a convincing lead over the 4.7 fleet to take her second class win. In the final race Harrison got it together and led from the start with no danger of the chasing pack getting back in contention.
With the results finalised Megan got the 4.7 trophy and 2nd Junior and Harrison the 3rd Junior - the trophy cabinet is starting to fill...
I went along too and spent the 3 races match racing Garry Knot from Pennine for 2nd and 3rd place in the standard rigs. I got him in the first race but he beat me by a boat length in races 2 and 3 leaving me 3rd standard and 4th overall as a radial got into the mix on handicap. Great racing though - I enjoyed every minute.
Harrison conducts some fine tuning (photo philbase.com)
Megan gets on the Plane (Photo Philbase.com)
I get twisted up (photo philbase.com)
Well done to Steve Hawley (3rd), Chris Bownes (4th), Mike Gibson (6th and 1st Master) and Chris Hawley rounding off the top 10 in a 27 strong fleet at the Supernova Open at Carsington S.C. Looks like another strong year for the fleet is getting under way.
3 Bartley Juniors attended the 2nd RYA Junior series open at Ogston on Saturday. The sailors were greeted by a gentle breeze and bright sunshine. There were travellers from Blithfield, Chase, and Bartley to add to the strong contingent from Ogston. The race officer got proceedings off on time and gave the juniors three 30 minute races back to back before lunch just to make sure they had worked up an appetite followed by a single race in the afternoon to allow for club racing to follow on.
With the racing format based on handicap and average laps it was impossible to tell where the sailors had come until the times had been plugged into the computer and the algorithms run!
In the end the top 3 spots were taken by the Laser Radials (Greg Cornes, Jamie Mason) and a Topper (Alice Hedley-Fenn) with our laser 4.7s in 4th and 6th and Millie coming in as the first under 12 competitor in 7th.
It became clear on the Sunday why there were so many juniors in Lasers - they had all come to get some practice in for the laser Open - more on that in a separate blog.
The next event is on Saturday at Notts County. Megan and Harrison will be going in their 4.7s if any other juniors want to come along and keep Bartley in the running for the team trophy.
Just a quick reminder that defibrillator training will take place on Tuesday evening in the club house from 7pm and that the business planning activity will be on Wednesday between 18.30 and 20.30.
The Wednesday activity will be structured to brainstorm the clubs strengths and weaknesses and then investigate the external influences that we can take advantage of or may threaten our future. If you have a view and are willing to share it (and more importantly be part of implementing a solution) we would love to see you at the session.
Powerboat Training 2019
It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.
It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have L2 powerboat qualification. We are proving this training "in house", so that members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.
The course costs just £30 to cover club costs and is run over two days.
Dates for 2019 training are as follows:
June 9 & 16 L2 PB
Sept 22 & 29 L2 PB
Nov 3 & 10 L2 PB
Dec 7 & 8 L2 PB
Nice to see so many enjoying the sunshine on Saturday with a swift half at the bar to cool down afterwards. Looks like even better conditions next weekend with sun and a nice breeze so why not come down and cool off with a sail and a refreshing drink.
Some great feedback to date from members via our survey. Thanks if you have taken the survey, and please take 5 minutes to complete if you haven't. We are especially keep to hear more from members who have recently joined, windsurfers, SUP members, and those in the lower age categories.
Here are some of the summary responses to date:
The RYA Junior series that will see its finale at Bartley in September is adding another date at Ogston SC on 1st June to provide a second opportunity to gain points at the venue after the previous attempt was called off due to lack of wind. The following week there will be the next round at Notts County. The series is open to juniors from 8 to 18. If you would like more details please e-mail
Building winds greeted the team of visiting Lasers to Bristol Corinthian but by the time it came to start the back to back 3 races the wind shifted, died and then filled in 20” degrees left. So the PRO had his work cut out to relay the course.
Race 1; Jeremy maintained his previous bullet off line starts and powered off and lead to the first buoy but by the bottom of the Olympic trapezoid course the fleet were all over him and back on the beat john overtook. But on the following downwind leg the leading bunch get interwoven with the Solos and this gave Neil Crosby the chance to charge through. By the next leg it was nip and tuck to the line with Neil taking honours, and john and Robin Pitt close behind. Meanwhile Graham Royle was fighting hard with Local man Simon Beck and doing really well.
Second race john got a clean start and held it to the gun. Whilst Jeremy Higson was always there but had a tough battle against Robin Pitt who finally came in close behind for second.
This meant it was wide open for second, third and fourth sailors places, so race three was important to get away with a clean start. John and Jeremy took an early lead and this combination finished in that order followed by Robin Pitt and Neil Crosby.
This meant there was a tie in points with all three of them on 5 net. But on the low points system uses the result of the last race so final positions were.
1st John G Ling 2 pts
2nd Neil Crosby 5pts
3rd Jeremy Higson 5pts
4th Robin Pitt 5pts
5th Simon Beck 10pts
6th Graham Royle 12pts
K2O kicks off in earnest this Saturday morning as Bartley's ever popular junior and youth club starts the training season. This year we have 2 groups (and a waiting list) for our level 1 and 2 courses and the usual faces returning for the level 3 and 4 sessions throughout the spring and summer months. We have 3 new members of our instructor team all of whom have progressed through the K2O club themselves and are now learning what it is like to be on the other side of the training program - great experience for them, great resource for the club, and they can use their qualification to travel further afield should they wish; everybody wins!
Please extend the usual warm welcome to any new faces you see at the club and help them find their way around if they are looking lost.
The club has recently purchased a defibrillator and will be providing training in its use on 4th June at 19.00hrs. The training takes approx 70 minutes and provides a comprehensive guide and practical session in the use of the AED. This device may save your life or you may be the one using it to save another's life so please come along to the session to ensure you are confident in how to use it.
When the training has been administered the AED will be activated and ready for use in the club.
As a follow on to our feature on safety a number of members got in touch to reinforce the importance of sailors carrying a whistle to draw attention when in trouble. To help us all a number of whistles have been left in the OOD hut for members to take 'free of charge' if they do not already have one. First come first served - when they are gone they are gone so pick one up quickly!
Thanks to the Bartley SUP team who spent last Sunday cleaning up the area surrounding the water and as the photo shows there was a lot of plastic waste collected. Some of this will have been thrown in the water by passers by, some will have blown into the water from the surrounding area, and some may have been an accidental 'overboard'.
The team did a great job and the quantity of waste just highlights the wider problem faced with single use plastics. Lets all do our bit to pick up litter, prevent litter, and recycle where we can to keep the reservoir and the planet clean and sustainable.
Congratulations to the 7 Lasers from Bartley that travelled to the Earlswood Laser open last week. After storm Hannah had passed through on the Saturday (Windsurfers - you missed out it was sailable on Saturday an I had the reservoir all to myself!) the weather was more gentle on the Sunday.
John won overall for being good at winning
Jeremy won the Great Grand Master prize for being mature
Harrison won the 4.7 prize for being little
Jennifer won the lady's prize for being, well, a lady!
Kerry, Tony, and Ollie were clearly beyond categorisation and will have to work on making themselves unique in some way!
Well done all - a great turn out with more than a third of the boats coming from Bartley maximising the prize bounty. Next open is at Blithfield next weekend with training on the Saturday and the Open meeting on the Sunday (if you are looking for somewhere to sail whilst the Birmingham Velo keeps things closed closer to home).