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One Turn or Two...

It was raised with the Sailing Committee to consider following the lead of the RS400 organisation to make every infringement require just a single 360 degree turn to encourage club sailors to 'do their turn' during club racing if they infringed a rule such as 'rights of way' or 'improper propulsion' as well as 'hitting a mark of the course'.

The Committee gave this due consideration and decided to maintain the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) guidelines to remain consistent with the majority of clubs and classes. This means that a single 360 degree turn is required if you hit a mark of the course, and a 720 degree turn is required for rule infringement per RRS definitions.

For safety and fairness any penalty turn(s) must be completed clear of any racing boat as soon as possible after the infringement.

We encourage all sailors to familiarise themselves with the RRS and comply with their intent so we all enjoy fair racing on the water.

Finally the old saying 'if you cut corners you end up going around in circles' really does apply to adherence to the RRS!

Happy and 'fair' racing

 

Sailing Committee

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End of Series Regatta

There have been some requests from membership to clarify the event charges for the Regatta on 16th June.

The 2 race Regatta is free to those who attend the Working Party to refelect their contribution to the club appearance and encourage participation. Those attending the Working Party should sign on in the club house for the Regatta on arrival so they don't get charged.

Members just attending the Regatta will be charged £5 to contribute to the Regatta prizes (bottles of wine or chocolates) and the skip hire for the working party.

The Series Prize giving is charged at £5 to cover the cost of the meal (Burger or hot dog and chips). Cost of series prizes will be covered by the Club.

If you attend the whole day this event is half the price of previous prize giving evenings, and even if you just turn up for the Regatta and the prize giving it is comparable and still great value.

Hopefully this provides transparency for those seeking it.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

Sailing Committee.

 

 

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End of Series Regatta and Prize Giving Saturday 16th June 2018

Bartley S.C. Committee looks forward to welcoming all of our members to the Spring ‘End of Series Regatta’ and 2017 / 2018 Winter & Spring Prize Giving

Format and ticket prices:

9.30  K20 Junior Club ‘Mini Regatta’ free to entrants

9.40  Working Party – ‘Boat Park Beautiful’. Please bring tools and equipment you may have for the following jobs: Weeding / weed killing of

         the boatpark, strimming around the banks and garage area, weeding by the kerbs, lawn mowing, sweeping / tidy around the containers,

         litter picking. If anyone has plants for planters etc.. to make the club look pretty that would also be fantastic. If you are bringing

         equipment that requires personal protective equipment (e.g. strimmers or week killer) please ensure you bring it with you and operate

        it safely.

12.00         Junior Series and Mini Regatta Prize giving

13.00         End of Series Regatta £5 per boat to Enter or free of charge if you participate in the working party!

                    - Pursuit Race 1 @ 13.00

                    - Pursuit Race 2 @ 15.00

17.00         Food and prize giving evening £5 per person

See you on the day!

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Rockley Open Day at Bartley Sailing Club

Rockley very much welcome you to the opening of our brand new centre based at Bartley Sailing Club, Birmingham on 28th May 2018. With FREE watersports activities, it's a day out that the whole family can enjoy!

Pop by between 10am and 2pm and take part in a variety of FREE activities including sailing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. It will also give you the chance to chat to our staff and discover what we will be offering throughout the year. Whether it's RYA courses, taster sessions, birthday parties, holiday camps or evening clubs, we will have something that will satisfy those who are new to the activities we offer as well as those who have watersports experience

For more information on our new partners click on this link: Rockley or come down to the club on Monday to have a chat.

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Notice from the Bosun

Our Bosun Dan Earthquake produces a very comprehensive report on the state of the club equipment each week for the Sailing Committee to review. There are a few points that require communication as follows:

1) The club has 2 battery chargers to keep the power boat batteries charged ready for use. Flat battery = no starter motor = no resuce cover = no sailing. During the last week both chargers have been removed from the garage, one of which was screwed in place. If anyone has any information as to their whereabouts please e-mail

2) There are 2 buoys on the reservoir marking underwater obstructions; one protecting loose cables halfway along the dam, the other protecting a concrete stack between marks 0 and 1. Please do not move or remove these as they are in place to ensure your foils are protected.

3) 2 weeks ago the propeller on the Avon RIB was replaced. It is now damaged again and requires filling. Please could all powerboat drivers take care especially in shallow water rescue situations and when recovering the boats from the water. Unfortunately the fight between concrete and metal prop only has one winner! (Note when bringing ribs ashore use the 'up' switch on the gear to lift the prop slightly whilst still keeping it submerged to minimise risk, and use the winch on the trailer to pull the boat onto the trailer rather than the throttle to drive it on).

4) A place for everything and everything in its place; Dan has done a great job of drawing diagrams and labelling in the garage to ensure boats and equipment are stored in the right place. Howard clearly marked the cupboard in the club house by the bar for the powerboat equipment to ensure each boat is safety compliant. Please return everything to where it should be. In recent weeks keys have been found where they shouldn't have been and items have disappeared from the garage and then reappeared a few weeks later.

5) Damage / removing items from site. If you damage equipment or notice damage then please report this immediately so we can fix it or make interim arrangements. If you are removing club equipment from site to borrow for a regatta or upgrade / overhaul then please discuss with the Bosun / Sailing Committee before doing so

Finally, Dan does a fantastic job to keep the powerboats working week after week despite all of the challenges we give him. If you see him bimbling by the garage stop and have a chat and thank him for the great work he does.

Thanks

Sailing Committee

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Commodore's Welcome Tues 29th May

Caroline would like to invite all members to a welcome evening on Tuesday 29th May. Drinks will be served from 8.15 pm so members can meet their new Commodore and socialise with other members.

We do hope you can attend

 

BSC Committee.

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The Future of Dinghy Sailing...

There were many views voiced at the AGM on Saturday about the future of Sailing and how best to move forward in an environment of decreasing participation in the sport and club membership in general. Here is a link to the RYA Webinar on the subject (you will need to input your name and e-mail address to watch it and it is an hour and a half long so not a 'quick view'). It raises interesting points on demographics, participation, generational differences in approach to leisure and ownership, and what is switching youngsters on and off when getting them into the sport. It also highlights the huge potential market to tap into if we can get it right...

The committee have watched it and made some notes and thought the wider membership would also find it interesting.

The Future of Dinghy Sailing

I hope you enjoy this thought provoking and interesting article.

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Working Party and End of Series Regatta 16th June - Help needed!

Hopefully you will have seen the minutes from the Sailing Committee that indicated we will be doing something a little different this year by having an 'End of Series Regatta' 4 times during the year. The format is set and we now need volunteers to make this a real success. Walking through the day - here is what we need:

9.40: Working Party - current theme is 'Boat Park Beautiful' - if all members turn up and weed / tidy their boat space just imagine how much better the boat park would be...

Help required: All working party attendees to bring whatever they need to get those weeds up (gardening gloves, trowels, spades etc...)

I am also pulling together a 'snagging list' - is there something you would like to get your teeth into in the working party session. Maybe the 'lost property' in the changing room is a particular bug bear, now could be your chance to sort it, perhaps the back corner of the changing room never seems to be as clean as you think it should be - now is your chance to get it done. Maybe there are bigger jobs that require a team - what is the job and how many people do you need? Let me know the task you want to do and I can get a schedule in place to make sure we get it all done.

Realistically we need tasks that can be completed in 2 hrs.

The racing will take place with the duty crew at 13.00 and 15.00.

Help required: Are there any people willing to take a novice crew out for a sail in the 2 races and are there any novices who would like to crew with an experienced helm in these races? I can't promise anything, however if we know the supply and demand we can work out how to facilitate this as best we can.

The Prize giving and food:

Prizes for 2017, the Spring Series, and the Regatta of 2 races on the 16th will be awarded.

Help needed: We need some entertainment to keep the party going, this really isn't my specialist area so if there are any quiz masters or entertainers out there in any shape or form I would love to hear from you.

This day is really 'for the club members, by the club members' if everyone puts something in we should have a great day.

I look forward to hearing from you on

Thanks in advance

Simon

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Wednesday Evening Sailing Coaching is ON

Thanks to all who responded saying they would be interested in some coached sessions on Wednesday evenings during June (and possibly for longer), the great news is that the numbers stack up and the coaching is on!

What is it?

Coaching for those wishing to improve their technique and confidence on the water. It is not a 'learn to sail' course or RYA formal training .

Who should attend?

Anyone who has mastered the basics of sailing, (i.e. can beat upwind, bear away onto a reach, gybe, and run) but feels they could do with some help to improve their skills, understand how to set the boat up for different conditions, get some tips on what is helping them go fatser and what is slowing them down, and anyone new to the club who wants to make friends in an informal atmosphere with people of a similar ability.

When is it?

The first session is scheduled for June 6th. Participants should be changed and have their boats rigged and ready at 6.30.

What will be the structure?

There will be a briefing at 6.30 with the coach Steve Ward to understand the needs of the group that have turned up that week after which the program for the evening will be defined and sailors can launch ready for a 7.00 to 8.00 sailing session followed by debrief in the clubhouse.

What dates will it run on?

The coaching will run on every Wednesday evening during June. If it is successful and the group wish to carry on we have other coaches waiting in the wings to continue into July so watch this space!

Any questions just e-mail

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***Tom Williams is the Bartley Junior Regatta Champion 2018***

 

The forecast was sunnier than expected but with less wind making it pleasant for the spectators and a challenge for the competitors.

After a briefing by Race Officer John Ling the fleets launched for race 1. Tom Williams made an impressive start in his Laser pulling away from the fleet to get clear wind and maintaining first place throughout. The Optimist of William Moss spotted the pressure to the right hand side of the course and sailed a fantastic beat to reach the first mark ahead of many of the lasers who were covering each other off and slowing rapidly in the turbulent air. The Radials of Ed Rose and George Sunderland managed to pull away from the fleet as the race progressed with the final result for race 1 being Tom Williams, followed by William Moss, Ed Rose, and George Sunderland in a close 4th.

The fleet returned to shore for a fantastic lunch provided by Denise and her team. The Rockley Watersports prize of a 2 day watersports voucher was raffled from the list of entrants with Megan Hardiman winning this fantastic prize awarded by AJ and Alex from Rockley.

The fleets returned to the water for race 2 and 3 back to back. The wind had shifted over lunch with streaks of pressure across the course giving large gains and losses to helms who picked the right line or sailed into a hole. As always though, the top flight read the conditions well with Tom Williams pulling ahead into the clear air. The conditions suited the Optimists in this race with William Moss taking the win from Tom Williams, and Brother Finlay Moss in 3rd closely followed by Ed Rose in his Radial and William Cowley in the third Optimist.

The final race was won on the start line with George Sunderland finding his way to the pressure on the right hand side of the beat ahead of the fleet and pulling away to a convincing lead early on in his Laser radial. Tom Williams caught him on the water but not on handicap and William Moss picked up the 3rd in his Optimist. Ed Rose sailed to a consistent 4th place but George Sunderland’s first place in the final race gave him just enough to push Ed to 4th overall after discards.

Thanks to all participant and parents for making the event a success and a huge thank you to all the helpers, in particular: John Ling and his race team, Denise and the Galley team, Ann and the registration team, and our sponsors Rockley and Captain kid.

The final results were:

Overall:

1st Tom Williams Bartley Sailing Club

2nd William Moss Barnt Green Sailing Club (and winner of the under 11 Trophy)

3rd George Sunderland Olton Mere Sailing Club

Fleets:

Laser:

1

Tom Williams

Bartley

2

Evan Base

Midland

3

Freya Mason

Midland

Laser Radial:

1

George Sunderland

Olton Mere

2

Ed Rose

Bartley

3

Abigail Seaton

Olton Mere

Laser 4.7:

1

Megan Hardiman

Bartley

2

Harrison Allen

Bartley

3

Lia Holme

Barnt Green

Optimist:

1

William Moss

Barnt Green

2

Finley Moss

Barnt Green

3

William Cowley

Midland

Laser Pico:

1

Alex Cowen

Bartley

2

Ed Sellers

Bartley

3

William Naylor

Midland

RS Tera:

1

Freddie Sunderland

Olton Mere

2

Millie Hardiman

Bartley

3

Alex Barry

Bartley

RS Feva:

1

Jem Perry / Stella Nygard

Olton Mere

2

Sean Ricketts / Cecily Webb

Bartley

3

Alex Hughes / Lewis Ricketts

Bartley

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Junior Regatta This Sunday 13th May

Bartley looks forward to welcoming junior sailors from around the Midlands for the Junior Regatta on Sunday 13th May.

28 boats have signed on to date with fleets of Lasers (Pico, 4.7, Radial, and full), RS Fevas, RS Teras, Optimists, and a Topper!

The club will be buzzing on Sunday so why not drop by for a coffee and view the future of our Midlands clubs and sport in the area competing for the ultimate prize of 'Bartley SC Junior Regatta Champion'

There is still time to enter (just!) if you e-mail

Gates open at 9.00, registration 9.30 - 10.30, briefing at 10.30, first race 11.00.

Note that usual Sunday sailing and racing continues for club sailors in a reduced area of the water so the fleets don't get tangled up :)

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Wednesday Evening Training During June

There have been a few requests to run Wednesday evening training in a similar manner to last year. Steve Ward has kindly offered to run sessions throughout June if there is sufficient inrterest.

If you wish to participate please could you e-mail so we can see if there are enough participants to make this viable.

Thanks

 

Simon

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Junior Regatta Sunday 13th May - book your place for a fantastic day!

Junior Regatta Sunday 13th May - book your place for a fantastic day!

Who will win this fantastic Trophy on 13th May? If you are 8 to 17 years old book your place today!!!! (e-mail indicating the type of boat you will be sailing and the fleet you wish to sail in. All abilities catered for.

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K2O 2018 Starts on Saturday

K2O 2018 Starts on Saturday

The K2O season starts again this Saturday at 9.30. This ever-popular programme to get juniors progressing through the RYA training levels continues to go from strength to strength.

For those new to the club K2O uses Optimists, Picos, RS Teras, and RS Fevas to train junior and youth sailors from learning the basics through to sailing with spinnakers. The more advanced sailors participate in the morning race after a brief training session beforehand.

This year we are hoping to get the Topper fleet back on the water too so that junior helms can train and then participate in the 'RYA Zones' at the end of the season.

More information is available on the K2O tab on this website or through contacting

We look foward to meeting up with returning sailors and welcome the 'class of 2018' to our great sport.

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Sailing Committee Updates

Sailing Committee Updates

Here are some of the updates from Wednesdays' Committee meeting:

Buoys:

It seems that the Buoys at the top of the lake all made a bid for freedom over the winter. All are now back in place and anchored firmly (thanks Dan and John). They are not in exactly the same place as before by design as tree growth on the shoreline had put #2 in a big wind shadow so it is now further away from the bank.

Saturday Sailing Series:

The Series will continue to consist of 3 race series (morning handicap 1, early afternoon Pursuit, afternoon handicap 2) with the same scoring rules as the Winter series so helms can either pick their favourite race series to qualify for or why not do all three?

The morning Handicap 1 remains the race with a Novice / Junior start and series.

The scoring is to be amended to score helms rather than boats. This enables helms to sail double handers, single handers, different rig sizes, and with different crews. Changing boats will impact their ‘fleet’ series if helms move outside of a fleet (e.g. sailing a Solo and an RS400 during the same series) however it will make it easier to qualify for the overall series and is aimed to improve flexibility as circumstances and wind conditions change. If a 2 man boat wins a series prize then it will be up to the helm to nominate the crew they feel is most deserving of the award.

The exciting change is the introduction of a quarterly ‘End of Series Club Regatta’. The premise is ‘work together, sail together, and relax together’. The day will start with a working party to keep on top of those maintenance jobs that stack up over the year, followed by a standalone 2 pursuit race regatta. Then straight after sailing has finished there will be prize giving for the series (Saturday and Sunday series) and prize giving for the regatta with some food and entertainment.

The series dates have moved slightly to accommodate these club regattas so that they don’t fall on bank holidays. This means that the Spring 2018 series will be a few weeks shorter than usual, and subsequent series will be 1 race shorter than current to accommodate the ‘End of Series Regatta’.

The first Club Regatta will be on the 16th June where 2017 series prizes, and Winter / Spring 2018 series prizes will be awarded so please put the date in the diary. (Club diary will be updated shortly with full dates and times).

We want to have a bit of fun with these quarterly events so why not swap boats for the day or crew for a different helm? There are plenty of juniors / novices in the club who are now getting experience (especially with the RS400 fleet) why not sail the regatta with a junior / novice crew?

Finally – Sunday sailors and Open meetings

It is the easy option to organise Opens on Sundays as the water has significantly fewer water users. However, the current policy of closing the water to club racers has been reviewed and deemed unnecessary. Going forward Sunday races will continue in parallel with the Opens in a designated section of the water. We will monitor during the year to confirm this compromise is a good one.

The club notice of race and sailing instructions will be published as revision 3 on the website shortly to reflect the changes above.

A copy of the Sailing Committee meeting minutes can be found on the club notice board – if you have anything you want to raise please do so via your fleet captain (RS 400: Sam and John Knight, Laser: John Ling, Supernova: Garry Butterfield, Solo: David Badger, Junior: Simon Hardiman, Menagerie: Steve Ward, General: Graham Blackwell / Nick Eaves)

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Bartley Sailors take 3 of the top 4 placings at the Supernova Open

Bartley Sailors take 3 of the top 4 placings at the Supernova Open

Sunday 25th March saw 24 Supernovas enter the Noble Marine sponsored Supernova Travellers circuit at Bartley, many of whom had sailed at the Cotswold Open the day before.

Bartley fielded a strong fleet and snapped up 3 of the top 4 places.

Congratulations to Cliff Milliner of Cotswold for winning the event with Mike Gibson, and Steve Hawley in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Garry Butterfield had a great day picking up 4th overall and Chris Hawley finally got the hang of his new boat to get a 3rd in the final race.

Full race report on http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/203652

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Race Times Change this weekend

Race Times Change this weekend

Per SI and NOR, race times are as displayed in the Calendar on the website.

For the Saturday races this means all 3 races move by 30 mins to 11.30, 13.00, and 15.00 this weekend as the Spring series commences.

That means an extra 30 mins on bed or boat bimbling, whichever you prefer...

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Tuesday Evening Sailing Starts on 10th April!!!!

Tuesday Evening Sailing Starts on 10th April!!!!

It may not feel like it but Spring is definitely on the way, which means TUESDAY NIGHT SAILING IS BACK!!!

Starting from 10th April there will be racing for Solos, Lasers, and RS400s and any other fleets that can field enough boats for a fleet start. We are also expecting our Novice fleet to come along and the SUP club to be out in force.

The format is fleet racing with handicaps arranged per fleet to give everyone a chance of winning the series, and of course the all important debrief over a swift half in the club afterwards. The racing starts at 7 p.m. the banter starts at about 8 p.m.

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly - what more could you ask for to unwind after a stressful day?

Look forward to seeing you on the water.

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Open meetings 2018

All,

Please be aware of the Open meetings for 2018 as follows:

Merlin and Supernova - completed in March

Junior invitational regatta - 13th May

RS 400 Open - 9th September

Solo Open - 7th October

Laser Open - 14th October

In the future Club racing will continue on these days in a smaller designated area of the reservoir.

Thanks

Sailing Committee

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Buoy C and 3 Missing

 

Update: Good news - the Buoys have been located so we can now start work on getting them back on the water. OODs please check status before setting a course with 3 or C in it over the next couple of weeks.

 

After the joy of finally getting Buoy 2 back on the water it appears that Buoy C and 3 have somehow disappeared between 11th and 21st March. The Committee will do a sweep of the shoreline in the next week or so to see if they have been washed up at the top end of the reservoir, however, if you see either of the buoys whilst out sailing or have any information as to their whereabouts please could you advise to so we can get them roped up and back in position.

In the mean time OODs please set temp marks if required until we have a fix in place but remember to bring them in at the end of the day.

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