Thanks to all our members who attended the AGM today and for the valuable Q&A seesion that followed giving us some good suggestions to ponder and plan. It is the generosity of our members in terms of the time and effort that are put in that makes the club such a success so thank you for all you do and keep up the great work!
Unfortunately the wind was howling through the shrouds and up-ending dinghies being readied for transport (I hope your Supernovas are OK for next week) so the end of series regatta had to be cancelled forcing us all into the clubhouse for the Winter series prize giving and an early lunch at Tilly's. Here are just a few of the photos taken (thanks to Jennifer Foort) of the AGM and the prize winners.
The prizes await their winners The Treasurer talks through the club finances
The various fleet, junior (well done Harrison) and series winners get their prizes (and Dan keeps on top of the arm wrestle challngers)
John Ling takes all 3 Saturday Winter Series Trophies - a first for the Club - Well done John! (But look out behind you - there is something coming up the hill!)
The weather gets the best of us for the Regatta...
Don't forget that it is the Annual General Meeting at 10.00 this Saturday morning followed by a Q&A session with the Club Committee. If you wish to know more about the running of the club this is the event to attend.
The AGM is followed by the End of Series Regatta. This is a 'stand alone' regatta of 2 Pursuit races both of which count. The first race is at 12.30 and the second at 14.30.
At roughly 16.30 there will be tea and some cakes in the club house whilst the prizes are awarded for the Regatta and for the Winter series races.
As always there are the perpetual cups for the series winners, regatta winner, Junior series and regatta winner, and Novice series and regatta winner, with wine for the top 3 overall, the coverted 'Bartley Winner' mugs for the top 3 per fleet, and some extra goodies as hand outs. But remember; you have to be there to collect your prize or it gets recycled for next time!
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
If you have held a Level 2 powerboat certificate for at least a year, you are eligible to take the safety boat drivers course.
The course is designed to teach you how to assist or perform rescues of various craft e.g. single and double hand dinghy, canoes and wind surfers.
Dave Jones has one course for 2019, taking place on 6th and 28th April and currently has two vacant places. The cost is just £30 for club members, none members can be considered if holding a valid certificate.
On a separate but linked note - congratulations to our new Powerboat level 2 graduates who had to battle the choppy conditions at the weekend to gain their certification - this group really had to earn their award!
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Foort
Thanks to Steve Watson for running an engaging and thought provoking session on how to use the rules to competitive advantage.
The evening started out with the basics and then gradually added complexity with lots of scenarios explained from our enquiring members. The 'dark rule' was of particular interest as were the subtle but important interpretations of 'proper course' (fastest route around the course which is not necessarily the most direct) and rights at the leeward mark for a boat on port who has water over a starboard boat meaning they must go directly to the mark and not have any right to take a wide line. The 3 boat length rule also received a lot of interrogation as to the zone relative to a boats transom.
The feedback from those who I spoke to was very positive and I was very pleased to see so many club members supporting the event. If you have any thoughts as to further sessions you would be interested in then please let me know on . For info I am just working on some OOD training to ensure consitency there - more on this in the comming months...
Some more photos of the evening from Jennifer Foort:
The crowds assemble!
Contemplating being called a GP sailor and having a small boat...
What 3 boat lengths look like
What do you do if you are boat number 5?
Don't forget to attend on Wednesday evening to brush up on the rules of sailing and how to use them to your advantage. This is a free event for members and promises to be a great evening. We hope to see you there.
Photo courtesy of Supernova Association
Congratulations to Mike Gibson for his 1st Master and 4th overall placing in the Supernova Winter Championships at Bowmoor SC last weekend in a fleet of 36. Garry Butterfield also put in a strong result coming in 7th to take the 2nd Master position in the fleet. A great start to what will surely be another great year for the Bartley Supernovas.
I've attempted to email our accounts out to you this evening. As with most databases, I'm going to work on the assumption that not everyones details are correct or upto date.
In the meantime, I do hope that we'll see you at our AGM on 16th March.
With the AGM fast approaching Bartley S.C. Committee would like to draw to the attention of members the following from the 'Rules of Association' should any member wish to put themselves forward for a position on the committee:
In accordance with rule 2.4.3 the Committee’s nominations for Flag Officers, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members shall be placed on the Club Notice from this Saturday (21 days prior to the AGM on the 16th March).
If a member wishes to fulfil a role on Main Committee, in whichever capacity, then you will need to send your nomination in writing (not email) to the Honorary Secretary with the signatures of the nominee, proposer and seconder, and must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM.
Such nominations shall then be added to the notice board.
19 boats turned out for the final Bartley Bear Sprints in perfect force 4 to 5 conditions that challenged fitness as much as tactics. With each race lasting just a single 8 minute lap the beat was as critical to securing a place as downwind control was critical to keeping it!
With the wind strength so high the 4.7s and Radial were really in the mix with the second race recording first to last place in less than a minute for the entire fleet. This was great practice for the 4 Youth / Junior sailors who put in a masterclass of high wind sailing with a massive grin factor.
At the front of the fleet the competition was fierce with mistakes penalised heavily by the chasing pack. Simon took the first 2 races, then Ed Higson found his form to push through with dad Jeremy and Robin Pitt hot on his heels. Visitor James Dalby was right up there but got caught out by the black flag and a knock down in a squally gust to drop his overall score. In the 4.7s Harrison, Megan and Josh traded places in the morning session, but it was Harrison who pulled ahead as a clear winner when the wind built further in the afternoon.
A fantastic lunch at the Galley set the sailors up for the final 5 races. Ed Higson traded places with Sam Knight who made us all eat humble pie as he zipped around the course with a flat boat carrying half the weight of most of us - how does he do it? As the sailors tired the race course became a graveyard of pirouetting Lasers with masts slamming to windward as the gusts caught those napping on the run.
At the end of the day the body was weary, the clothes were drenched, the grins were big, and the tea and cake was just what we all needed!
Massive thanks to Jeremy for organising the 4 events this winter and providing the Imperial Mounts so we can film where we are going wrong! Thanks also to all those who have supported the sprints and made them such a success.
Overall Winner Simon Hardiman
Most 'first to windward mark' Ed Higson
First 4.7 Harrison Allen
The winning trophy
Ed gets a prize for winning the race to the windward mark on the most occasions
Megan and Josh get their 4.7 prizes whilst Harrison dashes off to a party!
With the success of the sprint racing next on the agenda is slalom racing, but before we can get this exciting format up and running we need about 300m of chain to attach Bouys to. Needs to be metal and plated so it doesn't rust - can come in different lengths and sizes as we can shackle them together, plus we must be able to carry it in the rescue boat so nothing that would anchor a cruise ship!
Any donations greatfully received. Just bring along and leave neatly by the clubhouse side wall facing the storage container and we will do the rest.
Thanks in advance to any members who can help out.
3 Different winners, 3 very different days of racing so far. The grand finale is this Sunday with a great forecast.
So book your Imperial Mount with Jeremy Higson, turn up for the 10.30 briefing, then get that laser (or similar single hander) out there to flex those start line muscles.
Free to club members, £5 to visitors. Look forward to seeing you at the weekend.
'You don't need rules until you need rules'. If everyone follows the Racing Rules of Sailing with the same interpretation then you don't need rules, however there are different interpretations, different opinions (we see things how we are not how they are), and grey areas. The ability to protest when you consider a rule has been infringed is the right of every sailor, as is the ability to immediately exonerate by taking the penalty associated. At Bartley we are keen to ensure club racing is fair as well as educational and actively encourage protests where a perceived infringement has occurred. To make this process easier to administer the sailing instructions have been updated based on member feedback.
The Sailing instructions (SI) have been updated to allow more time to lodge a protest, to reinforce the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest, and the arbitration step added to the process to create an environment of learning for all. Updates are as follows:
15.1 Protests must be made on the appropriate form obtainable from the Race Officer and must be handed to the Race Officer within 40 minutes of the time the last boat finishes the relevant race. This changes RRS rule 61.3
15.2 Protests will be conducted with the additional step of arbitration following the arbitration process outlined in Appendix T of the RRS.
15.3 It is the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest at the earliest reasonable opportunity after the protestee has finished the race (i.e. as soon as both parties have returned to shore). All parties involved in the protest are expected to remain on site until the Officer of the Day (Race Officer) has confirmed they are free to depart. Where possible the arbitration should take place at the end of the days racing in an open forum in the club house. This is to ensure facts are not forgotten and to provide a learning experience to others in the club on rules and how they are applied. This requirement is additive to section 61.1 of the RRS.
A link to a full copy of the club SI can be found on the 'Racing' tab
Happy and fair sailing
Ben, Shay, Theo and Cecily have all received a mention in a recent RYA article highlighting their experiences at the RYA Championships in Autumn 2018. This is great for the Juniors and great for the club - hope you enjoy the read:
(note if you are having trouble with the link then cut and paste to your browser or go to the www.rya.org website, click on the 'news & events' tab, then 'latest RYA News Stories' and finally 'Use the OnBoard Fun Fleet to Inspire Sailors This Season' posted on 25th Jan)
Sam and Chris extend their lead
Congratualtions Sam and Chris for a fantastic win over a fleet of 35 double handers contesting the Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton SC.
Steve Ward and Mark Rolfe achieved a creditable 20th in the challenging conditions. Mark says he has a new respect for GP14s given how exhausted he was at the end of the day!
Steve and Mark bear away
Fantastic offer for all club members - RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety Boat courses at a MUCH reduced price. If you don't already have this qualification BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!!
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 members (usual cost using an external provider is about £200) to cover club costs and is run over two days.
Dates for 2019 training are as follows:
March 9 & 10 L2 PB
Apr 6 & 28 Safety Boat training (must hold L2PB for more than 1 year)
June 9 & 16 L2 PB
Sept 22 & 29 L2 PB
Nov 3 & 10 L2 PB
Dec 7 & 8 L2 PB
Thanks to all who supported the fantastic gala night on Friday and to John, Jennifer, Marie, and all at Tilly's Galley for organising it.
Everyone who attended had a great time with a very close game of 'Play your Cards right', the 'Bosuns Challenge' and a raffle with some top prizes.
Here are just a few of the many photos of the evening:
The tragic victims of the Bosuns Challenge - Dan really is hard as nails!
Brucie makes a guest appearance (somehow!)
Good friends and Sailors
The K2O crew play their cards right
Cogratulations to Ollie for winning the 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints in challenging conditions and taking the trophy from the clutches of Richard Baker.
Well done too to Harrison Allen for winning the 4.7 class for the 3rd time showing his dominance yet again.
Thanks to Jeremy Higson for arranging the day, to Sam Knight for the coaching tips and John Ling for being race officer.
The next Bartley Bear Sprint is on the 17th February - who can challenge Ollie for the trophy? Who can knock Harrison off the top spot in the 4.7s? Make sure you come along as it could be you...
Happy new year and I hope you are all recovered after the festive period and I am hoping to get out on the water more regularly in the next few weeks and hope to see as many of you out there as possible.
The Committee are messaging to inform you that the Annual AGM will take place on the 16th March at 10.00 before the end of season races and prize giving’s.
The AGM will present the accounts from the previous financial year (October 2017-October 2018) which have been prepared by our accountant. It will also include votes on committee members for the following year and will follow with a member’s Q and A session regarding club developments.