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Thursday evening - round 7

This week RS's dominated the starting line, with a 300, 2 x 600's & 3 x 400's with the addition of a phantom to the starting line, it certainly wasn't a slow fleet.

The wind direction, as has been the case for so many weeks now, proved challenging, with huge shifts & huge holes providing a stern test for helm & crew.  Having said all that, Andy & Ciara did a great job for the night as RO's - thanks both.

Back to the racing... a fairly even start saw Mike/Tony, Sam (in a 600 tonight) & Crispin/Leslie challenging for the lead - Mike just edging the others out to take the lead at the windward mark, only for a navigational faux pas, compounded by the crew insisting the direction we were travelling in would be "ok", resulting in a slip from 1st to 5th by the leward mark...

By this stage Crispin & Sam had pulled out in front of all other challengers & the race for 1st/2nd was between them. Eventually, Mike clawed back into 3rd position on the water.

Corrected results for the evening saw 1st - Crispin/Leslie  2nd - Sam  3rd - Andy Bownes  4th Mike/Tony

Rumour has it you could put Sam Knight on an ironing board with a hanky & he'd still be in the top three...(no green eyed monster here!)

Off the water chilli & a pint of "two hoots" was not to be sniffed at. Talk soon turned to the upcoming Southern Champs for the RS fleets & the rather daunting negotiation of the chain ferry...

Hope to see a few more of you on a Thursday night - you're really missing a good night !

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Thursday evening - round 6

A beautiful sunny evening in May, around 10 knots of breeze - who'd have thought we were in the middle of Birmingham!

This Thursday saw our largest turnout this season, with 15 boats taking to the water. The RS400's made up a third of the fleet, with Lasers, Phantoms, an RS600, RS300, RS200, Merlin and not forgetting the Blaze.

All keen to get on the water, barring the slight hiccup of helping Brad retrieve his dagger board, which no sooner had he taken the 600 off the trolley, promptly floated away !

From the outset Howard lead the way (with his returning super crew Wayne), followed around the windward mark by Mike & Caroline. The two reaches proved to be very tight & Howard/Wayne expertly negotiated these. 

As the first lap ended the places were still Howard 1st, Mike 2nd & Caroline 3rd - not for much longer, as Caroline, in breeze managed to point a full 10/15 degrees higher than anyone else, easily swept aside Mike & started chasing down Howard.

Andy Bownes in the Phantom & Chris/Claire Bownes in the Merlin stuck in there never really losing too much ground on the 400's, with Gareth & Matt having an interesting tustle in the chasing pack.

As the finishing line approached, there was to be a little extra drama, Howard sailed into a hole & the whooping team Girl Power (Caroline/Kate) clinched it on the line! I'm sure Kate will be gracious in her victory and not constantly remind her husband that she beat him!

A swift retun to the bar for a delicous pulled pork bap (thanks Paul) and a pint of two hoots, talk quickly turned towards Parkstone for the 400's.

Why not come down on a Thursday and join us ? A nice relaxed atmosphere, hot food & a pint - not forgetting the racing of course !

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Rachel Luckman, is finally hanging up her dry suit

Dear All,  Rachel Luckman


After 15 wonderful years with Bartley, I am finally hanging up my dry suit.

It has been a tremendous pleasure to sail with you all, whether I was racing

you, being coached by you, or you were pulling me out of the water. I have

recommended Bartley to a quite a number of people, some whom, I see, have

become members.


Regrettably, there are now so many competing pressures on my time that

sailing is no longer an option. But I will never forget you all.


I wish you all calm water and fair winds,



Rachel Luckman

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URGENT NEWS SUNDAY 3rd May... We do have a few Lasers racing but the water is open if anyone wnats to come down

URGENT NEWS SUNDAY 3rd May... We do have a few Lasers racing but the water is open if anyone wnats to come down

Sorry to mess club members around but SUNDAY 3rd May... We do have a few Lasers racing but the water is open if anyone wnats to come down

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RYA - Push the Boat Out is back for 2015!

Saturday 16th May 2015 - 10.30 - 14.30

Everyone is welcome to come and see Bartley Sailing Club in action.

To pre-book a sail in one of our boats with an instructor/club member please email

Stating your name and preferred time and we will contact you.

At Bartley sailing club we are hosting the local RYA PUSH THE BOAT OUT DAY on 16th May (10.30 - 14.30) which is aimed at encouraging people to sail and enjoy this fabulous sport.

Its an ideal opportunity to visit the club, see the on and off water facilities and have a chance to see the club in action.

If you are new to sailing, our sailors (and windsurfers) will be around to share their experiences, talk about training, how you start to get on the water, improving your skills, owning your own boat and involving the whole family.

Club members will also be able to take you out for a short sail if you have never sailed before – please bring clothing and footwear that you do not mind getting wet – buoyancy aids will be available to borrow. To be assured of a sailing trip, please pre book a time by contacting us via Email

In 2014, we had a great turnout and interest from local people on the day who enjoyed the wonderful weather and chance to experience sailing on the West Midlands premier reservoir.

BSC Push the Boat day is for people to again experience sailing and windsurfing at ‘have a go’ taster sessions.

Whether you’re a regular BSC sailor, or new to the sport or simply want a day out with the family, Push the Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get out on the water and have a great day out.

RYA Push the Boat Out is all about people coming to see BSC and discovering just how easy it is to get involved in a fantastic social outdoor sport.

For existing BSC members please feel free to bring a friend down for the day

"This programme is a fantastic opportunity for Bartley Sailing club to show what we are all about and to encourage as many people as possible to sign up and join in our club. This is our chance to showcase why boating is such a fantastic sport and encourage more people of all ages and abilities to see how easy it is to get involved and to hopefully become hooked on boating for life!"

Gareth Brookes from the RYA is here to help along with Ann Kelly and Howard Eeles all who are looking to promote this wonderful event.

We would be grateful if you can indicate if you are able to join us for Push the Boat Out day

Kind regards


Bartley Sailing Club

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Thursday evening - round 3

Tonight saw the promise of a little more breeze than of late, although with the wind direction still Northerly, still a little unsettled and cool. A little too unsettled for John & Sam Knight, who after there heroics at Rutland (circa 25 - 30 knots), managed to capsize in about 5 knots on their way out to the start line (unfortunately for me, I missed it!).

Our RO for the evening, Richard Ashwell, got us off promptly, John & Sams chilly start to the evening, didn't temper their mood, shutting Mike & Tony out and forcing them around the end of the line to restart.... ahem...clearly they are born champions !

Andrew in the blaze, got off to a flyer & was in the top 3 around the windward mark - but Mike & Tony eventually pulled through, and despite getting close, couldn't quite make the gap with John & Sam. 

It was great to see Chris & Claire out in the Merlin, they sailed a solid race to finish 3rd.  Gareth & Kate took the opportunity to get some practice in their 400 too.

Beer & hot food was awaiting our return to shore (thanks Paul), and the chat continued, with a few coaching tips thrown in for good measure.... now how was it you managed to capsize again John ?!

Three weeks in and already 18 different boats have taken part in the Thursday evening series - it would be great to see a few more in the coming weeks.

Don't forget we have a major event on at the club this weekend with the Lasers - come down and support us if you can !


Happy sailing !

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BARTLEY SAILING CLUB 2 & 3rd May UKLA Masters Super Series 2015 & Grand Prix

BARTLEY SAILING CLUB 2 & 3rd May UKLA Masters Super Series 2015 & Grand Prix


This is your local event and opportunity to enjoy the biggest Midland Laser fleet this year!! We need you down please to show our local strength… Last year 15 member’s turned up… we can do better than that… if only for the Saturday  

We look forward to seeing loads of visitors, we have planned lots of great entertainment for the two days… hopefully we are blest with the wind and sunshine, its forecast 20mph and temp 13 degrees PERFECT so let’s see you all

Saturday 2nd May

  9.30            Registration and meal orders

10.45            Briefing and Welcome from BARTLEY SAILING CLUB to all UKLA Masters Super Series 2015 & Midlands Grand Prix sailors

11.30            First race

12.45pm       Lunch

1.45pm         2nd Race

3.15pm         3rd Race

5pm              Prize giving for the Midlands Grand Prix sailors

6pm till late   Bar b que

Off the water boat Racing!!! Get your teams ready!!!

Music in the club

Great beers and snacks available

Sunday 3rd May

  9.30            Briefing recap Masters Super Series 2015

10.30            4th Race

12.00           Lunch

1.15pm         5nd Race

2.45pm         6th Race

4pm              Prize giving for the UKLA Masters Super Series 2015

Kind regards


Bartley Sailing Club Lasers

Ravens Crest

Impney Park




Mobile: 079 20020036


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Bartley SC hosts the RS400 Southern Tour opener !

With thanks to Sam Knight for providing the excellent report !

Bartley hosted the first round of the RS 400 Southern tour on Sunday 26th of April. A great turnout of 11 home boats was boosted by a further two visitors from London and the south coast, and they brought up the sun with them! Unfortunately this was accompanied by a light and shifty north easterly, resulting in the courses being rather restricted by the width of the reservoir.

 After welcoming the visitors, the PRO John Ling left the beach to start the racing promptly at 11am. Flying out of the blocks were Caroline and Jason, leading round the first mark and sailing off into a good lead down the first run. In hot pursuit were Sam and John, Crispin and Leslie along with the two visiting crews. It was soon apparent that the leading boats may not have the advantage, as the leading boats sailed off into a large hole, allowing the chasing pack through. Howard and Wayne were also flying, and were on the back of the pack despite having started late. By the finish the two visitors Howard Farebrother/Loiuse Hosken and Mark and Paul Oakey had pulled through, finishing in that order. Crispin had pulled through to third, finding a large shift on the last leg to complete the top three.

The fleet stayed out for the second race, and this time it was Sam and John who established a good lead throughout the first half of the race. However, Paul and Mark were starting to close, and took the lead at the halfway through the third lap. On the final lap they were ten boat lengths clear, but Sam and John fought back, and were ahead within five lengths of the line. A last minute gust saw team Oakey pull through to take their first bullet by less than a quarter of a boat length. Behind  was a close race for third, with Caroline/Jason showing great speed to keep them ahead of Howard/Louise and Howard/Wayne. The racing was close throughout the fleet, and it was looking close between the teams of Nick/Tony, Shaun/Tony, Matt/Jane and Gary/Kate for the last top ten place.

After a break for lunch, the fleet headed back out for race three. Again it was the fast starters of Sam and Caroline that took the early initiative before Caroline demonstrated her perfect backflip-broken tiller extension manoeuvre, hoping to distract the following teams. Unfortunately, she was forced to retire and Paul and Mark pulled through once again to take the win on a rapidly shrinking course (a drifting windward mark) from a fast finishing team Beaumont, with the Knights just sneaking it from Jeremy and Gary on the last leg to take third.

With the event wrapped up, Paul and Mark showed some class to take the last bullet of the day, once again coming from behind to overtake early leaders Sam and John. With a new tiller extension, Caroline and Jason sailed a flawless final two laps to push Sam and John into third by some distance. Once again, Jeremy lost out on the final leg to Crispin, once again showing that a race isn’t over until the finish line. In the battle for the top ten, Nick and Tony had pulled out their best result of the open to seal it, with Shaun/Tony, Matt/Jane and Gareth/Kate behind them in that order.

The Bartley 400 fleet would like to thank everyone that had given up their time on the day to ensure the event ran smoothly. In particular John Ling and all of his team for taking on the task getting in four good races for use in wind that was less than ideal. Once again, the open shows the Bartley 400 fleet is in excellent health, and standards among the whole fleet improve every year. Hopefully the good results can continue through the season, showing why Bartley is one of the best places to sail and race 400’s at this time.  

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Thursday evening - round 2

A forecast of little to no wind wasn't enough to put off the 10 boats out this Thursday.   In truth, on arrival, all were greated by far more than was forecast.... but those that sail often on a Thursday evening should have known better than to be fooled by the early evening breeze.

Once everyone had launched, the breeze promptly switched off.  This didn't stop Messrs Knight & Knight building a commanding lead ..... again ! This time John proving he's no slouch on the stick, followed in by Andrew in the Blaze & Colin in the Supernova.

A good mix of fleets out again tonight, with 6 different classes taking the top 6 spots!  The 400 fleet grew a little tonight, with 4 boats out, Richard followed his 1st 400 last week, with 2nd 400 this week. 

With hot food & beer to great the returning fleet, talk quickly turned to the upcoming 400 open this Sunday, and the rather daunting (for me anyway) forecast..... !

Once again, a big thank you to John Ling for stepping in to be RO

Hope to see you all at the AGM on Saturday & the 400 fleet for the open meeting on Sunday.

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Thursday night opener!

The Thursday evening series started with a healthy turnout including RS300s, RS400s, Phantoms, Supernova, Vago & Blaze. 

 A lovely spring evening, saw Sam Knight, this time in his RS300, lead for pretty much the entire race. Even before the results had been calculated, it was clear that Sam would win by a fair margin.  Richard Ashwell came in second in his RS400, followed by Andy Bownes in the Phantom & Howard Eeles in the RS400.

 Plenty of banter ensued in the bar afterwards, along with a beer and (for me !) a very nice chilli !!

 Thanks to John Ling - our Race Officer for the evening.  

 Let's try to get a few more out next week.  A great opportunity for any rusty RS400 sailors to get a litte extra practice before our home open event.

 Look forward to seeing you all there.

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Summers here!

It's official, summer is now here ! The clocks have gone forward & with it the warm weather has returned (at least for a little while!)

So why not dust off your boat & get yourself down to the club for our Thursday evening fast fleet racing ?

Racing normally starts at 7pm, with one handicap race. After that you can enjoy a meal in the clubhouse, or just chill and discuss your racing tactics over a beer. 

There is usually a good turnout of RS400's & it would be great to see a few more - so that we can all learn from our newly crowned RS400 Sprint Champions - Sam & John Knight !

Hope to see you all there.

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IT'S arrived! TUESDAY NIGHT RACING Lasers & Solos starts 14th at 7pm.

IT'S arrived! TUESDAY NIGHT RACING Lasers & Solos starts 14th at 7pm.

We have reached that point in the year when you can start to enjoy the spring nights and warm summer evenings, that means we can also look forward to the BEST sailing and Racing at Bartley SC.

Following on from Last year’s success The Laser fleet have been getting prepared for another season and Mike Acaster our winner from Last year is going to be under pressure this year as some sailors having new boat and new sails and are ready for battle.

With 20 races in the series it’s going to be intense so don’t miss out…. Come on down

Race starts 7pm sharp!!!

Kind regards


Bartley Sailing Club Lasers

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Sam & John Knight win RS400 Sprint Championship

Congratulations to Sam & John Knight on winning the RS400 Sprint Championship at Rutland last weekend.

Sam & John sailed with impressive upwind speed in conditions averaging between 25 to 30 Knots on the Saturday and were one of only a couple of boats in the fleet not to tip it in. It was a great event with a fantastic turnout of 7 boats from Bartley with a very enjoyable after sail drink organised between Howard's and Richard's vans we retired as a group of 14 to the Wheatsheaf pub were some food and more ale was consumed in large quantities.

We all awoke Sunday morning and after breakfast were relieved to be informed that racing had been abandoned due to high winds and Saturday's results were to count for final positions.

Well done to all and a great evening at the Wheatsheaf, Next up Bartley 26th April where i am sure we will get some visitors keen to take on the champs!

Results in the link below



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Come on you Laser sailors

Yes Laser & Solo TUESDAY EVENING SERIES is BACK!!!!  starting 14th April 7pm

First dont painic if you dont have a Laser!!!! you can borrow one from me!!! or if you have a funny Supernova or Streaker and want to joing in come along... its one of the most popular series at Bartley Sailing club great racing and even more fun!!!


We have arranged this year to take everyones personal averages handicap times and using the sailwave have a very accurate way to give you a far and very good chance to compete against other sailors on an equal basis.

Stracth series will continue and we may be able to run the similar series prizes as per last year... remember on averages we had 15.6 sailors to the start line which we need to beat this year!!!!

SO please come down and join in


Kind reagrds


Bartley Sailing Club - the best in the midlands!!!

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Rowing @ Bartley

Rowing @ Bartley

Hi All,

If you happen to be wandering around the club this weekend you may notice a new boat, one that you have to sit in facing the wrong way and it has no sails. Please don't be alarmed we are not about to be swamped with rowers who are going to take over our perfect sailing venue.

Bartley Outdoor Pursuits are trying to strengthen it's Business model by diversifying and offering further activities to schools, youth groups and adults, we have been talking to British Rowing for some time about developing rowing on our water for schools and groups and obtaining the apropriate kit to do so safely. The boats they have given us are 4 man sliding seat gigs but are designed with a coastal application which is why we will be having two on site at Bartley due to the average conditions we experience. Both myself and Adrian are going to be trained by British Rowing to deliver the sessions.

The long term aim of Bartley Outdoor Pursuits as mandated by the management committe of the club is to support the target of increasing membership of the club making us a strong venue, I have learnt that with the help of the RYA, BCU and British Rowing development officers we are increasingly being thought of as a watersports hub. What does this do? well it helps us to improve our facillities and attract more members, through supported funding applications by all three National Governing Bodies.

With membership always at the peril of falling we may need to offer catogories of membership such as rowing or canoeing or stand up paddleboarding, it may be in a form of a reduced rate and no voting rights almost an associated membership catagory? either way it is for you the membership to decide but what is important is that the club continues to grow and develop so we can all enjoy our racing now and in the future.  see you all on the water Howard

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BSC working party for Saturday the 14th of feb starting 9.30am

BSC  working party for Saturday the 14th of feb starting 9.30am

We have planned a working party for Saturday the 14th of feb starting 9.30am please can you join in the working group to help maintain our club and dinghy park good order

We have arranged for gravel to be available to ensure that the whole of the boat park gets covered. Therefore should you wish your boat space to be covered please can you join in and also confirm this is required either to Howard Eeles or John Ling. We are keen to avoid a disparity on various lines so your assistance would be greatly received please. So bring your shovels and barrows.


On behalf of Mike Gibbson Commodore please lets all join in and we can have some fun working as a team.... For those helping there may be a free cupa as well!!!! 


Kind regards John


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Prize giving Evening

Prize giving Evening

Bartley sailing club hosted its annual prize giving last night and 72 people turned up to enjoy a night of celebrations fun and frolics, and there was even some disco dancing!!! "with Guy showing us his great moves!!!"

It was a pleasure to see so many people enjoying themselves and joining in to recognise the achievements and special awards that were presented.

Stanley Bird was presented with a few gifts along with his own personal cake and given honorary membership after his 27 years with BSC.

Kate and Edwin were also recognised for all their hard work and given honorary membership.

Mark Reddington and Colin Staite were presented with a personal engraved silver yacht in recognition for their tremendous work in collating the sailing results and behalf of all the membership.

Seb Andrews became overall 2014 youth winner was presented with a new Brass vase trophy.

Unfortunately many other major winners such as Debbie Degge 1st Lady and Ciara Perry 1st Crew for 2014 were unable to attend to collect their special prizes.

Paul Archer was rewarded for his efforts throughout the year and most notably installing a new hot water system which has been greatly received by all the membership. Paul, Rachel and the team put on a wonderful array of Chilli and Curry followed by pies and cakes which was well received.

One of the highlights all the evening was the "BOAT RACE"….. Various teams battled for supremacy and following a few protests for cheating!!! etc Sam Knight was victorious followed by Simon Hardiman in second.

We announced over 60 winners and although not everyone was able to attend those who did seem to really enjoy a great evening at the club.

Thanks must go to Mike Gibson commodore for his kind words and for presenting every prize winner also Guy Mason who helped organize a glassware to ensure the correct winners received their trophy.

BSC committee were glad that members had a fantastic evening and enjoyed the various activities and although nobody won the £100,000 raffle prize we still feels everyone was a winner.

With a great year under our belt through hosting the NSSA, BARTS BASH, 4 successful open events with Laser Grand Prix attendance of 40 boats and 25 Supernovas, plus Individuals winning at Regional and National Events, such as the 9 man Laser Team dominating the Grand Prix Midlands and Wessex circuits, with ED Higson getting selected into the RYA national squads. Also RS 400 guys managed top places in sprints and regional major events, With Sam and John recently winning the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Northampton Sailing Club. Debbie Degge came 2nd Streaker National Champion 2014 and Mike came 4 in supervova Nationals and John Won the Wessex and Midland GP Laser Masters  

The Club has continue to grow and is aiming to become a premier centre in the midlands along with the specialist training and development that that Howard through BOPC and his team have created.

Here's looking forward to a great 2015, so lets see you at the club sailing and enjoying all of the events we have planned.

Please remember if you are a prize winner to come and collect your glassware from behind the bar.

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Sam & John Knight Win the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy

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Congratulations to Sam and John Knight For winning the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Northampton Sailing Club on Saturday 24th January.

Well done for putting Bartley on the map and I

know all of us are proud in the RS 400 Fleet.

A particularly spectacular effort considering Sam also raced the 300 in between racing the 400 with his dad.

Results of the SNMT Can be found here.



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BSC Annual fitting out supper and PRIZE giving evening Fri 6th Feb 2015

BSC Annual fitting out supper and PRIZE giving evening Fri 6th Feb 2015

Our Annual BSC fitting out supper and PRIZE giving evening is being planned for Fri 6th Feb 2015.

We have arranaged a fantastic evening of fun with an "off the water" Boat race... so get your teams sorted as there are lots of PRIZES to be won!!!!

A Disco will be running to provide some back ground and dancing late into the night.

Paul has put on a wonderful array of FOOD and it is rumered that there is a VIRGIN PUNCH on arrival!!!!

Once the evening has got underway we shall also be awarding the Prizes for this years trophy winners and BSC specials awards for sailors in unique categories.




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