The beautiful sight that greeted the Supernova fleet on Sunday morning
It has been a busy weekend of sailing / drifting for club travellers. The Supernovas went to Northampton for the inland championships with mixed conditions i.e. wind on Saturday and not so much on Sunday. However they managed to get 5 races in and with the Bartley fleet just outside the medals on Saturday evening the Sunday drift proved crucial enabling Mike Gibson to creep up to 3rd place overall and 2nd Master. In a fleet of 46 the Bartley team came in as follows:
7th Steve Hawley, 9th Chris Hawley, 16th Garry Butterfield, 32nd Dave Stephen, and 41st Stuart Stephen who was also 3rd Bronze fleet. Well done all.
The UK Laser Association Sailingfast youth series gets under way at Poole Y.C.
Further South the conditions were similar for the UKLA youth series and 4.7 class ladder event; a good breeze on Saturday and no racing on Sunday with the AP falling limp over the clubhouse all morning. Luckily the race officer decided to pull a race forward from Sunday to Saturday providing 4 good races. Megan Hardiman entered the 4.7 fleet for Bartley gaining a 14th place out of 32 with her highest placing 10th in race 1. Not a bad start against the country's best and sailing by far the oldest boat
Finally the Lasers went to Trimpley on Sunday for the Midlands Traveller Series which really was a drift... The light wind master found his way to the front with John Ling taking 1st from George Fereday in 2nd. With only a few events left Joe Scurrah from Carsington and John are tied on points for the series with John just ahead now on countback. It should make for a fantastic series finale at Bartley on October 13th!
A busy start line for the bottle race - looks pretty dark already!
Its official, the summer is over as the nights draw in and the Tuesday evening sailing comes to an end for another year. What a great series it has been this year, as popular as ever with Bartley sailors and those bringing their boats from other clubs for a mid-week Bartley fix providing close racing boat to boat and even closer in the personal handicap.
Well done to all sailors and we hope you enjoy the prizes (including the rubber chicken with matching towel). Unfortunately there is no Solo Open this year but the lasers need to put the 13th October in the diary as the series finale for the Midlands Traveller - a must for all Bartley Lasers.
The club house tilts at 45 degrees to slide the sailors closer to the bar...
Solo Squinting competition
Great to have the legend that is Les back in the fold this year
Thanks to Jennifer Foort for all the photos - many, many, many more on the whatsapp Laser page
“There's nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.”
Most Open meetings are similar formats - turn up at a small lake with a club house and launch area, 3 to 4 races and a prize giving. Then there is Trent Valley S.C. which is the only river sailing event on the Midlands Laser circuit. For spectators it is just the best! The fleet pass within inches of you, the start is the width of the river so no room for error, and then throw in a few barges and pleasure boats and there is alot to get excited about. Even getting there is an adventure - 2 railway crossings, past the farm, over a humpback bridge, through the field of cows and sheep to a club in the most unlikely place imaginable! I love it.
On Sunday the Lasers made their annual pilgrimage to the river with John, Jennifer and Megan representing Bartley and George a an honorary Bartley Laser as he has been thrashing us all season on his Tuesday evening ventures to Bartley from Earlswood. With the wind nice and strong by the club house the Race Officer set a course up the river with 3 loops at the extremity which unfortunately had no wind at all! 40 minutes later one competitior had had enough and returned, a further 20 minutes and the leader appeared. After 1 hr 40mins Joe Scurah sailed back up the course to see if Megan was still alive or had found the river's source. Luckily she was happily sunbathing in the doldrums but the promise of 2 races before lunch had to be abandoned and the full ploughmans was attacked with gusto whilst the race officials adjusted the course to shorten the upriver leg and keep the racing out of the wind shaddow.
Races 2 and 3 were alot more like it - lots of wind, random gusts and close racing. For the spectators it was like watching motor racing at a chicane, the boats went screaming to a buoy but there was a severe wind shift just before it that caught plenty out! Joe Scurah in the lead nearly put his boom through a pleasureboat window as he tried to control a death roll, Local legend James Dalby tipped it in to windward and dredged the Trent to give him a nice river weed burgee, and George Faraday tipped it in right on the mark. The spectators were having a blast!
So how did the Bartley sailors get on? Well John came 2nd, George came 3rd, Megan came 8th, and Jennifer was 2nd Radial :) Joe Scurah from Carsington won the event (and the gentlemans award for bringing Megan back from her trip to Burton)
I guess you either love or hate river sailing, all I can say is that it is great fun for the spectators.
Next Midland circuit event is Trimpley this weekend followed by Barnt Green the week after - lets keep the Bartley numbers up at the front! (I hope to be back in the saddle for Shustoke if my back gets fixed in time)
Megan trying to catch George after his capsize
Jennifer speeds downwind
Starboard! John tries to get on the right side of Megan...
Calm before the storm...
Bartley sent a strong team of Junior and Youth competitors to the penultimate RYA Midland Youth Series at Rutland, the 3 Laser 4.7s of Josh, Harrison, and Megan stood alongside the Laser, Topper, and RS Tera of Tom, Cecily, and Millie. The wind was forecast at 16 to 17 mph but as the team took to the water they found it was stronger than that on the race course with boats obliterated on the start line as the gusts blew in. Unfortunately Cecily was one of the early casualties but after a tow back to shore she defeated her demons and took to the water in the calmer area close to the shore to show the conditions would not beat her. Out in the middle of the lake the race started with the tightest competition between the fleet of 7 laser 4.7s who sailed as a 6 boat clump with Jamie Tylecote from Rutland out in front of the mini fleet for most of the race allowing a laser 3000, radial, and Tom in his full rig to pull away. At the other end of the fleet the RS Teras battled bravely through the waves with a sole Topper in between.
Harrison and Josh sailed fantastically to be the 2nd and 4th Laser 4.7s in race 1 with Megan never recovering from a poor start to take the 6th. Millie took a while to settle in and focussed on finishing the race in the safest way possible rather than taking risks, and Tom took a 10th on handicap despite the Laser looking like it would take off.
Race 2 was a similar story but this time Tom took 4th on handicap and Harrison and Megan 3rd and 4th laser 4.7s. Millie's 'safe but sure' approach continued to work for her as one of the other Teras went into an unexpected gybe on the run providing the helm with a nasty bang to the head and ultimately retirement from the competition - not a day to be caught unawares!
The sailors returned to shore with stories to tell over lunch before returning to the water to find how strong the wind really could blow!
Lunch - the usual refined affair...
Race 3 overpowered nearly the whole fleet with multiple capsizes and retirements. Those that could hold onto their boats had the ride of their lives, others had a rather wet race with a few heading nearer to shore to wait for the squalls to pass. Millie continued her steady approach to the race and ended up winning it as the other boats had so many 'events'
The final race was a little (but not much) calmer with the fleet now down to 12. Unfortunately Harrison was taken out on the run leading to a new experience in the protest room which let Megan take 3rd laser 4.7 in the Race. Local knowledge seemed to prevail once again as the Rutland sailors took the top spots overall.
The prizes were awarded on the provisional results so Tom got a second place trophy, however the final results were posted later on the website and are somewhat different (and do look to be more in line with what was expected!).
So we ended up with Harrison in 6th, Megan 7th, Tom 8th, Millie 10th, Josh 11th, and Cecily 15th, we had a protest awarded in Harrison's favour, Megan's first experience of being a witness, Millie's last sail in her Tera before moving to a Topper, and a lesson in resilience: When the wind throws everything at you then strength of character shows through - you have to solve problems, work out how to get through, sail the boat right on the edge of control and get back in the saddle after a fall. Our team all experienced that on Saturday, and you know what? They all came through that little bit stronger...
The next, and final event in the series is at Bartley on Sunday 15th September. Lets hope it is a little bit calmer!!!
Less than a month to the RYA Junior Regatta at Bartley on 15th September. We encourage all junior level 3 and above to come along to get some experience of racing so put the date in the diary and support the club and junior sailing in the Midlands. K2O members can use the Fevas, Teras, Picos - just let me know in advance so we can make sure we have enough boats allocated to sailors ()
If you know other juniors at Midlands clubs please invite them and their fellow sailors so we get a great turnout. Those on social media please share with as many midland junior sailors as possible.
Lots of prizes for participants but you have to be in it to win it!
The conditions are simple - just pay for a boat park space, use and look after the boat, hand it back when you have outgrown it or are no longer using it.
It is insured on the club insurance so no need to pay any more.
Toppers are usually suitable for ages 12 to 16 depending on size / weight and are a great junior class.
First come first served so let me know a.s.a.p. if you are interested. I plan to get one more back on the water over the winter period so don't worry if you miss out this time around.
Offer is only open to Bartley members.
Looking to take your sailing to the next level and inspire the next generation?
Join us this October half term 28th October to 1st November at Rockley Watersports Bartley for an RYA Dinghy Instructor Course
Dates: Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019
Cost: ONLY £250!
Pre entry assessment is on Sunday 6th October for £110 with training available on Saturday 5th October
Pre requisite courses available: RYA Powerboat Level 2, RYA First Aid, RYA Safe and Fun.
Talk to Benn, visit the website or call the team to book your place on 07398 564 615
I may have to cancel my holidays next year as after 2 weeks away in sunny Cornwall I have returned to lots of news to catch up on!
So where to start? Lets go with the Supernovas. The Bowmoor S.C. and Girton S.C. events took place in July with a strong turnout from Bartley. At Bowmoor Chris Hawley took 3rd, Mike Gibson 5th, Steve Hawley 6th, Garry Butterfield 8th and Andy Bownes 9th in a fleet of over 30. At Girton Garry won the event outright.
In the Lasers John Ling took the win at Clevedon in a much reduced fleet due to the strong winds - some great photos of the event on the Yachts and Yachting website.
Now to the RS Aeros. For those who are unfamiliar with the class it has 3 different rigs - the 5m sail for those who nibble lettuce leaves, the 7m sail for those who munch broccoli, and the 9m sail for the full Popeye Spinnach can-poppers.Jeremy Higson decided that he was clearly in the latter category and ready for anything that the Scottish weather could throw at him. Well sort of - the 20 knot winds coupled with 6 foot waves on day 1 resulted in a steep learning curve but by the end of the event he had mastered the Aero to come 7th in the 9m rig and first Master.
The Aeros take off...
The 20 knots of wind were also a feature in the Anglesea Offshore race with Steve Ward and Mike Acaster taking on the 16 mile race in the Menai Straits - not for the faint hearted. They survived as did their trusty GP14 and managed 1st GP, 5th overall, and 2nd in the slow fleet. The final challenge was the 3 hour drive home!
The Anglesea Offshore race gets going
In the Junior / Youth sailing competitions Josh and Harrison represented Worcestershire in the National Schools Sailing Association National Championships in Weymouth. There were 22 sailors in the Laser 4.7 fleet making for a great competition. Josh sailed consistently to take 10th place with his highest result a 5th and Harrison finished in 5th place overall with a couple of 2nd places in his series results - great sailing from both our 4.7 boys.
Harrison powers to the finish line.
Here come the girls... Megan and Millie participated in Junior Camel Week in Rock (opposite Padstow). This was Megan's third JCW and she wanted to get into the top 5 this year. However a 2nd place in the practice race gave her the confidence to set her sights higer winning the Cornish Holidays Cup on day 1, the Tranquility Cup on day 2 (which was sailed in a tranquil Force 2), the Beaufort Cup on day 3 (this time in force 5 to 6), and then the Vicuna Cup on the 2nd race of the final day resulting in her winning the overall event and the Highest placed Laser with 4 first places and a discarded 3rd - the training in Weymouth a couple of weekends before clearly paid off. Sister Millie managed 16th place out of a 37 strong fleet with 12th her highest placing.
Waiting to launch at Junior Camel Week.
Now enough of all this sailing away from the club - what is happening closer to home? Wednesday evening continues to progress our developing sailors, K2O now has a new group of RYA level 1 sailors who are working towards level 2, Tuesday evenings are into their final month with the trophies now being polished ready for the series winners, Rockley has been running school holiday camps alongside their powerboat and sailing courses, and we now have lockers for club members! These are located behind the door in the OOD hut and are for the use of Club Members only. You just sign out a key, put your valuables in the locker and lock it, then return the key to the correct locker after use. The locker keys are on floats should you manage to drop them in the reservoir. Thanks to Jennifer Foort for taking the initiative on this.
Nowhere to store your car keys? You have now...
And finally... The Gents refurb is progressing well, soon be time for the grand opening :)