Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course
Calling anyone interested in RYA Safety Boat course
Have you held a powerboat certificate for over a year? Do you want to progress to the safety boat endorsement?
Dave Jones (our Principle PB Instructor) is now registering interest across the club to run one or two safety boat courses over the winter season.
The courses are to be run over three days (Day 1 – driving skills refresh, Day 2 and 3 Safety Boat course proper)
To run a course requires at least six candidates due to the logistics of equipment (sail craft and canoes) which are rescued. Dave will collect names and correspond directly to arrange the best fit for the majority.
Course fee will be a £20 donation to the club
"Bartley Boys on Tour"
It was a rather grim, wet and windy day for the Trimpley Laser Grand Prix Open on Sunday 4th Sep 17, but that didn't deter John Ling and Richard (Baker Boy) from making the short trip to the beautifully positioned reservoir next to the River Severn.
17 boats signed on which including with some of the Top travelling sailors, so considering the conditions, was a good turnout for the host club.
Race 1 started with strong gusty and was very shifty, with many of the blasts squalls hitting from completely different angles to the prevailing wind, which certainly kept everybody on their toes. Our guys (John and Richard) were on fire and both had a great start, but it was John who took a commanding lead and led the pack for the complete race even after a dodge call for him to do a 720!. Richard put all his Bartley skills to work and battled hard in the strong fleet and managed to finish 5th which taking into consideration the fleet standard was a great result.
Race 2 kicked off after a short lunch, but it looked like John and Baker boy had eaten too many of those fantastic cakes and both had terrible starts. Although Richard did recover well during the second lap, he was very unlucky on the downwind leg as he went towards the dam tower but the wind came in on the left and he was caught again, in the end Richard finished in the middle of the pack taking 7th. John pushed hard all race and gradually roped in the fleet which left him and Richard Mason to battle it out hard on the last lap, so despite being held back at the start John claimed another 1st
Race 3 John’s starts didn't get any better for the third and final race as the OOD called him over the line, where have we heard that one before..... Richard had a fantastic start crossing the fleet with Andy Allan and Paul Powell and also managed to avoid the carnage at the first windward mark, with around 15 boats coming in at all angles. The wind came in strong on the downwind leg and John managed to go wide to recover to an impressive position with Richard holding onto the top place. But on the beat the changing direction allowed for big gains and John came through to take honours for the final race with Richard taking an impressive 3rd.
Overall Richard managed 5th place which was BRILLIANT result, with John finishing a well-deserved 1st. A great day of sailing and a fantastic friendly club.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE LEFT… feels strange to be at the last race of the Laser Tue series…2017
STATS for the Laser season
28 different sailors
3 Ladies (one of which is currently winning)
And lots of brownies
ONE LEFT !!!!!!: RACE 21 Tuesday Night Laser Series at BSC 29th Aug 2017
After tonight we shall be having a bottle race 5th Sept and it’s the Annual Prize Giving and Curry super!!!
It was with some trepidation that I eventually agreed to crew in the RS400 Nationals this year.... Like many, I wasn't born into this sport, I didn't do the rounds with the Oppies or Toppers, and I was certainly nowhere near the Laser squads! So for us late comers, any event can seem quite daunting, let alone a National Championships. What made the decision equally difficult, was that the two sailors that asked me to crew for them, are both very credible helms.
The decision was made, and trepidation soon turned into nerves - this is my hobby, why do I get nervous ?! The nerves were seamingly justified, as day 1 dawned..... to a very misty Mount, around 20 knots of breeze.... and oh yes, that other thing I hadn't encountered in an RS400 - waves...... big waves. The sail out to the start area was interesting enough, you know the conditions aren't great, when you're struggling to see the leeward gate, let alone the windward mark.
Off we go, day 1, race 1. Maybe there's an assumption that everyone understands that things are going to be slightly more lumpy on the sea, and I certainly had this in my head, but until you're actually out there, you don't realise quite how difficult even the basics become. At a fleet talk given by Russ Clark, one of the top 400 sailors in the country, Dave Exley, said that on day 1 of the nationals, he didn't know what his settings were..... with the combination of the wind, rain, waves, it was just a tad disorientating... So, first race, a quarter of the way up the beat, we go for a tack. I drop the sheet, and like a muppet go back for it - in the meantime, we get slammed by one of the monster waves.
So... the boat is on it's side, we think the main has cleated, and it takes an absolute age for us to right the boat. When eventually, we do right the boat, there are around 70 RS400's disappearing into the mist about 200 yards in front - not a pretty site.
There were quite a few DNF's, but we did manage to recover a few places, and ended up 52nd.
With every event, you'll usually have some highs and lows, undoubtedly, the capsize was one of our lows. For me, one of the biggest highs is a more general point. With our extended sailing family (Sam & Ben Pickering from Chasewater), Bartley / Chase had 5 boats in attendance at the event, so it's important that wives, girlfriends, kids etc all feel like they're part of the team. My 16 year old daughter was on the fringes a little, waiting for her GCSE results & unable to get them until we returned from Cornwall. But everyone really made Wendy & Emily feel like they were part of the family.
The RS400 team also helped with events planned for every night of the week.... even a reception with Lord Levan on the mount ..
And the Bartley team had a great night out at The Fire Engine Inn
I can't sign off without mentioning probably one of the best days sailing I've ever had. Conditions are rarely perfect, too much wind, not enough wind etc etc. But on Tuesday the sailing gods were smiling on all of us. A beautiful day, wall to wall sunshine and I'm guessing the wind was somewhere in the mid to upper teens. You'd think on a clear day like this you'd be able to spot the windward mark... but our RO had other ideas, we think the first beat was somewhere in the region of 1.5 miles. We came out of the start gate relatively early, and held our lane.... rounded the windward mark in 7th... blasted around the course to finish a very credible 8th. The result in the 2nd race of the day wasn't as good... but we had a pod of dolphins join us - what a way to finish the day!
Like many, I like to reflect on the event, what it means to me, what could I have done differently & what have I learned.
Those that are wary, don't be, a glance down the results will show you, that whatever your ability, there will always be someone you can race against. You'll probably be nervous, but nerves will soon diminish - especially if you're lucky enough to be visited by dolphins.
1) I'm not fit enough!
2) Never believe a helm that tells you he's not bothered about the results !
There are some great pics on photolounge.co.uk take 5 mins & have a look
So far we have completed 19 races and its very tight!!! and so close at the TOP middle and sliver fleets… ONLY 1 point splits the leaders… so you only have two chances left to improve your positions.
RACE 19 Tuesday Night Laser Series results at BSC 15th Aug 2017… haven’t yet been posted by Mark so I have sent an email attaching a pdf file for your reading .
With sailors like Robin Pitt, Mike Acaster Roger England all can still qualify, if they turn up!!!! it’s still anyone’s game..
Remember on the 5th September we are having the BOTTLE RACE & PRIZE GIVING evening… it’s should be so much fun..
Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee
Mobile: 079 20020036
WOW... WELL DONE Harrison great achievement, we all are so proud of you.... crowned NSSA National Topper Rookie Champion 2017.
Thought you would be pleased to know Harrison won the Topper rookie series at the NSSA national regatta, it all came down to the last race which was almost cancelled due to extreme winds, but he made some good moves and was leading for the very start. He also won the best performance from a Birmingham sailor in the regatta.
On facebook the reports kept us all in suspense as Marie Allen (Chuffed Mummy and Lee Proud daddy) let us all know that their boy only went and won!
This was his first time racing away from Bartley and first racing in a topper now the National Schools Sailing Association, so to manage winning the Topper Rookie series and highest placed Birmingham sailor is just amazing...also when you realise he has only been sailing less than a year!
Proud moment for all involved... also a big shout out to the rest of the team and a huge thanks to Julian from KNBS for looking after them all. ????⛵️
Bartley SC Sailing Committee Chairman
Harrison in action on the last day
L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017
L2 Powerboat Training dates 2017
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 rescue 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.
I am now taking bookings for courses through to the need of 2017 as per the dates below. Bookings will be taken on a first come basis.
Each course is two days long, run over consecutive Sundays.
September 3rd and 10th
October 8th and 15th
November 5th and 12th
December 10th and 17th
The course costs £20 to cover the cost of the course manual, which needs to be purchased in advance.
Apply now for a place to obtain your L2 Powerboat certificate.
Principle Powerboat Instructor