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RS Sprints - Bartley on tour

Every now and again, the Bartley RS fleet decamps en masse.  It's a relatively rare occurance, but one thing you can be sure of, is that the RS Sprints will be one of those events that the rowdy Brummies turn up to (apologies to our friends from Stourbridge).

So this year, as last, 7 Bartley 400's & 1 Bartley 300 arrived at Rutland...full of nerves & anticipation. 

Some exciting performances had been seen in the 3 brand new boats & the nearly new boat... and as always Sam & John are consistantly at the front of the 400 home fleet. In addition to our star performers, new(ish) talent in the form of Richard Ashwell & Joe Ironside were also showing encouraging signs.

The forecast looked perfect, 12-15 knots on both days, albeit a little on the cold side.

Day 1 started with the usual sprint format, 4 different flights would all battle each other in 6 back to back races on the "M" shaped sprint course. A long beat, tight reach, run, tight reach, beat, tight reach followed by a long run to the finish. 

We lost Nick & Greg in the first race due to an unfortunate incident resulting in their bow sprit fracturing...  but the rest of the fleet raced on.

Some excellent performances saw Howard & Wayne in 2nd place overnight, hot on their heels were Sam & John, Caroline & Jason in 8th and Richard/Joe in 12th.  Those of you that know of the Sprints, will know that those places all count for nought..... as Saturday is merely a seeding day, ready for the big racing in Gold/Silver fleets on Sunday.

So off the water the hot topic of conversation wasn't about the great performances or near misses we'd had, but more about a certain 3 drink rule... I won't name names, but Jason was the enforcer... This topic was closely followed by "how quickly can we open the Enville ale in Howard's Van".

A reasonably sedate evening, by Bartley standards anyway, was followed by the grand finale. A little more breeze was forecast for Sunday & a few nervous Bartley helms were seen pacing the dinghy park.

Again some great racing was had by all.  Sam & John were forced to retire due to a broken boom, Richard & Joe had technical issues with a shredded kite halyard, but managed to get back on the race course to finish the last two races in 3rd & 4th respectively.

Without a doubt, the star 400 performers of the weekend were Howard & Wayne, finishing a credible 4th in the Gold fleet. The star 300 performer was Richard Le Mare finishing 2nd in the Gold fleet.

Special mentions to Richard & Joe, recorded some really good results (consistently beating us by miles) & only just missing out on the Gold fleet - I'm pretty sure you'll get there soon guys, and also to Gareth Blakemore (ably assisted by Guy Mason) making his first event outside of Bartley a memorable one, by not only not finishing last, but also not finishing last Bartley boat - well done guys.

As for us ?  For those of you that saw Shawn's pre sprint photo on Facebook... let's just say, the goggles hardly got wet, but there aren't many paracetemol or ibuprofen left. It's a tought event, with 12 races over two days, so well done to everyone that took part.

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Thursday Evening Series 2016 - Round 2

Thursday 21st saw 12 boats take to the water for round 2 of our Thursday evening series. The race officer for the night, Guy Mason, set a "Sprint" like course to give the RS boats a little practice for the the real RS Sprints on 23/24 April.

This week our 12 boats were 5 x RS400's, 1 x RS300, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Blaze, 1 x K1, 1 x Laser & 1 x Vago. 

On the water Mssrs Eeles & Hancox soon found the front & extended what we at frirst thought was an unassailable lead... this proved to be the case almost until the end, when team Downing/McDonnell not only closed the gap, but overtook them. At the final hoot, Eeles/Hancox just held off Knight/Knight (trying out new sails ready for the sprints).

Once the handicap had unwound, Downing/McDonnell took the win followed by another Sprinter Richard Le Mare in his RS300.

Early days yet, but it's close at the top of the table, with Downing/McDonnell tied on 1 point with Knight/Knight.... followed closely by team Bownes in the  Merlin & Richard Le Mare both tied on two points.

Much was made of Howard/Wayne's unassailable lead... Sam/John's new sails in the bar over a drink & our evening repast!

 

Come down & join us for round 3 next Thursday - our officers of the day Mark Walker & Graham Blackwell assure us it will be a course for single handers !!!    Don't forget -  all classes welcome.

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A big thanks for the RS400 training day!

A big thank you to Mark & Colin for running our latest RS400 training day on 17th April.

Sunday morning arrived with glorious sunshine & an extremely shifty breeze, which came in from nearly every point of the compass at some stage.  

After the initial briefing, focusing mainly on boat handling, the fleet took to the water to practice tacking & gybing. This was followed by a short triangular course, where gybe sets & gybe drops were both practised.

A little light lunch was followed by race practice, 2 laps around a short windward leeward.

All in all, a very successful day, which proved useful for all on the water.

Once again a big thank you to Mark & Colin for putting on the training, in what proved to be somewhat testing conditions!

 

See you at the Sprints!

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RS400 training day

Don't miss out on our fantastic pre Sprints RS400 training day. With some excellent coaching from our in house RS400 guru's Mark & Colin, we should all hopefully see some improvements to take into one of our favourite events, the RS400 Sprints.

Be rigged & ready for 10am, Sunday 17th April.

 

See you all there!

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Thursday Night Series

Thursday night series got well under way this week.  5 x RS400's, 1 x Phantom, 1 x Merlin, 1 x Blaze & 1 x K1 all braved our season's opener. Downing & McDonnell got out early for a little practice, only to shred their kite halyard. Wayne quickly helped them to get back on the water, and they only just missed the start.

Last years Stevie Nicks & Sprints Champs Messrs Knight & Knight pretty much lead from start to finish - guys you at least need to give us a little hope that we can catch you!

A warm meal & a couple of beers later, and we can pretty much all say, that we're glad mid week sailing is back.

 

Plenty of room for all comers on a Thursday evening - it's not class specific, so come down, have a race & chew the fat afterwards over a beer!

 

See you all next week.

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THANK YOU to all those members for the Working Party

THANK YOU to all those members for the Working Party

On behalf of Caroline and Bartely Sailing Club Committee we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all those members that came down early and gave their time freely to help as a team effort to smarten up the club.... those windows in the race hut have never looked so good. Claire inside and Sam the outside!!..

There were so many people attended I lost count after seeing teams all over...., what was amazing is that we could have filled three skips!!!..Apologies to those members that with my help had to go back into the skip to fish our boat covers!!!

It was such a great feeling to see the team effort and what we did achieve by doing this...

Kind regards

John

 

 

 

 

 

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BSC 2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

BSC 2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

BARTLEY SAILING CLUB

Birmingham West Midlands

2016 ROOSTER MIDLAND SERIES SOLO OPEN

SUNDAY 2th OCTOBER 2016

MIDLAND AREA QUALIFYING EVENT

4 race format , 3 to count

4 x 45 Minute approx races

Briefing - 10.30 am

First race - 11.00 am

ALL CLUB SOLO SAILORS WELCOME

Entrance Fee £10.00

Hot Food & Drink Available – Also a Bar.

For further information please contact

Nick Thornton (5061) Solo Fleet Captain

0121 550 4650 - E-mail -

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STOP PRESS BSC Working party this SAT 9th April 9.30am

STOP PRESS BSC Working party this SAT 9th April 9.30am

This year’s working party is going to be arranged for 9th April 9.30am

PLEASE BRING YOUR RAKES/GLOVES/ ANY OTHER TOOLS to help with cleaning up the club grounds.

 

We plan to carry out some light maintenance work;-

Cleaning the welcome signs

Patio area

Garage floor

Hut windows

General clearing up of the dinghy park... re disturbing some of the stones that are excessive around some boat area, and relocating to more needed patches

Caroline Downing (Whitehouse) is heading up the day so please speak to her or me if you have any questions

These are the main areas that we need your help with please

Racing Hut

Entrance area

Garage

Dinghy Park

So please come down slightly earlier than your normal time on sat and if possible help out. There is always something that can be done.

Kind regards

John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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Bartley Sailing club video

Bartley Sailing club video

We now have a fantastic video to use many thanks to Ed Badger and Brad Eeles for driving him around last weekend.

 

Just click on the link below

 

https://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D1W4b65AoeY8&h=MAQH5LCiP&s=1

 

Rgs

John

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Annual prize giving.. A FUN EVENING

Annual prize giving.. A FUN EVENING

Those 45 members and friends enjoyed a great evening of fun with lots of party boat racing games, quiz and the amazing raffle. Unfortunately nobody declared that they won the £100,000 ticket, but it’s been noticeable that a few club members was away this weekend!!! Very suspicious!!!

Many thanks goes to Lou Archer and her team for putting on a slick operation for the night and cooking up a fantastic curry... even though the naan bread arrived late!!!

Sailing endeavour brass vase was awarded to Ken Saunders who has completed the largest amount of races over the season in his Supernova.

Special awards this year when to three of the main committee members for their efforts over the many years of the club:-

Mark Reddington for all his hard work collating the results and doing so so so much more

Mark Perrigo for being treasurer - so the committee provided him with a BIG calculator to ensure he can see the numbers and keep adding up the figures correctly

Andrea and Alan Archer for looking after the dinghy park and running Duty Man

Lastly

Howard Eeles Training officer and our BOPC Centre Manager was recognised for his considerable efforts. You may not be aware of all the hard work that Howard puts into the BS club and so the members wanted to present him with a special engraved trophy to say "Thank you". Single handedly he has increased activity and developed a successful business that has put income into our account and helped to suppress the membership fee cost increase. May it long continue so many thanks Howard  

For those members that were not able to turn up to collect their trophies we have a box in the bar that if you can look through to collect please.

Kind regards

John

Bartley SC - Chairman of Sailing Committee

Mobile: 079 20020036

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