Bartley Sailing Club Blog
Thanks to all who took the time to participate in the business planning workshop on Wednesday and provided useful feedback as to stengths, weaknesses, opportinities and threats to our club.
Reviewing the survey results provided some clear themes;
What we do well...
Great stretch of clean water with good wind
Good racing programme
Great food and service provided by Tillys
Wednesday evening improver sessions
K2O club for the children / youth members
Accessible with good opening times
Room for improvement...
Update facilities and ground maintenance
Race management and rules observance
Improve sailing numbers on a Sunday
On-line payment options
More inclusive (families, women, cruising, improvers)
The attendees provided many further insights that I shall now be clustering into themes and writing up in the plan.
When the plan is finalised we shall be picking a number of projects to work on as well as being clear as to the areas that will be 'on-hold' until our first level priorities have been completed.
I will continue to post updates as we work through this so members are kept up to date.
It looks like the Bartley K1s have started to stamp their mark on the circuit with Graham Blackwell getting a 7th place in the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club Open meeting back in May and Alan Birch promoting the Bartley name at Rutland last weekend to get a solid 5th place. Well done to both.
The K1 is a light weight single handed keelboat. Bartley currently has a small but expanding fleet of these stable but fast boats.
Thanks to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands Ambulance service for a very informative session on CPR and the use of the club defibrilator on Tuesday evening. I was a little confused to hear the group singing 'nellie the elephant' whilst conducting chest compressions but was soon educated that this provides the perfect rythm and quantity of compressions required. Apparently 'Staying alive' by the Beegees also works, and for the younger generation 'Baby Shark' is a good substitute too (although you wont get it out of your head for the rest of the day).
Our defribrillator will soon be hung up in the club ready for use and it really is as easy as opening the box and an electronic voice talks you through what to do. It senses for a pulse and will only operate the electric shock if none is detected so the decision making is conducted by the machine rather than you.
Thanks to all who attended the training and thanks to Jeremy Higson for championing the cause on this vital piece of equipment.
Well done to Megan and Harrison at the Ogston SC Laser Open on Sunday. Megan was 7th and Harrison 8th in a strong mixed fleet of 24 comprising all 3 laser rigs. Harrison had a great start in the first race and pulled out quite a lead over the other 3 laser 4.7s but Megan didn't give up and managed to catch up to make a pivitol call on the last lap for room at an obstruction enabling her to cover Harrison off and pull ahead to take the class lead. After some healthy banter at lunch time Megan had clearly refuelled ready for the building force 4 to 5 wind for race 2 and pulled out a convincing lead over the 4.7 fleet to take her second class win. In the final race Harrison got it together and led from the start with no danger of the chasing pack getting back in contention.
With the results finalised Megan got the 4.7 trophy and 2nd Junior and Harrison the 3rd Junior - the trophy cabinet is starting to fill...
I went along too and spent the 3 races match racing Garry Knot from Pennine for 2nd and 3rd place in the standard rigs. I got him in the first race but he beat me by a boat length in races 2 and 3 leaving me 3rd standard and 4th overall as a radial got into the mix on handicap. Great racing though - I enjoyed every minute.
Harrison conducts some fine tuning (photo philbase.com)
Megan gets on the Plane (Photo Philbase.com)
I get twisted up (photo philbase.com)
Well done to Steve Hawley (3rd), Chris Bownes (4th), Mike Gibson (6th and 1st Master) and Chris Hawley rounding off the top 10 in a 27 strong fleet at the Supernova Open at Carsington S.C. Looks like another strong year for the fleet is getting under way.
3 Bartley Juniors attended the 2nd RYA Junior series open at Ogston on Saturday. The sailors were greeted by a gentle breeze and bright sunshine. There were travellers from Blithfield, Chase, and Bartley to add to the strong contingent from Ogston. The race officer got proceedings off on time and gave the juniors three 30 minute races back to back before lunch just to make sure they had worked up an appetite followed by a single race in the afternoon to allow for club racing to follow on.
With the racing format based on handicap and average laps it was impossible to tell where the sailors had come until the times had been plugged into the computer and the algorithms run!
In the end the top 3 spots were taken by the Laser Radials (Greg Cornes, Jamie Mason) and a Topper (Alice Hedley-Fenn) with our laser 4.7s in 4th and 6th and Millie coming in as the first under 12 competitor in 7th.
It became clear on the Sunday why there were so many juniors in Lasers - they had all come to get some practice in for the laser Open - more on that in a separate blog.
The next event is on Saturday at Notts County. Megan and Harrison will be going in their 4.7s if any other juniors want to come along and keep Bartley in the running for the team trophy.
Just a quick reminder that defibrillator training will take place on Tuesday evening in the club house from 7pm and that the business planning activity will be on Wednesday between 18.30 and 20.30.
The Wednesday activity will be structured to brainstorm the clubs strengths and weaknesses and then investigate the external influences that we can take advantage of or may threaten our future. If you have a view and are willing to share it (and more importantly be part of implementing a solution) we would love to see you at the session.
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 cover club costs and is run over two days.
Dates for 2019 training are as follows:
June 9 & 16 L2 PB
Sept 22 & 29 L2 PB
Nov 3 & 10 L2 PB
Dec 7 & 8 L2 PB