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Change to Bartley SC Sailing Instructions - Protests


'You don't need rules until you need rules'. If everyone follows the Racing Rules of Sailing with the same interpretation then you don't need rules, however there are different interpretations, different opinions (we see things how we are not how they are), and grey areas. The ability to protest when you consider a rule has been infringed is the right of every sailor, as is the ability to immediately exonerate by taking the penalty associated. At Bartley we are keen to ensure club racing is fair as well as educational and actively encourage protests where a perceived infringement has occurred. To make this process easier to administer the sailing instructions have been updated based on member feedback.

The Sailing instructions (SI) have been updated to allow more time to lodge a protest, to reinforce the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest, and the arbitration step added to the process to create an environment of learning for all. Updates are as follows:


15.1 Protests must be made on the appropriate form obtainable from the Race Officer and must be handed to the Race Officer within 40 minutes of the time the last boat finishes the relevant race. This changes RRS rule 61.3

15.2 Protests will be conducted with the additional step of arbitration following the arbitration process outlined in Appendix T of the RRS.

15.3 It is the responsibility of the protestor to inform the protestee of their intent to protest at the earliest reasonable opportunity after the protestee has finished the race (i.e. as soon as both parties have returned to shore). All parties involved in the protest are expected to remain on site until the Officer of the Day (Race Officer) has confirmed they are free to depart. Where possible the arbitration should take place at the end of the days racing in an open forum in the club house. This is to ensure facts are not forgotten and to provide a learning experience to others in the club on rules and how they are applied.  This requirement is additive to section 61.1 of the RRS.

A link to a full copy of the club SI can be found on the 'Racing' tab

Happy and fair sailing

Sailing Committee

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Bartley K2O Juniors in RYA OnBoard article

Ben, Shay, Theo and Cecily have all received a mention in a recent RYA article highlighting their experiences at the RYA Championships in Autumn 2018. This is great for the Juniors and great for the club - hope you enjoy the read:


(note if you are having trouble with the link then cut and paste to your browser or go to the www.rya.org website, click on the 'news & events' tab, then 'latest RYA News Stories' and finally 'Use the OnBoard Fun Fleet to Inspire Sailors This Season' posted on 25th Jan)

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Sam Knight and Chris Bownes win the Steve Nicholson Trophy 2019

Sam and Chris extend their lead

Congratualtions Sam and Chris for a fantastic win over a fleet of 35 double handers contesting the Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton SC. 

Steve Ward and Mark Rolfe achieved a creditable 20th in the challenging conditions. Mark says he has a new respect for GP14s given how exhausted he was at the end of the day!

Steve and Mark bear away




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2019 RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety Boat Courses

Fantastic offer for all club members - RYA Powerboat level 2 and RYA Safety Boat courses at a MUCH reduced price. If you don't already have this qualification BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!!!!

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 members (usual cost using an external provider is about £200) to cover club costs and is run over two days.

To book your space, please contact Dave Jones via or phone:  07887406585

Dates for 2019 training are as follows:

March   9 & 10      L2 PB

Apr        6 & 28      Safety Boat training (must hold L2PB for more than 1 year)

June      9 & 16     L2 PB

Sept      22 & 29    L2 PB

Nov       3 & 10      L2 PB

Dec        7 & 8       L2 PB


Dave Jones

Land: 01216025328

Mob:  07887406585

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Gala Evening Played its Cards right!

Thanks to all who supported the fantastic gala night on Friday and to John, Jennifer, Marie, and all at Tilly's Galley for organising it.

Everyone who attended had a great time with a very close game of 'Play your Cards right', the 'Bosuns Challenge' and a raffle with some top prizes.

Here are just a few of the many photos of the evening:

The tragic victims of the Bosuns Challenge - Dan really is hard as nails!

Brucie makes a guest appearance (somehow!)

Good friends and Sailors

The K2O crew play their cards right

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Ollie Ridgeway is the third Bartley Bear Sprints Winner!

Cogratulations to Ollie for winning the 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints in challenging conditions and taking the trophy from the clutches of Richard Baker. 

Well done too to Harrison Allen for winning the 4.7 class for the 3rd time showing his dominance yet again.

Thanks to Jeremy Higson for arranging the day, to Sam Knight for the coaching tips and John Ling for being race officer.

The next Bartley Bear Sprint is on the 17th February - who can challenge Ollie for the trophy? Who can knock Harrison off the top spot in the 4.7s? Make sure you come along as it could be you...

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Reminder - Fitting out Gala on 25th January, please come along for the social event of the year!

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Annual AGM - Update from Commodore

Dear Members,

Happy new year and I hope you are all recovered after the festive period and I am hoping to get out on the water more regularly in the next few weeks and hope to see as many of you out there as possible.

The Committee are messaging to inform you that the Annual AGM will take place on the 16th March at 10.00 before the end of season races and prize giving’s.  

The AGM will present the accounts from the previous financial year (October 2017-October 2018) which have been prepared by our accountant. It will also include votes on committee members for the following year and will follow with a member’s Q and A session regarding club developments. 

I hope that you can attend but if you would like information from me directly then please be in touch through the



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Bartley Bear Sprints Sunday 20th Jan @ 10.30

The 3rd Bartley Bear Sprints will take place on the 20th Jan. 

There will be a briefing and off-the-water training session at 10.30 followed by up to twelve 10 to 15 minute races.

Let Jeremy Higson know if you want to borrow an Imperial Sailing mount for your GoPro or similar to record your sailing for the de-brief at the end of the session.

The session is aimed predominantly at Lasers (any rig) but other single handers with similar PY are welcome.

The focus is on start practice and the race to the windward mark - all abilities welcome.

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Tilly's Galley now open from 12.45 on Wednesdays for Lunch

To all the Wednesday people - Great news; you can now have food before you sail as Leanne will be open from 12.45 to serve you.

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