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With series 2 of VR Inshore drawing to a close and series 3 ready to start you may be wondering what you need to do to get to the front of the fleet. Here are a few tips:
Good luck it all and keep racing as the big races are the most fun.
It is interesting how sailing fleets change over the years from Mirrors, Larks, GP14s through to the need for speed with RS400s, Moths, RS600s, and anything with a trapeze and Spinnaker. Now days single handers continue to grow in popularity as it is harder to coordinate helm / crew commitments. As a result Bartley has grown very healthy Supernova and Laser fleets.
So today here is a shout out to all the Supernovas with a picture of the Master of the class Mike Gibson. For those unfamiliar with the class it is similar in handicap to a Laser but with a more comfortable hiking position and more sail controls. The sail is fully battened which makes it more powerful and also more tactical downwind as 'velocity made good' (VMG) becomes more of a factor than it is in the laser. Recent hull colours have given the newer boats a very striking appearance. If you are looking to join a growing class at Bartley then the Supernova is definitely worth a look.
Whilst we all do what is necessary during these strange times there are those who think it is acceptable to just drop their rubbish wherever they feel like so long as it is away from their property. Thank you for those members who brought this situation to our attention. Luckily Newman University have a camera that points to the area and have identified the culprit as an individual in a people carrier - the rest is up to the police to trace them and take the required action. In the mean time the council have been informed and will hopefully remove the rubbish, unfortunately at the tax payers expense. There are some great stories of people helping each other selflessly in the current crisis, it is just unfortunate that there are also a minority who act in a completely selfish manner wasting time and resources that could be better focused elsewhere.
In other updates - thanks to all members who continue to support the club, and remember that if you are struggling with your membership due to circumstances out of your control then please get in touch rather than just cancelling and we will try to work together to keep you sailing and the club still operating.
The club Directors continue to explore government and Sport England avenues for cost saving opportunities - a big thank you to Tony for filling in and submitting the paperwork as it is a time consuming task.
Thanks also to Dave, Dan, and Steve who have been making sure that all moving parts of the club are kept serviced and operating so we can hit the water seamlessly when restrictions are finally lifted.
Hoping you are all safe and managing in the current climate, and remember that you can sail virtually every weekday evening and twice on Saturday and Sunday.
Tom Daley or Mike Gibson - they have so much in common, from physique to swimming attire (allegedly) but when it comes to the Pontoon diving section it has to be Mike for style (certainly looks like he will make less splash than the K2O crew).
VR Inshore is going well and I have managed to decipher most of the alias' from sail numbers or obvious names but I can't work out who the following are so please let me know by posting a comment and I can add you to the results.
A of the Cloanes
Knot Gooin Out