Thats right - only one more weekend to go and the Autumn series is over for another year which means that the End of Series Regatta is taking place on Saturday 15th December.
There will be a shortened working party from 10.00 to 11.30 followed by 2 Pursuit races at 12.30 and 14.30 that will constitute the regatta (both races to count).
After the final race has finished there will be mince pies and prize giving for the Autumn Series and the End of Series Regatta in the club house.
For those who attended the Wednesday evening improvers sessions during the summer (or any others who consider themselves as novices / improvers) there will be the 'novice shield' awarded to the winner of this group in the 14.30 race so you only need to race in the second race to qualify for this (although you may wish to do the 12.30 race to practice!).
There will also be a cup for the first Junior (Under 18) helm in the regatta participating in both races.
The series prizes will be awarded to top 3 in the Autumn series overall and the top 3 qualifiers per fleet - you have to be there to collect your prize though!
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for some festive fun and sailing - Christmas decorations on your boats and santa hats encouraged but not essential... See you on the 15th.
Who will win the Bartley Bear sprint trophy this time around?
For those wanting to know more the Bartley Bear sprints are a fantastic way of improving your starting with the opportunity to get some coaching and pointers from our very own Jeremy Higson using imperial camera mounts (just bring your own go-pro or similar).
If you think this is just for the expert sailors think again - we had a wide range of abilities last time around and all found it a great learning experience. The difference could really be seen last Saturday as those who had attended the sprints all had vastly improved starts in the races.
The format is 10.30 briefing / coaching followed by 10 to 12 short (10 to 15 minute) races around 3 to 4 marks with the focus being the race to the windward mark.
The initiative is primarily for Lasers (all rigs) but other single handers are most welcome - we had one Aero last time and that worked out really well, and 3 Laser 4.7s.
So take some time out from the Christmas shopping and get to Bartley for some starting practice.
I have seen the weather forecast for this week, it looks a little breezy so if your boat is not tied down please do so.
If it is as windy as forecast there may be a number of people at the club who dont want to sail. If that is the case I have a couple of tasks that I could do with a hand with. We are trying to tidy up the club including some areas that are generally unseen. I would really appreciate it if anybody not sailing could give me a hand for about an hour and a half as many hands would make the task easier, this is generally throwing rubbish into the skip and is mainly inside.
I should be there around 2pm.
Thanks in anticipation.
If you have been at the club this weekend you will have noticed a different look to Tilly's Galley with fresh new table cloths,a nautical theme to the table decorations and fantastic food with a friendly service including some delicious home made cakes.
Some highlights from the lunch menu:
Jacket potato with a choice of fillings from cheese, beans, chicken curry, chilli, tuna mayo, coleslaw, cottage cheese for £3 with one filling or only £3.50 for 2 fillings - fantastic value!
Cheese, ham, or tuna mayo bap £2
Sausage roll only £1
or if you get there early why not go for the extra large 'all-in' full english at £6 or a standard size for £4 with a choice of breakfast baps if you are in for a quick bite before the first race
and then there is the cake, lovely cake, lovely lovely cake - be quick or it might all get eaten!
The speed of service is perfect so you can eat between races without waiting - so no need to bring any of your own food as it is all here at a great price in the club house.
Don't forget that it is the first of the Bartley Bear Sprints for the Laser class this Sunday (other classes can attend - please contact Jeremy Higson to register interest).
Briefing is at 10.30 and the forecast looks great. It is free entry to BSC members and only £5 for visitors so great value. A warming lunch will be available to buy from the Galley.
The aim of the day is to hold up to 12 short races to reward those who start well whilst offering alot of practice for those who want to get better in this critical part of the race.
Bartley SC extends a warm welcome to all sailors travelling to us at the weekend for the match racing at the Brummie Bender. Leanne has been getting the food ordered at the galley to ensure we have enough bacon sandwiches in the morning and baked potatoes and Chilli at lunch to get everyone warmed up after the activity on the water.
Usual club sailing will continue as normal in a slightly reduced racing area - and the food is there for you too!
See you at the weekend.
With the sailing season now drawing in those hardy enough to sail in the cold and windy conditions that Autumn and Winter bring we will blog a few reminders so members can refresh themselves on some of the rules of the road and of the club. The first is a reminder that all club members need to turn up on their assigned duty date to ensure safe sailing. If people do not attend then it is the OODs decision as to whether to sail and he or she may request further volunteers on the day if the conditions require it or may close the water if this is not possible.
Here is a guide that was put out for Tuesday and Wednesday sailing in the summer which is equally applicable at the weekends - please support all safety aspects of the club as it is priority number 1.
The Officer of the Day (OOD) is responsible for deciding whether they have adequate safety cover on the water for the prevailing and forecast conditions.
Sailors are responsible for evaluating the conditions and sign on at their own risk and judgement based on prevailing conditions and their sailing ability. If in doubt don’t go out.
It is the OOD’s responsibility to ensure that safety cover on the water is adequate to manage the risk. Risk increases relative to:
A combination of the above factors can result in a significant increase in risk. It is the OODs responsibility to ensure they are satisfied that sufficient cover has been provided for the risk factors evident on the day. If in doubt put another safety boat and crew out on the water (from those available on the day) or if this is not possible close the gates.
For info the RYA provides guidelines for Junior sailors of 1 safety boat for 15 sailing boats. There is no guideline for general sailing.
The minimum requirement at the club is 1 Safety boat on the water at all times. When in motion as a safety boat it must have 2 crew (1 driver, 1 assistant) to ensure recovery can be administered safely.
Sailors are reminded that vessels in the vicinity of a boat / crew in trouble have a duty to assist. This may be just a quick check to confirm the crew of a capsized boat are in control of their situation, or in extreme circumstances may require active rescue to recover the crew of the vessel in trouble.
We all capsize from time to time and even the most experienced can get into escallating difficulty when a number of contributing factors combine - please respect the decisions of the OOD when they make a call on the grounds of safety, and please, please, please keep to your commitment when signing up to do your rescue duty.
Bartley Sailing Committee
Jeremy Higson has kindly aranged some sprint racing for the Laser fleet (and other classes by arrangement). Details below:
25th Nov 18
9th Dec 18
20th Jan 19
17th Feb 19
Classes: Standard Lasers, 4.7, and Radial (other classes welcome just ask).
Briefing 10.30 am
Full safety cover
6-12 Races, 8 to count , 1 discard,
Start sequence 3,2,1, Go
Short Start Lines
10-15 minute races
Simple Trapezoidal Course or Triangle, all Marks to Port, through the gate every lap,
Winner In each Race To wear Yellow Bib
Format:- is to race 5-6 races ,Lunch then 5-6 races, back to the clubhouse to watch videos and
discuss antics from the day.
We have a Trophy for the fastest Laser on the day
£5 entry for visitors. Free to Bartley club members.
Imperial Sailing will provide Laser Camera Mounts, just bring along a Go-Pro Camera if you have
Please reply to the mail below if you are interested to give me an idea of numbers.
Organiser: Jeremy Higson