Thanks to all our members who attended the AGM today and for the valuable Q&A seesion that followed giving us some good suggestions to ponder and plan. It is the generosity of our members in terms of the time and effort that are put in that makes the club such a success so thank you for all you do and keep up the great work!
Unfortunately the wind was howling through the shrouds and up-ending dinghies being readied for transport (I hope your Supernovas are OK for next week) so the end of series regatta had to be cancelled forcing us all into the clubhouse for the Winter series prize giving and an early lunch at Tilly's. Here are just a few of the photos taken (thanks to Jennifer Foort) of the AGM and the prize winners.
The prizes await their winners The Treasurer talks through the club finances
The various fleet, junior (well done Harrison) and series winners get their prizes (and Dan keeps on top of the arm wrestle challngers)
John Ling takes all 3 Saturday Winter Series Trophies - a first for the Club - Well done John! (But look out behind you - there is something coming up the hill!)
The weather gets the best of us for the Regatta...
Don't forget that it is the Annual General Meeting at 10.00 this Saturday morning followed by a Q&A session with the Club Committee. If you wish to know more about the running of the club this is the event to attend.
The AGM is followed by the End of Series Regatta. This is a 'stand alone' regatta of 2 Pursuit races both of which count. The first race is at 12.30 and the second at 14.30.
At roughly 16.30 there will be tea and some cakes in the club house whilst the prizes are awarded for the Regatta and for the Winter series races.
As always there are the perpetual cups for the series winners, regatta winner, Junior series and regatta winner, and Novice series and regatta winner, with wine for the top 3 overall, the coverted 'Bartley Winner' mugs for the top 3 per fleet, and some extra goodies as hand outs. But remember; you have to be there to collect your prize or it gets recycled for next time!
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
If you have held a Level 2 powerboat certificate for at least a year, you are eligible to take the safety boat drivers course.
The course is designed to teach you how to assist or perform rescues of various craft e.g. single and double hand dinghy, canoes and wind surfers.
Dave Jones has one course for 2019, taking place on 6th and 28th April and currently has two vacant places. The cost is just £30 for club members, none members can be considered if holding a valid certificate.
On a separate but linked note - congratulations to our new Powerboat level 2 graduates who had to battle the choppy conditions at the weekend to gain their certification - this group really had to earn their award!
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Foort
Thanks to Steve Watson for running an engaging and thought provoking session on how to use the rules to competitive advantage.
The evening started out with the basics and then gradually added complexity with lots of scenarios explained from our enquiring members. The 'dark rule' was of particular interest as were the subtle but important interpretations of 'proper course' (fastest route around the course which is not necessarily the most direct) and rights at the leeward mark for a boat on port who has water over a starboard boat meaning they must go directly to the mark and not have any right to take a wide line. The 3 boat length rule also received a lot of interrogation as to the zone relative to a boats transom.
The feedback from those who I spoke to was very positive and I was very pleased to see so many club members supporting the event. If you have any thoughts as to further sessions you would be interested in then please let me know on . For info I am just working on some OOD training to ensure consitency there - more on this in the comming months...
Some more photos of the evening from Jennifer Foort:
The crowds assemble!
Contemplating being called a GP sailor and having a small boat...
What 3 boat lengths look like
What do you do if you are boat number 5?
Don't forget to attend on Wednesday evening to brush up on the rules of sailing and how to use them to your advantage. This is a free event for members and promises to be a great evening. We hope to see you there.
Photo courtesy of Supernova Association
Congratulations to Mike Gibson for his 1st Master and 4th overall placing in the Supernova Winter Championships at Bowmoor SC last weekend in a fleet of 36. Garry Butterfield also put in a strong result coming in 7th to take the 2nd Master position in the fleet. A great start to what will surely be another great year for the Bartley Supernovas.
I've attempted to email our accounts out to you this evening. As with most databases, I'm going to work on the assumption that not everyones details are correct or upto date.
In the meantime, I do hope that we'll see you at our AGM on 16th March.
With the AGM fast approaching Bartley S.C. Committee would like to draw to the attention of members the following from the 'Rules of Association' should any member wish to put themselves forward for a position on the committee:
In accordance with rule 2.4.3 the Committee’s nominations for Flag Officers, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Members shall be placed on the Club Notice from this Saturday (21 days prior to the AGM on the 16th March).
If a member wishes to fulfil a role on Main Committee, in whichever capacity, then you will need to send your nomination in writing (not email) to the Honorary Secretary with the signatures of the nominee, proposer and seconder, and must be received by the Secretary no later than 7 days prior to the AGM.
Such nominations shall then be added to the notice board.
19 boats turned out for the final Bartley Bear Sprints in perfect force 4 to 5 conditions that challenged fitness as much as tactics. With each race lasting just a single 8 minute lap the beat was as critical to securing a place as downwind control was critical to keeping it!
With the wind strength so high the 4.7s and Radial were really in the mix with the second race recording first to last place in less than a minute for the entire fleet. This was great practice for the 4 Youth / Junior sailors who put in a masterclass of high wind sailing with a massive grin factor.
At the front of the fleet the competition was fierce with mistakes penalised heavily by the chasing pack. Simon took the first 2 races, then Ed Higson found his form to push through with dad Jeremy and Robin Pitt hot on his heels. Visitor James Dalby was right up there but got caught out by the black flag and a knock down in a squally gust to drop his overall score. In the 4.7s Harrison, Megan and Josh traded places in the morning session, but it was Harrison who pulled ahead as a clear winner when the wind built further in the afternoon.
A fantastic lunch at the Galley set the sailors up for the final 5 races. Ed Higson traded places with Sam Knight who made us all eat humble pie as he zipped around the course with a flat boat carrying half the weight of most of us - how does he do it? As the sailors tired the race course became a graveyard of pirouetting Lasers with masts slamming to windward as the gusts caught those napping on the run.
At the end of the day the body was weary, the clothes were drenched, the grins were big, and the tea and cake was just what we all needed!
Massive thanks to Jeremy for organising the 4 events this winter and providing the Imperial Mounts so we can film where we are going wrong! Thanks also to all those who have supported the sprints and made them such a success.
Overall Winner Simon Hardiman
Most 'first to windward mark' Ed Higson
First 4.7 Harrison Allen
The winning trophy
Ed gets a prize for winning the race to the windward mark on the most occasions
Megan and Josh get their 4.7 prizes whilst Harrison dashes off to a party!