Congratulations Richard Baker - a clean sweep!
Below are the top 12 for each class, full results to be loaded on the results page shortly.
Next series starts Monday at 18.30 - hope to see you there.
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First of all 'Happy Easter', we hope you and your families are all well and have a peaceful day.
Today's picture is Dave Jones our power boat instructor who has been running courses for our Bartley members for more years than I can remember. There is a reason the courses can be offered for only £30 and that is because Dave gives up his weekends to train just for the love of it.
But it is not just Dave, it is Dan the Bosun who keeps 6 rescue boats serviced and running, it is the Committee members who organise the building upgrades, the electric certificates, the insurance, the intruder alarm, the accounts, the website and marketing, the contracts with Newman Uni, Birmingham Uni, Local Schools, the Sea Scouts, and Andrew SImpson Foundation. It is the army of helpers who do the things we take for granted at the club - Mark for the results every week, Alan for the dutyman schedule, Nick for boat park and membership processing, Steve for buildings maintenance, John for grounds maintenance, sailing committee for making sure all the race management resources are available, Greg for running the Bar and Leanne and Lorraine for putting the soul into the club with Tilly's Galley.
Then there are the future sailors - the K2O instructors and helpers who have to maintain their certificates and first aid qualifications as well as all the paperwork that goes with running an RYA training centre, and then give every Saturday morning throughout the Summer free of charge to get youngsters on the water. And then there are the members who help during working parties and continue to support the club by carrying out rescue duties.
We are not a service provider, we are a community with a shared interest - so a big "thank you for all you do to support our club!
Is Richard Baker really that good? It appears so as he goes into the final weekend of the first series heading all leader boards! I have found his secret though - lots of practice as I was up against him in one of the Day boat public races today and he was 2nd to my 4th in a fleet of rather fiery Italians and Spanish sailors!
On Monday I will start a new series with Stars as the slow tactical fleet, Formula 18 as the Cat, 49er as the fast single hull, and a 4th race 'just for fun' with a variety of boats to try out.
The turnout this week has been great - hope you are all enjoying your racing!
1986 - I was sailing on a Wednesday afternoon in my games lesson from Five Ways School and the Birmingham Mail took this photo to promote sailing as an activity for the forthcoming bank holiday. Track forward 30 years and I still haven't mastered this very simple boat, but the hiking stance and sail controls have improved somewhat!
If you are not up to racing yourself then you can watch the fun on VR Inshore. The steps are listed above. The only tricky bit is finding the race you want when there are lots of custom ones taking place. The bartley races will always be x/20 where x is the number of people that joined.
There are 3 races each session so you need to select the custom race you want to watch each time. Race 1 opens 5 mins before the start time in the calendar. Then the subsequent ones are roughly 10 mins after the previous one (I usually wait until I have the same number of competitors as the previous race logged on).
So if you are not rigged in time for the 11.00 today then why not log on and watch?
Here is a snapshot of the Virtual Regatta racing on Wednesday evening, last night we got up to 16 on the start line with some great races taking place. If you need to brush up on race tactics then this is a great way to do it.
The racing starts at 18.30 tonight and then 2 sets of races on Saturday and Sunday per the calendar
Here are the scores on the doors so far. Monday was a shocker as the VR server kept crashing out so apologies to those who were frustrated by the whole affair. Tuesday evening was completely different - all 3 races went as planned (and I often put on a bonus fun race in case you hadn't noticed). The bonus race on Tuesday was in the Star class and it was hilarious as it was match racing that seemed to bring out the competitor in everyone - I have never seen such aggressive luffing downwind!
Great to see so many on the virtual water - see you tomorrow at 6.30 for the next instalment.