Barnt Green, an RYA "Champion" West Midlands Sailing Club



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   Click flag to see the Green Belt Walk poster. . ~ Latest update : 08/10/15 SITE HITS  Hit Counter HTML Counter 

As we move into Autumn the club working parties (10th and 18th Oct.) are upon us, here is a message from our Rear Commodore, Ollie Ridgway.

We have a JUNIOR FUN CLUB starting on Saturday 10th October, 1.00 – 4.00pm. It is open to club members and their family and friends, also anyone who has attended one of our training courses. We want the children to have fun together on and off the water without the pressures of training! It will be a great opportunity for everyone to socialise. Please support us in this new club venture. Best wishes. Cheryl Kiely. See POSTER for more detail.

With our apologies for uploading this edited version of the club handbook so late into the season. Better late than never! (The edits take out the membership list and last years accounts from the AGM report)

A message from Liz and Mark Rushall dated 28/9/15: "Rob and the family are immensely touched by all the messages about Ruth that have poured in via social media, emails and post. It's amazing how many people Ruth has touched over the years. Thank you." Ruth's service of thanksgiving will take place on Friday 16th October at 2pm, St Andrews Church, Sandhills Rd, Barnt Green, Birmingham, B45 8NR and afterwards at The Parish Centre next door. There will be a private funeral service earlier in the day for immediate family. The family have said no flowers, but would be delighted if you wanted to make a donation to Cancer Research UK
If you are planning to attend it would be very helpful if you could email RSVP to Liz Rushall, to help judge catering arrangements.

Posted on Thursday 24th Sept. It is with the greatest sadness that I inform members that Ruth Lennox sadly passed away yesterday after a short battle with bone cancer, only diagnosed last week. Rob and the girls were all with her and the end was very peaceful. The family are all being amazing, and the sudden-ness and reality is only beginning to sink in. I know you will all join me in wishing Rob, Rachel, Hannah and Charli plus the extended family our deepest condolences and very best wishes for the time to come. Rob specifically asked me to advise you all about Ruth via the website, impersonal though it is, hoping that the more members who know, the less he will have to find the strength to tell. There will be a service to commerorate her life in a while and I will advise when and where once it is known. Rest in Peace Ruth, those who knew you were all the better for the friendship. (Robin - web admin) Click the image below for an amazing photo of Ruth with helm, Kay Tavinor from the 1980's

Rob and Ruth on holiday in June 2014, doing what they loved.


Please see a poster advertising the "Green Belt walk" on Oct 3rd from the Lickey Hills to our Clubhouse. This was to highlight the threat to the Green Belt especially around our Reservoir. About 40 people participated including 12 from the SC and FC. The event was hailed a success. More......

The final Open Meeting of 2015 was the joint Optimist and Cadet meeting on Saturday 19th September. 21 Optimists and 1 Cadet took part. A report will follow.

Important notice.

BGSC / Upper Bittell Reservoir has recently been tested by the Environment Agency for presence of the commonly referred to KILLER and/or DEMON SHRIMP. (Dikerogammarus villosus or D. haemobaphes). Neither of these species were found. We are at present INVASIVE AQUATIC SPECIES FREE. Please help us keep this status by thoroughly washing any boats and equipment before launching. This applies to club members who have taken their boat to any other water and to all visiting boats.


A message from Stuart Howe: "I am organising professional tree surgeons to clear as much of the East shore of Upper Bittell, on Wednesday Oct 7th, as possible. There are four of them so if we can get any Sailing club volunteers to help by piling the wood up and burning it we will be able to achieve a lot more. Could we therefore please request the help for anyone who might be available on that day to turn up any time from say 9am onwards. A few hours from members will help greatly, all they need is strong boots or wellingtons, gloves, secateurs and bow saw if available. Many thanks." Contact Stuart Howe if you can help.

On Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th September we hosted the Noble Marine Enterprise Class National Under 25 Championship. A full report with photos and results, by Paul Young and Julie Moore, can be seen HERE. (Courtesy of Y&Y).

The annual charity race followed the end of the regatta on Sunday 6th at 15.00. This year's chosen charity was the R.N.L.I. for which £85 was raised.

Club race results have been updated to 30/08/2015.

Our Sunday morning junior training now starts at 10.00, session details are on this NEW POSTER. Booking can be made using this FORM.

The summer junior training three day events are here.

The 2015 subscription notices have been posted to Click the logo to be re-directed.

Our lakeside clubhouse is for hire and is ideal as a venue for meetings, training events, seminars, parties, wedding receptions. Visit The Boathouse Venue to find out more.

Our Solo and Laser combined open meetings were on Saturday 11th April. The superb conditions attracted 30 Laser sailors. LASER RESULTS HERE. and 9 Solos. SOLO RESULTS HERE. A small gallery of photos by Chris Pack is HERE. The Solo Midlands fixture list can be seen HERE. The Laser Open meeting poster can be viewed HERE.

2015 Training dates arranged. Junior training 3 day events. Poster and Application Form. Plus a level 1 Adult Course.

Midland area training for Optimists took place on Saturday 13th December 2014 in perfect conditions. Click the photo below to see a larger image, taken by Bob Suggitt. A small gallery will follow soon.

Local news magazine "The Village" reports on visit by M.P. and the Enterprise Under 25 National Championship, more.....

Barnt Green Waters Ltd. have been awarded £50,000 in the latest Inspired Facilities funding round. Sports England have announced an extra £40m will be invested through Inspired Facilities to 2017. This grant is specifically awarded for changing room refurbishment.

The Spring Handicap Series updated on Sunday 26th April. Final Results. Details HERE

The Spring Sailboard Points Series updated on Monday 27th April. Final Results

The winners are: Seniors and overall (all craft), Bob Suggitt. Juniors, Julian Kiely (BGSC tie break rule applied) Sailboards, Robin Brown.


New race formats for 2015, see Vice Commodore's letter explaining all about these important changes HERE.

2015 Junior Training Poster (updated dates) and Application Form are to be found on the Training Page.

NEW ~ ~ Users guide, Richard Seal has kindly written a guide to help members understand what Webcollect can do for them and for the club. Please find time to read this excellent manual. More info is on the news page.

The club is grateful to Gordon, Carl and John for the efforts they have made in securing this grant. Well done! Read Stuart Howe's press release HERE and MORE HERE from the RYA. The application was steered to success by club members Gordon Padmore with the aid of Carl Taylor and John Arrowsmith. The announcement was confirmed on BBC TV in Midlands Today after the main early evening news.



Left is an image of an RS200, one of the asymmetric 2 man boats that make up our handicap fleet.. Click image to enlarge. Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) numbers list in pdf format here

Read our introduction article for the new class here and a report on a test days sailing here

Rob Lennox report with Andrew Weedon reply here  RS200 gallery here




A great offer from the Committee to prospective members.  Anyone joining who does not own or wants to postpone buying a boat, can use a club LARK free of charge for a while to give them time to decide which fleet to join !  Vacancies currently exist in all our fleets, we would welcome your enquiry.  Follow the links on this page for more information or visit the club on a Sunday to see our fleets in action. We also have club owned Laser Pico, Optimist and Cadet dinghies plus a beginners sailboard for new members to try out sailing in/on.





For 2015 membership & subscription information clickhere

Our superb rural situation is close to the City of Birmingham , not far from the famous Lickey Hills National Park in North Worcestershire with easy access from the M42 motorway, junction 2.   We are a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) "Volvo" Champion Club and an RYA Recognised Training Establishment.

Left :   Junior windsurfer Lewis Barnes enjoying club racing. In 2010, 11, 12, and 13 Lewis won our overall Sailboard fleet summer series trophy, a very worthy achievement which required persistently high performance racing throughout each season. Many of our young sailors achieve high standards both within the club and further afield in regional and national events. Click on "Training" to find out more.

Our emphasis is on friendly, family orientated sailing. Expert tuition is arranged for children, youths and adults and we have fleets of Optimist and Pico dinghies available for training purposes. Healthy competition is encouraged through a strong class sailing structure.

Our club is independent, run by the members for the members. We all take part in helping to run race days and events such as Open Meetings, each class sailed at the club hosts one of these each season and they attract visitors from far afield.



Merlin Rocket






Handicap PY 1057 to 1099



We sail ten classes in our racing fleets. Click the images to visit their pages

We welcome new members, experienced or novice and membership is open for all classes plus crewing only and parental non sailing for young sailing juniors, see our membership pages for details.




Sunday mornings - Sailboard points and handicap racing series for our fleet of 7.5 Raceboard windsurfers and Sailboard Allcomers plus dinghy training opportunities for juniors and adults.

Sunday afternoons - Dinghy average lap racing with class results extrapolated.
Bank holiday Mondays - as for Sundays
Wednesday evenings - in spring and summertime. A pursuit race for adults and juniors plus a class race for sailboards. Followed by a social evening in our lovely sandstone clubhouse - with hot suppers and licensed bar.
Saturdays afternoons - Leisure sailing, training sessions and impromptu racing. Safety boat cover for many summer months.
Monday evenings -  We run Ladies and Mens only courses. Organised by Mandy and Bob Suggitt
Into the winter with our "Frostbite" handicap series for all dinghy classes and points series races for sailboards.

Through the winter with our "Snowflake" handicap series for all classes. (A special Winter only membership is available)

Our new spring series start on 22nd March '15. Sailboards in the morning, All classes at 12.30 for an average lap race. Dinghies only for the afternoon race.

Casual sailing at other times subject to observance of the club safety policy.

Our now famous junior training programme, with early (Easter) and mid season (July and/or August) three day events and regular shorter sessions, has produced many fine achievements with young sailors obtaining magnificent results at National, European and World events.   We are justifiably proud of our younger members. Click here for more details.
Right we see Optimist dinghies at a club training event. Click image to enlarge.
Optimist dinghies sailing at Barnt Green during a training session

Full details of all our events can be found in subsequent pages. We hope you enjoy our website.


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