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DINGHY SAILING AND WINDSURFING ON THE 80 ACRE UPPER BITTELL RESERVOIR. A SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST (S.S.S.I.) SET IN BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS. ESTABLISHED IN 1918.  For 2015 membership & subscription information click HERE

   Click flag for Bart's Bash BGSC FINAL RESULTS. ~ Latest update : 04/03/15 SITE HITS  Hit Counter HTML Counter  (Updated)

SPRING WORKING PARTIES ARE SCHEDULED FOR 7th and 15th of MARCH. An extra plea from Ollie. PLEASE support new Rear Commodore Ollie Ridgway by attending. More info. HERE.

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. LOTTERY GRANT TO UPGRADE & IMPROVE THE CLUBHOUSE CHANGING FACILITIES. More...

The Snowflake average lap series started on Sunday 4th January at 11.00. The series will consist of two races per day. Weather permitting it will run every Sunday until March 8th. inclusive. This information supercedes what is printed in the 2014 handbook and what is shown on Dutyman at present. The work parties will be on Sat. 7th and Sunday 15th March. The NEW Spring race series will commence on Sunday 22nd March.

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 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.

Snowflake Series 2015, Updated 01/03/15, results....HERE

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

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

Our third and final three day junior training event was on August 26th to 28th inclusive. More information on this POSTER and the training page.

Latest junior training report is now online, read it HERE and 2014 Sunday morning junior training block 4 (September) poster HERE

Sunday morning junior training and start racing sessions are announced, details on the training page.

2014 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.

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.

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.

29/6/14. The Ladies race for the June Lennox trophy was won by Julia Powell, the Junior helm race was won by Rachel Cross. More to come with a photo album by Bob.

 

 

Left is an image of an RS200, one of the asymmetric 2 man boats that make up our most recently formed fleet. Non trapeze in the PY range 1057 to 1099 are the basic requirements for this 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 2014 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.

 

 

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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.

 

REGULAR CLUB SAILING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

SUMMER SERIES

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 points and handicap racing series for adults and juniors. Each class of dinghy has its own start. (No menagerie fleet)
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
WINTER SERIES 
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)
PLUS
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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