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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 2014 membership & subscription information click HERE

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REAR COMMODORE RALPH GORDON IS ASKING IF ANYONE WHO ATTENDED THE LAST WORKING PARTY HAS KNOWLEDGE OF THE WHEREABOUTS OF HIS GREEN PLASTIC GARDEN KNEELER, GONE MISSING, TAKEN HOME IN ERROR? PUT AWAY IN A SHED? PLEASE CONTACT RALPH IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION THAT MAY HELP HIM FIND IT, SEE CONTACTS PAGE.

Dutyman is now operational for the whole of the 2014 season and the 2015 Snowflake series, please log in to tick your duties or arrange swaps.

Bob Suggitt won the seniors snowflake series and Cameron Baines the juniors, well done to both of them. Updated photos soon...

Wednesday evening races and suppers continue from 9th April with the start time as usual.

The 2014 Club Calendar has been uploaded to the Club Events page.

2014 Junior Training Poster (updated dates) and Application Form are to be found on the Training Page.

The Snowflake series ran from Sunday 5th January to Sunday 30th March 2014 and the races were run on a handicap basis. View final results for seniors and juniors here, (Due to the size of the previous jpeg version the results are now as compiled by Rob Lennox and are an Excel download.)

An update on the Under 21 Enterprise Championship to be held on 30th/31st August, it is now the Under 25 Ent.Champs, sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance and Zhik (racing apparel), read more HERE. Definitely not an event to miss! ENTRY FORM.

Frostbite Series Final Results updated to end of series on 22nd December, see Results The club is grateful to Chris Pack for compiling the series results.

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. 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.

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 2013 Enterprise Under 21 Championship report, results and gallery are HERE.

- THE LARGEST DINGHY SAILING RACE EVER - WILL BE HELD WORLDWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 21st 2014 at 11.00 BST. OVER 300 CLUBS HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP. IN HONOUR OF THE LATE ANDREW SIMPSON THE PROCEEDS RAISED WILL GO TO CHARITY, DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce that Barnt Green Sailing Club has applied to be part of Bart's Bash. Details are now announced via the official launch document. There is also a map showing all the participating clubs. We are on there of course! This whole event will be great for sailing and we can make it be great for our club. Watch this space for updated details.

Clubhouse News : BGW have now installed a log burning stove in place of the ancient fire. This will be much safer as it is a sealed unit with a glass door. This should be kept closed at all times when the stove is in use apart from when feeding logs into the fire. The stove casing gets very hot as do the control handles so take great care and keep children away from direct contact with the unit. Additionally, the kitchen outer door has been replaced with a UPVC double glazed unit which is far superior to the old rotton wooden one. A new main door to the clubhouse has now also been fitted.

At the Sailing Club 2013 AGM our Commodore for the past two years was succeeded by Paul Cross. His Vice Commodore is Mike Pickworth. Congratulations to them both on their election. Retiring Commodore Chris Pack presented his final Commodore's trophy to Lewis Barnes, a popular choice.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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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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