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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

   Click flag for Bart's Bash BGSC page, shows who's entered the race. Come on, enter, it's easy ~ Latest update : 21/09/14 SITE HITS  Hit Counter HTML Counter 

IT'S BART'S BASH RACE DAY. ON 21/09/2014 AT @ 11.00. THE RACE WILL BE AN AVERAGE LAP RACE OVER A MEASURED DISTANCE COURSE AND A NON MEMBER SCRUTINEER WILL OBSERVE PROCEEDINGS IN ORDER TO CONFIRM COMPLIANCE WITH THE BART'S BASH RULES. MEMBERS CAN SIGN UP ON THE DAY IF THEY DO NOT PRE ENTER. PRE ENTERING IS BETTER THOUGH! NON SAILORS WILL BE WELCOME, BRING YOUR CAMERA. THE BAR WILL BE OPEN AFTER THE RACE TO CELEBRATE OUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS HISTORICAL EVENT. RESULTS WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE BART'S BASH TEAM AND ONCE KNOWN, THE LINK WILL BE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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The time has come for individual club members to sign up to the race. Visit the website (click banner above) and follow instructions to make your profile, remember to enter under the Barnt Green SC burgee. Good luck! Entries so far as of 21/9/14 are 31 craft of various types, there are a number of double handers so 36 sailors are taking part. We needed 25 boats to qualify for the Guinness record attempt so well done everybody who has entered, THANK YOU. The amount raised for the Andrew Simpson Foundation Trust by our club members is £267. At £255 showing online our club is in 86th place for fund raising, worldwide! Notice of Race and sailing instructions are on the Bart's bash site. A list of our entries can be seen HERE Those who participate can print off a certificate and have it verified by the Commodore after the race. Download here

Enterprise Class summer points series provisional results, compiled by Rob Farquharson up to 24th August. It's close at the top! MORE....

Wednesday evening Lisa's suppers have now ended for 2014. They have been well attended this year and I offer hearty thanks to Lisa and Fred for their efforts on members behalf. Book me down for 2015 please!

At the Under 25 Enterprise National Championship held at BGSC on 30th/31st August we enjoyed a visit by the Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, at 11.45 on Saturday 30th. Sajid is MP for Bromsgrove. He last visited the club a short time before the last General Election when he gave a very interesting talk. We are grateful that he made time to fit his visit to us into his very busy schedule. Click photo to see a gallery of images. The championship report, results and some photos can be viewed HERE, more galleries will follow.

Over the weekend, August 30th/31st. We hosted the Enterprise Class National Youth Championship. For many years the Under 21 champs and for this year, the Under 25 Champs. With categories for U 15, U 18, U 21, U 25, Lady helm, Club trophy and Old boat trophy. More details on the Ent. class page HERE. We even had a visit from the Minister of Sport! See update below.The event sponsors were Noble Marine Insurance and Zhik (racing apparel)

The Cadet Class World Championship was held last week at Weymouth & Portland. On Wednesday race 7 was sponsored by BGSC due to the efforts of Di & Mike Larkam who raised funds for the event with their Salmon & Strawberry supper evening held at the club recently. (Read report) Mike and Di were there to watch race 7 and to represent our club. Read more about it www.cadetclass.org.uk/2014-worlds See an image of the sponsors banner with our burgee logo at the bottom left HERE Our sailor to watch was Ben Shorrock (crewed by Ellie Watling) in boat GBR 8441. Ben is Di & Mikes' grandson, son of Katie Shorrock nee Larkam. RESULTS.

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.

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.

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

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.

After the U25's event we ran our annual charity race to raise funds for Sailability. This was a 1 hour average lap handicap race with the warning gun at @ 3.00 pm. Entry fee was £5 and £2.50 for juniors.

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.

Date change from that shown in club calendar. Our Cadet and Optimist joint Open Meeting will be on Saturday 25th October. This change is to avoid clashes with other major events. The contact for the events is Bob Suggitt. Links will be inserted here soon for entry information.

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 small yellow BRATs swim course bouys have been placed in position close to our bouy positions 4, 6 and 9. These MUST not be moved, they are set to give a 750 metre course, please observe this and share if you see anyone attempting to move them. Thanks.

- 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.

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.

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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