Barnt Green Sailing Club, an RYA "Champion" Club based in the West Midlands.

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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 2016 membership & subscription information click HERE

   Click flag for an aerial view of Upper Bittell (gallery soon). ~ Latest site update : 27/08/16

Huge well done to Adam Titchen and Ed Onions. After a long hard week at Croft Park in Tewkesbury, both are now qualified Dinghy Instructors.

See our Water Level page for 25th August updates on the valve repair C&RT contract.

The July results of our new 100+ club can be seen HERE.

WE HELD A WONDERFUL RYA AFFILIATED PTBO OPEN DAY ON THE 21ST, A REPORT ON THE DAY IS WITHIN THE COMMODORE'S LATEST JUNE NEWLETTER WHICH CONTAINS MANY OTHER DELIGHTS, SUCH AS DETAILS ABOUT THE FLAG OFFICERS DAY AND EVENING PIG ROAST PLUS THE REBIRTH OF THE 100+ CLUB WHICH ROBIN BOYETT HAS KINDLY OFFERED TO RUN. READ THE LETTER HERE.

Our latest Open meeting was the combined Seavets and Midlands Windsurfing Ass. joint event on Saturday 4th June. Light north easterlies provided just enough wind for a very interesting meeting. 17 sailors took part, three from BGSC, Chris Pack, Ben Kohtzee and Robin Brown. Ollie Ridgway and team made a fine job of running the races and Ruth Tracey from the Seavets got the result up online for the Seavets before she left the club, a good use for our new WiFi. Ex member Lewis Barnes won the WMW event, Mike Playle of Hollowell won the Seavets, Chris Pack was 2nd and best BG sailor. SEAVETS RESULTS HERE. + Ruth Tracey's photos

Saturday 14th May 2016 was the date for our combined Enterprise and Lark open meetings, a report on the Enterprise with photos and results can be seen HERE.

40 Junior sailors of BGSC and other Midland SCs gathered at the club on Saturday 7th May 2016 for our Junior Invitational Open. A report, photos and results can be read HERE.

The Commodore's Spring letter to members can be read via this link.

The dates for the 2016 Junior Training three day courses were March 29th to 31st. (S.I. report on Easter junior training can be read HERE. ) Followed by May 31st to June 2nd (May half term). July 26th to 28th (Early summer). and Aug. 29th to 31st (Late summer, for club members only. Stage 1 and above).

The Junior fun club meets on Saturdays, once a month in the clubhouse. See Cheryl's poster HERE.

Club Events page now has links to the three 2016 calendars that we use.

Click the Junior Training Courses poster below to open the application form for the 2016 events

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.

Important notice. Members, please read the letter from our Commodore on the Water Level page about the forthcoming repairs by C&RT

Updated 25/8/16. Late Wednesday Pursuit and Summer Av. lap series results are on the RESULTS PAGE

Lisa's supper menu for 31st August is, main course: Chicken in white wine sauce, potatoes, vegetables and bread roll. Price £6.50. Dessert: Black forest gateaux with cream/ice cream or cheese, biscuits and grapes £2.50. Lisa's supper menu for 7th Sept. (The last Wednesday supper) is, main course: Chicken Balti curry with rice, poppadoms and naan bread. Price £6.50. Dessert : Fresh fruit salad with cream/ice cream or cheese, biscuits and grapes £2.50. Includes complimentary coffee and mints. To book please telephone Lisa on 0121 445 1226 by prior Tuesday evening.

On Sunday 26th June we held our Flag Officers' day and a report with results and photos can be seen HERE.

The Commodore's June newsletter contains many snippets of information. READ IT HERE.

A Laser 1 is for sale at the club, see Boats for sale page.

Ladies' Mondays, previously known as Mandy's Mondays, will not be run by Mandy from end of June onwards. More information HERE

Bob Suggitt has come 4th at the Chelmarsh Solo open meeting in a fleet of 21, well done Bob. RESULTS

Rob Lennox has come 5th in the D-Zero National Championship in a fleet of 40, well done Rob. RESULTS

Sunday morning junior training continues, read more about it HERE

Updated (13th March.) Final Snowflake series results are on the Results page. The winners are Adam Titchen - Juniors and Rob Lennox - Seniors. Congratulations.

"What it will cost to be a member in 2016" Click HERE

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.

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.

   

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

The junior training three day events of 2015 were well attended and we are repeating the series in 2016.

Midland area training for Optimists takes place each year. Click the photo below to see a larger image of such an event, taken by Bob Suggitt.

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.

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

New race formats continue for 2016, see letter explaining all about these important changes HERE.

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 2016 membership & subscription information click here

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.

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 tp PY

 

 

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

REGULAR CLUB SAILING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

SUMMER SERIES

Sunday mornings - From 11.00 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. At 12.30 we run a 45 minute average lap race for all dinghy and board classes.

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
WINTER SERIES 
Into the winter with our "Frostbite" handicap series for all dinghy classes and points series races for sailboards. (A special Winter only membership is available)

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

Our spring series. Sailboards in the morning, All classes at 12.30 for an average lap race. Dinghies only for the afternoon races.

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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