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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 to see a photo by Robin of Bob, a Laser and Rob/Charlie. ~ Latest update : 01/09/15 SITE HITS  Hit Counter HTML Counter 

Wednesday 2nd September is the final race of the late Wednesday pursuit series The time of the warning signal will be at 18.45 as usual.

The last of the season Wednesday evening Lisa's supper menu for 2nd September. Chicken curry, naan bread, popadoms, mango chutney and rice. Dessert. Sherry trifle with cream or cheese and biscuits with grapes. Complimentary coffee and mints to follow courtesy of Lisa and Fred. To book, by Tuesday 1st Sept. evening latest, telephone Lisa on 0121 445 1226.

Results have been updated to 30/08/2015.

2015 Late summer junior training three day event. This will be held on Bank holiday Monday 31st Aug. (No club racing) and Tuesday 1st / Wednesday 2nd September. Poster and Application Form.

On Thursday 3rd September we host the fourth and final BRAT club aquathlon swim and run event, this will be followed by a Chilli supper for those who pre book with the BRAT club.

On Saturday 5th / Sunday 6th September we host the Enterprise class National Under 25 championship. Saturday evening supper and bar open on both days, daytime galley in operation, camping spots available on the club foreshore. Three races, First at @ 12.00 noon on Saturday, two on Sunday. ENTRY TO THIS EVENT IS FREE. Yes, FREE! Entry form and further details HERE. (Ignore if it says entry fee £10, it has now been declared FREE.) For club members the annual charity race follows the end of the regatta on Sunday 6th at @ 15.00

Important notice.

BGSC / Upper Bittell Reservoir has recently been tested by the Environment Agency for presence of the commonly referred to KILLER 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.

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.

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

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.

 

 

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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 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.

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.

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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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