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

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A reminder that Merlyn Wilcox and Chris Kiely will be running a power boat/ safety course refresher day for all members wishing to learn new skills and practice old ones. This is a free course (to members only) and we encourage those who can attend to come along. This Saturday 6th February from 10.00am - 4.00pm. Please advise Chris if you are coming by email on adulttraining@bgsc.uk

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

Updated (11th Feb.) Snowflake series results are on the Results page.

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

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.

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.

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

Next Junior fun club of 2016, Saturday, 13th Feb., in the clubhouse. See Cheryl's updated poster HERE.

The dates for the 2016 Junior Training three day courses are March 29th to 31st (Easter). 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).

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.

   

The junior training three day events of 2015 were well attended and we plan to repeat the series in 2016.

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 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.

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 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.

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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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 - 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 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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