It’s now just a little over three weeks until the start of the 2013 Midland Circuit with Bartley Sailing Club hosting the opening event.
For 2013 we have some very generous sponsors onboard which means that there will be something up for grabs at both ends of the fleet come prize giving time in October.
More details will follow on the prize front as the circuit opener draws closer.
So on to Bartley, 120 acres of clean water gravity fed from the Elan valley in Wales awaits us, easily accessible from the Midlands Motorway Network with professional catering and a fully licensed bar onsite.
Bartley have a growing Merlin fleet who are keen to welcome us back following the success of last year’s event.
So please mark the date in your diary, 17th March and let’s get the 2013 Midland Circuit off to a cracking start.
See also http://www.bartleysailingclub.com/
Its now less than three weeks to go to the start of the Midland Circuit.
If you have changed your boat have you remembered to get your certificate updated for this year?
Is your boat and towing vehicle ready for the new season?
If not check out the Midland Circuit sponsors between them they provide all the skills to not only look after your boat and all of its kit but we now have a sponsor who can look after your towing vehicle too.
Sorry forgot the link!
This weekend is your last chance to prepare and practice before the start of the 2013 Midland Circuit.
Bartley are a ready and waiting.
One week to go till the Bartley Midland Circuit opener.
It's now time to announce HD Sails as our headline sponsor.
Very generously Jim & Taxi have pledged a brand new Merlin Jib to the circuit.
Remember you have to be in it to win it, so the more Midland Circuit events you attend the better your chance of taking home this fabulous prize.
All set for next week. £10 per boat entry, galley open 0900 for bacon butties. Who is coming?
Hi Mark, Unless it turns sub-arctic again we'll be there
I plan to be there in 3674.
us as well
Breaking News - new venue on Midland Circuit - Colorado River, Austin, Texas. Congrats to Midlands Co-ordinator for vision and imagination
Only 776 miles from Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama!)
Coming has well,
Thanks to Bartley sailing club for yesterdays event, especialy the race officer and his team who made the best of the poor wind conditions, 15 boats turned up to compete and the top 5 finishers are as follows.
Boat Name Sail Number Helm Crew Club
Needlemakers 3610 Dickie Dee Chris Gould Midland 1
Blood Sweat & Beers 3730 Paul Hollis Lise Scott Blithfield 2
Back To The Future 3583 Colin Anderson Sean Anderson Redditch 3
Nice & Spicey 3590 Steve Ward Leigh Wilson Bartley 4
Autumn Gold 3674 Mike Anslow Dan Barret Midland 5
Banbury is the Next HD Sails Midland Circuit on 14th April.
Good effort by Bartley. Look forward to next year - hopefully more wind. Roll on Banbury. Thanks to all Midland Circuit sponsors, especially P&B for a smart new rudder bag (for 1st Old Boat 2012)
As Richard T points out this weekend is the Banbury ST it is also the 2nd of this years Midland Circuit events, results for the Midland Circuit will be extracted from the overall results.
See you Sunday.
Fat Boy Slim
After the excitement of Banbury the Midland Circuit pays a visit to Trent Valley this weekend.
We have been promised a new road surface in addition to Sunday lunch and a far more favourable forecast than last week, what else could you wish for.
First full set of results for the circuit will be produced after this event.
After three events these are the scores, remember 4 to qualify one of which needs to be a non silver tiller event.
Colin Anderson Sean Anderson 1014
Matt Biggs John Hackett 1017
Martin Smith karen Beston 1024
Paul Hollis Lise Scott 2005
Dickie Dee Chris Gould 2006
Guy Browne Tommi Cluley 2011
Mike Anslow Dan Barret 2014
Mark Reddington Colin Staite 2021
Ian Mckensie Angela Mackenzie 2023
Chris Martin Tom White 3002
David Mitchell Ellie Davies 3004
Steve Ward Leigh Wilson 3004
Chris Bownes Claire Bownes 3006
Steve Watson Andrew Prosser 3008
Andy Beardshaw Paul Fuller 3009
Luke Tucker Steve Tucker 3015
John Wood Heather Wood 3010
Pete Browne 3011
James Clarke 3013
Mike Colles 3014
Rob Sloane Belinda 3015
Two weeks this Sunday sees the Midland Circuit visit Earlswood, I understand its the 50th running of this event.
Some of you have been asking about current points etc so after four events please see below, after four events three teams have qualified, Earlswood could see this increase to six. If you can help fill in the gaps for the crews names please let me know.
Position Boat Name Sail Number Helm Crew Club Net
1 Pokin The Turtle 3743 Matt Biggs John Hackett Blithfield 18
2 Back To The Future 3583 Colin Anderson Sean Anderson Redditch 21
3 Fat Boy Slim 3567 Martin Smith karen Beston Blithfield 34
4 Needlemakers 3610 Dickie Dee Chris Gould Midland 1009
5 Prolouge 3581 Mark Reddington Colin Staite Bartley 1026
6 Light Fantastic 3555 Ian Mckensie Angela Mackenzie Blithfield 1032
7 Carbon Foot Print 3716 Steve Leney Gil Leney Blithfieled 2004
8 Blood Sweat & Beers 3730 Paul Hollis Lise Scott Blithfield 2005
9 Dark 'n' Stormy 3619 Guy Browne Tommi Cluley Trent Valley 2011
10 Nice & Spicey 3590 Steve Ward Leigh Wilson Bartley 2011
11 Autumn Gold 3674 Mike Anslow Dan Barret Midland 2014
12 Livestrong 3704 John Wood Heather Wood Earlswood 2019
13 Mylo Xyloto 3744 Chris Martin Tom White Blithfield 3002
14 Miss Aigletinger 3718 David Mitchell Ellie Davies South Staffs 3004
15 Kyzer sozer 3684 Andy Davis Tom Pygall Blithfield 3004
16 Misguyded Missile 3568 Chris Bownes Claire Bownes Bartley 3006
17 Shaka Zulu 3680 Steve Watson Andrew Prosser Midland 3008
18 Manana 3612 Andy Beardshaw Paul Fuller Redditch 3009
19 Zero Gravity 3629 Pete Browne Trent Valley 3011
20 Dingbat 3509 James Clarke Trent Valley 3013
21 Sir Topaz 3530 Mike Colles Midland 3014
22 Sledgehammer 3146 Luke Tucker Steve Tucker Blithfield 3015
23 Fat Pig 3430 Rob Sloane Belinda Trent Valley 3015
Sorry the previous post came out difficult to read I have sent the results to Ross so just waiting for them to get uploaded.
Next weekend the Midland Circuit rolls into Earlswood
Three races, there will be lunch all to be followed by prize giving and afternoon tea.
I understand its the 50th time this event has been run, remember this is on of the non silver tiller events needed to qualify for the Midland Circuit.
The HD Sails Midland Circuit results have been updated after Earlswood.
A week on Saturday it's Barnt Green, please put this in your diary we were made very welcome last year and it was an exciting sail.
See you there.
Barnt Green is the venue for this weekends HD Sails Midland Circuit event.
It was a new venue last year that gave some exciting sailing in intresting conditions.
The duty crew are all arranged and the club is looking foreward to hosting its second Merlin Open.
This is one of none Silver Tiller you need to qualify.
Midland Circuit results have been sent to the webmaster for uploading following yesterday’s event at Blithfield.
6 boats have qualified with a further 6 needing just one more result to qualify, 33 boats have sailed one or more race so far this season and could all still qualify by attending the meetings at Carsington, Chelmarsh and Midland SC all the details are on the fixtures list.
Next up is Carsington on the 29th September.
The Midland Circuit still has two events to go and whilst we know the winner the rest of the podium is still up for grabs.
This weekend we are off too Chelmarsh.
Last year it was very cold and very gusty, this year maybe different.
There are still loads of you who can qualify and there will be a warm welcome after the raceing in a very comfortable bar.
I promisr the courses will be easier to follow than the club is to find, do you cross the river at Bridgnorth or Bewdley? well its your choice! a bit like do we go straight down the run or reach to the leward mark?
See you Saturday.
P.S. Crossing the river at Bridgnorth is the simplest way to the club (inmo)