Booking Slots; Youth Training; About Hire Boats; Class Racing; Club Racing
Newsletter - 14h July 2019
In This Issue: Booking Slots for two weeks; Carry on Sailing Course; Youth training; All about our Hire Boats; Class Racing; Club Racing; Ladies Sailing is back
Restarting of Limited Training
1. Youth Training on Saturday Mornings
We are now able to start Youth Training on Saturday mornings from 20th June, and from that date there will be no cruising slots available on Saturday mornings.
The Application form for Youth Training can be found by clicking the button below. We are obviously constrained by the Government rules on group sizes and Social Distancing, so it is essential that you first of all register with the application form, and secondly do not attend unless the Youth Team have confirmed your place and the date you can come.
This is a new way of working for youth training, so please bear with us whilst we set up the new system.
If you have not received any communication from Jeremy Riley about the restart of youth traiining, it may be that he does not have your up to date email address, so please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Of course our youth sailors and their families are still welcome to book slots at any other time too.
2. Carry on Sailing
Thanks to the latest uplifting of restrictions, we are now able to offer our Carry-on Sailing course.
This will be on Mondays 22th, 29th June & 13th, 20th July, 6.30-9pm. Course fee is £40.
These sessions are for adults who can sail to about RYA Level 2, hopefully can rig a boat (we can help, from a social distance), and to help with improved boat handling skills.
We will guide you through sailing more efficiently, how racing works, and it is tailored to the sailor's requirements .
Hire boats are included in the fee; either single-handed or same household sharing a boat.
Numbers are limited due to the availability of our volunteer Instructors, and Goverrnment guidelines.
Click the button below and then email your form to Fraser on email@example.com. Please do not make payment until Fraser has confirmed a place for you. Contact Fraser on the same address if you have any queries.
and we are now able to re-start:
Ladies Sailing Evenings - Monday 6th July from 6.30pm
Now that we are able to use the water, we can start Ladies Sailing for 2020!
I am new to the role and am encouraging all ladies to come along and join me on Monday 6th July for a relaxing evening of sailing. This is an opportunity to go on the water and gain confidence in a supportive environment.
We will start from 6.30pm Sadly there will be no BBQ at the moment. The plan is to have further Ladies Sailing evenings in August and September on the first Monday of each month. I look forward to seeing you there.
Completion of East Jetty Decking - Report From House
Ray reports as follows:
East Pontoon deck rebuild---A formidable achievement
An enthusiastic Work Group in small teams rapidly replaced the worn-out wooden decking on the east pontoon which had passed its useful life. Despite the ever-growing threat of rain, the teams displayed an energy to replace the 38 metres of pontoon with modern state of the art GRP decking and they completed the rebuild in a record 3 hours. One team member recorded 4 miles of walking in taking the wood decking to the bonfire area to complete the challenge. This A- team of members are well known to you all and the stats for their achievement makes interesting reading.
Number in the Work Group 11 members
Time consumed by the team 33 hours
Time to install new decking 3 hours
Wood decking disposed 390 slats
Stainless screws removed 2400
GRP sections laid 38
GRP decking installed 38 metres
Lifespan of east pontoon 20 years (imagine that!)
A gift for all our members to enjoy for a very long time indeed. Ray Meerabeau - Head of House
Racing - a way forward for now
Your Covid committee (the Covid 4!) have been considering whether we can re-start club racing under the current RYA and Government guidelines.
For the next little while (sorry to be imprecise but the rules change on a nearly daily basis) if a group of sailors from the same class wish to do some informal racing round the buoys during one of the sailing slots or class training, they may do so, but with the following procedures:
Racing to only take place at the far end of the lake.
Cruisers will still be able to use the whole lake, and are to be treated as an obstruction. This means the cruiser is the "right of way" boat and to be avoided, and those racing are the "give way boats” - Strange rule but we are in strange times!
Class boats must still book a slot to sail on Wednesday Evenings and at weekends
Class boats must not use the rostered safety boat to run their races for them but can man and launch their own safety boat to act as committee boat — to be cleaned before and after use. Or get the safety boat to lay some marks and the class can then organise their racing from within the sailors present.
Social distancing still to be maintained, so no rafting up on the water.
We are currently unable to organise club racing due to the current restrictions, but as soon as we can… keep watching this newsletter for updates.
Frank Brown Sailing Secretary
The club boats are now available for hire. If you hire a boat you are to clean it before and after use, and it will then be quarantined after use for 72 hours.
All club hire boats will be charged at the discounted rate of £10 for one session or £15 for a day — please see the SOOD (senior OOD) to establish which boats are available (We have 28 in total so there should not be any shortages) and pay by contactless, before rigging.
And the bit you have all been waiting for ....
Sailing Booking Slots
(No Saturday morning slots available going forward as Youth Training is restarting) Please ensure you have read the Current sailing guidance notes before attending.
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