Newsletter - 13th September 2020
In This Issue: Limited opening of the Changing Rooms;  Clubhouse seating; Open Meetings; Power Boat Courses News; More Guide Hut News; AGM Date; Get more involved; Work Party; Sailing Programme; New Club Hire Boat; Owning the Lake; Club Championship day
Notice of Annual General Meeting - Thursday 26th November
This year's AGM will be held on Thursday 26th November.   Due to current restrictions the committee are working on a solution which will allow members to attend remotely or in person.  This will require an amendment to our rules which will be dealt with on the night.   Watch this space for more details of how the Meeting will be managed, and how you can attend.

Volunteers needed

There are a number of ways in which you can get more involved with the club on its various committees (it takes around 70 members doing various jobs to keep the club running) and due to some long serving members retiring from their posts, some important vacancies need filling.   If you would like to know more contact Fraser on, or chat to any of the Main Committee to see what's what.
An  Further Update from your Covid Committee
As you all know we have undertaken a phased re-opening of our facilities during the Summer, taking each step in line with guidance from the Government and the RYA.

Main Clubroom 

We are now pleased to announce that we can now re-open the Clubroom so that members can sit indoors, providing the following rules are adhered to:

Table Rules
  • Please clean your table and chairs when arriving and departing
  • Do not move the chairs or tables, as they have been arranged very carefully to comply with Government rules.
  • Maximum group size is 6 – you are not allowed to move from one group to another.
  • You may remove your face covering when seated but put it back on when moving anywhere within the Clubhouse
If you forget any of the rules, please do not be offended if the OOD or a club officer reminds you.
We can now also announce that we are able to have a limited reopening of the changing rooms, on Saturday AFTERNOONS and all day Sunday.   We would ask all members to be particularly careful to follow the rules, and only use the changing rooms if strictly necessary.   Maximum numbers are six which is necessary to keep safe and legal, so please be patient if you have to wait.
To comply with Government guidelines please observe the following:-
Changing Rooms – Restricted Use Only
  • Please continue to get ready to sail at home and change on return to home, where possible.
  • Changing room capacity has been much reduced and should only be used if necessary
  • Maximum numbers in this room are 6 – please be patient
  • Do not leave clothes or kit in the changing rooms and return all items to your car or store outside
  • Only use the marked bays
  • Please change/shower as quickly as possible
  • Only use the toilets in the changing room if the disabled ones are unavailable
  • Follow all current social distancing guidelines
  • When using ensure fans are on and windows open to improve ventilation
  • Wipe down all surfaces before and after use.
As with all things Covid the Government guidance may change, which may mean that we have to review the rules, or review the opening of these parts of the clubhouse in the future.
Please also remember to log your presence on site, either by scanning the QR code displayed at the club, or logging in manually on the sheets in the lobby.   

All of the above applies to both adults and youngsters, so please ensure that all members of your family are aware of the rules.
Work Party - Sunday 1st November 9.30-1.00

Sunday 1st November sees our Autumn Work Party.  Come along any time from 9.30.  All members are encouraged to attend and there will be jobs for all.  All the tasks this time will be outside and we will be fully compliant with social distancing requirements to keep you safe.  We are only planning to operate for the morning, as so much good work has already been completed by Ray, Roger and the House Work Group during the summer. 

As we are only running in the morning, instead of lunch we will be serving warm and cold mid morning snacks.  Please wear stout boots or shoes, we have supplies of other protective equipment as necessary.   Look forward to seeing you on the 1st

Sailing Programme and Open Meetings

Last day of Summer Series and Last Novice Race

Sunday 18th October sees the last date for racing for the Summer Series alongside the Enterprise Open races.   This will also be the very last of this year's Novice Series - so come out and see if you can take the cup all you Novices - there are twelve of you who have raced in the series this year, and it woul dbe great to see you all out there next Sunday.   Hopefully we can present the trophy to the series winner on the day.
As Summer ends we move to our normal Winter Programme commencing on 15th November but with a few changes due to the strange situation we are in.  On Saturdays the lake will open to the various classes to organise their own training, events and their own safety cover.  Golden club rule – no safety cover = no sailing. 
Sundays we will be running 3 general handicap races about 25 to 30 minutes long.  3-2-1 start sequence with racing commencing at 10.45am.  Everyone is welcome, but as there will be no specific novice racing during the winter the last race of the day will be shorter and usually with less participants and may be more suitable for those new to racing. 
As always we welcome cruisers between 10.30 and 3pm on Sundays.  By not having the middle lunch break it also makes it a shorter day for the On Duty Team.
Please remember that as from 1st November you have to wear a full wetsuit or dry suit to keep you warm, safe and compliant with Club rules.  Makes sense really!
Quick reminder
  • 18th Oct, Enterprise Open and club racing;
  • 25th Oct Solo Open and cruising;
  • 31st Oct Topper Open and Sprint Racing and Cruising
  • 1st November, Work party –  No racing or cruising - no sailing
Sunday 8th November sees  our Club Championship day:

The Lawes Trophy and Champion of Champions One Day Series

This is the day when everyone can race together at the club.  The format will be a series of GH Races, but with separate starts for the Lawes fleet and the Champs fleet

The Lawes Trophy is open to anyone who has not won a Papercourt club or class trophy in the past (although the novice trophy does not count)   It is a chance to win one of our most coveted cups without the Champs taking all the glory.  Come and join in whatever your sailing experience.

The Champion of Champions is for everyone else - i.e. those who have won class or club trophies in the past.

Lets make this a great finale to what has been a rather different summer season!

See you on the water
Frank Brown, Sailing Secretary
More Power Boat Courses

Our November powerboat course is highly oversubscribed with a long waiting list, as currently due to the Covid restrictions we can only take 5 students per course.  In order to address this we are going to run an extra (midweek) course in February. 

However,  if you have previous power boating experience but do not have the RYA qualification we are going to run some one-day intensive days with RYA assessment.  If you think this might work for you please contact Chris Granger (Chief instructor – Power) to discuss.  

Lake purchase loans have been repaid

I am pleased to announce that the members' loans that were used to help purchase the lake eight years ago have now been repaid, and two years ahead of the original schedule, thanks to the careful and prudent management of the club's finances.

The bank mortgage will continue for the remaining two years, by which time the lake and grounds will be wholly owned by the sailing club.

We should all thank the members who eight years ago dug deep to ensure we can continue to sail at Papercourt for many generations to come.

Fraser Hayden
Commodore PSC

New Committee Boat Cover

Our Committee Boat has a smart new cover.  The old cover lasted some dozen years but was beyond repair so a new cover was purchased.  The original manufactures of the original cover still had the CAD drawings and where able to remake the cover with just a couple of minor improvements, the addition of a central bar to prevent the cover drooping and a “D” ring attached to an elasticated line to the top of the mast to prevent pooling of water on the roof.
The cover was fitted and had the final Dot Tabs punched on by Chris Granger and Clive on Friday 2 Oct all ready for the Laser open.

and as well as a new committee boat cover we have..............................

2nd Club Hire Laser now Available

Due to increased demand the Committee have acquired a second club laser which is available for hire (on payment of the appropriate fee!) and will be berthed adjacent to the existing.   With a radial rig we hope this will be a popular and welcome addition to our hire fleet.

More Guide Hut News

Following the article in the last newsletter, we can now  report that no objections have been raised to the planning application for the old Guide Hut - indeed the Council received several enthusiastic letters from local residents supporting the proposal.   We are pleased to announce that subject to the planning being approved, we look forward to welcoming  local company Sherlock & Sons Gin as our tenants.
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What's Coming Up at Papercourt

 1st November Work Party 
Enterprise Open Meeting - 18th October 
Solo Open Meeting 25th October

Topper Open Meeting Saturday 31st October and Sprint Racing/cruising
AGM - 26th November 8.00pm

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