Newsletter - 19th July 2020
In This Issue:  Weed Cutter news; Current Racing; Ladies Sailing; ICS on site; Training News; Solo Event; Masks for Charity

The Weed Cutter and Weed News

Previously we advised  that the Weedcutter was “off the road” due to engine failure.   Reviewing the damage we decided it was quicker and better to purchase a new engine, which Ray Meerabeau kindly picked up from Daventry last week.  We spent the weekend installing it and during the last week our cutters and volunteers have worked tirelessly playing catch up to get on top of the situation.  The difference between Monday when we had carpets of weed over much of the lake and yesterday was just amazing with lots of happy sailors and instructors. 

This resulted in mountains of cut weed on the wharf and east slipway, and huge thanks to the members who have helped clear the landed weed into the pit.  See the pictures below, and if anyone wants an extra work-out before gyms re-open here is your chance, the wharf was filling up again yesterday.

Because of the cutting activity there are some floating clumps but these too are clearing, and more work is taking place this week to help.  As mentioned before do not sail into the margins (where we do not cut in any case, so as to provide a good eco-system for the fish and lake) otherwise you may well get stuck – and that’s not fast if you are racing (or cruising).

Please rest assured that your committee understand that weed clearing is absolutely mission critical to Papercourt, and no expense is being spared to keep the lake as clear as possible.   We were very unlucky with our weedcutter breakdown, but it was up and running again as quickly as humanly possible and our contractors and volunteers have been putting in long long hours.   Work continues to clear the ongoing growth so, if you would like to help, either cutting or shifting cut weed, please contact Frank on

Many hands make light work.

Current Racing at Papercourt

Although many clubs locally have not found it possible to restart racing yet, we have put in place two opportunities for our sailors.

Saturday Afternoon

On Saturday PM we continue with our popular, class organised, short sprint races.  This is open to all classes and is proving very popular, especially with the youth trainers staying on from the AM coaching. 

The format is multiple 2/3 lap short races with each race lasting 10/15 mins, you can do some or all of them.  Slower boats start one minute before the faster ones.  There’s no formal recording, race sign up or times/positions. It’s a great way to practice your race starts, get into racing for the first time before trying out the longer handicap or pursuit races or just to have some fun informal racing.  For more info contact your class captain or just turn up on the day, tap the PRO on the shoulder and they’ll explain the format.

Sunday Mornings

We continue with our shortened racing program – the Sunday AM Summer Series (AKA the Covid Cup) has been well received with a number of short GH races to make it simple for all involved, especially the Race Officer.

Committee Boat

To make things easier for Race Officers we (Ray and Roger to be precise) have modified the red safety boat so that we can mount the demountable flag staff in there, so no need to launch the Committee Boat.  The safety boat is also better for those social distancing rules.

A First National Event since Lockdown at Papercourt (and elsewhere)

As the Solo's are unable to hold their usual round of Open Meetings they came up with a clever scheme where Solos could compete nationally at their own clubs, and by some clever IT the results are melded together.  Several Papercourt Solos took part today and we will await the results with interest.

Ladies Sailing - First Monday in August 

Ladies sailing in July saw a great turnout albeit light winds.  Come along on 3rd August for another evening of sociable sailing.  If you are new to the club this is a great way of meeting people.  Rig ready for 6.30pm start, and sail until about 8pm.   

Training News

Adults Summer Course and further Adult training

The week long course is now full with a waiting list, but we are hoping to run a short course at weekends later in the summer for beginners, so do email if you would be interested, so that we can gauge demand.

Junior Summer Holidays Training

The Youth team are running some two day sailing camps for members only, on the following dates:

Course 1 - Monday 20th July & Tuesday 21st July (9.30am to 4pm)
Course 2 - Monday 10th August & Tuesday 11th August (9.30am to 4pm)
Course 3 - Monday 24th August & Tuesday 25th August (9.30am to 4pm)

Please contact the youth team if you are interested.

International Competitive Sailing

Our friends from ICS will be on site from 27-30th July.   Please try to avoid visiting the club during the day on those dates, but if you have to do so, for safeguarding reasons, please check in with the ICS staff to let them know you are there.

Members use of the Lake on Weekdays

We are now in a position that members are able to come down to the club to sail any time of the week if you can arrange your own safety boat driver .

If you do decide to come down to the club please ensure that you follow all our current revised procedures for safety boats and only use the club to access the toilets .  Click below to read the relevant guidance.

Hire boats are not available for members opening the lake for themselves.

On the following dates the lake will NOT be available:

20/21 July - youth summer camp
27th - 30th July -  ICS on site 
3rd - 7th August - Adult only Summer Course
10/11 August - youth summer camp
12th - 13th August - Power Boat Course
24/25 August - youth summer camp

and please watch this space as further dates may be added

Club Covid Operating Guidelines
Masks for Charity

As we are unable to run our social events which raise money for our favourite charities, I will be selling adult and children's masks for a suggested donation of £2.50 each at the club next Saturday.  All monies will be divided between Papercourt Sailability, the RNLI, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Masks are the fitted with aluminium nose shaper, three layers and soft elastic,  They are the sort that you might wear in shops and on public transport.   They are not medical grade.

Happy to make to order within reason for charity donations - I have lots of plain fabrics too, left over from making scrubs, and lots of other patterns as well.
Jenny Snow,
Papercourt Website
Papercourt Facebook Page
Papercourt Clothing
Papercourt Sailability on Facebook
What's Coming Up at Papercourt

Cruising every Wednesday Evening and at Weekends
Sunday 4th August - One Day Regatta
Ladies Sailing 5th August
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