Newsletter - 21st June, 2020
In This Issue:  Limited return to Racing; Duty Roster returns; Booking - you don't need to; Adult Beginners training; OPM; Dinghy Instructor Quals

There is lots of good news in this newsletter of Papercourt getting back to the 'new normal'

Bookings - now not necessary for open sessions

Your Covid committee took the decision when we were first allowed to return to sailing that we should be super careful not to overcrowd the jetties and public areas of the club, bearing in mind that the main clubhouse could not be open.

Whilst we still cannot open up the clubhouse and changing rooms, we now feel that everyone has got used to the idea of how we must manage the present regulations, so from today forward, there will be no need to book to sail via Eventbrite.

We still need to adhere to Social Distancing rules so please, if the club is busy do take care to stay apart on the lawn, in the car and boat parks and on the jetties.

The changing rooms remain closed, but we have opened a second disabled toilet.  Every user of the toilet is expected to clean both BEFORE and AFTER use, and they should not be used as changing rooms.   Please try to remember and make sure your youngsters understand these rules too.  (the Editor observed some people using the toilets as changing rooms yesterday!).

Saturday mornings are now reserved for youth training, with no cruising, and you must have registered and been given a slot by the youth training team before attending.   It is not possible under the current sports training rules to accommodate everyone every week, so please contact Jeremy Riley if you need further information.

Return of the Duty Roster

Sailing since we reopened has been staffed on a volunteer basis only, but it is now time to re-introduce the Duty Roster.  

We understand that some members may be shielding or otherwise unable to do their duties, but for everyone else please head to the Duty Manager page on the website and fill in the gaps.   For the present we only need OOD and SBO slots filled.    

If you have been enjoying a return to sailing for yourself or your family please see if you can get the early part of the rosters filled as soon as possible.

As always it is better to choose your own duty slots rather than have the system choose for you.
Club Opening Times

In light of the lifting of the booking requirement, here are the club opening times for open cruising:

Wednesdays - 6-8 pm
Saturdays AM Youth training only
                  PM  open sailing from 1.00 - 3.00
Sundays   -  open sailing 10.00 - 15.00  (with morning racing from 5/7) 
Club Racing - Its back on Sunday mornings fom 5/7

As we make “baby steps” back to some form of normality (whatever the new normal will be!) we are planning on restarting some limited racing.  
Initially we will run racing on Sunday mornings, commencing 5th  July, probably with back-to-back GH races.  (Simpler for PRO who may well have to be single crewed still)  Anyway, we will deliver a briefing at 10am to let you know what we will be doing on the day.  We aim to add in further racing to our programme as matters progress.

1.  Adult Training for Complete Beginners

The Training Committee have been thinking long and hard about how we can offer some training for Adult complete beginners whilst still adhering to the Government Social Distancing Rules -   we were sadly unable to run the Spring Course this year.

We would love to hear from our Adult beginners to see if they would be interested in a training week from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th August during the day.  This would be under our expert instructor supervision, but based on single handed sailing.  The only two handed sailing would be from the same household.

With Government lockdown-easing restrictions changing rapidly at the moment we cannot say exactly how the course can be run, but if you are interested, please email as soon as possible so that we can plan ahead as far as we can.

2.  Dinghy Instructor Training

For the time being , we are not able to run our DI course as this involves training and teaching in two handed boats which is currently not possible following government requirements for social distancing .

However, it is possible for the one day pre-assessment to take place in single-handers .

We have not set a date yet for the pre assessment,so if you are interested in becoming a DI and so would need to complete a pre assessment please email Jeremy Riley on and Tom Key on to express your interest and find out more.

3.  Power Boat Training

The power boat team are looking to see if it is possible to run a course this summer whilst adhering to restrictions, so watch this space for news.

4.  Ladies Sailing

Ok not strictly training but an opportunity for our ladies to sail without testosterone on the lake.  Monday 6th July from 6pm to dusk.  All ladies welcome club boats available.  Contact Jackie Bonella for more details on

5.  Carry on Sailing - Sold Out

Blue-Green Algae

As is usual at this time of year our lake, along with most other open bodies of water, has Blue Green Algae.  If you do end up in the water please do not drink it and shower afterwards - there are no showering facilities on site at the moment.

Deliberate capsize is not permitted.                   

Swimming is not permitted in the lake.

Frank Brown, Sailing Secretary.
Oak Processionary Moth

And another health warning!  In our lovely grounds we have many oak trees, some of good stature and many other much younger ones.  Surrey and South West London currently has an infestation of Oak Processionary Moth.  The caterpillars, which eat, and nest in the oak trees have myriads of tiny hairs that causing irritation to the skin of humans and animals if touched, and in severe cases can cause breathing difficulties.  If you do take a walk in the woods please keep to the paths, keeping dogs on a lead and do not let children touch or go near to the nests.  We have engaged contractors to deal with the current problem and the Forestry Commission will carry out further works in the spring.

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