Well yesterday saw our first social sail under these strange times and what a great success it was. Fantastic to see smiles on faces as people got out on the water for the first time. We have to say a huge thank you to everyone for observing the Social Distancing requirements – looks like the floor markings helped! 

We had the winch in operation for the first time and whilst a little slow, it was perfect for recovering the boat without all the grunt and with very few people required. We have identified a few little tweaks to make and these will be done over the coming days and Peter took some photos and will be pulling together a crib sheet to share – it really is straight forward to use though. 

Following the success we’ve decided to also open up Thursday evenings, again for Social sailing. Whilst we cannot arrange any racing yet, we are looking at options to make this possible, and indeed we did see a couple of members organising a course yesterday and sailing that against each other.

Going forward we are looking to keep these sessions going on a Thursday evening and Sunday, however we do need volunteers to help organise run sessions. We have cover for this Thursday and next Sunday, but then need some volunteers please. Let us know if you can help run one of these sessions and we will ensure that Rob is aware of who has covered them, when it comes to allocating the remaining duties for racing when things start to get back to normal. Duties include;

  • Entering the clubhouse and opening the disabled toilet up for members to access (no other entry to the clubhouse is allowed at the moment) – there is a log to complete, confirming you’ve been in. 
  • Launch and recovery of the rescue boat, including manning it throughout the session.
  • Co-ordinating the number of members sailing – we currently have a maximum of 10 boats allowed on the water for both safety and maintaining social distancing requirements. More boats can be accommodated over different timed sessions if required.

It’s worth noting that to maintain social distancing requirements the safety boat has to be either manned by a single competent person OR members of the same household, so please bear this in mind.

Due to the popularity on Sunday we are also asking members who wish to sail/participate to let the organiser know in advance so we can ensure we don’t have too many people on site at once.
Thursday (18th June) is being run by Greg Owers
Sunday (21st June) is being run by Peter Owers

Their email addresses have been included in the newsletter that went out to members.