Sailing Club News – Friday 10-Jun-21
As we hope to move out of Covid restrictions, there are signs of the old life returning. Not only can we use our changing rooms – there are number limits, but we will see fewer bare bodies in the car park(!) – as this news shows, members are travelling to events, and we have our first open meeting for more months than I can count this Saturday.
On behalf of the committees, I apologise for the inconvenience as we see the new lift gradually appearing at the front of the clubhouse, and hopefully the Gazebo on the lake side of the Training Room where we already have a new patio area. Also there will shortly be news of a new data collecting barrier by the signing in hut…. no more need to sign in perhaps – watch this space. AND a replacement weather station has arrived and is awaiting fixing in position.
All the more reason to hurry up renewing your membership….. In fact as the picture shows, those at the Club a couple of weeks ago were treated to a Bagpipe rendition of Scotland the Brave (amongst others) from a young prospective new member. In fact anyone around the lake at the time will have enjoyed the melodies from this impromptu performance. Perhaps playing a musical instrument should be a condition of membership…
Membership Renewal – 01-Jul-21
The Renewal Emails were sent out last week to our 2020-21 memberships which are due for renewal by 01-Jul-21. Thank you to everyone who has renewed already.
If you intend to renew but haven’t done so yet please can you renew before the 1st July. Renewal is for 9 months (1July– 31March) and your subscription & boat fees reduced by 25%.
If you haven’t received your renewal email please let the membership secretary know – Rosie can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
A request for Duty volunteers from Tom Skailes
Please could you do a call for volunteers for the following duties:
Rescue Crews x 1 each for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th
Rescue Helm and Crew for Saturday 19th
Rescue Helm x 2 for Saturday 26th
Finally, Tom tells me he will ‘open up’ the duty lists for July – September shortly enabling members to select their preferred dates.
Racing News – Andy Jones
We are now well into our racing season and already news is filtering through of success on the Nationals circuit, with Paul and Harrison Smalley finishing a brilliant 9th overall in the Restronguet Mirror National Championship from a star studded field, with Paul and Gabriel Nichols coming in a very credible 32nd.
An equally impressive performance was put in by Rosie and Susie Sheahan at the recent Hayling Island Feva Nationals. From a large fleet of 85 boats they qualified for the gold fleet racing in 16th place and then posted a great first day in gold to be right among the pace-setters. While they couldn’t quite maintain that brilliance they still came home 16th overall, only narrowly behind double Olympic medallist Simon Hiscocks and a position that shows that on their day they can surely beat anyone.
Closer to home, the Spring Series racing has now drawn to a close, with several fleets decided only by a small number of points and in one case, on countback. The new series commences this Sunday, with the all in handicap Admirals Chase starting at 11am also incorporating this week the Steve Morris Trophy. Racing for the Admirals chase series will be over a conventional course, while in the afternoons we revert back to separate fleet starts for the Summer series, with windward leeward and conventional course options for the handicap fleet.
Also this weekend it will be great to see our first open meeting for some considerable time, with what I hope will prove a strong fleet of Lasers and Solos competing on Saturday over three races. With the Police nationals also starting mid week, and the Feva inlands later in the month the racing season really will be in full swing.
Meanwhile, the Wednesday evening series rolls on and looks to be heating up nicely across all the fleets.
Of course there is much more than racing going on.
The Thursday Improvers and popular Start Racing series continues over coming weeks. If you want to come along and give some racing a go this is a great way to ease yourself in; with input from Nick Martindale and Derian Scott you couldn’t be in better hands and I can guarantee you will improve your sailing.
It’s also been great to see the CLADs sailors enjoying time on the lake recently, and don’t forget also the ever popular Lake and cake sessions on Saturdays – details of this and everything going on are in the club calendar!
Buddy Sailing and Safety
One of the consequences of the last year has been an increased desire for members to access our waters for sailing. Under the terms of our lease we cannot sail all week but there are some days, for example Thursdays during the day, when it would potentially be possible to sail. One of the challenges faced is that we have no desire to increase the burden of duties already rostered between our club members and so we have been thinking through how we can support such informal sailing while maintaining high levels of safety.
Our club safety policy already includes arrangements for sailing in benign conditions when, subject to the outcome of a risk assessment and ‘benign’ conditions, a single RIB crewed by a suitably qualified helm, and crew can provide safety cover on the lake (although two RIBs must always be launched in case of mechanical failure).
The existing policy has been further clarified and expanded in a new “Buddy sailing and safety’ policy to allow for groups of sailors to sail subject to a risk assessment on each day and the provision of un-rostered rescue. I must stress this is not a relaxation of the existing policy, it is simply an interpretation and clarification of the requirements when formal RIB cover is not rostered.
Details of the policy and its application, for those interested in potentially using it, are on our website in the club documents section and linked here.
Please do take care to complete the required documents and follow the guidelines should you sail under this arrangement; safety remains paramount and obviously we will be keeping an eye on how it is applied and may make any changes in the future we feel needed.
Powerboat Training News from Jeff Stratford
We are slowly returning to a new normal. On the 22nd, 29th and 31st May-21 we ran the full RYA first aid course with 14 people gaining the 3 year certificate. Due to current restrictions we are limited to 5 students per course – we wait to see what happens on the 21st June. Thanks to Sharon for running the courses.
We have also returned to powerboat training and are currently halfway through a PB2 course. Numbers are reduced currently to six students per course which everyone prefers. Again, we wait to see what happens on the 21-Jun-21.
Currently we have suspended the advanced rescue helm safety course as it involves numerous close contacts. Hopefully the 21-Jun-21 will enable these amazing ‘add-ons’ to the PB2 to re-start.
RYA Level 1/Level 2 Course Completion
Congratulations to Jennifer Bodde, Lucy Edwards, Andrea Laity, Anna Ellis and Christi Foster who all successfully completed their combined RYA Level 1 and Level 2 RYA beginners’ course on the 5th June.
The stormy weather in mid to late May provided a bit of a baptism of fire, but once it had blown through the conditions settled down to become nearly ideal for the course.
My big shout out to the team of instructors who helped deliver the success. The picture(s) show a session towards the end of the course and celebrations afterwards.
Dave Orme CVLSC RYA Principal email@example.com
Lake & Cake ‘3’ – 5-Jun-21
Lake & cake met last Saturday on a beautiful sunny afternoon with light winds. So they practiced manoeuvres round a short course, and some took the opportunity of the lovely weather to practice capsizing and righting. Then it was cream teas, cakes & savouries (miso & spinach pinwheels!) on the balcony afterwards with good company. They were joined by the new RYA L1&2 sailors.
The next date for your diaries is Saturday 03-Jul-21 for the Ladies trophy day. There is training beforehand for those who would like it, and tea & cake afterwards which is mandatory. Meet at 1:45pm, changed, rigged and ready to sail – more information will follow.