August Novice/ Casual Racing (1/8/20)
Published 06:58 on 26 Jul 2020
Just a quick reminder that Novice/ Casual racing is back next Saturday (1/8/20). You will glad to know that the forecast is presently 16mph gusting 20mph, not as adrenaline-inducing as last month, but certainly enough to get the pulse racing.
Judging by the articles about Pay and Play and other extra-curricular sailing activities I imagine there will be a good turnout of enthusiastic sailors.
Remember this event is open to all members regardless of your experience or ability, so if you are new to the Club pop along and we'll point you in the right direction. I have bumped into a few of you over the last couple of weeks and it would be fantastic to see some families sailing in the bigger boats. Remember if you having problems convincing the younger members chocolate prizes are always on offer.
Presently, as the site isn't open until 10.00, the first race will be at 12.00 to allow the team and rescue to set up, and also for you to get your boat to the beach and ready to rig. Please remind yourself of the extra precautions we are taking because of Covid (below).
I hope to see you there.
What's different for Covid? (this is the same text as last month)
1.The 1m+ Social Distancing guidance must be observed. Apart from the distancing requirement, not much will immediately change for our Covid procedures. On the beach, family members may help with rigging and launching. Trollies should be left spaced at the water's edge so each sailor can retrieve his own. If the beach is crowded, just wait this includes when you are returning to shore.
2.Club boats will be available if average windspeeds are under 20mph. Club equipment must be washed down before and after use: watch this youtube video made by OSC on sanitising equipment, keys to containers, handles etc.
3.There will be people onsite familiar with the process. Preserve SD while doing that. Double-handers (Visions) to be used only by family bubbles.
4.Club buoyancy aids will NOT generally be available because of Covid risks, but let us know in advance if you are unable to access one and we may be able to assist. There are no wetsuits.
5.Toilets will be open (please observe distancing when you move in and out) but not changing rooms. Come changed or prepared to change in the boatpark/carpark.
6.All briefings will be outside. The volunteers on the day will also be minimising their own Covid risk. Please think about this on the start line and especially before you all rush for the mark we don't want to rescue anyone unnecessarily, although we will provide recovery assistance (mast flips etc.). The safety crews will be one rather than two in a powerboat but will be in close communication.
7.Food: Waterside Café will be open for take-away snacks, ice cream & drinks. Please be careful to dispose of rubbish in closed the wheelies so it doesn't blow round the site and annoy Thames Water and the ducks.
8.Weather: We'll be more conservative than usual in assessing conditions, to limit the chances of the Safety Boat crew having to perform close rescue, or of injury needing first aid, hypothermia etc.
9.The decisions of the race team and safety boat crews will have everyone's safety in mind and are final.
Last updated 06:58 on 26 July 2020