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Return to Dinghy Racing

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Published 17:59 on 14 Jul 2020

Volunteers Needed - Return to Dinghy Racing!

After much careful thought we have concluded that we can run a modest race interim programme and comply with the most up-to-date Government and RYA guidance. This interim programme will span the period from now until 6th September when, as per the original return to sailing plan, we hope to rejoin the main race programme published back in February. Of course, whether or not we can do this will depend entirely on how the Covid19 pandemic evolves and how our Government responds.

The interim race programme will consist of 7 individual trophy races which will be run mainly on Sundays and an Evening Series of 4 races. The first race is this Sunday with details of all races now on the Club website. You know what is coming next - we NEED VOLUNTEERS to allow these races to take place. I would ask you to look at the programme and volunteer for as many duties as you can - this should be done on-line via My CSC. If you intend to race at any point in the interim programme you are expected to carry out at least one, but preferably two, duties regardless of your volunteering status on the original programme.

What about dealing with the risk associated with Covid19. Our Risk Assessment guides us to believe that with certain precautions these duties can be carried out safely from a Covid19 standpoint. The key measures in outline are as follows:

RO's & ARO's

Ideally a team from one household however we believe this is not essential as Jupiter will facilitate Social Distancing Criteria.

Jupiter to be provided with materials to sanitise her prior to use.

Confident RO's may operate alone if they so wish.

Escort Duites

Ideally a team from one household however we believe this is not essential as Nannie and Juno will facilitate Social Distancing Criteria.

Shepard & Roy's Raider are not to be used

Nannie & Juno to be provided with materials to sanitise her prior to use.

Single manning of Escort Boats will not be permitted.

Close quarter assistance is only to be given in absolute emergencies - serious injury+. Potential equipment/boat loss will not justify close quarter assistance.

Face masks / gloves will be available onboard in the event of the need to carry our close quarter rescue.

General Measures

Racing will only take place in predicted average wind speeds of 16knts or less - to reduce the likelihood of rescue engagement.

Starts will be staggered with around 6 boats in each start sequence.

It is unusual to provide this detail in a newsletter, but it is important that volunteers are comfortable with the approach.

In all we have just 40 new volunteer slots to fill - against the 400+ which we managed on the main programme - please do your bit. Thank you.

https://www.christchurchsailingclub.co.uk/roster

Please note if you signed up for a Dinghy duty between now and the 4 September this duty has now been cancelled, if possible please volunteer for the replacement programme.

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Dinghy Entry Form 2020.

Thank you to those who have already completed this important form. If you haven't completed it yet, please do so without delay.

You will not be permitted to take part in any club organised activities such as racing if you do not complete the form - including this weekend's racing!

The form can be download the from the club website. Dinghy Entry Form 2020 v1.17 (Updated 17/02/2020) Please either place completed forms in the Club Letter box or scan them and send them to the Club electronically.

Cruiser Racing Restarts

Cruiser Racing restarts at CSC from the 12 July with the 2 Handed Race: Spurling memorial trophy, (16:00 start) Please remember Social distancing is still in place and Cruiser Skippers should consider measures in relation to their boat, avoiding being face to face whilst on board, avoid having more than one person in the cabin at any time and remember the need for regular hand washing and sanitizing to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As always it is the skippers responsibility to keep their crew safe and the decision to take part is solely theirs, the Class Captain and or sailing Committee may however in cases where social distancing is not being observed exclude a boat from racing or seek to disqualify.

Phil W

Social Distancing & Slipway Courtesy

As lock down eases we are all enjoying a taste of 'returning to normal'. The re-introduction of racing adds to this sense and is of course very welcome. Please remember however that Social Distancing requirements remain in place and must be sensibly respected while at the Club. A clear 'pinch-point' is the slipway therefore please be patient with others and allow plenty of time to get prepared and out onto the water.

Importantly please also remember that all changing rooms at the Club remain closed and must not be used.

Last updated 17:59 on 14 July 2020

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