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Return to Sailing Update

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Published 16:40 on 1 Jun 2020

Return to Sailing Update

By way of an update on the return to sailing plan .


So summer has finally arrived at least in terms of storage! It's great to see so many dinghies down at the club taking up the spaces vacated by the now waterborne cruisers. Many dinghy sailors continue to sail in small groups especially during the week; quite probably being off work allowing some to respond to favourable conditions when they occur - a possible upside of the current restrictions for a few. On Sunday 14/6 we had our second Escorted Sailing Session; again well attended and lovely to see a few more competent Juniors taking advantage of these arrangements. Can I please remind everyone to continue to comply with the key requirements of our return to sailing plan; social distancing and being mindful in respect of sharing equipment. We need to do our bit - thinking about a potential government reversal of our current freedom does focus the mind. Remember to come ready to sail and not to use the changing rooms.

Sunday 21st June - Escorted Sailing. An Escort boat will be available to provide an overwatch service within Christchurch Harbour from 0900hrs to 1130hrs on Sunday. Again, if you wish to sail under these arrangements then please let the club know in advance by email. Remember, Escorted sailing will not be available if the conditions are predicted to be over 16knots average windspeed.

Racing. Following a meeting of the Sailing Committee and much debate it has been decided not to proceed with organised racing until things become a little clearer. The 4th July will probably be a key date and we will wait to see what the Government announce. Many clubs are making some moves to towards some novel racing arrangements, but we have decided to adopt a more cautious approach. We have however formed a working group to look specifically at how we might achieve a workable and exciting racing plan within the emerging restrictions.

Further Updates - The Government and subordinate authorities are constantly reviewing the relaxation of the Covid19 restrictions and we will adapt the Return to Sailing Plan accordingly. As always you will be kept up to date via the Club Website and Newsletter.


Dinghy Summer Storage


A big thank you to our specially selected rack team for their hard work in removing the old winter racks, transporting the new Laser rack and Topper racks to the club and assembling them ready for summer storage. This team of young sailors.. Drew, Flynn, Chester, Jack (Acton) and Francesca ably supported by Russell, Rory, Simon and Phil made short work of this tedious annual task. Many thanks.

The new Laser rack, a recent investment by the club, is now in place and provides improved spacing and access for the Lasers.

Over the next few months, we will be working to improve the mast/sail/foil storage for the dinghies. To assist this work could you please ensure your equipment is marked clearly with your name or sail number. Permanent markers will be left in the Long Boat Shed to help with this.

Anyone who has equipment still at the club but is not on the summer storage list is asked to remove it as soon as possible From the Moorings and Storage Team

Craning In and Rack Building

My personal thanks to the Team members of Craning in. The operation, lead by Matthew Elkins and Charlie Turner from Elkins Boatyard, under the direction of Bridget Allen (Vice Commodore) went smoothly and in record time. Although there were some strong gusts, the Team kept going and all boats were successfully launched by 12 noon. Further, Dinghy Rack Building took place on Saturday, lead by Russell New. Again, thank you to the Team who erected our new racking, it is much better than the old laser rack. Jim Atkins Commodore

Boat & Engine Summer Storage Stickers

Summer Storage starts June 11.

Stickers for your boat/trolley/engine will be in the pigeonhole rack by the Club Office from tonight. Please collect yours and ensure that your boat/trolley/engine is clearly marked.

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Last updated 15:11 on 8 July 2020

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