Sailing starts Good Friday 2nd April
The great news is that it appears we can go sailing as originally scheduled on Good Friday, 2nd April, so we hope you are looking forward to the new season.
As always, the Sailing Sub-Committee has been working hard to get the new programme completed and the printed 2021 handbook will be available shortly. In the meantime, if you follow this link to my Dropbox, you will be able to download the new programme in Excel format. If you turn to the 2nd tab, you will find it in a format that will enable you to import it into your Outlook calendar as a CSV file.
As you will understand and expect, there is one major difference this year in that the duty roster is largely empty. In recent years, we have asked you to advise on dates when you would like to do your duties and built the roster from there. Given the uncertainty over when we might be able to get on the water, we have made no attempt to complete the 2021 roster in the same way, as that effort was completely wasted in 2020.
At last we have the opportunity to break the shackles and believe that we can go sailing all over Easter and onwards through April and into May. This is all very well, but to fulfil this objective, we need volunteers for OOD, Rescue Helm & Rescue Crew for every session. We are not going to be ringing around to ask people to do a duty. If we want to go sailing, then we need to recognise that we are a mutual help community and each do our bit. So, when is your turn?
Please follow this link to a Google Sheets version of the programme. As with the end of last season, please fill in your name and change the text to red to confirm that you are happy to take it on. General guidelines as follows:
- Normally, we would only ask most members to take on a maximum of 4 duties per year. This year, those of us who will be sailing regularly will probably need to do 1 or 2 more because we have lost a few members over the last 18 months and gained only a couple because of being unable to run courses, etc.
- If you are not feeling ready to go sailing at the start of the season, e.g., waiting until after your vaccination, please look to volunteer later in the year when you believe that you will be ready to get back on the water.
- Otherwise, at the moment, please put yourself forward for duties in the first couple of months only, unless you have particular duties that you are keen to take on, e.g. rescue for cruises, or OOD assistant for pursuit races.
- Initially at least, there will still be social distancing rules to abide by. If you have a bubble that you want to work in, please volunteer together. Alternatively, if volunteering to do rescue, please do so alongside other members that you would be happy to do the duty with.
- Forget galley for the first few weeks. We won’t be able to be in the clubhouse, anyway.
- As always, please only volunteer for duties that you are qualified to take on
- Ignore spaces for rescue training and the sailing course at this stage.
We look forward to seeing you down at the club soon. Here’s to a glorious year of fabulous sailing weather to lift our spirits in 2021.
(Updated on 25/03/2021)