Updates from the SSC
A few updates from the Sailing sub-committee…..
- After the most recent Lockdown easing in May, we updated our current restrictions as below. Sadly, it appears that we are going to need to keep those in place for a further 4 weeks.
- Sailing area still restricted to The Bay to minimise the need for face-to-face rescuing.
- However, Newcombe is now an option when there is sufficient wind / at an appropriate state of the tide.
- No use of Denny Shoal and beyond.
- As the weather and the sea has warmed up, we have eased the restrictions on wind conditions. We are back to the OOD making a decision on the day, depending on wind, sea state, forecast and who is planning to sail.
- As the galley is still not in use, we will stay on the water and run back-to-back races on double race days.
- We are still looking to minimise clubhouse usage, apart from the toilets. The showers will be on, but still for emergency purposes, only. Please arrive and leave without using the changing rooms, if possible. Masks and hand sanitiser still to be used.
- For the same reason, there will still be no signing on or off. The OOD will capture your details and ensure that everyone is accounted for before rescue comes ashore.
- OODs, please remember that we are looking to socially distance at launch time. If that means slightly delaying the race start in order to ensure everyone is able to get on the water safely, then please do so.
- We still need protected assistance to launch and recover the rescue boats. Please ensure you bring a face covering and gloves, and ideally your own hand sanitiser.
- Again, to limit the pressure on rescue teams, we decided to pull back on the Severn Bridge open meeting. It will now be a pursuit race in The Bay. See separate article by Colin Jarvis for details.
- Where the number of sailors is limited, we have created a new protocol for single-starting of multiple classes. See separate guidance in the OOD hut.
- New system for valuables: To reduce the need for sailors to risk their valuables and/or go to the OOD hut, the valuables bags will now be in a box outside the OOD’s. As always, please do not risk leaving your car keys, etc in a vulnerable place.
- We have had a few issues with the air horns used for race start and finish signalling from the OOD’s “hut”. However, John Whitehead has now installed a new electric horn and all seems to be working well.
- New trapeze harnesses: After extensive research, Andrea has sourced for PYSC members 2 new trapeze harnesses with quick-release hooks. There is a S-M size and a M-L size, so hopefully most people will be catered for. If you want to borrow one, you will find them in the changing rooms. If you are not familiar with the quick-release hook, then please seek guidance from an experienced member.
Hopefully, the quick-release mechanisms will never need to be deployed. However, there are spares in the club safe, if needed.
- There is no such things as the Galley Fairy! If you do use the galley for a glass of water, etc, please clear up after yourself.
(Updated on 17/06/2021)
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