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MAINSHEET OCTOBER 2020

 

Hi Skippers,

Well what a month we have had this last 4 weeks or so. The month started well with us being able to get back to what appears to be the new norm for sailing only to be told a week or so into the month that we now had to revert back to our pod sailing once again. Then just a week later I received an email from the MYA supported by 19 pages of what’s what on how we can once again resume sailing as a club. Hopefully we are now in a position that this form of racing can be continued till the end of this calendrer year.

On the sailing front all 3 classes have raced this month with one series which started way back in February being “The Old Codgers Trophy” finally being concluded mid-month. Seven rounds where sailed in total over the 7 months the series ran and once the scores on the doors were calculated Mel took overall honours with Raymond second and yours truly third.

For all the other results and reports please visit the club web site for more details and report’s all thanks to Erics hard work.

As you already know due to the covid-19 restrictions the club AGM has been postponed until further notice. Neil will be sending out this year’s accounts very shortly along with a reminder that the 2021 subs will soon be due. Please help us plan ahead and confirm ASAP your intentions one way or the other regards 2021 membership.

Their being no AGM this year if you have any points you wish to raise with the committee
regarding the club and or sailing please forward them to me and I will see that they get circulated to the committee members and feedback provided accordingly.

Just 2 points to finish off, it was Raymond’s 80th plus birthday last week and he has been so kind as to donate two brighter and larger racing marks to add to our collection for which we thank him. Secondly, I am sorry to say that Geoff has stepped down from his position as the clubs sailing secretary and also the club committee and I am sure you will join with me in thanking him for all his hard work over the last couple of years. So, until the next AGM I will be stepping into his shoes as well as continuing as the club sec.

That’s about all for this month except to say let’s see if we can get the numbers back up on the water, it would be nice to get back to the double-digit fleets of old on the odd occasion again.

Just to let you know that Gareth and myself will be away on annual leave as from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th October so whilst I am away if someone can keep a record of the days racing and let me have them on my return, I would be most grateful.

In the meantime, stay safe and

“Happy Sailing”

Nigel

OCTOBER SAILING SCHEDULE

Date

DAY

CLASS

EVENT

4th October

Sunday

IOM

Jubilee Plate Round 4

7th October

Wednesday

IOM

Vick Buck Trophy Round 2

11th October

Sunday

IOM

Jubilee Plate Round 5

14th October

Wednesday

IOM

Vick Buck Trophy Round 3

18th October

Sunday

RM

Lady Lane Trophy Round 3

21st October

Wednesday

IOM

Vick Buck Trophy Round 4

25th October

Sunday

IOM

Jubilee Plate Round 6

28th October

Wednesday

R6M

Little Audrey Trophy Round 5

 

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MAINSHEET SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Hi Skippers,

Well another month goes by and life continues to move forward to the new norm, even the weather has played ball for most of the month with good sailing winds and warm days. Also this month has seen the restaurant reopening on Wednesdays which is most welcome by the mid-week sailors with the added bonus of food and drinks being half price on Wednesdays until the end of August.

On the sailing front since release from lockdown we have been sailing with max numbers allowed most days and hopefully this will be improved from September onwards, more of these plans later on in this newsletter. Within the various fleets sailing Post Covid-19, the IOM Wednesday group have seen 7 boats in total take part in 5 rounds of racing so far with Mel leading the way with Vinnie hard on his transom on the unofficial score sheet. As for the IOM Sunday group 8 skippers have taken part in the 5 rounds of racing so far with Vinnie & John H fighting for the leading position. So far, the R6M have sailed on 2 days post Covid-19 with 7 skippers on the water led this time by Neil with John H close on his transom. As we go to print the RM have only taken to the water once and this was won by Ian Self (Norwich Guest) with Nigel finishing runners up, therefore Nigel takes line honours in the race towards the trophy.

Tony Garner has rejoined the fleet having purchased Terry’s boat and he is also in the process of a self-build as well. Welcome back Tony.

Now after a number of weeks of getting our act sorted on the water, surprise surprise  the MYA have moved the goalposts again and we can now sail with up to 13 on the water. Therefore the resumption of competitive sailing at the club can restart early September allowing us to run a series of Trophy race days (see attached revised sailing schedule).

Although the numbers being allowed to race at any one time has been raised from 6 to 13 thus allowing us to sail as a club once again please remember that social distancing still needs to be adhered to. As and when we get a fleet in excess of 7 boats, we will need to form a 2nd row but this will be explained as and when this arises.

It has also been decided that for the rest of this year we will not be appointing a duty Race officer but will self-police. To ease the pressure on the day if for any reason you are unable to sail and would like to take on the duty R/O it would be most apricated because I have discovered it is difficult to keep track of who finishes where (sorry John).

So now a brief resume of the year pre covid-19:

IOM – Sunday series 1 for the Barry Gailer Trophy: three of the seven scheduled rounds complete so the results will stand as is.
IOM - Wednesday series 1 for the Old Codgers Trophy – so far 5 rounds of racing have been completed and a further 3 will be sailed during September to complete a series of 8 races.
R6M – Series 1 for the Whitbread Trophy – 2 of the 4 scheduled rounds where completed so the result will stand as is.
RM – Series 1 for the Porter Cup – no rounds where completed, so this trophy will not be awarded this year.

So now to the plan for the rest of the year ahead:

IOM Wednesday series:
Old Codgers Trophy (series 1) – a further 3 rounds to be sailed to add to the 5 already sailed to give a winner overall.
Vick Buck Trophy (series 2) planned for 9 rounds of racing to give us a winner at the end of the series.

IOM Sunday series:
Jubilee Plate (series 2) will be the first trophy to be sailed for over a period of 6 planned rounds then followed by:
The Heron Trophy (series 3) a further series of 6 planned rounds.

R6M - will continue to race for the Little Audrey Trophy which by the end of the year should see us sailing a total of 6 rounds, weather permitting, to give us an overall winner.

RM – will also continue to race towards The Lady Jane Trophy which once again weather permitting will give us a 4 round series to give us an overall winner.

So if all goes to plan we will almost have a full set of club trophies to be awarded towards the end of the year, the one exception being the RM Potter Cup, so in the end we should have made the most of a Covid-19 disrupted season and can look forward to the 2021 sailing season.

Just to end this month’s mainsheet I would just like to thank one and all for your patience and understanding during the last few months on the sailing front and hopefully we can get back to normal whatever that may be from now onwards.

Regards,

Nigel

Attached: Click here for the Revised sailing schedule for rest of 2020 sailing season (or go to the "Programme" page).

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MAINSHEET AUGUST 2020

 

Hope you are all well and managing to slowly re-introduce some sort of normality into your life, whatever that may look like. I can’t believe that it has been 4 months since I have been able to write about what is happening on the water. Seems an age ago but at long last we were able to get on the water on Sunday 12th July, some 17 weeks after our last outing.

I would just like to recap the goings on over the last month and then what we have planned for August but before I do I would like to update you as regards to some members. Firstly, I would like to welcome back into the fold Tony Garner who has not only built a boat over the lock down but has also purchased Terry’s boat now that Terry has decided to hang up his racing transmitter and concentrate on scale. Maybe we will see Terry for coffee in due course. Also, you may well have noticed that both Bernie and Peter’s names do not appear on any of the list. Unfortunately, both have partners who have not been well and also Peter with his bad knee, so they have decided to stay away for the time being. I am sure you will join in with me in wishing all the best to both Liz and Cheryl and of course Peter and look forward to seeing all four of them again soon lake side.

Following a committee meeting early July it was decided that we could gradually return to the water but under very different circumstances to what we had been used to. Guidelines that had been laid down by Boris and chums had to be followed which would allow us a return to the water.

It was therefore decided to split the IOM fleet into two for racing most Wednesdays and Sundays except certain dates when the R6M & RM would take to the water. Hopefully as time goes by and the restrictions on the numbers that are allowed to meet up eases, we will review this for the IOM fleet to once again allow the fleet to sail as one.

With the R6M having just 7 skippers (2 from one household) and the RM 6 skippers it was decided that they could begin racing again for both the Little Audrey Trophy for R6M and the Lady Jane Trophy for RM between now and the end of the year.

This leaves us with the IOM fleet, so as and when numbers allow (which currently stands at 6) changes, we will maybe look at some sort of series for the IOM’s, to finish the year off but in the meantime, we will continue with the split fleet racing. Just maybe early September a sail off of some description for the 2 fleets. Only a thought at present.

So, what has it been like on the water, well 3 weeks in we have had 2 R6M race days and after the 2 events Neil leads the way. As for the IOM’s both the Wednesday group and Sunday group have both also had 2 race days each. Both of the Wednesday’s racing has been held in light winds with the Sunday group probably getting the better deal as regards to the winds. All in all, think all those involved have just been glad to get back on the water.

As regards to the system put in place to enable us to get back on the water safely seems to be working well and as it stands at the moment, we will be continuing to run along the same lines for August.

So, with this in mind please find below the sailing Schedule and roster for the month of August.

Sunday 2nd

Weds.
5th

Sunday 9th

Weds. 12th

Sunday
16th

Weds. 19th

Sunday 23rd

Weds. 26th

Sunday 30th

IOM

IOM

IOM

IOM

RM

IOM

IOM

R6M

IOM

Neil

Mel

Neil

Mel

 

Mel

Neil

 

Neil

Vinnie

Raymond

Vinnie

Raymond

 

Raymond

Vinnie

 

Vinnie

John H

Geoff

John H

Geoff

 

Geoff

John H

 

John H

Mike

Nigel

Mike

Nigel

 

Nigel

Mike

 

Mike

Raymond

Gareth

Tony

Gareth

 

Gareth

Tony

 

Tony

John C

TBC

John C

TBC

 

TBC

John C

 

John C

Can I please remind skippers, if for any reason they can not make a date they please let me know so that I can arrange for someone to take your place. 24 hours’ notice would be good if at all possible.

We have also been informed that as from Wednesday 5th August the restaurant will be once again open for coffees and food if so required. Also, they will be participating in the government scheme “Eat Out to Help Out” for each Wednesday throughout the month of August which is as follows:
50% off your food, coffee or soft drinks order up to a max of £10
This discount is per person and can be used as many times in the month if you so wish
Food orders will have to be pre-booked & track and trace details will be taken.

Remember this offer is only available for Wednesday during the month of August. May be a midweek lunch after sailing, enjoying what’s left of the summer with the other half.

Think that’s about all for now,

Sail Safe

Nigel

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Mainsheet July 2020

Firstly, may I apologize for the slight delay in getting this newsletter out to
you. With all the changes that have been happening over the last week or two as
regards to what one can do and not do, I wanted to clear up a few points up with
various people etc. before giving you the latest club update.
Following the recent survey that Neil sent out the tail end of last week and a
committee meeting this morning the news that you have all been waiting for is
that we have decide on the following course of action for the restart of club
sailing.
We will take to the water once again on Sunday 12 th July for a 6-meter day and
thereafter on Wednesdays and Sundays with IOM except for certain dates which
will be put aside for 6M and RM. These dates will be circulated in due course.
Under current regulations laid down by the government we will be limited to a
max. of 6 persons sailing at any given time. This will be reviewed as and when
things change. As it stands at present this will only affect the IOM class race
days so these days will be on a pre booked system more details to follow in due
course.
To allow us to sail safely there are certain procedures that will have to be put
into place lakeside and these will be laid out in a separate document which will
be circulated before sailing recommences.
As regards the restaurant, for the time being they are only going to be open
Thursdays to Sundays but have agreed to the side door being open so that we
have access to a toilet for sailing on Wednesday. Also, we can take our own
refreshments on the Wednesday. Sundays the café will be open and will operate a
one-way system – entry will be by the front door and out via the back. If you
wish to use the toilet please speak to a member of staff first as there is a strict
one-person rule. Coffee will be available but as at present not sure where we can
sit but that will be confirmed nearer the time.
All this may sound a bit long winded but we have to fit in with the various
guide lines set out by the various bodies concerned.
Well I think that about winds up the news for this issue but can I say that I am
looking forward to seeing us all back on the water over the next few weeks.

Nigel

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