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It’s Time To Go Sailing!

At last, the news we have all been waiting for………it’s time to dust off those wetsuits and join us back out on the water!

Message from VC, Steve Norman.10/6/20

Just this week we received updated guidance from the RYA which will now enable us to return to sailing, albeit initially, on a limited basis. The guidance allows for multiple groups of 6 individuals from different households to undertake activities as long as they do not interact socially. The sailing committee have closely scrutinised this guidance and also taken further advice from the RYA and have concluded that we can now begin to mobilise our sailing activities with a view to getting back on the water by the end of the month.

The RYA’s most important advice is to take it in small steps, so initially the sessions will be open to juniors holding RYA stage 2 and adults holding RYA Level 2 certificates and using single handed boats only. We will initially have just 2 groups of 6 individuals, the first group containing all safety boat and support personnel and the second group the adult/junior sailors. We will add additional sailing groups for Stage 1 Juniors and also include the use of double handed boats as we progress.

To ensure our sessions are as safe as possible we have defined a set of covid-secure procedures which will be published on our website, a summary is attached for your information. These are also known as the “12 Commandments” as they need to be strictly adhered to by all members – perhaps even more so than their biblical equivalent!. If you wish to participate in these sessions then please will you sign and return this form for our records.

As part of the mobilisation process we have planned a series of “fun rigging” sessions for juniors and adults in order to rehearse the preparation of the boats in line with these new procedures. You are encouraged to attend one of these sessions so that you are well prepared for the on water sessions. Junior rigging sessions will start next Friday 17 July at 6:00, followed by an adult session on 21st July at 6:00 and a further 2 sessions on the 24 July (Juniors at 5:30 and adults at 7:00). The first adult on water social sailing session is planned for 28 July and first on water Junior social sailing session for 31 July. So with a bit of luck – and weather permitting –  we should be back on the water by the end of the month.

Talking of weather, we will only be going out in favourable conditions in order to minimise the risk of capsize and boats getting into serious trouble. As I have stated in many previous updates, the weather has not been very friendly this year to date for dinghy sailing, with strong easterly winds and latterly strong westerlies as well! Hopefully conditions will improve for the second half of the summer? Looks better already outside!?

If you wish to participate in these sessions then please sign and return the attached form. The fun rigging sessions are now on Dutyman and will be populated on a first come first served basis. We will populate Dutyman for the Junior sessions so will rely on juniors/parents sending their email confirmation (with form) stating which session you would like to attend. Please only sign up for one session to allow as many members as possible to attend these familiarisation sessions. You will also be asked to complete a health declaration within 24 hours of the session and we will send you that form in good time. On no account should you attend the session if you have any covid-19 symptoms.

The on-water sessions will be put up in Dutyman later this month – please note the pre-payment procedure for these as we will not be taking cash or cards on the beach.

Finally, it would be irresponsible of us to pretend there is no risk in attending these sessions. The Covid virus is still with us and it may be necessary to suspend the sessions again if there is a local outbreak. However in view of the very low level of infections in the area, together with the strict adherence to the “12 Commandments”,  we believe that the risks have been significantly minimised.

If anyone has any questions about the above feel free to email me at babbacombe.corinthians@gmail.com. Please continue to be patient as we slowly mobilise all of sailing activities to what will become the “new normal”.

I look forward to seeing you again after all these months.

Keep well, keep safe