New 2021 Sailing Calendar Published
Depending on the Covid restrictions in place, please find a copy of our 2021 sailing and training programme plus a few words from our VC.
Message from our Vice Commodore – Steve Norman
We are pleased and excited to be able to publish our draft sailing calendar for the 2021 season. It will obviously be subject to change depending on how the Covid pandemic impacts us and we will communicate any changes to you in good time. It is important to stress that, like last year, safe sailing is our primary concern and, as we anticipate that the covid-19 virus will continue to be a threat to us during 2021, we will, once again, be implementing our covid-secure procedures to ensure we are safe as we can be whilst still enjoying our sport.
The good news is that we have plenty to look forward to including a number of pre-season briefs (Tuesday Talks) to warm us up (even if we have to do them via zoom). Guy is now delivering a Day Skipper theory course via zoom and if we ask him nicely he will also consider putting on an Essential Navigation course for those who are keen not to get lost at sea! We also plan to offer Kayakers more opportunities to come together, including skills training and other special events to encourage a kayaking club community.
The other good news is that we are keeping the parking and sailing fees the same this year and have introduced an annual sailing fee for club boat hirers which is exceptional value for money – and you only have to pay once rather than every time you sail , reducing administration effort for all concerned!.
The new season will start with a couple of “Rags’n’riggin” sessions where we will get together a small working party to open up and spring clean the beach clubhouse and ensure the boats are fully rigged and ready to go. We have planned separate “All aboard” adults and juniors sessions for the week after Easter to give us every chance of hosting these in the top clubhouse as usual.
Tuesday evenings are race nights and this year we plan to identify a few Race Officers, who will time you around the course so we can award trophies at the end of the season based on your adjusted position after applying the relevant handicaps. Still referred to as “Friendly Races”, there are 5 racing series (Spring, Early, Mid, Late Summer and Autumn) and a number of other one-off trophy races.
Friday evenings are Junior sessions, and we have a full sailing calendar lined up for them from May through to first week in October. This includes both formal RYA Onboard training and official monthly “Fun Races” for which trophies will be awarded at the end of the season. We also plan to take on a small number of junior beginners as we now have more qualified instructors.
We have included a few special events such as the RYA Discover Sailing session, a chance for the club to open its doors to the public and offer taster sessions, which, based on previous years experiences, have always resulted in new members and additional sailing course candidates. We have scheduled a BCSC Regatta and hope to be able to welcome boats from other clubs this year. There is a new Vice Commodores Cup to compete for and even a BBQ Cup if we can have a socially distanced beach BBQ later in the summer! For the first time we also have an end of season regatta – great fun!
There is a full training programme including Power Boat (PB2) and Sailing (Level 1/2) courses and will also be offering beginner/improver coaching sessions – which if you buy the annual sailing fee, is included in the price!
Finally, we will close the season with the important “All ashore” prizegiving in October, where we will be awarding silverware and other trophies to our race winners – and to those that have improved and tried hard over the season!.
In summary, we have something for everyone in the 2021 sailing calendar and we look forward to welcoming you to the beach so we can get started!
If you would like to contact me about any aspect of the above then I will be pleased to hear from you at email@example.com