As you will be aware, at 12am this morning the Government moved the Island to Level 2 and a set of guidelines that offer us the opportunity to restart organised sailing events at St Catherine’s Sailing Club.
This is great news, however this will not be a straight forward return to our usual racing and open use of the Club facilities, as the 2m distancing rule and risks involved through surface contamination require us to plan for a considerate and conservative approach to any activities we undertake for the foreseeable future.
I can now share with you that our first return to sailing event will be on the evening of Thursday 18th June at 7pm, with this being run very much as a ‘Return to Sailing’ event. The race management team for this and future events will be communicated via an updated Dutyman calendar.
Amendments to the 2020 Sailing Calendar and Sailing Instructions can be found using the following links:
The General, Sailing and House Committees, together with a specially formed COVID team have been working hard on a planned return to sailing programme for the benefit of the members. My sincere thanks go to all the individuals involved in planning our return so far.
It will however, require everyone to play their part in making our return to sailing successful, whether club official, sailor, family member or supporters, I would encourage everyone to play a part in achieving this.
Tomorrow, I will post a presentation to communicate the necessary precautionary measures that we will all need to take throughout the activity from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave the site. Please take time to sit and view this presentation at some stage over the weekend, especially with our younger sailors, so that everyone is prepared prior to the forthcoming sailing events.
Some of you may have questions or may still have concerns over returning to the Club, if so please do not hesitate to contact a committee member for advice. Remember it is up to your discretion whether to attend a sailing event or not, particularly if you are concerned about your health. We would ask members who are feeling unwell, particularly with coughs and cold like symptoms to not to sail or visit the Club at this time.
Training activities through the Club continue to be suspended under the current guidelines, with the Tony Cavey Training Centre team working in collaboration with the RYA to plan a successful return. An announcement will be made by Centre Principal Justin Horton in due course.
It has been a long and frustrating 12 weeks and we are very much looking forward to seeing you at the Club and on the water.
Dave Jones – Commodore