Notice to Members

Dear Members,

Thank you for your patience over the last few months during which time St Catherine’s Sailing Club has been closed as a sailing centre due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

By adhering to the current Government guidelines we are still unable to offer any organised sailing activities as, along with all dinghy sailing clubs across the UK, the 2m distancing rule and risks involved through surface contamination continue to prevent us from returning at this time.

Your committee has, however, been working in collaboration with the RYA and Jersey Sport to plan a considerate and conservative return to sailing as soon as soon as we can.

This will not be a straightforward return to racing and training as we know it, but committee members and volunteers are all keen to provide some form of competitive activity at the Club and will be working hard to make this happen for the benefit of our members.

Please watch this space for updates over the coming weeks, as any return to sailing will be announced and the requirements for participating communicated to you.

In the meantime, please check your boats for seaworthiness and continue to enjoy your own private sailing sessions in a responsible manner (Ref. Website Post 4th May).

The Clubhouse facilities remain out of use until further notice.

Best regards

Dave Jones – Commodore

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Virtual racing Events

In the absence of our usual on the water activities, we are all set to run the following virtual racing events:

Summer Evening Series (every Thursday) – starts Thursday 21st May to Thursday 2nd July. 3 races will be held each evening starting at 7pm.

Jubilee Regatta – Sunday 31st May – 5 races back to back starting at 10 am.

There will be prizes for the winners of virtual racing events to be given at our Annual Prizegiving Dinner in November.

Race Officer of the day for each event will be your Commodore (Pseudonym ‘St Cath’s DJ’) who will be online for a pre-race chat via a Zoom call prior to the racing.

If you would like to join in with this racing, register for free on the Inshore area https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/

Race Entry – please register your intention to race by sending your name and ‘Pseudonym’ to Dave at drjonesjersey@gmail.com There are only 20 places so first come, first served. Get practising!

2020 Clipper Bursary Success

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Congratulations to St Catherine’s Laser dinghy sailor Will Dengate, who has been awarded the 14th annual Jersey Clipper Bursary, worth £1,000, which will assist greatly in his attendance at offshore training events to realise his ambition of representing Great Britain in future European and World Championships.

Congratulations also to university student Lizzie Ellison who has been awarded £500 to help her gain an RYA Yachtmaster qualification. Lizzie, currently studying for a PhD in oceanography at Imperial College London, has been a keen dinghy sailor at St Catherine’s Sailing Club for many years.

Well done to you both!

Virtual Liberation Regatta

In the absence of the scheduled Liberation Regatta, we are all set to run three races back to back as a Virtual Regatta event on Saturday 9th May starting at 10:30 am. Virtual racing will take place in 49er’s in the Portsmouth bay area.

Whilst it would not be appropriate to award the actual trophies for this regatta series, it has been agreed by your committee that prizes will be given for the winners of each race at our Annual Prizegiving Dinner.

Race 1 ‘Virtual Vega’

Race 2  ‘Beagle Bit Coins’

Race 3  ‘Virtual Liberation’

Race Officer of the day will be your Commodore (Pseudonym ‘St Cath’s DJ’) who will be online for a pre-race chat via a Zoom call from 10am.

If you would like to join in with this racing, register for free on the Inshore area https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/

Race Entry – please register your intention to race by sending your name and ‘Pseudonym’ to Dave at drjonesjersey@gmail.com There are only 20 places so first come, first served. Get practising!

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Notice to Members – Private Sailing Sessions

Whilst the good news is that Level 4 of the Government’s latest measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus gives us the opportunity to sail again, please be advised that the Clubhouse and facilities will remain closed until further notice to mitigate against the risk of infection through surface contamination and the gathering of groups larger than the GoJ guidelines.

Under the Level 4 guidance it is now possible to go sailing, with up to two other individuals in support, as long as physical distancing can be achieved throughout the activity.
Please also adopt a ‘Sail and Go’ approach to any planned sailing activity, arriving and going home dressed for sailing.
Please be aware of the safety factors involved and that it is your responsibility to take the necessary precautions without the benefits of the usual Club safety cover or equipment.

Check the weather forecast.
Be aware of the capabilities of every sailor and match this to the conditions in the Bay.
Wear your buoyancy aid.
If possible, have someone ashore in support.
Keep within the Bay whilst sailing.
Take a handheld VHF.

Jersey Coastguard are available for advice or information on VHF Channel 82 or by phoning 447705.

Don’t forget that the current stated time for activities away from home is 4 hours, including travel time.

 

Government of Jersey – Coronavirus – Advice to Boat Owners

Coronavirus advice

Owners of leisure vessels can now spend the four hours outside their home using their boats for recreational purposes, but are being urged to minimise the risk of getting into difficulties at sea by preparing properly.

The owners of leisure vessels, including yachts, jet skis and other craft, are being advised that they must:

– adhere to the latest Stay at Home instructions, which restrict time outside the house to up to four hours each day
– adhere to latest Stay at Home instructions on social distancing and meeting others from outside of your household
– log a Transit Report with Jersey Coastguard on VHF Channel 82 before leaving harbour
– remain within Jersey territorial waters at all times
– if planning to visit outlying reefs, give consideration to requirements for social distancing and time periods permitted out of the house
– maintain social distancing within public areas such as piers, marinas, pontoons, ramps and facilities

Read more here: https://bit.ly/2zQW14y

 

Jersey Sport 2.6 Challenge

The world’s biggest one-day fundraising event, the Virgin Money London Marathon, was due to take place on Sunday 26 April. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of events across the world and with it, the loss of income from many fundraising events. The 2.6 Challenge has been created to help save charities. Many charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most. Some charities may not survive the next few months – so please get involved and help support our local charities!
You simply need to choose a physical activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and complete it on Sunday 26 April, the day the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.
 
It could be something as simple as pledging to walk, run or cycle 2.6 miles as part of your two-hours daily exercise, doing 26 star jumps or press-ups, or taking part in an online exercise class for 26 minutes.
 
Anyone can take part, whatever your age or ability.
 
It’s time to get creative! Your activity can be anything you like, based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. If you’re stuck for ideas or for more information please, take a look at: www.jerseysport.je/the-2-6-challenge/

Easter Activities

Well done to all for joining in with a fun packed day, from home!

St Catherine’s Sailing Club’s first Virtual Regatta was a big hit this morning, with 14 Sailors taking part in a fast and furious event held over three races.

David Raimbault eventually came out on top with two 1st places and a 4th for a convincing win overall.

His brother Peter came a close second with a 2,3,2 score line, with Ollie Boyle third having scored 3,4,5.

We look forward to seeing you all on the virtual start line again soon.

Easter Activities

Happy Easter!

Whilst we cannot be out on the water, your Committees have still been thinking sailing.  We have found some great resources that might be of interest and for those with a competitive spirit, an Easter themed Competition and some Virtual Racing.

So, to the activities:

Recycled ‘Egg Sailor’ Boat Competition – Build a small boat out of any scrap materials for example plastic bottles, cardboard, drinks cans that can support a painted egg sailor (sailor to be a hen’s egg). You can be as creative as you like.   Your videos or photos of your boat and sailor ‘floating’ will need to be submitted by 5pm on Easter Monday to any of the St Catherine’s Sailing Club WhatsApp groups or via our Facebook page – St Catherine’s Sailing Club, for judging by our Commodore Dave Jones.

Virtual Regatta – In the absence of our usual on the water activities, Dave (Pseudonym ‘St Cath’s DJ’)  is all set to run three races back to back as a Virtual Regatta event on Monday 13th April starting at 10am.  Racing will take place in 49er’s in the Portsmouth bay area.  If you would like to join in with this racing, register for free on the Inshore area https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/ Please then register your intention to race by sending your name and ‘Pseudonym’ to Dave at drjonesjersey@gmail.com There are only 20 places so first come, first served.  Get practising!

Art – One of our members has been posting on Facebook free drawings to download and colour in, they are so intricate and beautiful, and of course, sea themed.  Have a look on Katherine Cadin Art.

The RYA has started the project #SailFromHome on YouTube and these sessions  are available on the British Sailing Team YouTube Channel or via Facebook.  There are some really great sessions covering strategy, interviews with Olympic Squad sailors, workouts and boat maintenance.

Hiking Bench – Perhaps you may have enough bits at home to make your own hiking bench so that you will be extra quick up wind, there are plenty of simple designs on the internet.

Have fun with your families and stay safe.

Your Committees.