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This is all the latest news from St. Catherine’s Sailing Club, Jersey, C.I.

COVID-19 Current GuidElines

Dear Members,

With the success of our return to sailing programme and the large numbers of members enjoying some fantastic sailing at the Club, we must all continue to play our part in following the current guidelines to mitigate against the spread of the coronavirus, particularly as many members are now travelling off Island.

As a polite reminder to those of you who have been off Island, please do not visit the Club for any reason until the results of your test have been confirmed as negative.

Your continued participation and due diligence in helping to keep us all safe is very much appreciated.

Best Regards

Dave Jones

Commodore

Updated Sailing Programme

The Sailing Committee has updated this years Race Programme  in an effort to recover many of those events lost during lock down.

The revised race schedule can be found on the Fixture List page  with changes highlighted in Red along with SI Amendment Nr 5.

Notably  for your diaries the Club’s Annual Regatta is to be held  over the weekend 14th-16th August

The Dutyman system has also been populated to reflect the updated programme.  Many of you will have received Duty notifications by  email and the Sailing Committee urges members to accept or swap duties as soon as possible by logging into the system and action accordingly.

In the meantime Happy Sailing.

Commodore’s Regatta / Double Handed & Day Boat Regatta – Sunday 19th July

This Sunday the club is running a combined Commodore’s / Double Handed & Day Boat Regatta. Warning Signal of the first race  is 10:55hrs (see Fixture list page for the Updated Sailing Instructions).

Entries should be made as per usual through the club’s  web collect system. The weather forecast is still looking good and we are hoping to see a strong turnout for the club’s first Regatta of the year so please arrive in plenty of time. Sailors briefing will be held at 10:15hrs.

Gorey Regatta sail around on Friday Evening at 6pm.

Dear Sailors and Friends,

The club is organizing an assisted sail around this Friday to Gorey, where sailors should be rigging at 5pm for a 6pm start.

The sail around will be controlled by our safety boats. Sailors should follow the instructions to hold until everyone is ready to sail. This will be a low tide sail around to Gorey and sailors should follow the course due to the unexposed rocks just under the water especially on the approach to Gorey Castle.

Parents of young children should ensure that their sailor has all of the safety equipment required by their class of boat, as well as water and sunscreen. If unsure about their abilities, check in with the safety crew, and if in any doubt of the conditions and your sailor’s experience  please do not hesitate to go by road.

Trolleys should remain the responsibility of the sailor or their family, some assistance may be available by negotiation between Sailors and families driving by road.

Boats arriving at Gorey should have their trailer delivered to the low tide mark, so that they can pull their own boat up to the seawall and leave there neatly for the weekend.

Please look at the club notice board outside the club or contact the safety crews for updates on the day.

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COMMODORE’S REGATTA – SUNDAY 28th JUNE

COMMODORE’S REGATTA – SUNDAY 28th JUNE
Our first regatta of the year!! Three races back to back with the first starting promptly at 10am. Please arrive at 9am to help the race management team run the event within the current guidelines. There will be a sailors briefing outside the Clubhouse at 9:20am, current social distancing rules apply.

Please sign up here: https://webcollect.org.uk/scsc/event/commodores-regatta-2

Gala & Bel Val Series 1,2 & 3 – Sunday 21st June

After the success of last Thursdays test event, we are preparing for our first competitive series out on the water.

We are asking all members who wish to race this Sunday morning, 21 June, to sign up in advance so that we can manage numbers and ensure compliance with Government of Jersey COVID-19 guidelines.

Please ensure you have watched the presentation from our Commodore with the new procedures in place to ensure we can all enjoy safe and fun sailing.  https://www.loom.com/share/f233b5fb57b1465eb55d2a6ce3b7b618

Club dinghies cannot be used at this time.

Please sign up here:  Sunday sailing- Gala / Bel Val Series 1,2,3

Thank you for your support, it’s great to be back on the water again!

Return to Sailing Event – Thursday 18th June

Dear Members,

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:

Revised Sailing Programme 2020

Revised Regatta Programme 2020

Sailing Instructions – Amendment 1

Sailing Instructions – Amendment 2

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.

Happy Sailing!

Dave Jones –  Commodore

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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!