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!
Well done to all those who took part in the virtual regatta on Liberation Day. Once again, the Raimbault boys showed everyone a clean pair of heels until a certain 1980’s Fireball Maestro turned up and surprised everyone by winning the last two races!
Fast, frantic and good fun!
Virtual Liberation Regatta Results
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 email@example.com There are only 20 places so first come, first served. Get practising!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
It is with regret that I have to inform you that all sailing activities organised by St Catherine’s Sailing Club must cease with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future.
Racing and training events are now cancelled and all Club owned craft, dinghies and RiBs will remain on shore until further notice.
We are following the latest advice from Jersey Sport which complies with the requirement by the Government of Jersey for us all to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. These measures are set to be in place for a considerable duration.
Private Sailing Sessions – It is of course feasible that you will want to sail privately as an individual or as a household, a very healthy option indeed. If this is the case, 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. Look at the weather forecast, sail in pairs, use a small inflatable dinghy with an outboard to provide cover for your children, tell someone ashore of your intentions. Above all, be aware of the capabilities of every sailor and match this to the conditions in the bay.
Sailing is such a big part of our lives, a passion, an obsession!! We are however, facing a global threat from the Coronavirus that puts sport, despite the benefits to health and wellbeing, into perspective and highlights the need for us all to play a part in looking after families and preventing the spread.
A strong family ethos and a thriving social scene has been at the heart of St Catherine’s Sailing Club since its establishment back in 1953, making it a place of healthy on the water activity, humour and joy. As we face a prolonged period of time at home and away from our Club, please keep that social flame alive by posting your messages and videos on social media sites such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
Keep happy and healthy and I hope to see you all in the Club in the near future.
It is with regret that I have to inform you that all Club sailing activities for members under the age of 18 and over 65 will cease from Saturday 21 March until further notice. This includes all racing and training events we have planned for the age groups concerned.
As a result of this announcement all Winter Training sessions are cancelled with immediate effect.
We are following the advice from Jersey Sport which is set to be in place for a considerable duration.
Whilst this does not of course bring the Club to a standstill, adults can still take part and enjoy their sailing under the present guidelines, I am aware that St Catherine’s Sailing Club is a youth orientated organisation and that the news today will greatly affect the start to the season.
If as an adult, you are still intending to sail in any scheduled event, please adhere to the advice sent out in my recent emails. Please also adopt a ‘Sail and Go’ approach to each event to prevent group gatherings in the clubhouse.
I hope you will understand and respect the steps we are taking, as the need for us all to play our part in tackling the spread of the Coronavirus across the Island community becomes a priority. These are unprecedented times for us all.
Keep happy and healthy and look after yourselves so that we can fully reconvene as a Club together soon.
I hope to see the Bay full of sails and the dinghy park full of smiles again in the near future.