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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:


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:

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 Please then register your intention to race by sending your name and ‘Pseudonym’ to Dave at 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.

CORONAVIRUS – IMPORTANT UPDATE – Saturday 21st March 2020

Dear Members

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.

Best regards

Dave Jones



Dear Members

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.

Best regards

Dave Jones


Marlow Rope Show

St Catherine’s Sailing Club members are invited to join in with the Marlow Rope Show at ST HYC on Thursday 6th February, between 7pm and 9pm. Please contact the St Helier Yacht Club Office to reserve a space, as we are limited to 50 places for practical reasons. The Chefs are providing Chilli con Carne, Chicken Curry and a Vege option for £8.50 during the break. Please let the office know if you plan on eating when you reserve your space.
Please contact Chris on 732229 or with any queries.
Don’t delay, the course is filling up fast!ROPE SHOW A4 POSTER FOR ST HELIER