Message from the Committee about Cronoavirus and its impact on our Sailing
Dear DSC member,
Sorry but – Events Cancelled and Sailing Suspended until further notice
We have been monitoring the Government/NHS/RYA advice on Coronavirus and its impact on all of our lives for a few weeks now. You will not be surprised to learn that we have taken the unpleasant but necessary decision to cancel all forthcoming events until further notice, including the Work Party at the end of the month and the Discover Sailing event which was scheduled for May.
We also feel that for the time being we have to suspend ALL sailing for one month with immediate effect, until we know more how this situation will affect us all.
It is hoped that perhaps in time, we might be able to offer some form of casual sailing under strict controls in a month or two, but we really don’t know? I know this will be particularly hard to accept for some of our members who, like me have been desperate to get back on the water again. But thinking particularly of our membership profile, we have a large number of us who fall into one or other of the higher risk categories. We cannot control the availability of our members to do duties and fulfill any sort of revised Duty Rota. We understand that whilst sailing itself is very low viral transmission risk, you have to think of the wider implications – it would be impossible to guarantee your safety within the clubhouse or in respect of crews for the safety boat etc etc.
The committee are setting up an online meeting system in order to retain regular communications to explore ways forward and about when we might be able to start sailing again. Rest assured we will keep you informed
A strong and gusty north westerly wind was not very tempting to the majority of members. There were a few younger, more adventurous members who were tempted, but dissuaded from venturing out. The water level is now on the rise again, and should have the level full by the new year.
Final results for the winter series are published here
Members enjoyed the mulled wine and Christmas fare, after the hardier members had pulled the pontoon and ramp back into the bank.
Happy Christmas to all sailors. We look forward to seeing you racing at the Icicle Series, which starts on the Sunday after New Year.
The wind was forecast from the south-west and medium to fresh this Sunday. This wind took some time to set in, with a 11.30 start to allow the wind to set in. Five boats started, but the slower, inexperienced, tail-ender boats started to sail the incorrect course. They were put straight by the Safety boat, but the lead Optimist still left out an important mark and scored a DSQ.
The second race was sailed back-to-back with three takers and three finishers, although the slower boats only sailed two laps to the winner’s four.