The light airs and sunshine of the last week were kind to us allowing some members to enjoy casual sailing at last. Unfortunately the weekend is less promising, as with stronger winds and few boats in the water it is more important than ever to sail within physical capability and experience of the skipper and consider how self-rescue would be managed. Please read the risk assessment (on the website, and emailed to all members) before arriving at the racks or birdcage to sail.
The next step the committee are working on is opening of the clubhouse for use of the toilets for those members sailing or working on boats. Seems a small step but there is a lot to do. Risk assessment is underway, hand sanitiser ordered, one-way route arranged and cleaning our (somewhat dusty) clubhouse is planned. An update will be posted as soon as the club can open the toilets to members. Unfortunately this won't include changing rooms, as this has been recognised as a much higher risk. until this announcement is made the clubhouse remains closed to all members.
The support boat has had its final maintenance and is ready to launch. I'm sure you will appreciate that keeping social distance on the support boat in a rescue situation will be a big challenge, the committee have begun to work on managing this safetly. Please be patient while we find solutions.
The cinder path remains closed, but if you carry your club handbook and rack key the security will let you pass. They don't always challenge people but the sunny weekend weather may change that.
Cruiser lift in is arranged for June 20 starting 6.30am. This is great news. Thanks to Dave Giles and also to Andy Middleton who has organising support for the lift-in in collaboration with EYC, though we hope a tow isn't required! if you are able to assist please contact Dave Giles as he will co-ordinate a socially distanced team.
Safe sailing and fair winds to all.
Ainslie Masterton, Commodore