Thanks to Tim and his merry band of helpers, the slipway on East Racks is starting to take shape.
Now that the RYA has advised that clubs can carry out work to enable them to open on the 29th March, Tim is trying to arrange another weekend of work parties for Saturday 20th March and Sunday 21st March to try and complete as much as possible of the remaining work. As you will know, we can only carry out this work with the help of members volunteering their time to help out. Members who keep their boats on the east racks will be particularly welcomed.
You do not have to have any special skills as there are jobs that require digging or knocking in nails. You will need to bring your wellies though😁
Generally, we meet up at the club at 09.00 hrs on both days subject to the weather and are finished by lunchtime.
Can anybody that is thinking of volunteering please let Tim (#RacksOfficer on 07946 474307) or me know so that we have an idea of numbers?
Thanks for your help
Steve Hill #Commodore
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May 22nd CCS RNLI Charity Race to Stangate Creek
June 5th CCS Harty Ferry Race
June 19th BYC Nore Race
June 20th Interclub Challenge Race/Town Cup
July 3rd CCS Upnor Race
July 17th CCS Blackwater Race
Sept 18th CCS Queenborough Race
See BYC for further details of #CCS races.
Our congratulations and thanks go to Marcus Dean for stepping up and being duly voted in at the #Cruiser Class AGM as the 2021 LSC Cruiser Class Captain.
Our many thanks to Mark Emmerson who will continue to support the LSC cruiser class and I'm sure we will all see him on the water in the coming year.
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We are planning to start club dinghy racing on Good Friday 2nd April, social sailing can start from 29th March. The Social distancing rules will apply to all activities in the Birdcage, on the Racks while rigging, launching and recovering boats. Groups MUST NOT exceed 6 persons and not more than two families in any group.
The racing will be carried out following the same rules as we used during 2020, courses set will only use marks North of the Ray channel and races will only be carried out when the wind is F4 (20mph) or less. Helms are reminded that we expect that behavior on the water is to be conservative such that increased distance between boats is maintained particularly during starts and at the first mark of the course where bunching often occurs.
A copy of the final LSC / EYC Sailing Programme for 2021 can be found on the club website. Rick Bakewell for the support boat rota and myself for the Race Officer rota have simply thrown names at the duties that needed to be filled, both he and I have already taken a number of duties.
We would ask you to look at the rotas and any duties allocated to you. If there are dates that you know now that you will NOT be available, can you let Rick and myself know and we will try to reallocate duties to suit your availability. As the season goes on and you find that you can not fill a duty we are asking that YOU find someone to fill your duty – hopefully you will not simply turn up or dump the problem with Rick or myself.
If you are not allocated a duty and can help as the assistant RO or as the second person in the support boat – please let the member with the main duty know so we know when to expect a helper. Extra help will be needed for the Solo Open weekend, the GP14 Open, The Solo Club Championship, Old Leigh Regatta weekends plus other busy weekends.
Hope to see most of you at some time at the club during 2021.
Steve Corbet #SailingSecretary
With the sun and warm weather, I know that there is a temptation to use your boats and relieve some boredom.
I would like to remind you that while we are still in lockdown, the club, birdcage and racks are closed.
The current lockdown regulations state that you "must stay at home", and only leave your home for a number of permitted essential reasons, which includes "exercise". However, boating from a private facility and performing routine maintenance of a boat are NOT included in the list of permitted exemptions. RYA COVID guidance states that club members should only be visiting the club site to check their boat and to carry out any "critical and essential" maintenance work only.Covid restrictions reminder The committee has been informed that members have been using the racks to launch boats and have been photographed doing so. If this situation was to continue unchecked, it would lead to further members attending the club (on the basis that ‘others are getting away with it’) to ‘go for a sail’ especially as the weather improves.
Therefore, I would like to remind ALL members that they are not permitted to sail their boats from club racks and ask them to comply with the Government regulations.
Members not complying with the regulations are not only risking a visit by the Police and receiving a personal fine, but such actions could potentially place the club itself at risk of prosecution.
As a club, we must be seen to comply with the law.
Please do not place the club and its Committee members in such a position.
Steve Hill Commodore
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