The work party today cleared a large amount of debris, and parked trolleys and trailers in a more orderly manner to free up parking spaces.

There is now plenty of room to park at a slight angle to the fence line - like this:

Please think of others and do not park parallel to the fence. Thank you.

Starting in October you are probably aware that we will be going back to our normal Autumn Series races - with a few small changes, principally:

  • average wind speed limit increased to 16 knots
  • four starts - ASSY, FAST, SLOW, MULTI
  • juniors racing in slow handicap fleet with separate results extracted for the series
  • no restrictions on the number of inflatable buoys used to set courses
  • sign on will continue with the website based system we have been using recently
  • beachmasters can now race - see below

The club sailing instructions have been amended accordingly - DOWNLOAD HERE - this replaces the previous COVID amendment.

I have also updated the user guide to the sign-on system - including the few tweaks I have made to the interface - DOWNLOAD HERE

Conscious of the need to try and keep the number of duties to a minimum, we are going to attempt to allow beachmasters to join in with the racing. Simon Greenslade and I will nominate one person each week to act as beachmaster for launching - once most of the boats have launched the beachmaster will then be able to join in the racing. Based on the entries for the race we will also pick three people to be "recovery" beachmasters - first one ashore after the race will act as beachmaster. I will notify the beachmasters by email on friday of each week. If it doesn't work we will have to go back to having non-sailing beachmasters, so please try to make it work.

The Club has been open for eight days now following the lockdown which began in March. Many Members have enjoyed the very pleasant weather and sailed, canoed or paddled on the river. It is sometimes difficult to maintain the social distancing rules but in general most people have adapted responsibly.

To make life a little easier, sanitiser dispensers have been placed at strategic points and shortly, wash hand basins will be placed outside the changing rooms to reduce the necessity of entry. Drinking water is available from the tap between Galley and Race Box.

Update 17 July: you may now sail a two-hander with a non-cohabiting crew - please observe precautions as in the Racing update. Social distancing ashore remains at two metres.

Please remember that all trapeze two-man boats are still excluded from single-handed use.

The Sailing Committee has produced a list of two-handed boats that may be sailed single-handed and another of those which are strictly not to be.

 

I'm not sure what I have done to deserve the penance of trying to make sense of the government's COVID regulations and the RYA's COVID guidelines, but that seems to be my life at the moment. Changes made by both organisations this week mean that we need to make some changes to our COVID procedures if we want to remain on the right side of the law. Please read the following carefully as it applies to ALL members.

The fundamental change is that the club is required to keep contact details of EVERY visitor to the club premises. For participants in the racing we can use the sign on details you give us through the online system when you enter the race. For free sailors and those who leisure sail during the week we will introduce a similar online system that will allow you to register your visits (more details will be published here next week). For members doing club duties (OOD, safety boat, galley) we can use the dutyman records. These systems will cover the majority of visits to the club but there is still a significant minority of visits not covered - for example, family members watching the racing or freesailing, boat bimblers, contractors etc. For these visits we offer a couple of options for you - either complete one of the paper slips that will be available from the Members Room porch and post it in the box provided, OR if you have downloaded the government's contact tracing app, scan the club's QR code which you can find displayed at various points on the club premises.

We may be able to start using the Club facilities again soon, but not yet.

A decision as to whether the River Exe can be opened for leisure sailing will be made by the Harbourmaster on Wednesday May 13th based on regulations published today in the Government’s Recovery Strategy.

As of today May 11th at 17.00, England is still in lockdown, unlimited exercise will be allowed from Wednesday 13th and some sports will be allowed. The RYA understands water sports are included but has not confirmed it. In every case social distancing measures must be observed.

We have to be patient, we will return to sailing soon but the last thing we want is a second wave of infections and the re-introduction of total lockdown.

You will be informed as soon as things change. Please look at the Members' page on the website for messages.

The General Committee has spent some time putting together and implementing a plan of action which will enable everybody to safely use Club facilities and boats. Unfortunately we cannot return to things as they were. Coronavirus has changed all that. We hope to have lots of Free Sailing days with safety boat cover through the coming months. The Sailing Committee are looking at how some limited racing events might be held, and an update on this will be provided later.

The following changes will be introduced from this week: