The sailing committe met on Wednesday with the following updates resultant:
Item 1. Comfort break between the two afternoon races on Saturdays.
The committee reviewed feedback from some of the membership to reinstate the comfort break between races (which had been removed based on the need for sailors to keep warm between races during the winter months). The decision was to give the OOD the discretion to sail the races back to back or allow a short comfort break between races.
It is therefore up to any sailors requiring a comfort break to advise this to the OOD before launching for the first afternoon race so the request can be accommodated.
It is also requested that the sailors can be ready for a latest start to the second race of the afternoon by 2.30pm so those remaining on the water do not get frozen.
The sailing committee viewed this as the best compromise for all circumstances.
Item 2. Change of course between Saturday Race 2 and Race 3 in the afternoon.
Currently there is no means of indicating a change of course bewteen the afternoon races. It was decided that flag L with one sound signal will be used to notify sailors of a change of course between the 2 races. It is up to the OOD to post the new course on the course board and make the sailors remaining of the water aware of the new course either by using the course board displayed on a committee boat, or verbally.
Flag L + 1 sound signal for notification of change of course
This instruction will be posted in the OOD hut as a reminder.
Item 3. Signing on for race 3 Saturday
Those signing on for race 2 (Pursuit) on Saturday will automatically be signed on for race 3 (handicap). Those just competing in the final race will need to sign on in the usual manner.
Item 4. Conduct
The club has done well to encourage a number of new members and junior members who are now participating in racing on a more regular basis on Saturday mornings. The behaviours of more experienced members on and off the water will set the standards for those less experienced to look up to. Please make this standard one of welcome and expemplary sportsmanship for our juniors and novices on and off the water.
Item 5. Rescue Duty
Sunday - it is expected that the duty crew remain throughout the day to cover the possibility of members arriving in the afternoon to participate in any of the water sports the club caters for (Windsurfing, Canoeing, SUP). An early finish because it is too windy or not windy enough to dinghy sail may provide the best opportunity for those wishing to Windsurf, SUP, or Canoe and as paying members the duty crew need to ensure their needs are appropriately catered for.
General - If you suscribe to the Blog then it is likely that you are a member who keeps your commitments to the club. However we are finding It is rare that all allocated duty crew turn up on the day allocated to them. It is a term of membership that all carry out their 2 duties per year and there is plenty of time to request swaps on dutyman. Please ensure we all stay safe by attending per the rosta.
Item 6. Sailing Committee
The sailing committee has voluntary representation from all main racing fleets and aims to keep the balance right for the needs of the membership. We acknowledge that there is not always a single best way for all membership needs to be addressed and ask that any individuals that have issues they wish to raise do so with one of the committee for consideration at the monthly meeting. The committee are:
Chair / Laser: John Ling
Laser, K2O, and Windsurf: Simon Hardiman
Solo: Dave Badger / Nick Eves
Phantom: Graham Blackwell
Supernova: Gary Butterfield
RS400: John and Sam Knight / Nick Eves
If you feel your fleet is under-represented or you could contribute positively to the committee please contact us as we are always looking for more volunteers to progress the club and it's sailing format in a positive direction...
See you on the water and enjoy your sailing at Bartley SC.