It has been 10 weeks since our first race of Virtual Sailing back in the last week of March and 4 series later Baker Boy is clearly the outstanding winner - big congratulations to him. The rest of us? Well we have been getting better and the competition has been getting harder, the game has broken down some age barriers and helped many club members get to know each other through the competition as well as providing a lifeline through isolation. Thanks to all who have participated - it has been great fun.
Now as the shoots of spring blossom into summer the shoots of Virtual Sailing are now blossoming into real sailing as the club is once again open for exercise. During this transitional period I will continue to run 3 races in VR Inshore on Wednesday and Sunday evenings just for fun and monitor participation over the next 2 weeks. If numbers are holding up then I will keep it going, if they drop off any further then I will draw it to a close and let those who enjoy the game continue with the public races on offer.
To keep you updated on the easing of lockdown restrictions I will be participating in a 'return to racing' webinar and a 'return to training' webinar both run by the RYA Midlands team in the next 2 weeks which will hopefully provide useful discussion and estimated time-frames for the next steps for the club. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
It has been great to see so many people out on the water (over 30 boats on Saturday) enjoying the champagne sailing conditions, we hope you continue to enjoy the weather and all Bartley can offer at the present time. Unfortunately we did have a member slip and cut their knee on Saturday as the algae has been growing whilst we have been isolating. A stiff broom cleared a lot of it (thanks Nigel and Freya) but please take extra care when launching as it is slippy.
See you on the water soon.