A sailing update for May
Published 00:10 on 21 May 2020
Dear Fellow "Moored-up" yachties,
Actually, I am pleased to be able to advise that very soon we'll be able to add to our offering of online Virtual Yacht Racing, with the start of the dayboat series and also the Retired Gents Series. Yes, with real boats, water and wind albeit with some restrictions which I shall explain below.
Rhys Perkins has been in regular discussions with James Tilley of Jersey Sport, exploring ways in which we might get back on the water and racing. In essence, we will be able to race as long as we adhere to the social distancing guidelines and as long as consideration is given to the need to minimise the likelihood of having to call on the emergency services. Boats will need to be crewed singlehanded, by members of the same household or be of a size where the 2m social distancing guideline can be observed. If you are intending to race singlehanded, we recommend that you check your insurance to ensure that you are covered.
Accordingly, we will start the Dayboat series today, Thursday 21st May and the Alex Bleasby Retired Gents on 26th May. Going forward, assume that we will be adhering the sailing calendar which we will return to in respect of these series unless we get advice that we cannot. Obviously the social element of these two series is suspended even though individuals might want to arrange alfresco eating on the balcony at the club.
Regarding the Offshore Series, the Blanchard Classic to Guernsey has been postponed. Whereas, it was our intention to advise the rescheduled date of all races at the time of postponement, this is not really possible under the current circumstances. The following offshore series race was to be the Evacuation Race from St. Malo, mid June, having raced down on the Friday evening. Unfortunately, all these arrangements have fallen foul of the pandemic although I am pleased to advise that we will be arranging a Parade of Boats on the same weekend. More information to follow, but I am very pleased that we are able to commemorate the 80th anniversary of this hugely important event in the Club's history. Save the date!
So, just as Jersey moves into soft lockdown, we are able to re-emerge onto the water and I hope that we are soon able to further broaden the scope of events that we can organise. Clearly safety of our members and compliance with government guidelines will be our primary concerns.
Finally, no book recommendation this time but a thank you to anyone who purchased back copies of Marine Quarterly as suggested in my last message. The publisher (Sam Lywellyn) was able to send over £2,000 to the Mission to Seafarers to support their important work.
Nick O'Hare Chairman of Sailing