Racing at CSC during Covid-19
Whilst national, regional and local legislation allows it CSC is planning to run a race schedule through to the end of 2020 and hopefully into the new year. In order to comply with the recommendations of the RYA and the Government rules these races must be organised events, ad-hoc racing is limited to 6 people.
The races are schedule from 6th Oct to 20th Dec, 11 weeks and comprise of two races run back to back at 11am and 12 noon.
The first race is fleet based, split into Junior (Elite and experience gold fleet only), Men, Ladies and Double Handers, the second race is a combined fleet.
Assuming there are no cancellations due to the weather, lack of duty crew and local lock downs then its 6 races to count. This will be adjusted accordingly if required.
The racing is just for fun, there will be no prizes, its just a great opportunity to take break from the daily grind whilst getting some exercise. And although the weather makes it less appealing at this time of year, with the right gear the sailing can be much better than during the warmer months.
There must be a safety boat on the water all times for the safety of all those involved, together with an RO and OOD in order for it to be classified as an organised event.
The exact number of crew depends on a number of factors, including the weather conditions, the experience of the crew members and the number and experience of the sailors taking part.
With relatively light winds, a few number of experienced sailors and a very experienced SBH, the racing can go ahead with just a SBH, RO and OOD.
If wind conditions are stronger, there's a greater number of sailors with a variety of skill and experience levels, then the committee insists that we have a full crew including RO, SBH & SBC and an OOD.
Wherever possible we should be aiming to have as many crew as we can each weekend, including ARO's, and two safety boats if possible.
In the event of winds greater than 20knts, or if the OOD deems there isn't suitable safety boat cover, then racing will be cancelled.
Everyone who sails in the series, must perform at least one duty.
Club House Access
The club house is only accessible in the event of an emergency and to the OOD to collect the race and safety equipment.
You must come changed and ready to sail, or be prepared to change in the car park.
These look very good Dry Robe outdoor change robe
The committee will continue to look at ways in which changing rooms and showers can be accessed in a safe and compliant manner.
For the time being they can only be used for Essential Use eg Medical Emergency, someone in extreme cold needing to get dry and warm after a prolonged capsize –or safety boat Crew to avoid Hyperthermia
Officer of the Day Procedures.
Whenever possible the role of OOD will be a member of the committee, but we welcome experienced and regular sailing members to step forward if a member of the committee is not available.
As OOD you can also act as ARO, RO or take part in the races, you will however need arrive early to open up and ensure the clubhouse is locked at the end of the races.
The key for the club house will be hidden in the boat park, ask a committee member for its location.
Start of the day:
Unlock the club house front door and a patio door.
Turn up heating in club house to 21c
Unlock safety boats (red pigs, not the ribs).
Unlock the petrol store and check fuel levels, inform committee if we're running low.
Provide radios and safety equipment to Safety Boat Crews. (Plastic first aid tub, throw ropes, red safety bags)
Provide radio's, iPad, race watch flags etc to the RO.
End of the day
Clean and place all equipment back into the club house.
Ensure radio's and iPad are put back on charge.
Lower heating to 16c
Lock up safety boats and fuel store.
Lock up club house and key safe, and hide the key in a new location in the boat park.
Let the committee know where the key is hidden, together with any comments on how the racing went with details of any incidents or near misses.
Whenever possible run the races from the end of the boat park, using your own car for shelter from the elements.
When the wind is making it difficult to get a good starting beat, or if there are a lot of boats on the water take the equipment and start the races from the end of the main spit.
We have two new large orange buoys available which make ideal start lines and windward marks.
Put the course of the board, and limit the number of buoys in the course so the sailors can remember the course!
Safety Boat Helms
You must be qualified to PB level 2, be registered as a helm on the club data base and have done the in house safety boat course to act as SBH, and you should whenever possible bring a member of you own household as your SBC.
For very experienced, confident and fit SBH's and when the conditions are deemed safe enough by the OOD, a SBC crew isn't necessary.
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