The Club will resume sailing with immediate effect within the current restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 Regulations. Sailing will be for club members only and members are requested to adhere to the guidance on travel between tiers. The restrictions on gatherings in the clubhouse still apply. Members can now gain access to their boats and equipment as entry keys to the front door are held by class captains and club officials.
Members please note that the internal toilet has been removed and facilities will not be available until March 2022. The nearest conveniences are situated at the cemetery on Beach Road.
It may be possible to start sailing again with more than two participants in England from next Wednesday, 2nd December. Although the Government have published a Covid-19 Winter Plan, which indicates that outdoor sports may be undertaken again in all Tiers, the RYA/MYA are still waiting for the sport specific guidance and Government legislation to be issued so that they can best advise on how we may proceed. We will update all Members as soon as we have further information.
On the 31st October 2020, the UK Government announced the Introduction of a 4 week lockdown in England. This begins at 00:01 on Thursday 5th November and continues through to 23:59 on Wednesday 2nd December.
For this whole period everyone is requested to remain at home and only leave home for very specific reasons which are contained within the legislation available to read here.
One allowable reason to leave home is to take exercise outside alone, with members of their household or with one other person or do this by visiting a public outdoor place for “open air recreation”.
Having consulted with the RYA and reviewed the legislation, the MYA recommend that all MYA clubs should cease any organised activities and close their club and clubhouse. Club waters that are in public parks would be considered a “public outdoor place” and so the water could be used for sailing. This would allow members local to their (public park) club to potentially sail alone or with one other person, whilst following all social distancing measures by keeping at least 2m distance. It is advised that multiple groups of 2 members do not congregate at a clubs location to sail and potentially be seen as larger group.
All MYA Clubs should review the Legislation above and the National Restriction Guidance which is available here and advise their members what they are allowed to do, taking into account their location.
The Vane “A” Class Open events scheduled for Sept 5th & 6th 2020 at Fleetwood are cancelled. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic the Clubhouse is closed and it would be extremely difficult to sail within the required safety regulations.
Common sense prevailed and the decision to delay the event by 24 hours proved correct. A glorious clear blue sky together with a steady 10 to 15mph westerly breeze greeted the maximum complement of 13 skippers. Prior to race 1 everyone’s attention was directed to the up dated Covid Edict ,the importance of which was accepted without query.
An almost identical course to the previous event was set. The start parallel to the clubhouse upwind to the lollypop buoy taking it to port a fast goosewing to a choice of start buoys. Once negotiated back upwind to the finish. Between races 3 and 4 we were treated to some invaluable starting techniques from Uncle Derek. In a nutshell he highlighted that 1 or 2 of the skippers had trouble differentiating their glutes from their olecranon. Or do I mean the advantageous use of the port tack start.
Once again the fleet was enhanced with the inclusion of Shaun Priestley. The results confirm that he is always a force to be reckoned with. Furthermore Shaun and Mark Rose took sufficient bullets to apply for a firearms licence. Inevitably the odd rule was transgressed but everything resolved in a courteous manner. My special thanks go to Derek and Bob for their input and may I remind you all that, weather permitting, next Tuesday is a 6pm start.
Fleetwood Mustangs were back on the lake, six skippers turned out for this regular gathering. Proceedings were a little delayed due to a ‘UFO’ in the water. A pleasant diversion then ensued to try to recover the article, skilfully manoeuvring the Mustangs round and pushing the item towards the bank. It turned out to be an old holdall which, due to the weight, took several boats and patience to achieve.
Sailing started about 20 mins later with a change from the customary course which left out markers on the far side of the lake and took in ones more to the centre.
Some close racing was had in the gentle breeze, it was a delightful sight to see these old timers in glorious formation cutting through the water. There were quite a number of visitors showing interest and quite a few casual conversations were heard.
Six races were had in all, John Plant of course in front but the remainder of the pack sharing the lead positions at some point.
A very pleasant afternoon, thanks to all concerned, see you next Tuesday.
No report this time I’m afraid, only to say our second IOM outing post full lockdown was just as good as the first which was amazing. Full social distancing observed. Please note this Wednesdays (12th Aug) IOM practice has been CANCELLED due to most skippers having other commitments. More IOM racing soon we hope, watch this space.
8 R/C Lasers raced at Fleetwood on Sunday in a beautiful sunny north westerly wind of approx 15 knots.
We started at 10am and at a leisurely pace, 8 x 2 lap half mile races were completed by 2pm having had a break of 30mins for lunch.
We walked along the top of the grass bank keeping clear of each other & the general public.
We shared the lake with some power boats, and about 40 families crabbing and picnicking, all enjoying the summer sun. But there is plenty of room around Fleetwood lake and all appeared to be enjoying the day.
We plan to repeat the exercise next Sunday with IOM’s.
Results by Peter Iles
Many thanks to all that took part and the contributions from Derek and Peter.
Sunday was a nice day for sailing and as we weren’t racing, we thought we’d just let the boats race themselves instead. Normally scheduled in the club’s calendar for the Vane steered ‘A’ boats, which had been cancelled, some thought it would be an ideal opportunity to test the latest design on the block from John Taylor, a 3D printed hull with help from Damian, using Bob J. as volunteer Skipper and proud new owner. The ability to fully social distance with only a couple of boats racing at a time and a mate to pole off on the far bank to prevent them crashing, makes this look very acceptable. Four boats in total to sail in pairs at allotted times, gave us all three ups and three downs. Remix, the prototype hull sailed by Bob, only dropped a beat all morning, proving a very worthy contender for future events.
Although the club is still closed we have started to hold social sailing events. There have been three so far and below is a resume, from Derek, of what has happened to date.
Last weekend on Sat we had 8 DF95’s out for a trial run of “socially distanced” sailing, followed on Sunday with 5 IOM’s and on Tuesday night we had 10 df95’s out. Wind conditions were very varied over the 3 days with Sunday being the best when a stiff no2 rig blew for the IOM’s. Boat reliability was also very varied with some (mine included) proving to be less than reliable.
According to the club book, the IOM fleet are scheduled to race on this coming Sunday from 10am, so I invite you to come down and enjoy some “socially distanced” informal racing/sailing. I will be there, from 10am, with the back door open for access to the toilet (alcohol based hand gel on site) please bring your own refreshments. Club room is currently under refurbishment & is therefore closed.
I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday. Derek Priestley
This evening, Thursday 24th June, it is the turn of the DF65s at 6.30 pm. A good turn out is expected but social distancing rules will be strictly enforced.