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Lockdown 3 - Online Programme and Plans For When We Can Reopen!

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Published 19:54 on 9 Jan 2021

With all of us now settling into the new world of lockdown 3, and the weather colder than at any other point of this challenging pandemic, we are all looking for ways to keep ourselves entertained, occupied, and provide some distraction from the prolonged periods indoors, with reduced social interaction.

Spinnaker Sailing Club exists for it's members, and so over the last few days we have been working behind the scenes to pull together a programme of virtual racing, talks, and online training which can run through January, February and early March. All of these activities are free to our members, and we encourage you to take part.

This programme may be extended through March if there are still heavy restrictions in force. While this programme is running we will also be working to ensure the club is ready to reopen at the earliest legal and safe opportunity, with a view to again resuming racing, training and group activities when permitted, as we did in May/June 2020.

Virtual Regatta:

Keith McQuillin has kindly agree to lead a Virtual Regatta e-Racing Series for us again. First race at 10.30 on Sunday 17th January. More details will be available in the next few days about how the series will run and how to get involved!

Winter Talks:

Following our first two talks we have got some great topics lined up over the coming weeks, with the new lockdown we have added some extra dates in so we can all stay socially connected from our homes, and hopefully provide some interesting discussion! Below are the dates and topics we have confirmed.

You can find the Zoom links for these talks and further details on the Calendar on the club website.

  • 1.Thursday 21st January Ian Walker, Director of Racing at the RYA. "From a Gravel Pit to the Southern Ocean", where Ian will tell us about the adventures along his sailing journey from Chipstead Sailing Club to his Olympic campaigns and the Volvo Ocean Race.
  • 2.Wednesday 3rd February "How to Start Racing" a beginners introduction to how club racing works, the basic rules and how to get involved. This will be a friendly evening, with the aim to keep it as simple as possible and give you the confidence to start racing I you haven't already!
  • 3.Wednesday 17th February Capt. Barry Sadler, ABP Southampton Pilot. "The Work of a Ships's Pilot." Barry is a ship's pilot working on container ships bound for Southampton Port, he will share with us his experiences working as a Pilot including container ships up to 400m long!
  • 4.Wednesday 3rd March Bob Chapman "The Nature of Blashford Lakes and its Importance". Bob is the Reserves Officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Trust with a huge amount of knowledge about the scientific value of the nature and environment of the New Forest, and the Site of Special Scientific Interest the club is within.

Online Training:

Our programme of Spinnaker Youth Training webinars, tailored to our younger sailors will continue as planned.

RYA Club Race Management Course This is a new course from the RYA. Delivered by a member of the RYA's Southern Race Management Committee this is an online course via Zoom to help sailors develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to be the Race Officer for Club Racing. Date is to be confirmed, look out for more details soon!

Post Lockdown Support:

Spinnaker Sailing Club is proud of how quickly we resumed sailing in 2020 post-lockdown, and has a reputation for being proactive and safe in how we resume activities during Covid-19.

The Committee wants to see a return to sailing, training and racing as soon as safe and legal to do so. It is likely as restrictions are first eased we will put in place a modified programme as we are guided by the medical advice and the new regulations.

As we are allowed to restart activity at the club we will look to provide support to members with sailing refreshers, powerboat handling refreshers and support in fettling boats and getting them ready to be sailed again. This is part of our support to you as members to allow you to take full advantage of your membership as restrictions are eased again, and there will be no charge for this support in the early days of restrictions being eased.

Once we exit lockdown it would be good to have some support for our members getting back on the water. Due to the likelihood of strict gathering limits (and uncertainty over timings) I am not going to advertise anything specific yet. However, we can tell members we will arrange sessions supporting their boat maintenance and fettling (Tom your tuning chat suggestion could work well here as a short session at the lake if restrictions permit), refreshers on sailing and powerboat handling to give members confidence to go afloat and volunteer for safety boat duties. These sessions will run as soon as restrictions/weather permit post lockdown and be free of charge (limited time period only).

Last updated 10:06 on 24 February 2021

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