07 June 2020
By the time most of you read this, you will probably have seen our Social Media and WhatsApp group announcements that we are going back on the water with our “Lonely Tower” race on 27th June and a further, shortly to be detailed, race on the 18th July. You can find the documents in the Programme in the usual place.
Firstly, may I say, that these are low key, not for points, races which will be unusually weather dependent. We will be observing the RYA Guidance:
1 We will always follow Government guidance
2 We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach:
Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI or emergency services.
Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.
This has led us to introduce a number of safety measures, all of which are detailed in the documents. Above all, it is up to every competitor to decide for themselves whether to race, based on their own health and safety considerations as well as Government guidelines. I cannot over stress this.
Nevertheless, it seems like a massive milestone after months of frustration whilst we watch the good weather go by.
Please help us to make these events a success by taking extra care, not just whilst racing, but in your travel arrangements, on board activity and in your interaction with other users of the marinas, yacht clubs and public at large. Inevitably, the public see yachting as an elite sport and we must all be aware that bad publicity must be avoided at all cost.
We are planning a skipper’s video briefing prior to the event where we will detail any last minute changes and provide an overview of our procedures. The date and time will be announced here and by Social Media as before.
We can preserve social distancing at the race box and we want everyone to have the best day out sailing for, what seems, a very long time.
Dougie Leacy, Captain