Return to Boating 4th July News

We are pleased to announce that SSC is  now moving into Phase 2 of our “Return to Boating” plan, with some further unlocking for sailors using catamarans or large double-handed monohulls, under the new Government guidance of Social Distancing by 1 metre plus, where there are experienced adults sailors mutually and voluntarily consenting to sailing together in the same boat.

We plan to have some escorted sailing, in suitable conditions (windspeed no greater than 16 knots) on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The escort will sometimes be one or two power boats, but on other occasions may just comprise other members in sailing boats. The sailing area for escorted sailing is being defined as a triangle in the Bay bounded on two sides by the 5 knot markers in the Bay. Please keep a check on the SSC Facebook Group to see when the sessions will be taking place, as it will depend on the weather and the availability of escorts.

The Social Distance rules prevent us staffing RIBs with mixed households, so we will not have sufficient safety cover to conduct organised racing for the foreseeable future. However members are free to race each other out in the Bay, using existing buoys including the 5 knot markers many of which are positioned well out to sea this year. Some informal time-trialling around these marks with self-timing of laps may be possible in due course.

We will be looking for volunteers for the RIBs being used for escorted sailing, either Senior Instructors for solo manning, or two from within a social bubble, and if you can help with this please contact either Mike Cemm, Chief Instructor or Rob Baker, Sailing Secretary.

Please see the SSC Covid-19 Addendum to Operating Procedures v1.2. The Operating Procedures has been updated to v28 to incorporate this addendum. Both are to be found under Sailing > Safety