The New Normal. An update and request from your Rear Commodore.

I am sure Covid has had an impact on all of you and how you go about your daily lives. It has also had an impact on many aspects of how your Committees run the Sailing Club in a way that tries to get back to a new normal but recognises the importance of providing you all with a safe place to enjoy your leisure time.

As Rear Commodore I have responsibility for the clubhouse including bar and galley as well as the outside spaces excluding the beach. It is in these areas I need your support please.

Volunteers. Many of you will be aware we have now reopened the bar and the galley. New Covid procedures have been put in place to allow this and to keep both volunteers and members as safe as possible. They are both open Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sunday lunchtime. This has been so far possible as a small group of you have kindly have provided your assistance in running the bar and galley. We have now reached the stage where we need more than just those few to help so I am putting out this request for volunteers.

SSC Organised Sailing 2020 Spreadsheet

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Aggressive sailing

Some recent incidents while racing have resulted in damaged boats and crews with varying levels of distress, anger and incomprehension. The point is that these incidents are inclined to dissuade members from racing.

While aggressive use of the rules is normal under serious competitive sailing when all crews (should) have a good understanding of the rules, it is not the same for those who have less experience of racing , when they may be baffled as to what is going on. It is suggested that at SSC we should all be attempting to make people aware of rules, but in a relatively benign environment.

Rule 14 AVOIDING CONTACT – A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However a right of way boat or one entitled to mark room :

  1. Need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room or mark room.
  2. Shall be exonerated if she breaks this rule and the contact does not cause damage or injury.

So you can be disqualified under this rule even if you have right of way, and particularly if injury or damage occurs. #

Saturday 9th Sept race now AM due to Folk Festival

FUN RACE FOR ALL start 1100 Sat 9th Sept – Adult and junior Trainees, social sailors who would like to try a race maybe try racing a different type of boat. Mike Cemm & Phil Palmer running safety team so lots of help for all beginners.

Hi Saturday safety team. I have changed the start time to 1100 Saturday morning. So safety team need to be at the club at 9.45 please. I have changed the time as the club access will be closed in the afternoon around 3pm for an hour or so due to the folk festival parade. If this change is a problem or if you have swapped. Please let me know.
Many thanks Mike

ROAD CLOSURE Saturday 9th September 2017

TO ALL MEMBERS OF SWANAGE SAILING CLUB Swanage Folk Festival – Saturday 9th September 2017


Swanage Folk Festival wish to inform you that it is a legal requirement that during the Procession which starts at Prince Albert Gardens and finishes on the Seafront, vehicles are prevented from travelling along or across the route and coming into contact with the dance sides or members of the public.

The Event starts at 3.30 and finishes at approximately 4.45pm

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