March Sailing Notes

Now that the new season is well under way, the Wednesdays started with an evening update to the Racing Rules of Sailing by RYA regional rules advisers Nadina Lincoln and William Jeffcote. There was a big turnout with the Galley serving meals and a lively discussion.

The Racing Rules of sailing 2017 – 2020 form the basis of the Club Sailing Instructions which will be republished with a few amendments.

William and Nadina offered to run a RULES ADVISORY COURSE to enable Members to manage a structured process in place for dealing with incidents whilst racing on the water. At the simplest level, the Advisory Hearing, exists to educate those involved in such incidents especially when they may not know who was in the right or wrong.  The aim is to encourage everyone to follow The Racing Rules of Sailing. This process is very appropriate for Club racing when education is important.

For this to go ahead we need 6 or more people to make it viable. If you might be interested please let me know and we will arrange the course.

Those people racing need to know that new handicaps now apply to boats and were introduced from the Wednesday afternoon and Spring series.  These will be published on the Web next week.

The weekend of 18th and 19th March saw the Topper Nationwide Series 3 hosted at Carsington. This is a prestigious youth event with 147 entries, necessitating the closure of the water to racing. A windy weekend was forecast and the aim was to get 10 races in. Saturday saw 5 races in challenging conditions. Sunday was forecast to be windy but the race course was set up and the Toppers launched and started race 6; but the wind came in with a vengeance necessitating abandoning the racing.
The Club was represented at the prize-giving by Gerry Fisher. Thanks go to Andy Banks for organising, Ceri and his team for supporting the event and the volunteers from the Club including Adrian Stoggall the PRO as well as the Topper Class Association who contribute to the success and making the Club well regarded nationally.

Keith Appleby
Sailing Secretary