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Sailling Committee Update January 2020

Published 09:26 on 28 Jan 2020

The Sailing and Premises Committees have been hard at work preparing for the new season. As you will have read the new start hut / race management centre will be ready for the new season (weather permitting). This will be a great improvement to our race facilities.

We will have a new number light box and start procedures in place for next year so look out for changes to the Sailing Instructions. Our aim is to simplify the start procedure and make it clearer and more straight forward both for racers and Race Officers.To help you all with this we will have two Pre-Season Club Racing Competitor Briefings. Dates for these are Sunday 29 March at 12.00 and repeated on Friday 10 April at 12.00. If you are racing or sailing this year you are strongly advised to attend these briefings. They will cover changes to our systems and advise about racing etiquette in the harbour.

We would like to try and improve our Results service. We would like to get daily results up on the online system right after the race. We would also like to publish series updates at the same time. This will need regular racers to train up to do this. We are aiming to train up to 6 people to do this so that the duty can be shared. Results take about 20 minutes to input and need to be done right after racing. If you would like to be one of our Results Managers, please email Simon Redfern on vcsailing@sailbrightlingsea.com. Training will be organised.

The Duty Roster is up online and ready for you to volunteer for your seasons duties. Remember the club is run voluntarily by the members so if you use the club and you are able you are required to do duties. Here are the club rules on this.

  • - Racing members to do 4 duties to cover racing on the water or in the race office inclusive of open meetings.
  • - Racing Cadets (16-18) to do 2 duties to cover racing on the water or in the race office.
  • - Social members to do 2 duties on the water or in the galley.

One of the harder duties to fill is that of Race Officer. We do need people to train up for this. It is not as hard as you may think and you don't need to be a Top Racer to do it. Basic sailing knowledge and common sense is all that is needed. The Rota has several vacancies for Assistant Race Officer which is there to give people opportunities to train up. Please have ago. Dave Gibbons has also kindly volunteered to run a training session which will also cover the set up in the new race office on Sunday 26 April 12.00. Please let Simon know if you would like to attend.

At the time of writing we have 116 vacancies for Patrol Boat Helms and Crews. The Dutyman Team is determined that this Rota will be filled well before the start of the season. Please make sure you have volunteered for your preferred dates. This will make life so much easier for the Dutyman Team. If you are worried about what Duty you should do please email or speak to Simon. Training can be given and it's great to get on the water and to be part of the Race Management Team.

There is always a need for the committees to be in touch with members opinions and so we will be starting an On-Line Forum for members which we anticipate will be launched for the start of the season. We also have a face to face Sailing Forum booked in the calendar for September 6 at 11.00, which is open to all members to voice their opinions on sailing matters. If you got anything to say, make sure you are heard.

Other Dates for you Diary

Introduction and Briefing to the season for all Transition/Learn To Race Squad members and their parents on Friday 6 March at 19.00 in the club.

Last updated 09:28 on 28 January 2020

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