It's always much nicer to to have some jolly input to the web site from the sailing committee.
Firstly a thank you to the stalwarts who dragged themselves out of bed to get the tide to repair the slipway, good job and thank you. Each year this does happen and we did have a fairly big storm, so nothing too out of the ordinary.
Now we have had the OK to purchase some more race marker buoys, very good news. Those who were sailing over the weekend would have noticed the new thin upright yellow pillar buoy. The feedback was very encouraging from sailors and safety crew alike. Sailors, we can see the buoys and distinguish them from the eight knot buoys and the safety boats and crew they can put four into a boat and they will still be below the gunnel height.
The new buoys have their own weight bag built in so no need to carry large heavy chains only the anchors. You will have to take a couple of seconds to make sure the built in weight bag fills with water but that is about it to set them.
We still need to have the safety boats setting marks at LEAST 45 mins before the racing starts, us sailors won't get on the water until the safety boat is out, so it is an important part of an important duty. Don't forget when working the safety boat you need to be well dressed as it is a lot colder than sailing, so please dress appropriately and be prepared to get wet to help a fellow sailor in need.
Seeing such a large fleet of boats on the water this Sunday was great and even more fun sailing in it, (even if I jumped the gun a minute early and had to go back). Lasers seem to be the boat of choice this year. Plus seeing more lady sailorettes is great and much nicer than staring at the back of a middle aged gorilla.
One last thing to add and this is for Laser sailors and kayak paddlers. Most of us know, but the access door to our kit is being left open. We are trying a system to make this easier to avoid. We have two locks for the sliding door, one is the normal key and is used when nobody is sailing or kayaking. The second one is a combination padlock and is to be used when sailing is on the go. Please whoever gets there first takes the key padlock off and puts the combination one on. The reason behind this is to keep the door shut and locked, but it will still give us easy access with security. So always slide shut and lock even if there are people about, if in doubt shut and lock. The last person to pack away is to swap the locks over and put the key back into the key box, but if this does get forgotten at least the door is locked shut.
So the season going well. Halsail results should be up and running soon so the continued results will be on the web site for all to see.
What a phenomenal weekend with the windsurfers and a huge thank you to those who helped out. However more or less time put in, every little helps, I'm sure there will be a bigger report on the weekend coming.
James and the Sailing Committee