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Topic: Is Racing Allowed?
Posted By: A2Z
Subject: Is Racing Allowed?
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 12:02pm
I thought racing, as an organised sporting event, would not be allowed at present. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the govt policies in place, is this racing at Shustoke legal?
https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/229140/Shustoke-Sailing-Club-back-open-for-sailing" rel="nofollow - https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/229140/Shustoke-Sailing-Club-back-open-for-sailing



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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 12:13pm
Would have thought Water Authority had final say, the article thanked them for allowing it to go ahead.
What rules are you applying?

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Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 12:22pm
I would have thought not....until Monday when 6 could race together.

I have long been thinking though that, at least for singlehanded,the block on racing is not the requirements of Covid 19 regulations during racing, but rather launching, safety, race management etc.

It is next to impossible to get within 2m of another person while racing and keeping clear. The exceptions are opposite tack downwind and helm of one boat with crew of another in conditions when they are sat on opposite sides of the boat.

Take it down to the Optimist....it just fails on the impossible....but only just: 1.12m wide with a boom of over 2m length. At max protruding 1.55m and the helm another metre to windward. Sheeting in reduces that protrusion....but not by much.....and the gap tends to get wider....


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 1:15pm
Been to several clubs with shore launching where social distancing would still be possible even with 12 boats, but, yes it does state 6 people and still maintain social distancing, would this apply to a sports venue? You are not in fact going to meet a specific person.

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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 1:57pm
I think the main thing is the 2m rule for different households in race boxes and patrol boats. If you can avoid this then there is nothing that stops competitive sailing. 

There's a small issue with the 'meet with one other person from another household' and soon to be 'up to six people'. But it's unclear what constitutes 'meeting'. 

For example, I can go to the park to explicitly meet (2m apart) a friend, or go for a walk etc. Obviously there might be many people at the park also walking or jogging or whatever. But, it's fine as you're not there to 'meet' them. 

Are other boats at a sailing club like other joggers in a park? Or are they implicitly part of the same gathering? At what point do people in the same place for the same reason become part of the same gathering? It's all a bit grey. 

There would be a case that as soon as you publish official start time or an official event, then everyone participating is part of a singular gathering.

The reality is, if you're outdoors, and well spaced, the transmission risk is low, and whether there are 20 people there out of coincidence or through design makes little difference. However, limiting gatherings to 2 (or soon to be 6) does make it a lot easier for police to break things up before groups become large and inhibitions are removed and the 2m rule goes out of the window. 

I don't recall club racing ever slowly morphing in to a situation where 50 people are hugging and kissing... although a FED week party is another matter!

On the other hand, an informal race to a buoy and back with whoever happens to be on the water is plenty enough for me. I've long been of the opinion that NoR, SI's, flags and even results don't add much to my club racing experience and I've not missed them on the last couple outings at HISC. It's not a area I particularly want the club to push the rules on. 


Posted By: Paramedic
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 2:01pm
I agree with A2Z

As soon as the club take ownership of several people using the facilities and put people on duty I think it becomes a gathering.

I wouldnít do it.

If several people choose to see who is the fastest I think is different. The important thing for me is that the club stays out of it.

Are they doing any harm? No.
Are they breaking the rules? Yes, I think they are.


Posted By: Jamie600
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 2:02pm
I wondered the same last weekend as our club re-opened.

Everyone was maintaining distance, within their household units, however we were talking to each other (while maintaining distance).

Current rules state you can exercise in a public place such as a park, while maintaining distance, but can only meet one person from outside your household, again at a distance.

If you imagine the sailing club as a park, are we technically breaking the rules by 'meeting'?

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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 2:10pm
Thanks for the thoughts.  This isnít so much a question of whether it is safe or even sensible, but whether it is actually allowed.  If you go for a free sail that seems analogous to joggers in a park, but if you schedule a race at a set time that seems much more like a gathering to me and regardless of whether you keep 2m apart I didnít think that was allowed?



Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 5:13pm
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Posted By: NickM99
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 7:27pm
The Government regs on exercise for June remain unchanged in that you can only play a sport against one other person, but you can now socially mix up to six from two different households.  So e.g presumably family team tennis doubles is OK after all?  Confusing.

The RYA is encouraging competition on the water around individual time trials etc., and apparently it is OK for these to be "organised" informally by individuals used social media etc.  I note the latest RYA doc on return to racing talks about e.g. gate starts in the context of sometime in the future when more organised racing is allowed.

So I agree with Paramedic.  I can't see how Shustoke's racing conforms with the rules.


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 7:32pm
Let's hope it doesn't get debated in the media, mind, would ease the pressure on Boris and Dom.

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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 7:53pm
Originally posted by NickM99

The Government regs on exercise for June remain unchanged in that you can only play a sport against one other person, but you can now socially mix up to six from two different households.  So e.g presumably family team tennis doubles is OK after all?  Confusing.
The LTA have written to the DCMS today to seek clarification of exactly this.


Posted By: nutonthetiller
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 9:00pm
https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/Web%20Documents/Guidance%20on%20Restarting%20Racing%20and%20COVID-19%20-%20V1.pdf" rel="nofollow - https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/Web%20Documents/Guidance%20on%20Restarting%20Racing%20and%20COVID-19%20-%20V1.pdf

RYA says racing allowed if follow guidelines 


Posted By: Paramedic
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 9:13pm
Informal  Racing.

I don't think Shustoke are doing any harm. But what they have professed to be doing is not in my view in the spirit of the regulations until 1st June.

But by attracting new members to join them to take part I think they could cause themselves problems and in the long run everybody if the wheels come off. I know they are operating a limit to the number of people on site, so if I was them I wouldn't be accepting new members - except possibly Dominic Cummings.


Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 10:15pm
[QUOTE=NickM99]
The Government regs on exercise for June remain unchanged in that you can only play a sport against one other person, but you can now socially mix up to six from two different households.†

Nick - can you share where you got that about about only playing a sport with one other person? Specifically you refer to the regulations. For me that means the legislation- I donít recall reading that in the Act.



Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 29 May 20 at 10:46pm
So Iíll answer my own question. From 1 Jun the situation changes and you can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people (if you can social distance).

See para 1.5:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do


Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 12:08am
We've not had the legislation for the 1st of June on wards yet. But we've been told it's up to 6 people in England (no limit on number of households). How this will be worded is yet to be seen (by me at least).

Since the 13th of May its been permissible to exercise with up to one other person from another household. And you've been able to meet up socially with one other person from another household, but must be in a public place.

Legally in England there is no 2m law. Although 2m is still in Government guidance. So, two people sailing together from different households aren't breaking the law. 



Posted By: turnturtle
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 7:47am
Originally posted by zeon

I have to say I donít have a problem with what this club is doing ( I am a past member of the club)  and am sure the polices and practices they have put in place at robust and well thought out . Also that the risks taken by sailing are a lot less than most things we are allowed to do . But I do feel that they are jumping the gun re racing and have compounded this posting what they are doing in social media. I know of certain sailors who are looking to join the club just for the racing Unhappy

you can't blame them for stealing the march on this.... travelling to events is going to take a hit, dinghy sailing in general probably is.  Given the ageing demographic in dinghy sailing and Dougal's cliff edge fast approaching, it's probably a case for survival of the fittest (and least risk averse).


Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 8:28am
Whoever at that club thought that publishing a report and results was a good idea has done none of us any favours

This is the sort of thing that may raise questions

Keep a low profile and be sensible



Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 8:46am
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Posted By: NickM99
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 9:27am
Sargesail: you are right!  I can't find it now but must have been looking at an earlier version of the Gov guidance, though it did say "updated 29 May" at it's head.  

To pick up Mozzy's point, lawyers have been saying for some time that there is a disconnect between what the law actually says and different aspects of Government "guidance" which can go into more detail.  The Government seems to be making new amendments as it goes along to the "Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020." The last set were published on 13 May.  I suppose that is where the latest changes as from 1 June will be enacted.


Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 12:04pm
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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 1:29pm
Iím not totally sure I would want someone who is racing at Shustoke to then visit or free sail at my club. I know that sounds harsh, but the vibe given is of casual indifference to safeguarding measures.


Posted By: Paramedic
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 4:31pm
Originally posted by A2Z

Iím not totally sure I would want someone who is racing at Shustoke to then visit or free sail at my club. I know that sounds harsh, but the vibe given is of casual indifference to safeguarding measures.

Have you read what they propose to do?

It's hardly casual, and certainly not indifferent. Its quite onerous on whichever volunteers are in charge of the club. I'm not sure i'd like to be a duty officer or flag officer should something go wrong and someone starts asking questions which is why this doesn't alter my view that they have jumped the gun (Me as a huge advocate that we were never truly banned in the first place!).

You have to admire the enthusiasm and the will to solve problems of those in charge. The only thing they really should have done is state that they are closed to new members.


Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 4:33pm
Really? One personís casual indifference (from a distance!) is anotherís risk managed, appropriate activity.

I do think theyíve jumped the gun...Monday in heats of six was the time to start. But Ďcasual indifferenceí - no evidence either way.

Iím not sure if the use of safeguarding was a deliberate choice but it does now have a narrow meaning in terms of child/vulnerable adult protection, and is perhaps not quite the right term here.


Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 4:39pm
Today's announcement is that the 6 meeting up from different households also applies to sport. 

"People from different households exercising together must remain at least two metres apart. Gatherings of more than six people from different households are still not permitted."

Personally I have no issues with what Shustoke are doing, as long as people from different household are 2 m apart, then I see no greater risks than the same number of boats being at the club leisure sailing. 

But, considering you can achieve 95% of what Shustoke have done buy just allowing free sailing and turning a blind eye to informal racing, it seems to be a large reputation risk for little gain at this stage.

It's a pretty grey area of law. As long as you're 2 m apart, does it matter if there are 2,6 or 50 people? Common sense tells you there is a lot of difference between 50 people at a sailing club staying 2 m apart than 50 people in a private garden for a BBQ after a few beers.  

Members of Shustoke would be welcome at HISC. Bit of drive mind you. 


Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 5:03pm
50 people at a club rigging, launching, sailing, coming ashore is obviously going to stretch the 2m rule more than 6 people.

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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 7:11pm
Jonathan Van-Tam, deputy chief medical officer has asked people not to look for loop holes, to look out for each other.

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Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 30 May 20 at 10:39pm
Originally posted by Rupert

50 people at a club rigging, launching, sailing, coming ashore is obviously going to stretch the 2m rule more than 6 people.


Or if there is space for 50 people to social distance then limiting it to six gains nothing.

Iím not suggesting that the 6 is wrong or should be changed....just fed up with this sort of flawed logic.

Especially as the 50 could be at the club independently without breaking the 6 person rule.


Posted By: Neptune
Date Posted: 31 May 20 at 8:00am
Originally posted by sargesail

Originally posted by Rupert

50 people at a club rigging, launching, sailing, coming ashore is obviously going to stretch the 2m rule more than 6 people.


Or if there is space for 50 people to social distance then limiting it to six gains nothing.

Iím not suggesting that the 6 is wrong or should be changed....just fed up with this sort of flawed logic.

Especially as the 50 could be at the club independently without breaking the 6 person rule.

Exactly that.


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Posted By: Cirrus
Date Posted: 31 May 20 at 9:31am
Some clubs with a single ramp and a 'tight' dinghy park and other pinch points may have a real problem with  a very modest number indeed at peak times - and even very possibly less than 6 at times without a lot of care by all participants.  Other locations are however very open and it would be possible for much larger numbers of users to keep separation distances well above say 10m !   On the water there should be no good reason to get anywhere near less than 2m, even if  informally 'racing'  so all we are talking about here relates to 'dry land'.  Those who are effectively hopeless or bloody minded at keeping their distance are quickly obvious to the significant majority who do act with sense.  They are obvious wherever they are, when shopping, walking .. and yes even at sailing clubs.  Everybody by now should know it when they experience it - and if concerned should politely remind transgressors of their shared obligations (obviously if safe to do so !).   There is little special about sailing clubs and sailing that makes interactions with this naive and potentially dangerous minority any worse than elsewhere.   If/when  I became concerned at any time about such basic safety in this 'new normal' at a sailing club I would  simply leave/avoid - as I would anywhere else.. 

Personally I think the 'previous' lockdown restrictions should have continued for some time yet given the high numbers still being infected every day in mainland UK but will sail now rather than just walk / run / cycle as a form of recreation.   My overall risk level has not changed.


Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 7:30am
Sadly, all going pear-shaped on the Restart Sailing FB Group. Seems a shame as it has good intent. Like all of these types of groups (and here), it can quickly get heated and personal with many different views and interpretations ....

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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 8:40am
I think the 6 people gathering is causing some confusion. To me, at a sailing race the parts that would constitute a gathering or meeting would be a race briefing, where are in proximity, even 2m distance, for prolonged time. Like a church service, or BBQ etc. 

If this rule were to be in place for some time I would think it worthwhile to get some clarification of jut what constitutes a gathering. But, I rather expect it to change before we'll get a definitive answer. 


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 8:57am
People getting hot under the collar is understandable, think of the implications of a outbreak at 'Shustoke'.

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Posted By: davidyacht
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 9:39am
We had a "line" start for what we considered to be an informal race ... no club involvement, in the harbour, with a synced watch "start", to be fair about 10 on the "line".  Some Wag posted a comment on local social media which raised sensitive eyebrows from the harbour authority.  So our WhatsApp group have agreed to no more than six and rabbit starts for the forseeable.  With hindsight I can see how non-sailing sensibilities might be offended, though I cannot see the risk, but then I want to get racing.

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Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 11:29am
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Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 11:56am
Originally posted by davidyacht

We had a "line" start for what we considered to be an informal race ... no club involvement, in the harbour, with a synced watch "start", to be fair about 10 on the "line".† Some Wag posted a comment on local social media which raised sensitive eyebrows from the harbour authority.† So our WhatsApp group have agreed to no more than six and rabbit starts for the forseeable.† With hindsight I can see how non-sailing sensibilities might be offended, though I cannot see the risk, but then I want to get racing.


What exactly was it that caused the HMís eyebrows to raise?


Posted By: davidyacht
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 12:34pm
Originally posted by sargesail

Originally posted by davidyacht

We had a "line" start for what we considered to be an informal race ... no club involvement, in the harbour, with a synced watch "start", to be fair about 10 on the "line".  Some Wag posted a comment on local social media which raised sensitive eyebrows from the harbour authority.  So our WhatsApp group have agreed to no more than six and rabbit starts for the forseeable.  With hindsight I can see how non-sailing sensibilities might be offended, though I cannot see the risk, but then I want to get racing.


What exactly was it that caused the HMís eyebrows to raise?

Our HM has been very supportive of us getting back on the water, though apparently looking for clear signals from the RYA.
 
The line start and the numbers involved ... highlighted by a social media post by a non-sailor.  To be frank we were probably all a little too enthusiastic when let off the hook.

My reason for posting is that rabbit starts, numbers six or less out of sight of the public are less likely to provoke a reaction ... a lesson learned, and which can be passed onto others.


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Posted By: fab100
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 12:53pm
We're looking at pursuit races, where starts are staggered, for a mix of classes. 

Alternatively, if you are all in your Solos David, you could always go car-rally style, setting off 30 seconds or a minute apart, then note your finish order and time yourselves at the final mark


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Posted By: sargesail
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 1:36pm
Originally posted by davidyacht


Originally posted by sargesail

Originally posted by davidyacht

We had a "line" start for what we considered to be an informal race ... no club involvement, in the harbour, with a synced watch "start", to be fair about 10 on the "line".† Some Wag posted a comment on local social media which raised sensitive eyebrows from the harbour authority.† So our WhatsApp group have agreed to no more than six and rabbit starts for the forseeable.† With hindsight I can see how non-sailing sensibilities might be offended, though I cannot see the risk, but then I want to get racing.


What exactly was it that caused the HMís eyebrows to raise?
Our HM has been very supportive of us getting back on the water, though apparently looking for clear signals from the RYA.†
The line start and the numbers involved ... highlighted by a social media post by a non-sailor. †To be frank we were probably all a little too enthusiastic when let off the hook.
My reason for posting is that rabbit starts, numbers six or less out of sight of the public are less likely to provoke a reaction ... a lesson learned, and which can be passed onto others.


I think on numbers a fair cop (especially if it was before Monday). But not the line start.

ĎLet us reckon the vain tittle-tattle of old men (social media afficianados) at naughtí.


Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 3:10pm
What troubles me about some of the comments on here and FB is the seeming lack of willingness to apply common sense to the guidelines. Feels like people are more comfortable with "rules" than avoiding spreading the virus. I mean, why are people arguing that six people is the maximum on a start - is there any evidence that this would affect the spread of COVID? Of course not!

Now do not get me wrong - there are plonkers jumping off durdle door for whom common sense has also missed out but the vast majority of us utilise common sense to our daily lives quite successfully and it just feels that a vocal few who are more comfortable with a rules-based-society are shouting louder than the common-sense-majority.


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Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 3:55pm
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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 4:12pm
I've found this an interesting read. 

https://ukpolicelawblog.com/index.php/coronavirus/261-one-kingdom-but-four-nations-emerging-from-lockdown-at-four-different-rates-under-four-different-laws" rel="nofollow - https://ukpolicelawblog.com/index.php/coronavirus/261-one-kingdom-but-four-nations-emerging-from-lockdown-at-four-different-rates-under-four-different-laws

Referring to gatherings there is a definition in the regulations.

(3) For the purposes of this regulationó

(a)there is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other;

The blog discusses the example of 'shared or common purpose' when considering whether an activity is 'with each other'. People queuing for a bathroom are gathered for a common purpose, but not a shared purpose. They're there to go for a waz, but they're not wazing with each other. 

I guess this is relevant to sailors on the water. They are their for a common purpose, but not a shared purpose.

I am sailing with my crew (shared purpose). Other people are just there also sailing (common purpose). 

How does this relate to racing? Well, I would say I have a common purpose with other boats (to sail around a course as fast as possible). But, the specific purpose of sailing my boat around the course is shared only with my crew. 


Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 4:18pm
Any sailors/clubs using line starts etc will automatically be accused of carrying out 'organised' events

There may be no significant risk etc but that's not the point

If a number of sailors arrange something between themselves on the water that's another thing entirely

For now we just need to be grateful to be back on the water and create as little in the way of 'waves' as possible

A bit of informal practice (rabbit races etc as sensible) with a few others surely is fine for now ? (and may still be pushing the current guidelines ?)

Lots of sailors would snap your hands off for this (many clubs still not sailing)

Rushing things now and creating embarrassing headlines is not a good idea

And yes- some people will wave the 'rule' book and say we shouldn't do this or that but that's their opinion and they don't have to sail. In reality we are far more likely to have an accident driving/cycling to the club/work etc than we are likely to catch/spread CV or have an incident when sensibly sailing

Typical UK - follow every 'rule' to the letter without actually analysing it

Perhaps just debating this on a public forum is also not a great idea ? (especially if some posters are actively discouraging certain activities ?)











Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 4:19pm
Originally posted by Mozzy

I've found this an interesting read. 

https://ukpolicelawblog.com/index.php/coronavirus/261-one-kingdom-but-four-nations-emerging-from-lockdown-at-four-different-rates-under-four-different-laws" rel="nofollow - https://ukpolicelawblog.com/index.php/coronavirus/261-one-kingdom-but-four-nations-emerging-from-lockdown-at-four-different-rates-under-four-different-laws

Referring to gatherings there is a definition in the regulations.

(3) For the purposes of this regulationó

(a)there is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other;

The blog discusses the example of 'shared or common purpose' when considering whether an activity is 'with each other'. People queuing for a bathroom are gathered for a common purpose, but not a shared purpose. They're there to go for a waz, but they're not wazing with each other. 

I guess this is relevant to sailors on the water. They are their for a common purpose, but not a shared purpose.

I am sailing with my crew (shared purpose). Other people are just there also sailing (common purpose). 

How does this relate to racing? Well, I would say I have a common purpose with other boats (to sail around a course as fast as possible). But, the specific purpose of sailing my boat around the course is shared only with my crew. 

I am going to sit on the fence with regards to Common Sense vs Rules. 

However, with respect to Shared vs Common, I think your interpretion is flawed. You have a Shared Purpose with respect to racing as you are racing against EACH OTHER - the Shared purpose being to beat each other - however that format actually happens. A common Purpose would be - just to go Sailing

It is semantics anyway, so not taking a side on it. 


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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 4:23pm
But, more than anything I agree with what H2 says above. Those on the FB groups calling out more than 6 boats as illegal gatherings just strikes me a missing the point. We're trying to limit the spread of the virus, whilst sustaining some for of quality of life, physical and mental health and normality. 

Exposure isn't just about distance. Seven people in a location by coincidence isn't safer than six who messaged about it first on whatsapp. A fleeting moment of two laser sailors being within 2m isn't more risky than an evening sat 3m from an elderly relative. 

There is a danger that we become too hung up on absolutes rather than applying pragmatism and common sense.  


Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 4:31pm
I dunno why people cant just enjoy the buzz of leisure sailing and being on the water. Why this drive to go racing so quickly? It will come in time. I know my view is not so popular on here, as most here are dedicated racers, and hence why they are on this forum - but somewhere along the way, and a part reason why sailing is declining (amongst many other factors) is that "sailing" has now become defined as "racing". We forget that to get to racing, you need to go sailing first, enjoy it, - and thats why you took up the sport in the first place. Just chill, sail, enjoy. We are very lucky people even to be able to do this ...



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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 5:14pm
WOW, heard it all now, disagreeing with certain people on here is akin to jumping off Durdle door, plus it shouldn't be discussed on a public forum, because people disagree, WOW again, you need to think, you are not trying to reduce your tax bill this a disease.

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Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:16pm
Goodness me people, 'kin chill out. ConfusedThumbs Up

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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:18pm
Originally posted by Chris_H

I dunno why people cant just enjoy the buzz of leisure sailing and being on the water. Why this drive to go racing so quickly? It will come in time. I know my view is not so popular on here, as most here are dedicated racers, and hence why they are on this forum - but somewhere along the way, and a part reason why sailing is declining (amongst many other factors) is that "sailing" has now become defined as "racing". We forget that to get to racing, you need to go sailing first, enjoy it, - and thats why you took up the sport in the first place. Just chill, sail, enjoy. We are very lucky people even to be able to do this ...


I do not disagree with you, but no one has ever tried to stop you just going for a pootle when you want. If you like drfiting around then fill ya boots.....but why are you interested in stopping the rest of us go racing? Whats your motivation for that? We let you do your thing...


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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:19pm
Originally posted by 423zero

WOW, heard it all now, disagreeing with certain people on here is akin to jumping off Durdle door, plus it shouldn't be discussed on a public forum, because people disagree, WOW again, you need to think, you are not trying to reduce your tax bill this a disease.

If you can tell me how racing with seven people is going to increase the spread of C19 I will agree with you. If its just that you are wired to love rules more than common sense then please stop "twitching yer curtains" and chill out. Ta


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Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:20pm
Originally posted by H2

Originally posted by Chris_H

I dunno why people cant just enjoy the buzz of leisure sailing and being on the water. Why this drive to go racing so quickly? It will come in time. I know my view is not so popular on here, as most here are dedicated racers, and hence why they are on this forum - but somewhere along the way, and a part reason why sailing is declining (amongst many other factors) is that "sailing" has now become defined as "racing". We forget that to get to racing, you need to go sailing first, enjoy it, - and thats why you took up the sport in the first place. Just chill, sail, enjoy. We are very lucky people even to be able to do this ...


I do not disagree with you, but no one has ever tried to stop you just going for a pootle when you want. If you like drfiting around then fill ya boots.....but why are you interested in stopping the rest of us go racing? Whats your motivation for that? We let you do your thing...

Oh FFS. I am not stopping anyone doing anything. Get your head out of your arse. I am trying to put perspective on things. Chill out man.


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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:48pm
Chris - coming to a forum aimed at racers and blathering on about the joys of pottering and lecturing people on why they are wrong is pretty annoying, especially when the thing you are advocating for us to do will have zero effect on stopping the spread of C19. I know you mention you are a Boomer in your signature, but sir, you are setting a new standard in Bommer.

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Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:52pm
Originally posted by H2

Chris - coming to a forum aimed at racers and blathering on about the joys of pottering and lecturing people on why they are wrong is pretty annoying, especially when the thing you are advocating for us to do will have zero effect on stopping the spread of C19. I know you mention you are a Boomer in your signature, but sir, you are setting a new standard in Bommer.

I am not lecturing, nor blathering, nor advocating, nor trying to be offensive - unlike others.

I was trying to be the voice of just the f**k chill out. If you and others choose to interpret it negatively, then thats your problem not mine. 


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Posted By: Chris_H
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 6:54pm
Originally posted by H2

a forum aimed at racers

Is it? Where does it say that? 


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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 7:09pm
Hey, there's twenty of us, shhh you plank, somebody might hear, OK everyone synch your watches, five minutes and Go, Ffs though 'don't shout GO', no one will notice us all lined up, giggling like naughty school boys

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Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 7:35pm
H2

This whole forum was well frequented by racers once - sadly not so much now

The glass half empty lot are really not adding anything to this debate - if they don't want to sail or don't agree with it they can just sit inside and snipe at those that are

A lot of people have put in a huge effort to get some of us back on the water and, with time, sailing more competitively again

Its of course far easier to sit back, criticise and presumably not go sailing ?



Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 8:33pm
What a disappointingly aggressive turn of events. If you really canít see that the more people congregate in an area the more risk there is, you are deluded. Maybe the risk is still acceptable, who knows, but it is higher.


Posted By: Windermere
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 8:59pm
We are thinking about starting racing at our club - but only for those that need to check their eyesight.


Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 9:08pm
The RYA tell me that govt advise is still:

Stay at home as much as possible
Work from home if you can
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you go out (stay 2 metres (6ft) apart where possible)
Wash your hands regularly

Organised racing seems to push these more than free sailing. If racing it is harder (or less fair) to limit numbers, boats are likely to launch and recover at the same time, boats will be pushed harder (hence more likely for something to go wrong) and there will be more to discuss afterwards.

I know generally the risks are pretty low for any individual and with care they are lower still, but the impression some give is that they believe the whole thing is over and racing can pretty much resume as before. In my three free sails so far someone has moved (touched) my trolley, held the end of my boom to stop it hitting them and several people have chatted at closer distance than I was comfortable with. These obviously happens more with more people around and a common event to focus on.

One of my clients is a large manufacturer with 10,000 or so staff. Last year they banned the use of Stanley knives because of too many injuries. As you would expect this was ridiculed because most of them had never hurt themselves. As an individual, if you injure yourself every 10,000 days you can expect to go an entire career with perhaps one minor cut. But as a company on average there is an accident every single day - despite training, despite PPE and despite notices. There was so much time list to first aid and form filling it made sense, from their perspective, to ban the use. It is similar with racing. The risk to the individual is low, but collectively it may be too much. Or it may not, but the decision canít be made on the risk to an individual.


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 9:08pm
Welcome Windermere, trying to work out your post? Gone over my head

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Posted By: davidyacht
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 9:17pm
I am a racer, never miss an opportunity to race.  However I have no intention of getting angry or abusive as seems to be happening here and elsewhere in order to push to go racing.  I can wait.

My earlier post highlights the fuzzy line of what is considered to be acceptable and unacceptable, and the difficulty of trying to interpret ďguidelinesĒ rather than rules ... and frankly not brilliant or specific guidance from our national authority.

On Sunday I sailed my Solo and a buddy in another and had a fantastic sail around the creeks for a couple of hours, with lots of planing reaches, came ashore just as satisfied as if I had been fleet racing.

I have huge sympathy for any corporate body, whether they are sailing clubs or the RNLI, who have to work through an unprecedented amount of paperwork to safeguard their members and employees under the scrutiny of social media.


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Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 9:54pm
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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 10:04pm
Please donít tell me what you think I think. Iím not saying racing is unsafe, I am saying it is clearly less safe. If the govt say that groups of 6 is where they currently draw the line before they consider the risks too high, then I think you should respect that and not try to argue that it shouldnít apply to your situation.  If you have 50 boats on the startline at 11am you had 50 pairs of hands on the gate padlock if nothing else. Do you seriously believe every single person sanitises or wears gloves every single time before and after they do that?


Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 10:10pm
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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 10:15pm
Zeon:
Also letís look at risk using these 10 000 staff you mentioned. The risk those people are taking in spreading the virus byjust by going to work in offices and factories is many times greater than the risk factor of all dinghy sailors sailing at one time even with out social distancing rules being put in place. Thatís with out even thinking about adding the risk supermarket shopping.

A. That is why those that can work from home should do so.  
B. The risks are additive. Two wrongs donít make a right, so careless practise at work doesnít excuse careless practise at your club. In fact it makes it worse.

Letís not forget there are still over 1000 people a day catching it.  Most of them probably thought they were taking suitable precautions or were at low risk. 


Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 10:32pm
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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 03 Jun 20 at 10:52pm
I think the amount of boats should be limited by what the site can handle with regard to the 2m advice and the Covid Secure guidance. Whether the people on site are there to race or not makes little difference to covid risk as long as social distancing is managed. 

We did informal racing with 7 or 8 boats a week ago, and 3/4 this weekend. It hadn't occurred to me that boats on the water at the same time would be a 'gathering'. 

What degree of organisation has to be present to make it a gathering?

For example, 
1) 7 sailors turn up to a public slip, by pure coincidence, and sail on the same piece of water. None have met before. 
2) A club posts opening times and then 7 sailors turn up when it opens and sail at the same time
3) A club is open, then 7 sailors turn up. They didn't know who would be there before arriving, but once there agree to watch out for each other and sail in the same part of the harbour for safety
4) 7 sailors message to say they will be sailing on Sunday and what time, to look out for each other. 
5) A club assess it's site can cope with 7 sailors at any one time, so do a rota so people can pre-book. 7 sailors are at the club together. 
6) 7 sailors message before hand with a course and a rough time. They compare 'time trial' time around the course after 
7) 7 sailors message before with a course and rough time and run rabbit starts

All scenarios have the same number of sailors using the same space at the same time. Are all illegal? Are all legal?

Where is the risk difference between any scenario? Where is legal boundary of gathering passed, if at all?

Anyway, it will probably all change before we get a handle on it. 


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 6:26am
I can't see a problem if one hundred boats are on the water, class water has a public park, issue comes when people look for loop holes to allow racing.

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Posted By: zeon
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 6:52am
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Posted By: The Moo
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 7:58am
Originally posted by 423zero

Welcome Windermere, trying to work out your post? Gone over my head


Think you will find it is a reference to the recently reported actions of Dominic Cummings....


Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 8:32am
Originally posted by A2Z

What a disappointingly aggressive turn of events. If you really canít see that the more people congregate in an area the more risk there is, you are deluded. Maybe the risk is still acceptable, who knows, but it is higher.

The advice is that people need to stay 2m apart. More people on a start line will not affect this. We had many more than six boats show up last weekend all of whom decided to sail the same course at the same time and none of us got closer than 2m to each other.


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Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 9:22am
The risk is fleeting, but I can think of many times during a race that 2 sailors will be less than 2m from each other. Helms and crews of different boats up wind and at marks, a boat running past boats coming up wind, boats rafting up in light winds and tide when failing to round a mark.

But the risks are tiny compared to the contact I'm already seeing onshore as people rig, launch and chat. Set a start time and you'll see that multiply massively as people all want to be launching at once.

Why not see how the current level of activity affects things before pushing for more? Use the time to self coach, run small group sessions where it is easy to know who you come into contact with and not to stretch the facilities? You never know, you might just be a faster sailor when racing proper starts again.

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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 10:14am
We can launch 10 boats simultaneously at our club and be more than 2m apart. I accept that our club is unusual in this regard. We could launch 30 boats within a five minute window and not affect the need to distance. The risk of being closer than 2m on the water is WAY less than the risk I face facing people when I go running and regularly now have few options but to be well within 2m as I pass.

As for social distancing whilst getting ready and after sailing, well I have not seen any issue here at our club - perhaps we are just a very anti-social bunch?


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Posted By: didlydon
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 10:21am
Here's my two pennorth.... not much to add to the stuff which I've read so far, but I like racing, but not at the mo thanks. We can't physically do it & maintain a healthy distance in the race box or safety boat - or changing room & keep things as "sterile" as we should. Our club have postponed all club activities till further notice. I'm now allowed on the water by the Govt which is great & I'll leisure sail with a pal or two when able. That'll do my mental & physical health good for now... Lets not rush too quickly back to how it was before & risk & second wave of this bugger!    

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Posted By: NicolaJayne
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 11:03am
Originally posted by A2Z

<snip>

One of my clients is a large manufacturer with 10,000 or so staff. Last year they banned the use of Stanley knives because of too many injuries. As you would expect this was ridiculed because most of them had never hurt themselves. As an individual, if you injure yourself every 10,000 days you can expect to go an entire career with perhaps one minor cut. But as a company on average there is an accident every single day - despite training, despite PPE and despite notices. There was so much time list to first aid and form filling it made sense, from their perspective, to ban the use. It is similar with racing. The risk to the individual is low, but collectively it may be too much. Or it may not, but the decision canít be made on the risk to an individual.


ALARP  

in my current workplace we've tried to ban  them despite all the above  and only  using the 'retractable blade'   version but  because there is a limited  set of uses for them  they are generally available from the  PPE  + consumable tools  vending machines 

only  takes one  careless  cut  and  you can ruin the packaging ona  several thousand pound  (at retail ) item  -   which then  can only be sold  on through  disposal channels  or as 'refurbished'   and thuse a write up of up to a  third on the pristine retail price... 

all becasue some  ignorant basic grade  / agency   worker decided they wanted a 'proper' knife not a safety cutter



Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 11:11am
Originally posted by H2

We can launch 10 boats simultaneously at our club and be more than 2m apart. I accept that our club is unusual in this regard. We could launch 30 boats within a five minute window and not affect the need to distance. The risk of being closer than 2m on the water is WAY less than the risk I face facing people when I go running and regularly now have few options but to be well within 2m as I pass.
As for social distancing whilst getting ready and after sailing, well I have not seen any issue here at our club - perhaps we are just a very anti-social bunch?


Thinking about your club, yes, you have very few bottlenecks. Keep the buildings shut, accept self rescue and persuade the committee to do the risk assessments and then go race.

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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 12:52pm
Originally posted by Rupert

Originally posted by H2

We can launch 10 boats simultaneously at our club and be more than 2m apart. I accept that our club is unusual in this regard. We could launch 30 boats within a five minute window and not affect the need to distance. The risk of being closer than 2m on the water is WAY less than the risk I face facing people when I go running and regularly now have few options but to be well within 2m as I pass.
As for social distancing whilst getting ready and after sailing, well I have not seen any issue here at our club - perhaps we are just a very anti-social bunch?


Thinking about your club, yes, you have very few bottlenecks. Keep the buildings shut, accept self rescue and persuade the committee to do the risk assessments and then go race.

Indeed - and as I am the VC responsible for sailing, I guess I can! LOL


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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 5:51pm
Do clubs have policies for informing members if someone recently at the club displays symptoms?


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 6:59pm
Presumably you will have to tell 'Track and trace', you will be very popular, everyone you have met will have to self isolate for 3 weeks.

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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 7:32pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Presumably you will have to tell 'Track and trace', you will be very popular, everyone you have met will have to self isolate for 3 weeks.


14 days, not three weeks.

And it's not everyone you met. It's people you've had 'close contact' with. Which, if you were social distancing properly should really be no-one at a sailing club. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works" rel="nofollow - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works



Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 7:51pm
Originally posted by Rupert


But the risks are tiny compared to the contact I'm already seeing onshore as people rig, launch and chat. Set a start time and you'll see that multiply massively as people all want to be launching at once.

Why not see how the current level of activity affects things before pushing for more? Use the time to self coach, run small group sessions where it is easy to know who you come into contact with and not to stretch the facilities? You never know, you might just be a faster sailor when racing proper starts again.

I think we need identify these risks and mitigate them. It's quite easy to stagger launching if that is an issue at your club. 

I do think it'll be a few more weeks before organised ISAF standard racing takes place, because a few things need to be thought through where that format does gather people. 

But, in the mean time, a bit of common sense around the risks and not absolutism around the 'rules' seem the pragmatic approach to add a little fun to our cruising. 


Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 8:30pm
Finally found out what a close contact is, someone you have been close to 2 metres from for 15 minutes or more and face to face meetings of less than one metre, plus household members.

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Posted By: A2Z
Date Posted: 04 Jun 20 at 9:01pm
Originally posted by Mozzy

Originally posted by 423zero

Presumably you will have to tell 'Track and trace', you will be very popular, everyone you have met will have to self isolate for 3 weeks.


14 days, not three weeks.

And it's not everyone you met. It's people you've had 'close contact' with. Which, if you were social distancing properly should really be no-one at a sailing club. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works" rel="nofollow - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

But if you they social distancing properly they probably wouldnít have caught it in the first place.


Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 7:42am
There are so many negative posts on this topic

This horrendous virus may be with us for years. So simply sitting back and constantly coming up with the 'but what if....' negative comments achieves nothing.

We can all do that and, if we want a world with no risk, we will stay in bed

So many people are putting in so much effort to get us out sailing, back to work, shopping etc etc but its so easy to criticise and come up with reasons not to do anything.

There is risk in all aspects of life - even sitting behind a keyboard and constantly pointing out the bleeding obvious.

If one is so risk averse - stay at home, hope someone else sorts out everything for you one day, oh - and be careful filling the kettle for cocoa, using a toaster, walking up stairs etc - its a dangerous world

Be positive or at least helpful ?





Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 8:18am
There is so much attempted censorship on here now, debating an issue is not being negative. Insults and overbearing posts are negative posts not posts that disagree with other posts, do you not think you have lost the debate when all you can reply with is non contributing negativity.

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Posted By: Mozzy
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 8:49am
Originally posted by A2Z

Originally posted by Mozzy

Originally posted by 423zero

Presumably you will have to tell 'Track and trace', you will be very popular, everyone you have met will have to self isolate for 3 weeks.


14 days, not three weeks.

And it's not everyone you met. It's people you've had 'close contact' with. Which, if you were social distancing properly should really be no-one at a sailing club. 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works" rel="nofollow - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

But if you they social distancing properly they probably wouldnít have caught it in the first place.
Tell that to the checkout clerks, the doctors, nurses, carers and teachers... 


Posted By: rich96
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 9:04am
Originally posted by 423zero

all you can reply with is non contributing negativity.


Well said

Be positive and look to help resolve things

Lets look for solutions and not more problems


Posted By: fab100
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 9:20am

Do we need to apply a bit of Mr Bumble's "The law is an ass"? I'm not sure even Dickens foresaw the extent we have been overcome by the (American) rules-based approach, never mind contingency fee ambulance-chasers.


The trouble with a rules-based approach is that the actual objective gets lost in the observance, or working around, of the words defining the rules/law. Surely a more sensible approach is to look at what are we trying to achieve and  the best ways to achieve it. 


No practicable set of rules can cover every situation, location and circumstance. But some core principles and guidelines can give a framework that get to the right result without the shenanigans that lawyers (professional or bar-room variety) get up to.


Back to the sailing, we have 5 gentle-gradient concrete launching slips and 8 jetties various of decent lengths and a good sized boat and car park. We have a cart-puller that can be used to move ribs and 2.4s about single-handed. We have a race-box computer system that can be operated by one person. How can a set of generic laws cover that, a shingle beach and committee boats, never mind golf? 


So Iím happy with applying personal responsibility, common sense and letting each club/location determine what works for them. What I am struggling with here is the inference that a difficult circumstance in one club provides a basis for preventing something at another, even though it is adherent to distancing and everything else. And I really struggle with the questioning of othersí judgements without a full understanding of their particular circumstances and also deriding othersí appraisal of risk.


Oh, and compared to eejits jumping of Durdle-door, creating heath fires with barbecues and leaving disgusting detritus everywhere, it seems to me the law has far greater challenges than a few of us going racing in a demonstrably safe way.



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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 9:50am
I have jumped off loads of things over the years, leap of faith, elephant rock etc, hope to do Durdle door but will make sure the tide is in

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Posted By: Ozzytub
Date Posted: 05 Jun 20 at 12:11pm
Its all about risk assessment be it either the clubs and then most importantly the individual.

Happy to follow what the club committee has agreed. They give up their time to help run the club(been there, done that, not prepared to jump back in).

If I think personally that the committee have taken things to far or not done correctly for my safety I can stay at home till I am happy.

I follow the guide lines and I am quiet relaxed with the whole thing(probably due to my job daily contians a fair degree of risk anyhow)

My wife on the other hand.

At least we can go for some form of sailing you could be sheidling.

Although sailing without racing is not a hobbie I would continue with. As soon as the club allows racing and I am happy with the risks I'll be there.


Posted By: Pierre
Date Posted: 07 Jun 20 at 10:18am
Well about 25 out sailing this morning. All good. Common sense and obeying the rules. You're welcome.


Posted By: polc1410
Date Posted: 07 Jun 20 at 5:54pm
I'm not convinced racing more than 6 single handers is permitted under the "meet 6 people" rule.  The 6 person meeting is still > 2m.  I suspect it wont be policed.  BUT if there was an outbreak and T&T actually got involved and there were say 18 racers named... someone might start to ask some questions.

That said, the government has allowed the return of competative sport, some of which will be <2m.  

Originally posted by didlydon

We can't physically do it & maintain a healthy distance in the race box
A race box can run single person.  You may need to add some automation (check out Android DSRC App) or if you need two people can one be in and one outside the box.

Originally posted by didlydon

or safety boat -
RYA has suggested single manning 2 RIBs instead of double manning 1.  IF something bad happens both RIBs attend and if necessary helm of 1 anchors and transfers to the other. You will be within 2m, It will be an emergency. You will try to stay apart. You will keep the time to a minimum.

Originally posted by didlydon

 
 or changing room
Is it necessary?  We are brought up with such luxuries so we expect them.  In the summer, turning up with swimming gear on under clothes seems easy enough to switch to a wetsuit.  (Dry Suit - turn up in huggy bear - its pre-warmed).  Changing at the end of the day possible under a towel or dry robe if you want to be posh

Originally posted by didlydon

& keep things as "sterile" as we should.
Restrict numbers. No gear to be kept in change (put it back in the car {mentioned the other day at a club meeting it was like a revelation!}) wipe down the bench with cleaning wipe before and after use.  Certainly going to be an issue for capacity...

Lets not rush too quickly back to how it was before & risk & second wave of this bugger!    
Couldn't agree more.  I think we are unlikely to allow formal racing until July - and really looking for one or more of the following:

- Relaxation of the 6 people rule
- A formal ruling on amateur sport
- Relaxation of the 2m distance

We would like some better clarity on changing rooms and are vaguely hopeful that sort of thing will come with announcements on Gyms etc.

Either this weekend's protests will have shown the virus is down and gone, or we have a second wave coming and we can forget July!

Some of our current work is about being ready to race when the time comes.  So getting our old automation in the race box cleaned off, tested and fully replaced with DSRC if needed.


Posted By: Wiclif
Date Posted: 07 Jun 20 at 5:59pm
Having seen the protests over the last few days, is this topic not largely irrelevant?


Posted By: polc1410
Date Posted: 07 Jun 20 at 6:11pm
Originally posted by Wiclif

Having seen the protests over the last few days, is this topic not largely irrelevant?
Depends in which way! Either because if its OK for 10,000 people to squeeze into a small place to throw bikes at horses its presumably fine to have 2m distance sailing?  

Or because - wave 2 is not almost certainly just 2 weeks away, and so we will be in a full lockdown again?



Posted By: fleaberto
Date Posted: 08 Jun 20 at 12:06pm

Originally posted by didlydon

 
 or changing room
Is it necessary?  We are brought up with such luxuries so we expect them.  In the summer, turning up with swimming gear on under clothes seems easy enough to switch to a wetsuit.  (Dry Suit - turn up in huggy bear - its pre-warmed).  Changing at the end of the day possible under a towel or dry robe if you want to be posh

...or even posher, like wot I am - purchase a changing tent LOL Great for getting changed out of wet into dry gear when it's raining (like the weekend just gone).


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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 08 Jun 20 at 12:51pm
Could be social distancing is going to be reduced to one metre.

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Posted By: H2
Date Posted: 08 Jun 20 at 2:24pm
Folks, do we imagine that one of these days some Government Minister is going to stand at those snazzy lecturns and utter the sentence "from the 15th its fine for people to race in their dinghy's in groups of more than six so long as they use a 3-2-1 start sequence and agree to not sail by the lee so as to minimise port-starboard infections when on a run" or something as specific and totally unexpected?

Or are we going to have to use our common sense if we want to go racing again? The plan is to enjoy help stop this virus, right?


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Posted By: 423zero
Date Posted: 08 Jun 20 at 2:35pm
Probably not this year, I haven't even managed to sail yet, nothing from my club, park rangers dragging there feet.


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Posted By: Rupert
Date Posted: 08 Jun 20 at 4:37pm
Been doing yardstick based flying laps at ours. They were most fun (and slower) when one happened to end up in the company of others.

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