March 2019

Well, I’ve just sailed down the harbour in glorious warm sunshine with no jacket on … and we’re still in February! The wisdom of leaving my boat in the water over winter has at last paid off (we’ll call it ‘wisdom’ rather than ‘leaving it too late to make alternative arrangements’, shall we?). It was fantastic to see over 20 of our hardy RS Tera sailors taking part in the winter coaching series out in the harbour as we slipped by with a cheeky glass of something in hand. I fear we may yet pay the price for this glimpse of summer, but I for one prefer a winter heatwave over the ‘Beast from the East’ we were treated to this time last year.

The pace of activity is now building as we all start to emerge from our winter hiding places; I sensed the recent bonus Happy Hour was abuzz with keen sailors aching to get out on the water. Not too long now, people ‒ masts can now be put back up in the Mountbatten Dinghy Park, and the first dinghy race of the season is just over a month away, on 6 April.

Preparations for a great season of racing start now, and more than ever we need as many volunteers as possible to assist with race management and safety boats. If you’re keen to help but feeling a bit rusty, fear not: we have plans afoot to assist in brushing up your knowledge with various briefing sessions coming up. The first is a Briefing for all Race Officers and Assistant Race Officers or those who wish to get involved this year, to learn how to operate the new start-light system we have invested in. This session is programmed for the morning of Saturday 30 March from 1000-1200. We hope to see as many of you as possible there please. We have similar plans for our power boat coxes and crew with a Cox and Crew Briefing also on Saturday 30 March from 1000-1200. For those of you who do both Race Officer and RIB duties, you will be able to attend both sessions as we will run them in two groups that will switch over half way through.

We will also be running a more detailed Race Officer Course where we are able to train you from a complete novice to being able to confidently run a simple race in the harbour, using our fixed courses. This is planned for Saturday 13 April from 1000-1400. There is no cost for this course; if you are interested, please look out for the course being available to book in the SCM Members’ Area on the website sometime over the next few weeks.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already (and thanks to those who have), please can I implore you to log in to Dutyman and volunteer for 2 duties that suit you across the year. I know that Mike Richman is busy allocating them as I write so be quick if you want a choice!

Looking forward to seeing more and more of you at the Club as we wake up to the spring!

Tim Keeping
Rear Commodore Sailing



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