I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather, the only thought I can suggest in these conditions as you sit outside is when there is no wind, you can say “Well it may be sunny but sailing would have been very frustrating”. And if its windy then “Well I know there is wind but its the wrong direction for Rudyard and would have been very frustrating”.

In the absence of the real thing, there are some great online resources all neatly summed up in this article by the RYA. The main ones are are below.

children working on sailing exercises around a table

  1. Some fantastic traning sessions for younger sailors. Remember we are running a series of training sessions for Jybaz, so contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested
  2. Lots of training material for learning to race, really worth spending the time on here picking up tips on how to start well, and how to round marks.
  3. The online Virutal Racing Series – we run our own races on Wednesdays, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in taking part. They are really popular, and John Gimson has even been taking part…..He has not yet won a Wednesday series but is getting better and better so watch out Henry! The results so far are here. This is a great way to practice racing, and trying out the rules, if you crash into someone else, you are just delayed for 15 seconds in the race and don’t have an expensive hole in the side of your boat!

screenshot of catamarans racing in an online virtual regatta

The material is all on the RYA YouTube Channel  so worth going on there if you have a moment to fill.

In other news Henry Baylis won the selection regatta for the RYA Regional and National Spring Championships. The regional heats are on Satuday 16th May at 11am and 15:30pm. For those with logins to the esailing system, pop this in your diary as there is a facility to view the races as a spectator. I will post details on the Club Virtual Sailing WhatsApp group when I get them. The winner of the regional final will progress to the national final which will take place on Saturday 30th May and will be streamed LIVE on Yachts & Yachting Online.

The club is continuing to run in the background. As Ian said previously, we have cut back all unnecessary expenditure to compensate for the fact that we don’t have wedding and bar income coming in. Alot of our wedding customers have been asking to move their weddings after the lockdown ends. As this is such a critical part of our funding, we ask for your flexibility later in the season as we try to juggle the weddings and sailing calendar. Be assured that we primarily a sailing club. Making sure we make the best used of the time we are allowed on the water this year will be my prioirty as sailing secretary.

We remain hugely grateful for the support we are getting from members, in particular continuing to pay membership subs to enable us to keep running. We have been applying for grants to provide support. Thanks to some great research and hard work by your committee members, we have recieved a fantastic grant that will cover some of the other lost income like weddings and bar profits. Don’t forget if you or any members you know are genuinely suffering hardship, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We want to help you through this period rather than you feeling you have to leave the club. Please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are in this position. Any requests will be considered by a small subset of the commitee in total confidence.

Ian, our commodore is on the mend but still off work after his eye operation (for those on facebook you will have seen the pictures). The good news is he hopes to be back again next week.

Best Wishes and Keep Safe

Mark Jacot – Sailing Secretary

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