Hi all,

New website and new Covid restrictions :-(.  Welcome to the new club website.  Ruminations will henceforth be loaded on the website again.  

We have a fair bit to discuss today, and the list includes:

  • Covid Update
  • New Website
  • SUP Friday
  • Safety Boats
  • Yoga

Covid Update

The government brought in new restrictions yesterday emphasising the "Rule of six".  We are now limited to groups with a maximum of six people, socially distanced by 2m to other groups of a maximum of six people inside and outside our club.  INDIVIDUALS MUST NOT MOVE BETWEEN GROUPS.  What this means in our club is:

  1. If you sit with a group on a table (indoor or on balcony) you must stay with that group (maximum of six people) and not move to other tables.
  2. If you stand with a group outside then you should stay with that group and not mingle with others.  You should stay 2m from other groups.  A group can be a single person but no more than six!
  3. On the shore you should keep 2m distance from other groups.
  4. Enhanced Track and Trace measures are being introduced.  If you go to the club please record your name and contact telephone number on the resister sheet in the entrance lobby for that day.
  5. Can all HRO's please announce these measures in the run up to racing.

New Website


Please have a look around.  If you notice anything wrong, or missing please let me and James Pels know.  James has done an excellent job.  Well done sir!!  I'm sure there'll be lots of rough edges we need to polish up, so please don't think we've already been told about an issue.  If you see a problem, tell us!

SUP Friday

SUP Rudyard Lake

On Friday 11th September 2020 we are having a SUP Friday test event.  A safety boat will be on the water from 16:30 until 19:30 and then the bar will be open.  This is an event open to all members, but aimed specifically at our SUP members as a test of whether this is something that we will want to continue.

Safety Boats


Staffordshire Moorlands District Council offered local sports clubs a small grant to help them cover the extra costs of Covid-19. The club has used this grant to upgrade the safety boat equipment so they can operate as single crewed boats. Thanks to SMDC each safety boat now has the following:

  • Boat hook
  • Throw Line
  • Floating tow lines
  • Cover-19 ready bag containing:
    • Face shield
    • Face masks
    • Gloves

All  coxes are strongly recommended to watch Ben Hodson’s video on 'Solo Safety Boat Tips’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xny40ijRMnI



One of our club members Yuliya Higham is a qualified yoga instructor. She is introducing a new regular yoga class at the club on Tuesday evenings 7-8pm starting on the 22nd September. Yuliya is  going to explore the connection between breath and movement by gradually building on strength and mobility whilst working on breathing techniques.

Due to Covid-19 places are limited to 10 at the moment, so it’s on-first-come-first-serve basis and they are going FAST! The yoga sessions will be open to both club members and general public.  Once Covid restrictions are eased there will be more places available.

Hand gel will be provided on entrance. If possible, please bring your own mats and blankets, but mats and blocks will be available if needed.

Cost is £8 per person. Please book via her website to secure your mat! https://www.yuliyahighamyoga.com

Our commodore is still recovering, like the prime minister, so it’s down to me to do an update this week again.

The club Management Committee are holding regular meetings on video conference and are continuing to look at ways to keep the club functioning and members engaged, below are some key outcomes from last night’s meeting:

  • If any new members were unable to complete their free training course/coaching session within their first 12 months, we will honour this training as soon as we are able to get back on the water.
  • The training committee is looking at ways of running some interactive training sessions for our members during lockdown
    • If you have any suggestions or topics you would like us to cover, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • We are also looking at ideas for reconnecting with all our members once we can get out on the water again eg. return to sailing training sessions
    • We need your ideas on things you would like us to do

The club is incredibly proud of the way members are still supporting the club. As a committee we are taking all the steps we can to minimise expenditure and planning for different scenarios. The club has strong reserves built up over the years that mean we will be able to weather this storm and still be a viable strong club in years to come thanks to your support.

The virtual regattas continue to be held on Wednesday nights at 7pm, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested. It’s not too serious or competitive, and is a fantastic way to start learning how to sail a boat and the basic rules, you don’t need any experience as there are some great online sailing tutorials to learn how to sail online. I really recommend this. If any novices or juniors want to take part, I’m happy to start early at 6.30 with some practice non-competitive sailing. You just need WhatsApp, zoom for us to communicate and a PC. We also held a one off Easter Regatta, won by Henry Bayliss.

In breaking news John Gimson has been reconfirmed as our UK entry for the Nacra 17 for the Olympics that have now been moved to July 2021. He featured, along with some shots of Rudyard on the local news here https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hcqh/north-west-tonight-evening-news-14042020

Start watching from 19min 50seconds.

To celebrate his reselection, we are hoping John will be able to take part tonights Wednesday night’s online regatta this week, we are racing Nacra 17s! Should be fun, John is already claiming this online stuff is harder than the real thing! If you would like to join in, please email me back.

Lastly, I’ve just received this link to a YouTube video from Tim Vikerstaff, a club member who took part in the cross channel sailing event. I’ve not yet watched it. But I’m sure it will be fantastic….sit back and enjoy. [Edit: this appears to have been removed from Youtube...]


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”.

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Like the government, our illustrious leader Ian is out of action, he has a detached retina, had an operation yesterday and is now on the mend but has to lie face down most of the day for the next couple of weeks!!!!! So the Sailing Secretary is standing in for this weeks briefing!!!!! We all wish Ian a speedy recovery.

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