We were not able to race keelboats on Saturday due to the lack of wind, but on Sunday a warm, fluky wind firmed up as nine boats set out to race, producing a mix of strong gusts and quiet moments, all generally from the Northwest, but varying quite a bit in typical Falcon fashion.
As of Saturday, we can hold club races with up to 25 people, so we will start our racing season with the keelboat race on Saturday, which other boats can join as well, and the first dinghy race of the club series on Sunday. Please be ready to sail by 1 pm both days.
Here are the key elements of the updated health regulations as they affect the club:
Club Races can happen up to 25 people
Outdoor gatherings up to 25 people
NO PUBLIC INDOOR Gatherings
CANSail Programs/Day Camps open to up to 20 participants per group.
Limited number of people in the Club House at once.
This past weekend, a number of members did a fantastic job of moving the club sailboats out and cleaning both the lower and upper clubhouses. Most of the opening day chores have now been completed by small groups of individuals on different weekends. Thank you to all who participated.
We can’t start racing until we get authorization from Manitoba Sailing, who are in turn waiting for approval from provincial health authorities. But members can sail all they want at the club.
We can’t hold the scheduled keelboat races this coming Saturday June 19th, but let’s get as many boats out as possible (keel boats, dinghies or cats) to “Sail around the islands” Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.. A proposed course will be outlined on the blackboard. We must all comply with the rule of no more than five people from no more than three households in a boat.
Health orders don’t allow any multi-household activities, even outdoors, so the opening has to be postponed again. If health rules change in time, we will try to schedule club opening for June 12th.
We also have to postpone the start of the racing season until health rules change.
Meanwhile, individual member households can use the club grounds to get their boats ready, go sailing, and it would be a great help if you could do some chores while they are there. Penny has sent out a list of chores that need doing.
Unfortunately, the recent public health order means we must postpone getting together to tidy the grounds, clean up the club houses, and open the Club. Originally scheduled for May 15 we anticipate the new date will be June 5, subject to the health orders that are in effect.
We do not believe there is an issue with any member going to the Club to prepare their boat for the season. In fact, if you can pitch in and knock off a few chores, opening the Club will be that much easier. The water should be on by next weekend. When at the Club if there is anyone else on the grounds other than a family member please maintain social distancing and wear a mask.
And please get your membership renewal in by May 15.
Our schedule for racing this summer, subject to weather & public health regulations, is:
Club Championship series; dinghy racing every weekend day and statutory holiday from May 29th to September 19th, except on days when we have a keelboat race scheduled
Keel boat racing days; June 19, July 31, September 11th, and September 18th.
Commodore’s Cup on August 14th (it is included in the Club Championship series)
The Racing Instructions for the Club Championship are posted here.
Here are some important points from the racing instructions:
The scheduled time of the warning signal for the first race each day is 1300.
The race officer on duty may run up to five races in a day.
At least three boats must start in a race for that race to be counted towards the Championship.
15 races will be required to be completed to constitute a series. A boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her 16th best score and all those below it. [So, you really want to complete 15 races during the summer]
We are intending to start a women’s sailing league this summer. I will post the schedule and the racing instructions for the women’s league race series when the plans for those races are developed.