No one in the mood to launch a dinghy in the cool, brisk wind on Sunday, so we walked the McGillivray trail instead…
Saturday turned out to be a combined club close-up and racing day. We put away the boats, did lots of cleaning, lifted the docks in the morning, and as the weather turned nice in the afternoon, we set a race course to the South-East, based on the winds of the moment. It was an official keel boat day, with three boats on the line, and dinghy sailors went sailing around the buoys too. The wind was capricious; it pretty much blew from every direction, and everything from a zephyr to a hard blow.
Five Boats enjoyed a gentle NW breeze to take us down to Picnic Island for a BBQ on Saturday evening.
Sailing back to the club Sunday morning was a beat into a brisk and gusty NW wind, much cooler than the night before.
It seemed like the wind had settled down a bit around noon, so we set up a course for a keel boat race, but when we gathered at the start line the wind was once again coming in hard gusts, dangerous conditions to try racing for our fleet, so the race was called off.
If the weather cooperates, FYC plans for the weekend include:
– Dinghy racing Saturday and Monday
– Keel boat races on Sunday, and
– BBQ on Picnic Island Saturday night
We will have a planning session on Saturday to allocate crews to the keel boats for the Sunday races. Some of the new members may be interested in sailing on a keel boat.
Dinghies are welcome to race with the keel boats on Sunday, but the dinghies won’t be timed or scored.
A select subcommittee of the keel boat caucus* is proposing sailing down to Picnic Island after the races on Saturday July 18 for a BBQ. If all interested sailors bring their own plates, utensils, etc, we can have COVID-careful picnic.
Boats sail away from the club before 5 pm. [weather permitting…]
* AKA Dave H and Charles F!
Typical Falcon Lake summer weather; nice breeze, allegedly coming from the North, but with lots of shifts to make sailing interesting.
Nice variable breeze from the South with S-East and S-West variations. Hot. Two boats racing for the first time; Phil in his MC Scow, and Craig C sailing the Bombardier.
We have added an intermediate level learn to sail course for young sailors. This course will include five afternoons (15 hours) of instruction on a diversity of single and double handed boats (Zest, Laser and Laser II). The course will run July 13 to 17 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Please contact our learn to sail coordinator Jean at (jean_trottierATme.com) for more information.
Saturday June 27th we had a lively wind gusting up to 15 knots from the South West (mostly!). Five keel boats were on the start line for the first race, plus a few dinghies out to practice. Unfortunately, Dave’s tiller broke when he was doing well in the first race, so he had to retire without finishing. The rest of the fleet had a good time rounding the marks as quickly as possible:
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MSA has sanctioned our race program for 2020, so we can start racing this weekend.
We have been advised to adjust the wording of our Notice of Race in order to comply with provincial health regulations as they stand now. Therefore:
Starting immediately, and continuing until further notice, all FYC Notices of Race are amended to include the following:
All racers, volunteers and race management people must;
- Pass the COVID-19 self-assessment test before coming to the club each day. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ Anyone with COVID19 symptoms must not come to the club.
- Ensure that the number of people congregating is less than 50.
- Travel with individuals within their own household and jurisdiction.
- Maintain social distancing (2 metres/6 feet). Avoid all physical contact.
- Maintain good handwashing and respiratory hygiene
- Minimize the number of people in the dock/launching/rigging/parking areas.
- Not invite visitors/guests to the facilities.
- Nothing to be shared. Everything must be provided by the individual. Avoid sharing tools or equipment. If shared disinfect affected tools after use.
- Avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines or accepting help unless there is an immediate need to avoid injury or damage. Wash hands or use sanitizer after handling someone else’s boat or lines.
- Responding to an incident on or off the water (sailor in the water/other injury) may cause the responsible person to come in physical contact with the sailor. As such participants should always have gloves, masks and hand sanitizer available to protect themselves, and sailors, should contact become necessary.
- When required, wear gloves that can be washed after use or put aside for several days – do not put gloves in your pocket – virus can live on surfaces up to 7 days – wash hands after taking off the gloves.
- Safety Boat and Committee Boat should be sanitized after every use;
These amendments to the rules replace the ones we published last week, and may change again quite quickly, based on advice MSA gets from public health. Watch our website for changes.