Following the announcement on Thursday to relax the 5-mile travel restriction we hope that more of you will now feel confident to return your boat to Forfar Loch and resume some sailing. A few of our more local members have been out on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and report some great conditions on the loch.
A copy of the Club’s updated plan for Phase 2 which is effective from today, is attached. Not much change yet but we are very much looking forward to moving to Phase 3 when we hope to be able to resume Club organised activities in some form. We won’t know the exact details until the government’s announcement but your committee are in regular contact to review the guidelines and plan how we can move safely to organised sailing.
For the time being, in line with government and RYA guidance, access to the club buildings remains limited. Notices are in place to remind us and hand sanitiser is available. Please take care to keep yourself and others safe. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please get in touch with Tony Walker or myself directly.
Any members who still have a boat stored at the tattie shed should contact Tony directly to arrange access.
If you haven’t already done so, then we would encourage you to please pay your membership fee. As you will be aware the Club is liable for certain fixed costs such as rent, insurance and maintenance that still require to be paid. It is unlikely that we will be able to generate our usual income by providing catering at events this season, so we are heavily reliant on membership fees to cover these costs.
The quickest and easiest way to renew your membership is to complete the online form and pay by BACS. Please remember that we changed our account to the Bank of Scotland at the start of this year so make sure that you use the new details, which are provided on the online form. https://forfarsailingclub.org.uk/membership/membership-form/
We will continue to monitor the advice from the Scottish Government and RYA Scotland and will advise you of any changes to the arrangements over the coming weeks.
If you have any questions please get in touch and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.
Some members are going down to the Loch on Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon at present in case others may wish to sail then as well. (We are not meeting) As folks start to go down again please can they feedback to the club if they feel that we need to do any more with the clubhouse facilities. Towels have been removed and replaced with paper towels, we are waiting for delivery of dispensers, hand sanitisers are in place appropriate notices are up. The race box has been reassembled without the ceiling and redecoration carried out and we still await the fitting of the new cooker and connection to the external gas supply. We still have masts in the clubhouse but I see where else to store them unless we take them out to the tattie shed. Posts have been erected to prevent unauthorised access. The plumbing has been simplified and rerouted and is fully working including the boiler. The grass is cut but we need a strimmer Hope to see you soon on the water.
Last Saturday saw a return to sailing on Forfar loch, by Tony Walker and myself in a safe and socially distant manner. The conditions were almost ideal, it being both sunny and adequately windy. With the southerly wind blowing directly on to the pontoons it did necessitate a beach launch from the north side of the inch. The two that boats ventured out were my own Mirror and the newest addition to the club’s fleet, a Mirror called Snout.
Snout was donated to the club by Irene Bruce, a former member of the RTYC. We were a bit sceptical about the boat as when Mirrors are given away it’s usually for a good reason. However, this one turned out to be in excellent condition. The boat had been built by Irene’s father, and as she had now retired from sailing, she didn’t want to see the boat rot away in her garage. Snout is currently getting a few improvements, mostly to the running rigging, and will be available to all club members. Perhaps there may be some challenges for the Mirror Trophy.
I hope that you are well. Following the First Minister’s announcement to move to Phase 1 tomorrow and Angus Alive’s announcement to re-open the car parks at their country parks, I would like to update you on the plans for Forfar Sailing Club.
The committee has put together a plan to follow each of the proposed government stages. Please be assured that our primary consideration continues to be the health and safety of our members. I attach for your information the plan for Phase 1, which will take effect from tomorrow. Please do read through and familiarise yourself with the arrangements.
You will see that there is the opportunity for members to start returning their boats and beginning to sail individually or with another individual/family whilst maintaining physical distancing. Whilst Forfar Loch is a large public space with lots of visitors, it is important that we ensure that the Club is not seen to be encouraging groups of individuals or families to meet at the same time. To assist this, we are asking that you please check the online calendar to confirm a space and email the Club when you intend to visit. The times will be added to the online calendar which can be found on the Club’s website under ‘when do we sail?’
Any members who have a boat stored at the tattie shed should contact Tony Walker directly to arrange access.
If you haven’t already done so, then we would be pleased to receive your membership renewal. For your convenience we would ask that you complete this using the online form and paying by BACS. please remember that we changed out account to the Bank of Scotland at the start of this year so make sure that you use the new details, which are provided on the online form.
This has been a challenging time for everyone and we appreciate your continued support as we take small steps towards restarting our Club activities. We will continue to monitor the Scottish Government’s advice and will advise you of any changes to the arrangements.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the rest of the committee for their support and camaraderie over the last few months. I look forward to seeing you all on the water at some point soon.
I hope that you are well. I am sure that like me, you were all eager to hear what, if any, changes would be announced at the end of last week. Unfortunately, whilst England are taking the first steps in lifting restrictions, here in Scotland there has been no change.
As we wait for further announcements, we are continuing to monitor government advice and guidance from RYA Scotland. We are putting together a plan to restart sailing activity in a considerate and conservative way so that we are ready to return to sailing when it is permitted. Our primary consideration will be the health and safety of our members.
Meanwhile, we continue to do what we can and a number of you have been joining in with our virtual racing series. This has proved to be a pleasant distraction once a week, although I suspect that this lockdown will have to continue for some while yet before I consider that I have got the hang of it! Fortunately, some of our members have taken to it rather well and the radio sailors have demonstrated their skills very ably. My thanks to Erwin and Becci Oosterhoorn for setting up and running the sessions each week and also to Tony Walker, who has graciously kept me from finishing last! Plans to host an online quiz are also progressing and we hope to run that soon.
As you will understand, maintenance work at the Clubhouse has been unable to progress over recent weeks. However, with the dry weather that we have had over the last couple of months, the loch is at a very low level and it is an ideal time to carry out some necessary repairs to the pontoons. We have therefore ordered the required materials and plan to carry this work out in a few weeks’ time.
As the restrictions continue, we are all missing our usual activities and look forward to a return to sailing in some form in the near future. Meanwhile, we would love to hear your lockdown news, boat-related or otherwise, or any suggestions for online activities or training.
Last Tuesday we welcomed another virtual sailor on the water, Danielle joined the race. There are now 15 sailors from the club and Radio sailors joining into the Tuesday virtual sailing. It’s never too late to add yourself, even if you think that you can’t get anywhere. Some of this week’s responses:
Helen: I want to know Tony’s secret, 10.3 knots! Tony: I’d like to know as well… and still came last!
Helen: I thought that having the wind sock green was the idea but it doesn’t always seem to be the fastest! Becci: I find that sometimes as well ->Helen: just like on the water!!! Tony: Mm there’s a few things like that