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Home | News | Commodore's newsletter July 2021

Commodore's newsletter July 2021

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Published 12:13 on 23 Jul 2021

Dear Members,

As most of you will already be aware, last week the Prime Minister confirmed that as of 19 July, most restrictions relating to Coronavirus in England would be eased. In particular, restrictions on numbers of people gathering, the requirements for social distancing and the use of masks in certain areas. It is absolutely essential for us all to realise that whilst this is fantastic news, our committee would remind us that the pandemic is not over. Although most precautions will now be a matter of personal choice, members are all urged to follow the government guidelines 'Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July - GOV.UK ('. Please respect members who wish to continue to wear masks in enclosed spaces and give them space to socially distance. We are lucky that sailing is an outside sport which we can enjoy with minimum risk.

We are certainly not yet 'back to normal' and must all remain cautious in our approach to return to sailing for both racing and training events. The committee would politely request that both members and guests continue to exercise caution. Some members may still be wary regarding the Coronavirus and we should all do our utmost to protect each other whilst on-site at the club. Your committee urges everyone to maintain safe practice and take personal responsibility to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain respectful distancing to follow these socially responsible, protective regimes for the foreseeable future as we move forward to greater freedoms.

Body Tent Redundancy

After many days of dancing in body tents, trying to change out of wet sailing gear, we can at last announce the re-opening of our changing rooms and showers. The committee recommends that for the forthcoming weeks, where possible, members arrive ready changed for sailing. This is to limit the numbers using the changing rooms and showers as these are the least ventilated setting and highest risk for Covid transmission in the clubhouse. Having been such a long time since we were allowed to use these facilities, may we remind everyone that to ensure we follow good safeguarding practice, adults should never be alone in the changing rooms when children are present. Additionally please note that the key code for entry through to both changing room doors is now set at 3 1 2 4.


Galley, please be patient whilst we get the galley up to speed. Restarting will be a big task. Cori is in the early stages setting up the new galley and is requesting contact from anyone who knows of potential paid galley staff (usually suits 15-18 year olds). Your committee asks all members to be patient and as helpful as possible (pre-ordering food etc). Please consider wearing a face mask whenever queuing or at the galley. Members are also asked to ensure clubhouse doors and windows are kept open to ensure the best ventilation.

Roll out the Barrel

Whilst the bar can now re-open, the committee recommends that whenever possible, members take advantage of the summer sunshine and enjoy summer refreshments on the terrace where there is the best ventilation. The bar will be fully open, Sunday, Wednesday and most Saturday's. Your bar manager, Sally Gilder, is requesting volunteers to form part of a rota (after training from Sally) to run the bar. This will involve opening, serving and restocking shelves and cleaning the bar and locking up at the end of the evening. Sally will continue to manage and stock the bar. To become part of the bar rota, contact Sally for training and to be added to the Bar Rota WhatsApp group of volunteers.

Back on course Racing programme reverts back to normal pre-covid format after 19th July. Note that the starting sequence will also revert back to Budworth's traditional 9, 6, 3, with courses on the blackboard. Flight 1: RS200s and Fireflys, Flight 2: Lasers, Flight 3: Snipes and Juniors, Flight 4: GP14s, Flight 5: Solos. Back to back races will now no longer be mandatory and crews will have an opportunity to come on shore between races to enjoy each other's company and re-live the race. This will apply commencing with the six week Summer Series - Saturday 10th July to Sunday 22nd Aug inclusive, and be retained for the Mainpoints series thereafter.

Historic Rise

During the lockdown, Budworth sailing club has ascended to great heights. Congratulations to:

  • BSC Juniors win the 12hr race: Rossana Joyce, Sian Baird, James Alexander, Joe Mills, Kian Lawlor and Fin
  • Sunday 27th June - Alistair Coates winner of the Laser Open with 30 entries including 4 visitors
  • Thursday 1st July A well attended Solo training day run by Phil Barnes and Luke Shaw
  • Saturday 3rd July - Rossana Joyce finished 4th in the Topper Open at Budworth
  • 12th_ 14th July Lucy Wilkinson qualified in the gold fleet at the British University Team Race Champs
  • Sat 3rd-Sun 4th July - Alistair Coates won the Lord Birkett from a fleet of 158. Hugh D 1st GP and 8th overall.
  • Sunday 4th July - Mark Antonelli & Pauline Penny finish 4th Bough Beech Snipe Open
  • Sunday 11 July - Hugh Devereux finished 3rd at Windermere at the GP14 Northern Bell Open

Future Fun

And yet to come, we have further fun. Make a note in your diaries:

  • GP14 National Youth Championships - Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August (Mere use only for GP14's)
  • The 75th Commodores Weekend 28th /29th August the format will be detailed in my August Newsletter. Anyone who can help at commodore's weekend would be greatly apreciated to volunteer their services.
  • Open Day - 30th August This is a recruitment event for new members and is best achieved when members offer to assist. Please contact Hugh Attfield who kindly agreed to organise the resourcing of this event.
  • Summer Junior Training week - Hugh Devereux is running a beginner Junior Learn to Sail week from 2nd to 5th August. Go to www.Budworth Sailing Club : Summer Junior Learn to sail course (

Environmental diligence

I am sure everyone would join with me in thanking Eric Pallman for removing twenty plus long length pieces of rusty old tube and angle iron from the mere bed with more to be pulled out

Pursuing excellence

Many thanks to John Chapman for running two PRO training sessions. Reading the winds, moving the buoys, using water starts and finishes and observance of racing rules all fall within a PRO's remit, let alone setting a fair and enjoyable course. The contribution to our enjoyment of sailing made by Principal Race Officers is enormous.

I am sure you will all be greatly relieved, as am I, to have arrived at this point. I wish you all well as we make the most of what we hope will be a busy summer ahead. At the same time, we need to remain vigilant and sensitive to the views of those who may still be uneasy of a full return to pre-pandemic conditions.

Fair Winds to you all


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