Just for a change the weather has been poor during the week but cheering up for the weekend! So tomorrow we can hopefully (trying not to tempt fate here) expect racing to go ahead with a gentle breezeg.
The start is scheduled at the convenient time of midday and we hope many of you will be able to join us. As per the Race Instructions (www.ccrc.co.uk/wp-content/files/event-instructions/2020-TR.pdf) if you can let the Sailing Secretary know you are participating today.
Guest boats are also very welcome (www.ccrc.co.uk/guest-entry).
Once again I am sorry to say that we (PROs, Sailing Secretary and Commodore) have agreed we must postpone the races planned for this weekend (4/5th July). The forecast is for average winds of 20 knots with gusts of 30 knots. After all those weeks in lock-down looking at the super weather this is very frustrating. Normally we would not decide this early but forecasts are getting more accurate and the weekend forecast has been stable for some days.
We hope for better weather the weekend of 11/12th July when the long range forecast shows the jet-stream a bit further north (fingers crossed!).
Each year our Commodore invites CCRC members to take part in a different format of club event called the Commodore’s Bender; and this is normally at the end of the sailing season in October.
For obvious reasons this year is already very different so this year the Commodore’s Bender takes place in June – Saturday 13th June.
The Bender will consist of two races of a different type plus an anchored lunch break. Of course members can choose to just do the races or just go and anchor for lunch.
The event recognises what we can and cannot do at present – i.e. no overnight stays onboard and continued social distancing while exercising/sailing. It should provide a bit of a shake-down sail, a change from our usual activities (or inactivities!), a little exercise and competition, and some distant socialising (as opposed to social distancing), while keeping risks low.
The races will both have a start time decided (within limits) by your skipper; so you will need to declare both your start and finish times. This means you have the added challenge of deciding the best time to do the race, and it allows some flexibility for travelling to your boat in the morning and avoids contention on the start line.
The lunch will be at anchor in Priory Bay near Bembridge.
Race Instructions are on the CCRC web site – www.ccrc.co.uk/programme.
Those CCRC members who enjoyed yesterday’s Virtual Yacht Races (and even if you did not take part) might be interested in joining a trans-Atlantic race starting at midday today. Even if you miss the start you can still join in later. “IntrepidBob” is taking part so we might even make up a little CCRC flotilla. It is free though there are extras you can pay for.