Hope you have enjoyed the summer events and are looking forward to the full sailing agenda available over the coming cooler months. Winter days can be some of the best sailing conditions, provided you rug up and have both crew with race volunteers to help get on the water.
Short handed ?– many boats this year have found gathering crew a bit tricky, the same applies to attracting volunteers.
This past season RMYS has been blessed with a solid core of volunteers who turn out regularly. To all volunteers a big thank you. RMYS members appreciate what you do acknowledge without your support we would not be able to race.
To encourage more crew and more volunteers the Sailing and Membership Committees are joining forces to proactively assist boat and new crew combinations as well as formulating options to ensure volunteer numbers. More information will be issued over the coming weeks.
On the Volunteer side we are also looking at alternative ways to support racing when unfortunately we are short of numbers.
Racing on Saturday April 29 was conducted with one committee vessel and a fixed wind mark for a windward return race. This is one of the new thoughts.
The practical execution uncovered a number of matters we need to be aware of:
1. Choice of fixed mark – R2 was a bit of a trip so our RO team is reviewing which fixed marks are more viable.
2. Competitors need to be aware that a change of wind direction in this situation means the start boat must move. Racing boats must give the committee boat clear passage to relay the start and, generally, room to maneuver before the warning signal. The volunteers are committed to help competitors race. Please keep a reasonable distance from the committee boat relaying the start line or other mark, especially as this choice of course may be because we have limited volunteers to run the race.
I hope you will support the volunteers and Committees in our effort to ensure you all can race every week.
Michael Culhane - CC.