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Slipper Happenings July 21st

Published 09:06 on 24 Jul 2020

ESSC Commodore

Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club

Slipper Happenings

Hi All

A brief update.....

Dinghy Sailing: Apart from a few Covid tweaks, dinghy racing is all but back to normal. Simon Boylin and his team, along with his opposite number Simon Langford at ESC have done a brilliant job filling duty slots, designing a new sign on/off app and encouraging some great racing.

Over the last week we have enjoyed a Tango race, A Re-start series race and Ladies race, all well attended with some excellent racing.

Radio Sailing: John Galyer reported that Dave Cockerel topped the leader board on their latest Lockdown Ladder series. Well done Dave! To adhere to the latest guidelines Sailing bubbles are now the latest development, with six yachts competing together in a new ladder/knockout series.

It is great to see so many members (of both clubs) enjoying this very popular sailing activity on The Pond.

Bar: Well, I had a most enjoyable pint on the terrace at the club last Friday!

It was a gentle, cautious return to more normal club life for the few that chose to venture out. The rules and controls were relatively unobtrusive with everyone appearing chilled, relaxed, cooperative and delighted to be able to enjoy a drink from the club bar.

Paul, Mike and Sandy must be congratulated on a very successful re-opening of the best bar in town!

Refurbishment: The gents' loos have been stripped out and the kitchen area prepared. The break through between the two rooms is likely to take place this week. The disabled and ladies toilets are currently still available for use.

Please ensure the builders, their vehicles and deliveries continue to have free, unobstructed access to the club at all times. Many thanks.

Junior Sailing: Stuart Cole reports: Following on from the latest updates to the COVID-19 restrictions, and the successful return to some club dinghy racing, plans are now being made to get some junior sailing back in action. Initially this will be some sailing and short races on the harbour, aimed at SOTTS sailors with some experience sailing on the harbour. Please contact Stuart Coles at to find out more and get involved.

The first session is likely to be this Saturday afternoon (25 July) with timings and details to be sent out by email. We will need to manage the number of sailors, meeting times and patrol boat crews carefully, but with a bit of Slipper spirit will get some good sailing! Patrol boats and double handed boats need to be same household crews, which is a challenge for managing patrol boat crews but an opportunity for parent/child sailing! This can work really well and be a lot of fun, please do get in touch if you're keen but would like some guidance or to see if there is a suitable club boat available. Although the initial aim is to get SOTTS sailors back out, joining in as a parent/child team could work well and be a good way to get involved, especially for relatively new SOTTS sailors still building experience and confidence on the harbour.

Hopefully in due course this will lead to opportunities to get more general junior sailing back underway. At the moment the guidance is restrictive for formal training, but it has been great to see some of the juniors on the water with parents, both on the millpond and on the harbour sailing, windsurfing and just messing about in boats. Although we can't run formal training yet, please feel free to contact me if you would like some help getting back on the water with your children. Opportunities are starting to open up and the instructors are keen to help facilitate some sailing over the summer.

Thanks and best wishes, Stuart.

Cruisers: Baldur, Wombat, Duet and Phoenix are all enjoying the perfect cruising weather in the West Country, all making it as far as Falmouth. Shearwater's weather has been a little more variable but I am sure it is a fair trade to sail around the less crowded Scottish Lochs and Islands!

Will Whatley's Henry has crossed The Pond! Henry arrived into Jersey 15 July.

Transatlantic statistics:-

Total engine hours - 37

Total generator hours - 37 (what a coincidence)

Total fuel burned - 155 ltrs

Average water usage 122ltr/day

Propane - still on original 6kg from when we left

Fish caught - nil. Every time we put the line out it attracted a flock of birds

Lost overboard - one shackle and one baseball hat

Total distance logged 4193nm

Average speed 7.5kts

We lost count of the number of ships

Yachts seen - 1 (French)

Plenty of dolphins

1 whale seen

No lightning

Max wind strength 27kts even in squalls

Injuries - none

Whilst sailing Henry home was never plan A it has turned out to be a fantastic trip and throughly enjoyable. As this exciting chapter of Henry's adventures comes to a close we are now beginning our preparations for 2021 adventures and many more!

Will, we welcome Henry back to home waters and look forward to reading about all your future adventures!

I understand a guest appearance in The Yoke is even possible?

Best wishes


Old news but still relevant:

Refurbishment: Nutbourne Construction have started work!

As mentioned before, the plan is to start with breaking through the kitchen to the gents. This effectively puts the kitchen, gents and function room out of bounds. The ladies toilets will remain open in the short to medium term and the disabled toilet will now double up as the gents loo.

The builders will be storing some items in the club and at the corner of the car park. The builders will also need access to the car park for their vans and deliveries. Please be considerate when parking your car at the club and leave plenty of space for Nutbourne Construction to operate unimpeded during the week days.

Thank you.

Bar: Rules, rules and more rules! Sandy Keefe, Mike Balster and Paul Tomlinson have put a lot of work into sorting out how the bar can operate under the latest guidance. Chris Lunn has kindly taken a lot of time, listening and incorporating a lot of views and has designed and presented us with a working document that I think we can all work to - many thanks Chris! As Chris is always reminding us these risk assessments are constantly evolving working documents and although hard copies are available to read, the document on the website is always going to be more up to date.

Unless guidance changes further this is the likely way the bar will operated:

  • Please observe all the social distancing and cleansing guidelines.
  • The bar will be open for members only. No visitors please.
  • Initially we are planning to open the bar on Friday 17July between 1800 and 2200 and then on Saturday and Sunday between 1200 and 1800.
  • Please check with Paul before entering the club by pressing door entry buzzer to confirm that there is room at the inn.
  • You will be able to enter the club as normal but you must enter your name on the register that will be positioned on the lectern.
  • The bar will be able to seat a maximum number of 30 people with additional outside seating on the balcony and terrace.
  • Please sit in groups of no more than six, incorporating no more than two households.
  • Drinks can be very ordered from the side of the bar nearest the lift.
  • Screens will be in place to protect Paul, who will also be provided with appropriate PPE.
  • Drinks will be put on a tray and left for collection on the other side of the bar.
  • Whilst cash will be taken, payment will be preferred by card.
  • Please do not queue at the bar. Paul will call you up when it is your turn.
  • At this point, no snacks or food will be available and no food is to be brought in and consumed on the premises.
  • Hand sanitizers and table cleaning materials will be positioned near each table.
  • Before you leave please return your glasses on the tray provided and clean your table with the products provided.
  • If busy, please exit via the balcony and side gate.
  • At least one toilet will be available in the clubhouse. Again if busy please use the toilets in the Malt House changing rooms.
  • Signs and markings will be strategically placed to help you follow the above procedures.

Enjoy your pint!!

Dinghy Racing: Following on from the great success of the Lockdown Cup we are now planning to return to more normal club racing. Simon Boylin has been very busy negotiating with Mark Langford of ESC, designing two new exciting race series to get us going. Again Chris Lunn has been busy fine tuning his risk assessments so that they fit in with current Covid guidance and the way we plan to operate. A hard copy will be available at the club but please remember that this is a working document that is libel to change. The most up to date version of the risk assessments will always be available on the website.

Unless guidance changes further this is the likely way Dinghy racing will operate:

  • Please observe Social distancing and cleansing guidelines in all dinghy racing activities including when rigging, launching, recovering your dinghy, operating the patrol boat and when doing race control duties.
  • Where possible we will aim to use same household members as safety boat teams.
  • PPE (gloves and face masks) will be available where necessary to mitigate any close quarters risks.
  • Please wash down patrol boats thoroughly after use, particularly the controls and steering wheel.
  • Where possible we will also aim to use same household teams as race control teams.
  • A plastic screen has been installed in the start Hut to help mitigate any likely social distancing issues.
  • It is hoped to have a mobile phone available for signing on and off. More details to follow from Simon Boylin.
  • A wind speed limit for racing where gusts consistently exceed 20knots as per Cambernet has been set.

Simon Boylin will keep the dinghy sailors advised of any programmed racing changes.

Happy racing!

Club boats: The plan is to make the use of club sailing boats more available but their use on the sea will be restricted to times when a patrol boat is in attendance.

Normal booking through the website is essential and all current Covid 19 restrictions will apply.

Moorings: We have a number of unlet moorings available this year on both short and full time leases. Pro-rata rates will apply. Please talk to Trevor Davis if you are interested.

Boat storage charges: This was covered last night.

Dinghies that use the limited space in the club boat park will be charged as usual. Dinghies that cannot or choose not to return to the park this year will be offered a credit in next year's renewals.

Cruisers will pay the same charge as normal in September. The part of the cost normally attributed to crane lift-in and lift-out costs will show as a Summer storage charge. In other words, cruisers will be paying no more for storage than in a normal season.

Club bins: Unfortunately people have recently taken to dumping their household rubbish in our club bins. We do not even think these people are members!

The bottle bins are now stored in the dinghy park and the large bins are being locked.

Please do not leave rubbish beside the bins, if you cannot gain access to a club bin please either use the public bins or take your rubbish home and dispose/recycle it responsibly. Many thanks.

Club Website: Jon Keefe, in between applying the final touches to 'Mad Moment' has been beavering away on the new Sailing Club Manager website.

The website is now accessible but has not yet been linked to our main domain address yet. This should happen shortly. For those of you who cannot wait please use the following link: (You will need the password sent out at renewal to access the members site - for those of you who have lost or deleted your renewal e-mail, new instruction will be provided when the main domain link is switched over).

Many thanks again Jon for all your enthusiastic work - it would not have happened without you!!!

General Club Guidelines: Following our recent committee meeting activity to consider the recent lockdown easing of restrictions, Mark Riddington, (our Chairman) has kindly put together the following matrix to explain the club's current position. In conjunction with all current government guidelines please read the matrix carefully and follow these club guidelines, in both in spirit and in rule:

Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club A Summary of Club Functions v0.5

Area of operation




Clubhouse and buildings

Until 11th July:

All areas of the clubhouse are closed, with the exception of the downstairs toilets. If required, the toilets may be used by members who are maintaining their cruisers, or free sailing. The toilets will be cleaned on a weekly basis.

Given the restricted space in the toilets, only one member at a time should use the toilets. Occupied/unoccupied signs will be affixed to the toilets doors. The club recognises that some members will consider the use of club toilets to be a unacceptable risk if this is the case, please do not use them.

The malthouse, including the changing rooms and training room, is closed. Cruiser sailors may access their lockers.

No visitors are permitted to club premises or the boat park.

From the 11th July:

The club is hoping to open the bar to club members from the 11th July this date is not fixed, and will be influenced by our ability to buy beer in time! Prior to the bar opening, members will be advised as to the arrangements to be put in place to adhere to government and industry guidelines. Initial planning indicates that approximately 30 members will be able to sit in the bar area, with further seating on the mezzanine and outside.

The function room will remain closed, with the exception of potential use as a bar overflow area (to be confirmed). There will be no catering at the club, as the galley is undergoing refurbishment.

The clubhouse toilet(s) will remain open, in line with previous arrangements (one member at a time, signs on doors). The malthouse, including the changing rooms and training room, remain closed. Cruiser sailors may access their lockers.


The boatpark remains open to cruiser sailors to maintain their boats.

Dinghy sailors may leave boats in the boatpark, but on the following conditions:

1. The dinghy is being used for sailing. If you have no sailing planned, please take your boat home.

2. No road trailers are to be left in the boat park.

In the event that the demand for the limited dinghy space results in over capacity, arrangements will be put in place to ensure fair occupancy. Working parties are in place to optimise the space available to dinghies.


The club is hoping to open the bar to club members from the 11th July this date is not fixed, and will be influenced by our ability to buy beer in time! Prior to the bar opening, members will be advised as to the arrangements to be put in place to adhere to government and industry guidelines.


Catering at the club will not be reintroduced until the galley refurbishment has been completed, most likely in September.


The club insurance requires that a number of activities are conducted to meet the conditions of insurance an example of this is the regular testing of the fire alarm system. These essential activities will continue to be performed by the premises team.

More discretionary premises tasks will continue to happen, but at a slower pace.

The refurbishment of the galley and toilets is planned to start in early July, and should complete in August/September.


Dinghy Sailing

Until 4th July:

'Free sailing' is allowed from Wednesday 13th May, in line with the guidance issued from the government, RYA and Conservancy.

Please review the ESSC 'free sailing' summary (already issued to the membership) before taking to the water, in particular the notes on use of the boat park.

No club safety cover will be in place for free sailing, and members go on the water at their own risk. Please be prudent in your assessment of your own skills and the prevailing conditions, the risk of calling on emergency services (for example, the coastguard and RNLI) should be absolutely minimised.

From 4th July:

Organised racing is to be reintroduced, for single handers, and 'same household' double handers. The club programme is to be revisited with ESC (but preserving the H&H series), and will be communicated in due course. Dutyman will also be revised, with the objective of using 'same household' members to man the race hut and patrol boats.

Club boats can be used if safety cover is on the water, boats must be booked through the usual process.


Lift-in will not take place until the start of the 2021 sailing season.

The cruiser section is reviewing options for rallies and racing for those members that do have a boat on the water, potentially starting with a Haslar trip on 4th July.

Radio Sailing

Until 4th July:

'Free sailing' is to be allowed from Wednesday 13th May for radio sailors. Those participating in free sailing should ensure that they follow government social distancing and hygiene guidelines, in particular in the dinghy park.

Phase 2 for radio sailing may be the reintroduction of some form of organising racing. There is no defined timescale for Phase 2.

From 4th July:

<<Requires input from the Radio section>>

Junior, Youth and Adult Training

Given the 'hands on' nature of sail training, it is not possible to deliver the club schemes whilst maintaining social distancing guidelines. So for now, all training at the club is postponed until social distancing guidelines are revised.

The RYA are due to publish revised guidance for training centres, at which point the club will re-evaluate options to restart training schemes. Sailing Committee are to explore options to get the Junior and Youth sailors on the water this year, even if this is not through the route of formal training.


The club has a proud tradition of excellence in all matters of asset maintenance. The usual Tuesday morning maintenance sessions have been suspended this means that if any issues are encountered with club assets, the lead time in fixing may be extended. Any defects should be written on the white board in the Bosuns Shed, and also sent by email to the Bosun.

Stay safe!


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