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Slipper Happenings September 24th

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Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club

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Slipper Happenings

Hi All

Following Boris's recent announcement I am afraid we have had to change the rules of engagement with our all important pint.......

The Bar: With effect from Friday the following rules will apply:

  • Check with Barman on the buzzer before entering the club to ensure there is room at the inn (Max 30 customers in the bar)
  • Put on your face mask. (A face covering is to be worn whenever you are not seated at your table.)
  • On entry sanitise your hands and sign on to the register.
  • Additionally there will be QR code poster to enable you to check in with your newly downloaded NHS Covid App.
  • Do not go to the bar but find a spare table and sit down before removing your mask.
  • All drinks and snacks will be by table service (yes, peanuts and crisps will now be available too!).
  • Enjoy your drink and snack.
  • The Barman will collect your empty glasses (do not approach the bar for any reason).
  • Please aim to pay by debit card where possible. Pay the barman at your table.
  • Before leaving please sanitise your table with the products provided and put on your mask.
  • If busy please leave the club by the one way system always wearing your face mask.
  • If you pop to the loo do not forget to wear your face mask while you are moving around away from your table.
  • Evening last orders will be at 2140. The bar will close promptly at 2200.

These are all sensible, measured precautions, in line with the current government rules, to ensure everyone's safety.

If you have a problem with any of these rules please do not visit the bar.

We want to remain the safest bar in town for our members to enjoy a drink!

Catering: Den and Lesley are poised! We hope to be posting some positive news about club catering shortly.

Refurbishment: The Galley extension is almost complete! The flooring is waiting for some finishing touches and the new work tops are on order. A deep clean will soon be all that is required.

The toilets have again been substantially re-floored and decorated. Doors and fittings are being secured as I write. The Gents' loo (which will temporarily become the communal loo - one occupant at a time of course!) should be complete next week. The other loos will follow soon after.

Dinghy Racing: The three race series was a wild affair claiming your Dinghy Secretary and Commodore as casualties opting for an early bath (not at the club of course!). Mark Riddington and Matt Johnston were the Slipper heroes claiming results near the front of the fleet.

Sunday's race was a quieter affair but with a massive 41 boat entry all piling into Echo as the first mark. Tim Weeden emerged well from the scrummage to claim the top Slipper result!

The next two races are from the New Normal series on: Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October.

Fireworks: Assumed cancelled due to Covid. Sorry folks but this event is looking very unlikely to happen. The Centenary fireworks will be of vintage origin since the supplier is still holding our pyrotechnics yet another year over from last Novembers aborted effort!

Summer storage of Canoes, Windsurfers and Paddle Boards: Slipper are considering allowing the storage of kayaks, rigid windsurfers and rigid Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs) in racks in the tender park from next summer (2021).

* Just rigid craft, not inflatables.

* Just for the summer (between lift in and lift out).

* Cost would be very similar or the same as the tender storage fee (around £50 -TBC).

* As with all private property on ESSC premises, storage would be at the owners risk.

If you are interested in this potential new facility, please let ESSC know by emailing the Rear Commodore Sailing at: martin.buster.perry@gmail.com.

Old news but still relevant:

ESSC Centenary: Covid has taken some 'wind out of our sails' with regards to planning. We are hoping to get this back on track shortly.

Please let Sarah Thorsby know if you have any great ideas or plans for this year of celebrations!

More details of the activities proposed will follow shortly.

Membership Renewals: Invoices will be sent soon after the AGM. Please take your time to review your membership profile on the website and check your details are correct, including boat storage and lockers etc..

Your renewal bill will reflect the profile you have submitted/updated.

Anyone with problems accessing the members section of the website (you will need to sign in) please contact Dave Cooper or Jon Keefe if you have problems.

AGM Heads Up: It is looking very unlikely that things will return to normal any time soon! We propose to carry out this year's AGM online using Zoom or similar software. We will give you plenty of notice about the software we propose to use for the meeting. Joining instructions will also be sent nearer the time.

Our intention will be to e-mail our Finance, Retiring Commodore and Incoming Commodore's full reports before the meeting. We will then present condensed reports and take questions and queries on Zoom (or similar software).

Decisive votes may be conducted through the software, survey monkey or some such app. Close votes may require a follow up e-mail.

More details will follow shortly with clearer more specific instructions.

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 morningmaintenance 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!


Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club
Quay Mill,
The Quay
South Street,
PO10 7EQ

01243 372 523

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