Stage 2 – Return to Racing

Guidance for Members for Stage 2 of Return to Racing

Following guidance from the RYA and the Government NBYC is starting informal racing on Sundays.

The Programme starting on the 12th of July will be as follows:
10:00 to 12:30 – Dinghy Racing
12:30 to 14:00 – River Cruiser Racing
14:00 to 16:00 – Keelboat Racing

The races will follow a similar format to Wednesday night racing i.e. will continue through these times on a back to back basis. Due to limitations, there will be no written results at this stage.

There will be supplementary Sailing Instructions which will be in force for the duration of stage 2.

These will include (with details to follow):

  • Personal Flotation Devices are to be worn by all competitors at all times.
  • Any capsize automatically cause retirement from the race.
  • Flags will not be in use, only sound signals.
  • The starting sequence will now be 5 minute and 2-minute warning with accompanying announcements.
  • The starting pole will no longer be in use.
  • We have introduced a maximum wind strength above which racing will not go ahead.

These changes have been put in place for the protection of those participating and for the race team.

All other club COVID guidelines remain in force and must be observed at all times.

NBYC Update 10-07-2020

I’m very pleased to let you know that from this Sunday (July 12th), we shall be introducing informal racing back to NBYC.

This is another move in the right direction for NBYC, but as I’m sure you understand, comes with certain restrictions. I ask you to work with us and be understanding of the decisions we have to make in relation to this.

But we can start racing again so let us be positive about that!

At the same time, we can slowly and cautiously begin to welcome training events back to NBYC by way of a reduced programme.

As we continue our journey through this pandemic, we should perhaps take time to appreciate how lucky we are to have this long awaited opportunity to return to the surroundings at NBYC. We should also think of those whose lives have been so affected by Covid-19.

Many have sadly lost friends and relatives. We applaud and thank the doctors, nurses and support staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for these last few months – some of those we’re proud to know as members of NBYC. And without the battalion of shop workers, delivery drivers and other many other key service workers who continued to work during lockdown, our lives would have been much tougher.

The Flag Officers and Committee members have been working extremely hard behind the scenes, ably supported by Peter McGeown our Club Manager, to ensure we were ready to reopen/restart club life when it became possible to do so. I would personally like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of them for all their efforts.

We’re not through this yet by any means and the threat of a second spike hangs over us. But if we continue to follow the guidance issued by the government, are sensible and show some good old common sense, we will hopefully keep moving in the right direction!

The RYA guidance is “to be cautious and considerate” – that’s a good place to start.

Best wishes

Paul Youngs

NBYC Update 02-07-2020

Following the government’s announcement easing restrictions for pubs and hotels, our committees, with guidance from the RYA, have been discussing what this means for us at NBYC.

I’m pleased to announce that from this Sunday and every Sunday thereafter we will be serving tea, coffee and drinks from the bar though our recently installed bar hatch overlooking the south lawn.

This early step will hopefully soon lead to us being allowed to serve food from The Galley.
But for this to happen we need your continued cooperation:

• Having collected your purchase from the external bar hatch, please move away from the clubhouse.
• No more than 30 people should gather on the veranda and immediate areas at any one time.
• At this time the bar and main dining room will remain closed.
• Picnic tables/benches should not be moved from their present positions.
• Please follow the one-way system that is in place for entry and exit to the toilets.
• Please make use of the sanitiser stations situated around the clubhouse.
• We would ask you to consider wearing face coverings when entering the building.

Many of you have been taking advantage of the good weather and sailing on the broad.

Unfortunately, at this time on advice from the RYA and as agreed by the Racing Group, we are unable to introduce any form of organised sailing. We will continue to monitor this closely and will let you know as soon as this changes.

Please can I repeat the earlier message that no course markers should be moved by any member.

At this point I would just like to thank Geoff and Heather Evans who have been doing an enormous amount of work interpreting the legislation, discussing with the RYA, and advising our best course of action.

I know many of you will question how it is possible to do ‘this and that’ but unable to do ‘the other’ – but we are not alone. Other clubs are in a similar position, and in opening our ‘hatch bar’ we are going further than most.

I also need to remind you that due to the restrictions associated with social distancing we are presently restricting entry to NBYC to members only.

Thank you for your continued support and I’m only sorry that the reopening of the bar coincides with a weekend that promises to be too windy to sail, but we will be serving so should you pop down to the club we will be ready to serve you.

Best wishes


Paul Youngs