GC March Update – Club Round up!


The best news is....we’re back on the water!


The Victorias have their first race on the 30th March. What a wonderful way to start the return to the water with this thriving fleet.  Only the weather will stop them!  . What a wonderful way to start the return to the water with this thriving fleet.  Only the weather will stop them!  

Dinghy Racing will begin on the 2nd April with the Easter Mini Series.  The racing sub group has provided a great series of racing tips sessions throughout March – now the theory can be put to the test!

Rowers have a full program planned.  See the latest newsletter to rowers on the website.  If you’d like to join the rowing group, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  New rowers are always welcome – including beginners.

Cruisers have decided to cancel April rallies due to ongoing restrictions (but May is looking good!)


Duties are published for April and May with additional weeks being released– many still need to be filled, especially for Easter.  This is a great way to help get the Club ‘up and Sailing’ so please do volunteer as soon as possible.  If you have a particular event you would like to get involved with which is not yet published, please let JR know ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and he will reserve it for you.


Just a few reminders:

  • Dinghy racing is subject to the Covid 19 SI and NORs (which are on the dinghies section of the website) as well as latest RYA guidance.  Please remember to sign in at the link on the calendar.
  • ‘Covid Sign in’ if you are participating in any activities at the club (use one of: NHS track and trace, DQ’s own QR code or, for the phone-less, the sign in book just inside the club).
  • Club house remains closed, including changing rooms, showers, galley and bar.  Toilets may be used (but not for changing).
  • The balcony may be used subject to compliance with social distancing and the limits on gatherings (rule of 6/2 households). 
  • And of course – ‘Hands’ (wash them, sanitise them!)  ‘Face’ (use a covering as appropriate) and ‘Space’ (social distancing).

 

Other news from around the Club in this update:

From GC:    A new ‘Fit to Sail’ initiative; volunteering for duties; an update on the strategy and a thank you to some Star Volunteers;

From Sailing Committee:  racing half hours and some open meeting dates;

From the Junior Section and Training - There’s an important update regarding junior training over Easter as well as information regarding the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.  Keep an eye out for the formal launch in mid-April of the junior section’s ‘Sunday Fundays’!


From House Committee:  update on service plus some refresher training.

From the GC:

Fit to sail initiative – 2020 was a tough year for many of us; while there is a lot of excitement about getting back onto the water, some of us might not be feeling ‘Fit to Sail’.  At DQSC we care about 'the whole' of all our members and particularly anything that can support your enjoyment of our amazing sport.  So, working with our very own Charlotte Dawber, Training Manager at West Sussex MIND, we’ve added a new tab to the website.   You can find it initially in the ‘Latest News’ list on the website while we find a more permanent home. We will use it to bring you links that we think can help support both your mental and physical wellbeing for sailing and, hopefully, in the rest of your life.   

We’d really like this to be something that you can get involved in, so if you have a favourite training video on you tube for hiking out, or a link that helps you calm your mind before a race or a link to a technique that helps you manage the stresses and strains of life, we’d like to hear from you.  Charlotte will be curating your suggestions and through that we hope to update the site with what works for you. Please send any suggestions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Strategy for 2022-2027

It was so refreshing at the last GC meeting to be talking about sailing and club activities (instead of what we can’t do due to Covid!).  Work is underway to revise the strategy for 2022-2027.  The GC decided however to continue with the existing strategy (2016-2021 - available on the website) for the remainder of this year and next, expiring at the AGM 2022.  In the meantime, preparation of the 2022-2027 strategy, including consultation with members, will continue.

Volunteering for Duties: April and May.

The duty roster for April and May is now published on Duty Man with the remainder of the year being rolled out in stages.  This year, possibly more than ever, we need members to be even more generous with their time and skills to bring the club’s many activities back to ‘Real Life!’  Although the GC opted not to ask members to ‘Covid- self-certify’ themselves as unable to do duties, we expect there are some members who will not be able to help this year.  Those of us who are free to volunteer, please do get involved through volunteering for duties.

Thank you to some Star Volunteers

The yearbook will have dropped through many letter boxes this week.  There is an army of people behind key parts of Dell Quay’s planning: the calendar, year book, membership and duty schedule.  All committees are involved in the production of these crucial tools.   Three people really bring them together: Madaleine Owens, Graham Causer and John (JR) Rogerson.  A huge thank you to all three for once again pulling together all the strands of activity at Dell Quay and producing these important tools.  Thanks too to the Flag Officers and their committee members who build the Dell Quay program for us to enjoy. Three people really bring them together: Madaleine Owens, Graham Causer and John (JR) Rogerson.  A huge thank you to all three for once again pulling together all the strands of activity at Dell Quay and producing these important tools.  Thanks too to the Flag Officers and their committee members who build the Dell Quay program for us to enjoy.


The patrol boats are now ready for action thanks to the generous efforts of our Bosun, Henry Bettle and SailingSecretary, Dave Swift.    


From the Sailing Committee:

Key dates  - We are looking forward to hosting a Solo Open on 29 May, our Dell Quay regatta on 26 June and a two-day Firefly Open on 24/25 September (moved from May due to ongoing Covid restrictions).
Racing half hours – at the time of writing we’ve had ‘3 Racing Half Hours’ (zoom sessions on Thursdays at 6pm throughout March).  In these sessions, experienced Dell Quay sailors provide insights to successful racing at Dell Quay.  Bill Dawber was first up and provided some excellent tips on starts at Dell Quay. Next was Solo Class Captain Roger Puttock in conversation with Mark Harper who is regularly towards the front (if not at the front) of the solo fleet.  Martin Jones will be speaking about downwind sailing on 25th March and the Fireflies will finish the series on April 1st - just in time for easter racing!
No matter your level of sailing, you are very welcome to join these sessions.  Watch out for the enews containing the link.

From the Junior Section and training:

Easter Junior Training

The effects of the lockdown and the pandemic have been varied, some have been positive, most have not.  Some are short term; others are more permanent.  The club’s RYA Training Centre has not been immune to the impact of the pandemic.  During in 2020 we lost 6 sailing instructors for a variety of reasons, but mainly due to natural turnover i.e. instructors finishing university and finding work in other parts of the country.  Add to this we were unable to qualify any Assistant Instructors and Dinghy Instructors to replenish our natural turnover and you start to understand that we have a shortage of sailing instructors in 2021.  Furthermore, because Junior Week didn’t go ahead in 2020 we were unable to deliver the Seamanship Skills course to those Juniors who we would have anticipated making up the Assistant Instructor course in 2021.  This shortage of instructors could impact on the number of Juniors we can accept in Junior Week 2021 unless we start to take remedial action.
To try and start to address these challenges we have taken the decision to utilise the time currently allocated to Junior training at Easter for the development of our instructors and potential instructors.  Therefore, Easter training will be strictly invitation only.  While we appreciate that this decision will leave some juniors disappointed, we hope you will understand that by taking action now we aim to minimise the impact although not completely eradicated instructor shortages later in the season and in future years.  

If you are new to DQSC and are an instructor or have YSS stage 4 or Level 3 and would like to be considered for instructor training please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Duke of Edinburgh pb-on-pontoon
Are you looking for a skill to use for Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award? Well look no further because here is your opportunity to learn to drive a club powerboat and complete the skills module of Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and for those who reaching the required standard they will be awarded RYA Power Level 2. Please note that the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will not recognise RYA Powerboat course as a skill for Silver or Gold Awards due to the length of the course.
To take part you must be enrolled with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme undertaking the Bronze Award and you will be required to provide your Duke of Edinburgh Award Identity number. The training will involve both theory and practical elements and will be delivered in two hour sessions on the following evenings in 2021:
5th and 20th May, 17th June, 1st and 20th July, 3rd August and 16th September.
        
If you wish to take part you must commit to complete every session listed above. If you miss just one session you will not have completed sufficient hours to fulfil the Duke of Edinburgh Award minimum hour requirements and it will not be possible to sign off the skill section.

The cost of the course is just £40 which includes an RYA Powerboat Logbook and Certificate (assuming you reach the required standard). To register please complete the

Application Form

Applications will close on 24 April.

From the House Committee

Just to confirm, there will be no social events in March. The earliest at which any galley service will resume is after April 12. We expect that in the early phases of opening a relatively simple service of hot drinks and snacks will be available.

The HC is however busy getting ready to re-open in stages.  For most of April and May galley supervisors will be from the HC plus a few of the ‘usual suspects’ (some of our experienced galley supervisors!).   This is good news if you are an ‘up and coming galley supervisor’ who’d like a little more supervised experience, so, if this is you, please do sign up for a house duty and let the galley supervisor know that you are looking for some coaching.

We look forward to supporting racers, social sailors and their families over the coming months.

And on the subject of galley supervisors, Anne Sprules delivered some excellent (virtual) re fresher training for galley supervisors on 10th March.  This was supplemented by fire safety training from Piers Chamberlain.  A copy of the slides can be made available if you missed the training.   Please contact Sarah.  Thank you to Anne and Piers for their time – this important training helps build confidence and keep the galley running safely.

If you are interested in getting involved with the hospitality side of the club, do contact Sarah, Rear Commodore House, on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .