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Getting back on the Water

Getting back on the Water

The excellent news is that on Wednesday 13th May, the government confirmed that use of boats is now permitted!  
It is subject to various restrictions. Please carefully review the guidance to ensure that you are able to meet it. A list of the various links appears below.  In particular, please note that:

  1. You must not come to the club (or leave your home) if you or anyone on your house is showing symptoms;
  2. You may only sail with members of your household;
  3. You must maintain social distancing and good hygiene;
  4. You cannot stay overnight on your boat.

At Dell Quay, we are not proposing to re start club events yet (e.g. racing or training). We are happy for members to use their boats, subject always to the government guidance.  We ask in particular that members note the following.

  1. Safety - Give very careful thought as to whether you should be sailing taking into account:
    1. The condition of your boat;
    2. The prevailing weather conditions and your own level of experience and expertise – in short, is it safe for you to sail?  The last thing we want is to require any of the emergency services to attend a Dell Quay member.  Please re read page 8 of the year book (Sailing at Dell Quay Sailing Club- your responsibilities for going afloat.)
    3. There will be no safety/patrol boat cover.
  2. Social distancing - Be patient with each other to allow social distancing:
    1. In the dinghy park, and maneuvering around the quay and slip way, keep 2m/6ft 6” apart when moving your boat (about the width of the lanes between the boats). ‘Give way’ to those leaving the dinghy park or the slip way (so that makes more room for those in it to move around).  Remember to wash your hands after touching the gate or other surfaces– please bring your own hand sanitizer for now.
    2. Limit use of the Club house to that which is strictly necessary – e.g. getting keys to the shed.
    3. Come to the club dressed and ready to sail.  Please do not use the changing rooms. And please do not go into the club if you cannot maintain social distancing.
    4. We’ll endeavor to provide some additional sanitizer and paper towels but, in the meantime, please bring your own and dispose of used paper towels in the outside bin near the barrier.
    5. The galley, honesty galley and bar will remain closed for now. Please be considerate in removing any food waste or rubbish from the club and its surrounds.
    6. The hot water is not on so please do not shower or expect hot water.

Government Guidance:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces


This document states, amongst other things:

“The risk of the coronavirus being passed on to others outdoors is considered to be low as long as people maintain social distancing.

In England you can leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors for recreation.

All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed. You can continue to use towpaths for walking, running and cycling, being mindful of other users and people living in boats along the water”

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

This documents states, amongst other things:

1.1 What can I do that I couldn’t do before?


There will be a limited number of things you can do that you cannot do now:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • go to a garden centre

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • visit a private or ticketed attraction
  • gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.”

As always, stay safe (and alert!)

 

 

QuayNews April 2020 Electronic Version

The first edition of Quay News for 2020 is now available on the Club website.

Clearly this is not the year we all planned, however your Committees are regularly reviewing the rest of the season and revising their plans, so we can all enjoy our wonderful Club and its facilities at the earliest opportunity.

In the meantime, sit back and enjoy this edition of Quay News.

Correction: The DQSC Optimist Open backup date is SUNDAY 6th September 2020 (not the 5th as stated in the recent edition of Quay News)

 

Dell Quay member a World Champion

Huge congratulations to Dell Quay member and Firefly sailor Harvey Hillary, who was last week was crowned International 14 World Champion in Perth, Australia.

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The International 14 is the formula 1 of skiff racing and Harvey and his helm Archie Massey performed consistently well in extreme conditions to dominate the series and win the event with a race to spare. The celebrations went on long into the night and both Harvey and the good ship ‘Zog’ are now on their way back home to the UK.

Harvey grew up on typical harbour racing at Chichester YC, where I first meet him as a teenager, back in the mid 1990’s when he started seriously racing his then Laser. He then moved into the Solo Class. He had one of the first all wood Gosling Solos, number 4004, which he let me have a sail in. It was electric downwind I recall, nothing like any other solo I had sailed before.

Harvey campaigned this Gosling Solo 4004, and a rig which was state of the art at the time, a Wavelength mast and a beautiful North laminate SM7, in 1998 he was just pipped by Jim Hunt to the Solo National title at Paignton that year. Harvey then moved into in a number of classes before going on to compete successfully in a host of international events in the 49er class, and then becoming an elite RYA racing coach.

In addition to campaigning the I14, Harvey can be found racing his blue Firefly at Dell quay will his 6 year old daughter. We look forward to seeing Harvey on the water, in the bar and in the classroom giving our junior sailors some racing tips!

Mark Harper DQSC

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A very Happy New Year and Welcome to 2020 at Dell Quay!
 
Some news and dates for your attention -
 

  1. Update Clubroom roof void works –  good progress in dealing with the pest activity in the roof void  has been made despite the Christmas holidays. From this Wednesday 8th January, various contractors will be in the clubroom.  Works will include testing all electrical wiring and cables in the roof as well as removal and replacement of affected roof tiles and insulation.   Pest controllers will also be present at times.  PLEASE NOTE that the clubroom remains closed.   It is particularly important that members do not enter the clubroom during this phase. Current estimates are that the works should be completed by the end of January.  The lounge and changing rooms remain in use.

  2. Sunday lunch January 19th postponed. Due to the timing of the roof works, we are sorry to postpone the Sunday lunch scheduled for the 19th January. We will find another quiet Sunday for this event.

  3. Frostbite and other sailing events – will run as usual but operating from the sail loft.

  4. Calling all Galley Supervisors and Duty Officers! Come along for an informal refresher session with lunch, meet other GS and DOs to update your skills and knowledge and increase your confidence in fulfilling this role. Saturday 15th
    February 11am to 2 pm. Please Book Online so we know you are coming!

  5. Other Dates for your diaries....
    1. Mama Mia Here We Go Again evening 8th February. An evening of music, singing, dancing and food, for all ages.
    2. Wine Tasting 7th March. A highly popular evening led by our own wine expert Liz Sagues.
    3. Working Weekends are 1st and 2nd of February and 29th and 1st March.
      We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at these weekends. It is a great opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy delicious hot soup and endless cake!

 

 

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DELL QUAY SAILORS HONOURED BY HRH PRINCESS ANNE

Dell Quay Sailing Club’s John and Sue Nash have been awarded a RYA Community Joint Award for Lifetime Commitment for their exceptional voluntary contribution to Dell Quay Sailing Club and to the sport of sailing by the Royal Yachting Association Honours and Awards Panel. Their award was presented at a special dinner on 22 November by RYA President HRH Princess Anne, The Princess Royal.

Both Sue and John are former Commodores of the Club as well as serving in many other leadership roles over their years of membership. Current Commodore Ben Alcott said “Both Sue and John exhibit everything that is great about Dell Quay Sailing Club: passionate about our sport, a strong commitment to volunteering, and a remarkable ability to bring people together. We are so proud that they have been honoured in this way - they thoroughly deserve it!” Neither Sue or John seem ready to hang up their wetsuits just yet; Sue stood down as Commodore on 15 November 2019, but retains her role as Chief Instructor in the Club’s Training Centre and lead for Junior Week, and John is currently the Secretary for the Cruising Committee.

 

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March 2020: The end for water bottles at Dell Quay Sailing Club

As part of our drive to reduce the amount of rubbish produced by DQ, the galley will cease the sale of plastic bottles of water from next season (March 3, 2020). 

The galley will happily fill and refill members’ own bottles. So if you don’t already own one, now is the time to purchase a reusable water bottle!

Experience around the harbour is that reusable bottles are falling overboard and ending up in the harbour.  So we ask that you also give some thought to the secure fixing of bottles – anything from a bike bottle holder, to a bungee with a clip or a good old piece of Velcro could do the trick.

 

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Victoria Day 2019 at Dell Quay Sailing Club

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12 Victoria Model Yacht racers spent Victoria Day taking part in 7 races, 4 to count, held at DQSC.

The day was blessed with pleasant sunshine and the racing was keen.

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Results:

  • 1st - Simon Bell.
  • 2nd - Linda Bell.
  • 3rd - Dick Hoare.
  • 4th - Chris Sprules
  • The Commodore Sue, who is luckily, never far from her work a day Tiara :) awarded the prizes.

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The races were followed by afternoon tea and cakes for the racers and spectators.

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Founding members of the group Rob Nunn, Victoria class Captain and Chris Sprules cut the Birthday cake 

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followed by Ukulele playing and singing.

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The Victoria Yacht enthusiasts meet weekly and are extremely successful in terms of their regular attendees and the prolific number of races.

They are always pleased to see a spectator and more than welcoming to prospective new members to their jovial group.

 

Cruiser Trophies


Now that we are all afloat, and we have replaced masts, sails and all the other bits that we took home for the winter (!/?) it is time to consider the cruising that we want to do, and what we would like to get out of it.


Those of us lucky enough to form your Cruiser Subcommittee have given long and serious consideration and discussion over the last few dark and very damp months about how to encourage people to go cruising, and routing around in the club’s office, we discovered the three Cruiser Trophies. Yes, we thought, something to aim for, as if getting away to Yarmouth, Cherbourg, St.Peter Port or Bembridge didn’t provide enough encouragement to get out.

But on a more serious note, the three Cruiser Trophies have been neglected over the last few years, but should be awarded as they record part of the history and activity of the club. It is our intention to polish them up (the pictures show that they have indeed been neglected!) and award them each year going forward.

For the Best Cruising Log / Account

(Submission deadline:- Lift-out, 27/10/18)


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The Dell Quay Log Trophy will be awarded to the person, Skipper or participating Crew who submits the best account of a specific cruise. This can be either a formal log of a voyage, or a readable account of an expedition. The finalists will be judged on various attributes which might include readability, challenge, general interest, or anything that the judges think makes the submission stand out. (Hint: pictures could catch the judges’ eye) The judges (who may well protect their anonymity) will have absolute discretion and their decision will be final.

The completion will only be open to DQSC members. The subject voyage or expedition need not relate to voyages in home waters, but must have occurred during 2018.

 

For the Most Rallies Attended


earlybirdtrophyThe Early Bird Trophy. This used to be awarded to the first DQSC boat reaching Yarmouth IOW. However we considered that too easy, especially for members with marina berths!
This trophy will now be awarded to the DQSC member, again skipper or crew, who attends the greatest number of DQSC rallies in the season. (For avoidance of doubt, the cross channel rallies score 1 rally each) Skippers please take note: to avoid potential mutiny, ensure that all your crew are recorded on all rallies.

 
For Notable Accomplishment
cruisercupThe Cruiser Cup will be a discretionary award open to any club member.
It will be awarded to a person, who in the opinion of the Cruiser Sub-committee, deserves special recognition for their activity in support of cruising from Dell Quay. This could be for personal achievement, support of the club or other members of the club, in any respect, that stands out as going above and beyond.
Again, the judges’ decision will be final.
It is our intention that this award, together with the two other trophies, will be presented at an early winter Cruiser Social.
 

BBC Filming at Dell Quay Sailing Club

Last Thursday 20th July, Dell Quay played host to the BBC who were filming a new comedy series starring John Cleese and Alison Steadman. It was an interesting day as filming moved from the main characters climbing in and out of a vintage Jaguar XK120 parked on the Quay to a scene with a Punch & Judy show on the beach. They finished by filming John & Alison walking up the pontoon to the balcony.

During the day, the galley team provided a 'grazing table', buffet lunch and 2 course supper for the 50 strong crew (paid for of course)! Many thanks to those who worked so hard on providing this - Anne & Chris Sprules, Anita Fulton, Annette Moranne, Madaleine Owens, Chris Hannell, Pat Connors and a very helpful group of our Juniors.

We think that the new series (Edith) will start in the Autumn, so watch out for some familiar scenes then.

 

 


 

 

Find a Crew or Skipper by Joining the DQSC Crew Register Now

Are you a Yacht Skipper or Dinghy Helm looking for crews for cruiser rallies, dinghy racing or dinghy cruises?

Are you looking for the opportunity to crew for Yacht Skippers or Dinghy Helms?

If so then sign up for the DQSC Skipper / Crew Register.

It's very easy. Just follow these few simple steps:

1. Login to the DQSC website.

2. Under the User Menu click on the Skipper / Crew Register link.

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3. You will then be taken to the Skipper / Crew Register web page. You can then see who has already registered (from the links across the top of the page) and enter your own details/requirements. See below:

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