Forums to discuss volunteering and news about Club Racing over the winter
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Dear Member

This coming weekend we will be holding two members’ forums to discuss how we might improve on the current system of volunteering, and in particular rostering for supporting Wednesday and Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday sailing.  We will give some feedback from the recent volunteers’ survey.  The idea of the forums is to collect views that can be fed back to Council for further discussion about possible improvements.  The forums will be at approx. 5pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October, in the top bar.

Sunday Racing over the Winter
At Grafham Club Racing is available throughout the year and only adverse weather and Christmas has an impact on this calendar.
When setting up the format for the races there are a number of factors that have to be considered:
  • Darkness has an impact with dusk occurring early in the afternoon from mid-November through to mid-January.
  • There is a demand for racing to use as much of the daylight as practical.
  • Packing boats away in the dark is no fun.
  • In poor weather many sailors (and duty crews in the Committee boat and RIBS)  would like to avoid returning to the water after lunch for just one race.
  • The demand on people’s time means that many have to leave early to meet other commitments.
 This year the Club Members responsible for organising racing (Racing Committee) have a proposal that we would like you to trial, details of which are as follows:
  • Winter racing on a Sunday will run from the beginning of November 2016 until the end of January 2016 to cover the period  when there is little daylight in the afternoon. There are special arrangements at Christmas and New Year (notably the Christmas Pursuit Race and Christmas dinner on 18th December, and the Grafham Grand Prix on Monday 2nd January .
  • In this period, three races per day “back to back” will be available – the first race will at 11h00, the second race not before 12h00 and the third race not before 13h00. (A 10h30 start for the first race has previously been trialled but was withdrawn when it proved to be too early for many people). If 11h00 is too early you can still get two races starting at 12h00 or you can sail, as now, in the first two races.
  • The current five start morning sequence will be used for all races.
  • This should mean everyone is off the water soon after 14h00 to allow for lunch and packing away in daylight.  
  • The Café will be open for hot food immediately after sailing.
  • Duty crews will be able to use their vouchers in the Café.
The first Sunday when this new format will apply will be 6th November.  Ian Rawet, who chairs our Racing Committee, will be around collecting views on the format in the Café after racing. Come along to sail and to talk to Ian about the new format.

Best wishes       

John Aston
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