Covid-19 - Easing Lockdown - Stage 2

23 May 2020

1. Following the Club’s Stage 1 release from lockdown measures announced on 15 May, we have now commenced the second stage of lockdown release measures.

2. These Stage 2 measures are focussed upon maximising opportunities for recreational sailing within Government guidelines. Meanwhile, the STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN PLACE unless notified otherwise.

3. The Club will continue to follow the RYA’s principles, namely: we will always follow Government advice; and we will take a considerate and conservative approach.

Tentative beginnings...

Submitted by steve

Saturday afternoon, the sun was out, the promise of a sea breeze was there to get me home, so, having scraped off the worst of the weed yesterday, it was high time I unplugged from a far too comfortable winter berth, and got back out in the bay. It felt ever so slightly strange, and getting things sorted out always takes time, though for a change it wasn’t dark and windy leaving for the first outing - but the down side was I wasn’t heading off to France…

COVID-19 Easing Lockdown Stage 1

15 May 2020

1.  Following the Government’s latest advice, the Club will now begin introducing measures to ease lockdown by stages.  This note details the first stage of what could be a process extending across many months.  

COVID-19 Update

First and foremost, it is self evident that your safety and the safety of our members is of paramount importance.

Your General Committee have invited the services of a risk manager to guide us through these troubled times and we are working toward the safe re-opening of the yard, with limited access to the clubhouse and lifting boats back onto the water in due course

We have a dedicated COVID management team which will regularly review the situation and working practices and implement changes as necessary.

Weymouth Harbour by William Daniell, RA

Submitted by steve

Members may recognise this print of Weymouth harbour (and part of the WSC yard), though many will not know of its author, William Daniell RA (1769-1837), who in the years between 1813 and 1823 toured the coast of Great Britain producing views wherever he went, of which this is one.

It's A Small World

Submitted by ray259

In response to the Commodore's call for interesting articles during these difficult times, here's something a little bit different that I hope some of you will find Q.I. Not a cruising adventure as you may have expected from me, It's yachting related, but not as you know it, it's about my vintage model yacht.


"Apt"  (12 Metre Rating, Scale 1" to the foot)

Volunteers and Trustees - A Personal Perspective

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” - Aristotle

You have to be bold to volunteer. You never quite know precisely what you will be doing or with whom. But it is a choice. They say “Never volunteer for anything”. But only on ‘Dad’s Army’ and ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’. The sentiment rarely seems true in real life, most especially in the face of uncertainty and danger. There were volunteers at Chernobyl and, of course, the RNLI is mostly supported by volunteers. The hordes of ordinary folk - including WSC members - answering the recent NHS clarion call just proves the point.

Blackthorn rules...but not for much longer! (Update)

Submitted by steve

The weather for sailors is notoriously unpredictable, but one of the more regular occurrences in the (technically) chaotic meteorological cycle is the one we are experiencing at the moment, known as ‘blackthorn winter’, from the hedgerow plant which produces the sloes for that most magical of (actual) winter drinks...


Your General Committee and the Trustees of Weymouth Sailing Club CIO want to reiterate information that has been sent out in the past week

There is no reason for you to access the yard or clubhouse at this current time unless it is absolutely critical.

We have people keeping an eye on the yard, moorings and clubhouse on a daily basis.

Power to both yards has been disconnected, although no boat should be plugged into the mains when not in attendance in any case.

We’ve received notice from the RNLI that they have limited resources and will not attend leisure craft call outs.

So where are these lucky people off to? Now find out!

Submitted by steve

The National Firefly Championship – 1957 and 1958

I joined the Royal Navy in 1953. After a year spent at Dartmouth Naval College and on the Cadet Training Ship I was sent to Cambridge to get an Engineering Degree. Half way through my degree course I was promoted to Sub Lieutenant, which entitled me to a uniform allowance of £125. As I did not need to wear uniform for another eighteen months I thought this was an ideal opportunity to buy a boat so I bought a second hand Firefly for £95, which I kept at my home club, Herne Bay, on the North Kent coast. This gave me eighteen months to replenish the uniform budget. I can’t remember whether I did that or whether I finished up as the scruffiest officer in the Navy.

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