Minutes - Sailing Committee Meeting
Date: February 12 2019
Attending: Gareth Griffith, Uta Griesenbach (chair), Mike Jones (by phone), Dave Simpson, Nigel Thompson, Jonathan Leake
Apologies: Simon Bean, Peter Halliday, Dave Baldwin, Alexis Villier, Nick Marley
Minutes prepared by Uta Griesenbach
RS200: Winter series was a success and will be repeated in 2019/20
Solo/Streaker open: The open has been organised for Saturday 28 September. Club turnout has to be better than in recent years otherwise we will be losing this event. We 13 Solo sailor’s registered, but only 6 are active with on average 3 sailing per week. A format of 2 races in the morning and 2 in the afternoon was agreed for Solos as requested by Peter, Streaker’s may use a different format. TBD by Chris Smith. Club racing should also be allowed considering that turnout may be low.
There is currently no topper training on the 28.9.19.
Laser Open scheduled but not part Grand Prix circuit as there isn’t a coordinator anymore. Simon B will cover usual advertising. Gareth described how we have 40+ Lasers registered but less than 10 sailing – is there a way to encourage more of them to sail?
Simon B will cover ususal advertising costs at IBGareth described how we have 40+ Lasers registered but less than 10 sailing – is there a way to encourage more of them to sail?
Aero: we now have 19 boats including 4 junior. Fleet wont have a separate start at the moment, but this will be regularly reviewed
Topper winter training is a great success. Try and keep going through the summer. Having a large number of topper on the start line requires some more patience from adult sailors. Please raise any major concerns with Uta
Nick M to organise
IBRSC wont host these events in 2019 due to local fleets being too small
Nigel and Jonathan
Would be useful to have a video on website.
Unclear if “Zero” fits into one of the existing shelters.
NM and DB to make video, when weather a bit warmer
Wooden prize winners board
Need updating. Rob P has taken this on
Rob P ongoing
Spiders work, but are expensive. Dave B working on alternative design
Dave B working on prototype
Dave B constructed a training aid for trysail and sailing school. Action completed, but suitable place has to be found
All to agree
Organisation of upcoming Opens and Events
Mike J and others generated one spreadsheet
All information needs to be collated in one file. Mike J and Dave B to discuss if and how sailing calendar can be extended to collate all info
Events in 2019
Push the Boat out – May 11
(lessons learnt from 2018 –sign up members on the day and offer fast training opportunities. Training to be offered to new member on June 1+2 and June 8+9.
Make sure social programme is well advertised on the day and flier is available.
Aug 3 Round the Island. We are organising a gathering for “dignitaries” to celebrate IBRSC 60th bday
Spinnaker course – planned for October halfterm (21-25 October) leading to feva open on Sat 26
Topper course planned for bank holiday weekend in August to prepare for topper selector event
Fevas: try to grow fleet. A potential fleet captain has been identified
Uta and Nick to organise
Uta to send doodle for volunteers to sign up
Nigel and Jonathan to discuss
Reminders to all race officers to contact team well before the duty
Remind all members about last launch times in summer and winter
Remind duty teams about last launch times in summer and winter
Uta to send email
DI course in April is full. Thanks you to Nigel and Jonathan for organising
Sailing week for kids (2 weeks in summer) is being organised
Ben Kimball will run a topper race training course April 9-11 or 12th
Ben invited local DIs to help on topper course – Jonathan to circulate info to DIs
Jonathan to help Ben during topper racing course
The topic of payments for ISRSC members to be paid for supporting courses was extensively discussed considering that lots of members spend time to support club activities unpaid. Attendees agreed that youngsters without regular income (eg at university or in school) could be paid, but that payment of any other IBRSC members would have to be discussed on a case by case basis if applicable. It was generally anticipated that IBRSC members who contribute to courses would not request payments.
Jonathan and Ben Kimbell are discussing/planning additional training courses. Possibilities: Topper course bank holiday weekend in August to precede the topper selector event
Spinnaker course: maybe Oct 21-25 October leading into feva open on Sat 26.
Welfare Officer update
Ray Lambe has been appointed as Welfare Officer and issues related to Sailing School Welfare will be discussed at sailing school meeting on March 26.
An IBRSC equality and diversity policy has been generated and a link will be uploaded on IB website
Uta G and Nigel T
Nick has signed up for SI course, Jonathan is an SI
Gareth plans to do course asap at QM in Oct or before
We will have 12-14 DIs following the 2019 training sessions
At the next sailing committee we will discuss pros and cons of becoming RTC and recommendations will discussed at the general committee before passing to membership in Mid 2019
Nigel will catch up with Scouts to inquire about SI coverage
We need a more coordinated approach for investments into the club fleet. All agreed that appointment of a grant officer would be important
Uta to follow up
Dave S: need to finalise dates for PB2 courses. Find out when Chris Beaman is available
Do we need another PB instructor – find out who may be interested. Recommend to full committee that costs for an instructor course should be partly covered by IB (if in access of £150 to be in line with costs for DI courses)
First aid course; loose plans to organise first aid in June – Jonathan
VHF and first aid jan 2020
Costs for open meetings: It was generally agreed that we don’t charge enough for open meetings
Mike J/Mike B to review costs for junior events
Nick M will be nominated person to run the course, but will be supported by Ian P, Mike J and Uta. Call for additional helpers will come soon
Thanks to Jonathan and Nigel for successful topper training – great initiative
Concerns were raised about co-ordination of instructors for the various groups including toppers and opppies. Mike J agreed to generate a rota for discussion on March 26
Nothing to report
Byelaws have been amended to allow ≥16 year old to handle winch, but competence has to be assessed. Uta to send out an email and assess competency
A member raised concerns about safety cover on a windy day when 2 power boats were involved with helping a boat on the lee shore. This concern was extensively investigated. The committee felt that safety had not been compromised because (i) the committee boat was monitoring the race and was in radio contact with the safety boats, the third safety boat (supporting toppers) was aware of the situation and standing by via radio contact.
The committee agreed that it was important to remind all race officers that they have the power to ask/tell boats to retire if they are repeatedly overpowered.
The committee also agreed to remind all sailors that the decision to sail is down to the individual sailor. For under-18s the decision rests with parents and carers who should consult with the race officer if uncertain and be ready to help with safety boats if requested.