Jun 24, 2020

Stay Away From Me!

Hullo Sailors,

When this virus thing is over with... I still want some of you to stay away from me.


In fact, I want all of you to stay away from me, and that’s an order!

So, from Saturday, when crowds are allowed and you can go to the gym (yeah, right) and life as we know it will sort of return, you are still required to keep at least 1.5 m away from me and each other, to sanitise all common contact surfaces and to wash your hands frequently. These are parts of the ‘new normal’ we may well have to get used to in the medium term. When stupid and unlucky Victorian families stop over-fraternising with each other, when returning Irish footballers magically don’t bring the virus with them, when Aussies returning from OS don’t bring the virus in their hand luggage, then, we’ll go through a phase of weeks of thinking it’s over when it really isn’t and then Saint Mark of Rockingham will wave his magic wand and we’ll be allowed to get close and personal again. But until then … we have to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

Thursday 25 June 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Sailing at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Partly Cloudy, Max 20, Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the far southwest. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the early afternoon.

Saturday 27 June 2020: IOM Club Handicap Championship Heat 4, at Jackadder Lake, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Showers, Max 21, Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Moderate falls possible. Light winds becoming northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day.

Note the last listing above – it’s NOT at South Perth, where our handicaps usually are. I have just made a unilateral executive decision that it will be at Jackadder, because sailing conditions at South Perth will be very average in the forecast norwester (Jackadder may not be much better) but more because viewing conditions from the control area will be too difficult. It’s a long story but, partly because I live nearby and have seen it with my own eyes, and partly because I was present there last Sunday morning when enthusiastic Millenium Kids (I kid you not) planted all sorts of vegetation throughout most of our usual control area. And much of our normal course layout is now very difficult to view unimpeded, so we will sail at Jackadder until it can be sorted out, in discussions between RSAWA and the council.

Duty Team 1 note the change of venue. And Duty Team 2, Warren Rock (Captain), Graeme Howie, Bob Paton, Mal McKercher, Brent Field, Rob Waller, Jim Congdon, Don Lamb, stand by to take over from Team 1 next week.

Gotta go. My batteries need charging.



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