This is not the elephant I was referring to and, in fact, there are two elephants in this particular room. It was the only photo I could find of an elephant and I had to go way back in my archives to find it. You can clearly tell it’s an old photo, because no-one is socially distancing, especially the rabbits.
No, the particular pachyderm on the premises in our case is one coronavirus, commonly called COVID-19, and he is definitely still in the room, even if you’re behaving like he’s not anymore. Ten days of official sailing activity have been available since the lifting of some restrictions and that seems to be the limit of some sailors’ memories and responsibilities but, if you are going to come sailing, you need to continue to behave as if the virus is lurking (which he is) and is about to get you if you or your fellow sailors drop your guard.
Especially if you’re a Wednesday Gentleman and in a susceptible demographic, you should be being very serious about keeping your (1.5 m) distance from other sailors and hand-sanitising and not sharing equipment, because these practices are keeping both you and your fellow sailors safe. And the need to keep safe is not going to go away any time soon. The elephant will remain in the room for a long time to come.
And don’t think that slackening off is OK because the Duty Captain or the PRO or the Coordinator hasn’t pulled you up on your behaviour, so it must be alright – It’s not his job! Everyone of us is responsible for our own safety AND for not passing the virus on to anyone else. Every day we go sailing we have to remember to keep ourselves and others safe. It’s not negotiable.
While we’re on the subject of safety, and nothing to do with viruses, two blokes in an unbalanced dinghy, even if they are both wearing life jackets, is not safe. Please don’t do it.
Thursday 28 May, 2020: IOM and DF 95 Club Racing, at Jackadder Lake from 2.00 pm. Weather: Showers, Possible Late Storm, Max 20, Cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning.
Saturday 30 May, 2020: IOM Club Handicap Championships Heat 3, at South Perth, from 2.00 pm. Weather: Shower or Two, Max 16, Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning. Winds southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning then becoming west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon.
Traditionally, the last Saturday of the month signals a changeover between duty teams but, you can (nearly) all relax – Duty Team 1 (you know who you are) will be carrying on with the duty throughout June. June will also be the month where we work towards reinstating our club calendar for the rest of the year, which means that our special events will be held as currently scheduled. The first such event will be the Eric Fisher Memorial A Class Cup, to be held from 9.30 am on Sunday 07 June – that’s next Sunday.
And don’t forget to Zoom in tonight for the AGM at 7.30 if you got an invite …