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Jolly Sailor

Ski Shed Life Buoy

The life buoy ring, next to the ski sheds, is missing from its housing, presumed stolen/borrowed. Until I replace it, the next nearest one is


COVID-19 PHASE 2 GUIDELINES, MAY 2020 1. SUMMARY Following the period of Covid-19 lockdown, Reading Sailing Club will be open for limited sailing activities from

RYA Sail at Home

I hope you and your family are all well in these challenging times. As you will be aware there is currently no on the water

Suspension of formal club activities

Dear Member It is with great reluctance that the committee has decided to suspend all formal club activities for the next six weeks until April

Spring Series 3 – 15th March 2020

Spring Series 3            15th March 2020 The first two scheduled races of the Spring Series did not take place because of flooding and at


We have prepared a short survey to gather your views as a member. The results of the survey will provide us with a blueprint for deciding how we move forward, so it’s really important you (and your family) let us know how you feel: it will allow you to tell us what you like about the club and do not want to change; it will also tell us what directions we can go in to ensure the club continues to develop in the right way and in the interests of the members.

The survey link is https://forms.gle/kas6TPs9xmyhmmxd7 it will remain open only until Sunday 12th July.

This is your chance to tell us your views. We are listening. And we look forward to hearing what you’ve got to say.

Will Stevens, Commodore

Ski Shed Life Buoy

The life buoy ring, next to the ski sheds, is missing from its housing, presumed stolen/borrowed. Until I replace it, the next nearest one is attached to the club deck, lakeside.

Mike Caton, Bosun




Following the period of Covid-19 lockdown, Reading Sailing Club will be open for limited sailing activities from Saturday May 16th. It is hoped that this next Phase will be the first of several that, in line with HMG and RYA directives, over time will lead to resumption of full sailing activities. In the meantime, these Guidelines are intended to allow all members of the club to go sailing again, and to ensure we all stay safe and healthy.


Until further notice, you will be able to sail your own boat, kayak or paddleboard on a “buddy-sailing” basis at any time. Model Yachters are permitted to assemble in groups of not more than 2 people. You are also at liberty to visit the club to carry out boat maintenance and repairs at any time, and for any duration.


The RYA recommends we limit the numbers of people sailing. To start with there will be a limit of five people per hour arriving at the club to sail, and a limit of two hour’s activity. This allows for a total of ten boats either sailing or being rigged or de-rigged at any time.

We are asking you to pre-book your time slot, and to arrive and depart the club promptly. A booking system is available at


To arrange buddy-sailing you are invited to join the WhatsApp group:


If you intend to sail please do not turn up at the club unannounced.


First of all the Government guidelines on social distancing must be followed to the letter, and you should be scrupulous about hand-washing. Needless to say, if you or a member of your household are showing symptoms of Covid-19, do not come to the club for any reason. Stay at home, get better, and come and see us when you are fit.

The best guidance you can follow is to be self-sufficient during your time at the club: turn up in your sailing kit, bring all your gear with you, have a hand-sanitiser in your car, bring water and refreshments and a small first-aid kit, a bag to take home your rubbish, and ensure you have a buddy to sail with. Make sure there is space by pre-booking your preferred time-slot.

There will be no rescue boats on the water for the time being, so make sure you are comfortable with the weather conditions appropriate to your level of experience. Be aware of other sailors on the water, and be prepared to assist if they get into difficulties. We strongly advise everyone to fit a masthead float.


all outside areas, ski-shed, Mirror-shed.
the first aid kit in the galley


Red Shed, Rescue boats, Club boats
Clubroom, changing rooms, Galley, refreshments, drinking water,
Training Room
Club gear (buoyancy aids, etc) radios


Over the last few weeks the Club Committee has spent many hours looking at the risks and opportunities available to us. Our aim has always been to provide a safe and healthy sailing environment consistent with RYA guidelines. At the end of the day, though, it will be the duty of all members to act responsibly and with courtesy to others. We will not have thought of every eventuality, and as a volunteer-run club we rely upon you to make sensible decisions, and consider the well-being of other club members.

It is to be hoped that, in the light of our experience over the next couple of weeks, we may be able to cut back on some of the limitations, and extend everyone’s enjoyment. Your feedback will help us do that.

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your sailing.

Will Stevens, Commodore

RYA Sail at Home

I hope you and your family are all well in these challenging times.

As you will be aware there is currently no on the water delivery being run by the RYA, however, we are extremely passionate about providing remote learning opportunities for us to learn together at home in the coming months.

We are excited to tell you about our remote learning schedule that will be offered to all levels of the programme over the coming month. 

We have variety of topics, and activities planned for you, which will allow you to develop you’re on the water knowledge and hopefully connect with fellow sailors from the comfort of your home or garden.

We are initially planning a 12 week programme, after this we will review the Covid 19 government’s recommendations. Our remote learning will start this Monday 30th, please see below the detailed overview of our next 2 weeks:

Week 1 (week commencing 30th March)

Day Time: Session Title: Aim/ Learning Outcome: Delivery Platform
Monday 30th 11:00 Motivation Monday Show – Luke Patience and Saskia Sills Motivation and strategies for dealing with adversity YouTube Live
Tuesday 31st 11:00 Tune in Tuesday: Met & Tide with Simon Rowell (BST Meteorologist) Winning with the forecast YouTube Live
Wednesday 1st 11:00 Workout Wednesday  Introduction to Physical Preparation for Junior Sailors, plan for next 12 weeks for workout Wednesday  YouTube
Thursday 2nd
Saturday 3rd   11:00   Super Saturday – VR racing Live VR racing Intro
Connect with fellow sailors on the Virtual Regatta inshore game.

All sessions will be screened on the British Sailing Team YouTube channel:


It is our intention to introduce you to Virtual Regatta racing on Saturday, if you are not sure what it is all about, please watch the video below:

We will be covering more of this on the Saturday session.

Lastly we are passionate about uniting the sailing community in these challenging times through the opportunities and sessions that we are planning to provide over the coming months.

We hope you will join us for all sessions and we look forward to further evolving the schedule as we all learn together from home.

If you have any questions on the schedule, please get in touch.

Kind regards,


Beth McKellar

Performance Operations Co-Ordinator

British Youth Sailing Team

Thanks to Karen for providing these details.

Suspension of formal club activities

Dear Member

It is with great reluctance that the committee has decided to suspend all formal club activities for the next six weeks until April 30th.

Whilst our sailing activities are almost entirely at an individual level, the threats of the Covid-19 virus, and the challenges of effectively isolating every club member from every other poses too great a risk for us to allow formal activities to take place. This will include the Racing programme, Pink Fleet, Oppies, Pirates, Training, and Work Parties. We shall delay the RYA “Discover Sailing” Open Day until a date later in the year, and cancel our promotional stall at Woodley shopping centre.

Our neighbouring organisations the Olympic rowing trials and Sonning Regatta have already cancelled all water-born activities; the RYA Oppies training weekend at the club has been called off. Most of the clubs in the area have also curtailed their activities.

We shall continue to monitor the situation daily, and will be in touch with you again as the circumstances develop.

As a member you are free to take part in your own informal activities at the club at your own risk, and to use the club’s resources and rescue boats, on condition that all sailing complies with the club’s rules on safety at all times. Members are free to carry out maintenance on their boats as they wish. In doing so we would ask all members to respect the Government advice on social-distancing: ie no physical contact, maintain space of at least 2m from other people, obsessive cleanliness; needless to say, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer symptoms of Covid-19 please stay in your bed, hunker down and get better soon.

I had hoped we could find a way of continuing with club activities, albeit on a restricted basis, and the committee has discussed a wide variety of options at length. But the barriers are too high, and the risks too great. Please renew your membership as normal, stay in touch through the website and our facebook page, so that when this pandemic is over we can re-invigorate the club, and enjoy a new programme of summer activities.

Meanwhile stay safe, stay healthy, and hopefully we can all be back on the water before long.

Will Stevens, Commodore

Spring Series 3 – 15th March 2020

Spring Series 3            15th March 2020

The first two scheduled races of the Spring Series did not take place because of flooding and at one point this third race looked doubtful. However, the water and wind dropped sufficiently to make it possible.

It was a blustery SW wind of about 18 mph, which kept veering considerably throughout the morning. Mike A set a long beat to 3 then 2, 8, 6, A (where No 7 usually sits) and back through the start.

Pursuit race

There were nine hardy starters and a number of them capsized before the start of the race. In fact Jeremy missed his slot and set out some way behind everyone else.  

At the end of the first lap Mike T (Laser) had caught the earlier starters and crossed the line in the lead. Rhys (4.7) was gong well and came through in 2nd place, just ahead of his old man James in a full rig Laser. Newton & Sam (RS200) were not far behind James, but over a minute ahead of Chris H (Comet) who crossed in 5th place. Adrian (Rooster) was next along just leading Rick (Laser flying a Radial rig) then Emily (4.7) some way ahead of a recovering Jeremy in his Laser.

At the gun Mike T just managed to stay ahead of Newton & Sam to take the victory.

The final positions on the water were – 1st Mike T; 2nd Newton & Sam; 3rd James; 4th Rhys; 5th Adrian; 6th Rick.

Handicap Race

Mike A made a slight course change for the second race by inserting No 5 between 2 and 8.Everyone stayed out for this race, but unfortunately Emily capsized just before the start.

Mike T took an early lead but capsized on the way to 5 letting Newton & Sam through and they crossed the line in 1st place. Mike recovered quickly to come through in 2nd place some 30 seconds ahead of Adrian in 3rd spot. Then came father and son James and Rhys with James leading on the water but Rhys well ahead on handicap time. Jeremy crossed in 6th place and was four minutes ahead of Chris and bringing up the rear was Rick recovering from a capsize earlier in the lap.

At the end of the second and final lap there was no change in the positions of the first four boats but Rhys had unluckily capsized to let Jeremy through into 5th place. Rick went well on this lap and passed Chris just before the line to take 6th place with Rhys finishing about two minutes after Chris.

The order on the water was – 1st Newton & Sam; 2nd Mike T; 3rd Adrian; 4th James; 5th Jeremy; 6th Rick

The only change on corrected time is that Rick loses his 6th place to Chris H.

Thanks to Mike A and the OOD team of Bill C, Nick J, Roland L, Ann & Dave L and Sally N. (If I might say so – a great team!)

Coronavirus Update Saturday 14th March 2020


Covid 19, or coronavirus is a major concern internationally. We are being advised by British Sailing on this, have discussed our response in committee this week, and are daily monitoring developments. Our best advice is that currently everyone should practice basic precautions (washing hands and singing happy birthday to everyone you know), but otherwise come sailing as normal. Or as normal as the water levels allow.

Our cleaners in the clubhouse have been asked to be even more diligent than before. The only change you will see is that towels have been removed from the changing rooms and replaced with paper towels, which you should dispose of in the bags provided. NOT, please, down the loos. Or I will set our Bosun onto you. And you don’t want that.

We will keep you updated as the picture changes. Fortunately for us, sailing is mostly a low contact sport, which we should be able to keep enjoying with little need to adapt if the situation gets worse. Let’s hope for the best but be prepared for less than the best.

Obviously if you are feeling unwell with a fever or cough stay at home and follow the guidance issued by the NHS.

Best wishes

Will Stevens

RSC Commodore

Frostbite Series 9 – 2nd February 2020

Very blustery this morning with a WSW wind of 15-20 mph and the usual gusts coming through. Rick set the first beat to 4, then A (near 2), 5, 8, 6, 7 and back through the start.

In the tricky conditions there were a few capsizes with the Lasers, Leader and Vago, but the Solo and Mirror managed to stay upright for the whole of the four laps.

Newton (Solo) was first back across the line at the end of the first lap with a useful lead over James (Laser – but flying a Radial) with Adrian (Laser) in 3rd place just two seconds ahead of Rhys (4.7) in 4th place. Mike C & Roland (Leader) were only five seconds behind Rhys and 12 seconds ahead of Dean & Nick in the Vago. Chris H (Comet) crossed in 7th place about 30 seconds ahead of Ron in his Mirror.

On the second lap there was no change at the front, but Mike C & Roland moved up to 3rd place passing Adrian and Rhys. Dean & Nick and Chris H also got past Rhys to move to 5th and 6th respectively.

At the end of the third lap Newton still led with James 2nd, Mike C & Roland 3rd, Adrian 4th and Dean & Nick 5th.  Chris H retired on this lap and Ron passed Rhys to move up to 6th spot.

Newton held his lead to finish first across the line, although James had closed to within 10 seconds of him.  Unfortunately, Mike C and Roland came to grief on this lap, in fact Ron reported seeing a submarine but it turned out to be the Leader! The loss of the Leader moved everyone behind them up one place, so the final order on the water was –

1st Newton; 2nd James; 3rd Adrian; 4th Dean & Nick; 5th Ron; 6th Rhys.

On corrected time Ron takes the victory by just 10 seconds from Newton and shuffles everyone down a place, apart from Rhys who remains 6th.

Thanks to Rick and the OOD Team of Lottie, Sam, Dave L, Jon and Marcin.

Frostbite Series 8 – 26th January 2020

Well we lost another race last week to flooding, but it had receded enough to allow racing today.

There was a good 14-15 mph wind from the South and 15 starters set out for what turned out to be a four lap race. Peter R set the course, but unfortunately it was not recorded for posterity on the race sheet!

Simon (Blaze) was first back across the line about 30 seconds ahead of Ralph (Laser), who was just 10 seconds ahead of Jon in another Laser. Mark (Laser) was through in 4th place well clear of James (Laser), Adrian (Laser) and Dave & Ann (Leader) who all crossed the line together.  Then another tight group consisting of Ken (Radial), Alistair (Laser) and Dean & Nick in the Vago crossed together.

Rhys in his 4.7 came along 30 seconds later and he was nearly a minute ahead of Chris H (Comet) and Mike C & Sally (Leader). Emily in another 4.7 was next through followed by Ron in his Mirror.

On the second lap there was no change in the leading three, but James had moved up to 4th and Dean & Nick to 5th, although they only crossed the line one second ahead of Adrian in 6th place.

Dave & Ann were steady in 7th and Alistair was up one to 8th and Mike C & Sally were up three places to 10th.

At the end of the third lap Simon still led, but Jon had moved up to 2nd ahead of Ralph. James was holding 4th and Mark had regained four places to move to 5th place. Dean & Nick were having a close battle with Dave & Ann crossing the line just 5 seconds ahead of them in 6th place. Mike C & Sally had moved up another place to 9th and Ken had regained a place to move to 10th. Ron had managed to catch Emily and crossed the line just 8 seconds ahead of her, both of these received the gun. 

Simon crossed the finish line about three minutes ahead of Ralph who had regained 2nd place from Jon. There was a very close finish for 4th place with James crossing just two seconds ahead of Mark.

Adrian gained two places to move up to 6th by passing Dean & Nick and Dave & Ann, who were still locked together battling for 7th.  Ken gained another place by passing Mike C & Sally to finish 9th and Rhys pipped Chris on the line by one second!

The order on the water was 1st Simon; 2nd Ralph; 3rd Jon; 4th James; 5th Mark; 6th Adrian

On corrected time the first three keep their positions, but Ron takes 4th with Dave & Ann up to 5th and Ken up to 6th

Thanks to Peter R and the OOD Team of Mike N, Nev, Paul H, Sam and Will S.

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