Update 24 September to Covid rules.
Australian Sailing has just confirmed and detailed the advice given on 17 September which should allow keelboat racing with minimal restrictions.
A direct link to this plus additional information is on the Australian Sailing website here.
This allows sailing including racing, provided that crew can maintain the 1.5 metre distancing rule for most of the time (90%). So, there is every hope for a sailing season 2020-21, even if it starts a little later than usual – and planning has commenced. Stay tuned!
Access to QCYC wharf.
Be aware that (at late August) some activities at QCYC are resulting in the gate to the causeway being chained and locked. The padlock can be opened by the standard QCYC clubhouse key (but close and lock the gate behind you). If you are not a member of QCYC you would do well to check the situation before committing time and resources to a visit.
Notice to Mariners re Ferry terminal.
Note Parks Victoria have issued a notice to mariners warning of impending improvement works to the ferry terminal (caution required) – further information pending.
Although we had to cancel the winter race series, recreational sailing was permitted, with certain restrictions:
The 1.5 metre rule applied and limits on numbers on board (2 for keelboats) were lifted on 17 September.
With restrictions in force, the Sailing Committee decided to offer winter cruises for those who felt they could meet the requirements and wanted to get out on the water.
This season of cruising started on Sunday 7 June,with two vessels, Sundance and Tiercel participating. Here is a report. Two others were held (or abandoned after starting) in light winds, and a fourth happened on August 29th with Tiercel and Boomaroo braving brisk northerly winds to reach South Channel Fort at 12.55 (about 90 minutes transit) and returning with tide in 45 minutes. 19 September saw Boomaroo, Tiercel and Valentine independently cruising in very pleasant conditions. See also our blog “Sailing started up again June 6th“.
Summer 2019 – 2020 race results
The Club Captain has announced the overall results, for this sadly curtailed year, in a newsletter. The results are copied below.
Web site is being updated
Note there may be temporary anomalies (like empty pages) and changes in this QLYC website as we make improvements.
Tightening of Aus Sailing’s rules on non-members
Please see this announcement and explanation by Australian Sailing.
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