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2021 Opening Splash

Downs Sailing Club 6C63+X8 Deal

We’re back on the water – at (long) last! First regatta of the season at Downs Sailing Club. This is a friendly competition open to all our youth sailors. Coaching will be provided for the back-markers.

Click here to download the Notice of Race

Check back here for the Sailing Instructions

You must enter and pay for this event online in advance (see below). Entry closes at midnight Wednesday 21st April. To avoid contact and paper handling, unfortunately we cannot accept entries on the day.

COVID LIMITATIONS: Unfortunately we remain under some Covid 19 Pandemic restrictions and hence there will be a few special arrangements. Please remember throughout the Rule of 6, face masks & 2 meters social distancing. Please read the following information:

REGISTRATION: from 09.00

BRIEFING: There will be a short beach-top briefing at 10.00hrs on the Saturday morning but this will be preceded by an Online Briefing for all sailors and their supporters at 19.00hrs on Friday 23rd April. The online link for the briefing will be sent to all entries by the Friday morning 23rd April.

COACHES & HELPERS: The staffing of the event will be by the adults of KSSA & DSC with coaches afloat in some RIBs to assist the less confident sailors. Parents will be especially welcome on the shoreline to help their children with launch and recovery. At Downs SC we ask all people to have extra rope attached to their sledge or trolley to ensure we maintain the 2 meters social distancing while helping with launch and recovery.

FACILITIES: As you arrive we will have restricted use of The Green but there is plenty of promenade / roadside parking to the south of the Sailing Club. We will help you with access through the Club boat park to the foreshore where there is plenty of space !!! The DSC toilets will be open throughout the day but we will not have showering facilities.  There will be sheltered places to change & store your clothes if you are not able to arrive ready to go afloat.

REFRESHMENTS: People are welcome to bring a picnic for lunch and post race ‘nibbles’. We will be trying to offer hot drinks and a simple hot meal dish for hungry sailors – this will need to be pre-ordered and paid for by card before people launch –  further information will be provided at the Friday evening briefing. If you bring your own reusable drinking mugs we ease the need for plastic disposable cups – a little bit towards our environmental plan!!

Because the Club-house is closed to casual use people may feel it would be worth bringing a spare blanket and / or dressing robe – its still only April!!

DEBRIEF/RESULTS: We will be trying to hold a brief open-air Debrief and Presentation of Results towards the end of the afternoon but unfortunately the pandemic means the relaxing end to the day with tea and cake will not be possible.

ENTRY: You must enter and pay for this event online in advance using the WebCollect link below. Entry opens on Thursday 1st April and closes at midnight Wednesday 21st April.

KSSA Membership: All sailors need to be a member of KSSA. Please note all 2020 memberships have been extended for 2021 at no additional cost. If you are new to KSSA you will need to join. This costs just £10 for a family (Parents/Guardians, plus any number of sailors aged 18 or under on 31st August in the current year). It enables you to enter KSSA training and racing events this year. To join, please go to our MEMBERSHIP page and follow the instructions. You can pay online with your event entry. Please note: In the event of cancellation pre-entry will be refunded. (Please refer to our refund policy).

VENUE: For more information about the venue, please see the Downs Sailing Club web site.

Pre-enter with WebCollect

We use WebCollect to manage our subscriptions and events online. This is an online system, which enables you to update your details, and pay for your membership and event entry online.