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Resignation from MYA Council

With immediate effect, I have resigned from MYA Council as the MYA Scottish District Councillor. This decision was not taken lightly and I deeply regret any inconvenience to Scottish District members. My letter of resignation has been sent to all members of the Scottish District Committee and MYA Council.

Whereas I am very happy to continue in the role of Scottish District Chair and webmaster, my colleagues on the Scottish District Committee have been asked to begin a process to identify an appropriate person to fulfil the role of Scottish District Councillor.

2021 MYA SD IOM Championship (Buchanness) – Saturday 21st August 2021

The 2021 MYA SD IOM Championship will be hosted by Buchanness RYC on Saturday 21st August 2021. This should be a great event at one of Scotland’s best radio sailing venues. The NOR and Entry Form can be found here – MYA SD 2021 IOM Championship (Buchanness) – NOR and Entry Form.

Please note the following Covid procedures:
  1. At Event Registration all skippers and Race Team Members must provide a fully completed Personal Medical Information form. No form = no participation. This will be confidentially retained by the Event Covid Officer before being destroyed after 21 days.
  2. Regrettably, spectators are not permitted due to Covid restrictions and ensuring a “field of play bubble” is correctly implemented.

MYA SD 2021 IOM Travellers 2 – Forfar Loch, 10th July

As per the MYA SD 2021 Racing Calendar, we are currently planning to run MYA SD 2021 IOM Travellers 2. Click here for the MYA SD 2021 IOM T2 Forfar Loch – NOR and Entry Form. Please read this very carefully as it also contains essential Covid protocol information.

The event will be run as per the government Covid regulations and as per RYA and MYA Scottish District Covid guidance prevailing at the time of the event. It is important to note that the event may have to be postponed/cancelled at short notice if regulations change. The MYA SD Committee will endeavour to communicate such information in a timely manner but cannot be held responsible for late notice.

At Event Registration, you are required to handover your completed MYA SD – Personal Medical Information (PMI) form. Regrettably, no PMI form = no entry. This will be kept in the strictest confidence for 3 weeks as part of the Covid protocol.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update 11

The governments of Scotland and Northern Ireland have updated their Covid roadmaps relating to lockdown restrictions. The RYA has therefore updated their advice. The relevant roadmaps have been adapted for MYA Scottish District club activities. These are available for MYA clubs in Scotland (effective 17th May 2021) and MYA clubs in Northern Ireland (effective immediately). The advice is provided to aid MYA Scottish District clubs in their decision-making process, risk assessments and planning based on their specific circumstances.

As previously, it is important to note that this guidance can be revised, possibly at short notice. Further alterations to Levels will be dependent on local suppression of the virus. These Levels may vary between Local Authorities. This must be taken into account by individual clubs and individuals.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update 10

This week, both RYA Scotland and RYA Northern Ireland updated their Covid roadmaps relating to easing lockdown restrictions. These have been reviewed to support clubs in the MYA Scottish District in planning their return to sailing activities. The roadmaps have been adapted for MYA club activities and are now available for MYA clubs in Scotland and MYA clubs in Northern Ireland.

It is important to note that this guidance is expected to be revised and probably at short notice.  Further alterations to Levels will be dependent on local suppression of the virus. It is possible for these levels to vary across Local Authorities and some may even return to higher level restrictions.

The information within the guidance documents is tailored towards MYA affiliated clubs as well as individual members. It is designed to aid your decision-making process and planning, not replace it.

MYA Scottish District 2021 Racing Programme (provisional)

The provisional MYA SD 2021 Racing Programme (Rev 1) has been published.

It  takes a conservative approach incorporating the Scottish government’s “Timetable For Easing Coronavirus Restrictions”. It also acknowledges that Covid inoculations are proceeding quickly and infection rates are falling. Nevertheless, for obvious reasons, the programme is provisional and subject to change dependent on evolving COVID regulations as event planning proceeds. In addition, we must all accept that those events that do run may be in a modified manner to comply with the prevailing guidance and advice. Finally, of course, there is the usual challenge of weed!

Club secretaries are invited to inform Brian Summers (MYA SD Racing Secretary) of any open club events they plan. These can then be added to the provisional MYA SD Racing Programme to advertise the event. As we prepare to Return to Boating, club committees should review the club’s Covid Risk Assessments for your venue and share the information with your members.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update 9

RYA NI has not changed its advice.

Currently, mainland Scotland, Skye and the Western Isles are in Level 4 Stay at Home. RYA Scotland has updated its advice (click here) in response to Scottish government announcements effective 12th March 2021.

To quote RYA Scotland, “It is still possible to go boating as a form of exercise, following the outdoor gathering rules, but we remind everyone that that we are in the grip of a pandemic and any activity should be conservative of risk. The overriding message for Scotland’s boating community is to ‘Stay at Home’ wherever possible and we must all do our bit to stop the spread of the virus.”

New Club in the Scottish District – Welcome Wick Model Yacht Club

We are pleased to announce a new MYA Member Club in the Scottish District. Wick Model Yacht Club (WMYC) currently has twelve MYA members including four junior members.

It is noteworthy that WMYC is now the MYA’s most northerly club! Their sailing venue is Sarclet Loch near Wick which is a natural loch about 3/4 mile long. The Club Representative for the MYA is Graham Robertson and his contact details can be found on the Clubs page.

Wick Model Yacht Club has been running in its current form since 1926. They free sail two classes of yachts (4ft and 5ft) of which the rules are specific to the club. Most of the yachts sailed have a fixed skeg, i.e. no steering control, no vane or Braine gear. The yachts are adjusted by the sails only. They have an excellent website which is worth visiting.

Welcome aboard!

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 8

In response to the identification of a new Covid-19 variant and rising infection rates, the Scottish government updated their Covid-19 website advice on 19th December and the Northern Ireland government on 31st December 2020. Links to the relevant government documents are included in MYA Scottish District – COVID-19 Information Update (2020-12a).

Please note that as of 31st December 2020, the RYA websites for Scotland and Northern Ireland have not been updated. Thus, the purpose of this document is to provide information only. MYA affiliated clubs and members are advised to familiarise themselves with the prevailing government regulations to make informed decisions about their activities.

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