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Not the 2020 MYA Scottish District IOM Championship!

Six skippers arrived at Forfar Loch on 19th September for the 2020 MYA Scottish District IOM Championship. Initially, we were met with a very atmospheric scene of a mist that made it look as if the loch was gently steaming.

 

Following skippers checking into the “field of play bubble”, boats were weighed and their certificates checked. Markers had been laid-out at 3m spacing for skippers to place their deck chairs and help maintain the minimum 2m social distance spacing. The skipper’s briefing was held at 09:45 which included a brief reminder of Covid-19 protocols.

It was then a case of waiting for the mist to burn off and a breeze to appear. The former did and the latter did not! During the waiting the opportunity was taken to present the Sir Thomas Lipton Cup to Ian Dundas as the winner of the 2019 MYA Scottish District IOM Travellers Series.

Following sorting-out of many current societal challenges in the very warm sunshine, we took an early lunch and agreed to make a go-no go decision at 13:00. At that time some movement of air kicked-in (wishfully termed a sea breeze) and a “practice race” was completed. Given the extremely light airs, large holes and direction swings, it was decided to postpone the Championship (date to be confirmed). We packed-up and went home with more of a sun tan and having enjoyed meeting-up with some of our sailing pals.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 5

Following new Scottish government guidance, on Thursday, 10th September updated COVID advice was issued by sportscotland, Phase 3 return to sport and physical activity. In addition, RYA Scotland updated its COVID advice on 11th September. It is now the responsibility of each club committee to appoint responsible person(s) referred to as the “COVID officer”. Information is available regarding:
FYI, I undertook the training. It is free, took less than 30 minutes to complete and is useful. An important point is that a club can have several trained COVID officers. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that every individual is responsible for keeping themselves and their fellow participants as safe as possible.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 4

The document “MYA Scottish District – Guidance for Return to Competitive Sailing” (click here) has been formally approved by RYA Scotland as the body recognised by sportscotland to represent boating in Scotland (not other UK countries). In addition, the document has been seen by MYA Council.

All Scottish club committees, event organisers and individual club members should carefully read the document. The guidance applies to us all in Scotland – please do not cherry-pick what you like and ignore other parts. Scottish clubs and event race teams must follow this guidance and put in place specific arrangements tailored to their venue. By observing the controlled conditions laid out in this document, “field of play bubble” events with more than five households can be organised as far as the specific circumstances of a venue allow.

Revised MYA SD Personal Medical Information form

The MYA SD Personal Medical Information form was published following unanimous agreement at the MYA SD 2018 AGM. Of course, Covid-19 was not anticipated. A slightly updated version (CLICK HERE) has now been published on the “Downloads” page. It is timely for us all to download this form, ensure we are up to date with our details and have it readily available for first responders and Emergency Services should we need help.

New MYA SD Race Team Equipment

Following the 2019 AGM, actions arising included a review of the material held by the MYA Scottish District and what expenditure might be warranted in 2020? In follow-up, it was proposed to supplement the race team equipment by purchasing useful items including:

+ 2 x additional waterproof walkie-talkie covers
+ 1 x waterproof clipboard for the finish line judge to record scores
+ 10 x Hi-Viz XXL vests for race team members
+ 1 x large waterproof plastic storage box

Applying the MYA-SD guidelines, the MYA-SD Request for Expenditure form was completed. The MYA SD Committee unanimously voted to support the purchases. In addition, the MYA Treasurer confirmed that the proposed purchases would be reclaimable against the District’s annual allowance. Thus, the items were purchased and are now available to the host clubs for MYA SD events. As per actions arising from the 2019 AGM, an up to date inventory of the resources available to MYA Scottish District host clubs is available on the District Committee page (click here).

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 3

Based on Tuesday’s government announcements, the MYA position remains unchanged.

Northern Ireland

Groups of up to six people who are not in the same household can now meet outdoors.

26th June – Holiday accommodation can reopen for business

3rd July – Pubs and restaurants can open.

Scotland

To summarise the Scottish government announcements – Scotland currently continues in Phase 2

29th June – five mile travel limit remains in place

People from up to three households are able to meet outdoors in groups of up to eight people.

3rd July – five mile rule for leisure and recreation will be relaxed

The use of self-contained holiday accommodation (such as cottages, lodges and caravans with no shared services) will be allowed along with second homes.

6th July – Pubs and restaurants will be able to open outdoor spaces, such as beer gardens.

Scotland – Phase 3: aspiration is to announce on 9th July

10th July – Allow people to meet other households indoors.

13th July – Non-essential shops inside shopping centres will be able to reopen, children and young people will also be allowed to play organised outdoor contact sports, dentists will be able to see patients for routine treatment and optometrists can begin to scale up work.

15th July – Reopening pubs, restaurants, holiday accommodation, hairdressers and barbers.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 2

Please read this message from John Owens on behalf of the MYA SD Committee:

The MYA SD Committee fully recognises that we all want to get back sailing, but only if it can be conducted in a safe and controlled manner without putting our members at risk. A quick look at our membership shows that a lot of us fall into the “at risk” category and so this must be taken into consideration when arranging anything at your club.

Roadmaps for a phased exit from full Covid-19 lockdown have been published. The roadmaps and timelines differ between UK countries. The Scottish government roadmap was published on Thursday 21st May 2020. In response, the MYA SD Committee has put together the attached document acknowledging the MYA position and the ramifications of the Scottish government’s roadmap for radio and free sailing in Scotland. It is recognised that Northern Ireland is part of the MYA Scottish District but the government rules may differ.

Please carefully read the SD Covid-19 document on the District Committee page and follow the guidance provided. Club Committees should develop and share their own risk assessment with their club members.

Please look after yourselves and each other.

Keep well

John Owens on behalf of the MYA SD Committee (Brian Summers, Steve Taylor and Cathy Reid)

 

Coronavirus and Model Yachting – Update No 1

Please read this message from John Owen, SD Chairman, on behalf of the MYA-SD Committee:-

Yesterday, new government medical advice was issued clearly stating that, “… everyone in the UK should avoid “non-essential” travel for the next 12 weeks.”
  1. Against this background, the MYA-SD Committee and the relevant host clubs have taken the decision to postpone MYA-SD IOM Travellers 1 (hosted by Ayr Bay) and Travellers 2 (hosted by Levenhall). 
    • If possible, these will be re-arranged for later in the year. 
    • It might mean that venues, host clubs, etc. will require adjustment but those future decisions will depend on prevailing conditions and government advice.
    • Other events are currently scheduled in early June and the MYA-SD Committee will continue to actively consider arrangements in light of the prevailing conditions and government advice.
  2. MYA-SD club committees and individual members are advised to carefully consider their sailing activities to ensure the health of all their members.
Please look after yourselves and each other. 
Keep well
John
Keep up to date with the latest developments and news on the MYA website and forum.

Coronavirus and Model Yachting

The  MYA has recently published guidance on the coronavirus. John Owen, SD Councillor, has sent the following:

Clubs and individuals, please take action as per the current medical advice regarding coronavirus and sporting events. Should the MYA become aware of any future changes in the medical advice, then this will be forwarded to you.
In the meantime, club committees should update their HSE risk management plans and share with club members.
Hoping everyone keeps well.
John
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