It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Bob Eveleigh. Bob, a highly respected Thames Pilot, was a member of the BSC for many years together with his wife Joy and children James and Abbie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
We recognise that so far this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable to offer members full value-for-money from their BSC membership. So far, we have not been able to hold any racing, Friday sailing, coaching or socials – all have been sorely missed. However, the clubhouse and facilities are still there, members remain members, we still need to pay overheads (albeit they are kept to a minimum) and maintain the facilities. Fortunately, we have sufficient reserves to do so.
We are not presently in a position to determine how compromised 2020 will be with respect to BSC activities but the Committee has decided that once we do know the extent of the season’s compromise, and after taking into consideration ongoing overheads and maintenance, 2020 members will be offered a discount to their 2021 subscriptions.
We do hope to hold some racing this year but at present we don’t know when. So, with respect to any Race Fees paid but not “used” for 2020, these can be carried over to 2021. However, for those who would prefer your race fees not to be carried forward and would like a refund, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your bank details so that payment can be made. Note this only applies to Race Fees and not Dinghy Park fees (the dinghy park is still in use).
Stay safe, stay well,
BSC Flag Officers and Committee
Unfortunately we have not been able to implement necessary arrangements for the cleaning of the toilet and changing room facilities at the BSC. Therefore, I regret to advise that they will remain closed until such arrangements can be implemented.
Tom Sadler, Vice Commodore
Dear BSC Members,
We are pleased to advise that the BSC pontoon will be accessible for club members to use for leisure sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing from 9am Saturday 16th May 2020.
However, COVID 19 continues to pose a serious threat to us all so the government guidelines regarding social distancing must be observed at all times.
In accordance with guidelines issued the BSC RIBS and coaching/safety boats WILL NOT be available. The BSC WILL NOT be providing safety cover. It is the responsibility of individuals/parents/guardians to ensure that any on-the-water activity undertaken is conducted safely and that an individual’s experience and competence is sufficient for the prevailing weather and tidal conditions.
Please remember the RNLI do not have the privilege of being able to social distance if they are called out so we need to be extra careful.
The toilets will be accessible via the side gate alongside the decking. I would ask that you refrain from using them to change in for the timebeing.
It is impractical for the club to provide sanitisers, wipes etc and the safest way is to take your own.
When using the pontoon please be considerate and understanding of your fellow members. Communicate between yourselves to avoid overcrowding and any misunderstanding. This is particularly important for parents wishing to stay on the pontoon looking out for their children. If you can, work together to ease this problem if social distancing becomes an issue. Please consider that this could also cause a problem for others to launch in certain tides.
Please don’t stack trollies on the pontoon. If there’s no room take it back to the dinghy park.
Obviously, no picnicking or sunbathing.
The pontoon gates will be opened by coded padlock and the code will be provided to key members of your groups. However, please keep the gates closed when the pontoon is in use in order to deter the general public. If you are leaving the pontoon unattended please lock the gates. Also, please ensure that the gates to the compound remain closed at all times for security purposes.
This a learning curve for us all and I thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time. If you have any problems please email me and I will try to resolve them.
Finally, if you are last out, please lock up.
BE SENSIBLE, BE SAFE, ENJOY. Please don’t mess it up.
As always, buoyancy aids must be worn at all times whilst on the pontoon.
Tom Sadler (BSC VC)
It is with regret that I inform you that Honorary Member Ruby Fisher passed away on Tuesday 12th May aged 95. Many will remember her from her days in the club sailing a 14 footer Astral, with Harry, her brother and from around Burnham. She was very proactive in the Club through the 70s. In her latter years she could be seen sitting on one of the river front seats, watching the sailing and reading. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.
Owing to current restrictions, her funeral will be family only, but we will pass on any further information as the family are hoping to have a memorial service when circumstances allow.
As mentioned in the message from our Commodore yesterday, we are considering if it will be possible to reopen the BSC pontoon to members to allow a return to on-the-water activities within the social distancing guidelines.
In order to assess if it will be possible and determine the measures we need to put in place to allow casual dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and wind surfing, we need to know how many people hope/intend to be using the pontoon.
Therefore, could you please email our Vice Commodore, Tom Sadler email@example.com if you do intend to access the pontoon for casual use and indicate if you will use it for dinghy sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding or windsurfing.
Many thanks for your cooperation.
In response to the Government announcement on Sunday advising that unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England from Wednesday 13th May 2020, the Crouch Harbour Authority has asked all river users to continue to follow Government Guidance on exercising outdoors and maintain social distancing guidelines. They have also asked that the Crouch and Roach boating community take a considerate and responsible approach.
Although a return to leisure sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding is very welcome news for us all after a long eight weeks, I am going to ask for just a little more of your time and patience before we rush to reopen the pontoon.
We are in the process of reviewing the relevant local and government papers that have been published with respect to a return to on-the-water activity at the BSC, and the Trustees, Flag Officers and Committee would like the opportunity to digest and implement these guidelines to ensure the safety of Members during this transition. Furthermore, RYA guidelines suggest that a small Covid-19 team should be formed to expedite this process and we are doing this now. We are not the only group or club to ask their members for time to implement the very recent changes and I think it is a very sensible approach.
We will provide regular updates and would like to thank you for your support and patience.
If you have any questions please contact your relevant group representative or one of the flag officers. Contact details are on the website.
Thank you and be safe.
Following the announcement this weekend by the UK Government regarding the slight loosening of restrictions during the Covid 19 pandemic we wish to make it clear that the pontoon will not be reopened for use by BSC members until we have the following:-
- Clear guidance from the CHA that their restrictions have been lifted
- The RYA have shown clearly how usage can be safe and have issued guidelines
- That we are assured the pontoon can be used safely and appropriate distancing measures can be implemented
- That parity of usage for all members is assured
- That the Club has adhered to all protocols regarding social distancing
The safety of members is paramount so when the Flag Officers and Committee are confident that the above can be fulfilled an announcement regarding new usage guidelines will be published.
We are all very keen to get back afloat and to some sort of normality and will do so when we are assured that we can follow all relevant guidelines and our protocols are robust and correct.
Keep well and safe
Past President of the Club, Bob Cole, led a full and active life, despite horrendous injuries in the War and hugely reduced mobility. He had one of the very first Squibs built, Vindex, Number 27 (they started at 11). He was a huge sports fan and went to nearly every Olympic Games and many Commonwealth Games over his lifetime, and during the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Scotland he decided to do a ‘trading voyage’ and cruise some of Scotland’s waterways… in his squib!Here is his log; a great read of adventures afloat (and getting there) and for those of you who remember Uncle Bob a great reminder of him and his character. I hope you enjoy it, and thank you to Mum (Jo Barker) for typing it up and sending it to us.