The Organising Committee met using Zoom last evening and four clubs were represented. A fifth club representative was phoned for views and information.
It was recalled that “The purpose of the BJRC, is the facilitation, coordination, development and promotion of sail racing on the Blackwater Estuary” (from the Constitution)
The BJRC does not organise racing, the participating clubs do.
At present none of the clubs which organise races wish to do so until either the present guidance is clarified to make it clear that racing can start or new guidance is given.
There will not be any formal BJRC Racing until clubs are willing to be organisers.
In the event that clubs feel able to organise racing the committee considered some options.
It was agreed that single handed racing would not be supported under the existing overall Covid guidance from the RYA which is:
- We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach
Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services.
Conservative: help to minimise incident and accidents by taking an extra cautious approach to your boating.
The government is expected to issue clarification of its advice on 4th July and at least two clubs’ management groups are to meet shortly after that. There will be another BJRC Committee Meeting on the 10th July.
The handicaps recommended by the Performance Assessment Group have been approved by both the Handicap Committee and the Organising Committee. The spreadsheet with the analysis and handicaps will be posted onto the website along with a report.
It was agreed that 2019 IRC Certificates will be accepted for 2020 if racing resumes. This concession will not be taken to 2021.
Informal non-BJRC “events”.
It was agreed that if non-club “events” are organised on the Blackwater the BJRC would publicise them.