There has been a small update to the COVID procedures for Water Sports.  The update consists of a single slide that shows the Zones at RWSABC.  This is shown below.

As a reminder Water Sports are allowed, but only with a maximum Group Size of 2.

To see the updated procedures go to:

https://bit.ly/32HMcl1   

 

The AGM of the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club will take place online via Zoom at 8:00pm on Thursday, 4 February. An email has been sent to all Members with email addresses. Please contact Joe Heffernan, Honorary Secretary if you have not received information about the AGM and he will send it to you.

You can see the email online at:

https://mailchi.mp/e6a448a4a278/rwsabc-agm-for-20192020-announcement

The COVID Procedures for Water Sports at the Royal West have been updated to reflect that Mainland Scotland is in a lockdown that commenced on 5 January.

These Procedures reflect that you may still take part in outdoor activities so long as:

  • The maximum party size is 2 persons (Children under 12 do not count towards the 2 person limit)
  • You do not travel to the Royal West from outside Inverclyde
  • You start and end your excursion at the Royal West

Given these limits on numbers be sure to check that the area at the Royal West where you want to go doesn’t already have some people in it.  If someone has arrived before you wait until they have cleared out.

You must wear a face mask/face covering when in the sheds or boat house with another person.

You must plan your excursion in such a way that you minimise the possibility that the emergency services will be contacted.

The full Procedures can be found at the Link Shown below:

https://bit.ly/32HMcl1              3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1

If you have questions please contact Joe Heffernan.

Keep Safe!

Starting on the morning of Friday, 1 January the RWSABC COVID Procedures for Water Sports have changed to reflect that Inverclyde has been in Level 4 Local Restrictions since Boxing Day.

This means that rowing and sailing are restricted to a single household.  Swimming can take place in groups of up to 8 if you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.  Kayaking can take place with more than 2 households participating so long as you follow the procedures for FORMAL outings.

Some points to note are:

  • If paddling you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Kayaking that can be found at https://bit.ly/KayakRA (KILO alpha yankee alpha kilo ROMEO APLPHA)
  • If swimming you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Rowing and Swimming that can be found at https://bit.ly/rowswimRA (romeo oscar whiskey sierra whiskey india ROMEO ALPHA)
  • Everyone should review the updated COVID procedures which can be found at https://bit.ly/32HMcl1 (3 2 HOTEL MIKE charlie lima 1)
  • For FORMAL outing one person in the group needs to contact the COVID Officer by email or WhatsApp before the Outing to say you have read and understood the risk assessment, the date, start time and expected duration of your outing and who you expect to be on the outing
  • The same person needs to contact the COVID Officer after the outing to give the actual duration and to confirm those who participated
  • The COVID Officer (Joe Heffernan) can be contacted at email address formaloutings@rwsabc.com or via WhatsApp to mobile 07920 381372
  • Under Level 4 local restrictions you should not travel to the club if you do not live in Inverclyde

If you have any questions please contact Joe Heffernan (COVID Officer) via email to secretary@rwsabc.com

Keep Safe!

Starting on the morning of Saturday, 12 December the RWSABC COVID Procedures have changed to reflect that Inverclyde has now moved in Level 2 Local Restrictions.

This allows Rowing and Swimming with more than 2 households to take place at the Royal West. Paddlesports were allowed to meet together in groups of larger than 2 households while under Level 3 restrictions so they will see little change in the procedures.

Some points to note are:

  • If paddling you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Kayaking that can be found at https://bit.ly/KayakRA
  • If rowing or swimming you should review the Generic Risk Assessment for Rowing and Swimming that can be found at https://bit.ly/rowswimRA
  • Everyone should review the updated COVID procedures which can be found at https://bit.ly/32HMcl1
  • One person needs to contact the COVID Officer by email or WhatsApp before the Outing to say you have read and understood the risk assessment, the date, start time and expected duration of your outing and who you expect to be on the outing
  • The same person needs to contact the COVID Officer after the outing to give the actual duration and to update the participants if there have been changes compared to the initial email
  • The COVID Officer (Joe Heffernan) can be contacted at email address formaloutings@rwsabc.com or via the Rowing TRAINING WhatsApp Group or via WhatsApp to mobile 07920 381372
  • If not living in Inverclyde please check whether you are allowed to travel to a Level 2 area.

We hope these updated procedures will see more people taking advantage of water sports at the Royal West.

If you have any questions please contact Joe Heffernan (COVID Officer) via email to secretary@rwsabc.com

Happy paddling, rowing and swimming!

Our Tail o’ the Bank Race was one of many events that fell victim to Covid-19.

As an alternative, we decided to host ‘virtual’ 5k and 10k races, whereby participants could set their own courses on home waters.

The club provided medals for the winners of various categories, and Certificates of Achievement for all participants.

Interestingly, the event took on a bit of an international flavour. The winner of the male 5k and 10k surfski categories was Robert Lang, an ex-scot, who submitted his entries from Canada. Heidi Sheehy, from County Wicklow in Ireland, was awarded the female 10k surfski medal.

Lizelle Kemp, from Dunbar, was the fasted female in a surfski over 5k, whilst Susan Smith, from Helensburgh, was female medal winner in both the 5k and 10k sea kayak categories. Our own Colin Campbell was fastest male sea kayaker over both distances.

The ‘virtual’ races were a success and showed what could be achieved even with Covid-19 restrictions in place. However, let’s hope we can hold our real Tail o’ the Bank Race next year.

The full results are shown below.

The Virtual Surfski / Kayak Race continues until the end of October.

Participants can set their own courses on the sea, loch, or lake. Routes must start and finish at the same place to minimise the effect of wind, tidal stream or current.

The course you do can be 5 or 10 Kilometres on Home Waters.

Further information can be found here:

http://www.rwsabc.co.uk/virtual-surfski-sea-kayak-races-october-2020/

Current results as of 20:00 on Saturday 17 October are shown below.


All Royal West Kayakers are encouraged to participate!

Inverclyde is an area with ‘Local Restrictions’ related to COVID.
The Royal West has procedures in place to provide for the minimisation of risk arising from COVID while undertaking, kayaking, open water swimming, rowing, and sailing.
These procedures can be found at

https://bit.ly/RWSABC3 <- Click to open new window showing the current COVID procedures
A distinction in these procedures is made between FORMAL and INFORMAL outings.  FORMAL outings are defined as those activities that are scheduled by one of the RWSABC Sporting Discipline Conveners. A record of those participating will be kept for the purposes of Test and Protect. The Test and Protect Register will be maintained by Joe Heffernan in the role of COVID Officer for the Royal West.  Unless otherwise informed by a Sporting Convener or the COVID Officer all outings should be assumed to be INFORMAL.

For INFORMAL Outings:

  •  A maximum of 2 households can be present with a maximum of 6
  • 2m Social Distancing between members of different households is always to be maintained
In keeping with tradition there will be a Closing Cruise 2020 (conditions permitting) to celebrate sporting activity during this most exceptional of seasons.  However, with COVID restrictions there will have to be some changes compared to previous years.
The changes that are going to be put in place are:
  1. Participants are require to book a place on the Closing Cruise.  This is to allow the ‘Field of Play Bubbles’ registers to be prepared before the event.
  2. Numbers may be limited.  The maximum number that can be in a ‘Field of Play Bubble’ is 30 persons.  It is expected that there may be several different ‘Field of Play Bubbles’ for the different disciplines and craft.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  Information on how to book a place is provided below.  There is a chance that some people wishing to attend the Closing Cruise will be told that they cannot attend as the event is over subscribed.  Please understand that we don’t want to do this but there are limitations associated with the Royal West’s intention to be responsible club with the interest of Members and the Community in our hearts.
  3. You will be allocated a time to undertake your preparation and launching.  This is to avoid large groupings forming.
  4. Return and landing will need to be staggered to avoid large groups forming.
Weather dependent options:

Option 1 with good conditions: Paddlers, rowers and sailors leave from Club (during their allocated time slot) with packed lunch to land on a beach for a socially distanced picnic
Option 2 if conditions are not so good:  Paddlers, rowers and sailors leave from the Club (during their allocated time slot) for a 1 to 2 hour excursion without stops returning to the Boat Club

Option 3 if conditions are poor: Closing Cruise will be cancelled.
COVID requirements

This event can take place under a ‘field of play bubble’.  There will be multiple bubbles for paddlers, rowers and sailors.  A register will be taken listing all who attend for Test and Protect.  This event is limited to members only.
To assist with the organisation of this event please send an email to: cruise@rwsabc.com make the subject line: ‘Closing Cruise’.  List the names of the people who expect to attend and indicate whether they will be paddling, rowing or sailing.  You must send your email no later than 4:00pm on Friday, 2 October.
During the course of the week leading up to Saturday you will be kept informed via email with instructions.  Final Instructions will be issued on the evening of Friday, 2 October.
If you have questions about the above please contact Joe Heffernan via email – secretary@rwsabc.com

Virtual Surfski / Sea Kayak Races – October 2020
5 or 10 Kilometres on Home Waters

As a result of Covid-19, the Tail o’ the Bank Race had to be cancelled this year. However, as an alternative, Royal West is inviting entries for virtual races in October.

Participants can set their own courses on the sea, loch, or lake. Routes must start and finish at the same place to minimise the effect of wind, tidal stream or current.

Entries should be recorded during October and emailed to race@rwsabc.com with the heading Virtual Race and must specify:
Name / Male or Female / Distance / Craft used / Time taken (mins. & secs.)
Participants must attach evidence of their course, and time, by way of a screenshot from Garmin, Strava, Endomondo, or another recognised GPS tracker.

The course must be completed continuously. It is the overall elapsed time that counts. Competitors are not permitted to stop recording until the relevant distance has been covered.

Paddlers are asked to submit entries shortly after completion to ease maintenance of a leaderboard and to provide an incentive of times to beat. There is no entry fee nor limit on entries, so individuals can have as many attempts as they wish.

Participants are encouraged to send photos on the understanding that Royal West may use them for publicity purposes. However, photos are not essential.

Royal West will collate the entries and post an updated leaderboard weekly under the ‘News’ tab on the RWSABC website and on the RWSABC Kayakers’ Facebook page. All entries must be lodged by midnight (GMT) on 31st October 2020. Winners will be announced in early November and the final results posted as aforementioned.

Entries in each race distance will be split into four categories:

Surfskis and Fast Sea Kayaks (Male)

Surfskis and Fast Sea Kayaks (Female)

Conventional Sea Kayaks (Male)

Conventional Sea Kayaks (Female)

Categorisation of craft will be determined solely by the Royal West.

Medals and certificates will be sent by royal mail to the category winners (5k and 10k). Certificates of Completion will be sent by e-mail to every entrant.

Safety and responsibility:
• The nature of the event is such that the Royal West cannot accept responsibility for any incident that might occur.
• Please ensure you are properly prepared and only paddle in conditions, and in a locale, you are comfortable with.
• Do not paddle solo, unless it is something you often do.
• Carry a means of calling for help. (VHF, Mobile ‘phone, Whistle, PLB).
• Safety is your responsibility. If in any doubt, do not paddle.

Any questions relating to the event should be sent to race@rwsabc.com

There will be plenty of nice days in October, so let’s get out and log a few entries!

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