June 7, 2021
Registration for the 2021-2022 Season STILL OPEN!
We are still accepting both student and general public members - join us! Check out our lessons or mentorship program (below)! If the lesson you would like to participate in is full, please add yourself to the general waitlist for that water activity (bottom of lesson page).
**If you are a beginner certified member who would like to re-do the water portion of a lesson for free today until June 10 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Racing is back! Jericho is hosting their racing series Tuesday nights at 6:15pm and Sundays at 12:30pm. Don't forget to register here to be able to race.
Laser Racing Sails
We recently purchased new Laser Standard Mark II sails that we will be using exclusively for racing. To ensure the equipment is well cared for, we are in the process of adding a locked compartment in the Club Room where we will store these sails. If you’re a racer and want access to these sails for Tuesday or Sunday Racing please email email@example.com to receive the code for the lock. Lastly, to ensure the sails are used by people with racing experience, only members who have raced at least twice this season may request their use.
Our mentorship program is in effect - it is a way for members to get certified on our fleets via the guidance and instruction of other members who are experienced with a particular craft. Mentoring covers the same skills as lessons, and:
- is free of charge (though your mentor may appreciate a beverage or meal at the Galley)
- requires flexibility to coordinate times where mentor, mentee, and craft are available during suitable conditions
- allows mentees to allocate up to 2 work hours amongst mentors
- follows a checklist (also available in a folder in the club room drawer labeled "mentorship checklists") specific to the craft to standardize certification to ensure members are sufficiently skilled to safely operate vessels
We have mentorship checklists for most of our crafts including beginner and C1 Sailing, beginner and intermediate kayaking, and intermediate and high wind windsurfing. We aim to have the intermediate, C2, C3, A1 and A2 sailing checklist done by end of June. Mentors and mentees can connect with each other on our forum.
Enjoy being a part of and building community? Do you enjoy organizing events? Then we encourage you to apply for our social coordinator position. This role includes coming up with events for current and prospective members to help with recruitment and grow our sense of community. If you’re interested in the position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state why you think you’d be a good fit for the role.
Introducing the New RS Quest!
As part of our fleet renewal we voted to replace our FJ fleet with the RS Quest. This is a beginner friendly boat that is stable, comfortable and tons of fun with potential for trapeze and spinnaker add-ons. We just purchased one RS Quest to test it out and get a sense of how it will fit into our Club. We’re extremely excited to have it here! If you’d like to sail it and give us your feedback, please register for one of our RS Quest Rigging Workshops.
The Hobies and Nacras have been shifted from the grassy bumps and onto the flat areas. We are aware that parking these boats was hard and this should make the process much easier. The lighter skiffs are now on these hills and one RS 800 has been moved to the second row of boats where our Hobie, Jungle Beast, used to sit.
It is every member's responsibility to dress warm enough so that at no time during their sail or paddle they feel cold. Beyond the physiological risks of hypothermia, being cold reduces your ability to learn and improve during a session. A few recommendations:
- head cover (toque, cap), gloves, above-ankle neoprene booties to keep warm and protect from injury
- long sleeve, long-leg wetsuit, of the right thickness
- additional wool layers, rashguard, windbreaker
As sailors/windsurfers/paddlers, we are always adapting to changing conditions such as wind speed, currents, and other vessels on the water. Sound decision making takes practice and time to gradually develop. Over the past weeks, we have noticed certain situations from beginner sailors that could lead to personal injury, injury of their guests, and damage to our equipment, which in turn could endanger other members using that equipment. When taking equipment out, especially with a guest, consider the following:
- how skilled are you at controlling equipment on your own, including its balance, with a guest who does not know how to balance it on the water or when to adjust sail controls?
- how do you handle launching? landing? who holds the dolly?
- how do you recover from a capsize? how do you deal with your guest in that event? what are your priorities?
- is the day's weather and tide making your sail harder or easier? how do you adjust?
- can you adequately communicate with your guest to ensure safety? reach help during your sail?
This list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure of these questions, delay your sail until the conditions are better, or your skill and knowledge have improved either through mentoring or lessons. Perhaps refrain from taking a guest with you until you gain more experience. If a member is observed putting themselves, their guest, or equipment at risk, it is in the interest of all members to advise them of the risk you saw and to let our executives know. This way the equipment can be checked, remedial training can be offered, and if needed, equipment access suspended until rectified. We want to ensure that other members can continue to safely enjoy our water sports.
UBCSC Grill & Chill
Summer is sizzling and so is our grill. Join us for dinner and get to know your fellow water-sport enthusiasts on June 26 at 5pm! Registration is first-come, first-served and plus one. Please let us know of vegetarian preferences and song requests in the notes section. See you there!
UBC Sailing Club