Happy July everyone!
I wanted to bring some good news today! Since we are still not able to start our regular racing at this time due to the Provincial rules established to help fight the spread of COVID-19, NSC has pioneered new competitive format for those that need to feed the on the water competitive bug!
As many may be aware, NSC introduced the Pinhey’s Point Time Trail on June 28th to replace the normally scheduled Pinhey’s Point Race with great success. Time Trial’s have a time window to start, are run using ColRegs and require you to take and report your own start and finish time, very similar to the Jacques Adams River Challenge with a smaller windowed start window during a specified day. There will be no specific horns, VHF signals or race committee present during the start window. Boats participating in Time Trials are responsible to abide by provincial and manciple law and regulations, ensuring safe social distancing and that your crew consists only of your household and social circle members if you can’t social distance.
We have been in talks with our inter club partners and feel that the format can be easily applied as an Interclub Long Distance Time Trails (ILD-TT) Series. We are planning to start the series Sunday July 12th, the next NSC Pinhey’s Point Time Trail will be an ILD-TT counter. You must be registered to race ILD to participate in these Time Trails so make sure you do so. A posting will be made with the special sailing instructions on BYC’s website but for now you can use: https://nsc.ca/web2/racing/ild/pinheys-point/
You will also note that the regular RUST racing has been replaced for now by a similar Time Trial format, referred to as the RUST Time Trials (RUST TT). Those already registered for RUST have been notified with the RUST TT. You need to register to participate in the RUST TT series.
We will be extending Time Trials to replace other events in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates. Our website will be updated to reflect the Time Trials being planned in lieu of cancelled races. We are still holding out for an opportunity to actually race directly against each other in the provinces Stage 3 announcement we expect soon!
At this time, we will have to consider our normally planned Cruise Week as still formally postponed until further notice. We are looking at a different format that will support this extremely social activity. I am always open to ideas, so please reach out if you have any?
Since we are starting on the water activities, we will now officially call the Spring Sailors’ meeting as cancelled and set the postponed until further notice Sumer Sailors’ meeting to Thursday July 16, 2020 at 7pm ET in a virtual format.
I look forward to seeing you all on the water! Keep safe and have fun!
BYC Fleet Captain