13 September 2020
The sailing season is here. Thank you to those that sailed over the weekend of September the 5th and 6th . Please email any photos or videos you would like to see on our social media or website over the course of the season.
The more the better. Redhouse Yacht Club had their opening of the season this weekend and it’s great to see the dinghies out on the river. We also welcome Bay Sailing Academy to Port Elizabeth. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Sigi Bailes has opened an SA Sailing endorsed sailing school and is able to offer sailing training in both dinghy and keelboat disciplines. SailingPE wishes this initiative all the best as lockdown eases and more sailors get back on the water as well as the new sailors the club have seen joining.
In terms of lock down level 2, the Department of Sport and Recreation released their gazette on 28 August to update the regulations as prescribed by the Disaster Management Act. In brief, recreational activity is now allowed under sporting activities subject to the regulations. Sailing activity is governed by SA Sailing, therefore the regulations require that all vessels are skippered by a member of SA Sailing. Crew and guests do not need to belong to SA Sailing, however, the skipper must take responsibility for all crew and guests on the vessel in terms of complying to the covid-19 protocols and traceability which remain in effect.
This gazette is also available free online at www.gpwonline.co.za
We thank all sailors for complying with the SA Sailing protocols to date ensuring SailingPE kept their commencement certificate without issue.
As there are still limits on gatherings under level 2 we will be sending out the AGM information electronically. Our AGM pack is awaiting the financials to be returned and we will then send out via email to all current members for comment and queries.
The SailingPE Committee