If a year ago you had said to us that the 2020 season might not happen due to a global pandemic, we would have presumed you had drunk too much on the bar crawl. Despite it looking rather touch and go as to whether we could hold any racing a few weeks ago, we are delighted the regulations allow it and cannot wait to get back on the water.
We usually like to say the coming season will be bigger and better than the last. This year we have to make an exception to this, however, we are determined to not allow it to knock the momentum ASC had gathered over the past 2 years.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our hugely popular junior race training this year which will be missed by the club’s junior members. The same can be said about the social calendar, though the sore heads the morning after will certainly not be! The Long Distance Race has also been dropped from the programme this year, but will certainly resume in 2021.
Despite this, we still have a jam-packed August of sailing for our members to look forward to. We have retained all the weekend series, with the addition of the new Lockdown Trophy which runs over the weekend of August 15th and 16th, as well as the Wednesday afternoon series which last year saw a staggering 21 boats enter!
As always, we kick off the season with the 1st Weekend Series on the 1st and 2nd August. Last year saw the Middleton family take home a 1, 2 with Ian winning in a D-Zero closely followed by son James in a Laser Radial. John and Alice Edwards rounded off the podium clinching third place following a race 4 win. Both day’s sailing starts at 2:00PM and are back-to-back races.
If you wish to sail, please remember to sign up via our new online booking system on WebCollect and familiarise yourself with the ASC COVID Risk Assessment before you hit the water. For more information please contact Andy Teague
There are also plenty of other prizes up for grabs. The Waddington Cup, awarded to the winner of the first race of the season, is to be hotly contested as always. Last year’s winner Ben Teague is unable to be in Abersoch for the opening weekend’s sailing meaning we might see a new name on the trophy for 2020. The novelty armbands, awarded to the first capsize of the season are also up for grabs. Our Commodore Jan Frickle took home the prize last year and will be keen not to repeat the feat this year!
ASC certainly have plenty to look forward to in 2021 and it certainly looks set to be a memorable socially distanced season!