The whole of the 2020 season was lost because of COVID-19 prevention restrictions so the Club is excited to be able to restart sailing at the beginning of the 2021 season. Initially, Orkney will still be at COVID-19 Protection Level 3 which means that sailing will be restricted to single-handed or single-household crews.
Thursday, 6 May will be the first Thursday evening session and for practice only although there may be some practice racing not as part of the May Tankard Series.
Sunday, 9 May will be the first session for the Training Development group (previous course participants from recent years who want to develop their skills).
It is hoped that Orkney will soon move down to COVID-19 Protection Level 2 at which point mixed household crews will be permitted and the Club will be able to resume series racing on Thursday evenings. That could happen as soon as 17 May but may be later.
About the Club
Stromness SC is a small and friendly sailing club based at the Ness Point end of Stromness harbour, close to Stromness Golf Club. Click on the Orkney Map to the right to zoom in on the location, indicated by a marker.
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The membership of Stromness SC comprises a mixture of dinghy sailors who race during the summer season and others who sail just for fun.
The main class of dinghy raced is the Snipe and around thirteen of them are based at the Club. Having a principal class ensures that there is good racing. For more information about racing click on the Club Racing link here or on the menu.
New Members are welcome and information about membership fees are given on the Membership page. If you do not have your own boat you might consider offering your services as crew. Some skippers have regular crews but others have to settle for picking up whoever is available or not sail at all.
If you are not already experienced, crewing is a good way to learn the ropes and gain confidence in a boat. Building up a stable partnership between skipper and crew helps to improve competitiveness. Crews also have their own points series and the Club aims to offer one Crew Race each Thursday evening, weather permitting.
Although Stromness SC is not itself an RYA Training Centre, a few members are trained RYA Dinghy Senior Instructors and Dinghy Instructors and able to provide training for adult and junior members. In 2021 the Club will be focussing on Training Development for those who have done a Beginners Course or been part of the improvers group in the last few years. No formal courses will be run but the Club plans to return to offering courses in 2022.
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