Bronze Fleet Optimist Training

Bronze Fleet is an integral part of the Lymington Optimist Flotilla and is run on Sundays. The aim is to give those who have the ability and the will to race optimists a first class start in familiar waters.

Bronze Fleet touches on all aspects of racing including boat setup, course and strategy. The sessions are fun and relaxed, with both games and races to learn basic racing techniques, build their confidence and hopefully go to their first regatta.

To participate at Bronze Fleet, children must be full member of Salterns Sailing Club and must have achieved their Salterns Red Pennant or RYA stage 2, working towards their Blue Pennant or above. Children are expected to attend the sessions regularly.

In order to participate, Bronze Fleet sailors need a GRP or wooden optimist - not a plastic optimist. The club has two Bronze Fleet GRP optimists which may be used for the first few sessions if your child wishes to try Bronze Fleet before you buy an oppie - you may have to take turns with other sailors.

There are limited places available for those who wish to use the Bronze Fleet Club Optimists but there are generally spaces for children who have their own GRP Oppies.

The club has a rack for private GRP optimists, with limited availability. Apply for a space on the rack through WebCollect.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

Upcoming Bronze Fleet Dates

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Bronze Fleet 2020 with social distancing

The Club may run Bronze Fleet from time to time. The following further amendments/ arrangements will apply where necessary.

  • Members should not attend the club if they have shown symptoms of Covid 19 in the previous 7 days (or if a member of their family or a recent contact has shown symptoms in the last 14 days).

  • The time slots reserved for these events will be advertised weekly via facebook/email and pre allocated to these events before the google sheet is released.

  • When signing up to participate in these events, Members will be asked to acknowledge and consent in the google sheet to the arrangements in this document and those set out in the 2020 Organisation and Management document (where still relevant).

  • Up to 4 Members may sign up for each Bronze Fleet or Tera racing Group. These 4 Members plus the coach/OOD and one parent (“group parent”) will make up one Group of six. The group will be formed once the parents have helped rig and launch their child’s boat.

  • At least one parent of each sailor (or a person appointed in loco parentis, expected to be from the same household) will need to remain on site, as they remain responsible for their children. One of these parents will join the group and help assist the coach/OOD. The other three parents will form a separate gathering and will distance themselves from the group once rigged, and any other group or family, for example by locating themselves on the bank behind the kennels to the east of the clubhouse, in the water, or around the pond. If two groups are being run, then the two sets of three parents may form one group of six.

  • No more than three Groups (whether free sailing or Bronze Fleet or Tera racing) and no more than 30 members/coaches may attend the club at once.

  • As for free sailing, participants will need to arrive, rig, sail, derig, stow and leave the site within the relevant time slot.

  • Each group will launch and recover at the relevant numbered slipway. If there is a mix of free sailing and Bronze Fleet/Tera racing, the Bronze Fleet or Tera racing will use one slipway, and the free sailing group will use the other slipway.

  • Boats will be sailed singlehanded

  • All those on site must should maintain social distancing from members of other households, except where other risks (injury, drowning etc) outweigh the risks of not maintaining the appropriate social distancing. In such circumstances, and where possible, lower the risk of infection by adopting side-to-side contact rather than facing someone.

  • The Officer of the Day for each group (normally the coach or instructor, but if they are under 18, the parent in the group) will be responsible for the application of these additional rules and may request families to leave the site if social distancing is likely to be compromised. He or she will brief all participants at the start of the session about the importance of maintaining social distancing.

  • Parents will help their own children rig and launch. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the toilets are cleaned if their use is necessary (see arrangements for free sailing).

  • If a child is in distress then the first priority of all those on site will be the safety of that child, regardless of any breach of social distancing that the rescue may entail.

  • All breaches of social distancing shall be recorded by the OOD and reported to the President, along with the names of all persons who came into close contact and a brief summary of the circumstances. There shall be no punitive action taken in respect of breaches of social distancing so reported; this is simply to be able to have a record in case of any COVID-19 infection.

  • Due to the recommended reduced contact between the coach and sailors and the risks of virus transmission inherent in any rescue, the conditions under which sessions will be cancelled for a given group of sailors will be at a lower wind strength than under normal circumstances.

  • Parents should consider the reduced level of contact available when assessing whether the conditions are right for their sailor to go afloat.

  • Any briefings / debriefs on land will be conducted appropriate social distancing and with groups of 6 or fewer (i.e. sailors, coach and group parent only)

  • There will be a lower level of support available to sailors than in the past as the OOD or coach will only make close contact with a sailor / boat if they are in, or likely to end up in distress. (This means if a sailor capsizes, they will be expected to right their boat, bail it out and continue sailing.)

  • OODs will be subject to the training set out in the club’s 2020 Organisation and Management document, although these briefings may take place via phone or video conference.

  • Coaches or instructors taking part in these events will be made Temporary Members for the duration of the event and will complete and submit a temporary membership consent form (in the format used for members and as set out in the 2020 Organisation and Management document) to the Sailing Officer prior to the commencement of the event. This may be provided via electronically or via email (ie without a wet ink signature).

Updated 12 July 2020

Download a printable version of this information and full social distancing information here.