Wanderer Author: Philip Meadowcroft

Events

Changes to the 2021 Programme

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS HIT OUR 2021 PROGRAMME Updates from the Event Coordinator At the virtual 2021 AGM on February 27 I announced that both the April racing weekend at West Oxfordshire SC and the National Championships at Bewl in May have had to be cancelled because of the Government’s Coronavirus restrictions scheduled to be applicable at the scheduled time for these events. For the moment the Try-a-Wanderer picnic day by the Thames at Marlow SC on May 23 goes ahead because of the further easing of rules from May 17.  If this changes, details will be published here, on the Wanderer Web. WandererFest – the biggest event in our annual programme – is scheduled just before the June 21 lifting of all current restrictions.    The AGM agreed that a new date needed to be found between July 1 and September 30 subject to suitable tide times, the availability of our legendary superloos, and access to the site on

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Gavin Barr’s Funeral Arrangements

We have heard from Richard Maltby at Whitstable YC that Gavin’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday January 20 at 1.45pm.  Gavin’s son, Tim, has invited us to attend the service virtually as follows; Service order for Gavin Barr Website: https://www.obitus.com/ Username: Zonu3229 Password: 481766 Webcast: Live Webcast & Watch Again Funeral Directors are Earl and Co. Albemarle Road, Willesborough,  Ashford, Kent TN24 0HL Telephone: 01233 620 522. Any floral arrangements should be sent to their attention. Donations in memory of Gavin for the Charing Methodist Church and the Church Mission Society may be sent as follows: Charing Methodist Church Sort code: 40-08-32 Account number: 30232181 Account name: Charing Methodist Church Church Mission Society Watlington Road, Oxford OX4 6BZ Registered Charity no. 1131655 Payments through this link. Please feel free to download Gavin Barr Order Of Service. I am pleased to report that Tim has asked Richard to present a eulogy relating to Gavin’s involvement with the

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Gavin Barr

Gavin’s family have announced his death coming three days before his 90th birthday which would have been today, January 5. He created and sustained the backbone of Wanderer sailing for more than 25 years.   His loss, and that of his family’s, will be deeply felt by our class association which he did so much to encourage and develop. A celebration of Gavin’s contribution to the fun and enjoyment of Wanderer sailing will appear in “The Wanderer” magazine in due course.

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2021 Event Calendar is Coming Together

What we’ve got planned for 2021 After a totally blank 2020, save for the winter reunion, otherwise known as the AGM, on February 29 at the last London Dinghy Show to be held at Alexandra Palace, I have re-assembled the main elements of what was the 2020 programme and, tides permitting, have planned an event in every month from April through to October. I am especially grateful to the support I have readily gained from those WCOA members who are called local organisers, usually members of the host club, who put in the effort to make sure the event goes ticketty-boo. Finding a decent sailing venue has to go hand in hand with finding somewhere nearby to fill our boots on the Saturday evening.  The exception is the Marlow SC picnic – please bring your own daytime grub – and WandererFest where, aside from your own personal catering on site, we

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2020 Events Now Cancelled

This is the latest update from the Event Coordinator, Philip Meadowcroft, on the restrictions of Social Distancing and the remainder of the WCOA sailing season: Following the cancellation of the Arnside Event we have reviewed our position on the remaining calendar of Events for 2020 owing to the limitations of Social Distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two-man sailing is typically restricted to folk in the same household, changing facilities at host clubs are generally not available and many toilet facilities are closed.  Bars or club rooms are restricted in capacity making organising evenings difficult or impossible. This is not Wanderer-style sailing enjoyment as we have come to know it.  The Wanderer ethos of  “Sailing with Friends”  doesn’t fit with social distancing.  The association now has no alternative but to confirm that there will be no events for the rest of 2020 which will be sponsored and supported by WCOA.

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Wanderer Events Update

The government’s latest relaxation of the lockdown rules prompted your Chairman and the Events Coordinator to review, along with the local event organisers, the status of the five remaining WCOA events for the 2020 season. From the Class Association’s perspective the committee has agreed that no WCOA-sponsored event can take place until all social distancing regulations have been lifted. In due course the event organisers for Arnside SC, Cotswold SC, River Dart Laidback Weekend,  Swakestone SC, Bewl Sailing Association will be notifying me of their club’s/organiser’s decisions to go-ahead or otherwise, particularly with regard to visitors as well as other remaining lockdown regulations.  These will be circulated in the Wanderer Event Update email and all the details will be kept up to date on the events page. There is no way that the WCOA, with or without the personnel resources, wants the responsibility for compliance with prevailing lockdown regulations or

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