15 September 2022

Letter from the Chair

From the Chair

God Save The Queen – Long Live The King

Following the Loss of Her Majesty The Queen we will all experience significant sadness as Her Majesty has been such a driving force for us all. Therefore the Class will be in a state of Mourning until the Funeral on the 18th of September and will respectfully reduce all activity accordingly. 

It is the intention of the 420 class to continue with the Warsash Grand Prix but amend activity as a mark of respect.

We have been in contact with and noted the initial guidance from the RYA. 

The decision to continue is based on the Warsash Grand Prix being a qualifier event for the 420 winter teams and squad selector, therefore, the Class and the RYA feel there is a material impact to sailor selection for the upcoming season. As such the Class and WSC have agreed to continue with this event over the weekend of September 10th and 11th 2022.

 The official Government advice for sporting fixtures on their website is for any events in continuation, is to adopt a period of silence and the wearing of black armbands as a mark of respect.

As a Class, we would like to mark the occasion with a formal 2 minutes silence at the briefing and we have arranged for black sail head ribbons to be flown by all boats during the competition.

We will also require all sailors and boats to be presentable on and off the water. 

Her Majesty personified the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” and globally set the standard for what is often referred to as British spirit. As such the expectation is nothing less than to continue with our pursuit of excellence as a class on and off the water.

I ask as Chair and personally that we act as ambassadors and conduct ourselves respectfully with decorum at all times.

Most clubs will continue with a level of sailing program however, the mood of the sailing fraternity will be a sombre one, as such we will be cancelling the prize giving. Trophies and prizes for this Grand Prix will be awarded at the next event.

Thank you


James George 


James George 

420 Class Chair


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