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Summary of Regional Cluster Meetings May 2019

Summary of Regional Cluster Meetings May 2019


Summary of Regional Cluster Meetings May 2019

  1. Planning for the Women at the Helm Regatta is well underway and there were some queries about boat storage during the regatta asking are boats going on the pontoon or out to moorings for overnights and where is the cruise in company travelling to. Gail is happy to answer all queries directly and further details are here
  2. Inclusion Games – which is a free event open to all Clubs and Centres to encourage people with disabilities to experience the joy of Watersports is on in Kinsale YC on the 24th & 25th of August. As part of the programme and to help organisations become more inclusive for all to enjoy sailing and Watersports Irish Sailing are offering FREE 3hr Disability Awareness Training evening courses or 6hr Disability Inclusion Training for your instructors / volunteers / staff and families. For further details or to book a course contact Johanne at wsinclusion@gmail.com
  3. Safeguarding – Update saw several requests for more details of the audit, and could there be more information on what infrastructural changes may be required e.g. changing rooms or is it more putting controls in place for existing situation? In short the TUSLA Compliancy Unit has revised the 1 page Safeguarding Statement to a 5 page document which must be in place for 2020, the current one is valid until March 2020. Sport Ireland have produced an online Audit Tool to ensure all paperwork and governance pertaining to Safeguarding is present, correct and verifiable. Each NGB must have their National Safeguarding Protocols and resources on the System by June 2019 and all clubs and centres must be on the system by March 2020. Training in on this new system for the relevant safeguarding officers will take place in from October through to March regionally along with the updated Safeguarding 2 & 3 Courses. For now all organisations should ensure that they have revised their safeguarding statements and policies for the 2019 and ensure the correct safeguarding officers are in place and available to the Children through easily identified channels. There will be no change to structural requirements as all requirements are based on policies and procedures through good governance. For further details please contact the National Safeguarding Officer ciaran.murphy@sailing.ie or 087 8800744.
  4. Insurance issues were mentioned at several of the meetings and requests for a group scheme be considered in the next strategic plan or maybe some form of representation on behalf of centres and clubs? This request will be passed on to the Strategic Review Group and has appeared many time in the Stop Start Continue sessions which shall also feed in to the group’s review process.
  5. Emphasis on racing was noted by Oysterhaven and Kinsale OEC and the idea of thinking about promoting sailing as a fun activity instead of always racing. Idea will be to look at a “Fun Sailing” campaign as a follow on from Try Sailing.
  6. It was pointed out that the Safety Boat on Checklick does not account for the new syllabus – this is currently being updated by the Training Officer and will be available by May 24th and the information on Safety Boat Endorsement course for instructors will be available through the Powerboat Revalidation Workshops and the Training Update Email.
  7. When is the windsurfing programme review happening now that the powerboating one is complete? – Due to the low level of recorded activity in the scheme at the moment we do not firm date on this at the moment. We are currently working on a Foil module which we hope to trial with some current instructors in June of this year.
  8. The Team Racing call for expressions of interest and ability to attend the planning meeting to discuss a national  programme was very well received and those who would still like to find out more please email sl.rossiter@sailing.ie
  9. The STOP – START – CONTINUE Session was done at every Cluster Meeting and every point made has been added to the session conducted at this year’s symposium and will be given to the Board and feed into the Strategic Policy Review Group for the 2020 -2024 Plan. Interestingly the Cluster Meetings and communications with RDOs were positively recorded and featured a lot in the Continue section.  There were some requests for a chance to send questions to discuss before a cluster and making the meetings available online through webinars. All of these ideas and the others will be reviewed, discussed and form part of the review into the next 4 year’s operational plan.