27/7/18 – until further notice
Blue-green algae outbreak – The club has been given permission to continue to use the lake but all members must follow the new safety policy and any boats that produce spray, or amphibious type models are PROHIBITTED.
The policy can be downloaded here > Blue-Green Algae outbreak Policy & Risk Assessment
We must follow a few simple steps both for your own and the public’s safety when boating at Apex. For all club meeting listed on the calendar we will provide at least two hand wash dispensers plus a large container of fresh water to rinse off your boat. If you are at the lake by yourself having a sail that’s fine, but please make sure to bring something to clean your hands and your boat.
Please follow these steps during this outbreak;
Wash and thoroughly dry all models and any other items that have been in contact with the water. Items should not be stored wet or damp.
- Use the hand wash dispensers provided whenever you remove a boat from the lake.
- Do not launching or recover your model from any areas that have thick aggregations of algae or scum.
- If your boat collects any excess water drain it off back into lake upon removal
- Do not use the park benches as a boat stand when you remove your boat from the water.
Scale Challenge Series – the final round scores, report and the overall points table have been added. See Scale Challenge page. The 2018 series was won my me! (Russ Chilcott) on 167 points, only 5 points ahead Chris Locke (162) in 2nd place, with the Scale Sec. Rob Arlett in 3rd on 140.
Meeting @ Ritz Social Club Mon 6th Aug – A reminder it’s our bi-monthly club meeting on Monday 6th August at the Ritz Social Club, Burnham-on-Sea at 7.30pm.
Playday 2018 – A really great day, over 50 models on display, over 300 kids during the day on the have-a-go-wet bikes running (almost) non-stop for 7 hours and by the end 12 very tired club members!
A big thank you and well done to all.
See the Playday page for photos, more photos and some video are on the Clubs Facebook page
Playday is on next Wednesday 1st August – Our club has been given approval to run the Children’s Have-A-Go-Boats during the event. We can also run our own boats on the lake during the day but obviously not ones that might produce spray from the water or amphibious models. To play safe we are not going to put Lucinda the dragon on the lake but she will be “doing her thing” alongside our club stand.
If you are free next Weds you will be most welcome to join us. Due to the numbers attending (said to be biggest in UK!) vehicle movement is restricted so you’ll need to be on site before 9.30am and cannot leave until after 3pm. As usual we can park on the grass right behind our stand which will be at the top of the ramp on the left hand side.
We could do with a few more volunteers to help out running the have-a-go-boats. You’ll be doing it with another member for only for 1 hour. If you can help out let me know.
For the first time this year right opposite our stand will be the South West RC Truckers club with their impressive RC trucks and diggers on display.
If you are interested in attending or want more info please contact the Club Secretary Russ Chilcott
For the time being and until further notice we cannot use the Apex Lake.
The Environment Agency have this morning confirmed that there is an outbreak of Blue-Green Algae in the Apex Park Lakes. Hopefully we will be allowed to continue to use the lake for our meetings with some additional precautions in place and once a risk assessment and safety policy we have provided to the Council has been approved.
Blue-Green Algae Outbreak in Apex Lake – Statement below from Sedgemoor District council;
We have received confirmation from the Environment Agency that we have blue-green algae at levels exceeding the threshold in the lake at Apex Park. Weekly sampling will now take place and I’ll update you all accordingly.
Our advice is:
· no dogs should be allowed to drink, swim or paddle in the water
· fishing is not permitted
· fish caught from the water should not be eaten
· swimming is not allowed
· all contact with water should be avoided and notices surrounding the water should be observed and abided by.
A position statement has been released by us in addition to warning signs being placed around the lake perimeter and in the park noticeboards. The paddle boarding and fishing taster sessions have been cancelled for Playday next week and a revised event risk assessment has been approved by Jo Coles, our Health & Safety Advisor.
Parkrun and the Model Boat Club have/will also provide a revised risk assessment as regular users of the park.
We have just been informed that there is an outbreak of Blue-Green Algae in the Apex Lake. Sedgemoor District Council is awaiting scientific test results to establish the type of algal bloom present.
Playday volunteers wanted! If any members are free on Weds 1st Aug 10am to 3pm we are looking volunteers for the 1 hour slots to help to run the children’s “Have-a-go-boats”. Please contact Russ Chilcott if you can help.
So everyone can watch England win their semi-final World Cup match – IOM Weds night 11th July has been CANCELLED and will take place on the reserve date on 29th Aug instead.
The afternoon free sail 3.30pm t0 5.30pm will go ahead as usual.
Fast Electric Racing – last Weds night meeting saw a record entry with 13 taking part.
FE Drivers class of 2018
Small Yacht Team Relay Race – this was the first time we ran this event and despite very little wind it went very well and produced some good races. Report and scores have been added (see Small Yacht sub pages)