Just a quick update:
First the good news.
Despite the reduction in water levels we are still racing and the juniors are having the best fleet turnouts for many years.
We have had the first of 3 sessions for the Introduction to sailing course with 32 people signing up for the taster sessions.
The old (and problematic) dory has been sold and is being replaced by a new orange safety boat which was delivered yesterday and we should have a new 20hp (electric start) outboard with us this weekend.
The training courses are in full swing with a Seamanship skills course being run last Monday and a RYA 1 / 2 course starting on Saturday 8th May. Several sailors are sailing away at open meetings and 5 Supernova sailors have registered for the Nationals to be held in July at Llandudno and then will sail at the inlands at Northampton. I have just received my annual application for Bass sailing week and no doubt we will be entering teams into the Southport 12/24hour races in June and September.
The latest info from United Utilities regarding the work on the spillway is that the contractors have recovered the lost time due to the severe weather conditions in January/February and are due to complete on schedule which will allow the refilling of the reservoir to commence the 1st week in July. Additionally the long term change to the outflow (compensation rate) has been reduced to 9 M/l per day and this will continue when the work is completed meaning that the reservoir should remain full for longer periods of dry weather.
Now the not so good news.
As you will have realised during the last 8 weeks we have had very little rainfall over Belmont. Consequently (even though the compensation rate of water has been reduced to 9m/litres/day) the water level has continued to drop. To reduce the effect on the water level United Utilities have submitted a further dispensation to have the water rate reduced to 6 M/l per day until the spillway work is completed and the water has returned to its normal level. This is now with the environmental agency at Warrington who are assessing the impact of a futher reduction on the flora and fauna in Eagley Brook.