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« Reply #50 on: May 18, 2021, 9:31 am »
I'm actually wondering if the hype over the so called Indian variant, isn't a ploy by our government/s to get more people to take up the vaccine.  It seems that certain communities seem reluctant to have the vaccine for whatever reason and is it a coincidence that there is a higher proportion of Indian/ Pakistani communities in the areas where the Indian variant has become dominant?  Of course I trust that our politicians wouldn't try and manipulate everyone   :-\

I use the LFT because of my job, but when you read the literature inside the box, I question why I bother taking the test.  Don't get me wrong, Covid is real and can be a very serious illness and can leave people with a long road to recovery, so I'm all for the vaccine, but have little confidence in a test that the results can easily be manipulated with fizzy drinks or tomato ketchup.

« Reply #49 on: May 17, 2021, 8:41 pm »
Reading between the lines - my opinion only - the Indian variant appears to be no less susceptible to the vaccine than any other. Which isn’t really surprising given that the immune system recognises multiple locations on the virus so it’s likely that a lot of change would be needed to evade the vaccine. Whether or not it transmits more easily I wouldn’t like to say - the Kent variant was supposed to but it seemed to fizzle out fairly quickly. My guess is that this will do the same. There’s already some indications of that in the Zoe data.  The cynical amongst us might suggest that those who would prefer to keep restrictions for longer found the variant quite handy 😳. Anyway I have procured a supply of lateral flow tests so we should be good to go!
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

« Reply #48 on: May 17, 2021, 4:53 pm »
So are you inferring the event will most probably go ahead, but just some extra safety measures will be required?
More hoping than inferring I'd say.  When politicians are careful with words & commitments that's when attention is useful!  The sudden rush to vaccinate in hotspot areas sounds a bit desperate to me as there is little or no immunity for 3 weeks or so (and the 1st jag only provides 50-60% anyway) as it will have no effect for some time (meanwhile opened-up spreading will accelerate rapidly)!

As most of us are fully vaccinated personal risk is very low - the issue then becomes us acting as spreaders into the local community and other visitors.  That's why extra measures may be needed.  All my opinion/view of course and it may all be total rubbish!

« Reply #47 on: May 17, 2021, 12:24 pm »
So are you inferring the event will most probably go ahead, but just some extra safety measures will be required?
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #46 on: May 16, 2021, 9:21 pm »
A little reminder ...

If you don't already have one I'd strongly recommend getting a midge net!  Although its coolish at the moment I suspect that as soon as the temp goes up it'll be absolute mayhem!

Also, for newbies, we normally use VHF channel 72 for inter-craft comms.  if you PM me with your mobile # I'll add you to the WhatsApp group we use for organisational stuff.

On a more pessimistic note, I get the feeling (might be totally wrong!) that something bad is about to hit a fan shortly (many signs out there if you look & listen) so my confidence that this event will go ahead as planned has dropped somewhat.  Hopefully everything will be good or, worst case we'll need to take additional measures.

« Reply #45 on: May 12, 2021, 6:52 pm »
Just a note that Loch Fyne caravan park still has some places left, so email them soon if you are joining in with the fun..... 8)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2021, 5:51 pm »
Yep. agreed on all levels. Im sure it will all settle into place as we get used to behaving like free humans again, with slight restrictions understandably still in place.
As John says---Its is also correct to behave as if we are being watched (as a hover crafting group) in that we should make doubly sure we are behaving responsibly (safely) but are SEEN to be also.
I still hope to be silly in most all other respects.  ::)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #43 on: May 06, 2021, 11:54 am »

This will help.  We do ours slightly differently in that we don't swap the tonsils. 

« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2021, 6:58 pm »
Last bit of reading are the Covid rules for Scotland.  Currently country is in level 3 but expected to be level 2 by 17th  (Argyll will almost certainly be level 2 as it has had very low infection levels throughout).  The rules are HERE - the main bit that affects us is:
At Level 2:
   you can meet socially in groups of up to:
  • 4 adults from 2 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • 6 adults from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
  • 8 adults from 8 households outdoors.

It'll probably be quite busy at popular destinations so, as representatives of our sport and visitors/guests in the area we should try our best to comply IMHO  (masks indoors, 2m distancing,  etc.).

« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2021, 10:39 pm »
The LFT tests are very easy to use.  I routinely test myself twice a week because of my job.  Test takes a couple minutes to do then results are ready within half an hour.  The one I use basically you stick a swap up your nose rotate it a few times in both nostrils.  Pop the swab into a carrier liquid, squeeze the swab tip as you remove it from the carrier liquid vessel, then two drops of that liquid is dropped on to the tester.  Very similar to a home pregnancy test, but your not peeing on it.  There will be one line which shows test has worked and if positive a second line, which is what you don't want.

If the test shows positive you need to self isolate and get a proper lab test done to confirm that you are C19 positive. 

« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2021, 7:50 pm »
Just a heads up on a few thing around this event.

Firstly, there is some useful info HERE on the area with some basic safety info (a bit dated but hopefully useful for "newbies" to this event).

Secondly, I'd encourage anyone attending to carry out a Covid lateral flow test before travelling to this event (guidance says to do one test three days prior to leaving and a 2nd test on the day you leave).  There are a couple of reasons for this; firstly, as a group, we all come from very different areas of the UK and will, inevitably, be in close proximity to each other at times.  Secondly, interaction with locals and other visitors is also unavoidable - to reduce risk to ourselves and others I'd strongly recommend testing.  Most of us will probably be fully vaccinated by then but that doesn't prevent asymptomatic spread (reduces it by around 50%) or the possibility of becoming infected (only 80-90% protection).  Test kits are available by mail free of charge (it's home testing so nothing to return) from HERE.

Also recommended are the Covid contact proximity App (available from the Apple App store or Google Play Store, links are HERE).  There is also an automatic (QR code) contact registration App available for use in cafes, pubs, etc. (click HERE for details and links) - everyone has to provide contacts details now unlike last time!
« Last Edit: May 04, 2021, 10:54 pm by John Robertson »

« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2021, 12:55 pm »
Fellow Loch Fyne Hoverers - with a heavy heart I have to say that Val and I will not make it to this year's event :(

We’ll be here once you are able to lift your head, just let us know and we’ll put the first available date in the diary.

There’s still the “5 islands adventure” to be done - Chapel Rock, Denny, Sulley, Flat Holme, and Steep Holme! All it needs is a good stable high pressure and good tides! Or maybe a quick run out to the Purton Hulks to begin with!
Ian Brooks
Gloucester, UK

« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2021, 10:10 am »
Yep, Argyle Campsite's  confirmed MY request to extend to TWO weeks also  8)
Memories are BETTER than Dreams---"Capn" FLINT

« Reply #37 on: Apr 30, 2021, 6:19 pm »
Happy to organise something up here if anyone interested  ;)

« Reply #36 on: Apr 30, 2021, 5:42 pm »
Just got confirmation for extended stay at Argyle