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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

24 March 2020

The following email was sent to members on 24/03/2020 from the Commodore, updating the club’s position with regard to the COVID-19 virus:

Following the Prime Ministers statement to the nation last night I have taken the following decisions:

  • The club house and grounds will now be closed to members.
  • Water at the club house although fixed will remain off.
  • The club will be open online until we can re-open the facilities

What does that mean?
We have a great sailing community and we will maintain it. We will do so by organising online training and social events using online tools which may include:

  • Learn how to sail and race
  • Learn to be a race officer
  • Learn first aid theory
  • Learn Power Boat theory
  • Competition to design a Diamond Jubilee celebration polo shirt

This will all be new to the committee, so please be patient and volunteer if you have an idea and the skills to help make it work. The club is open, we are are just adjusting the way we work until normality can return.

In the meantime we will support each other and improve our skills and knowledge online.

Stay safe and stay at home

Hamish

Commodore


23 March 2020 – Changes to 2020 Sailing Season

The club committee is setting up a scheme to be in regular touch with members and support where possible. At the very least we hope to organise online social interaction and learning to maintain morale. The committee had an online meeting on Thursday 19/03/2020 and made the following decisions based on the information at the time from the government:

The club will open, but with restrictions and guidelines to support the country during this difficult period. These are as follows:

  • All racing and duties for April are cancelled.

The following events are cancelled:

  • The work party on the 4th April.
  • The Laser and Solo Regatta on the 23 May.
  • The RYA “Try Sailing” event on the 30 May.

Racing and other events in May will be reviewed by the committee towards the end of April.

The following events will definitely take place in 2020, but the dates may need to change:

  • Adult and Kids camp – application will be online – more will follow.
  • The Annual Regatta.
  • The Diamond Jubilee.

Club House At present the club house has a problem with its supply of water, which means the toilets and kitchen are out of use. We will get this fixed and inform you once achieved – until then the club house is not to be used.

Boat and Caravan Park Members can take their boats and caravans down to the club. If doing so, please respect the social distancing rules and other members. I would ask that that groups aged over 60 go in the afternoon and those under 60 go in the morning.

Sailing As per the Prime Ministers briefing today (Sunday 22/03/2020) – we recognise that fresh air is important to maintain well being particularly if enduring long periods of isolation. Therefore, its up to individuals to choose if they go sailing or not, BUT we expect all members to respect social distancing and government advice at the time. Should members choose to sail then please understand the following:

  • Race marks will not be laid until racing starts.
  • The club will not provide safety cover until racing starts.
  • Club rules only require the club to provide safety cover at races.
  • If we can put the red and white safety boats on their moorings, then only members qualified with Power Boat Level 2 may use them to support their sailing activities.
2019 RYA Push The Boat Out

2019 RYA Push The Boat Out

Members are invited to bring friends to the club to try sailing during the month of May.

Push The Boat Out Day – 25th May

The club will be holding “have a go” sessions on Saturday 25th May between 1300 -1500 for guests.

Of course the traditional fun water games for the kids will take place 1500-1600 with canoe/boat races and pontoon jumping.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a picnic and relax by the loch as events unfold from 1200. The club kitchen will be serving up free hot drinks and a selection of home baking for purchase.

When inviting guests please recommend they bring a towel and wetsuits and bouyancy aids if they have them – plus warm clothes to change into after the activities.

All participants taking part in the water based activities must be strong swimmers. (Recommend age for children is 8+)

Non members wishing to reserve a “try sailing” taster session should download the form below and email it to webmaster@stmlsc.org.uk by noon Monday 20 May 2019.

Taster session form: Click Here

Delay in 2019 Season Opening

Delay in 2019 Season Opening

Dear Members,

As I’m sure you are aware, we agreed that SBC would have access to our premises to undertake the beach regrading works during our closed season. The contractor has been onsite for some weeks and works are ongoing. However progress has been slower than anticipated, not least as a result of the complexities of working in water and recent weather conditions. SBC has issued a revised programme and works are now expected to be complete on 9th April 2019.

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