The Commodore's Newsletter May 2020

Covid-19 Bulletin: 12

Fri 29 May
Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin

A message from John

Dear Members,

Our last bulletin was on Friday 15th May which announced our removal of the barrier and opening of the Haven for members to go sailing. I am so pleased that many of you have been able to do so and take advantage of this fantastic weather.

Thank you for acting so considerately to others while we continue to be under restrictions to try to control this virus. It is because of your care in protecting staff, each other and our community that we are confident that it will not be too long before being able to announce the next steps towards on the water organised activity.

The statement made by the Prime Minister yesterday does not give us, quite yet, the green light we need to confirm dates of relaxation of further lockdown restrictions here at the Club.

But here is a flavour of the work we have been undertaking.

Organised sporting events are still not allowed. However, we are working on our “Back to Sailing” plan. We confidently expect, with appropriate risk assessments and adherence to social distancing, that it will be possible in the next month, to restart some of our organised activities on the water.

We will proceed with caution and organized activity may include racing with no spinnakers, a conservative maximum windspeed (nominally 15 knots), careful management of the slipway/beach for launching and recovery, among other things such as strictly same-household teams in boats, RIBS and the Race Hut.

The Race Hut

Organised Events and Racing

  1. Recreational Sailing

    This is well under way already with informal arrangements. This is great to see. (This is not Club organised activity.)

  2. Friendly Fridays

    Will resume as soon as we are allowed to run Club-organised sailing.

  3. Adult Training

    We are considering offering training with reduced numbers per instructor, as a first step when we are able.

  4. Club dinghy racing (and “Friendly Fridays”)

    We have a potential plan for a simplified Poole YC Covid Cup Series, catering for single handers and some house-hold double handers, when regulations allow. A simplified combined NOR and SI will be published in due course.

  5. Club Cruiser Racing

    There may not be many cruisers ready to race with a same-household team, even without spinnakers. But we know the R19s have a fleet so are aiming to offer a start as soon as possible. The R19s may also wish to hold their Friday single-handed series, which is self-run.

  6. Club Owned Dinghies

    We hope to be able to offer these to members soon. Work is underway to ensure that they can be hired without risk of transmission. Further announcements will be made.

  7. Youth Training and Activities

    Aaron Agnew, in the role of our RYA Principal, is working out how we could offer some Youth Training, when we have limited access to the changing rooms again, and plans to extend the training season potentially into the Autumn and Winter are being considered.

So you can see there is activity coming, but I must emphasise that we will ensure we have clearance from the relevant authorities before any of this happens. This will require us to demonstrate adequate mitigation of the Covid–related risks in any organised Club activity.

The Haven

Yard & Haven

Now that we are well into restarting the cruiser haul-out and launch programme, the yard is starting to clear.

The Club House

Thinking of our Club House

Whilst we are closed, we are working on the Lounge ceiling and attending to small jobs and “tidying up” that can be accommodated, together with some “re-modelling.” These will enhance the feel of the Club and our offering. We are looking at, and planning for, when we might be able to start opening the bar and catering side of our Club. This would depend on relaxation of rules that will allow the hospitality industry to begin to open. That will probably not be before July. We are looking at how we can start gently, with perhaps takeaway offerings including separated tables outside if for example beer gardens begin to be allowed to open earlier.

You may have seen the bright new paint job on the outside!

Guidance on coming to the Club

View the latest guideline for coming to the Club, and the up to date status of facilities.

Thank you from Poole Yacht Club

Thank you!

I would like to thank the group of members that have been liaising and meeting on line during recent weeks working on the above plans to help us all manage through this emergency. I have lost count of the number of volunteer hours that have been put in by so many of our colleagues, together with the fantastic support from Mark, Lorna and our staff.
Thank you everyone.

We will continue to communicate to you to provide detail when it is possible to take each step.

Please remember, we may be beyond the peak, but to manage the spread and possible resurgence of the virus, we must take each of these steps with care.

Happy to receive your comments and questions.

Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
John
Commodore

Please remember to use the Club Office as your point of contact for any queries and questions you may have; if Mark/Lorna cannot answer them, they will find someone who can. genmgr@pooleyc.co.uk 01202 672687

Covid-19 Bulletin: 11

Fri 15 May
Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin

A message from John

Dear Members,

Thank you to members who have come to the Club during the past two days with the opening of the Yard and Haven and co-operated so well and operated within the guidelines.
I am pleased to report that all has gone to plan and following further consultations we can now go to the next steps on our journey of bringing our Club back to life.

We must always keep in mind the reality that the country is still in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic and we must always apply the rules of social distancing to protect ourselves and the wider community.

The Plan

The Plan

Previous Covid-19 Bulletins set out the sequence of steps we planned to take:

So Far
1. Contractors work in yard
2. Prepare to restart haul-out programme
3. Yard Staff begin to launch/haul out boats that are ready
4. Members work on boats in the yard
5. Members visit their boats for essential maintenance checks.
From Mon 18 May

6. Dinghies to the Dinghy Park, including YW Dayboats and other boats trailered to the Haven from Monday 18th May

Due to the need to stagger our restart including clearing the dinghy park and installing the YW Dayboat pontoons, trailered boats will be able to start coming to the Club from 9am Monday 18th May.

Please do not bring your boat to the Club until you have received your dinghy park allocation in the post, shortly

7a. Remove the barrier protecting the Haven entrance.

After consulting with relevant authorities we are very pleased to announce the removal of the security barrier. It will be removed later today, Friday 15th May, so boats may then depart and enter the Haven for recreational sailing. Always follow the rules on social distancing particularly only members from the same household (including children accompanied by adults) in the same boat.

7b. Launch Access to Swinging Moorings.

Under social distancing measures extra precautions have to be taken when using the launch to get to boats on swinging moorings. These are to protect you and staff operating the launch:

  • If possible use your own tender to access your swinging mooring
  • Launch hours will be restricted initially and from Saturday 16th May are:
    Monday to Fridays09:00 – 16:00 (on the hour)
    Saturday and Sunday08:00 – 14:00
  • Maintain Social distancing at all times
  • Maximum 2 people and from same household plus driver in the launch at any time
  • Maximum luggage one small pack or bag – plan your trip to bring the boat in to the waiting pontoon to load and unload provisions, people and equipment
  • Follow the launch driver’s instructions
  • Board the launch before the driver, sit as far aft as possible
  • Climb aboard your boat from the aft step in the launch to maintain social distance from the driver.

Can I go sailing?
  • From Tomorrow, Sat 16 May, members may sail while following the rules on social distancing. Only members from the same household may be in the same boat.
Guidelines for returning to the Club
  • If you are feeling at all unwell, or have a fever or cough, please do not come to the Club.
  • If you are in one of the vulnerable categories then please think very carefully about whether you should be leaving home and visiting the Club at all.
  • Limit of family members from the same household in one car until further notice; this may include children but not in the yard except to access your boat on its berth.
  • Members to keep minimum 2m separation from all other members, staff and other persons on site.
  • STAY ALERT: Please enter the club with caution and if you feel it is getting overcrowded then please leave. We will be prepared to control numbers coming through the gate if need be.
  • Only members from the same household to work on or board a boat at a time.
  • All buildings, including the changing rooms, are closed. The only toilet may be at the north end of the maintenance shed. Please clean all surfaces you have touched after use. We will be providing a limited number of portaloos.
  • Do not socialise with other members working or sitting on their boats.
  • General Committee or General Manager or other members of staff may suspend access during very busy periods (i.e. lock the IN gate)
  • People walking OFF the pontoons have right of way, members walking ONTO pontoons should step aside down the nearest finger to let them pass.
  • No over-night staying on boats.
  • If contact with the Office is required, please use the telephone: 01202 672687
  • No members on site during the hours of darkness, other than those performing NIGHT WATCH duties. NIGHT WATCH shall be returned to normal operation from Sunday 17th May.
  • For your own safety and that of others, if you are not complying with the above, you may be requested to leave the premises.
The Future

The Future

We continue to refine plans for the staged restarting of organised activities on the water (e.g. training and racing) as well as re-opening the Clubhouse and catering side of life at the Club when the time is right.

Thank you from Poole Yacht Club

Thank you!

We will continue to communicate to you to provide detail when it is possible to take each step.

Thank you for your patience – it is due to your responsible behaviour throughout that we have been able to develop trust with the authorities to be able to take these tentative steps to get back to our Club.

But please remember, we may be beyond the peak, but to manage the spread and possible resurgence of the virus, we must take each of these steps with care.

I again ask for your continuing understanding and patience as we start to open up parts of the Club.

Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
John
Commodore

Please remember to use the Club Office as your point of contact for any queries and questions you may have; if Mark/Lorna cannot answer them, they will find someone who can. genmgr@pooleyc.co.uk 01202 672687

Poole Yacht Club Covid Bulletin
Covid-19 Bulletin: 10
Tues 12 May
Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
A message from John

Dear Members,

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We have all now heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening and the Commons Statement yesterday. HM Government has, yesterday afternoon, issued further details and clarifications.

Everyone’s overriding responsibility is the continuing safety and well-being of each other and ourselves.

Following the above and the beginning of the gradual process of relaxing restrictions, the first step includes, from Wednesday, encouragement to do more and unlimited outdoor exercise, even if not local to your home. This allows sitting in the sun in your local park and driving to other destinations. You can even play sports but only with members of your own household; the message is changed from “Stay at Home and Save Lives” to “Stay Alert and Save Lives”. Please continue to bear with us, as we slowly and carefully move forward and we take our first conditional steps towards reopening parts of our Club.

In that context I am pleased to announce that we can move to the next steps in the process of re-opening the Yard and Haven.

The Plan
The Plan

Covid-19 Bulletin 8 sets out the sequence of steps we planned to take:

So Far
1. Contractors work in yard
2. Prepare to restart haul-out programme
3. Yard Staff begin to launch/haul out boats that are ready
From Tomorrow, Wed 13 May
4. Members allowed to work on their boats in the Yard from Wednesday 13th May to prepare for launch. Rules on social distancing must be followed and numbers within the Club controlled and monitored (see detailed process below).
5. Members visit their boats for checks from Wednesday 13th May for long enough to conduct checks on essential machinery and maintenance. Rules on social distancing must be followed and numbers within the Club controlled and monitored (see detailed process below).
Future Steps
6. Dinghies to the Dinghy Park, including YW Dayboats and other boats trailered to the Haven from Monday 18th May (subject to confirmation). Due to the need to stagger our restart including clearing the dinghy park and installing the YW Dayboat pontoons, trailered boats MAY be invited to start arriving from Monday 18th May. Obviously trailered boats (including YW Dayboats) will need to know they have a berth to go to in the Haven. Please do not bring your boat to the Club until you have received written advices from the Club that it is possible to do so. We only wish to ensure good process and safety.
We will issue further advices on this on Friday 15th May.
7. Remove the barrier protecting the Haven entrance. To allow boats to move to their swinging moorings and start recreational sailing. Date to be determined and announced.
We will issue further advices on this on Friday 15th May.

Steps 1-3 are already in progress and we can now start to take steps 4 and 5. The rules to ensure social distancing are the same for both step 4 (working on boat in yard) and step 5 (checking on boat in Haven).

When can you come to the Club
  • From Tomorrow, Wed 13 May, members may visit the Club to check on their boats and to work on boats in the yard.
Guidelines for returning to the Club
  • If you are feeling at all unwell, or have a fever or cough, please do not come to the Club
  • If you are in one of the vulnerable categories then please think very carefully about whether you should be leaving home and visiting the Club at all
  • Limit of 2 family members per car until further notice, but please, no children at this point in time.
  • Members to keep minimum 2m separation from all other members, staff and other persons on site.
  • Please do not rush along to the Club as soon as it is open. We will be introducing, at least initially, some form of way in which we control numbers coming through the gate (which will be manned). Gates will open 9.00 am from Wednesday 13th May.
  • Only members from the same household to work on a boat at a time.
  • Members are not to enter any buildings other than to use the available toilets, if any, and wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
  • Members should be aware that the only toilets available may be the YARD TOILET, if at all. Should the changing rooms be open, they are only for access to the toilets / hand basins. Showering / changing etc. is not to take place. These facilities will be cleaned regularly.
  • Do not socialize with other members working on their boats.
  • General Committee or General Manager or other members of staff may suspend access during very busy periods (i.e. lock the IN gate)
  • People walking OFF the pontoons have right of way, members walking ONTO pontoons should step aside down the nearest finger to let them pass.
  • NO over-night staying on boats.
  • If contact with the Office is required, please use the telephone.
  • No members on site during the hours of darkness, other than those performing NIGHT WATCH duties. NIGHT WATCH shall be returned to normal operation as soon as possible. (General Committee and Flag Officers will be conducting additional patrols at their discretion.)
  • For your own safety and that of others, if you are not complying with the above, you may be requested to leave the premises.
The Future
The Future

We continue to refine plans for the staged restarting of organized activities on the water (e.g. training and racing) as well as re-opening the Clubhouse and catering side of life at the Club when the time is right.

Thank you from Poole Yacht Club
Thank you!

We will continue to communicate to you to provide detail when it is possible to take each step. Thank you for your patience – it is due to your responsible behaviour throughout that we have been able to develop trust with the authorities to be able to take these tentative steps to get back to our Club.

But please remember, we may be beyond the peak but to manage the spread and possible resurgence of the virus we must take each of these steps with care. I again ask for your continuing understanding and patience as we start to open up parts of the Club.

We may need to start some operations at different times for practical or legal reasons, or because of conditions imposed upon us, and if this restricts any of our proposed actions we may need to communicate with you again, at any time.

Well this, at last, is a step in right direction, all be it “one small step…..” You have no idea how pleased I am, on behalf of the Covid-19 Group and your General Committee to be issuing this!

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Poole Yacht Club Commodore John Yonwin
John
Commodore
01305 852117
johnyonwin3@gmail.com
Please use the Club Office as your point of contact for any queries and questions you may have:
genmgr@pooleyc.co.uk
01202 672687
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