Sailing Club


Club Opening will go ahead this Saturday, May 23.

Follow-up to general Email: Club Opening will go ahead this Saturday, May 23.

As per our email from last week, we are able to open up the sailing club, but with some COVID-19 restrictions. We all want to get out and sail. As a board, we are taking a prudent approach to creating a safe environment, respecting all the government guidelines, and to be a good example. We all have our part to play.

The following are some key points to remember:

  1. The club is partially open. You may place your boat in the boat park and launch the boat for sailing. Otherwise, everything should be considered closed and out of bounds. The club house remains closed with the exception of using the washrooms with proper physical distancing. No use of the club barbeques, kitchen, fridges etc. Club boats will not be available until proper COVID-19 protocols are put in place, hopefully within a couple of weeks.

    For now, there are no social activities planned, no organized on-water racing, and no food or drink will be served. Of course you can bring something for yourself and you can use the picnic tables as a family unit or with proper distancing, but you should wipe them clean before and after use.

  2. There will be formal COVID-19 related protocols in place for the club opening. They are posted separately on the website, and will be at the club this Saturday morning. We want to take a common sense approach to the protocols and have a safe environment for all. They will include:
    • a. Do not come to the club if you have any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been recently (within 2 weeks) exposed to those with COVID-19.
    • b. All Provincial and Regional physical distancing rules and limits of group sizes apply at the club, including frequent hand washing and avoiding touching your face. We should not be congregating, especially in confined areas.
    • c. If it is going to be difficult to distance, take extra precautions like using PPE. Please bring your own.
    • d. Only one person or family unit in each change room at a time.
    • e. Only two people working in the club house kitchen area during club opening only for cleaning/tidying at a time, with distancing.
    • f. Maintain physical distancing in the upstairs room, or use PPE.
    • g. The club will be providing sanitizer stations around the grounds, and soap and water to wash your hands. Please use them as needed.
    • h. Bring and use your own tools if possible. When using club tools, make sure to wash your hands before and after using the tools. If feasible, sanitize the tools before and after use.

    This will all seem awkward at first, and these are new habits to learn. We should not be shy about respectfully speaking up and reminding each other about safe practices as needed.

  3. Club opening: This will include the dock (already done), taking the boats and masts out of the clubhouse and into the boat park, removing the window coverings, putting up the signs, and the general cleanup of the clubhouse and the grounds. We have lots of room and we should be able to do all of this safely if we are careful and take precautions.
  4. Sailing camp and adult lessons: Day camps are likely to be permitted this summer, with COVID-19 restrictions. We are looking at how we can manage our youth summer camp, and we at this time we expect to go ahead. Please register if you want to assure a spot this summer even though things may shift around a bit.
  5. A determination regarding the Warm Water Regatta will be made at the end of the month.
  6. Really important: Early bird fees are due by club opening this Saturday May 23rd, so best to register and pay now (the early bird discount gets applied at check-out) via our Membership page.  Payment by eTransfer is preferred, saves us a few dollars.
  7. There will be a page on the website with COVID-19 related information and we will do our best to keep everything up to date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. Watch this News page for updates.

On behalf of the board, we are looking forward to a very enjoyable season.

Jan d’Ailly
Commodore
Conestoga Sailing Club.


2020 Schedule

The winter freeze may slow us down, but plans are afoot for another great season!

Important dates so far for this year:

The sailing camp dates that we are planning are:

Session 1 – 2 weeks – June 29 – July 10
Session 2 – 2 weeks – July 13 – 24
Session 3 – 1 week – July 27 – 31
Session 4 – 1 week – Aug 3 – 7
Session 5 – 1 week, tentative – Aug 10 – 14 – advanced sailing camp, possibly no school bus

Stay tuned for the Adult class schedule…

Other tentative dates:

Spring AGM April 5

Club opening April 18 (inclement weather date April 25)

Wellington Cup May 31 (hosted by Belwood)

Open House June 6

Warm Water June 13-14

All Arms Race July 19

Club Championships August 29-30

Club Closing October 3

Originally posted January 25, 2020.
Updated January 30, 2020: corrected Wellington Cup date.


Club Opening 2019 is This Saturday, April 27!

Yes, it’s finally club opening this Saturday !!!!   Sailing season is starting!

It is hard to believe, but the snow is long gone, and the water level seems to be back down to the upper end of the target range.

We’ve had some April showers, but the sun will hopefully be out, and we should have a great Opening Day.

We start around 9:30 AM and there is a lot to do for everyone. Many hands make light work. The task list will be added in the next day or so – check back for updates. You can also Email any questions to our Shore Captain.

The grounds could still be a little wet, so bring your boots along with your work clothes, and preferably something dry/warm to change into just in case.

Lunch will be provided.

A few other items:

  1. Early bird discount ends this Saturday! For those who haven’t already, you need to register your membership online, and you can also pay there, or give/send us a cheque.  Those of you with a slip must also pay before club opening to retain your spot. Email us for any questions.
    NEW: we are also accepting payments by Interac e-Transfer. See separate news item for instructions.
  2. Weekly races start Wednesday May 22nd, first start at 7:00 PM.
  3. General Open house is on Sunday June 2nd. Please come help out!
  4. Warm Water regatta is on June 8-9.

Registration for Youth camps and CANSail lessons are also open.  If you know anyone who may be interested in learning to sail, pass on the links and make sure to invite them to the open house.

That’s it for now, see you Saturday.


2013 AGM

The 2013 annual general meeting of the Conestoga sailing club was held on Sunday November 24th 2013. We meet at the KW Granite club. The minutes of the meeting can be found here

2013 Club awards

  • Carling Cup (Warm Water): Sue Pilling and Steph Romaniuk
  • All Arms Race: Al Nichols and Ken Nethercott
  • Club Championship: Bill McLaughlin
  • Wednesday Night Race Series:
    • Hugh Loughborough (June)
    • Don McKenzie (July)
    • Dwight and Pat Aplevich (August)
    • Nick Couwen (Overall)
  • Sailing School Awards:
    • White Sail (CanSail 1 – 2): Session 1 Isaac Dippel; Session 2 Luke Schmidt; Session 3 Ellie Wolfe; Overall Luke Schmidt
    •  Bronze Sail (CanSail 3 – 4): Session 1 Sally Draper; Session 2 Scottie Parker; Session 3 Keegan Poyeshi; Overall ;
  • Broken Rudder Award: Jan d’Ailly (two washes of the inside of his boat between races at the club championship)
  • Shore Captain Award: Stephen Mercer

Sailing Club and Sailing School Promotion

There are lots of ways you can help promote the sailing club and the sailing school. Over 50% of people learn about the sailing club via, word of mouth. Telling your friends and neighbours is the is the easiest way to promote the sailing club. You can also let folks know about us with these simple posters/flyers.

2013 YOUTH BROCHURE

2013 MEMBERSHIP BROCHURE

2013 ADULT BROCHURE


Club Championships

Well with one week left of sailing school and only 7 days until the club championships regatta we still have water in the lake. The sailing school coaches have been doing a good job keeping the dock pushed out at its full length.  So let’s all take advantage of the water we have by joining in the club championship regatta. The Regatta is on the 25th and 26th of August, this coming weekend. It is a two day event that is concluded with a BBQ and corn roast on Sunday after racing. Everyone is invited to join the races and the BBQ. Even if you are not as interested in racing it is still a great day to come out and fill the lake with sails. If you are interested in coming to race and you would like crew or someone else to sail with reply and let’s put together some boats. I have spoken to a few people that would be excited to have crews to sail with.

The BBQ and corn roast is a pot luck event with the club taking care of the mains courses and the corn on the cob. If you plan on attending the BBQ please RSVP with commodore Ben so we can do some approximate planning. If folks bring along a salad and dessert for 8, everything usually works out perfectly with regards to quantities of food.

The Regatta will be Saturday (6 races) and Sunday (4 races) we are guessing the races will be a little shorter with the smaller lake. We will announce the courses and details at the Saturday morning skippers meeting 10:30. Could all the racers also RSVP early on in the week.

Schedule
Saturday:
10:30 skippers meeting
11:00 First race
4:00 No races starts after

Sunday:
10:30 skippers meeting
11:00 First race
2:00 No races starts after
4:00 BBQ and Corn Roast and awards ceremony