- According to Provincial Regulations, the can be open, and is open, but physical distancing, hand-washing and wearing of face masks when physical distancing is not possible guidelines must be followed.
- Club boats may be used by members, but surfaces must be wiped before and after use.
- Only one person or family unit or circle in the washrooms or the kitchen at a time.
- Barbecues may be used by one family at a time. Utensils and handles must be washed/wiped prior and after use.
- The club will not undertake any planned social activities.
- The club will be holding its Wednesday night races commencing June 17th.
- Family units/circles may sail together.
- Our full guidelines are posted on the website and on the bulletin board.
To avoid scheduling issues, Virtual Race Nights going forward may be either Wednesday or Thursday evening, from 7:30 to about 9:00.
Next Virtual Race will be on Wed. June 10, at 7:30.
Check for updates here each week. See details on the Original Announcement.
For questions, contact our Commodore.
An important update from our Fleet Captain:
Thank you to everyone who showed up for our first virtual race night! Given the fun we had last week, and that we are not quite ready to gather for our regular race nights, we are going to run another race night this Thursday May 28th at 7:00 PM.
For more information, visit the initial Virtual Regatta announcement, or read the CSC eSailing Guide, which is posted there.
If you have any questions, or to get the meeting info for Thursday, don’t hesitate to contact Graham at email@example.com.
Spring AGM April 5 2020
Club opening April 18 2020 (inclement weather date April 25 2020)
Open House June 6 2020 Postponed
Warm Water June 13-14 2020 Postponed
All Arms Race July 19 2020 Wayfarer start at 2:00pm
Wellington Cup June 7 2020 (hosted by Belwood)
Club Championships August 29-30 2020
Club Closing October 3 2020
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A determination regarding the Warm Water Regatta will be made at the end of the month.
- 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.
- 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.
Conestoga Sailing Club.
Both Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada, our Provincial and Federal governing bodies, have issued guidance and information for sailing clubs and members/sailors for addressing COVID-19 issues. The Sail Canada information can be referenced from the Ontario Sailing COVID-19 page.
Conestoga Sailing Club has drafted the following COVID-19 PROTOCOL:
Please download and read it carefully before visiting the sailing club, and follow all rules and procedures while at the club.
This entry last updated 2020-05-22 19:00
With luck, we will be racing on the water again soon. Until then, let’s get together online. On Wednesday May 20th at 7:00 we held our first virtual Wednesday night race. It’s a fantastic way to get back into race mode and to practice our tactics. To avoid scheduling issues, subsequent races may be either Wednesday or Thursday evening, from 7:30 to about 9:00.
Next Virtual Race will be on Wed. June 10, at 7:30.
Virtual Regatta (eSailing) Inshore is aimed at everyone from expert sailors to newbies and can bring the excitement of small sailboat racing to your home. It’s easy to use and also has a training feature so people can easily learn how to use the game or even learn the basics of sailing.
If you have not used Virtual Regatta before, please download and review the CSC eSailing Guide, create a profile, and complete the training. On Wednesday May 20th, we will gather on Google Meet at 7:00, and start races soon afterwards, with a maximum of 5 races.
To get the Google Meet info, or if you have any questions, please contact Fleet Captain Graham Moogk-Soulis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post last updated on 2020-06-05 at 22:13.
We have some good news, finally. With the Premier’s announcement on May 14 reducing restrictions, we should be able to partially open the club facilities with restrictions.
Members may now arrange to place your own boat in the boat park, and launch your boat for sailing if it’s safe. (docks are not ready yet) Please coordinate with Stephen – see below. The club house remains closed, with the exception of using the washrooms with proper physical distancing, and only one household unit in a washroom at a time for now. (the water has been turned on) At least until club opening, No use of the club barbecues, kitchen, fridges etc. If in doubt, don’t!! You can put out a picnic table, but distancing applies for non-family groups. Otherwise everything should be considered closed and out of bounds. Full rules will be posted as soon as they are completed.
Please exercise caution and watch for your own and the well-being of others.
If there are a few people who would like to help put out the dock, or if you wish to deliver your boat to the club or launch it, please coordinate with our Shore Captain: Stephen, at email@example.com.
We are tentatively planning for a club opening next Saturday morning May 23rd. Details and confirmation are planned to be emailed out on Wednesday May 20. The protocols for COVID-19 mitigation will also be explained and posted before opening day. Hopefully Wednesday night races will start on May 27th.
Note: we are planning some virtual racing, until we’re able to get real racing going, and for those who are not ready to venture out. Watch for subsequent posts for details.
Early bird fees are due by club opening, so best to register and pay now if you haven’t already. (the early bird discount gets applied at check-out) Payment by eTransfer (select Cheque) is preferred. Those who haven’t registered for winter storage should do that as well. A slip announcement will come in the next week. Register via Membership page on our web site, or directly at:
Thank you all, and looking forward to being out on the water.