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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience in this difficult time, and trust that everyone is staying safe. We are hopeful that we will still be able to enjoy a season of both teaching and enjoying sailing this summer.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, our Club will remain closed until we are allowed to open.
For Youth Sailing Camp and Adult Lesson registrants:
We continue to plan to hold our youth summer sailing camp and adult lessons this summer. If you would like to be assured a spot, please register. Should schedule changes be required because of COVID-19, we will let all affected registrants know as soon as possible. We will allow registrants to switch to a different session, or will fully refund any fees paid if accommodation cannot be met.
An email will be sent as soon as we have any news about opening. Club opening will be the first Saturday after we are permitted to open.
If you must access the boat park to pick up or drop off a boat without feasible alternatives, please contact our Shore Captain to find out what is possible, when and how.
Due to the current COVID-19 shutdown, the Sailing Club will remain closed until the rules allow us to open. We currently do not expect to open before May 9. Until this changes, no one is allowed to visit the club without approval of our Shore Captain. Watch this space for further announcements.
The Spring General Meeting is planned for April 5th. We cannot meet in person, so we will be holding an Online meeting starting at 1:30pm using ZOOM, a video conferencing platform. Watch this space for updated details.
NOTE: original Zoom meeting number has been cancelled. Email coming shortly with new info. If you did not receive the SGM announcement Email either on March 27 or April 3 (shortly), Email us at email@example.com to let us know.
To prepare (or sign in), you can go to https://zoom.us/join. You can either join the meeting from this link, or you can use the Download/Meetings Client link at the bottom of the page, or the link in the SGM Email, to install the app. To learn about how to use it, check the “How to Videos” under the About section.
Documents so far:
Last update: 2020-04-03
Just a quick note that registration is now available for the main Membership classes, with the early bird discount in effect until club opening. Winter Storage for this past winter is also available for registration. Go to the Membership section to find the new registration pages. An announcement will be coming shortly about slip registration. Note that payment by e-Transfer is preferred.
Registration is available for both the Youth Camp and Adult Lesson sessions. We’re still working on some additional sessions, including a possible Youth Race Camp, hopefully Intro to Sailing sessions, and possibly a Women on the Water Adult session. Membership registration will be available shortly, as well as the members’ discounts on camp & lessons. Feel free to Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.