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News at Whitstable Yacht Club

Club News - March

WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Friday 6th November

Friends and members,
The General Committee is reviewing RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. From 5th November:

  • The bar, clubhouse, toilets, changing rooms and lower Rigden shed will be closed from November 5th apart from those who require access to work within the premises. Members requiring access to their lockers should do so before the planned closure
  • Sailing, windsurfing and other watersports are permitted under the current lockdown restrictions, so long as you’re doing so: on your own; with the people you live with (your household); with your support bubble; or on your own and with one person from another household. All racing and supported sailing is cancelled until further notice. The club will not be able to provide support cover, if you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk. All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions and ensure that they follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Watersports (http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Safety_Advice) if they go on the water.
  • Members have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden’s and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch wherever possible. If you go onto the water, you do so at your own risk.
  • All club meetings and social events are cancelled until further notice.
  • See wyc.org.uk/news/wyc-agm-update-and-general-committee for a statement on the AGM and continuation of the General Committee.

We await further guidance from the RYA on sailing and windsurfing activities, this is expected on Wednesday when a further update will be issued.
Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club

WYC AGM Update and General Committee

As previously communicated, the Whitstable Yacht Club Annual General Meeting scheduled for 28th March has been cancelled due to Coronavirus. A Special General Meeting will be scheduled within 6 months, or as soon as reasonably possible to do so whilst meeting government guidelines. The General Committee has decided that, in line with RYA guidance, as there were no contested nominees for Flag Officer or General Committee member positions, and all General Committee Members were planning to re-stand (with the exception of Tizzie Lambert), the current General Committee will remain in place until the SGM can be held to avoid any potential disruption to the running of the club during this time.
The events and restrictions on movements are unprecedented in the club’s history, and as such not well catered for within the club’s rules. We hope that members will understand and support the General Committee’s position, but please raise any queries with the Commodore or a member of the GC.

Thank You Tizzie Lambert

Social event organiser Tizzie Lambert has decided to stand down from the General Committee. Tizzie did a great job over the last year in organising and supporting the social side of the club with a range of different activities and events. The WYC General Committee would like to thank Tizzie for the tremendous effort she put into organising and running those social activities, her input will be missed.

Full club closure

With immediate effect the clubhouse, changing rooms and deck area will be closed until further notice except for those who have to work on the premises and where there is no viable alternative. The GC is sure that members will understand and support the club in that decision. Hopefully the efforts we are all making will help things to return to normal sooner rather than later. As always, please continue to follow government advice and keep safe.

AGM Cancelled

Following the most recent government advice on stemming the spread of Covid-19, the AGM scheduled for March 28th will be cancelled. The General Committee will meet by virtual conferencing on Wednesday to decide what immediate and future contingency measures need be put in place as a result of government and RYA briefings and advice.

Colin Brown

We are sorry to announce that Colin Brown sadly passed away. A club member for many years, Laser sailor, windsurfer, and highly respected political journalist and author, Colin and his wife Mandy often stayed in the bunk rooms when in Whitstable. After getting the all clear from cancer, Colin took delivery of a new Laser last year and was looking forward to some expert tuition from Charlie Campion but sadly was taken ill while abroad, diagnosed with brain cancer and died earlier this week.  A popular, outgoing and generous man, Colin wore his considerable intellect and literary achievements lightly and along with sailing and windsurfing was a keen skier and football player.

Abandoned/mislaid sails

One of the jobs completed at the Working Party on Saturday was to clear out all of the vacant sail racks in Upper Rigden’s Shed. Sails found with identifying marks or sail numbers have been moved to temporary storage, and will be processed under RYA abandoned kit guidelines unless claimed. If any of the below list belongs to you, please contact Sally in the club office
Topaz Uno Sail 9726;
Sail 70233;
Laser Radial (4 sails) 177578;
Laser Sail 144279;
Laser Sail 179947;
Topper Sail 47859;
Sail 3463;
Laser Radial Sail (2) 159447;
Tasar Sail 2514;
Tasar Sail 2352;
Tasar Jib;
Tasar jib;
Laser Sail 198535;
A Class Sail GBR 067;
Laser sail 183304;
F18 jib “Maflin”;
Fireball/Blaze sail; and
Catamaran Kite (1 black & 1 white) 159.

A big thank you to all who turned up for Saturday’s working party. All jobs completed.

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Working Party on Saturday morning. We had a great turn out and all the planned jobs were completed. Helping your club like this achieves a lot in a short time, makes the club a nicer place to spend time, makes the club a more attractive option for potential members, and saves us all money! Well done team WYC!

Child Welfare Contacts and the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

We are pleased to announce WYC Wanderer Sailor Paul Cross has joined Jill Fagg as one of our two club Child Welfare Contacts. Every club member should be aware of the responsibilities and expectations defined in the WYC Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy, a full updated copy of which can be found at http://www.wyc.org.uk/members/Club_Rules or in the sailing programme which all members receive. 
If you have any concerns, please contact Jill or Paul:
Jill Fagg - brownings.oast@gmail.com - 07973 713377.
Paul Cross - paul@paul-cross.net - 07791726208.

New club guitar!

Louise and Andrew Provan have donated a new club acoustic guitar and case to WYC to replace the road-worn Dallas acoustic. The guitar was formally handed over to the Commodore on Saturday, although it’s not recorded whether Kelvin subsequently provided a demonstration of his strumming skill!
The guitar is free to use for all, but a special request with regard to noise (and choice of song!) – please be considerate to other members of the club who may be within earshot, and may not share your musical enthusiasm!  Please also replace the guitar in the case after use, to minimise damage and dust gathering opportunities.
Thank you Louise and Andrew!

 
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