Following last Thursday’s announcement to move to phase 3, the committee have been working hard to complete our risk assessments and determine what measures need to be in place for us to be able to return to Club organised events and activities safely. This is now complete and a copy of the Club’s latest guidance, effective from tomorrow, is attached.
Please do take the time to read through the information, as you would expect we are not back to the way things were just yet. Access to the club buildings remains restricted and please do make sure that you wash/sanitise your hands before and after touching communal surfaces. Hardest of all, when another club member needs some help please stop for a moment to work out the best way to assist whilst keeping each other safe. Pulling a boat up the slipway together side by side for even a couple of minutes is likely to be a flag as far as contact tracing is concerned. However, with a bit of thought we can work as a team and still stay safe.
We are pleased to advise that Club racing will begin from this weekend and a revised program will be sent out soon. The planned windward-leeward series will run over the next four Sundays and a summer series will take place on Tuesday evenings. We have decided not to trial the Saturday race series as the radio sailors will be meeting every Saturday over the next few weeks, so please be aware of that if you plan to sail at the Club on a Saturday.
We also plan to run fun days for the younger members on Mon 27th and Tue 28th July. If your family would like to take part or assist please let me know.
Finally, if you still have a boat stored at the tattie shed, these should be collected before the end of July. (Email: email@example.com or phone Tony Walker to arrange access.) We are very grateful to Fraser for allowing us to store them longer than usual and rely on his goodwill each year.
A reminder also that membership renewals can be done online with payment by BACS.
We will continue to monitor the advice from the Scottish Government and RYA Scotland and will advise you of any changes to the arrangements over the coming weeks. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement at the club relating to covid-19 arrangements please get in touch with me or Tony.
The radio sailors have returned and started sailing again, all at a distance from each other. Good to see different activity back at the sailing club. Let us know if you are planning to come and visit us, we would love to see you again.
Following the announcement on Thursday to relax the 5-mile travel restriction we hope that more of you will now feel confident to return your boat to Forfar Loch and resume some sailing. A few of our more local members have been out on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons and report some great conditions on the loch.
A copy of the Club’s updated plan for Phase 2 which is effective from today, is attached. Not much change yet but we are very much looking forward to moving to Phase 3 when we hope to be able to resume Club organised activities in some form. We won’t know the exact details until the government’s announcement but your committee are in regular contact to review the guidelines and plan how we can move safely to organised sailing.
For the time being, in line with government and RYA guidance, access to the club buildings remains limited. Notices are in place to remind us and hand sanitiser is available. Please take care to keep yourself and others safe. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please get in touch with Tony Walker or myself directly.
Any members who still have a boat stored at the tattie shed should contact Tony directly to arrange access.
If you haven’t already done so, then we would encourage you to please pay your membership fee. As you will be aware the Club is liable for certain fixed costs such as rent, insurance and maintenance that still require to be paid. It is unlikely that we will be able to generate our usual income by providing catering at events this season, so we are heavily reliant on membership fees to cover these costs.
The quickest and easiest way to renew your membership is to complete the online form and pay by BACS. Please remember that we changed our account to the Bank of Scotland at the start of this year so make sure that you use the new details, which are provided on the online form. https://forfarsailingclub.org.uk/membership/membership-form/
We will continue to monitor the advice from the Scottish Government and RYA Scotland and will advise you of any changes to the arrangements over the coming weeks.
If you have any questions please get in touch and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.
Some members are going down to the Loch on Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon at present in case others may wish to sail then as well. (We are not meeting) As folks start to go down again please can they feedback to the club if they feel that we need to do any more with the clubhouse facilities. Towels have been removed and replaced with paper towels, we are waiting for delivery of dispensers, hand sanitisers are in place appropriate notices are up. The race box has been reassembled without the ceiling and redecoration carried out and we still await the fitting of the new cooker and connection to the external gas supply. We still have masts in the clubhouse but I see where else to store them unless we take them out to the tattie shed. Posts have been erected to prevent unauthorised access. The plumbing has been simplified and rerouted and is fully working including the boiler. The grass is cut but we need a strimmer Hope to see you soon on the water.