Sailing Newsletter – June 2020

Sailing Newsletter – June 2020

Returning to Sailing

Firstly, I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well, and COVID-19 has not caused you too many issues.

As you would be aware, the Club is opening this week and we are now able to resume racing, so long as we meet the requirements of the Health Orders. The safety and well-being of our members is the primary focus of both the re-opening of the club and a return to sailing.

Australian Sailing has been doing a great job keeping all sailing clubs up to date on the impact of Covid-19 on sailing, and they have been actively involved with all levels of government to plan a return to sailing.  Australian Sailing has issued  a notice to all sailing clubs, and it can be found online via this link

As stated in the last Newsletter, a return to sailing can only be undertaken when we have completed all of the necessary steps to ensure we comply with the Health Orders.  We have formed a working group consisting of Mark Norden (CEO), Ross Ahrens (Sailing Administrator), Ian Murray (Director), Tony Austin (Skipper of the Cruising Division) and me.  This group that will work through all of the issues associated a with a return to Covid Safe Sailing and prepare of a comprehensive risk management plan for sign off by the Board.  This group met today and we each have several actions to undertake over the coming weeks.

Our plan is to return to racing on Wednesday 1st July which coincides with start of the Winter Series 2 in the White Book.  We are also planning a short Weekend Winter Series that will commence on either Saturday 4th  or Sunday 5th July.  Ross is going to poll the skippers to see if a Saturday or Sunday series is preferable.

There is a considerable amount of work that must be completed so that we comply with the Health Orders and ensure we are undertaking Covid Safe Sailing.  We cannot return to what we did pre-Covid 19 as this would not comply with the Health Orders.  There will need to be changes to the way we operate Sailing and we will communicate these changes in the coming weeks.

All the best and please stay safe,

Steven Ford

Rear Commodore LMYC