Slipper Happenings June 27th
Published 14:46 on 3 Jul 2020
With the next easing of the lockdown scheduled for 4 July, your full general committee met of Thursday evening to discuss what this means for the opening up of operations at Slipper. Mark Riddington has updated these affects on our matrix (see below) and this will further evolve over the following weeks as your bar committee and sailing committee meet to fill in some more detail on how Slipper can further flourish.
Cruisers: It is very disappointing to report that lift-In will not take place in 2020. Your committee has taken the view that the guidance has not been sufficiently eased to permit this operation to take place in July. Poor tidal heights and the limited months left in the season render a later lift pointless.
This cancellation does have knock on effects on dinghy storage space, storage revenues, outdoor catering, access to club boats, youth and junior sailing.
All these issues will be explored and addressed by the relevant committees over the coming weeks.
Boat storage charges: This was covered last night.
Dinghies that use the limited space in the club boat park will be charged as usual. Dinghies that cannot or choose not to return to the park this year will be offered a credit in next year's renewals.
Cruisers will pay the same charge as normal in September. The part of the cost normally attributed to crane lift-in and lift-out costs will show as a Summer storage charge. In other words, cruisers will be paying no more for storage than in a normal season.
Boat storage: Simon Boylin organised a work party this morning to maximise the space in the boat parks. They did a great job and a lot of space has now been freed up for access to the Malthouse, access to the Mill Pond, boat storage and boat movement.
Please be considerate and careful when moving dinghies and tenders around the boat parks and cruiser owners please be considerate when working on your boats.
This is our 'new normal' for the rest of the year and we all have to share the available space the best we can.
Dinghy sailing: Your committee is looking at ways to return to normal club racing with safety cover ASAP.
Our Simon Boylin and ESC's Simon Langford are on the case to ensure we tick all the Covid 19 guidance boxes. It is hoped that racing will start next weekend (4 & 5 July) with a start line at Swear Deep. More information will follow shortly.
Club boats: The plan is to make the use of club sailing boats more available but their use on the sea will be restricted to times when a patrol boat is in attendance.
Normal booking through the website is essential and all current Covid 19 restrictions will apply.
Junior and youth sailing: Whilst formal training is unlikely to happen any time soon, free sailing is to be encouraged, especially on the Millpond. Competent sailors are welcome to return to free sailing in the harbour provided the conditions are suitable and safety boat cover is in attendance.
Covid 19 guideline restrictions apply.
Radio sailing: John Galyer and Rod Carr are exploring the next steps and will report to the sailing committee.
Refurbishment: This commences in early July. Downstairs disruption is inevitable and toilet availability will be limited. Please look out for any further information and follow any signage.
Bar: It is planned to reopen the bar in the second or third week of July. There will of course be lots of rules, restrictions, signage and social distancing to sort out but there will be proper beer! More details will follow once your bar and social committee have met.
Moorings: We have a number of unlet moorings available this year on both short and full time leases. Pro-rata rates will apply. Please talk to Trevor Davis if you are interested.
As you can see these next steps to the 'new normal' are very much 'work in progress' but they should evolve reasonably quickly. None of them apply until 4 July at the earliest.
We will keep you informed.
Old news but still relevant:
Galley and Toilet Refurbishment to start soon! : It is unlikely that government guidance will permit full club activity and catering any time soon. So with this in mind and knowing that we have the Centenary celebrations next year, your committee has agreed it would be a good time to get on with the refurbishment project.
A letter of intent has been placed with Nutbourne Construction. A lead-in time of 6 weeks is expected although some work may start before then. The plan is to break through and isolate the kitchen area first and then move on to the refurbishment of the toilets. This should hopefully allow Den and Lesley to start catering as soon as it is permitted.
Please expect some disruption to your normal enjoyment of the club, particularly with regard to car parking, building materials storage, access to toilets, the builders' Covid 19 protection precautions and so forth - More details will follow!
A big thanks must go to Derrick Johnson and the whole premises team for getting the project to this stage.
The actual project management team will be headed by Derrick Johnson and supported by Mark Mansfield, Sandy Keefe and me.
Please direct any of your thoughts and concerns to the management team and not directly to the builders - Many thanks.
We look forward to a successful Refurbishment of our facilities.
Club bins: Unfortunately people have recently taken to dumping their household rubbish in our club bins. We do not even think these people are members!
The bottle bins are now stored in the dinghy park and the large bins are being locked.
Please do not leave rubbish beside the bins, if you cannot gain access to a club bin please either use the public bins or take your rubbish home and dispose/recycle it responsibly. Many thanks.
Club Website: Jon Keefe, in between applying the final touches to 'Mad Moment' has been beavering away on the new Sailing Club Manager website.
The website is now accessible but has not yet been linked to our main domain address yet. This should happen shortly. For those of you who cannot wait please use the following link: https://members.emsworthslippersc.org.uk (You will need the password sent out at renewal to access the members site - for those of you who have lost or deleted your renewal e-mail, new instruction will be provided when the main domain link is switched over).
Many thanks again Jon for all your enthusiastic work - it would not have happened without you!!!
General Club Guidelines: Following our recent committee meeting activity to consider the recent lockdown easing of restrictions, Mark Riddington, (our Chairman) has kindly put together the following matrix to explain the club's current position. In conjunction with all current government guidelines please read the matrix carefully and follow these club guidelines, in both in spirit and in rule:
Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club A Summary of Club Functions v0.5
Last updated 14:46 on 3 July 2020