Dear Club Member,
I’m delighted to see signs of normality starting to emerge at the club following the NI Executive’s relaxation of restrictions as we move towards a recovery: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-recovery-plan
Since the club grounds re-opened on 20th May we have seen sensible socially distanced activities resuming; windsurfing has returned, we’ve had the launch of both keel and motor boats and even some spirited singlehanded GP sailing.
Onshore, your committee has made great progress with grounds maintenance, highlights being restoration of the jetty and preparations for extension to the rock armour and re-stoning of the car park. In preparation for a further resumption of activity, the mast of the club yacht (a Sadler 25) has been stepped and within a matter of days she should be sitting on her new mooring, which was laid just before the lockdown.
I’m pleased that, as we move towards normality, we can now make club boats and windsurfing equipment available for members’ use, subject to the attached protocols, which must be strictly observed.
At this point access to club buildings continues to be restricted to the windsurfing store, the green shed and the male and female toilets, per protocols previously communicated. The clubhouse remains closed until further notice and the showers should not be used. gather only in groups of no more than 6. Please respect others.
Your Trustees and Committee continue to monitor the advice from Government, RYA and ISA and will continue to keep you updated. Should you have any queries or concerns regarding this notice, please email email@example.com
The NI Executive has relaxed some of the current restrictions as it moves into Step 1 of its recovery plan https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-recovery-plan
With effect from Wednesday 20th May the club grounds will be open for permitted activity including the inspection and maintenance of equipment. Further guidance regarding on the water activity will follow as soon as possible. At this point in time access to club buildings is to be restricted to the windsurfing store, the green shed and the male and female toilet areas on a limited basis. The rest of the clubhouse remains closed until further notice and the showers should not be used. Members should follow strictly the protocols in the attached document and at all times exercise the 2 metre social distancing requirements and gather only in groups of no more than 6. Please respect others.
On a personal note I am delighted to see what appears to be the beginning of an end and trust the restrictions continue to be tolerable. Your Trustees and Committee continue to monitor the advice from Government, RYA and ISA and will keep you updated.
Should you have any queries or concerns regarding this notice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLUB PROTOCOLS IN EFFECT
Following the easing of lockdown announced by the executive yesterday, here are our protocols for the partial re-opening of the club
Further guidance regarding on the water activity will follow in due course
Newtownards Sailing Club are now proudly flying a NHS flag from our mast, in gratitude to all those putting themselves on the front line at this time. Hopefully it will give a boost to any NHS staff travelling up and down the peninsula.
Last week our new (to us!) Sadler 26 was delivered to the club from Ballycastle. It's going to be a great asset for the club as not only does it give our members the option of sailing something just that bit bigger, but we will also be able to put it good use as a committee boat, and attend the regattas of other clubs on the lough with it.
Interestingly the boat belonged to a former club member, the Rev Dr Gordon Gray. We are looking forward to Gordon attending our own regatta on 6th June, and hopefully getting back out on his old boat.
The boat was purchased with a contribution from Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Sports Development Capital Fund, so many thanks to them for the support given to the club.
Congratulations to Stuart Wilson for being recognised at the 2020 RYA Awards. Well deserved after a life time of volunteering and dedication to our club!