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August Opening Times (New Protocols in place)
Wednesday 5th - 1500 - 1900 (This week only)
Thursday 6th - 1500 - 1900
Friday 7th - 1500 - 2100
Saturday 8th - 1200 - 2100
Sunday 9th - 1200 - 1900
As you will all be only too well aware, the lock down continues and the Yacht Club is still closed.
However, life must go on and some of the work of the club must continue. Given the absence of any club income from training/sailing and the bar and the continuation of some expenses, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those members who have renewed their membership so promptly. For those of you who have not got around to it yet, frankly, the sooner you renew the better. If anyone has any queries regarding their renewal, please contact our Membership Secretary, Rachel Ace, email@example.com.
I would also like to welcome our new club members from the Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club and look forward to meeting them on and off the water as soon as this becomes possible.
Some of our officers are having to continue full time working throughout the lock down and, given their professional responsibilities, are under even more pressure than normal. Despite this, MYC is continuing to look at any mechanism for starting some on-the-water activities as soon as possible. Given the stance of national bodies, both rowing and the RYA, to ban sailing and rowing at present, combined with the on-going need for social distancing, it is very difficult to see what could be done. There is also the need to ensure that none of us create any situation like that faced by RNLI last month on the Dorset Coast.
We will continue to look at this issue in the hope that we can find a safe way forward and reinstate some sailing and rowing before the end of the summer.
For those of our dinghy and windsurfing members who are trying to stay fit and may have experienced rowing, you will be aware of the similar fitness requirements for heart and lungs, upper body strength and legs, Tom Brain, one of our new rower members, is a rowing coach and a competitor in the current International Coastal Sculling Championship. He is hosting a weekly 40 minute keep fit session on line. The session runs every Sunday at 10.00am and is suitable for any fitness level. The session is open to all members of MYC. Zoom is easy to use and allows us to connect together and see each other whilst exercising in our homes. There is an opportunity for a chat afterwards, which is welcome at this time of lock down and isolation. If you would like to join in, please contact Tom on firstname.lastname@example.org. He will send you an invitation to participate.
For the present, stay safe.
Richard F. Lewis.
Hopefully most already know, but at 1030 on a Sunday morning, to replace our on the water activities, we are running a series of eSailing using VR Inshore.
All that are on the MYC Dinghy and Catamaran WhatsApp groups already know, but if you'd also like some information then please drop Richard a line at MYCSailingCaptain@gmail.com and he'll get you on!
With the up coming CYRC scheduled 30th May, then we are going to try to run it as an eCYRC using VR Inshore. We will have to get people to register, and details to follow next week, so that we can set it all up, but it will hopefully keep our competitive edge going!
Club Finance and protection
We have been working hard to keep the club afloat during these times, and wanted to assure the membership that we have been actively seeking grant monies available to us at this time, trying to work out whether we can claim on our insurance, cancelled all services not required through the lock down, put in processes to enable us to open up as soon as allowed, as well as putting all of our staff onto furlough in order to both protect the club finances and not leave staff members out of work.
Obviously this is a tough time, but hopefully we will come out of it in good stead.
It is with sadness that we have to report that once again thieves appear to be in the area, with one of the dinghies in the cat park having its road base attempted to be stolen from under a boat. Thanks to the quick mobilization through our WhatsApp groups, we were able to stop this and move it into a safe location. The thieves were equipped, as it had had the chain snapped with bolt croppers. It might be worth a quick trip down past your boats to make sure that they are OK, plenty of club members pass that way and are reporting back when things are awry.
Sailing, power boating, rowing, windsurfing, and anything else on the water
As mentioned in the Commodores message, we are actively working towards a plan of how we can exit the lock down and get us back onto and into the water. This has a number of logistical challenges which we are trying to overcome, and put together policies that we can follow in each separate activity in order to get on the water without putting anyone in harms way.
All of our on the water activities are currently cancelled until at least the middle of June, and we are keeping the calendar up to date. It's a real shame to see all of these events cancelled, but we will do what we can to get us on the water as soon as possible.
Until next time
Once again, The Executive Committee have as you would expect been considering what steps we should take as a Club in response to the Government’s recommendations.
The decision has been made to cease all club activities in their entirety, close the bar and temporarily decommission the building.
This means that the building will be locked with no access for the foreseeable future.
We shall continue to evaluate the situation in order to work out when we can return to any kind of operating model.
In the meantime, we offer our best wishes and hope that you all remain safe, as well as offering kind words of support and thanks to all of our front-line services keeping the country operational in this busy time.
Thanks all, we will keep you posted, stay safe
The Executive Committee have as you would expect been considering what steps we should take as a Club in response to the Government’s recommendations. This is a fast changing situation and steps that we propose now are likely to change over the coming days and weeks.
All events and functions cancelled until the 30 April, and we will review this again over the coming weeks but we expect that this will be extended.
The bar will remain open to members & their guests with revised opening hours below. This will be subject to review and change, and the expectation is that we will close in the near future – please note that we may have to take the decision to close at short notice.
Mon-Thurs – 5.30-20.30
Fri – 3.30-10
Sat / Sun 12-7
Where possible please make payment by debit or credit card.
The SGM will be cancelled and the details around this will be contained in a separate communication to members.
We have received a large number of applications and will sort through these over the coming weeks and issue course notifications.
We do not expect that the courses will commence in April as planned but hope that we will be able to commence Training the second half of the summer term.
The enrolment evenings next week are therefore cancelled, and once we have greater confidence around the course start date we will be in touch and advise of enrolment arrangements.
In accordance with the updated RYA Guidance published today, Club sailing is now cancelled until further notice.
Health and hygiene
All staff, members and visitors should follow the Government guidelines, which are changing by the hour.
Anyone that presents the symptoms as advised by the Government should not attend the Club or participate in Club racing and should adhere to the guidance on self-isolation.
This is a very difficult time for all of us and our families and we will be working over the coming days to manage the Club with these new circumstances and likely closure. This will be challenging in both practical and financial respects and will impact our staff and suppliers.
Please support the Club if you are able and renew your membership promptly.
Friday 10th April is Band Night at Mumbles Yacht Club, from 8.30 pm
Previously playing as the 'Four Crotchets' we are pleased that we have a return visit. This is a family friendly event and would like to encourage families to come down and enjoy a wonderful evening of great music, in a fabulous setting with a well stocked bar!
Mumbles Yacht Club want to appoint a part-time cook, on a temporary basis in the first instance, to provide a varied and interesting menu for children and adults, sailors and visitors.
The shift pattern will be variable to cater for training and events but will broadly be a Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening, and Saturday and Sunday lunch time / after sailing (during term time) with just a Thursday evening and Saturday and Sunday lunch time / after sailing (during the school holidays), involving circa an average of 16 hours per week between mid April and October.
There will be a small number of events such as Newts week 27-31 July when catering will be required for a full 5 days that week, and so a degree of flexibility will be required. The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience and hold or be ready to complete Food Hygiene level 2 and operate within the Club’s rules and procedures.
Salary subject to experience
Closing Date 21st March
Join us on Thursday 27th February at 8pm for an interactive Race sailing clinic aimed at beginners and intermediate sailors of all ages. Hosted by Oscar Chess, the topics will include start line strategy and key rules, mark rounding strategy with key rules, trimming for speed, ideal sail shapes and controls, optimising your boat, together with questions and answers
It is that time of year already and applications are open for 2020 courses.
Youth Evening Training starts this year (the first week of the summer term as usual) the week commencing the 20 April.
We plan to run beginner and intermediate youth courses on both a Monday and Wednesday evening, and a more advanced course on a Thursday evening. However places cannot be guaranteed and your are recommended to apply early. When you apply you will have the option to select either a Monday or a Wednesday for intermediate and beginner course however when we review the applications we will assess the ability of applicants to try and fit them into the correct group with matched abilities. So please be as flexible as possible with the two days as it may be that we offer you a different day to that which you have applied for. It is very difficult to ensure the quality of training if we have mixed ability groups.
The closing date for the Youth Evening Training is Friday 6 March.
Adult Evening courses
Will run one evening a week from 5.30 / 6.00pm. The first course will start in May, with a second course starting in June / July.
Please apply early if you are interested as this will help us to plan better, although we will accept applications up to two weeks before the course start dates.
More information and how to apply
The full set of planned dates and more details about the course content and other useful information will be posted on the website over the next few days.
http://mumblesyachtclub.co.uk/?menu=training. The overview document will probably answer most questions that you might have.
For all courses please use the online ‘Book Training Courses’ form, which is in the same place on the website. The booking for has been updated so you can apply straight away.
We will be posting dates for PB2 and safety boat courses over the next week or so, but please feel free to apply asap to register your interest.
Dates for the diary are below;
Thursday 12 March 7-9pm - Coaches Drivers and Helpers Briefing
Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 March 6-7.30pm - Enrolment Evenings
Monday 20 April - Youth Training Starts
Friday 3 July 6-7.30pm - End of Course Presentation
Monday 27 - Friday 31 July - Newts Week
Friday 31 July 6pm - Newts Week Presentation
Large screen, great atmosphere and FREE food at half time. All welcome
Large screen, great atmosphere and FREE food at half time. All welcome