Looks like we will be OK from a flooding perspective this year – thank goodness for small mercies!
The Covid-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions are resulting in a lot of frustration and uncertainty for all of us and I thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we navigate this situation. Our Club is not unique and all other Clubs and marina operations are currently facing the same uncertainties.
I want to assure you that the Club Manager, the Board and the Finance Committee are working hard to ensure that we do what is best for the Club members and that we are ready to conduct operations when restrictions are eased. We have implemented harbour patrols to increase security and to inspect the grounds, sheds and boats. If you are concerned about your boat, please contact the office who will arrange for staff to examine it on your behalf. Please remember that the Club is closed and no one except authorized personnel are permitted on the grounds – this is provincial law.
The Commodore is participating in regular consultations with Sail Ontario which is helping all Clubs understand how the regulations impact their operations and is representing the needs and concerns of the Clubs to government officials. The Commodore is also in communication with other Club Commodores so that ideas and information are shared and we can help each other.
At this point, the Premier has presented a framework but no timetable for re-opening Ontario so it very hard for us to know what options we will have. It is unlikely that we would be able to resume operations without restrictions so we are examining modes of operation which would maximize access for members while observing restrictions such as physical distancing for both members and staff. Given that launch activities will be delayed, we are looking at options including extra staff and shifts to ensure we can catch up as much as possible.
As more information is available, we’ll keep you informed. In the meantime, stay safe.
Britannia Yacht Club