Dear BYC Members,

This weekend, we were able to open the yard for owners to prepare their boats for launch. Access was allowed by appointment in order to facilitate the maintenance of distancing requirements.

I would like to thank the owners who used the yard this weekend, for their cooperation and understanding and for their compliance with the Code of Conduct governing the use of the yard at this time. This is certainly not the camaraderie and social experience we usually enjoy in a normal year but following these rules will ensure that all members will have the best access possible.

As I mentioned in my previous update, we opened the yard on the same day this year as we did last year. This spring however, the water levels were more normal and we expect to remove the flood gate this week pending confirmation of crane availability – last year the gate was not removed until June 14.

In 2019, the geese were the first out of the Harbour😊

This week will be reserved for members to continue the preparation of their boats and for staff to prepare for the start of launch activities. I will be contacting boat owners who are part of the ‘big boat’ mobile crane launch separately to discuss the date for that launch. 

Given distancing requirements, launch procedures for Blue Crane and Big Boats will need to be modified but we are committed to get the boats launched as soon as practical without compromising on these requirements.

For boats launched with the Blue Crane, I want to give you a preview of the procedures we will be implementing:

1. Owners who have completed all their preparation will inform the Club of their readiness by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

2. Owners will be asked to leave their spare key at the office

3. Staff will launch the boat and tie it to a nearby dock

4. Owner will be informed that the boat has been launched and where it is tied up and will be expected to move the boat to it’s mooring the same day if possible so that the docks can be cleared for other boats being launched. They will also be informed of the location of their cradle and will be asked to fold it without delay

5. Masting should take place using the north dry sail crane but an appointment will be required to ensure only one boat is being worked on at any one time

6. Masting which requires use of the south crane will be scheduled at times when the staff are not engaged in launch activities at the Blue Crane – again, this will be by appointment only to avoid congestion at the crane. Members are encouraged to consider having the mast mounted by staff

7. When the staff are engaged in launch activities at the Blue Crane, the paved area at the Blue Crane may not be entered by members and no parking or walking on the roadway running by the Dinghy Shed will be allowed. The Dingy Shed can only be used with permission from the Club office – other members should stay out of the area

8. Owners with questions should not approach the yard staff at any time. They need to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

9. The parking areas adjacent to Bruce Shed and the area south of the Bruce Shed will be designated as staff only and members should not enter these areas under any circumstances and should instead direct any requests for service or information to the Club Office by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I’ll be sending out a more detailed set of procedures later this week as we approach the start of Blue Crane launching. Once your boat is ready to be launched, please contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When Harbour staff is ready to launch your boat you will be notified.

Again, many thanks to owners for their observance of the Code of Conduct and the procedures for booking appointments. We need to be prepared for a very different way of operating the yard this year but with everyone’s cooperation we should be able to enjoy boating soon.

Regards

Al Malo

Vice Commodore / Harbour Master

Britannia Yacht Club

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