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Commodore's Letter - COVID 19

Published 17:07 on 10 May 2020

Dear Sailing Members,

You will recall that, abiding by the Government's & RYA Covid-19 guidelines, we took the unprecedented step of closing the Club site in late March for leisure activities and boat maintenance. Many families have been directly affected by the crisis; if you are one of those, my thoughts are with you at this sad time.

It is now timely to share with you our plans to begin to consider when and how we might re-open. This I do with great caution. We would not do so without; not only the appropriate conditional go-ahead from the Government & RYA, but moreover, we must have the confidence of you, the membership.

We the committee have always been eager to re-activate the section as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so. But in the meantime some good news is that while we have been closed the club-site has had Anglian Water come on site for agreed period of time bringing in some much welcomed income; but also the clubhouse has been continued to be worked on with essential works being completed. Members will be pleased to know that the site, buildings clubhouse, boats and equipment are in good order.

Equally, while we have missed income from training, events and some membership, our finances are stable. I would like to thank all those who have renewed their membership and our recently joined members too you have helped the club remain resilient. Our priority to sustain ourselves is responsibly to get all sections up-and-running as soon as we can, albeit at a reduced level of activity.

The UK Government is now beginning to suggest that the worst of the pandemic is over, and it is time to start to make plans about managing the recovery; nevertheless, we remain cautious. We will follow Government direction, judgement on this being out of our hands. I am continuing engagement with the RYA who has taken on board observations and recommendations from many clubs, I have been talking to other commodores from local clubs and I will also be working together with the other lake users.

I would like to stress, however, that we will act in our members' interests putting-first our specific and local concerns. We are aware that our club community contains people of all ages, including some who are deemed to be more vulnerable than others. At the same time, when we do re-open, it will be important that, as individuals, we take responsibility for our own safety and that of those we are likely to meet. We must move forward with care and with consensus. As a team, we are examining how we can establish a way forward which minimises risk yet allows us to resume sailing, training and other activity at the club.

I am aware that this message leaves many questions unanswered. The purpose of this letter has been to reassure you that a responsible process is under-way. As things stand, we can respond to any questions, but we may not be able to provide a definitive answer. You are welcome to pose your questions to commodoreswsc@gmail.com I will endeavour to help.

I look forward to seeing you, when it is safe to, on the water sometime soon.

Yours sincerely,
David Coulson
SWSC Commodore

10.05.2020

Last updated 17:07 on 10 May 2020

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