Latest Club Update from Commodore 29th May 2020
Published 18:57 on 29 May 2020
I hope you are all enjoying this weather even if you are only looking longingly at the water at this point.
Your committee have been working hard to prepare for getting us back out there as soon as we can, but always following the guidelines.
We have had full risk assessments properly made to allow us to lift in the Yachts, which will happen on 5th June. Karl will have been in touch with members about this and how it will work.
We have also carried out an assessment to allow some dinghy racing to start up, Steve is putting out the arrangements. Neville will be bringing our cleaner off furlough to start preparing the limited facilities
Work is similarly in hand to get some Yacht racing up and running too, watch this space!
And.....we are closely watching the emerging plans to open up more social facilities with a view to bringing some bar facilities back when permitted.
So, we can hopefully look forward to a better second half to the season provided we go about this sensibly and carefully. TMSC is a very visible club from the point of the harbour authorities and others and we cannot afford to prejudice our prospects of getting things off the ground by being seen to appear to break the rules.
In this respect I was concerned that 2 members had gone out together in our recently refurbished rib which should not have happened. All activities at present need to be under a proper risk assessment agreed by committee and maintaining the legal distancing and sanitizing requirements. This is to protect both members, directly, and officers, in respect of their safety responsibilities. Use of club assets for private non essential work can only be authorised where it can be seen to meet this, regardless of the experience of the users.
Additionally Committee also caution members about moving / launching their own dinghies or or yachts. This should only be undertaken whilst following the distancing rules and if doing so makes the process potentially unsafe because of too few people to assist then it should not be done at all or in a different manner.
Please can I ask all you eager sailors to be patient and work with us on this one and we will get you out there!
On a very positive note, in addition to the covid business grant from the council, Jo and Bob H have secured a significant grant from Sport England which is also intended to support clubs during the lock down. This will go some way to our continuing business costs and some of our lost revenue. We are in a secure financial position and that is a good place to be as the boats go back in the water.
Committee will continue to meet weekly by video to review progress and to keep up momentum and of course we will keep you informed when things happen!
Kind regards to all, stay safe!
Bob Wilkey, Commodore TMSC
Last updated 18:57 on 29 May 2020