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Update for Members

Published 10:04 on 16 Apr 2021

Good morning all!

I wanted to give you an update following our committee meeting on Wednesday as I am sure you want to know what we are up to!

Firstly, our priority has been to get dinghies and yachts back on the water and we had a successful lift in on Monday - big thanks to all who helped - and it is good to have seen the dinghies arriving as soon as the space was cleared. You should have seen the announcements from the Yacht and Dinghy secretaries about the sailing program and it is good to know that we are likely to get a good full season in this year. As long as nothing nasty happens with covid, so fingers crossed.

On the financial side we have weathered the storm and have replenished our reserves and we have a comfortable current account balance sufficient for day to day running, so altogether we are fortunate to have been so resilient. However we have some relatively expensive items coming up so we need to be careful and preserve our cash, more about these in a minute.

We thought long and hard about bar opening and looking at the current cooler weather and the experience of some landlords elsewhere we concluded that the exposed position, lack of external heating and the need for additional staffing would not provide a worthwhile experience for what we believe would be a limited number of members at this point. Where outside drinking is working well - such as the Barbican - investment has been made, sometimes substantial, in heating and other facilities. The committee were unanimous in agreeing that we will reopen the bar on Monday 17th May when we are able to offer inside seating as well as the outside area. This then should work for our broad membership base. However we see no reason why the hardy and thirsty shouldn't sit outside now on a bring your own basis.

This brings me on to Kilby's. Clearly Dave is very poorly and we are thinking of him at this difficult time. We have purchased Dave's equipment from him with a view to reopening but first we have work to do. Some of the extension structure is in poor repair and needs to be rebuilt. We are seeking quotes on this as a matter of urgency. Once this is complete we will do a thorough overhaul of the kitchen and get ready to reopen. Our thinking at present is that we need to put a franchise package together so that it can be run independently on the same basis as Dave did. We will keep you up to date but you need to be aware that we will be very unlikely to be able to reopen the restaurant on the same date as the bar. We do understand how popular the facility is and you can be assured that we are working to get it open as soon as we can.

We also have an issue with part of the foreshore in front of the race hut area, which is showing signs of collapse. So rather than see the racehut become a committee boat we need to shore up and strengthen the area. This has now become urgent and we are in discussion with contractors over quotes and specifications. Again this will be of some cost to the club but we are strong enough to cover this.

So, a mixed bag of news, but mostly very encouraging that we are once again starting to function as a sailing club after a dreary winter of lockdown, AND - we will be restarting cadet evenings on a Wednesday, for existing cadets at the moment as we need to work within covid guidelines.

I hope this brings you up to date and I will resume my customary updates now that things are actually happening!

I trust you are all well and I look forward to seeing you on the water and/or in the bar!

Kind regards

Bob Wilkey


Last updated 10:04 on 16 April 2021

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