COVID19 update

Commodore’s Communiqué

Important Membership Updates (May 24th)

Très chers Membres,

I hope this finds you well and discovering new ways to make the best of this amazing weather with your family. Please see some important club updates below.

Club re-opening

As you may have heard, the provincial government has approved the resumption of certain leisure activities, including sailing. Your Board is working very hard to ensure we’re prepared and adaptable for what is sure to be a different season than in seasons past. The safe re-opening of the club will happen in phases and we’re finalizing the logistics for Phase One.

To support this, and with guidance from health professionals and sailing authorities, we’re currently drafting two documents:

  1. A “PlayBook” which will outline plans and procedures for the 2020 season.
  2. A 2020 Member Code of Conduct

We’ll be able to share these with you soon.

The first phase will allow small groups of members Island access for dock setup, boat prep and launch.. We expect we will be able to begin a controlled launching schedule as soon as next weekend, however exact dates will be announced by our Fleet Captains once all necessary safety measures are in place. Our proposed timeline would have all boats in the water by about the same time as last year. During Phase One, the Clubhouse and other facilities must remain closed until further notice. 

It is very important to note that members are not obliged to come to the GRYC if they do not feel safe for any reason! We also ask that members not invite guests to the Club quite yet.

Youth program

We remain hopeful that summer sailing camps will proceed, but we don’t yet know what level of modification may be necessary. We continue to process registrations and if there is a need to cancel any programming we’ll offer refunds. We are carefully monitoring recommendations from all pertinent health and sailing authorities and will update you as soon as we make a decision on the delivery of our programs.

Social and volunteering

As you can expect, our 2020 social calendar will be significantly affected by the pandemic. Thankfully, we have a dynamic social committee that will come up with fun and innovative ways for us to engage at the Club this year. Because many of you count on the social calendar for your volunteer hours, we’re waiving the mandatory volunteering requirement this year for all members. However, we’ll still need volunteers for certain activities. When those opportunities arise, we know you’ll continue to “volunteer to volunteer” as best you can.

A warm thank you

You’ve been very supportive during this unprecedented time — thank you. We know you’ll continue to show your patience and support as we finalize the details that’ll ensure we open and operate in the safest way possible. Stay tuned for the first version of the 2020 PlayBook which we’ll share very soon.

Geoff Erskine, Commodore

Have a question? Need help? Reach out.

David Raymond, GRYC’s Vice-Commodore and Chief Safety Officer will be the single point of contact for fielding any questions you may have. He will be the liaison between GRYC members and the Board. You can reach David at: vicecommodore@gryc.ca