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COVID-19 update – UPDATED 24 MARCH

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24 March update
You’ll no doubt be aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement that we’re moving to alert level 4.

Sadly this means we’ve had to suspend all racing and social activity at the Club, and all Wellington Ocean Sports Centre courses, effective immediately. There will be a number of changes to the services we offer our members as a result.

  • All remaining sailing events this season have been abandoned and will not be re-sailed. We’ll tell you when sailing can resumes, but this wont be before the Winter Series at the very earliest, and may not be until next season.
  • All remaining social events have been cancelled or postponed. Its important to recognise your successes this season, and so we will try to reschedule prizegiving for later in the year. Other events will not be rescheduled.
  • All Wellington Ocean Sports Centre courses have been cancelled with course fees to be refunded. We’ll tell you when courses will resume. Keep an eye out for Wellington Ocean Sports on Facebook, as they’ll be promoting a strong water safety and skills message over the coming weeks.
  • Our weekly newsletter, Signals Ashore, will be sent in a different form over the next few weeks. Rather than focusing on coming events, it will instead focus on telling some of your stories, and telling you more about our generous sponsors.
  • We have closed the Club and Wellington Ocean Sports Centre offices. Jason, Marcia and Craig will be working from home. Their normal contact phone numbers and email addresses still work.
  • Finally, we have closed the Clubhouse, including after-hours access to the bathrooms, as we can’t provide the necessary cleaning service over the coming weeks. Shed users will need to make other arrangements.

The health and safety of our members, visitors, volunteers and staff is our primary concern, and will drive our decision to restart activity.

We understand some of you may be experiencing financial uncertainty; we are happy to discuss flexible ways of continuing to support the club with your membership, just contact Jason.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to come together as a club. It is really important that we remain in contact and look out for each other.

Please contact one of your flag officers if you have any questions about this notice or about the Club’s response to COVID-19.

Stay safe and healthy, and I’m sure we’ll see you on the water again soon.

19 March update

Over the past couple of days, our friends at the Evans Bay Yacht & Motor Boat Club and Lowry Bay Yacht Club have scaled back their activity in response to the COVID-19 situation.

Lowry Bay has suspended its social activity while continuing to run racing, and Evans Bay has suspended all racing and social activity. We respect and support the decisions they’ve made in the best interests of their members.

For now, we’re prepared to continue both our sailing and social activity. This means that, unless we tell you otherwise:

  • Friday’s Lola Stays Rum Race will run as scheduled,
  • the Wardroom will be open on Friday night, and
  • the Dunning Thornton Brothers Race will run as scheduled.

On Friday 20th March, we’ll be asking all members and visitors to sign in. This will allow us to support contact tracing if necessary, and to help us monitor the number of people in the Wardroom (bearing in mind the prohibition on indoor events with more than 100 people).

Members who are unwell (for any reason) or who have returned to New Zealand from overseas in the past 14 days are asked not to attend.

We are constantly reviewing our position in line with the latest advice from the Ministry of Health and Yachting New Zealand. We’ll update you if our position changes. We’ll also update you next week prior to next Friday’s rum race, Club night, two-handed series, and Alan Martin series.

Please contact one of your flag officers if you have any questions about this notice or about the Club’s response to COVID-19.

Stay safe and healthy. We’ll see you on the water soon.

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