Sailing Center News June 2020

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Hoorah!!! There is a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel!As the state of Virginia slowly starts easing restrictions with opening Phase One, the Brady Sailing Center is cautiously open for business!Policies and procedures have been put into place to protect the sailors and staff including the usage of PPE, temperature checks, and social distanced coaching.Red, White, and Blue Optis as well as Greenie Optis started the season on a beautiful warm Saturday in May with 10 knots of breeze, a perfect welcome back to sailing for those kids!Studentshad no problems adapting to our new way of classroom instruction.Following suit, Head Coach Vir Menon hosted a well-attended Laser radial clinic.The Laser class is a staple on the Bay and we will continue to offer development opportunities for both youth and adults.We are promoting singlehanded, personally-owned boats at this time with the hope to open more programming up by the beginning to mid-dle of June.The return to sailing plan is based off of CDC, WHO, US Sailing, and Gowrie Group Risk Management guidelines.To help establish an understanding of what types of sailing we will continue to promote as the phases unfold I have compiled the Reopening of Sailing Programs under the Purview of Sailing Director.

Current Open Activities

  • Personal usage of individually-owned boats for recreational use with same-household members.

May 15, 2020-Virginia Phase One Guidelines to slowly ease public health restrictionsNo more than 10 people may gather. Strict social distancing, mandatory usage of PPE, and temperature monitoring will be confidential but mandatory.

Virginia Phase One Guidelines allow for limited youth and adult activities to resume with strict social distancing, mandatory usage of PPE, and confidential temperature monitoring.

  • Class sizes will remain at a maximum of nine students and one instructor/coach.
  • Emphasis will be placed on single-handed or family classes and privately-owned vessels first, all members are encouraged to wear PPE (face mask and sailing gloves on borrowed equipment) and must wear PPE when interacting on the water with an instructor or coach and should maintain social distancing as much as possible.Sailors must maintain social distancing and stick to assigned boats when applicable.
  • Same-member household daily usage of Sonar fleet may resume, members are encouraged to wear PPE (face mask and gloves) and to sanitize the boat after sailing. The crew is required to sanitize the Sonar after each use.
  • Local racing/regattas may resume at your own risk with limited race committee, online documents/support, and no socializing.All involved must wear PPE when interacting on the water and maintain social distancing as much as possible. There should not be a regatta that involves a rotation of boats.

*May 29, 2020 Earliest, Potential Date for Phase Two-Minimum two-week time frame expires of Phase One Guidelines, the continuation of Phase One or introduction of Phase Two is subject to data metrics related to COVID-19. Strict social distancing, mandatory usage of PPE, and confidential temperature monitoring.

  • Class sizes will be set according to state and local government mandates.
  • Double-handed and Multi-Crew platform classes may commence, all members must wear PPE (face mask and gloves).Sailors must maintain social distancing and stick to assigned boats when applicable.
  • Adult Programs may resume depending on what state guidelines allow.
  • Local racing/regattas may resume at your own risk with limited race committee, online documents/support, and limited socializing.All involved must wear PPE when interacting on the water with instructors/coaches/race committee and maintain social distancing as much as possible. There should be careful consideration before attempting a regatta that involves a rotation of boats.TBD Date to Begin Phase Three-Phase Three Guidelines allow for expanded youth and adult activities to resume with social distancing, usage of PPE, and temperature monitoring will be confidential but mandatory.
  • Class sizes will be set according to state and local government mandates.
  • Overnight Inshore Classes may resume depending on what guidelines allow.
  • Travel Race Teams may resume depending on what guidelines allow.

The regatta schedule is constantly evolving as regattas are still being postponed to later dates or cancelled.I am hopeful that we will have travel teams but HYC junior teams will be seeing more time in the Southern Bay with NYCC and FBYC.HYC is committed to the health and safety of our sailors and staff and will continue to provide the best instruction under what the guidelines allow.

I can assure you that HYC has hired a great staff of instructors and coaches for this summer and we are among the lead-ing clubs in the country to provide a healthy and safe environment for our students.If you haven’t signed your child or grandchild up for summer sailing there is no time to waste as class sizes will continue to remain small and you don’t want them missing out!