The Junior Committee are delighted to open registration for the SSC 2020 Junior Training Programme.
We have carefully reviewed government phased reopening guidelines, as well as Irish Sailing Association’s ‘Return to Sailing’. We will continue to review the plans as we receive further advice from the government and ISA. In order to get the sailors on the water we have organised 3 parts as follows:
Part 1: June – online (tutorials, quizzes and games) – Getting Ready to Sail
Part 2: July (replacing the cancelled April spring training) – Sailing for Fun
Part 3: August – Summer ISA Courses (hopefully for all levels)
Irish Sailing have published their interpretation and recommendations for how sailing activities may be resumed for Phase 2 on the 8th of June. A Phase Two roadmap for return to sailing outlines activities and compliance. The SSC sailing committee has met to interpret the roadmap for Phase Two and makes the following recommendations. From the 8th of June, for those living in the county or up to 20km from home, whichever is the larger distance:
Social distancing requirements still apply.
The Commodore and Committee of Skerries Sailing Club is committed to complying with Government pandemic emergency regulations and with the subsequent recommendations of sailing’s governing body, Irish Sailing, but warns members that these provide no guarantee that they will not contract Covid 19 while attending Skerries Sailing Club. We are relying on members fully respecting the provisions implemented by Skerries Sailing Club but we cannot guarantee that all members will be in compliance. Neither are we in a position to ensure such compliance at all times.
To facilitate traceability entrants to the boat yard are requested to log in and out.
Apart from the yard facilities, no other club facilities will be available.
A restricted punting service, to facilitate a cruiser crane in and adhering to social distancing, can be provided on request.
By contacting the Sailing Secretary, Doire Shiels, SSC can provide supervised activity for single handed or household multi handed sailing. As per ISA recommendations, members should follow the fundamental principles for deciding to go afloat.
SSC boats will not be available for hire during phase two.
Provisionally Phase Three return to sailing commences on the 29th of June. The Sailing committee will meet again before this date to analyse the roadmap for phase three.
Irish Sailing have published their interpretation and recommendations for how sailing activities may be resumed for Phase 1 on the 18th of May should the RNLI and Coastguard Advisory notice be amended before then. A Phase One (provisionally 18th May) roadmap for return to sailing outlines activities and compliance. The SSC sailing committee has met to interpret the roadmap for Phase One and makes the following recommendations.
From the 18th of May: for members living within the 5Km restriction zone: > The boat yard and rear shed will be open to facilitate boat maintenance ensuring full compliance with social distancing; no more than 4 people should gather. Please be aware that no insurance cover is available for contracting COVID-19 while using the facilities or services of SSC. Everyone that enters SSC is responsible for their own actions and safety and must fully comply with COVID-19 procedure guidelines and protocols. > To facilitate traceability entrants to the boat yard are requested to log in and out. > No club facilities will be available. > The punting service cannot operate in phase one. > SSC will not be providing supervised activity for single handed or household multi handed sailing. Members should follow the fundamental principles for deciding to go afloat and do so at their own risk. > SSC boats will not be available for hire during phase one. > The Cruiser crane in may take place but SSC can not provide a punting service at this time.
Provisionally Phase two return to sailing commences on the 8th of June. The Sailing committee will meet again before this date to analyse the roadmap for phase 2.
In these challenging times I hope all our members, their families and friends are keeping safe.
As directed by Irish Sailing our Club and premises has been closed since mid March. We are keeping closely aligned with Government announcements and Irish Sailing guidance on the planned phases to “Return to Sailing . The SSC Sailing Secretary and team will be coordinating virtual meetings with key groups to implement this phased return as the directions are published.
Your committee also has been busy during this period in keeping on top of all the usual infrastructure and club management tasks. We have had two virtual committee meetings to date and continuous virtual planning and communications breakout sessions.
We have been able through observing the appropriate social distancing to carry out some internal work on the club house in preparation for the full return. The ever popular introduction to sailing talks never missed a beat and were made available live via ZOOM and also were recorded for later download.
It should be noted that after long canvassing Fingal County Council are now installing new safe ladders on the pier for safer access to boats.
We are hopeful of a clear phased approach to returning to sailing emerging in the next few weeks so please stay tuned.
Finally, I would like to say thank you for your continued support and membership of your club during these difficult times.
The Junior Committee hopes you and yours are well in these difficult times. Following COVID guidelines, our junior spring training had to be cancelled this year. We are eager to get SSC junior sailors on the water as soon as it is safe to do so. You can follow updates on the juniors section of the SSC website.
We’d like to make arrangements for all boats, either for ongoing storage or collection after COVID restrictions have lifted. Right now, we are asking only that owners contact us; collection or storage arrangements can be made later. Owners have the next 90 days to be in touch. After that (Saturday, September 12th), we’ll assume you’re happy for us to dispose of anything left of the racks. This may include gifting to SSC for junior sailing, gifting to a junior sailor, selling or disposal.
All members are advised by the Hon Sailing Secretary that club sailing is postponed until further notice. As soon as we get a better understanding of the ongoing pandemic restrictions we will issue a revised schedule with appropriate advance notice. Stay Safe.
foremost, I hope all members and their families are keeping safe and well
during these distinctive times. I want
to send a quick update on the sailing season.
Clearly, we are in unchartered waters and with little or no timelines
available it is hard to provide definite answers as to schedules and fixtures.
The Sailing Club
will follow all guidelines from the HSE, Irish Government, and Irish Sailing as
they get updated over the coming weeks. At this time, we will continue with the
May schedule and I will circulate a soft copy of the fixture list to all members
next week. However, the schedule will be driven by what the authorities say when
a review of the current status will take place in the next week. I believe it
is highly unlikely that the May series will go ahead, however for now we will
wait and see.
In these tough times it is nice to look forward to getting on the water this summer, whether that is sooner or later. I know many of the classes have WhatApps, Facebook, and email groups. I encourage you all to keep in touch with your fellow sailors in the coming weeks and months ahead. Or even try your hand with some online sailing through virtual regatta in the link below.
As previously advised by Newsletter, Skerries Sailing Club will remain closed until further notice. This website remains open. Please call 083 068 5666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any urgent matters. Also please see above tab “Info/Club Officers – 2020” for more contact details. At this time we wish all our members and their families every safety during this current pandemic. Liam O’Callaghan , Commodore. (email@example.com)