Wiscasset Yacht Club

Where Good Friends and Great Boating Come Together!

Sailing Program


 

COVID-19 – WYC Sailing Guidelines

 

Boat Shed Visitors

 

  • Inform potential sailors of CV policies and procedures in advance, if possible.

o No one should come to the boat shed if they feel ill.

o   Anyone planning to use boats or assist at the boat shed are to hand wash or sanitize before leaving their vehicle upon arrival and after touching dock lines, sailing gear, dock cart handles, or hand railings, etc. before leaving.  They must bring their own sanitizer and gloves.

o Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more in any club areas

o   Minimize helping customers will be the theme.  Anyone using boats shall be fully responsible for their activity.  No boat shed staff will assist, including on-water activities.  Sailing lessons will be an exception.

o   Anyone taking out a boat must have been qualified to the club sailing standards

o   All sailing requests will be by appointment only.  (Contact details found on the club website)

  • Members may take out boats according to club qualifications only at their scheduled time
  • Members or non-members may schedule private sailing lessons that will be given remotely with attention to safety
  • Anyone that has had a virus since the first of 2020 must make that clarification when registering to sail or help in the boat shed
  • Signage will be in place adjacent to the boat shed to remind visitors of social distancing
  • Anyone scheduling sailing plans must obtain permission prior to visiting the boat shed (details on the website), or they may sign up at the boat shed if open.
  • A limit sign will be placed at the boat shed during operating hours to indicate no passage beyond that point
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed must bring their own tools. Shared tools will be sanitized before and after use by each person.
  • Boaters arriving by water will not be permitted landing unless they are members

Boat shed services

  • No more than two persons will be permitted working in the boat shed at one time
  • Boat shed services must be scheduled by appointment through the website.
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed must bring their own tools. Shared tools will be sanitized before and after use by each person.
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed should wear face coverings when inside the boat shed
  • Any boat worked on by a second party will be disinfected by that person when work is complete.
  • A designated “touch-free” drop spot will be marked for any parts delivered
  • Any boats or parts arriving via delivery truck or other services will be cleaned as described below.

Disinfection of boats

  • Clean all contact surfaces using an appropriate EPA approved material.
  • Remind people to hand wash or sanitize before leaving their vehicle upon arrival and after touching dock lines, dock cart handles, fuel pumps, and hand railings before leaving. They must bring their own sanitizer.
  • Boats will be disinfected after sailed by non-club personnel.
  • Customers should return to their cars directly after boating without lingering or congregating.

Sailing Program 

  • All payments will be made online or in advance by check
  • Members or non-members private lessons will be given by an instructor that will monitor the session from the dock. All sailing gear will be handled by the student.
  • Any member taking out a boat must have been qualified to the club sailing standards
  • Anyone taking out a boat shall wear a mask until they have arrived at a boat for rigging and then wear their mask upon returning sailing gear
  • There will be at least three days between the use of boats with gear sanitized after each use
  • No launch service will be available

 

Contact Tom Stoner with any questions

205-2409

Sailing Chatter

May 2020

Greetings

Time flies when having fun!

So in case anyone missed the changeover, we are now in summer mode.

And sailing will begin shortly.  An ad is going out announcing summer sailing classes to the public and members.

They will be private classes this year beginning the week of 8 June, with priority given to members.

If you know of anyone interested in the classes, put them in touch with me to schedule their 12 hour private lessons.

Cost to members will be minimal and build on previous experience levels started last year.

Yellow, green and red if my memory is correct.

 

Those interested in helping or instructing should also contact me for pulling those plans together.

There is some work to be done getting boats ready to splash.

I have some guidelines for keeping socially separate from others.  See the attached note.

A large part of that will be limiting numbers at the boat shed and holding only private lessons.

Also, the boat usage will be spread out for deactivating the gear between usage.

 

Mammy’s is open, however tomorrow I have rcv matters to attend to, so will arrive in the afternoon at the boat shed.

Haven’t checked, although suspect Mammy’s are only take out.  Not sure if they are open Sundays.  However 30 May at 1000 is on my schedule for the boat shed.

So anyone interested in assisting or instructing stop by tomorrow afternoon, or contact me for another time to meet.

 

Look forward to catching up.

Cheers,

Tom

18 Feb, 2020

The first boil is done!
Now waiting for the trees to run again.  Suspect this Saturday they will come to life.

With the weather it appears the boat shed may come to life soon as well – after Friday.

There has been interest in what things can be done with the boats.

An effort will be made to maintain a list on the website under the sailing program for those that have busy schedules.  If there is something in your comfort zone to work on, feel free to go ahead and dig in.  If some instruction would be helpful to embark on a burning desire to learn a new skill, let me know and we can work out details of how to bring that about.  I prefer to help out where needed rather than do a job a second time.  Understand I don’t mind the extra practice, however the theme is to get as much sailing in as possible.  Or work on plans for whatever venture might be of interest.

 

SO, things to chat about on the 7th:

Boat projects

Boat Skips

Admin/Sailing Assistant

Set a format and plan for qualified levels for the boats – a requal/refresher for Open House on 28 June?

Ventures on the horizon – yours or mine.  I have possible crew positions for the first week of August, or before and/or after for delivery to the Cape Cod area.  Requires Coastal experience.  The possibility would depend on need of compatible skippers.

Power Squadron classes are beginning in March.  If there is interest in basic boating, navigation, engine maintenance or electrical let me know.

 

Also, some interest was expressed in what you tube videos are out there.  It has been a while, so here are some sailing videos that might warm your winter.  Eric Aanderaa is a Viking that has a whole different outlook on sailing than most.  Some good things to learn as well as some great drone videos.  Just google his name.  Understand his background before trying his approach!  Of course his sailing may not warm you up much.  Also, Spartan Ocean Racing for those seeking adventure.  Chris’ videos on his revival of an Open 60 are full of adventure and boat details.  Ditto for his approach.  Not everyone’s cup of tea.  Of course there are many videos that bombard from checking these out, so your winter evenings could be filled with sailing if you choose.

Looking forward to catching up.

Cheers,

Tom

SAILING

Adult Learn to Sail will consist of two levels of instruction:

Basic Green

Cost: $150 non-member, $75 member   (preference for participation will be given to members as openings are limited)

Prerequisites: Orientation, rigging and Ground classes (Yellow Rating) and ability to swim, orientation, rigging and ground classes will be a part of the classes for any that have not attended those in advance of the August classes

Select your schedule   –   Tuesday and Thursday: 1500 to 1900,   or Saturday 1000 – 1500 (bring lunch) beginning the week of 5 August for three weeks through 1 September

For adults wishing to learn the art and science of sailing, this is the course for you.  The exact contents are customized to suit the knowledge and comfort level of the participants but will cover everything from why the sails work to the specifics of actually making them work. Terminology, boat handling, safety, sail trim, basic weather, knots and rudimentary navigation, even some history and possibly some sea stories will all be covered.  You might be ready to solo in light air at the end of these classes.  As with any art, time is required to establish skill.

Six 2 hour sessions or three 4 hour sessions

Intermediate Red

Cost: $150 non-member, $75 member   (preference for participation will be given to members as openings are limited)

Prerequisites: Orientation, Rigging, Ground School and Green Rating

Select your schedule   –   Tuesday and Thursday: 1700 to 1900, or Saturday 1000 – 1500 (bring lunch) beginning the week of 5 August for three weeks through 1 September

Building on the knowledge gained in the Basic course, or from getting out and sailing yourself, the advanced course delves deeper into the details of sailing.  More specific sail trim, more complex maneuvers, more exact helming and a further examination of the theory behind the art of sailing will be covered.  Lots more practice of your skills over the twelve hour sessions will increase both your ability and your confidence.  This course should prepare the student to be aware of their surroundings on the water with good sailing judgment and self-confidence to sail independently.

Six 2 hour sessions or three 4 hour sessions

 

NOTE:  For questions or to arrange a special class time contact T. Stoner at 205-2409