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Just a friendly reminder:
Float Plans: Please fill out the float plans legibly. First and names of members and guests (indicate if they have paid the guest fees). Spinnaker use (yes or no). This will enable our Marina/Sail Club associates to process the forms for billing purposes. Thank you.
Derigging Boats: We have many new members at the Sail Club who may be unfamiliar with our Sail Club protocols regarding derigging of the boats after use:
Here are a few things to remember.
- Docks line have to be tight (unlike other places) so that the boat is firmly against the dock finger. Cleat hitches. Start with line around the leg of the cleat hitch furthest away form the attachment point on the boat. Put a 0, an 8 with a locking hitch and the two 0s around he base of cleat
- J/80 bow lines lead between the furler drum and the forward post on bow pulpit.
- J/80 spring line (black) lead aft of the third stanchion towards the stern
- Tillers are secured with clove hitch so the tiller has zero movement while sitting at the dock
- Fenders should be tied to the lifelines with a clove hitch and then an extra hitch around the line itself
- J/80 flags are tied to the bow pulpit on the outside and in front of the furled jib. Ensure the spinnaker halyard is not caught inside the forestay triangle and getting chaffed.
As the Fall season approaches, the start times for the weekend and holiday evening sails are at 5:00 pm. Weekday evenings are still at 6:00 pm but skippers are free to co-ordinate earlier departure times with their crews. Enjoy the sunsets and remember to bring layers and check the your navigation lights are working.
We continue to charge skippers a nominal fee $10 to use spinnakers any time except for regular racing (Wednesday and Thursday evenings). The replacement cost for a J80 spinnaker is in the range of $2,650 plus tax). We've seen an excessive amount of wear and tear with spinnakers being shrimped, dumped in the water, and dragged over life lines. These are delicate sails and we can no longer cover the repair and maintenance costs without this charge.
While we are charging the skippers this fee as they are responsible for all the boat's equipment, we feel it is important that the crews understand the high cost and burden the skipper take upon when using this piece of equipment and strongly suggest crews help defray the skipper's cost but reimbursing skipper's directly or purchasing food and beverages for the skippers.
Thank you for your co-operation
All Sail Club members are requested to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Even though our sailing activities are outside, bathrooms, Ebb & Flow Bakery and the Estuary Restaurant fall under indoor space regulations and will therefore be instituting proof of vaccination protocols as per NYC mandates – effective September 13th , 2021.
ONE15 staff are vaccinated and will be masked while inside Ebb & Flow and Estuary Restaurant following corporate policies.
During a race in the Spring Series, there was a COB situation. Boats were rounding the windward mark and hoisting their spinnakers. On one boat the victim became unbalanced while attempting to clear a spinnaker sheet hooked on the end of the boom and fell into the water. There were several boats in the vicinity all with their spinnakers hoisted. The victim in the water indicated they were OK.
Another vessel hailed for assistance and the RC chase boat responded and picked up and returned the victim to their race boat. No injuries were reported.
Based on this incident here are our procedures when there is a COB situation during a race. Racing is not an excuse to be imprudent, practice the safety protocols as you would if you were cruising.
Summary: STOP racing and standby to assist in the rescue.
Be safe everyone.