JULY 2 2020
When the going gets tough, the tough go sailing!
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen many of you either enjoying a swim, kayaking, paddle boarding or, out on the water sailing. You are making the best out of our current situation. It’s very inspirational! Going forward things will continue to improve as long as we follow the current guidelines from the Governor and CDC.
Massachusetts is still in phase 2 of reopening, meaning we have to continue social distancing, wear facemasks on club grounds as well as on the docks and frequent hand washing if you touch surfaces at the club Racing can continue with our enhanced rules and I encourage you to join in. The Juniors are racing on Sunday and it’s great to watch! And we are able to hold our sailing classes using the Sunfish our Commodore fixed up for the club. It’s so good to see that we can enjoy the club despite COVID-19 restrictions!
Last night the board discussed allowing groups of no more than 10 people to reserve the club for gatherings. We have decided to continue this policy of gatherings of no more than 10 at this time. This was a tough decision. It’s important to limit exposure to members who might be there sailing or enjoying the beach. Keeping our club members safe is our first and highest priority. Unfortunately, this means we need to cancel our July club dinner. We are awaiting the rules for phase 3 to see if an August dinner will be allowed and we will discuss if it is feasible for us to hold the dinner.
Thank you all for your continued cooperation!
Stay safe and sail fast,
JUNE 12 2020
Thank you so much for your cooperation during the COVID-19 pandemic - it has been difficult for everyone, Fortunately, community efforts at social distancing and other measures have significantly lowered both the number of new cases as well as the daily death count in Massachusetts. As we enter Phase 2 of reopening our economy, some of the standards are changing.
- Sports are coming back to Massachusetts; therefore MYC can continue to resume racing activities with some adjustments. Any adjustments to our current Sis will be prepared and shared with all members. We will be resuming race duty with masks required on boats if you perform duty with non-family members. IMPORTANT: Please let us know if you are uncomfortable with doing race duty so we may find a replacement beforehand,
- Outdoor dining with limited numbers of people and compliance with distancing requirements will be allowed.
- No more than 10 people gathered at one time
- We will start planning safe ways to gather for brunches and dinners at the club.
- Please continue to social distance if you use the club’s tables and grills.
- Non-member guests will be allowed to come to the club and may sail their own boats or may sail with members. As with dining, no more than 10 people may gather at one time in each group. Members may sail with other members. Social distancing rules apply to all guests and members, i.e., masks to be worn at all times while sailing if your crew includes non-household members.
- Social distancing rules apply onshore and on the docks, i.e., masks required and social distancing of at least 6 feet or more, whenever possible.
- For anyone over 65, please use extra caution while at the club.
Of course, duty and any activities at the club are still at your own risk at this time and are optional.
MAY 20 2020
The last 8 weeks have changed the way many sailing clubs in our country are looking at the upcoming sailing season. If you follow social media, you can see state, federal and local leaders reacting in a variety of ways. One thing is true, we have all had a lot of time to reflect on what action we can take to be better at what we do.
The Massapoag Yacht Club Board has used this time to reflect on who we are: a flexible, nimble organization geared towards creating a great experience for our members on our beautiful lake. Although certain things will change this summer, we believe we have worked thoughtfully to create policies that will allow members to enjoy the club safely.
Ready for something to look forward to?
Here is a sneak peek:
Phase 1 - "Safer at Home"
The Governor's plan generally permits outdoor activities along with gatherings of up to 10 people with social distancing and wearing masks [except for those over the age of 65 who should continue to stay home except for essential errands such as going to the grocery store and to attend to healthcare needs].
"The safe operation of recreational boats is permitted under the following guidelines:
- Only persons from the same household should be together on a boat at one time.
- No gathering or groups of persons from multiple households will be permitted on boat ramps, docks, piers etc., and all users shall practice strict social distancing.
- All recreational crafts shall remain a safe distance apart. Tying boats or other crafts together is prohibited.
- All recreational boating is subject to the discretion of local officials, harbormasters, and law enforcement.
- All local rules, regulations, laws and Coast Guard requirements still apply.”
- The docks are in!
- The restrooms are open!
- Moorings are in!
MYC is about to launch racing programs designed to engage our members.
We will be discussing phasing-in additional programs, such as our summer learn to sail program, based on the Governor's Phase 2 / Phase 3 guidance.
Activities at the Club during this pandemic will be at your own risk
Guests are not allowed during phase 1
Racing and sailing will be restricted to family members in your boat at this time during phase 1
We are working on plans to begin racing after MAY 25th. (ZOOM meeting to follow)