Members Covid19 update - May 2020


Members COVID May Update – Web version

Dear Member

This is a short update to keep you informed on Club related matters.

We hope you are all staying safe, well and relatively happy.

If any of our more elderly members, or others shielding for health reasons, are feeling the cost of the isolation and would find a regular or occasional chat from a NQYC member or friend please feel free to contact me; as a medic the request will be treated as confidential.
I know we can provide some support. We appreciate how difficult this is for everyone but recognise how stoic our elderly members can be; now is not the time for “going it alone”, be open to support and friendship. They are, and always has been, key principals of NQYC.

The Management Committee has now met virtually on two occasions, with thanks to Nick James for scheduling the meetings through ZOOM.

At meeting last Monday night we held a minutes silence and remembered Sylvia Light for her kindness, friendship and support. She will be sadly missed.

Flag Officers.

It was confirmed the planned succession of the Flag Officers agreed at the AGM 2019 should be progressed. We offered our thanks to our immediate past commodore, Mrs Susan Rees, who moves in the role of Rear Commodore; Mr Niall Thomas who relinquishes his Flag Officer role as Rear Commodore and our congratulations to our new Commodore, Prof Nick James. The position of Vice Commodore will remain vacant until confirmed at an AGM or EGM.

COVID 19 Delay Phase – national closure of all bars, restaurants and Clubs.

The Club remains closed! It is too soon to speculate if or when we will re-open this summer.

Second Home Owners, including many members, and other tourists have been prevented from enjoying the fine weather over recent weeks. You have all been missed but your absence has been greatly appreciated by the local community.

A tiny minority may have tested the rules whilst a similarly tiny minority of locals have been vociferous in the targeting of this important group for which the local community is highly reliant.

Sailing Programme 2020

Crawford Mcleary, sailing Sec and Chris Seal, cruiser capt. had developed a comprehensive sailing programme for 2020. The Club support for the RYA Discover Sailing was planned for 19th May has been postponed, as has the South Staff weekend.

Cardigan Bay Regatta has been cancelled for 2020.

Copied from Chris’ Cruiser Log

2020 Cruiser Programme – Fairly understandably, the sailing programme has been ‘cast to the four winds’! I will re-address things if there looks like being any improvement in the situation. Cork Week has been cancelled, as has the Cardigan Bay Regatta, Push the Boat Out/Discover Sailing and South Staffs. However, the Welsh IRC Champs in Pwllheli seems to be still on in early August (this is a little optimistic IMHO).

Keelboat Regatta. This has been postponed for now (but the Hawk Welsh National Championships within, is cancelled). For now, I will keep my options open and live in hope that there may appear some opportunity at the end of Aug/ Sep.

IRC and NHC. If there is any yachting/racing this year, I will use last year’s IRC and NHC numbers, so don’t waste money on this.
I was hoping to brief the research I had done on possible alternatives to IRC/NHC ….the plan was to cover this on 21 Mar but events overtook us, so please stand by, I am waiting for feedback from the sailing committee.

Trophies – We are still missing the Topsail Trophy (wooden yacht with missing sails), Tom Jones Cup (Ladies’ race) and the Mackerel Tankard (small, silver).
Please search for them in your attics/cellars….it is not like we have much else to do with our spare time!!

An Autumn Dinghy series, similar to the Frostbite series is also being planned in the event of a longer delay before the Welsh “Stay at Home” restrictions are lifted.
Social Programme and engagement with the Membership.

Sue Rees and her many supporters had developed the outline for a full social programme for 2020.
This has obviously been prevented and there is little optimism that the Club will be open for social functions in the near future. The same applies to the Annual Dinner, which was planned for the end of August. It has been agreed to postpone the date of the dinner until we can be more positive about the ability to have crowded function rooms. The potential for some smaller group socialisation on the beaches remains a tantalizingly faint glimmer of hope.

Virtual Social Programme

The Club and Management Committee are exploring the opportunity to develop a virtual programme of events including presentations, talks and quizzes. Ongoing engagement with the membership is vital in these difficult times. If the Stay and Home restrictions continue into the Autumn the acceptability of holding an AGM/EGM using this technology can be explored and tests.

A Virtual Event is being developed and planned for Sunday 14th June 16:00. Any suggestions and ideas are welcome as we develop the Agenda. Please contact Nick James or Sue Rees.

What’s App Groups

Several individual members are going to create several “What’s App Groups” on an informal basis.

These groups will provide an opportunity for like-minded people to communicate more freely than formal Club communications, including not being limited to NQYC membership, eg cruiser sailors or frostbite sailors from other Clubs or willing crew.

The requirement of an individual to request to “opt in” (and “opt out”) to any group will provide implied consent to share your mobile details with other members of the group and an acceptance of the risk that it may be passed on to others. The informality of the groups also excludes them from Club GDPR requirements. The mobile numbers held by the Club’s Membership Committee will NOT be shared or with Whats App administrators.