Another month has passed since you received my last email and thankfully the days are getting longer and brighter and the vaccination programme is rolling on faster than a lot of has hoped and the prospect of getting back out on the water is getting much closer and the dream of even getting to the club for a well-deserved draught pint or what takes your fancy is hopefully not far over the horizon for all of us.
The main reason for this email is to say on behalf of the Management Committee a big thank you to all members who responded to the requests to support the club and pay their 2021 membership and on time to strengthen the financial position of the club and you have certainly done that so again thank you sincerely! Your support has been vital and amazing!
By the end of February (last week), we have received in approximately 70% of the normal annual membership fees, by those who have paid in full or signed up for the direct debit payments running January to June.
It goes without saying that we would further appeal to the remaining 30% who have not yet paid to do so on or before 31st March, which is the cut off date for payment, except in the case of new joining members.
Our thanks also goes to those members who have promptly paid their boat park fees, which as our main source of income after membership and the bar revenue has also been of great assistance. Some dinghy bills have still be issued so you haven’t been forgotten!
Having mentioned the boat park I have been asked to remind any members accessing the boat park for the permitted purposes currently allowed of carrying out essential checks on a boat (e.g., to check the boat is secure) that it is essential that they close and lock the boat park gates on leaving, including the wicket pass gate unless they have specifically agreed with any other member on site to do so.
It is important to realise that members with small dinghies and other small craft and trailers have insurance conditions specifically requiring them to be kept in a secure locked compound. Any member leaving the gates unlocked is risking other members insurance in event of theft.
The RYA Northern Ireland welcomes today’s announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive on the Pathway to Recovery.
The Executive has outlined the “ approach to further relaxations will likely focus on those activities which are of most benefit to our health and wellbeing, community and the economy and considered to be a lower risk of increasing transmission.”
RYA Northern Ireland is now analysing the plan, in particular the theme of Sport and Leisure. A number of questions still remain and we will be working with officials on more detailed considerations and frameworks in order to provide guidance to clubs, centres and participants. Although we welcome this announcement, it remains clear that the steps will be cautious and in very gradual steps.
In the meantime, is important that clubs continue to adhere to current guidance on our Return to Boating page.
In advance of the Membership Subscription Renewals being sent out for 2021 we are undertaking a data validation exercise. Over the period of 29-30 December a personalised email was sent from the Membership Secretary to confirm the details we currently have on record regarding your membership.
There have been a good number of confirmations and updates received so far.
If you have received the email, but haven’t yet replied, we would be grateful if you could take a couple of minutes to check the content and confirm if it is correct, or provide any changes or additions as necessary.
If you don’t appear to have received it please check if it has been sent to your Spam/Junk folder for some reason. The Subject was of the form “CSC Membership Details Validation – <Membership Number> – <Name>” and it was sent from the address firstname.lastname@example.org
it may also be the case that we don’t have a current email address on file for you. If so please send an email to email@example.com so we can confirm the remainder of the records we hold.
Thanks for your assistance, Steve Atkinson – Membership Secretary
Our AGM was held on Wednesday evening by Zoom. This was a different way of doing things but we were delighted to have 42 members attend. The list of members elected to the committee is below and this will be further updated and circulated once any co-options are made by the management committee.
Andrea Windsor (Outgoing) Honorary Secretary
Carrickfergus Sailing Club Management Committee 2021 – RESULTS
Commodore – Trevor McCaig
Vice-Commodore – Graham Skelton
Captain – Debbie Nelson
Vice-Captain – Bill Kavanagh
Honorary Secretary – To be Co-opted
Honorary Treasurer – To be Co-opted
Honorary Sailing Secretary – Richard McCaig
Assistant Honorary Secretary – To be Co-opted
Assistant Honorary Treasurer – To be Co-opted
Membership Secretary – Steve Atkinson
Committee Member (x 2) – Joanne Byers, Graham Zebedee
The Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 19:30.
Unfortunately this year we are unable to meet in the Clubhouse so it is the intention of the Management Committee to host this year’s meeting by Zoom. This is the platform already tried and tested by the RYA, RYANI and by other clubs in the Lough.
The invitation to the meeting will be issued by separate email ahead of the AGM. While this is not ideal, it is out of our control. Should you not be in a position to attend on Zoom we are able to send out all the relevant reports, including the Accounts. The Management Committee nominations are complete and once finalised the details will be sent to members, following the AGM.
The Agenda is noted below and, as ever, if there are any questions please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of the AGM, and by Friday 4th December if possible. This will also allow us to get any clarifications from the Auditor as he will not be in attendance.
Following our email request for nominations in October, there is a list of those nominated and seconded for Committee positions. There was more than one nomination for some positions, therefore a vote is required for those ahead of the AGM.
In preparation for this we have appointed two independent tellers to accept, count and verify the votes. Further information on the nominations and the voting process is available from the club secretary.
We appreciate this is a different way of carrying out our business but hope that you will be able to attend virtually and that we have a successful AGM.
Agenda 1. Welcome and Notice of AGM 1.1. Apologies 2. Minutes of previous AGM 3. Commodore’s Report 4. Honorary Secretary’s Report 5. Honorary Sailing Secretary’s Report 6. Honorary Treasurer’s Report 7. Annual Accounts 8. Election of Management Committee 9. Any Other Business
Hon Secretary on behalf of the Management Committee
Ryan Seaton who is a member of Carrickfergus Sailing Club and who has represented Ireland in the 49 er Class at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics has been able to resume his winter training for the first time at his home club following the recent completion of the slipway widening project which was partly funded by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
In past campaigns Ryan has had to train away from home because the slipway at Carrickfergus was unsuitable to launch a high-performance dinghy. Ryan and his crew Seafra Guilfoyle are hoping to again qualify to represent Ireland at next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Qualification would see Ryan represent Ireland at three consecutive Olympics.
Ryan commented, ” Carrickfergus and Belfast Lough is one of the best sailing locations throughout UK and Ireland. But unfortunately, due to its lack of suitable slipway access I was unable to complete my journey to professional sailing success at my home club. The new CSC slipway is a game changer when it comes to launching and retrieving my Olympic class 49er. It means I can complete some of my Tokyo 2021 training in home waters for the first time.
The Club had two National and one European event in the diary for 2020 following the slipway completion but unfortunately due to Covid restrictions the events had to be cancelled.
A spokesperson for the Club advised that they were hopeful that these events would be held next year, conditions permitting and afford sailors from clubs both in Ireland and Great Britain to compete in Carrickfergus and Belfast Lough.
In the meantime, the club has benefited from the new slipway since restrictions eased in July with regular junior sailing and training hoping to find another Carrickfergus Olympian amongst them. Sailors in the Rs 400 dinghy class have also been racing at the club.
The Club would take this opportunity to thank MEABC for all their assistance and financial support in making the project a reality for all sailors at the club Olympians or otherwise.
We are pleased to announce that the grounds of Carrickfergus Sailing Club will reopen to members, effective from tomorrow, Saturday 13th June. The gates will initially be unlocked from 10am to 6pm. The gate should remain closed over for now so please open and close over again on arrival, but do not lock. When on club grounds please adhere to social distancing guidelines, i.e. 2 metres apart from anyone who is not from your household, and not in groups larger than 10. Please be mindful when in contact with any hard surfaces and we recommend you bring hand sanitizer, wipes and other PPE as required, to mitigate passing on any infection. Please dispose of any rubbish, including PPE responsibly.
The health and safety of our members remains our priority and we ask that any activity is carried out in a conservative and considerate manner to help safeguard public health and not put any additional pressure on the emergency services.
The clubhouse and boatshed remain closed for now and there is no access to toilets or water. Planning to reopen the clubhouse is ongoing and we continue to follow the Government and RYA guidance on this. The boatpark remains closed (excepting those who have agreed access via email@example.com).
There are just a few final items to be completed by the Contractor on the slipway and a few bits and pieces to ensure the boatpark is safe for use BUT we are planning to have the slipway available for use w/c 22nd June. While awaiting completion of the slipway, the Committee have been working on a “Back on the Water Plan” and a further note to members will issue next week outlining those measures being put in place to get back on the water and the guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Once again we would like to thank members for their patience and please bear with us as we restore your services in a managed and controlled way.
The popular Thursday night quiz finished just before lockdown for the season. However, while the club is closed we are going to run a virtual quiz fortnightly, on Zoom, starting 7:30 pm Wednesday 3rd June. There will be 4 rounds of questions, including general knowledge and some specialist subjects…should last no more than an hour. Please register your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news this week, the NI Health Minister eased Coronavirus Restrictions, permitting Outdoor Activity, including “some water activity”. The RYA has interpreted this to permit all forms of boating activity, including sailing, but only when safely:
undertaken by individuals or members of the same household;
there is no sharing of hard surfaces (including all types of boat);
public health guidance is followed at all times;
strict social distancing can be undertaken.
The health and safety of our members is our priority and we ask that any activity be carried out in a conservative and considerate manner to help safeguard public health and not put any additional pressure on the emergency services.
Please note there is restriction on the number of people who may gather outdoors from separate households of six (adhering to Social Distancing).
The slipway contractor remains onsite and while the final works complete the boatpark remains closed. It is hoped that the works will complete over the next few weeks. However if anyone needs to physically access the boats that are not within the contractors compound in the short term please contact email@example.com some advance notice for access. We request that if you are in the grounds of CSC that you adhere to social distancing, i.e. 2 metres apart from anyone who is not from your household.
Please note that the Clubhouse and Boatshed remain closed and there is no access to toilets or to water. Anyone visiting their boats should ensure they have adequate sanitiser and PPE. Please DO NOT come onto Club premises if you or a member from your household are presenting with any symptoms of Covid-19.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience, please bear with us as we try to restore as many services and facilities as we can in a managed and controlled way.