Sailing Club

2020 Sailing Season

GRAND LAKE SAILING ASSOCIATION, 2020 SEASON

Race protocol has been adjusted in alignment with guidance from the Quebec sailing authority (Voile Quebec) concerning Covid-19. Consequently, no onshore activities are planned this season. As for the races, there will be no timers sitting on the dock, and no visual signals to mark the start of the race. Other than that, the races are going ahead.  Taking part in the sailing races is a great to get out on the water and have fun in a way that is both enjoyable and conforms with government regulations.

 

Welcome to the 2020 sailing season! It’s finally here, albeit in view of COVID-19 it will be different. We are monitoring current regulations and assessing options for how to proceed. The good news is sailing in the province is now permitted – but only under certain conditions. This is based on guidance from Voile Quebec, and is apparently in accordance with the ministry responsible for recreation, sport and the outdoors, as well as Quebec public health. So do plan to get your boat ready and out on the water. Holding races, however is currently restricted. As are any of our traditional onshore social events. (See below for further relevant Voile Quebec information). We hope to see the constraints relaxed enough at some point during the coming weeks to allow at least a partial season to be completed. In the meantime, Grand Lake Sunday sailboat races have joined the ranks of the NHL and are on hold. You’ll be advised of any update via email once we know more and have a plan that complies with the regulations in place. If you have any questions or comments you can contact any of the committee members or email ikmaclaren@gmail.com. Voile Quebec guidance applicable to our Grand Lake sailing: (as of 20 May).

1. For this first phase of recovery, only recreational sailing is permitted. This is limited to sailing alone or with people you reside with. Unfortunately, if you normally sail with crew members who are not from your family, you are not yet allowed to go on the water.

2. The announcement allowing gatherings of a maximum of 10 people from up to 3 households from May 22 does not change the above rule, unless the sailboat is large enough to ensure a distance of 2m at all times (and wouldn’t a boat like that look fine on Grand Lake!)

3. While on the water at the same time as other boats, you must respect the physical distance and stay at least two meters away. For more information, refer to the Voile Quebec website https://voile.qc.ca/index.php/en/

 

 

 

ALL AGES AND ALL ABILITIES ARE WARMLY INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE GRAND LAKE SAILING RACES. If you wish to take part, contact the co-commodores:

Ian Maclaren, 613-291-5178ikmaclaren@gmail.com
Duncan Vipond, 819-617-1091devipond@rogers.com

Races start at 12 noon every Sunday. For a chart showing the courses, contact Sarah Pothecary, 416-365-3245spothecary@strabo.ca.

If you would like to add your name to the list of people who receive e-mail communications about sailing activities, please contact Sarah Pothecary.