Note To Members from the Main Committee regarding Sailing at Weir Wood
The activities and services available at Weir Wood Sailing Club are delivered by a small number of volunteers – largely, but not entirely, comprising the Main Committee. The Club has no professional staff.
Even under normal circumstances it involves a lot of work to deal with the demands of Membership issues, establishing and operating a Duty Rota, managing our accounts and finances, providing RYA standard Training, running the Racing, maintaining and improving our aging buildings, looking after our Club power and sailing boats, marketing and relationships with our landlords and other users of the reservoir, and so on.
The Covid pandemic has taken the work to a new level. Following guidance by the RYA a Covid Sub-Committee was established, with members selected from as wide a range of the Club’s activities as possible, to bring together a lot of experience and expertise.
It has done an outstanding job of interpreting the complex and frequently changing regulations and drafting rules and instructions to enable the Club to operate to the maximum legally permitted. It has been a very difficult and rather thankless task and regrettably has meant restricting several normal activities and behaviours.
At the same time, the Club’s landlord, WWE, has put the Head lease up for sale. As we have a 50-year lease this is not a direct threat for WWSC and indeed may provide exciting new opportunities – providing we continue to fully comply with the terms in our lease.
Clearly, adhering to the instructions of the Covid Sub-Committee and the terms in our lease is not optional – it is an obligation on all members of the Club. It is appreciated that the vast majority of members recognise this and do their best to be compliant.
Unfortunately, a small number of members do not. Key problem areas are failure to manage departure and arrival at slipways required to maintain social distancing rules, failing to use their designated slipway, congregating in groups greater than 6 and failing to return vehicles to the car park – in particular parking along the roadways and in Oppy Bay.
The Main Committee does its utmost to ensure that WWSC is a friendly place to sail and socialise with the minimum of bureaucracy and will continue to encourage members to follow the rules.
However, it has a duty to safeguard the health and safety of members and the long run security of the Club. Consequently, in the event of continued failure to comply with its Rules and Procedures, the Main Committee reserves the right to suspend or terminate the membership of repeat offenders.
Working together we can ensure that WWSC gets through the current challenges and is well positioned for a long and successful future at Weir Wood Reservoir. Thank you for your help in making this possible.
If you have any suggestions for improving the current approach, please do let me know and I will ensure that they are considered by the relevant Committee members.
Chris Daniels, WWSC Secretary, on behalf of the Main Committee
21st October 2020