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Commodore’s Comments

As we approach the end of June
We’ve started singing a different tune.
Even though Covid is still hanging around
We’ve started to come out and hear the starting horn sound.

It’s been great to come out and see our friends on the starting line
Enjoying our sport helps us feel closer to fine.
We’ve already had our first club championship pursuit race of the year,
Although I must admit, I really miss our Wednesday burgers and beer.

But despite what I’ve said,
It’s the second peak that we all still dread.
Upon hearing the recent updates on Covid in the news
My heart is once again singing the blues.

It looks like Ohio cases have shown a steep rise
But with the opening of bars, restaurants, etc., is this a surprise?

Therefore, in this column, I want to ask of you
To continue the good health practices that you all do.
In particular, let’s keep our social distance on shore
So we all stay healthy and can continue to sail some more!

Photos below demonstrating all the members who worked hard this spring in a safe way to get the club ready for all of us to use.

New Saftey Boats

Care & Feeding of Our Boston Whalers

As a result of the City of Columbus’ decision to limit the horsepower of our Safety boats to 25 or less, we have replaced our two RIBs with two additional 13-foot Boston Whalers. 

Our original Whaler was built in 1970 and although used roughly by the club, it has proved to be both functional and durable for our purposes.  The two newer Whalers (1981 and 1988) were found over the winter and both are outfitted with 25 HP four-stroke engines.  This allows us to operate all of our boats on regular gasoline and all the boat gas tanks are now interchangeable and can be used on any of the boats.

Keys for the Whalers

It’s important to know that the ignition keys are unique to each Whaler and cannot be interchanged.  Therefore, we are identifying our Whaler fleet as Whaler 1, Whaler 2, and Whaler 3.  The ignition keys, boat trailers, and motors have each been labeled in this manner to avoid confusion.  See the picture of the individual keys below.  Note that the Committee boat and Rescue One continue to operate with unlabeled keys that ARE interchangeable. 

We are fortunate to find such nice boats to add to our fleet.  Although they are shared property and used by all club members, please treat the boats as if they were your own and use care to avoid hull damage. Here are some tips for keeping them in good shape.

Docking the Whalers

These newer Whalers are in great shape and neither hull has a scratch on them.  In order to keep them this way they need to be tied up correctly in their dock slips as follows:

  • as you slowly enter the slip grab the rear dock lines and attach to the finger piers at the stern of the boat, then
  • very snugly tie the bowline to the main dock.  This way, the bows will not come in contact with the dock and damage the chine.

Tying Up the Whalers

Whalers should never be tied to other docks by tying the bowline directly to the dock.

Because the boats have a square bow, tying the boat to the dock in this manner allows the bow of the boat to rub against the dock and damage the bow.

Simply lead the bow line around either port or starboard bow cleat, then secure to the line to the dock. This allows the boat to rest at its corner and will avoid damaging the hull.

Taking Care of Our Clubhouse

It has been great to see so many people enjoying the club, the sailing and the sunsets!  Everyone has been doing a great job with social distancing and wearing masks inside the house.  Please take advantage of the orange buckets containing paper towels, sanitizer and disinfectant for all members to use. (Rainbow Photo above is from June 2018)

Our cleaning person is now coming 5 days a week, normally Monday – Friday.  His name is Anthony and this is his second year with us and he’s been doing a great job.  If you see him at the club, say hi. If he can’t make it between 4pm – 6pm, he’ll usually come late at night or very early in the morning.  Because of this, there have been instances where members have found the clubhouse appearing to be “unclean” with full, open trash cans, or a messy bathroom, or even empty food containers strewn around the club by animals or the wind.  This doesn’t mean Anthony isn’t doing his job, it just means he hasn’t been there. Anthony is only there about 1 hour per day and rarely on Saturdays or Sundays.   We don’t have a full time caretaker so we all need to pitch in.

We all need to pitch in on the weekends!
We need all members’ to help keep our clubhouse nice and clean, especially during these times.  Here are some little steps that will help so much. 

Clubhouse Care

  • When a trashcan is getting full take it out to the dumpster. 
  • Replacement bags are in the cleaning closet. 
  • Rather than throw food waste and containers in the trash cans where it will attract animals, take it directly to the dumpster for disposal.
  • Leave the bathroom neat for the next person and use the disinfectant spray in each bathroom.  Additional toilet paper can be found in the cabinets in each bathroom and additional hand soap can be found in the supply closet.

Kitchen Care

  • BYOE! (Bring Your Own Everything) Please bring all of your own plates and utensils and take everything with you when you leave. 
  • At this time, the refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, oven, sink and countertops are available for use. 
  • Appliances and items NOT available are the ice machine, the kegerator, all pots, pans, dishes, utensils and kitchen tools. 
  • Please leave the cabinets tied shut.
  • Don’t leave food in the refrigerators or freezers, unless you are on the grounds.

IMPORTANT: The first-aid kit and the AED (Automated external defibrillator) are in the tall cabinet behind the door entering from the hallway. 

Keep Your Eye on the Club

We also need you to keep an eye on the club when you are there.  Since most local pools are closed along with some public facilities, people are looking for places to hang out.  If our gate is open and our clubhouse is available, there isn’t much stopping non-members and uninvited guests from making themselves at home.  We’ve already had reports of random people cooking on our grill and having a picnic inside the clubhouse.  Don’t be afraid to ask people if they are members and if you get asked if you’re a member, don’t be upset, we can be hard to recognize with our masks on!

  • As always before you leave the grounds check to see if others are actively using the clubhouse.  If you’re the last one there: 
  • Remember your key every time!
  • Close the sliders and lock all of the doors when you leave. 
  • Close and lock the gate behind you.

Our clubhouse belongs to all of us.  Let’s all do our part to keep it nice.

HSC Sailors are in Pursuit

We are back in the racing business on both Sundays & Wednesdays. Most of the early regattas were cancelled, all of them due to the pandemic. Once we opened the clubhouse both Thistles and Interlakes ran 1-day regattas with great success. Thistles are running another 1-day regatta on Saturday, July 18th. Lasers plan to run a 1-day event on Saturday, August 1.  And MCs have also scheduled a 1-day regatta on Saturday, September 19th.  Check the HSC Calendar for updates.

On our first Wednesday night racing, June 17, we ran the first Pursuit Race of the 2020 season. It was particularly entertaining because it was so well attended, 28 boats, the most in recent years. Guessing it was sailors eager get out of the house on a weekday.  The folks watching from on shore reported that it was very exciting.  All pursuit races are exciting, since they’re really two races in one, the race going on between boats of the same fleet, and the race between all boats. 

The top 5 winners were:

  • Matt Fisher—MC Scow
  • Steve Lavender—Thistle
  • Steve Aspery—Interlake
  • Mark White—Interlake
  • Tom Fee—Interlake

This year we instituted a color-coding scheme to communicate the wind speed range for each Pursuit Race. Look for a colored flag on the Race Committee Boat under the RC flag. The wind speed sheets will be at the top of the ramp for dry sailors & on the porch of the club for raft owners.

The next Pursuit Races are Wednesdays July 15 and August 19. 

Come race!  Come watch!

Interlake Interludes

What a great day!

On Saturday June 20, 26 Interlakes enjoyed a day of relative normalcy with a great day of racing and socializing…distantly of course. Hoover’s Interlake Fleet 24 stepped up to the challenges of hosting an event while respecting the need to follow the rules and restrictions of our times. We held a one-day George Fisher Memorial Regatta with modified registration, modified meals and refreshments, and the help and cooperation of everyone involved. We handled all registration in advance and online (thank you Mike McClinchie for setting this up). It worked well and was simplified by the fact that we did not charge any fees. A few local fleet members generously subsidized the event and paid for the food, trophies, and beverages.

Sailors featured in the photo above are (left to right) Chad & Stephanie Headlee (1418), Jeff Tyndall and Crew Rob (1298), Steve and David Aspery (1435), Stu Fisher and Gwen Mulvey (1174).

The day started clear and hot with no breeze, none. The night before, the forecast for the day was light and variable wind. And yet despite this dismal forecast, the teams arrived. Hank Boissoneault and Danny Olson (defending National Champs) from Sandusky, Bob and Betsy Bradley from Toledo, Tom and Sue Wills from Mansfield, Bill Sanderson and Cara Bown with Heather Parson, Lee Sacket drove down to sail with Mark Presley, and all our friends from across town at Leatherlips: AJ and Jill Savage, Dick Evans with Carolyn and Cindy, Mike Mirarchi and Ed Fairbanks, Ken Fallon and Mason Mattice, and Scott Graham with Kevin Flanagan. We were so impressed that these folks made the trip knowing the forecast. Only one out of town boat did not make the trip and that was due to trailer issues.

But, perhaps as a reward for their faith, the forecast changed that morning. Calm becoming north about 5. Would it come? A couple of competitors lost faith and left their boats on the trailer. But 26 teams set up and put the boats in the water, confident that something good would happen.

Everyone enjoyed a no-contact box lunch as Bill Sanderson prepared us for battle with some rousing bagpipe tunes, while Lynne Allison provided the traditional dance steps. We dutifully held a competitors meeting, still confident something good would come in. Jamie Jones, our PRO, announced we were going, the breeze will come. And it did. On cue for our 12:45 warning gun, the breeze steadily built to a lovely 5 from the north. Sometimes you just need to show up and see what happens!

Jamie, with his race committee of Molly Jones, Matt and Lisa Fisher, and Steve and Rachel Lavender set a great course and started racing on time. The north breeze was solid and held for the afternoon. It became a little shifty, but we always had breeze and the racing was good. The race committee efficiently fired off 5 good races and racing was tight with plenty of mid race switch ups. Lee Sackett and Mark Presley sailed consistently well and recorded 3 firsts and no bad races to win the event. Steve and David Aspery won the first and last races to finish second overall, Hank Boissoneault and Danny Olson sailed very consistently to finish third, Stu Fisher and Gwen Mulvey also sailed very consistently to finish 4th, with Jeff Jones and Richard Blake rounding out the top 5. Nadia Reynolds, Emma Friedauer, and Brendan Smucker were the top youth team, finishing 16th overall.

One of the hallmarks of the Interlake class is the family-friendly nature of the boat and class. We had 12 family teams which is always cool to see. Even more impressive is that 6 of the top ten finishers were family teams! We also had 4 all-youth teams competing!

After racing we gathered on the front lawn, reasonably spaced, and enjoyed snacks and beverages. Terry Kilpatrick presented the 2019 Travelers Series trophies which were beautiful half-hulls. Then we presented trophies for the event and everyone was able to head home by 5:00. Many stuck around to enjoy the company and bask in the stories of a great day of sailing.

Scow Scoop

How to Right an MC Scow

As members, we all are asked to serve on Race Committee and occasionally when the wind hits just right (or wrong) we may have to help a sailor who has capsized.  It’s a normal part of sailing.   Here are some basic guidelines followed by a video on the specific specific details on righting an MC Scow.

Basic Guidelines for Assisting a Capsized Sailor
  1. Always approach the sailor and sailboat from the leeward side, never from windward.
  2. First ask if the sailor is OK!
  3. Next ask the sailor if he/she wants/needs help.  Don’t assume, because if you touch the boat, the sailor is required to retire from that race.   Also, many folks know how to right their boat without assistance and prefer to do it themselves.
  4. Have them make sure the mainsheet is uncleated and the vang released.
  5. Never leave the scene until the boat is up and the sailor is safely underway again.
  6. If the sailor is in trouble, rescue them first and leave the boat for later. Boats can be replaced.  

One option to consider when righting any boat, but especially an MC, is to do a “Mast Tip” recovery.  Position the boat pointing into the wind and the sailor/crew between the boom and hull holding onto the hiking straps inside the boat. Then, the safety boat grabs the tip of the mast and walks it up. This way it scoops the sailor/crew into the boat as the boat comes upright, ready to get back to the sailing.  Of course, if you perform a mast tip recovery, they must retire for breaking RRS 41.

We’ve had some gusty winds this spring and two MCs have gone over. MCs are a unique boat and require some special instructions for righting. Ted Thomas (MC 1541) shared the video below on righting an MC. I encourage you to watch it, in the event you might have to rescue one of our MC fleet members.

Thanks to Al Haeger (MC2748 @ Lake Belle Yacht Club) at Sailzing.com for this video.

Our very own John Church (Thistle 3946) thought it was important to know how, so he did the research and wrote a very detailed article. If you would like a copy please send your request to Leadline@HooverSailingClub.com.

Hail From the Rail

“Who Are Those Guys?”

Remember the scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they look at each other and ask, “Who are those guys?”  This was a frequent question in the parking lot, clarified somewhat as sail numbers appeared.  Masked citizens driving familiar vehicles and all towing identical 17-foot canvas-covered boats distantly speckled the parking lot at Hoover on May 30th.   Twenty Thistle teams appeared.  No hugs, no handshakes, just lame but heartfelt waves, and I’m pretty sure those wrinkles around the eyes with a twinkle meant there were smiles behind the masks.  We were all really glad to see each other. 

Thistle Fleet Captain Mike McBride and Steve Lavender, HSC Commodore if you please, invented the Socially Appropriate Distance (SAD) Regatta.  It was a short-handed event, a crew of two.  Certainly, no one objected to some violations of that limit; there were some pint-sized 3rds and 4ths out there.  We were all provided with squirt guns to thwart any inappropriate non-distancing, but the shifty, gusty breeze kept hands full of sheets until we got on shore again.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day, day one of a cold front.  The breeze was Northwest at 10 with gusts to 18 and abundant 20-40 degree shifts.  Because of that breeze and the two-crew limit, the RC flew the no-spinnaker flag for the first six races.  Several teams were not feeling fulfilled, so they added swimming to the playbook.  (Our team skipped that event this time.)  Who knew just main and jib could be that good?   Wing and wing?  Haven’t done that in a while.  Race seven was all out and fun to finally get the big sail out there.   The MC Fleet with Mark White as PRO delivered excellent race management.

When the masks came out again at the dock and the scores were tallied, two son and father teams had dominated the day.  The fleet gathered at distance, in a big circle in the parking lot for the awards.  Ben and Bob France won handily; their worst race was a fourth.  Stu and Matt Fisher were almost as hot.  Your designated reporter and his practically-a-brother, John Yingling took home the third place hardware which for this no-frills, no-food, no-free-beer, no-closeness, and no-fee regatta was “paper-ware,” a sketch of boats about to collide. 

This looks like a winning formula for the pandemic year!

18 teams participated. 3 boats were over the 2-person limit, but the extra crew were all youngsters.  We sailed 7 races.  They were all 2-lap windward/leeward courses.  The first 6 were under the “No Spinnaker” flag.  As usual for Hoover, the wind was shifty and the puffs were more often on one side or the other rather than in the middle.  Ben and Bob France were the most consistent with 2 1sts and a 4th as their worst race.  Stu and Matt Fisher also had 2 1sts. to come in 2nd overall.  Other race winners were Tom Hubbell and John Yingling, Steve Lavender and Bob McNitt, and the whole Shedden Family.

SkipperCrewBoatTOTALPLACE
Ben FranceBob France4027151
Stu FisherMatt Fisher3990212
Tom HubbellJohn Yingling3890313
Conor RuppenCarrie Patterson3903374
Steve LavenderBob McNitt3893415

By Ann Jones

CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE LAVENDER for his second-place finish in the June Pursuit Race. As you may know, Thistles have the next-to-last start in this event, so Steve had to fight his way up and pass every boat except one on the race course to finish second. Great racing, Steve, you can really make Thistle #3893 go! 

Thistle Fleet Race Committee Assignments: On June 30, Fleet Captain Mike McBride sent out Thistle race committee assignments for the following dates:

  • July 5, Sun
  • July 15, Wed. PURSUIT
  • August 16, Sun
  • August 30, Sun
  • September 13, Sun

Please check the schedule to find your assigned date. If you cannot report for duty, please find a substitute and notify Captain Mike! Be at our favorite Club by 12:30 pm for Sundays, 5:30 pm for the Pursuit Race, and let’s show them how we professionals do it. Thanks in advance for your good work!

Hoover Sailing Club and our Thistle fleet will be hosting another 1-day regatta Saturday July 18. The Mad Thistle Regatta will follow the format of the previous SAD Regatta, because it will involve More Appropriate Distancing. There is no regatta fee, so just plan to bring your mask for on-shore use and race two-up on the water.

LOOKING AT THE LAKE: It’s ‘Hi Summer’ at Hoover! This is the perfect time do to those capsize drills. The reservoir is so warm that you could take a bath in it (but please don’t do anything socially appropriate because it isn’t chlorinated). There is plenty of water because the rainfall is eight inches above average for the year. Our favorite Club can be your vacation destination this year–SO COME ON OUT AND SAIL WITH US! 

Junior Race Team Update

As we wrap up our second week of sailing we have had some exciting things to report. First, this past Wednesday evening the JRT teams fielded 4 Interlake crews a 420 and an Opti and raced in the Club Pursuit series event. Our kids represented well and the positive feedback from club members was fantastic. More big news for the team, we will be hosting our first Inter-Club Laser Regatta for Junior teams on June 27th. We are excited to host our friends from Leatherlips and Buckeye Lake and get some good racing in. We are continuing to practice three nights a week and are looking forward to hitting the road for some away events soon.

GoSailing App Connects Sailors

Are you looking for crew?  Would you like to try sailing on a different boat?  The free Go Sailing app enables skippers and crew to find each other with the tap of an icon.  Skippers post brief details about their planned sail including location, leisure/race, public/private/club, desired sailing skills, date and time.  Private sails only are seen by sailors that you invite.  Skippers may duplicate and modify sails for similar events.  Once posted, sailors may apply to join.  The skipper selects and easily communicates with potential or selected sailors. 

Sailors select notifications options for new events in their areas—the area may be very large such as Columbus sailors monitoring sailing opportunities on Lake Erie.  The app enables great opportunities for new sailors and students to get more experience!

The club may register with Go Sailing to enable advertising club only activities such as social events or seminars.  The club may also advertise sailing lessons through the app.  View the features of this free social networking app for sailors at https://gosailingapp.com/.

When I lived on East Coast without owning a sailboat, I often sailed through the app.  When traveling, I have used the app to find sailing opportunities or find crew for charters.  Recently, I have advertised for racing crew at Hoover Sailing Club, and I was surprised to receive several applications from very experienced sailors.  Of the over 20 sailors that I have met through the app, everyone has been a polite and enthusiastic sailor.  Many local sailors would greatly enjoy if Columbus skippers shared sailing opportunities through Go Sailing!

COVID-19 Club Updates

Update July 1, 2020

Given the rise in Covid cases and the governor’s request to limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people through the holiday weekend, we’re doing the prudent thing and we are canceling the 4th of July picnic that was planned for Saturday evening.   

The holiday series RACING/SAILING will go on as planned, with racing on both Saturday and Sunday at the normal time (1:45 pm start).   

The clubhouse is open. The kitchen is open with a few restrictions.  At this time, the refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, oven, sink and countertops will be available for use.  Appliances and items not available include the ice machine, the kegerator, all pots, pans, dishes, utensils and kitchen tools.  Most of these items have been removed from the kitchen entirely and the cabinets have been tied shut, please leave them that way.  Members are asked to bring all of their own utensils and take everything with them when they leave.  No food is to be left in the refrigerators or freezers if you aren’t actively using the club or out sailing.
Click here for more details about the HSC Clubhouse

The first-aid kit and the AED (Automated external defibrillator) have been moved back to their usual location in the kitchen.

Steve Lavender
Commodore

Update May 27, 2020

Your HSC board members have developed a plan to start up the 2020 season of club racing, starting this Sunday (5/31).    Organized Wednesday night racing will start June 17th with the first pursuit race of the year.     Your fleet captains will probably be reaching out to you shortly as they begin scheduling RC duty.  

The biggest clustering of people tends to occur after sailing on the dock as we wait our turns to pull our boats out.   If you see a large group at the dock, I encourage you to let the crowd dissipate while you either enjoy the day and keep sailing for a little while, or, tie up at the club dock and enjoy the view of the lake from the shade of the clubhouse lawn.

To keep things safe, there will be buckets with cleaning supplies available for wiping down RC boats and likewise there will be similar buckets available for you to use before and after you use club chairs and picnic tables.   Please respect social distancing recommendations both inside and outside the clubhouse.   Inside the clubhouse we recommend you wear a mask, especially when using the bathrooms.   Just in case you’re planning activities outside of sailing, you should know that the kitchen remains closed.  Also the playground is closed. 

I also wanted to let know that our cleaning guy started cleaning on Friday and also cleaned Sunday and Tuesday.  The plan is that there will be 3 cleanings per week until the middle of June when we will go to 5 cleanings per week.  

I did hear some concerns regarding the planned mid-June start of the sail instruction classes.   I want to assure you that Jamie’s team has a very organized plan which includes:

  • All instruction will take place in the yard, dry sail or near our sheds (not in the clubhouse).  
  • The normal “Parent Meeting” will be done video style. So there will be no mass gatherings in the clubhouse prior to the first day of each session.
  • All students’ personal belongings will be placed in individual waterproof bins at the beginning of the day and kept outside.
  • There is no lost and found this year for the learn to sail program.  If an item is left behind, it’s “lost” and will be disposed of.
  • Two outside hand-washing stations are being assembled to eliminate the need for the students to go inside other than to use the bathroom.
  • All sailors and instructors will be wearing face coverings anytime they’re on shore.
  • Every student and instructor will have a temperature and symptom check every day before getting on the grounds. Those failing that test will not be allowed to attend.

The Board has been monitoring guidance from the State of Ohio, listening to our members’ concerns, and working to make plans that respect the safety of everyone while allowing us to enjoy our sport.   Now the time has arrived to sail….and be respectful of others. Please follow these rules so that we can continue to sail. 

I look forward to seeing you on the water this Sunday!

— Your Commodore, Steve Lavender

Update May 21, 2020

With Memorial Day Weekend rapidly approaching I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update on club operations.   The board of governors continues to meet regularly to discuss how we can adapt club operations to the Covid environment in a way that is consistent with State and U.S. Sailing guidelines.   Here are some updates:

  1. Starting this weekend the clubhouse will be partially open.  This means that members will have access to the bathrooms and the large room within the clubhouse, and the RC cabinet.  However, the kitchen remains closed.   Signs will be posted requesting that only one person use the bathrooms at a time and reminding members that only 10 people should be in the clubhouse area at a time.  There is disinfectant spray in both bathrooms and the main room and that each person is asked to clean any surfaces that they use. Please maintain adequate social distance when on the patio.  If you choose to use a picnic table you should bring your own wipes to clean it before you use it and after you’re done.   Also, if you’re the last person in the clubhouse, please be sure it is locked up when you leave.
  2. The docks and rafts are all in the water so you can go sailing.
  3. If you arrive at the club during non-busy periods (i.e. not on a weekend) and don’t see evidence of others, it is advisable to close the gate (you don’t need to lock it) after you enter to reduce the incidence of non-members accessing club grounds and facilities.    We’ve had some recent incidences that have led us to this recommendation.
  4. Drysail lot assignments have been sent out, so this weekend might be a good time to come out and set up your boat, and put it in your designated spot.
  5. Club directories will be available in the clubhouse for pick up.
  6. First aid supplies and the AED will be move to the RC cabinet which can be opened with your key.
  7. There will be no organized club racing this weekend.   The board will be meeting early next week to discuss how we can organize racing that is safe for competitors and safe for race committee participants.
  8. Learn to sail programs will begin in mid-June using a format in which there is one person per boat, or two co-habitating people per boat. Read about the updated procedures here.

Update May 9, 2020

1.    A plan was put in place to start returning docks to the water.   As of this email, the “T” dock, or launch dock as some would call it, is now fully installed.  This provides members an opportunity to go sailing while social distancing during the launch and recovery process.   In addition, rafts in the cove on the North side of the club have been put in place.  If you are one of these raft owners and already have your boat set up in west drysail lot, please move your boat to your raft  when you can.  This will make room for more boats in the west lot as more members come out to set up and sail their boats.    The remaining docks and windmill rafts will be installed by small teams over the next few weeks.   Jeff Jones will be sending out drysail lot assignments soon.   When possible please move your boat to its assigned spot. 

2.    We are trying to open the bathrooms at the clubhouse by next weekend.  We still need to finalize the cleaning procedures, signage, etc.  The rest of the clubhouse, including the kitchen, will remain closed for now.  We don’t want to promote the gathering of groups of people in enclosed spaces or risk contamination of the kitchen.   

3.    Fleet racing is still on hold.   While on the surface this looks pretty benign, there are still a lot of issues to work out regarding RC support (how many people in the support and RC boats).  US Sailing is recommending single-handed boats or larger boats with cohabitating teams as we re-start our racing programs and no après sail social activities. 

4.    Regattas are still on hold as they greatly increase the complexity of maintaining a safe environment. 

5.    Jamie is working through plans for youth and adult sail instruction that will entail limited class sizes and only single-handed boats or boats with cohabitating teams, and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

6.    At this point no club social activities are planned.   While I’m still looking forward to the Island Party, I have a feeling it won’t occur until July. 

In summary,  we’ve got docks in place that will allow you to get out on the water.   Please do your best to maintain your social distance during the launching and recovery process.   We have another HSC board meeting scheduled about 10 days from now where we’ll be reassessing our situation.

March 25, 2020

The board of governors met Monday (virtually of course) to discuss our policies regarding the COVID-19 situation pursuant the latest the Ohio Department of Health’s Director’s stay at home order.   While this order asks Ohioans to say at home, it does permit leaving for for essential activities, one of which is “outdoor activity”.   Specifically, the order indicates that individuals may leave their residence for outdoor activity, “…provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements such as by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, running or biking.  Individuals may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas.”   Your board of governors believes sailing is an outdoor activity that is consistent with the intent of this order and we have confirmed with the city that sailing is an acceptable activity.  

So here is an update on HSC operations: 

1.  Docks-in day is cancelled.   

2.  Several dock sections are already in the water which can provide members access to the lake.  These were the dock sections that were left in for frostbiting activities. At this point, there is no plan to put in additional docks.   The remainder of the dock sections and rafts will be put in when the broader restriction is lifted. 

3.  A club safety boat will be parked at the top of the ramp, ready to launch, should someone be at the club and see a boat in need of assistance on the water. 

4.  In addition, other committees, including grounds and house committees, have curtailed their activities until further notice.  

5.  Remember,  if you come out to sail or prepare your boat for season, after you raise your mast, please be sure the side stays need to be tied to a ground cable. Spring storms are more likely to move or tip mast-up boats, and boats that are not tied down can damage the boats parked around them. 

6.  The clubhouse, including the bathrooms, is closed and will remain so until further notice.  The winter locks on clubhouse doors, which had been removed last week, have been put back in place. 

7.  Club racing is postponed till further notice (AP flag up).

8.  High school and collegiate sailing has been cancelled. 

9.  Decisions regarding later social events, including our Open House and the Memorial Day Potluck, will be made at a later date. 

10.  Early season regattas (MC, Thistle, and Flying Scot) will be re-evaluated in three weeks at the next board of governors meeting.   

11.  For those needing to move boats out from non-HSC storage locations, they may be brought to the club and put in the east side of the clubhouse lot until space opens up in the dry sail lot due to docks being launched.   For those wishing to sail, there is one row available in the dry sail lot that has been vacated by the lasers that can be used until you have access to your assigned space.   As mentioned above, remember to tie your boat to the ground cable.

12.  If your boat is currently in the east dry-sail lot and you’re not blocking anyone else in, you should leave your boat there and not move to the west dry-sail lot till dock sections are put in the water.

13.  The club will not be fining members for missed workdays, not raising masts, or moving their boats, unless people fail to move boats once the COVID-19 situation has resolved.

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