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Restart Racing

From The Commodore

Good day racers.

First, I hope you, your family, and friends remain safe and healthy through this situation. 

We're making some adjustments for the series starting  Monday 8/03, based on feedback received. The details are published in Addendum D, which completely replaces the previous Addendum C.  Changes include; Change to the Sunday start sequence. Change to start time for weeknight races on 8/24 and 8/27. Inclusion of the Burton/MS Cup on 8/22. Details about Double Handed. Confirmation of crew size limits (no change)

Finally, a reminder about face coverings.  Members have done a great job with face coverings while on the club property. Thank you.  Face coverings may also be required when sailing with people not from your household as noted in Addendum D. This requirement is there to protect your fellow sailors. It also forms part of the ‘rules', which RRS rule 3 requires us all to comply with. Please do your part.

Stay safe, and see you on the water.

Andy Spence-Parsons: Commodore.

Member Expectations

While on all WYC Property all members and guests are required to adhere to the following set of rules (“COVID Plan Rules”)  Violation of the COVID Plan Rules may result in discipline including even suspension or revocation of your membership.

On WYC Property

  1. Have a Face Covering. You must have a face covering with you at all times. You will be asked to leave WYC Property until you and any of your guests have a face covering.
  2. Wear a Face Covering. You must wear a face covering when you are on WYC property, including the docks, clubhouse grounds, and parking lots when encountering others. The face covering is to protect other people from you, not protect you from other people. This is the recommended safe practice. If someone requests you to put your face covering on, to remain physically distanced, or both, please do so and be respectful. Please remind others of the physical distancing requirements.
  3. Gatherings Not Permitted. Gathering before or after sailing activities is not permitted.
  4. Going to and from your Boat.  Members are required to
    1. Go directly from parking lot to your boats;
    2. Rig on the way to the race course as much as practicable, so as to minimize gathering on the dock and at your boat; 
    3. De-rig as much as practicable on the way back from racing; 
    4. Leave the property directly after de-rigging your boat.
  5. Your Crew. The individuals with whom you are racing (meaning on the same boat as you) are considered your “Crew”, WYC acknowledges that while conducting Racing Related Activities (defined only as rigging, sailing, and derigging your boat) physical distancing may not always be possible. Your Crew is your “Pod” under the MDH Guidelines.
  6. In the event of Illness. If you or anyone in your Crew (or family) is ill: (a)stay at home and do not come to any WYC facility; (b) leave the WYC properties immediately, without interacting with anyone else; (c) inform WYC either by email at vice.commodore@wyc.org or by calling Thorn Turner at 612.743.4929 that they are displaying symptoms (including describing the symptoms they are experiencing; (d) in the event they are tested for COVID-19 to inform WYC of the results as set forth above.


While Group or Individual Racing

  1. Your Decision to Sail. Sailing is at the discretion of each individual. Participation and responsibility of safety is up to each participant.
  2. WYC to Enforce the Rules. The WYC staff have the authority to enforce this Plan, any other COVID-19 related protocols, the Racing Rules of Sailing, the WYC Sailing Instructions and any NOR, and may exercise this authority as necessary, in its sole discretion.
  3. WAIVER. – before participating in any racing event, each sailor must complete and sign the waiver that will be posted at WYC.org. Failure to do so may result in revocation of membership, and the boat they are sailing on will not be scored.
  4. CREW ROSTER. Boat owners must register the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of their crew. This will be used by the Minnesota Department of Health for contact tracing purposes in the event of exposure or an outbreak linked to WYC. A form will be available at WYC.org/restartracing. Failure to submit a Crew Roster will eliminate that boat from be scored for the race series in addition to any other consequences permitted under this Plan.
  5. DAILY CHECK-IN.  All members and crew must register their presence at the club each day by scanning the QR code poster and submitting their name, phone number, and sail number of the boat they are sailing on. By submitting the form, they accept the terms of the waiver.  In the event that the QR code check-in system is down or not working for any individual (or if the boat is not sailed from WYC), then each sailor on the boat shall fill out manually the daily check-in form waiver forms which are to be kept on each boat in sufficient number, and the skipper of each boat shall then email WYC at vice.commodore@wyc.org certifying the Crew Roster for that day and confirm that each member has signed the waiver.  Manually signed waivers will be turned into WYC at the drop box after racing is completed for that day.
  6. If Sick or Exposed to Illness. Do not approach or board a sailboat if you have a fever, especially one over 100.4, are feeling any illness symptom of any kind, or, in the last 14 days you have had contact with any person known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19.  If you become ill or exhibit symptoms which may be related to COVID-19, then (a)  stay at home and do not come to any WYC facility; (b) leave the WYC properties immediately, without interacting with anyone else, (c) inform WYC either by email at vice.commodore@wyc.org or by calling Thorn Turner at 612.743.4929 that they are displaying symptoms (including describing the symptoms they are experiencing); and (d) in the event they are tested for COVID-19 to inform WYC of the results as set forth above.
  7. Boat Separation. WYC strongly recommends that boats maintain 6-feet of physical distance from other boats at all times on the water.
  8. Physical Distancing. It is strongly recommended that your Crew should keep as much physical distance as is safely possible between individuals and similarly remain “contactless”.
  9. Sanitization. If you have individuals from more than one household in your Crew or on your boat, consider sanitizing your boat afterwards, including lines; it is strongly recommended to sanitize the boat lift wheel and other commonly touched areas around your boat.
  10. Do Not Share. Do not share any drink or food with another person; do not share a life jacket, gloves, or other personal gear.
  11. Fleet Start Schedule. Fleets will be staggered with different start times, so as to minimize the number of people at WYC and follow CDC and MN Dept. of Health guidelines.
  12. Also Follow State and Federal Guidelines. Sailors must continue to follow state and local sporting guidelines in addition to (and not in lieu of) this Plan, the WYC Sailing Instructions, and CDC Rules.

Returning After COVID

If you have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms: Stay apart from others; do not share anything that others touch (phones, knives and forks, etc.); wear a mask if you have to be in the same room with others; and stay home until all three of these things are true:

  • It has been at least 10 days since your symptoms first started, AND
  • You are fever-free for 24 hours, without using fever reducing medicine, AND
  • Your symptoms of COVID-19 are better.

Note: You may need to stay home longer than 10 days if you have conditions that weaken your immune system or you have been in the hospital. Talk to your doctor or clinic for instructions.

When you return to work, stay 6 feet away from others, if possible, and wear a mask.

Source: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/returntowork.pdf

Daily Check-In

In order to support contact tracing in the event of an outbreak, ALL persons participating in racing must register the presence at the club on EACH RACE DAY.

Crew Roster

As part of the WYC COVID preparedness plan, and in accordance with the requirements from the Minnesota Department of Health, each boat owner is required to submit of roster of the sailors they intend to sail with during the season. This need only be done once. However, if you add additional crew, you must make an additional submission. Failure to register your crew may result in your boat not being scored. If your roster includes more that six crew members, simply complete the form an additional time, with the additional crew members.

Waiver

Before racing, ALL persons must sign this waiver before they race for the first tie this year. Failure to do so may result in revocation of membership and/or cause your boat not to be scored.

Effective Monday 8/31

Revised NOR/SI/Schedule/Addendum-E

Affective from Monday August 31st-The schedule for September and October is here, featuring; two weeks of racing in the bay, September Big Island and Sunday Series, Fall Regatta, and Commodore Cup races in October.

Effective Monday 8/3

Revised NOR/SI/Schedule/Addendum-D

Affective from Monday August 3rd - Following the success of the July series, we've made some tweaks for the August series that incorporates feedback from racers. Changes include: New Sunday Sequence, Earlier start time for late August, and inclusion of the Burton/MS Cup. Download your copy here.

Amendment#6 to NOR/SI

Boats in the double handed division shall sail with a crew or ONE or TWO persons - the changes the previous Addendum D3.1. Effective 3rd August.

COVID 19 Preparedness Plan

WYC has assembled a COVID-19 preparedness plan in accordance with the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Heath, and the StaySafeMN guidelines.

Paper Forms

The preferred method of receiving your Waiver, Roster, and Check-in is via the electronic methods above. However, if you unable or unwilling to use these methods, you may download and print a copy and drop off in the collection box at WYC.  Again, electronic submission is preferred.