Wiscasset Yacht Club

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Sailing Program

Sailing Chatter 10/23/2023

Time to start considering the next sailing season.
Actually as long as the weather permits, there are still some items to catch up on before the snow flies. AS the weather develops, keep a watch for lunch gatherings to chat about sailing.

For now, this week Wed afternoon and Thursday afternoon look like good days to focus on the following:

The lean too is underway to cover the inflatable for winter.
A leak has been found on the inflatable with plans to repair it this week.
The Sprite is progressing, with the next stage prepping the flotation seats for installation.
Flooring for the Rhodes to be removed for varnishing, along with other items – tillers, rudders, etc.
The sailing season next year will be based on instruction on the two Rhodes and having the four Javelins ready for sailing. Details of plans will be developed over the winter.

Following up on boat plans mentioned at the annual meeting; the Stuart 9′ dinghies are available for interested members.
They are offered to a good home for a donation to the sailing program.
Harrison has expressed an interest, so for those interested in acquiring a Stuart, let me know and we’ll define the details of the best approach. If there is not enough interest among the members, the boats will be advertised to a wider audience. The ultimate goal is to remove the Stuarts from the sailing program and have them come under private ownership, ie, no longer residing at the club. Going forward the sailing program will be limited to the Javelins and Rhodes we now have.
Any future sailboat activity at the club beyond these boats will be through private ownership, rather than club boats. This approach is in part to maximize parking space as well as better define the sailing program based on the level of club interest in sailing.

Join us if your schedule permits.
See you at the boat shed,

2023 Adult Sailing Classes

WYC offering private adult sailing classes for 2023
Basics / Intermediate Level – for non-members $250 plus minimal fee for basic classes / members $175 per class will support the WYC sailing program (preference for participation will be given to members as openings are limited)
Prerequisites: Introduction, rigging and ground class AND ability to swim (for those that have not had the preliminary classes they will be incorporated into the private lessons at no cost to members)
Select your schedule   –   weekdays: 1300 to 1700, or if needed, Saturday 1000 – 1500 (bring lunch) beginning the week of 13 June through September that will provide 12 hours of instruction according to your scheduled appointment. Where practical group classes will be held.
For adults wishing to learn the art and science of sailing, this is the course for you. The exact contents are customized to suit the knowledge and comfort level of the participants but will cover everything from why the sails work to the specifics of actually making them work. Terminology, boat handling, safety, sail trim, basic weather, knots and rudimentary navigation, even some history and possibly some sea stories will all be covered. You might be ready to solo in light air at the end of these classes. As with any art, time is required to establish this skill.
NOTE: For questions or to arrange your 12 hour private class contact T. Stoner at 205-2409





COVID-19 – WYC Sailing Guidelines

 Reflecting reasonable guidelines, the following Sailing program parameters are proposed for this season  (may be modified depending on circumstances):

Boat Shed Visitors

  • Inform potential sailors of CV policies and procedures in advance, if possible.
  • No one should come to the boat shed if they feel ill.
  • Anyone planning to use boats or assist at the boat shed are to hand wash or sanitize before leaving their vehicle upon arrival and after touching dock lines, sailing gear, dock cart handles, or hand railings, etc. before leaving.  They must bring their own sanitizer and gloves.
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more in any club areas
  • Minimize helping customers will be the theme.  Anyone using boats shall be fully responsible for their activity.  No boat shed staff will assist, including on-water activities.  Sailing lessons will be an exception.
  • Anyone taking out a boat must have been qualified to the club sailing standards.
  • All sailing requests will be by appointment only.  (Contact details found on the club website)
  • Members may take out boats according to club qualifications only at their scheduled time.
  • Members or non-members may schedule private sailing lessons that will be given remotely with attention to safety.
  • Anyone that has had a virus since the first of 2020 or had a vaccination must make that clarification when registering to sail or help in the boat shed.
  • Signage will be in place adjacent to the boat shed to remind visitors of social distancing
  • Anyone scheduling sailing plans must obtain permission prior to visiting the boat shed (details on the website), or they may sign up at the boat shed if open.
  • A limit sign will be placed at the boat shed during operating hours to indicate no passage beyond that point.
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed must bring their own tools. Shared tools will be sanitized before and after use by each person.

{self-reporting of symptoms and notification of exposures will be monitored}

Boat shed services

  • No more than two persons will be permitted working in the boat shed at one time
  • Boat shed services must be scheduled by appointment through the website.
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed must bring their own tools. Shared tools will be sanitized before and after use by each person.
  • Anyone helping at the boat shed should wear face coverings when inside the boat shed
  • Any boat worked on by a second party will be disinfected by that person when work is complete.
  • A designated “touch-free” drop spot will be marked for any parts delivered.
  • Any boats or parts arriving via delivery truck or other services will be cleaned as described below.
  • Disinfection of boats
  • Clean all contact surfaces using an appropriate disinfectant.
  • Remind people to hand wash or sanitize before leaving their vehicle upon arrival and after touching dock lines, dock cart handles, fuel pumps, and hand railings before leaving. They must bring their own sanitizer.
  • Boats will be disinfected after sailed by non-club personnel.
  • Customers should return to their cars directly after boating without lingering or congregating.


Sailing Program

  • All payments will be made online or in advance by check
  • Members or non-members private lessons will be given by an instructor that will monitor the session from the dock when practical. All sailing gear will be handled by the student.
  • Any member taking out a boat must have been qualified to the club sailing standards
  • Anyone taking out a boat shall wear a mask until they have arrived at a boat for rigging and then wear their mask upon returning sailing gear
  • There will be at least three days between the use of boats with gear sanitized after each use
  • No launch service will be available

Contact Tom Stoner with any questions –  205-2409

Health self-check:

  1. Do you feel sick today?
  2. Do you have a cough or sore throat?
  3. Do you have a fever or feel feverish?
  4. Have you had shortness of breath?
  5. Have you had a loss of taste or smell?
  6. Have you been around anyone exhibiting these symptoms within the past 3 months?
  7. Have you been living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?
  8. Have you been out of state in the last 3 months?
  9. Have you had a virus since early 2020? Date(s) ____________
  10. Have you had a vaccination in the last two weeks? Date(s) ___________

If the answer is yes to any of the questions, please stay home.
I have read and understand the above information and comply as much as practical. ___________________

Date  ____________