Wiscasset Yacht Club

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Sailing Program

New Class Schedule May 23,2021

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May Sailing Chatter

Another hurdle cleared!

Thank you Matt!
The third rib is installed.

So now a list of smaller projects – well except maybe sanding and bottom painting – so the Rhodes will be ready for water soon.
I plan to be at the boat shed tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday for the final push to launch.
Afternoons are certain.  Mornings after 1000 are likely except maybe Friday.  Check with me to be sure.  Resin work is likely Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
Unless the projects come together really smoothly, I suspect some time next week will be launch day.  High tide is near midday most of the week.
If anyone has a couple hours during the week to assist, let me know so we can set a time and day.
It would be helpful to have at least two others to make for smooth entry.
For now, one Javelin will cover the need for sailing classes planned.
So far classes are scheduled through most of June, with the weeks of the 21st and 28th being open so far.  There are others interested, so if you know of anyone interested in classes, let me know to be sure to fit in a good time.
There is still a small amount of needle gunning left for anyone interested in that indescribable pleasure.  Then it will be a matter of some grinding and resin work to bring the blue Rhodes keel to the level of the white Rhodes.  If anyone knows where a bulkhead mounted whaler pump might be, it would be great to set up the blue Rhodes similar to the other Rhodes.  Really neat to have a quick solution for pumping the bilge!


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.


o No one should come to the boat shed if they feel ill.

o   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.

o Maintain social distance of 6 feet or more in any club areas

o   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.

o   Anyone taking out a boat must have been qualified to the club sailing standards

o   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  ____________