Commodore's Scuttlebutt May 15, 2020

 HIYC Activities May 15 - May 22
Some Good News At  Last !
With the expiration of the Governor's stay at home order and some favorable news about the new infection rate of Covid-19, we are going to resume some limited on the water activities at HIYC.
At Tuesday's Board Meeting the board voted to allow the Vanguard 15 fleet and the Y-Flyer Fleet to resume their Sunday Racing Series.
Racing is limited to HIYC Vanguard 15 and Y-Flyer Fleet Fleet members.  Social distancing guidelines must be followed, meaning that there will be no social events conducted at this time and there will be no gatherings including skipper's meetings.
In addition to the one design racing, we will be on the water for the "Double-Handed Race on Saturday May 30th. Racing Chairman Jim Doran is busy making several important revisions to the sailing instructions.
Cheeseburger in Paradise Party Canceled
Due to continued restrictions limiting social gatherings, we have cancelled the Cheeseburger in Paradise Party that was scheduled for May 30th.
New Youth Training Fleet has arrived!
Last Friday  a crew of volunteers unloaded new boats which had been manufactured in England and shipped " Across the Pond" on a container ship. Manufactured by RS Sailing we have two different classes, the RS Feva, and the RS Zest!  These boats are the first nine of what will ultimately be a fleet of eighteen top notch boats that are great for beginners or experienced racers.
Thanks to the visionaries at the Nashville Sailing Foundation who made this happen, and those who supported the purchase of these boats through their donations.
Sail Camp Update
Laura Johnson who is an HIYC member and also is the director of Leadership Academy, the professional camp organization that manages the Sail Camp at HIYC has notified me that the first two weeks of camp scheduled for the weeks of June 1 and June 8 have been cancelled.
Sail Camp will begin on June 15th with another session following on the week of June 22nd
Our attendees will be the first group to use our new training boats!

Club Cleanup day was a huge success!
Thanks to a great group of volunteers our clean up day exceeded our expectations. Here are some of the highlights.
The Club House is clean and tidied up. Repairs were done to the Ramp Dock and Courtesy Dock. The mooring fleet launches were pressure washed and made ready for use. The shoreline was cleared of the debris which had washed ashore, the Tiki Hut got a new paint job. Nine Lasers were removed from the rack to make space for the new RS sailing fleet. Two  Lasers that were beyond repair were cut up and placed in a dumpster while seven Lasers were moved to the top of the hill to be readied for sale. these fully equipped boats are being offered at incredible bargain pricing. (if you are interested in buying one, please contact Marc Fortune but remember that they must be removed from the club property.)
Please come out and check on your boat
If you have a boat in the mooring field, Harbor Master CJ Pierce is asking that you please come out to the club in the next couple of weeks and check your boat.

CJ had to replace mooring lines on two boats today when one of the required two mooring lines had broken and the other line was badly frayed. Please remember that club rules requires two mooring lines on every boat and a current Tennessee registration sticker.
RC Sailboat Racing has returned to harbor Island. The Victoria Class boats cost approximately $200 and Clint and Ted can give you all the details.
Some final thoughts!  One of our older members (well older than me) shared some thoughts about the state of Covid-19 and taking precautions. With the Stay at Home order expired, many health experts are predicting a surge of new infections. New research is showing that the places where we are at the greatest risk of becoming infected are indoor spaces where the concentration of virus has been found to be much higher than outdoor spaces. Simply moving into these spaces for a few minutes puts you and all others in the space at risk. For this reason, wearing a mask when you enter the club house to use the bathroom is important and it is also showing respect to all of our older members  and younger members who may have some underlying health issues.

Let's stay safe!  See you on the water!

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