2023 May long weekend

Weather was nice for the annual club clean-up day. Good turnout resulted in lots of work accomplished. Boats were set up in the yard, the lawn mowed, the buildings cleaned, and the club is ready to go for another season.

Thanks to Deb and Brian for organizing a BBQ lunch for all in attendance.

The board held a meeting at lunch time.

On Sunday, we had a good turn out for training on how to use the club motorboats.

Email notifications of FSC website posts

Hi all

Spring cleaning time on the website.

For some reason, people with no connection to our club were subscribing to receive our notification emails. Over the past year, our subscriber list for the posts on the website got up to 320 email addresses. I don’t know why.

Today, I deleted all the existing subscribers, and replaced that list with Penny’s list of all club members. That brought us down to 49 emails addresses.

In this process, I may have unintentionally cut off family members or friends who want to get the updates on club races and activities. If so, please have them email me at infoATfalconsailingclub.ca to be put back on the list.

Likewise, if you are on the list and no longer want to be on the list, please let me know.


Charles (Webmaster)

2022 Commodore’s Spring Letter

Greetings All,

 The last couple of years have been particularity difficult dealing with a global pandemic and ensuring proper guidelines were met during Club activities. This meant delayed openings, amended activities and limited to no gatherings during this time, something I know the FSC family enjoys and looks forward to. We the Board (see the attached list of Board members) will continue to monitor health regulations and be ready to act and amend schedules and activities if required. With all restrictions now lifted we should be able to get back to normal (if we can even remember what that is).

Now let’s look forward to a great 2022 sailing season as it is right around the corner!

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, May 15th, when we will have our spring clean-up and Club opening inclusive of our BBQ lunch (weather permitting). For newer members, this is a great opportunity to meet other members and work together to get the club up and running for summer. Please make sure you come with work gloves and proper foot ware. Many hands make light work. Grounds/Harbour Masters, Al and Garth, will prepare a separate document that will provide more information regarding the various duties to be completed. Duties that have not been completed on opening day will be compiled and sent out to members to be competed the following weekend(s).

The Board in conjunction with members have been working hard scheduling activities for all levels of sailing experience. Some highlighted activities follow: There is a subcommittee currently working on a Club Open House scheduled to coincide with “Let’s Sail Manitoba” a province wide day to encourage non-sailors. Date to be confirmed. (either June 25 or 26).

It is great to see the South Whiteshell Women’s Sailing League (SWWSL), co-hosted by the West Hawk Lake Sailing Club (WHLSC) continuing to grow! This year Learn to Sail Level 1 sailing lessons are scheduled for July 11 -15. No experience is necessary! A Level 2 course for those wanting to further develop their sailing skills is scheduled for July 25 – 29. Be sure to check out the SWWL website at https://southwhiteshellwomenssailingleague.ca/ for further details.

In July, we will host the youth “Learn to Sail” Beginner and Intermediate courses July 11 -15 and July 25- 29. As well as the adult “Learn to Sail” weekend courses July 16/17 and 23/24. Please be sure to invite your friends, colleagues, and lake neighbours. Registration forms can be found on our website https://falconsailingclub.ca/learn-to-sail/. Should you have any questions or require further information please do not hesitate to reach out to Darcy and Craig Baker @ lts@falconsailingclub.ca

We’ve been asked by Sail MB to host the Opti Provincials July 30 and 31. Watch for a further call for volunteers to assist.

We have planned our usual weekend dingy racing schedule, 5 keel boat races, sailing and safety clinics, various potlucks, and BBQ’s. Please visit the entire calendar of events on our website. Be sure to check out the calendar of activities, By-laws, the member responsibility policy, the rescue boat operation policy, and list of Board members.

Remember, we’re also active on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/FalconYatchClub and Instagram @falconyatchclub.

On the membership page, you will find a downloadable membership pdf form. Please return the signed form along with payment to Penny Kelly, preferably by e-transfer, no later than May 15th. Information on how to submit your renewal is at the bottom of the form. We ask that you be prompt with your registration and payment as the Club has fixed expense, some due as early as June 1. A late fee will be applied to all returning members who do not get their fees in on time. Finally, we are a group of volunteers.

Our Member Responsibility Policy reflects our desire to ensure a fair distribution of club maintenance and operation responsibilities that recognises the diverse profile of our membership and the need for volunteer labour to maintain our exceptionally low membership fees. The Policy identifies the numerous activities that allow the club to be sustainable. We encourage all members to seek opportunities to volunteer some of their time towards these activities, including participation on the Board. Al and Garth will post a lawn mowing schedule in the club house. Be sure to sign up to take a turn mowing the lawn (or remit a $40 fee with your renewal). I wish you all a great sailing season!

Phil McAmmond, Vice Commodore

Racing News Mailing list clean-up

I just did a clean-up of the list of email addresses notified when a new post is up on the website; there were a bunch of people who signed up who have no apparent connection to the club, so I deleted them. Hopefully, I did not delete any people who are connected with the club.

If you hear of someone who is not getting the race results postings, please ask them to re-subscribe.


2020 Races Can Begin this Weekend with a Revised Notice of Race

MSA has sanctioned our race program for 2020, so we can start racing this weekend.

We have been advised to adjust the wording of our Notice of Race in order to comply with provincial health regulations as they stand now. Therefore:

Starting immediately, and continuing until further notice, all FYC Notices of Race are amended to include the following:

All racers, volunteers and race management people must;

  • Pass the COVID-19 self-assessment test before coming to the club each day. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/  Anyone with COVID19 symptoms must not come to the club.
  • Ensure that the number of people congregating is less than 50.
  • Travel with individuals within their own household and jurisdiction.
  • Maintain social distancing (2 metres/6 feet). Avoid all physical contact.
  • Maintain good handwashing and respiratory hygiene
  • Minimize the number of people in the dock/launching/rigging/parking areas.
  • Not invite visitors/guests to the facilities.
  • Nothing to be shared.  Everything must be provided by the individual. Avoid sharing tools or equipment. If shared disinfect affected tools after use.
  • Avoid the common courtesy of helping others with their lines or accepting help unless there is an immediate need to avoid injury or damage. Wash hands or use sanitizer after handling someone else’s boat or lines.
  • Responding to an incident on or off the water (sailor in the water/other injury) may cause the responsible person to come in physical contact with the sailor. As such participants should always have gloves, masks and hand sanitizer available to protect themselves, and sailors, should contact become necessary.
  • When required, wear gloves that can be washed after use or put aside for several days – do not put gloves in your pocket – virus can live on surfaces up to 7 days – wash hands after taking off the gloves.
  • Safety Boat and Committee Boat should be sanitized after every use;

These amendments to the rules replace the ones we published last week, and may change again quite quickly, based on advice MSA gets from public health.  Watch our website for changes.

COVID update

In light of the Manitoba government’s announcements on Wednesday, the FYC Board understands that many of our members will be wondering what the gradual reopening means for our club.  As some of the restrictions in Manitoba begin to ease, the FYC Board is continuing to monitor the directions from the provincial government and health officials, and determine the best course of action for how and when we may proceed with our club opening in a manner that ensures the safety of our members.

As it stands, the new orders maintain the gathering size limit of no more than 10 people at any indoor or outdoor premises, which provides us with a unique challenge. For details, of the Manitoba government’s phased in plan to support the gradual restoring of services and opening of businesses in Manitoba, see the Province of Manitoba’s official web page: Restoring safe services.

Sail Manitoba has a Board meeting via Zoom on May 6, at which the question of Sail Manitoba and its members clubs will be the primary focus. We will provide our members with an update on when and how our club opening will proceed after the Sail Manitoba Board meeting.

Until then, all the best.


Club Motorboat training

Please plan to attend one of the two briefing sessions on how to manage our motorboats.

Both motors and docking systems are a bit fussy, but if you know their quirks, they work quite well. If we all treat these boats right, they will keep running. Uninformed mistakes cost us a lot of time and money in additional boat maintenance.

The dates have changed for these sessions they are now:

Sunday June 23 at 11 am and Sunday July 14 at 11 am.

Notifications of new posts

To keep everyone up to date, we have set up a system which will send members an email whenever we post new information on the website.

You can unsubscribe from the emails if you don’t want them, and if you want them but are not receiving them, you can sign up on the right side of the front page of the site.

Let us know what you think of this system at info@falconyachtclub.ca

New BYOB Policy

Effective immediately, the club will not stock beer or coolers in the lower club house fridges, because our insurance policy will not provide coverage for any accidents/claims attributable to the Club’s sale of alcohol.

We will move all the pop into one fridge, creating room in the other fridges for members to store their drinks and perishable food. To avoid confusion, please store your drinks in a small box or bag with your name clearly marked on it. Please manage what you store in the fridges to ensure that there is enough room for everyone.