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.

Travelling to the Lake

Public health officials advise Manitobans to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you travel to the lake, the Province asks you follow these guidelines:

  • Do not travel if you or any of your family members require medical care or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing). If you have any symptoms, use the screening tool at: www.sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ before you travel to see if you need to be tested.
  • If you or anyone with you begins to feel ill or experiences COVID-19 symptoms, return home immediately.
  • Only travel with immediate family members who live with you.
  • Shop at local restaurants and businesses that offer curbside or pick-up services, and otherwise go directly to and from your destination without visiting other residences or businesses.
  • Bring all necessary supplies.
  • Take all required prescription drugs and medical supplies.
  • Get fuel before you leave home.
  • Do not visit others outside of your immediate family.
  • Do not use public facilities, such as playgrounds or washrooms.
  • Maintain a two-metre distance from all non-family members.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid tasks that may result in injury.
  • Do not use local health providers, unless it is an emergency.
  • In the event of a medical emergency requiring evacuation, be sure you can contact local authorities. Emergency contact information varies by region. Ensure you collect and take that information with you before you leave home.
  • Public health officials advise that choosing to wear a non-medical mask is another way of covering your mouth and nose to prevent your respiratory droplets from spreading to others or landing on surfaces. These masks may not protect you from becoming infected with COVID-19. Medical masks should be reserved for medical professionals.

Staged Opening Plan

Club facilities will be available on a limited basis, both to protect our members and to ensure that the club is compliant with Public Health Orders. 

  1. Members must stay home when ill.  Members are not allowed entry if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing). If you have any symptoms, use the screening tool at: Shared health MB Covid19 screening-tool to see if you need to be tested.
  2. Members are required to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres or 6.5 feet from other members at all times.  No more than 10 people should gather at any time.  Any congregation of people is actively discouraged.
  3. The water will be on (May 15). Wash your hands frequently every time you access the Club facilities.
  4. The Upper Clubhouse remains closed at this time. You may use the outside upper deck, provided physical distancing is maintained. (minimum of 6.5 feet from one another)
  5. The Lower Clubhouse will be open for limited use, as follows: 
    1. Bleach sanitizer, soap, and hand sanitizer will be available in the Lower Clubhouse. Please wash hands thoroughly upon entry and again prior to exiting. Wipe all surfaces (with sanitizer) and anything you have been in contact with (counter, table, fridge interior/exterior, door handles), before and after use. The same applies to the picnic tables.
    1. Members are not permitted to access any Club kitchen utensils, serving tools, plates, glasses, etc. in the lower clubhouse. Bring your own.
    1. The Fridge(s) will be available. A “Fridge Use Protocol” document will be posted on each open fridge.  If you wish to keep items in the fridge, they must be place in a bag/box (with your name on it). Do not place any loose, non-identified items in the fridge or freezer.
    1. One BBQ will be available for use. Consider bringing your own picnic lunch/snack that requires minimal preparation.
  6. The East Washroom (closest to the Lower Clubhouse) will be open for use.  A “Washroom Use Protocol” document will be posted on the door to this washroom.  Bleach sanitizer, soap, and hand sanitizer will be available in the washroom. Wipe door handle on entry to bathroom, wipe surfaces before/after use, wash hands thoroughly, wipe door handles again on exit.
  7. Club sailboats will be available to members on an exclusive ‘signout basis’ (i.e. the member will take responsibility and safe custody of all rigging, sails, etc) for a month or specified period of time. During that period, the member will not return rigging and sails to the sail locker, but will safely store the items in a dry, safe place (in boat if a cover is available) – see Charles for information.
  8. The large Club rescue boat will be in the water and ready for use if needed.  If you use the boat, wipe all touched surfaces
  9. Please bring your own hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and other personal hygiene products when coming to the Club.  While Bleach Sanitizer, soap, and hand sanitizer will be available at the Club (as indicated above), if the Club’s supplies become limited, then Club operations may be further limited. 
  10. Pack in, pack out. Take your own garbage and recyclables to the depot by the grocery store. Do not leave any garbage or recyclables in the Club.
  11. FYC races are suspended at this time.  Sail Manitoba is collaborating with the clubs to finalize a sailing ‘best practices’ document.  Sail Manitoba sanctioned events are not permitted to proceed until the Provincial Public Health Office approves this document. Subject to approval, it is hoped some level of programming/formal activity will be permitted by the end of June.  There will be no formal races at FYC until we can determine how to do so safely.

We are fortunate to have a lot of outdoor space at our club such that members will be able to access their boats and go sailing while respecting physical distancing and other Public Health Orders.  The FYC Board will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and assess the best course of action for when and how we may resume more complete access and operations.

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.


Yet another COVID19 notice!

Dear FYC Members

At this time, we are not sure how COVID-19 will affect our summer sailing season. FYC’s top priority is the health and safety of our members. We believe that exercise and outdoor activities are an important component to mental health, especially during a stressful time. The Club will follow all public health orders and recommendations.

We are monitoring the recommendations of Manitoba Health, the government of Canada, and the World Health Organization (WHO) and will keep you updated on how we might open and operate by implementing protocols that control the spread of the virus, keep us safe, and respect the health needs of permanent residents of the Whiteshell Park area.   The most recent Sail Canada update urges that all member clubs close their boatyards to boat owners and sailors and suspend all activities. As we approach our opening date (May 16) we will post an update on whether, or how we can open the Club while respecting recommended protocols.