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

Commodore’s Message

Dear FYC Members

Thanks to all who worked hard at our Spring Clean up, Club opening and BBQ lunch.

We have a terrific, inclusive activity schedule with something for all levels of sailing experience. In addition to the usual weekend racing schedule, we have planned 3 keelboat races (everyone should be on the water in a boat), 2 skill development clinics, 2 clinics to learn how to drive the rescue boats, a catamaran cup series, continuation of the ladies’ Learn to Sail along with a weekday ladies racing program, plus the usual BBQ’s and, of course, the Commodore’s Cup and evening BBQ on August 24. Events are posted on the calendar on this website.

Similar to previous years, the MB sailing team will be training periodically at Falcon in the latter part of July. 

Sail Manitoba’s Mobile Sailing School will be at FYC from July 15th to 19st. The youth program will run in the mornings followed by the Ladies LTS Program in the afternoons.

A weekend Intro to Sailing Course for adults and young people will be held July 13 & 14. Be sure to invite your friends and colleagues. Registration and payment can be done directly from our learn to sail page. 

As usual, weather permitting we hope to sail during September with close up on September 28th.

Here is a link to the 2019 Membership Renewal Form. Please return the signed form along with payment to Penny Kelly no later than May 31 (or bring to the club opening day). Information on how to submit your renewal is at the bottom of the form. Please be prompt with your registration.  The late fee will apply to all 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 while recognizing the diverse profile of our membership all the while retaining 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 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 $25 fee).

I wish you all a great and fun sailing season!

Sincerely

Sharlene Telles-Langdon

Commodore
Falcon Yacht Club