Tuesday 12 May 2020
Following the announcement at the weekend from the Prime Minister that from Wednesday 13th May some travel restrictions are being lifted and more time can be spent exercising, I am pleased to announce that both Birdham Pool and Premier Marinas are now open to berth holders. I must, however, stress that overnight stays on your boat are not permitted, unless it is your usual residence.
With the access road to the Club now open, I am pleased to announce that the Club has now opened the Dinghy Park to our members. We are still awaiting final clarification from the Harbour Conservancy as to the Government’s guidance on recreational boating in the Harbour, and we will communicate it as soon it is available, later this week.
Covid19 still represents a significant risk; therefore many of the previous lockdown restrictions remain in place, in particular maintaining social distancing in the Dinghy Park. The health and security of our members is paramount and I will be publishing guidelines for members using the Dinghy Park to minimise risks of cross infection through the Dinghy Section’s Flag it Up newsletter.
At present, the Clubhouse will remain closed, but we have produced a phased plan to re-open the Club to all members.
It is, and has been, the policy of the Club to follow the Government guidelines; its current advice looks encouraging, suggesting that we may be able to reopen the Club in July. At least now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the meantime, please keep safe and healthy
9 April 2020
As we enter our third week since the Government asked us to temporarily suspend our activities at the Club. I thought I would give you an update as to what has been happening.
Firstly, I have been greatly impressed by the ingenuity and creativity of both our staff and our members during this difficult time. The Club has now transformed itself into a virtual club. The Dinghy Section is continuing with its Club sailing programme, albeit now through a series of on-line eRaces. The Motor Section held its normal monthly First Friday with a video drinks gathering and I know the Yacht Section has some other activities planned. In addition, a new Book Club and Quiz Club have sprung up, as well as training tips and general help chats. Keep a lookout for more news via On Board, or check out this month’s Club Magazine.
Chichester Yacht Club has always been a members club for members and run by members and I am pleased to see this continuing. But we are a small club, we are not part of a commercial chain of gymnasiums or tennis clubs, and, like all small businesses, cash and cash flow are two key factors we have to manage very carefully. The Club is currently in a reasonable financial position. Manu has done an outstanding job in reducing our on-going monthly financial commitments to a minimum. We have placed the majority of our staff in furlough, but we have kept a small team in place to ensure the Club will be in a good position when the restrictions are lifted.
Supporting Manu are Tom, who is still looking after our external clients (as well as cutting the grass), Liz who is ensuring the staff and our suppliers are still being paid and the Club annual Audit is being carried out and Lucy who is running our virtual office and ensuring we are kept informed via our regular communications. Of course, all four are now working from home. In addition, the team are working with our members in ensuring our more vulnerable members are contacted to see if their needs are being met and to have a little catch up chat.
In addition, the Club has also applied to the Council for Business Rates Holiday grant and we have started discussions with our bank concerning taking out a Business interruption Loan.
The one big issue we are facing is the uncertainty in the duration of the current government restrictions, but I am confident that with the actions we are taking to ensure the financial resilience of the Club, together with your loyal support, we will ensure that Chichester Yacht Club will survive and thrive once more. We are in this together and together we will get through it.
Please keep safe and well.
Wednesday 25 March 1300
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening restricting personal movements, we have now taken the decision to close Chichester Yacht Club for the foreseeable future. This clearly was a difficult decision to take, but the health and safety of our staff was paramount. I must pay tribute to our incredible team at CYC; over the last week, they have been outstanding and generating creative ideas as to how we can continue to support both our members and the local community.
We will be keeping on a small skeleton team working, mostly from home, as there are still some key activities we must continue to do, such as the Club accounts, some routine maintenance tasks and, of course, ensuring the staff still get paid. I am pleased to report that all our staff are currently safe and healthy and Keith has finally arrived back in the UK.
But Chichester Yacht Club is more than a physical building, we are a strong community of loyal, supporting members. I have been deeply touched over the last week by the kind offers coming in from our members offering their support to help us during this difficult and uncertain time. We will of course be reaching out to our more vulnerable members by telephone from time to time to check if everything is OK and whether they require help with anything.
Chichester Yacht Club has now become a virtual sailing club and we are planning a number of on-line activities to keep us entertained during our period of self-isolation. I am amazed by the list of ideas people are putting forward. So keep a look out for future communications and please join in.
We now live in uncertain and uncharted times, but it will soon pass, and together with your support Chichester Yacht Club will become the club we all know and love once again.
Please keep safe and healthy
20 March 2020 1810
As you are aware we are following Govt guidelines in addressing the current Coronavirus – COVID19 outbreak.
The Government has announced this afternoon, that with immediate effect all pubs, restaurants and clubs will close tonight. So from 2000 this evening the Restaurant will close and at 2100 the Bar and changing rooms will close until further notice.
To support our members during this difficult time we are pleased to be able to offer a limited takeaway menu tomorrow (Saturday) and on Sunday a Mother’s Day Roast Lamb to takeaway also. More details on this to follow tomorrow morning.
From Monday, as announced earlier we will launch our full Takeaway Menu offering takeaway food and drink.
We really appreciate all of your support and kind messages. We have a great group of members and we hope that this situation is resolved as speedily as possible, so this fabulous Club can get back to normal.
With very best wishes,
18 March 2020
Following the Government’s recent update to its guidance on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, I am writing to let you know what initiatives we are taking at the Club.
On Monday, I initiated the Club Major Incident Protocol which enabled the General Committee to set up the Club’s Major Incident Committee which consists of members of the General Committee and key Club Staff.
The first decision was to ensure the Club remains fully open for business to our members and staffed appropriately. However all Club social gatherings will be suspended for the foreseeable future.
I believe that our two foremost responsibilities as a business is to you, our Members, and our duty of care to our staff.
In my last correspondence, I outlined some remedial actions the Club Manager has introduced to maintain the very highest standards of hygiene in the Clubhouse at all times to ensure your well-being. Now we have introduced additional measures.
Firstly, we have increased the “social distance” between our tables by removing several tables from the Bar, Restaurant and other Club rooms. We recognise that whilst it isn’t recommended, there will be occasions where Members have a requirement to socialise with other people, and we wish to provide as safe an environment as possible to allow you to do so.
Secondly, we have introduced an hourly cleaning regime of surfaces, as well as a full clean every time a seat or table is vacated. In addition, door handles and toilet areas are being cleaned regularly.
I would continue to encourage all Members to make use of the hand sanitisers located around the Club, to wash your hands regularly and to now carry out your own social distancing measures as you see fit.
In line with UK government advice, any Member showing symptoms of Covid-19, should self-isolate, together with family members, for fourteen days and stay away from the Clubhouse until they are clear of the disease. Please be aware that you may be asked to leave our building, if we believe that you are displaying such symptoms.
We are also considering initiatives where we can support our most vulnerable members, especially those who are currently self-isolating. I will talk more about this in a future communication.
The Major Incident Committee has already introduced some immediate cost saving measures to address some of the perceived financial and operational risks arising from the disease.
Our priority at this time is to ensure that the Club remains open, operational and keeping our key staff employed, I am sure with your continued support and loyalty to the Club, we will be able to achieve this objective.
Please keep yourself safe and I hope to see you at the Club (from a safe distance) soon…
5 March 2020
In response to the recent spread of Coronavirus into the UK, the Club has produced a new Infectious Disease Policy for Staff, Contractors, Members and Visitors.
At CYC, we take your well-being very seriously, and although the risk to our members and staff is low, we recognise the ongoing Coronavirus situation is potentially unsettling. So as a result of the new policy, we have implemented a number of extra initiatives to minimise risk, for your protection and well-being:
1) all Staff are taking extra hygiene precautions
2) new hand sanitisers have been installed around the Club for your use
3) hand washing instructions have been put in all toilet facilities (remember to sing “Happy Birthday” twice)
4) tables and other flat surfaces are being cleared, cleaned and sanitised regularly
5) cutlery will now be wrapped in a napkin and handed to you
6) salt, pepper and bottled condiments have been replaced by individual servings
The Club requests that Members who have recently returned from any of the high-risk areas listed, follow UK government advice and that if they are in any doubt, they do not visit the Club for at least 14 days after their return to UK.
Members are also asked to advise the Club if they are diagnosed as having contracted Coronavirus or have been in close proximity to someone who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus and have recently visited the Club.
Furthermore, if you develop symptoms, such as a cough, difficulty in breathing or a fever, even if mild, we would politely ask that you do not to come to the Club until your symptoms have cleared, out of respect for your fellow members and staff.
The Club is now monitoring the travel arrangements of all staff and we will ensure that appropriate precautions are taken, in order to attempt to limit the spread of Coronavirus. All staff have been briefed on how best to prevent the virus from spreading, information about which can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/.
We would ask that the Membership also practice safe hygiene measures when visiting the Clubhouse, by washing their hands regularly, using the Club’s hand sanitisers, coughing and sneezing into tissues and immediately discarding them in the bins provided.
We are monitoring the situation closely and we will keep you updated if and when the Government advice changes.
If you have any questions, please call the Club on 01243 512918
Tony Mobbs, Commodore