Ahoy sailors! Here’s an update on where we stand regarding PPYC operations and the Metro Nashville Parks regulations. As most of you know, Nashville has experienced an increasing rate of Covid-19 cases. Consequently, Metro has moved from Phase 3 reopening back to Phase 2 in an attempt to slow the rate of increase for new cases. The result is that the limitations on our operations are such that it is currently impractical to host any events until Metro restrictions have loosened somewhat. The Board will be considering options at its meeting Monday evening, and I will have more details for you next Friday.
Currently, for any PPYC sponsored events, the maximum number of participants at Hamilton Creek Marina (in the clubhouse and outside) is 25. If there is a class inside the clubhouse, the maximum number of students and teachers combined is 12. Requirements to wear masks, distance from others, sanitize, etc. will apply inside and outside.
While we have no regattas planned until September, if we were to try to have a regatta now the maximum participants, i.e., skippers, crew, race committee staff, and support staff, could not exceed 25 persons. The number of persons involved with a typical regatta generally exceeds 25. The same applies to Wednesday Night Racing, so WNR still remains cancelled.
The Club Boat program can begin operation subject to certain restrictions related to cleaning and sanitizing the boats. Specific details on this program will be provided to those who are Club Boat members.
LATH could start, but we are limited to 25 participants including skippers, crew, and shore support staff. Typically, we have at least 10 boats/skippers and 2 participants per boat, which means we would exceed the 25-participant limit. Further discussions are ongoing on whether this program can resume this year.
The Board and I are monitoring this situation very closely and will resume our programs and activities as soon as Metro requirements allow, and it is safe to do so. We are also writing a Policy providing the details for complying with Metro requirements and will be sharing that with you once it is final.
Thanks to Richard Lewis (aka Capt. Hook) for his ongoing loyalty and volunteerism to constantly oversee our 3 race boats (Committee and 2 chase) which is not his job!! He spent hours today at the marina, handling maintenance on our Committee Boat. He is reaching out for club volunteers to set a date at the marina to wash our 2 safety boats, clean the covers and the interiors, if needed. He says this is not a group need but simply one or two persons. He has a list of things to accomplish, and he'll bring the truck! Please get in touch with Richard to volunteer at 615/974.1894 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If any of you would like to share sailing trips or current sailing stories with our members, please feel free to send to Charles Jones (Communications Director) with any photos for our weekly newsletters. We’d love to know what our members are doing! See the great photo below from John Calvano.
Kathy Ware, Commodore