Abandoned Boats & Trailers

We have now completed the top field and dinghy park audits. A significant number items remain unknown to the club and we would ask again that any person who has property on club premises not known to the office to make contact at their earliest opportunity.

Thank you to those who responded to our previous requests. We now move to the implementation of Rule 18 of the NBYC Constitution with regard to unpaid fees or abandoned boats etc (details here).

This means that items whose ownership is unknown, or with outstanding fees, will be clearly marked as such during the week beginning the 1st Dec. They will be disposed of by public auction after at least a further 90 days. Should a person wish to claim ownership of any marked item after 1st Dec they will be required produce written evidence of title and settle any outstanding fees and expenses.

Extended Season Programme

As you know and as requested by you, the racing season has been extended until 13th December. It will follow a similar format to our current programme, with dinghies racing from 1100hrs until 1300hrs and keelboats 1300hrs until 1500hrs. We still need volunteer Race Officers and Safety Boat helms. If you’d like to volunteer for a duty, you can do so directly on DutyMan. If you’ve forgotten your login details, just email us at hello@nbyc.co.uk and we’ll send you a link.

WebCollect – Did you receive the email?

On Friday afternoon we sent you an email detailing the exciting developments on our WebCollect system. If you haven’t seen the email, please check your Junk folders as it might have filed itself in there (If it did, add nbyc@webcollect.org.uk to your contact list to stop it happening again). If after looking in there you still can’t find it please let us know and we will check that we have the correct email address for you.

Covid update 26th September 2020

You will be aware that the change in COVID-19 regulations in force from Thursday 24th September have yet further implications for clubhouse and catering arrangements at NBYC. 

Face Coverings
Face coverings must be worn when inside the clubhouse, including the toilets.
The exception to this is when a member is seated in the clubhouse and consuming food or drink.

Ordering Food & Drink
As we are licensed premises we are no longer allowed to serve you from the hatch, galley or bar and all food and drink must now be ordered and served to you at a table, both inside and outside.
We have explored all possible alternatives for making the service as simple as possible and drawn on the advice of many including the District Council, but it is clear there is no other option.

We will have staff, front of house to take your order, serve you and take your payment (contactless payment would be preferred if possible.) but please understand that there may be service delays while we work around this.

‘Rule of 6’
Please also remember that the “Rule of 6” should continue to be followed.

Track & Trace
On a more positive note, it is now easier to meet the requirement to book into the club by using the NHS Covid-19 Track and Trace App.  Those using the app on their smartphones simply scan the QR Code on display around the clubhouse at entrances to the Clubhouse and Office. View instructions on how to download the app HERE.

These changes are being implemented to ensure we comply with the new legislation. It’s the last thing we wish to do but please help us by following them as ultimately, failure to do so would leave us with no option other than to close the bar and catering facility at NBYC until next season.

Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

Season Extended!

We’re pleased to announce that we shall be extending the season until Sunday December 13th.

This is to allow you to make as much use of your membership as is possible.
More details to follow!

Covid update 13th September 2020

You will be only too aware that the change in COVID-19 regulations in force from Monday 14th September have implications for all of us at NBYC.

Contact Tracing
We are now legally obliged to maintain contact details of everyone who attends the club so we can share these details should a positive case of Covid be linked to NBYC. We will retain these records for a minimum of 21 days.

On arrival at the club during hours of opening, you MUST report to the office to record your contact details on the Contact Tracing Log. It is essential that everyone complies with this request.

“Rule of 6”
The law now requires that groups should be no greater than 6 people (in England that Includes children).
It is important that you only socialise within your group, and do not mix with another individual or group. We appreciate this will be difficult however that is the legal requirement and failure to abide by the regulation will threaten the reputation of NBYC.

I do understand that this will be contrary to the normal social, some may say table-hopping, nature of your time spent at NBYC but nonetheless it is important that we follow this instruction.

Comments received from some members previously have called into question the guidelines but whatever personal view may be held we are confined by the law. Club officers have been tasked with reminding members who appear to be mixing with other groups of this requirement.  I would ask that you understand that they are speaking to you for your own safety, the safety of others and the reputation of the club.

These changes are being implemented to ensure we comply with the new legislation. Please help us by following them as, ultimately, failure to do so would leave us with no option other than to close the bar and catering facility at NBYC.

Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.

Change in Covid Regulations announced 08-09-2020.

Tuesday’s (08-09-2020) announcement that further social distancing regulations are due to be enforced from this Monday reminds us that things are still far from normal. We await full details and will obviously advise you of how this affects us at NBYC as soon as possible but in the meantime we can confirm that until Monday things are still very much ‘as you were’.

Saturday morning training continues this weekend, as does the Sunday sailing programme:

10:00 to 12:30 – Dinghy Racing
12:30 to 14:00 – River Cruiser Racing
14:00 to 16:00 – Keelboat Racing

The bar and galley will be open as usual on Sunday.

Stage 2 – Return to Racing

Guidance for Members for Stage 2 of Return to Racing

Following guidance from the RYA and the Government NBYC is starting informal racing on Sundays.

The Programme starting on the 12th of July will be as follows:
10:00 to 12:30 – Dinghy Racing
12:30 to 14:00 – River Cruiser Racing
14:00 to 16:00 – Keelboat Racing

The races will follow a similar format to Wednesday night racing i.e. will continue through these times on a back to back basis. Due to limitations, there will be no written results at this stage.

There will be supplementary Sailing Instructions which will be in force for the duration of stage 2.

These will include (with details to follow):

  • Personal Flotation Devices are to be worn by all competitors at all times.
  • Any capsize automatically cause retirement from the race.
  • Flags will not be in use, only sound signals.
  • The starting sequence will now be 5 minute and 2-minute warning with accompanying announcements.
  • The starting pole will no longer be in use.
  • We have introduced a maximum wind strength above which racing will not go ahead.

These changes have been put in place for the protection of those participating and for the race team.

All other club COVID guidelines remain in force and must be observed at all times.

NBYC Update 10-07-2020

I’m very pleased to let you know that from this Sunday (July 12th), we shall be introducing informal racing back to NBYC.

This is another move in the right direction for NBYC, but as I’m sure you understand, comes with certain restrictions. I ask you to work with us and be understanding of the decisions we have to make in relation to this.

But we can start racing again so let us be positive about that!

At the same time, we can slowly and cautiously begin to welcome training events back to NBYC by way of a reduced programme.

As we continue our journey through this pandemic, we should perhaps take time to appreciate how lucky we are to have this long awaited opportunity to return to the surroundings at NBYC. We should also think of those whose lives have been so affected by Covid-19.

Many have sadly lost friends and relatives. We applaud and thank the doctors, nurses and support staff who have worked tirelessly and selflessly for these last few months – some of those we’re proud to know as members of NBYC. And without the battalion of shop workers, delivery drivers and other many other key service workers who continued to work during lockdown, our lives would have been much tougher.

The Flag Officers and Committee members have been working extremely hard behind the scenes, ably supported by Peter McGeown our Club Manager, to ensure we were ready to reopen/restart club life when it became possible to do so. I would personally like to take this opportunity to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of them for all their efforts.

We’re not through this yet by any means and the threat of a second spike hangs over us. But if we continue to follow the guidance issued by the government, are sensible and show some good old common sense, we will hopefully keep moving in the right direction!

The RYA guidance is “to be cautious and considerate” – that’s a good place to start.

Best wishes

Paul Youngs