It is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to our SHYC Sailing Program. I am excited to share with you our program, staff, and plans for the summer. The new 'normal' includes a multitude of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is constructed around many hours of US Sailing COVID Safety Seminars, CDC literature, Southeastern MA Sailing Meetings, and meetings with South Shore Yacht Clubs on Zoom platforms, as well as consultation with many colleagues in the medical field. Additionally, we have been working with the SHYC COVID Committee to tailor the best health practices available to our young sailors. Let's provide sailing for all in a manner that is fun, yet safe!
I would like to share with you a few of the major safety changes which will be implemented for all sailors. Upon arriving on the sailing dock, all sailors must: 'Wash IN & Wash OUT.' There will be a wash station at the entrance of the sailing dock. Next, will be 'Gaiters & Gloves.' All sailors must wear a protective gaiter and full fingered sailing gloves at all times. Gloves will be put on after the soapy water washing station. After the lessons have been completed, they will then wash out before returning to the Club for their other activities. Our goal is to have sailors in small groups enter the dock to avoid crowding. There will be some pre-lessons on a YouTube video posted on the SHYC website in advance to avoid any crowding or gathering.
Health and wellness are of the utmost importance and our sailing staff will attest daily to their health and absence of any symptoms. Additionally, parents should ensure that their children enrolled in the program do not attend and are evaluated if there is any suspicion of illness.
Our regatta schedule will be limited due to risks of increased communicability with travel. We will have the Scituate Junior Regatta; however, it will be a scaled down event with competition on a sail in/sail out basis. Unfortunately, cookouts, tent parties, steel metal bands, and some incredible gatherings will have to be put on the shelf until the pandemic passes. Please stay in touch with Kerry and Jim Logue who will be spearheading this event. I promise you that it will be fun after 6 months of Zoom meetings to see our children race and have fun on the water!
I would next like to thank our entire Sailing Committee for their insight and contributions regarding structure, planning, and ongoing advice. They are invaluable! During the winter months and pre-COVID our interviewing committee truly shined and interviewed many candidates. Thanks to Karin Gilmartin, Lori Farnan, Rick Murray, and Erin Brighton for undertaking the tasks of interviewing. During the winter Erin made a 1-hour road trip to interview a potential lead instructor in North Carolina! We are also compiling the results of the survey which she designed for our sailing program. Again, we have phenomenal talent in our Club, and it is a Club of volunteers, I encourage you to join our Sailing Committee to advance our sailing program!
Sarah & Jason Baker
Molly & John Costello
Erin & Jack Donahue
Amy (Logue) & Andrew Gontarz
Liz & Kevin Logue
Kate Welch & J.T. Straub
Stacy & Matt West
In summary, many of our plans are dependent upon the State progressing to Phase 2 & 3. Our plans are dynamic and may be modified based upon State and Federal health recommendations and regulations. I encourage you to follow the sailing corner for further updates and plans as we progress throughout the season. I look forward to working with all of you for the joy and happiness of our children during these difficult times.
Sailing Committee Chairman
2020 Sailing Instructors
Matthew Dickey - Cohasset YC – Harvard University - Head Instructor
JD Comeau - Cohasset YC - The Hotchkiss School - Asst. Head Instructor
Jack Gordon - Hull Yacht Club - Norwell HS
Charlie Morris - Hingham YC - The Holderness School
Kate Rogers - Hingham Yacht Club - Hingham HS