Yacht's on the lake at Windsor Yacht Club

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update)

Message Sent: June 25, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

From the Vice Commodore

A Message from the Vice Commodore regarding Stage 2 Reopening

Good afternoon!

As many of you probably already know, the Premier of Ontario has just announced that the Windsor area can proceed to Stage 2 of the Covid recovery protocols.

This means that the Windsor Yacht Club can open for patio service starting on Thursday, June 25.  While this long-awaited news is certainly welcome, we must remind Members that this does not mean we are anywhere near “business as usual” status.  In order to safely re-open our patio, Chris and his team have been working for the past several weeks to develop the protocols necessary to protect you, as well as the staff who serve you, from the risk of Covid-19.

You will immediately notice several physical changes such as:

-the bar area as well as all dining rooms and office areas are off limits to Members and have been blocked off by furniture and/or locked doors to prevent access.

-the washroom doors in the main hallway are propped open at all times to reduce the number of touch points.

-the main hallway is now only to be used for one-way traffic coming into the front door and exiting onto the patio.  Anyone on the patio needing to use the washroom will proceed outside around the east wall of the patio (by the fire pit) and back into the front door into the one-way hallway.

-the tables and chairs on the patio are now spaced 6’ apart from each other.

-tables will be sanitized after each Member departs and will not have any items on them when you arrive; silverware, napkins, etc will be delivered to you once you are seated.

-the drop-down plastic awning windows are all rolled up and MUST be kept rolled up at all times; please keep the weather conditions in mind when planning your visit to the Club as the windows cannot be lowered in the case of rain, wind or other weather situations.

Besides the physical changes that you see, there will also be quite a few procedural changes that have been put in place to protect everyone.  For example, you will be required to wear a mask when you first enter the building, or re-enter to use the washroom.  While you may not consider yourself vulnerable to Covid-19, or you may not agree to the measures that the government has put in place to protect everyone, please keep in mind that many of our Members may be more sensitive to the issue or more physically vulnerable than you.  Please limit your movements on the patio to respect those other Members.  Also, please refrain from challenging our serving staff regarding any of the new temporary Covid-19 protocols and direct any concerns to Chris McCartney.  You will find attached a copy of the Covid-19 protocols that Chris has put together for use during Stage 2 of re-opening.

Since our total dining capacity has been severely reduced by all the special arrangements we have had to make, reservations for dining will be absolutely crucial.  On busy nights with many reservations, we may also have to limit dining times to 90 minutes in order to accommodate as many Members as possible.  While some of these measures may seem rather draconian, we are confident that our patio dining operation will run smoothly once we are up and running and everyone becomes familiar with the new routines.

As of tomorrow, our dining and bar hours will revert to the regular hours as published in the Log with the exception of this Tuesday (on which we will only have bar service on the patio).  Due to the short notice issued by the Premiere, we must continue with the “Take out Menu” on the patio until next week, and you can still order for take-out as well.  We will introduce our new summer menu on Wednesday, July 1 (holiday hours noon to 8pm) for both patio dining and take out.

If you have any questions in this regard, please feel free to contact Chris McCartney at manager@windsoryachtclub.com or Tom Weber at tweber-wyc@hotmail.com

See you soon around the Club!

WYC Covid-19 Stage 2 Reopening Procedures

Stay safe, stay well!


Tom Weber
Vice Commodore
Windsor Yacht Club


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Message Sent: June 25, 2020 @ 12:00 PM


From the Commodore

A Message from the Commodore

Hello Friends:

The recent announcement by the Province of Ontario in delaying the implementation of Stage 2 in Windsor-Essex has been disappointing. I want to ensure all Members that when the decision is made to move forward – we are ready. Your Senior Management Team have consulted the Provincial Guidelines and finalized plans for an eventual reopening of the Windsor Yacht Club. These plans will be communicated to you by our Vice Commodore Tom Weber immediately after the Provincial announcement is made. When this happens I cannot predict; however, our plans are set and you will be well informed.

In the meantime, your Board of Directors understands that it is not business as usual and that some Members may not be comfortable returning under limited operations. That is why we have decided to suspend our minimum expenditure policy until Stage 3 is announced by Provincial authorities.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during these difficult times and I can assure you that your Membership dues are allowing us to maintain our fixed expenses; harbour fees are allowing us to maintain and repair our harbour operations and we are availing ourselves of Federal initiatives to support our employees. I thank you all for your kind words of support – and together we will prevail and be reunited once again.


Stay safe, stay well!

George McMahon
Commodore
Windsor Yacht Club

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Message Sent: June 12, 2020 @ 10:00 AM

From the Commodore

WINDSOR YACHT CLUB MARINAS COVID-19 PROTOCOL
(as per Provincial Guidelines amended effective June 12)


June 12, 2020

Dear Members and Boaters:

 

We are pleased that many of you have your boats back in the harbours and are taking advantage of some of the nice weather. Since I last wrote to you on May 15th, the Province has amended some of the guidelines as we get closer to the stage 2 opening in the Windsor/Essex area. The Windsor Yacht Club appreciates that we would all like to be back to normal, however many of the COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. We all have to be responsible and until further revised by the Province of Ontario or Health Authorities, the following protocols will apply:

  • The Windsor Yacht Club building is closed and only essential workers are allowed access. Takeout service will continue as advertised;
  • Practicing physical distancing and wearing of masks, if prescribed, must be exercised while attending to any moored boat. Please be familiar with any Provincial Guidelines as they evolve over the coming days and weeks;
  • Only people from your immediate household should board your vessel;
  • Gatherings cannot exceed ten (10) people;
  • Washrooms are open and will be serviced more frequently. If you use the facilities, please take the time to sanitize when you are finished;
  • The pool area still remains closed until further direction by Health Authorities;
  • When you venture out, you are advised to not “cross the line” to the US side of the border. The border remains closed at this time and is being enforced;
  • Please do not attend to the Windsor Yacht Club premises if you feel unwell, or are experiencing any symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus;
  • Please be conscientious when using any of the three pavilions (Green Acres, Shanty Town and Riverside Pavilion) on the Windsor Yacht Club premises.You must adhere to any applicable protocols listed above;
  • There will be no open fire pits allowed in any of the pavilions;
  • As a reminder, the recreational use of Cannabis is legal in Canada as of October 17, 2018. The WYC Board of Directors reviewed the impact of this legislation on the Club at their Board meeting on October 22, 2018. At that time, the Board agreed that the use of Cannabis on Windsor Yacht Club properties would not be in keeping with the family values that the Club aspires to. While Ontario’s Cannabis Legislation allows for the use of Cannabis in many public areas, the Board unanimously agreed to prohibit the use of Cannabis on all Club properties, at all times. The Board asks that Members, Boaters and their guests respect this decision and adhere fully;
  • The Harbour Staff are on duty daily and can see to your needs or direct accordingly.

Following the above protocols will ensure that Windsor Yacht Club Members and Boaters will remain respective of the current situation in relation to COVID-19. We ask for your continued cooperation and understanding during this pandemic period.

Stay safe, stay well!

George McMahon
Commodore
Windsor Yacht Club

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Message Sent: May 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM


From the Commodore

WINDSOR YACHT CLUB MARINAS COVID-19 PROTOCOL
(as per Provincial Guidelines)

May 15, 2020

Dear Members and Boaters:

The Windsor Yacht Club appreciates our well holders are anxious to resume boating this season and our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, in accordance with Provincial Guidelines, the Marinas operated by the Windsor Yacht Club (commonly referred to as the West, East and Riverside Harbors) are to be opened effective Saturday May 16, 2020. Due to existing COVID-19 restrictions, we all have to be responsible about the opening of our Marinas and, until revised by the Province of Ontario or Health Authorities, the following protocols will apply:

• The Windsor Yacht Club building is closed and only essential workers are allowed access. Takeout service will continue as advertised;
• Practicing physical distancing and wearing of masks, if prescribed, must be exercised while attending to any moored boat. Please be familiar with any Provincial Guidelines as they evolve over the coming days and weeks;
• Only people from your immediate household should board your vessel;
• Gatherings cannot exceed five (5) people;
• Washrooms are open and will be serviced more frequently. If you use the facilities, please take the time to sanitize when you are finished;
• The pool area will remain closed until further direction by Health Authorities;
• When you venture out, you are advised to not “cross the line” to the US side of the border. The border remains closed at this time and is being enforced;
• Please do not attend to the Windsor Yacht Club premises if you feel unwell, or are experiencing any symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus;
• Harbour Master Tim Hardy is on duty Tuesday through Saturday 8:30AM-2:30PM.

Following the above protocols will ensure that Windsor Yacht Club Boaters will remain respective of the current situation in relation to COVID-19. It's a start and we all ask for your continued cooperation and understanding during this pandemic period.

Stay safe, stay well!


George McMahon
Commodore
Windsor Yacht Club


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Message Sent: April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 PM


From the Vice Commodore


Take Out Option Has Arrived at WYC!!!

 

By popular demand, and for those Members that have been craving Chef Stan’s awesome creations during our stay-home requirements, we have answered your call by starting a carry out option.  We may not be able to open the doors of your Club to Members just yet, but you can still have a night off from cooking and enjoy a great WYC meal in the comfort of your own home!

This program will begin on Wednesday, April 22 from 4 pm to 7 pm and will continue at those times on a weekly basis Tuesday to Saturday.  Chef Stan has chosen the most popular items from his menu which you can find attached to this email.

For the safety of all Members and staff, please follow the procedures shown below and always remember to practice safe social distancing.

Your Board of Directors has put this program in place for your enjoyment and we hope that it will help all of us in getting through this stressful time.  We look forward to any comments or suggestions you may have as we embark on this new Member option.  Thank you for your continued support of your Club.

Tom Weber

Vice Commodore

    Take Out Menu

Ordering Take Out will be available next Wednesday. 
(Curbside Pick Up Only)
Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm - 7pm

Not feeling like cooking this week, no worries.  WYC is here to help.  Order from our Take Out Menu, Take Out Beer List and Take Out Wine List and support your Club.


Take Out Menu

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Take Out Beer List
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Take Out Wine List
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How to Order:

  1. Members may order using one of two methods: by email manager@windsoryachtclub.com or by calling Chris McCartney at 519-945-1863 Ext. 73. (leave a message if necessary)

     

  2. Place order and ensure that you specify any modifications and side options as well as your preferred time for pick up.

     

  3. Chris will confirm the order and details.If ordering by email, an email confirmation will be sent.


Order Processing:

  1. Once the order has been confirmed, the order will be processed through the JONAS system and charged to your account.HST will be added but gratuity will not.

     

  2. Copy of the chit will be printed for you and included with your order.

 

Curbside Delivery:

  1. Once you arrive at the Club, please park in front of the staff entrance, remain in your vehicle, and call 519-945-1863 Ext. 70 (Lorraine) to announce your arrival. For the safety of our staff, please DO NOT enter the Club.

     

  2. Chris will deliver the order to your vehicle on the push cart.

     

  3. Chris will maintain required social distancing while you place the order into your vehicle.


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Message Sent: April 14, 2020 @ 1:40 PM


From the Commodore

Club Update


Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

It has now been one month since my first e-blast to our Members concerning COVID-19. Many of you may be wondering how your Board of Directors is responding to this dynamic and ever-changing environment. Throughout the crisis one thing has remained constant – our respect for our Employees and Members and our desire that we all heed the advice of health care professionals and stay safe. That does not mean, however, that your Board gets a free pass and will wait this crisis out without responding to the needs and desires of our Members. Therefore, allow me to update you on the latest developments:

• Club and harbour operations remain suspended until further advised by the Province and public healthcare authorities;

• The Board of Directors continues to meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss current events and take corresponding action. Your Board is proactive – we are listening to you as we take a gradual and responsive approach to meet the needs of our Members and Employees;

• We are exploring the option of take-out service in the very near future. I have tasked our Vice Commodore and House Chair to report back to the Board as to how we can fulfill this function in a safe and responsible manner;

• Unspent minimum accounts will be rolled forward until the reopening of the Club; and

• Under the guidance of our Treasurer, we are taking advantage of federal programs that will financially assist our Club during the pandemic.

I want to thank all our Members, Senior Staff and our Board of Directors for their continued support and co-operation during this crisis. We also cannot forget our Employees who are weathering the brunt of this crisis – they can rest assured that, when this crisis is over, we will welcome them back to our family with the enthusiasm that they deserve. We remain one family during this challenging time, united, strong and together we will prevail. I'm proud to be your Commodore!

Sincerely,

George McMahon
Commodore

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Message Sent: April 8, 2020 @ 1:15 PM

Club Events Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

 Just a friendly reminder of the following Cancelled and Postponed Club Events:

Cancelled Club Events
April 10th - Good Friday
April 11th - Kid's Easter Egg Hunt
April 12th - Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet
April 15th - Ladies Spring Social Dinner
April 17th - Entertainment - Black Orchid
April 24th - Entertainment - First Fall

Postponed Club Events (New Dates still to be determined)
April 25th - Harbour Clean Up
May 5th - Ladies Fashion Show
May 11th - Men's Invitational Lobster Stag

Stay safe everyone!!!

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Message Sent: April 7, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

From the Fleet Chaplain

We are living in unprecedent times. For the majority of us, we have not seen anything like this. From a Pastoral point I want to assure each of you and your families that you are in my prayers  and the prayers of many others. We need to keep in our thoughts and prayers those who have tested positive and their hope for recovery.

Many of us know seniors who are vulnerable and we need to keep in contact with them. We need to communicate by phone, email or other media. We need to ensure their needs are met.

Times like this cause stress and anxiety. Many will succumb to things that are not normally part of their life style. We see a rise in domestic violence as families are isolated. We see an increase in the use of drugs.


One positive thing is the work of our first responders; doctors, nurses, ambulance, police and fire who each day step up, even though they could become infected.

Even though it seems everyone is at home, there are many who work to ensure our needs are met- groceries, medicines, and other essentials. We need to remember these folks when we find ourselves in a line six feet apart. They struggle as we do and deserve our respect.

Our Club is also going through tough times. I ask you keep our Commodore and those working with him in your thoughts and prayers. They are working to do what is best for the Club and each of our Members.

Every day we hear the health rules. I ask that we all follow them and that we will see the light at the end the tunnel.


Blessings

Fr. Stan

Fleet Chaplain

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Message Sent: March 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Coronavirus Update


Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As promised, we will continue to update you on our responding efforts due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. I do believe that it has become increasingly evident that our actions regarding this dangerous pandemic remain proactive and we will continue to follow the advice of our Fleet Surgeon, Elected Officials and Health Care Professionals. Accordingly, the Club and Harbour Operations will remain suspended until we are officially informed that the crisis has passed and, at that time, we will be able to resume normal operations. What “normal operations” means is hard to predict and I wish I can give you a firm opening date - that remains an impossible promise to foresee and will be predicated by the events unfolding during the month of April. In the meantime, our Office remains available to address your immediate questions and concerns via email or telephone.

We miss our social gatherings, our Friday evening entertainment, special events, our employees – even the start of our boating season is threatened. However, I firmly believe that we are a family at the Windsor Yacht Club and in a crisis - family comes together. The repercussions of COVID-19 do not allow us to be together in a social setting; however, I know that we are sharing emails, face book time and telephone conversations with each other – as a family often will do.

I remain confident that we will survive this crisis together. Some said that the acquisition of the Riverside Harbour was our finest hour – looking past these 30 days, I firmly believe that how we resolve this crisis - as a family - will forever be our “finest hour”.

Stay safe and we will prevail.

Sincerely,

Commodore George McMahon
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Message Sent: March 17, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Club Closure


Dear Fellow Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As many of you are already aware and in response to the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19, the Premier of Ontario has mandated that all bars and restaurants in the Province close effective immediately. As your Commodore, I fully support the actions taken by our elected officials and Health professionals in disrupting the spread of this dangerous pandemic. Consequently, I am actively monitoring the situation and having regular communications with our Board of Directors and Senior Staff and monitoring press releases and current events as appropriate in order to determine the best ways to reduce the risk to our employees and Club Members.

Therefore, in accordance with Provincial mandate, effective immediately we are suspending operations at the Club until April 4, 2020. At this time, our office will remain open to address your questions and immediate concerns. Harbour Operations are not affected and are scheduled to open on April 1st. Please stay tuned to ongoing e-blasts, website updates, and Ships Log articles for news and information as we navigate these turbulent times.

I want to thank the Board of Directors, Senior Staff, our employees and especially our Membership for your continued cooperation. Stay safe, stay well and we will prevail!


Sincerely

Commodore George McMahon

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Message Sent: March 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Fleet Surgeon Dr. Tim Guthrie


Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As of Saturday March 15th, Ontario has 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no confirmed cases in Windsor.  I would expect these numbers to increase and reach closer to home as virus spreads exponentially.  Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.  They are most commonly spread from an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands or touching something with the virus on it, then touching your moth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms.  Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.  They are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms.  While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.

At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Windsor but this could change rapidly.  Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and  symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, those with comprised immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions.

Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick.  Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through direct contact and/or respiratory droplets we would benefit with changing how we greet one another at the Club.  Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.  Respiratory droplets can travel up to 6 feet and the virus can remain on surfaces for several days, therefore the Club will be exercising social distancing along with additional disinfection of the Club.  Members are encouraged to practise frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette.

The WYC leadership is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates to Club Members as the circumstances can change rapidly.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this event.


Sincerely

Dr. Tim Guthrie
Fleet Surgeon

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Message Sent: March 14, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

Club Events Update


Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
 
The purpose of this e-blast is to inform our Members and staff of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and how it continues to impact our immediate plans.  After discussions with our Fleet Surgeon, those Board Members whose portfolio is impacted and Senior Staff, we have collectively decided on the following course of action:

1. The St. Patrick's Day Event scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been cancelled. We sincerely regret having to make this decision for both our Members and staff; however, given the present circumstances, we feel it is the proper course of action. The Club will remain closed on this day and regular office hours will apply. 

2. Wednesday, March 18th will be the last scheduled Euchre Night; therefore, the Club will operate under normal operations. Bambi Blondin will present the final prizes on March 18th and our Euchre League will recommence as scheduled on Wednesday, May 12th. For those Members not able to attend must contact Sal in regards to your spare.  Pizza will be provided to the Euchre League during the Prize Presentation.

3. The Club will operate normally for the remainder of the month of March - unless otherwise communicated via e-blast to our Members and staff.

Remember to be safe when interacting with other club Members; this may mean refraining from shaking hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or forearm and, most importantly, staying home if feeling sick. We will continue to be proactive in our decisions affecting our Club Operations and I want to thank all of you for your continued cooperation and support during this pandemic.


Sincerely
Commodore George McMahon

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Message Sent: March 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
 
As everyone is aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It seems more likely that Southwestern Ontario will eventually be impacted by this virus within a relatively short period of time.

At this time I can assure Members that the Club continues to operate as usual. The risk remains low; however, we must remain vigilant as a result of global developments. Consequently, I have tasked our Director of Operations to remind our staff on the need to continue to ensure the highest level of personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing. Hand sanitizers will be distributed to all staff with supplies available to Members throughout the Club. Additionally staff will be directed to wipe down surface areas throughout the Club on a regular basis with an effective antiviral solution. Members are also asked to extra vigilant.

We encourage all Members to continue washing your hands on the premises and if you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the Club until your symptoms clear up. This remains a very dynamic virus that requires constant updates to our staff and Members.

Accordingly, I am committed to working with our Director of Operations to ensure our staff are taken care of during this time of uncertainty and provide our Members with updated information as it is readily defined and agreed upon. If warranted, this may necessitate service level changes in the near future. We will continue to keep all staff and Members advised of any pertinent changes.


Sincerely
Commodore George McMahon