Newsletter - 20th December 2020
In this issue:  Covid Update - Club Closure; Duties; Autumn Series Results; The Dog Debate;. Renewals


So breaking all previous records, the Covid Restrictions posters prepared on Saturday by Frank, had a shelf life of only 4 hours, but we thank him for his continuous efforts to keep us all up to date.   In another record, the Covid Committee had a meeting at 9am this morning to discuss and clarify the way forward!  We will of course keep everyone up to date as the regulations evolve.

Comms from the Commodore

As we approach the end of 2020, it is remarkable that we have been able to get on the water for most of the year and still been able to run a number of training courses, all within Government regulations.

A huge vote of thanks to all those members who made this possible, undoubtedly giving up more of their time than in any normal year .

I know we are all hoping that over the course of next year, we will begin to operate more normally.

Your main committee will be meeting at the beginning of January for its annual strategy session and they are already brimming full of ideas to dicsuss and we will ensure that we keep you fully up to speed.  If you have ideas we should include on our agenda please drop me a line on the address below.

Whether you are normal winter sailors or not, just a reminder that many of the classes are running training sessions and club racing on a Sunday continues, and these will resume once the club comes out of Tier 4 restrictions if Government and RYA guidance allows.

Notwithstanding the move into Tier 4 and our new closure, I wish you and your families a joyful peaceful Happy Christmas.

Jeremy Riley, Commodore

The Dog Debate
Further to the Commodore's report in the last newsletter regarding the Dog Debate at the AGM, the Committee have been giving this matter further thought.

It has become apparent that certain votes were not able to be cast on the night due to technical issues, as those attending the digital AGM will have heard, either because their device did not access the voting buttons, they were sharing a device with another family member, or votes via the chat mechanism did not appear in time.  We do not know whether this would have changed the outcome, but in light of this your Committee proposes that we re-run voting on the proposed resolution, and the outcome of the vote will be binding on a simple majority basis.  This vote will be advertised in the Newsletter, in due course, early in the New Year.
As such we are asking for a proposer and seconder to come forward both for and against the resolution, who will be invited to produce a paper setting out their arguments for circulation to all members; together with full details of how the Committee would operationalise admission of dogs to the club premises, should the vote be in favour.  Please contact Jeremy Riley on if you would like to be a proposer or seconder.

Signal from the Sailing Secretary

For a moment we were in Tier 3, but as announced above, we are now in Tier 4 and the Covid Committee have made the decision to close the clubhouse and the lake until further notice.
If members need to access their boats in the boat park, this is permitted, but please respect the new rule of 1 (you can only meet with one other person outside your household) in and around the boat park.

Today should have been the last of the Autumn Series, but we are pleased to announce that the truncated series resulted in:
1st Andrew Boyce
2nd Frank Brown
3rd Mark Carleton
Kind regards Frank Brown
Sailing Secretary


Thank you to all members who have done duties over the past year. A special thanks to the PROs who have undertaken single handed duties in the converted Rescue boat. A skeleton rota is complete for December but it is urgent we get volunteers for the remainder of the winter calendar, so that we are in a position st restart sailing as soon as Government Regulations allow.  The duty rota is now available to sign up for duties until Easter 2021.

 All members aged 18 and over are required to do TWO duties per year (one between January and June and the second  between July and December).

The full rota is on the calendar until Easter, but at present we are asking PROs to continue doing single handed duties (unless with a household member) in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. We are now asking members to volunteer for duties as we do not wish to auto allocate during the renewals period, and because some members are shielding/isolating.
 Do please sign up if possible using the link below.
Thanks and best wishes for a Happy Christmas
Duties team

Membership Renewals

If you have not already received your membership renewal you will do so very shortly.   Please check your spam boxes and contact as soon as possible if you cannot find it.

As agreed at the AGM subscriptions are not increasing this year to reflect the disruption over the past year, and in addition we are offering a 20% discount for renewal by the middle of January instead of the usual 10% - again to reflect the disruption earlier in the year and to thank our members for their support during this challenging time.

We hope you will renew, but if you have decided to leave us it will save Membership a lot of work, and you a lot of chasing emails and phone calls, if you let Membership know on the email above, as soon as possible.

Please note that it sometimes takes a little while for the newsletter list to catch up with resignations, so please bear with me - Editor
Lynmouth Christmas Tree - December 2020

What's coming up at Papercourt

Not much at the moment but keep watching this space!

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