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  • 30 Oct 2020 3:37 PM | Millar (Administrator)

    The Committee recently announced that former Commodore Sheila Smith had kindly donated her Laser to the Club for the exclusive use of a Cadet/Junior member for a full sailing season. A fantastic gesture from Shelia and a tremendous opportunity for a young Club sailor to get involved in the Laser scene at ELYC.

    The committee subsequently invited Cadet and Junior members to submit their applications for use of the Sheila's Laser and as such, we are delighted to announce that Fraser Davidson will be taking the helm for the 2021 season.

    Fraser is absolutely delighted and thanks the Club and Sheila for making it happen. He intends to sail and race it as often as he can, plus he’s promised to give it some good old TLC.


    We look forward to seeing Fraser and Sheila's Laser on the start line soon!


  • 15 Oct 2020 2:46 PM | Millar (Administrator)

    From everyone at ELYC, huge congratulations to former ELYC Commodore and long serving member Stewart Auld, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for 54 years service to the RNLI. 

  • 04 Oct 2020 1:43 PM | Millar (Administrator)

    Running for the RNLI

    ELYC member Lizzie Cowan is running 100k plus a half marathon in October for RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution because they saved her husband's life.

    Visit her just giving page.


  • 22 Sep 2020 1:03 PM | Kinnie (Administrator)
     

    Dear member ,

    I hope you have been able to make the most of the summer despite the restrictions. Autumn can bring some of the most memorable conditions and beautiful sailing around North Berwick. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the water this year. 

    With the resumption of outdoor contact sports, we can remove many of the restrictions on our club activities. Naturally easing restrictions are associated with accepting higher risk. While the Scottish and Lothians infection rate remains low, we all know local spikes and clusters are still possible. The club will take reasonable precautions but risk cannot be eliminated. Members should take individual responsibility for deciding whether to attend club events. 

    Phase 3 - Outdoor contact sports update to members

    Please review the updated ELYCCovid-19 Operating procedures on the club website.

    PDF link here.

    The main changes are:

    • Outdoor club organised sports events of up to 30 people are permitted provided contact tracing is in place.
    • Registration is still required for all club events to enable contact tracing.
    • The maximum number of boats in a club event is increased to 20.
    • We will no longer launch and recover dinghies in flights.
    • The wind limits are at the discretion of the OOD.
    • The 2 season minimum sailing experience is removed. Club sailing events now require an RYA2 cert or equivalent.
    • Mixed household dinghy crew and rib crew are permitted. ELYC strongly encourage a single crew buddy that you keep for the year.
    • We continue to allow single handed RIBs for RYA or ELYC safety boat certified helms; PB2 certification alone is not enough to single hand a club rescue boat in our waters. 
    • Rescue crew will only intervene if sailors require an ambulance, first aid or separated from their boat.
    • Club boats may be hired for all club events.

    Bar is open, Cafe next

    • The bar is open! Thanks to Pete, Ruth and Alastair for putting all the work in to open up the club bar. We have limited the capacity, spaced out the tables and ensured plenty of ventilation, the intent is to be a relaxed place to meet up.
    • We are looking at how and when we open the cafe. We have a little more work to do here. If you would like to help define or influence our future catering, please step forward with your ideas.

    Sailing Update

    • Social sailing continues to be popular, we have increased the number of boats that may register and plan to run events through the balance of the year.
    • Yacht skippers are running ad hoc cruises whenever the tides and forecast suits. 
    • Racing has been blown off more than on recently, but we expect the covid guidance has stabilised for a few months so Matt has created the Autumn series on the club calendar.
    • Squad activities are about to get started with structured coaching for cadets who want to advance their racing skills.
    • A club closed regatta will be run end of September, with first weekend of October as reserve. Thanks to Steve Fraser for being chief regatta wave maker.
    • Our instructors pulled together 2 weeks of training just in time for the end of the school holidays.
    • Our maintenance crew are hard at work keeping all the wheels greased and the club boats water tight. Take a moment to say thank you in person whenever you see Donald, Ted, Ricky, Mike, Angus. And if you break something, please remember to email bosun@elyc.org.uk and let them know.

    Club Duties

    With the latest update allowing mixed household Ribs, our pool of rib drivers may increase, but many members are not comfortable breaking social distance. If you are signing up for club events, plan on taking a club duty around once a month. And if you have not done a duty yet, right now is the best time to sign up on dutyman

    Subscriptions 2020

    At the start of lock down in March we  allowed members to defer their subscription as we figured everyone would have more important tasks to attend to. As the club approaches the end of our financial year, now is the time to chase outstanding subscriptions. We'll send out a reminder shortly and ask everyone to pay their dues by Wednesday 30th September. We'll assume you wish membership to lapse if we don't hear from members before that date. Of course, if you need  more time or a little help, and wish to continue membership, please just let Ron (Treasurer), Alison (Membership) or Nick (Commodore) know.

    Fireworks 2020 cancelled

    We have decided to cancel the fireworks display this year. East Lothian Council guidance is to avoid large outdoor community gatherings http://orlo.uk/N0A6W, and we could be left with fireworks that we could not use and the associated costs. We'll put the funds aside for a display in 2021.

    See you on the water soon,

    Nick Roche.

    ELYC Commodore


     


  • 12 Sep 2020 10:50 AM | Millar (Administrator)

    Sheila Smith, ex Commodore, has kindly donated her laser to the club for the exclusive use of a Cadet/Junior Member for a period of 12 months/ one full sailing season.

    If you wish to apply for the loan please make application by email to vicecommodore@elyc.org.uk within 7 days of receipt of this email. Should there be more than one applicant a ballot will be held to pick the successful person.

    Please read the attached criteria and conditions of the loan and confirm in your application that you will fully abide by them.

    If you have any question or queries please contact me, at the above email address.

    This is a great opportunity for a cadet/junior member to pursue and enjoy Laser sailing on a regular basis. The laser has a Radial rig, so ideal for a cadet/junior member. 

    Regards

    Mike Rigg

    Vice Commodore


  • 15 Jul 2020 11:40 AM | Millar (Administrator)

    The club flag will fly at half mast on Thursday 16th July in memory of Douglas Barbour.

    Douglas was a rescue boat man in the days before our fast RIBS. Maintaining the club boats and using his own boat for duties gave him a huge amount of pleasure.

    Mike Rigg remembers Douglas as always ready to give advice and a helping hand if you had any problems.

    Ted Hill's memories of Douglas are when he succeeded Bill Morrison to run and maintain the blue diesel rescue boat. (It was a Cheverton Champ with Lister dump truck engine. Royal Forth had one also, but ours had a whip staff steering arrangement to maximise working space astern of the helm's position). Douglas was always noted for his infectious laughter and very loud voice. He put in a lot of work for the club and his practical skills were legendary.

    The Barbour family have always been good friends to the club. On behalf of East Lothian Yacht Club let me send my thanks to Douglas and the wider Barbour family for all the help and support contributed to the club over many years. We have had Barbour rescue crew, regatta team, racers, cadets, instructors and more.

    East Lothian Yacht club extend deepest condolences to the Barbour family.


  • 29 May 2020 4:09 PM | Millar (Administrator)

    Phase 1 relaxes rules on watersports from 29th May. The ELYC covid team have reviewed government guidelines and RYA guidance and created our club policy as we enter Phase 1.

    Phase 1 can be summarised as:

    Club sailing is a group exercise and not allowed or appropriate in Phase 1.

    Individual sailing is allowed and appropriate. You may only sail on your own or with members of your household as crew.

    Sailing in a buddy system is recommended for safety while maintaining distance.

    The club will provide guidance to experienced sailors on how to sail as individuals safely and with respect.

    The granary and sunlounge may be used to access personal equipment.

    The club house will remain closed.

    Club RIBs may not be used in any circumstances. If you see an emergency on the water, call the coastguard.

    Please review the club Covid response plan, found here.

    For convenience, the North Berwick Harbour Trust Guidelines can be found on the NBHT website here.

    For convenience, we also provide a link to RYA Scotland's guidance information on returning to boating.


  • 11 Mar 2020 6:28 PM | Millar (Administrator)

    Project KRAKEN aims to raise awareness among partners and maritime communities' of the process to report suspect and suspicious behavior within the maritime environment. It is also intended to deter those who may be tempted to assist or facilitate the illegal entry of migrants via the maritime environment.

    What to report

    You should report any unusual or suspicious activity near the UK coastline and in maritime environments immediately. This could include:

    • crew who show signs of nervousness or a lack of awareness of maritime protocols and customs

    • vessels showing signs of unusual modification or minor damage

    • increased activity at isolated coastal locations or at unusual times of the day

    • attempts to signal to vessels offshore or guide them into an unusual location

    • strange patterns of payment, such as large amounts of cash

    • people testing site security or an unusual interest in site structures and wharfs

    How to report suspicious activity

    If you see anything unusual or suspicious you can report it to your local police on 101, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting 'Kraken'.

    You can read more about project Kraken on the RYA website.
  • 28 Feb 2020 8:46 AM | Millar (Administrator)

    The following was received by the Club via the North Berwick Harbour Trust and is being provided as courtesy information for our members.

    Plans unveiled to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility on North Berwick High Street

    North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership today announced that a series of measures will be tested to enhance pedestrian safety, accessibility and improve parking in and around the east end of North Berwick High Street. The proposals, agreed by the North Berwick Charrette implementation group, include the widening of pavements by applying a low level kerb, the introduction of 30 minute short stay parking on the High Street, the re-designation of long stay spaces in Law road car park to short stay 90 minute no return, and the creation of additional parking spaces for public use on Quality Street. The measures are expected to result in greater turnover of parking spaces in the town centre. This enhanced parking provision is expected to significantly increase the availability of short stay parking spaces. It follows North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership bringing together a working group which included representatives from the North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership’s ‘On the Move’ group, local traders, North Berwick Community Council, cycleforth, members of the community and East Lothian Council. This group has been meeting over the last 18 months to help implement the recommendations arising from the successful 2017 North Berwick Town Centre Charrette consultation. The proposals have also been informed by an event held last May, when more than 600 people attended to give their views about plans to improve the east end of the High Street. It is now expected that East Lothian Council will prepare a draft Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for consultation, which would pave the way for the proposals to be introduced on a trial basis for up to 12 months, during which time the council will monitor the effectiveness of the measures. It is hoped the Order could be implemented from Spring 2020. Hilary Smith, Chair of the North Berwick Area Partnership, said: "We are committed to making North Berwick town centre more accessible, safer and a more pleasant place to be for everyone. The North Berwick Town Centre Charrette, held in 2017, provided us with a roadmap to address some of the issues faced by our busy High Street. “While the High Street is a fantastic place to live, work or visit, its narrowness at points can be challenging for some pedestrians, particularly with close proximity to vehicles.

    “After nearly 18 months of deliberation, the North Berwick Charrette implementation group has agreed that it would be appropriate to test the effectiveness of a number of measures aimed at enhancing the east end of the High Street for the benefit of all users. In doing so, we want to enhance the local environment and help support the economy. “These improvements are being led by local people who have worked together to put things in place. The charrette showed what the community wants from its town centre - our goal is to provide it. “With the agreement of East Lothian Council, we intend to test the acceptability of these interventions for up to a year. “Before putting these into place, we’re inviting everyone with an interest – including local businesses, residents and all users of the town centre – to attend an upcoming drop-in event, where there will be an opportunity to see the plans for themselves.” Event details Date: Thursday, 27 February Time: 4pm to 7pm Location: North Berwick Community Centre (small hall), Law Road, North Berwick EH39 4PN Robin McEwan, a member of the implementation group and cycle forth, said: “cycleforth welcomes the announcement of experimental changes for traffic at the east end of the High Street. cycleforth has been campaigning for some years for a pedestrian priority scheme here but accepted the NB Charrette’s conclusions for pavement widening and removal of traffic as a moving in the right direction. “The scheme now announced is a further compromise but cycleforth expects that users of the High Street will still welcome the changes as bringing significant improvements, providing a safer and more pleasant environment. We are confident the experiment will be a success and lead to further changes to improve the traffic environment in the High Street and further afield.” Christiane Maher, a member of North Berwick Community Council and the implementation group, said: "I am hoping the solution we found will make the High Street a much nicer place for pedestrians, while not unduly disadvantaging those who depend on getting to the High Street by car." Kirsty Towler, another member of the implementation group, added:

    “I think that the views of everyone matter - that’s why the charrette was important. It looked at getting a community conversation going. The changes take account of all sectors of the community and the focus is on safety and wellbeing for all. We need to be a considerate community - considerate of all of the diverse range of needs of visitors and residents (whether new or old) and of business and the local economy. “I think a great deal has been achieved in getting a compromise. I wish it had not taken so long. But it is a milestone, a significant achievement, and one which is hoped will make life safer and more pleasant for all groups in the eastern section of the High Street.” More info on North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership:

    https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210614/north_berwick_coastal_area_partnership

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