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2022 Viking Sailing Club Sailpast

Ahoy there Vikings! 

After a two-year pandemic, are you ready to test our courage and fearless Viking mettle? If so, you are in luck; the highlight of the sailing calendar, 2022 Viking Sailpast, is approaching!
We encourage all members to join us to celebrate the 2022 Viking Sailing Club Sailpast on Saturday, June 4th, between 10:30 and 17:00

Sailpast Itinerary

1030: Arrive at the beach and find your crew.
1100: Vice-Commodore safety message.
1130:  Set Sail, water cannons at the beach ready.
Noon: Sail past Tyra, starboard tack only salute the Commodore, and collect a shot of champagne from Commodore’s tray
1210: Sail past Tyra, starboard tack only and fire your water pistols, buckets, water pumps, and anything that fires water at the Vikings on the boat (and at any other Vikings in the Sail past fleet)! Also, try to collect more shots of champagne from Tyra at the same time!
1300: Back on shore to put boats away.
1400: Retire back to the hanger for cocktail hour (Please bring cash, coins preferable).
1430: Lunch
1700: Party on at The Galley
2022 SAIL PAST LUNCH DETAILS & MENU

  • We’ve booked the hanger to have a long communal table in front of the club room. Rain or shine, we’ll enjoy our club lunch
  • Lunch fee: $18 per person (early bird discount) / $20 on the day.
  • If you’d like to join us for lunch on the day, please confirm your attendance as soon as possible by registering your name, number of your group, and food preference by updating the sheet here no later than May 30th

   Mains:

  •    Carnivores: Grilled barbecue salmon
  •    Lacto vegetarian: Eggplant/mushroom dish (Or similar)

    Sides:

  •    Assortment of crisp, warm, green vegetables
  •    Crunchy, baked potatoes
  •    Seasonal vegetables / Salad
  •    A delicious selection of desserts

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE IN THIS FABULOUS EVENT?

  • You don’t need to find crew beforehand – choose a boat, and fellow Vikings will sign up too.
  • Friends and family are all welcome to join us for lunch!! The more, the merrier.
  • We need volunteers to help us with setting up, music, registration, handling the bar, BBQ and clean up – please give back to the club and indicate what volunteering you can help with when you send in the sign-up form.
  • If you plan to consume alcohol, we recommend carshare, having a designated driver or using public transport after leaving the event.
  • Please advise if you can drive our fellow Vikings to major transit lines and the number of available seats.

 

A WORD ON SAFETY

  • Please attend the mandatory safety message at 11:00 am.
  • Although sail past is one of the most colourful highlights of the year, especially after we had to skip it for the last two years, please remember: safety is the utmost priority. Please refrain from damaging any vessel and ensure the safety of your crew at all times.
  • Only seniors in training and above are allowed to take the helm.
  • Tasers (maximum of 3 people/boat) / Lasers (maximum of 2 people/boat) / Quest (maximum of 4 people)
  • Catamaran is not allowed.
  • Vikings Sailing Club doesn’t endorse drinking and driving. If you choose to exceed recommended standard drink quantities, please support taxi and car shares to return safely home.

Please let me know if you have any questions via quartermaster@vikingsailingclub.bc.ca

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thanks,
Sertan Gun

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Meet the Vikings Virtual Meeting – 2022

Ahoy Vikings!

We invite you to a Virtual Meet the Vikings night to celebrate the beginning of a beautiful sailing season, connect with Vikings members and learn more about the Club and the 2022 season.

This year, we are excited to have five-time Olympian Canadian Sailor Nikola Girke join us to share her experiences and answer our questions. Nikola is amongst a few elite athletes who have transitioned from one sport to another and has achieved a top 10 in the world across three different sports disciplines. She represented Canada in sailing in the 470s, windsurfing and mixed-multihull races.

Please share this invite with others who may be interested in joining the Vikings Sailing Club!

You can join the meeting by scanning the QR code or entering the zoom meeting link below on the 31st.

Event Details:
Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Time: 1930 – 2030

How to join the meeting: 

On your computer:

On your Mobile/Tablet:

  •    Option 1) Click here to join 
  •    Option 2) Launch your camera, scan the QR code and click the that appears on your screen.

Meeting Agenda:

  • 1930: Welcome, Club Overview and updates on upcoming Training, Racing  and Club Cruises
  • 1940: Nikola Girke Introduction and Q&A session
  • 2010: Updates on Beach Fleet & Facilities
  • 2015: Q&A
  • 2030: Wrap Up

Please reach out to Sertan Gun at quartermaster@vikingsailingclub.bc.ca or 778 758 1001 if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Virtual Meet The Member Night

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Scan the QR Code or use the meeting ID to join. Learn about our club and get to know our friendly members!

Location: Virtual – Zoom Platform
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2021-03-31

Meeting ID: 871 0277 8003
Link: https://bit.ly/20XXnSw

 

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COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan & PDF File

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan PDF File:

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan

 

Plan is as follows:

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan – Page 1 of 2

Please review and sign with your entire crew before beginning your cruise.

To Sail on Tyra, You Must:
● Comply with all Viking Sailing Club (VSC) rules as well as local, provincial, and federal
directives for controlling the spread of COVID-19.
● Never board Tyra if you feel sick or have any of the published Covid-19 symptoms (including but
not limited to: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy
or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite). Follow
all provincial guidelines on testing and isolation if you do have symptoms.
● Take responsibility for your own health and understand your own risk and your household’s risk.
This includes having a frank and open conversation with everyone in your crew about their and
their household’s risk and potential for exposure.
● Wash or sanitize your hands frequently during your cruise and do not touch your face. This is an
effective and simple method of protecting yourself and those around you.
● Have a mask available to wear at your discretion. If symptoms emerge during a cruise, wear
your mask, disembark as soon as safely possible to get home, and get tested for COVID-19.
● Disinfect the boat thoroughly at the end of your cruise in accordance with the Tyra COVID-19
disinfecting checklist. Consider disinfecting before the start of your cruise for your own comfort.
● Understand that there are risks associated with sailing on Tyra, and that the measures taken by
the Viking Sailing Club, skippers, and all other participants, including those carried out in
accordance with this plan, will not entirely eliminate those risks.
● Stay up-to-date and be aware that this is a rapidly changing situation.
● Be patient and kind to everyone as we navigate these challenges together.

Skipper Responsibilities
● COVID-19 safety is the responsibility of everyone on board. As with all matters of safety, the
skipper has ultimate responsibility and authority on board when it comes to managing COVID-
19 risks.
● Ensure that you and all members of the crew read and sign this COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan at
the beginning of your cruise.
● Ensure that the final Tyra COVID-19 disinfecting checklist is carried out and signed at the end of
your cruise.
● As part of sail planning, be sure to verify the availability of fuel, water, food, and moorage in
your planned destinations, as many facilities may be closed or restricted.
● Check the status of marine provincial parks before visiting.
● Be aware that some communities may restrict or prohibit visitors in order to protect themselves
from COVID-19. Always verify that planned destinations allow visitors.
● Be aware that the Coast Guard has advised that while rescue services continue to be available,
they may be limited compared to previous years.
● For day sails, consider limiting access to cabins or limiting who goes below deck for reasons
other than visiting the head.
● Be prepared for closures and restrictions to change on short notice during your cruise. Have a
contingency plan for what you will do if a crew member, 2IC, or you, develops symptoms during
your cruise.
● Record name and contact info in the log of anyone who boards Tyra who is not on your crew.

 


 

Viking Sailing Club – COVID-19 Tyra Safety Plan – Page 2 of 2
Sailing with Your Social Circle
● Proper social distancing will be impossible to maintain over the duration of a cruise. Therefore, it
is important to carefully choose the people with whom you sail.
● Limit your crew to people you consider to be part of your COVID-19 social circle (sometimes
referred to as your bubble), meaning the people with whom you have close contact who are not
part of your household.
● During Phase 2 of British Columbia’s restart plan, British Columbians are advised that if they
choose to expand their social circle, they must do so slowly and carefully.
● Everyone is ultimately responsible for determining their own COVID-19 social circle, but they
must do so while carefully considering risks to themselves and others, always isolating
themselves when ill or showing any COVID-19 symptoms, and keeping the overall size of their
COVID-19 social circle small.
Cruise Boat Policies
● All regular cruise boat policies continue to apply to sailing Tyra, with the exception of two
policies that are temporarily suspended or modified for the 2020 sailing season:
○ Rule 10 – specifies that all cruises longer than 5 days should have 3 Viking members on
board. This rule is temporarily suspended in order to make it easier for members to sail
within their social circle. That means that for the 2020 season a 7-day cruise with only
two Vikings on board is permitted.
○ Rule 11 – specifies reservation deposit and cancellation policies. Since members may
not board Tyra while ill, and since there is uncertainty as to when or if restrictions,
regulations, and the course of the pandemic will change, for the 2020 season Vikings
may cancel at any time and receive full refunds if they paid a booking deposit.

Cleaning and Disinfecting
● Tyra must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with appropriate disinfecting agents at the end
of every cruise in accordance with the Tyra COVID-19 disinfecting checklist.
● As with every shared space, you can never be 100% certain that something has been
disinfected when you arrive. Disinfect to your level of comfort when arriving at the boat.
Supplies
● Each skipper should provide cleaning supplies for the cruise, in accordance with the Tyra
COVID-19 disinfecting checklist.
● Backup cleaning supplies are on board and must be replenished before the next cruise if used.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update- Back to Sailing with our new safety plan.

Good News! Jericho has approved our Covid-19 Safety Plan, and we are ready to get the sailing season underway.

Know before you go! 

Please read the safety plan below prior to your first visit to the club.

Viking Sailing Club – Jericho Sailing Centre Safety Plan

To Sail With the Viking Sailing Club, You Must:

  • Comply with all Jericho Sailing Centre (JSCA) and Viking Sailing Club (VSC) rules.
  • Stay away from JSCA if you feel sick or have any of the published Covid-19 symptoms (including but not limited to: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite).
  • Take responsibility for your own health and understand your own risk.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently and do not touch your face.
  • Respect 2-metre physical distancing with other JSCA users and staff. 
  • Stay up-to-date and be aware that JSCA and VSC policies may change. 
  • Be patient and kind with everyone as we navigate these challenges together. 

Know Before You Go:

  • Review all JSCA rules before arriving at the compound. 
  • JSCA mandates that everyone must wear a mask within the compound. Have your own mask or be prepared to purchase one (by donation) from JSCA. Non-medical and homemade masks are acceptable. 
  • VSC advises you to bring a plastic bag to keep your mask dry during your sail, and bring your own pen for use in the VSC club room if desired. 

Access to the JSCA Compound: 

  • For now JSCA is only accessible through the main gate. Entry will be controlled by JSCA staff, who will check for membership cards and masks. Please call ahead if you wish you to use the parking facilities as they remain closed to non-Jericho members. 
  • JSCA membership card will be required for entry and registration. Your 2019 card will work until you can get it updated for 2020.
  • Temporary restroom, changing room, and shower facilities will be available in outdoor areas of the compound.
  • JSCA is open only to members and their guests. JSCA requires guests to register upon entry with their name and telephone number. 
  • JSCA has designated some areas of the compound and main building for one-way circulation only. Please pay attention to signs regulating movement. 
  • JSCA main office will be accessible by windows on the east exterior wall. 
  • There are hand washing and hand sanitizer stations placed around the compound. Please use them frequently! 

VSC Policies on Using the Club Room:

  • Entry to the VSC club room is limited to: 
    • Two people in the inner locker room. 
    • Two people in the outer equipment / workshop room. 
  • Physical distancing of two meters must be maintained in all areas of the club room at all times with people outside your household or COVID social circle.
  • If the rooms are at maximum capacity, please wait outside while practicing physical distancing with other JSCA users. 
  • To ensure accessibility for all, avoid lingering or socializing in the club room. Make visits brief, to prepare for sailing, retrieve equipment, and get changed.
  • Always sign in in the clubroom log book on arrival and sign out the boat you are taking out. Use hand sanitizer before and after using sign in books and sheets. 
  • Cleaning checklists will be posted. Please review and use provided cleaning supplies to disinfect anything that you used or touched in the club room. 
  • Be mindful of what you touch to reduce surface transmission. Keep in mind that washing hands thoroughly before entering the clubroom and refraining from touching your face helps to reduce surface contamination.

VSC Policies on What to Sail and Who to Sail With:

  • You may sail any single-handed vessel (Laser, kayak, SUP) for which you are rated. 
  • You may sail any multi-person vessel (Tasar, Quest, RS500, Nacra 570) for which you are rated as long as you are with (see FAQ at the end for definitions and details): 
    • Another member of your household during British Columbia’s Phase 1 (currently scheduled to end on May 19th). 
    • Another member of your household or COVID social circle during British Columbia’s Phase 2 (currently scheduled to begin on May 19th).
  • All VSC rules regarding ratings and guests continue to apply.

Launching Viking Vessels

  • Be aware that JSCA compound launch gates will be closed and locked between launches until at least May 25th. VSC will make gate keys available in the club room as soon as possible.

VSC Policies on Cleaning Viking Vessels After Use

  • Use provided soap, water, buckets, and scrub brushes to clean all high-touch areas on the vessel before putting everything away. This includes: 
    • Dolly handle
    • Tiller
    • Gunwhales and handles
    • Paddles
    • Booms
    • Any other frequently touched areas, except sheets and lines

Feedback

Addendum: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. What is British Columbia’s Phase 1? 
    • According to BC’s Restart Plan, the restrictions and guidelines for managing COVID-19 from March to approximately May 19th are Phase 1. This is the phase of maximum physical distancing and restricted activities that British Columbia has implemented so far. During Phase 1 it is recommended that you do not socialize outside your own household.. 
  2. What is British Columbia’s Phase 2? 
    • This is the upcoming controlled relaxation of certain COVID-19-related restrictions, expected to start on May 19th (although this date is subject to change depending on provincial guidance), wherein British Columbians as a whole transition from an estimated 30% of normal social interaction to 60% of normal social interaction. According to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, this is the phase in which British Columbians may start to slowly and cautiously expand their social circle. Details about provincial planning and guidelines for transitioning from Phase 1 to Phase 2 are available in BC’s Restart Plan and the BC COVID-19 Go-Forward Management Strategy.
  3. What is a household member? 
    • Anyone you live with during the COVID-19 pandemic is a household member. The understanding is that you share risks together on a daily basis and thus do not have to practice physical distancing. You must take your household members’ risks into consideration when assessing the risks of your own activities. 
  4. What is a COVID social circle? 
    • During BC’s Phase 2, British Columbians are advised to slowly and cautiously expand their social circle, meaning the people with whom they regularly interact. Provincial authorities urge that people keep their social circle small and expand it very slowly and carefully after Phase 2 begins. Everyone is ultimately responsible for determining their own social circle, but they must do so while carefully considering risks to themselves and others, while always isolating themselves when ill or showing any COVID-19 symptoms. 

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COVID-19 Update

The Viking Sailing Club has suspended beach fleet activities at the Jericho Sailing Centre (currently closed) and keelboat charters on Tyra in keeping with the public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  The Viking Sailing Club Executive is monitoring the situation and will provide updates on resumption of activities based on best available health guidance.  In the meantime if you have any questions or are interested in joining the club once activities resume, please contact the membership officer at membership@vikingsailingclub.bc.ca.

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CANCELLED – 2020 Meet The Members Night

Ahoy  Vikings!

Kick off the sailing season by joining us on Monday, March 30th in the Surf and Turf Room, Jericho Sailing Club for the Viking Sailing Club’s Meet the Member’s Night. 

  • Date: 2020-03-20
  • Location: Jericho Sailing Center,  Surf & Turf Room
  • Start Time: 19:00
  • End Time: 21:00

This is a free event starting at 7pm. 

There will be beverages for sale, nibbles to snack on and lots of talk about sailing and what is in store for the Vikings this year and how to get psyched for the 2020 season!

If you are a brand new Viking or want to be a Viking, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and to meet future sailing partners! For returning Vikings, reconnect with fellow members and start planning on how to get out the water!

Everyone is welcome to this event, please bring along any colleagues, friends and/or family who are interested in finding out more about the Vikings. 

As always volunteers are required to help make this event a success. Volunteer positions include, set up, clear up, and helping at the bar – can you help out?  Please contact quartermaster@vikingsailingclub.bc.ca with any assistance you can provide.

See everyone on March 30th!

A quick note about our club: Being a co-op, we count on our members’ support, participation and contribution. Please share this event with others who may be interested in joining. We have included a link here for an 8 x 10 poster that you can print off and put up around your building or neighbourhood.

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