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  • 10 Jun 2022 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Club closure dates 

    Please note that the club will be closed June 14 and July 27 from 8 AM - 12 PM for spraying. 

    Our clubhouse is clean! 

    Please help us keep it that way by knocking the sand off your shoes before entering and cleaning up after yourself. 

    Thank You!

    Thank you to Roger Moss who very kindly donated his boat to the club for sale in the WRSC auction. The proceeds from the sale will go towards building new locker space

    Unidentified boats

    We need your help in identifying the owner of a few more boats and trailers at the club. Please take a look through the photos and reach out to Michael if one of these boats belongs to you.

    Join the Cats race practice at JTown 

    JTown is hosting a new initiative this year, running seven basic race practice sessions bi-weekly on Sundays at 3 PM. All cats are welcome! They'll will be setting up in front of JTown on the South side of the Water Rats spit. 

    Here is where you can find more information.

    Here's how to finish your volunteer hours

    Thank you Shona, Earl, Franziska and the gang for great picnic table work! Thanks also to Bruce for our amazing shade on the porch.

    Still missing a few? Here are some things that still need doing!

    LOCKER CLEANING: Prepare (clean & sand) & paint the rusting lockers & windsurf container roof. L Mc is the project lead but we need some assistants.

    FIX CONCRETE CYLINDERS: On the 2 last fence poles in water. Project lead is Bruce Hanson, we need assistants.

    WATER BIG MAPLES: To keep the guarantee on the planted trees - need to be watered every week Spring to October. Need to know how to operate a gas water pump so can water from the lake. Join Micheal and Barbara in taking care of our new trees.

    Please contact Barbara Anderson if you can help out!

    Please don't forget to log your volunteer hours so they count towards your six required hours for 2022.

    See you on the water!


  • 13 May 2022 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here are a few ways to get in your volunteer hours this summer!

    LOCKER CLEANING: Prepare (clean & sand) & paint the rusting lockers & windsurf container roof. We need a project lead and assistants.

    FIX CONCRETE CYLINDERS: On the 2 last fence poles in water. Project lead is Bruce Hanson, we need assistants.

    PRESSURE WASH AND RESTAIN THE CLUBHOUSE DECK: We need a project lead and assistants.

    WATER BIG MAPLES: To keep the guarantee on the planted trees - need to be watered every week Spring to October. Need to know how to operate a gas water pump so can water from the lake. We need two more volunteers.

    PAID MECHANIC: We need a mechanic to service the chain saws, blowers, zizzers for edge of grass. This is paid position. 

    REINSTALL SUN SHADE ON THE DECK: Project lead is Bruce Hanson, we need assistants.

    STAIN PICNIC TABLES: One member has started this project, we have the stain, looking for someone to take over!

    Contact Barbara Anderson to help out. 

    Please don't forget to log your volunteer hours so they count towards your six required hours for 2022.


  • 17 Nov 2021 11:27 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    "Summer series final results - Congrats to all who

    participated in our 2021 club racing series!" - RRR

    Select spreadsheet to load larger version.

    Tuesdays

    Thursdays


  • 08 Oct 2021 10:33 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    From Head Rat Norm Lamb

    AGM and Board Positions:

    "The AGM is Nov 21st at 2pm to 4pm. Please register.

    We do need a quorum to hold this meeting, so our participation is important.    

    This will be a Zoom meeting and the connection information will be sent to you closer to Nov 21st along with the pertinent material. 

    We encourage everyone to take a leadership role in the operation of the club. New faces and ideas are always welcome. If you are at all interested in helping, please reach out to us. As the phrase goes “Many hands make light work”. 

    The following list is of those directors who will be transitioning out. If there is a name beside a current director’s name it is the name of a member willing to step up and take on that position. This candidate will need to be voted in at the AGM.   

    Please note, this list may grow as not all directors have determined if they are going to stay or transition out.   

    If the list does grow, I will let you know. If you are willing to fill a vacancy or contest any of the candidates below please let me know. 

    Descriptions of Executive Roles

    Position and current member

    Candidate

    Head Rat – Norm Lamb

    Jeff Gerritts

    Race Rat – Randy McMeekin

    Open, no candidate

    Membership Rat – Jeff Gerritts

    Michael Williamson

    Social Rat – Monika Roschlaub

    Willing to transition out if there is an interested member

    Communications/Web Rat – Matthew Burpee

    Willing to transition out if there is a super interested member


    Volunteer Hours:

    Covid has made the pursuit of volunteer hours that much more interesting this year and last.  In an effort to remind you that we do need volunteers to run this club we are asking the following of you.   Please go to the website and fill in the Volunteer Hour Sheet for 2021.   If you did not do Volunteer Hours due to covid, that is okay.  We understand.  This exercise is not meant to be punitive but to get an idea of the number of volunteer hours that were done this year.  

    Volunteers Needed: 

    Barb is looking for volunteers on Oct 16th and 17th (Saturday and Sunday) to assist with moving Hanlan’s  back to Hanlan. If you can assist either of those two days, please contact Barb directly. Barb's email

    Filming:

    A film company will be using TMCC (last club at the end of Regatta Rd) on October 12th and 13th (Tuesday and Wednesday of next week).   The film company will be occupying much of Regatta Rd.   There may be a delay to access the club if they are shooting a scene.   Parking should not be impacted as we have parking inside our club.  As well, during those two days they may restrict access going around the spit.  I would suggest launching from the west ramp on those days.   Please note the film company is paying a ‘users’ fee to TMCC along with a fee to the other clubs of the OHSF, so there is a benefit for our inconvenience for those two days.   See the attachment below for more details. 

    Clean Up Day:

    No Fall Clean Up Day.  We hope to return to them in 2021, covid permitting

    Holiday / Christmas Party:

    There will be no Holiday/Christmas party this year. Extra restrictions and policing around indoor gatherings due to covid is the key reason. We hope to have one next season. There was a suggestion made to hold the party in January as it is easier to find a facility and easier to find spaces on people’s calendars. 

    WRSC Vaccination Policy:

    The board last night debated and approved a Vaccination Policy for our location at 4 Regatta.  Effective immediately, only persons with double vaccinations or medical exemptions will be able to use the facilities.  When using the clubhouse masks must be worn too.  All regattas will require participants to be masked or practice social distancing when on land.   I am in the process of putting the final touches on the policy itself and will circulate it when complete.   As it is the end of the sailing season, this should not impact us significantly but will come into play in 2022.   Stay tuned for further details. 

    Restricted Area – No Sailing:

    A friendly reminder, not to sail within the mooring area of the TMCC boats.  That area of the harbour (east end) is out of bounds as it is difficult to navigate and quite easy to hit one of their boats or a mooring line.    

    2021 10 08 MDGS2 - Notiification Letter - TMCC - 16 Regatta Rd.pdf

    Norm

    Head Rat 


  • 05 Oct 2021 6:39 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    Save the date.

    Last year we had 60 people join us for or AGM online. We're hoping for the same or more this year.

    Check your email for details.

  • 29 Sep 2021 12:27 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    The Fall War Laser Regatta at the Water Rat Sailing Club was held September 25-26, 2021. The race was with ILCA/Laser Standard, ILCA/Laser Radial boats. "There was plenty of breeze, lots of dumps and death rolls, one broken mast step and few breakdowns." Thanks Randy McMeekin for organizing and all those whom volunteered. 

    Congratulations to the Champions!


    1st: Gord Welsh.  2nd: Chris van Rossem.  3rd: Nigel Heath





  • 31 Aug 2021 10:55 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    Sailing Instructions (PDF)

    Event registration

    Volunteer positions (Doc)

    Facebook Event Page


    Main Contact:
    Beata Sejane
    416 886 7277 (cell)
    bgintere@gmail.com

  • 24 May 2021 1:29 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    I know the first thing you want to do is get out on the water!  But of course the second is to start on your volunteer hours. We’re continuing small work groups.  Choose a project, up to 5 pals (ok from different households), and a date/time.  Tell me when so I can start you off with the right tools & plants.  Anna Hoad - text (416)778-0054, or email annahoad01@icloud.com.


    1.  Want to kill phragmites? This is a one person surgical strike operation (1/2 hour) but must be done each month. Do you have what it takes for a sustained kill operation? I have a sharpened spade for you. Bring gloves.


    2. Come and get your lumberjack (and jill) on!  Ever felt like ripping a tree out? There's buckthorn below the club house and we now have a weed wrench to pull them out. Bigger ones need to be sawn down. This is a one time job of up to 5 people, probably 3-4 hours. Bring a saw or chainsaw, clippers and gloves. 


    3. As a kid did you want to dig through the earth to China?  Digging knotweed out of the sand by the western ramp is just like that!  You need gloves and a trowel, and endless determination. We’ll be clipping back the ones in the western bank twice.  Bring clippers or kitchen scissors.


    4. Last year everyone did an amazing job of clipping back the dog strangling vine (stage 1), then we buried it in mulch (stage 2). This year we overplant with assertive native plants  (violets, solomon’s seal, wood anenomes) to discourage it from coming back (stage 3) and clip back any stragglers (stage 4). Bring on the gardeners; we will overcome!  Gloves, trowels, clippers or scissors needed. 


    5. Last year we turned the sod in a 2’ strip by the eastern fence, mulched it, and planted vines and flowers.  This year we turn the sod of the western fence.  Spades, clippers and gloves needed. 


    6. We need weekly watering of the little trees planted last year on the eastern bank.  It’s a good workout, and only shoes needed. But, please, no watering of the two new big trees. We have a schedule, folks designated, and too much water is as bad as too little for them!


    7.  Jobs for kids: pickup fallen branches from around the grounds to make it easier for Marvin to mow; pick up plastic from the sand; 1 kid job to apply moss to lumps of concrete (kid will get covered in dirt and need to swim to clean off!).


    Anna


  • 21 May 2021 11:22 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    Huzzah!

    We're reopening on Saturday, May 22.

    - No more than 5 people together at a time

    - Minimum of 2 m distance between

    - Only members of the same household can sail or paddle together

    - If you live alone, only one other non-cohabiting person can sail or paddle with you

    - No entry to clubhouse

    See you on the water!


    News: Province Safely Reopening Outdoor Recreational Amenities Prior to End of Stay-at-Home Order


  • 17 Apr 2021 11:58 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Effective immediately, the Water Rat Sailing Club is closed due to the province-wide stay-at-home order. The locks will be changed. The board will re-evaluate as the situation warrants.

    Please do your part and help keep our community safe. "The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely."

    Let's look forward to a healthy and more open summer on the water. Breathing near groups of people inside without properly wearing one or two masks is how Covid spreads. Don't go indoors for long with others outside your household. Keep distance from others and get the vaccine as soon as you can. The tragedy of our time may end faster than we think if everyone does these. 

    Statement from the Government of Ontario:

    April 16, 2021 - Office of the Premier: Ontario strengthens enforcement of province-wide stay-at-home order


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