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Message from Commodore Jonathan Nicholson

Dear Member,

First and foremost, I hope that you and your family are safe, well and coping with the measures that have been introduced by our government.  

It is hard to believe that it is barely four weeks since the schools closed and life as we knew it changed.  Initially, the committee focused on reacting to the events as they evolved.  Now, this focus has changed to plan for an upcoming season.  The committee is currently scenario mapping for a number of eventualities, working on the premise that we will get racing this year with an offset season and compressed schedule.  It is our hope and desire to complete the majority of the programme.  We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.

Before racing can commence, clearly the restrictions imposed by our government must be lifted, approval given by our national governing body Irish Sailing and the lift in of the boats from the various waterfront clubs completed.  When these preconditions have been met, it is our intention to commence the revised programme immediately. Please be prepared and ready to race. 

There have been a number of queries about the yearbook.  Sign off of this year’s edition was all but complete before events overtook us.  The yearbook as it is currently constituted is now no longer appropriate and we are discussing how it should be revised and distributed.  Again, we will keep you informed as this evolves.  

We call upon all members to enter now, provided you are in a position to do so.  We would also like to thank and acknowledge those who have already paid their annual subscription.  As you know Dublin Bay Sailing Club is a club of members and relies almost exclusively on income from membership subscriptions to provide the racing that we all value so much.  It is also essential that we avoid a tsunami of entries in the days preceding the start of the season as the administrative structures will not be able to cope.

Finally, I would like to express our collective gratitude to the front-line workers, local volunteers and all those supporting us through these unprecedented times.  It has been truly heartening to see the community come together in this time of need.

Please stay safe

Jonathan