Thoughts from your Editor

Much of the following has appeared in EYC newsletters and has mostly stemmed from members approaching me, the Editor, with what might appear to be trivial problems. “ Could you say something about the gates? I couldn’t get in last night; they’d been chained up so tight. Had to phone the club. Luckily someone was there to let me in.” This was just one of the many problems…Thus to help you avoid this and more, please read on. There is also general information as to why things are done in a certain manner, some “do’s and don’ts” and the reasons behind them.

The Barrier This MUST be kept locked at all times and there are no exceptions to this rule! Should you encounter a vehicle at the barrier, ask if they have a key. No key, no entry. Come to an agreement with them as to who locks up if they have one.

The road to the sea wall Public footpath is on the left. Cyclists use the road. The cycle path on top of the sea wall must not be obstructed or used if walkers or cyclists are around, this may result in complaints to the detriment of the Club.

Speed Restrictions Please reduce speed on downward slope from seawall to green gates and on this section departing Club. Many general public may be encountered in this area and also cars leaving/approaching EYC.

Green gates These are to be kept locked at all times but there are some exceptions to this. You will be advised on this matter. It is also of great importance how you lock these gates. If not done properly it is possible to lock members in or out by denying them access to the lock from the other side of the gate. Please put the lock in the last link of each chain, no twists or turns, simply the last links. When you lock up, offer the lock up to ensure that it is accessible from the other side should you be uncertain.

Approaching the Dinghy Shed Be especially careful approaching the dinghy shed via the road or car park. Bodies step from behind it abruptly into the road without looking! Children are often in this area…. and elsewhere in unexpected places on the premises. Please drive carefully.

Sheds and containers A good basic rule is “Better locked than unlocked”. It’s not just your property that’s at risk, but also that of others or indeed that of the Club.

Why Lock? The purpose behind keeping gates, sheds etc.locked up is that when you go home or afloat leaving all unlocked, others may do the same. Thus the club is left wide open to all and sundry, possibly unattended! The green gates have been left open all night more than once, as have sheds and containers, as a result of this.

Who are you? It’s more than likely that in your early days as a member, you may well be challenged as to who you are. Please do not be affronted by this, it is all part of the Club’s security, besides it is a good way to get to know other members.

In the interest of safety Children are not allowed on the causeway or landing stage unless wearing a lifejacket. In both cases an adult must also accompany them. This applies to children on the club premises, if for any reason your children have to be left alone, even for a short while, please arrange for someone to keep an eye on them. See Sailing and House Committee Bye Laws.

Dogs Dogs must be held on a lead at all times on Club premises and are not allowed aboard “Folgefonn”under any circumstances, unless a guide dog. Owner to clean up after their animal. See House Committee Bye Law No. 2.

Ladders These must be kept locked to your cradle at all times when not in use. If you wish to keep the ladder leaning up against your boat then please lock it in this position so that it cannot be transferred to another yacht by the “ungodly” should they visit. Fortunately this is rare.

PARKING

Access to vessels On several occasions since yacht recovery/launch by cradle became the norm, some yachts afloat have developed severe problems, which require an urgent haul out. Some, in dire need of this, were on passage back to EYC and asked if we could get their cradle down the causeway, ready for them. But can one get to that cradle? Should it be the boat owner’s car in the way this isn’t too bad, he can give permission to move it at all cost! The problem becomes acute when another car(s) is blocking access to that cradle. Whose car? Is the driver on site? Gone sailing? How long are they away for? A day? A week? How do we move the car without damage? Is it possible to get the cradle through that log jam of cars?

Parking one’s car underneath a yacht ashore…. my management was extremely upset when I dropped a screwdriver off “Quintet” putting a super dent in her car! Similarly, parking near a laid up yacht on the fill could also prevent the owner rubbing down or applying his antifouling etc. The offending parker would hardly appreciate finding his car covered in dust or paint! Although this could happen!

Using the Car Park Since I wrote the above we now have a car park, of which most is covered by the security cameras. It will also ensure that your car will not be filled with water on spring tides or tidal surges, as a number of members have discovered to their cost by not using it!

I sincerely hope that all this will help you to avoid upsetting some of the Club’s characters before they upset you. If you succeed in this I’ll put it in a newsletter!

Should you have any thoughts or comments on the above I will only be too pleased to hear from you.

Fred Finck. 14-9-04.