Covid-19, Covid-19, Covid-19 OK. There, I said it. I hope it’s not like BeetleJuice! I suspect you’re tired of hearing about Covid-19, tired of reading about Covid-19, and tired of thinking about Covid-19. But it looks like Covid-19 is here to spoil social activities for the foreseeable future. I had grand plans for the board meeting this past week. I looked at the calendar back in November and noticed the May board meeting fell on Cinco de Mayo. My plan, serve Chips, Salsa, Guac, and Margaritas, and request all the board members wear fancy sombreros. Hire a Mariachi Band to come knock on the door and play a couple songs mid meeting! It was going to be the highlight of the decade for SBYC board meetings. Well, OK, at least this year. Except Covid-19 forced us to hold the meeting via Zoom, leaving me sipping and chipping away in my office looking at other club members on the computer screen talking about what we didn’t need to cancel. Oh wait, we had to cancel pretty much everything.
Sigh. Well, we have another Zoom Happy Hour on the schedule. The next one is on the 19th which was the date of our May Dinner Meeting. I hope to see you there. If you want some assistance getting connected please reach out to Ben Lobaugh, Nancy Kick or me. We are happy to help get you started. Watch your email for details on how to connect (they will also be posted to Slack).
It’s going to be a different season of boating. The governor has laid out a 4 phase plan to reopen Washington State. We are currently in Phase 1. This allows golf, day use of State Parks and DNR land, and recommends those in the high risk group continue to isolate themselves at home. Some sources are saying that if you are high risk it might be recommended that you continue to practice social distancing until we have a vaccine!
The city of Poulsbo has cancelled the 3rd of July fireworks. We have canceled our raft up in Liberty Bay. The summer Rendezvous is still on the calendar at this point, however, if we have not advanced into at least Phase 2 by then we will cancel it as well. Under the guidance of Phase 2 overnight stays are allowed and one can recreate with five or fewer people who are not from your household. In addition, the Rendezvous is in the San Juan Islands and San Juan County has closed to boating, currently until May 31st. That restriction will also need to be lifted. For now we have left our fall cruises on the calendar and will update the status of those as things develop. Check the website for the latest updates and watch your email and Slack for any changes.
There are a couple of resources that look to be useful and here are the links to them:
I know this is hard – we all want to be out cruising, and boating seems like a great way to physically distance oneself from others. Be safe, don’t put yourself or others at risk. We will get through this together.
SBYC Cruise Report – Jewels Mellen, Secretary, filling in for Patricia Shannon-Garvey, Cruise Chair.
In this unprecedented time, I am aware of just how much I enjoy and miss cruising with all of you!
As reported in the April Rudderpost, in compliance with Gov Inslee’s executive orders, SBYC cruises through June have been cancelled, and now the July 3rd Raft Up in Poulsbo has also been cancelled. As of now, we are tentatively keeping the July Rendezvous in the San Juan Islands and the Labor Day Weekend Purple Passion Cruise on the calendar, but they are dependent on state guidelines. We will keep you updated.
SBYC (Non!) Cruise Calendar as of May 9, 2020:
Burger Burn, June Dinner Dance & July 3 Raft Up – All Cancelled
SBYC Summer Rendezvous – Remains on the Cruise Calendar; watch for updates
July 29/30 in Reid Harbor/Stuart Island
Labor Day Weekend Purple Passion Cruise – Remains on the Cruise Calendar; watch for updates
September 5-7 at Port Orchard Marina
Salmon Bake – Remains on the Cruise Calendar; watch for updates
September 26 at Poulsbo Marina
Updates will be posted on the SBYC website, Slack and Facebook. And, of course, members in high risk categories need to be especially mindful of state guidelines.
Cruising on Zoom with SBYC!
Just because we need to cancel cruises does not mean we need to give up socializing with club members! As mentioned earlier, our next Zoom Cruise/Happy Hour is Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30pm. Please join us.
In case you are thinking, no, it just is not the same as being on the dock with members in person, here are a few reasons to join an SBYC Zoom Happy Hour:
- Zoom has built in social distancing and you do not have to wear a mask!
- You get to see the smiling faces of club members.
- Zoom makes it easy for club members who have moved out of the Seattle area to do happy hour with us.
- You get to fumble around with the ‘mute’ feature like the rest of us!
- Most importantly, it is an opportunity to engage with other club members and stay connected during this unprecedented time in our history.
- And finally, it is as good a reason as any to enjoy some adult libations with your friends!!!!
Looking forward to Zooming with you,