Pretoria Sailing Club – News and Membership
COVID UPDATE – 19 JUNE 2020
As you will all be aware, since lockdown began in March we have not been able to visit or sail at PSC because of the various restrictions that have been put in place by the Government.
It looks as though lockdown restrictions could be easing soon, and with the ability to re-enter Rietvlei Nature Reserve and the sailing club itself. When that happens, members will be informed by email and the whatsapp group as to the procedures and processes that we will follow in order to allow sailing to resume in a safe manner. If you have any questions, please call or mail either Franci, the Commodore or Shirley, our Administrator – you will find their details on the Contact page of this website.
As to last season, lockdown started after Series 3 completed, and Series 4 just started. Series 4 is cancelled. Lockdown also prevented the return of trophies from 2019/2020 season to be engraved in time for the annual prizegiving, and with it the end of season get together to celebrate! I will try and arrange for a ‘late but better than never’ prize giving as soon as circumstances allow!
So as we get going again, we will do our best to conclude the 2019/2020 season, and then get up to speed on the new 2020/2021 season. We will publish the sailing calendar on the assumption we can start ‘formal’ sailing with the Finn Winter Challenge in the last weekend in August, and then club racing from the 1st of September. Of course if lockdown rules prevent that we will have to adjust accordingly.
We know that these are frustrating times for all of us who are used to being able to sail when we want at PSC, but please be assured the Committee are doing all they can to resume sailing safely as soon as we can.
Pretoria Sailing Club (PSC) is striving to find ways of making our club more affordable to both existing and new members, with the aim of encouraging more people to be involved, whether they sail dinghies or radio-controlled boats. In today’s world, where the choice of activities is significantly more diversified than it was 20 years ago, people have many options regarding their leisure time. If sailing is to be an activity of choice, it needs to be affordable, particularly in the current challenging economic climate.
PSC is located within the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, and every member automatically becomes a member of the Friends of Rietvlei (FoR) organisation. Membership entitles them to various benefits, such as a number of free entries to the Reserve for themselves and their families. All club members also become members of South African Sailing (SAS), which entitles them to take part in all SAS-sanctioned events, and to be eligible for National and Regional Colours awards. PSC contributes to the running costs of both these organisations, and a portion of the club membership fees is allocated to them.
Following discussions internally, PSC is pleased to announce the following revised policy for membership and fees. We have had to abandon the idea of monthly payments due to the administrative burden being too great unless there are exceptional circumstances.
2. Membership Categories are as follows, and the 2020 full annual fees are shown below
At PSC we have been adding to the fleet of club owned boats that are fun to sail for both single and double handers. We now have a choice of GP14, Dolphins, Lasers and Optimists/O9ers that you can hire.
Our aim has been to develop a suitable fleet of boats for hire giving you the opportunity to enjoy more time on the water and develop your sailing skills while in the process of deciding whether or not to invest in a suitable yacht of your own.
Please see the attached form you need to fill in before taking a boat on the water