Pretoria Sailing Club – News and Membership
COVID UPDATE – 14 AUGUST 2020
Good news! City of Tshwane has granted us permission to enter the Club again (following the delay by a municipal strike which prevented access to the Club).
From previous emails you will be aware that we have had to comply with a long list of regulations and protocols from Government and from SAS, and so it is important that you read and understand all the points below:
New security regulations have been introduced by the Rietvlei authorities. All paid-up members of the club will be issued with personalised magnetic tags which will allow them entry into the Angling Gate (the main gate). PLEASE USE THE LEFT LANE. The tags will be distributed to individual members when they are next on site. In addition to the tag, you will receive a window sticker for your car, which should be placed on your windscreen.
To cover the inevitable cost, the Club will be charging R50 for each tag, and we would appreciate a cash payment on receipt. (Note that only paid-up members will receive tags, or be able to open the gate to the club with their cell phones).
At any time, SAS maintains the right to inspect the name-register and to come and observe the protocols we follow. By not adhering to the above practices, you will put the Club and other members at risk, not only of potentially contracting the virus, but of having the SAS Clearance Certificate revoked.
We are hoping that it will be possible to relax these stringent conditions in the coming months, and we will keep you informed.
For as long as informal sailing only is allowed, we will delay the publishing of the racing calendar and the Blue Book.
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