Announcement

23.3.20

Letter from the Commodore

Dear Members, 
 
The Federal Government’s new directive on closing ‘non-essential venues’ directly impacts the Squadron. Your General Committee and the Squadron’s Senior Management team met this morning to discuss the new measures and we would like to advise you of the following closures, effective immediately:

Clubhouse amenities
The Dining Room, Careening Cove, Members Bar and CCA Bar are closed. 
Club Function rooms (Bennelong, Milson, Kirribilli, Shell Cove) and Library are closed. 
Club accommodation (clubhouse and Elamang Avenue) are closed. 

Sailing 
All Club activities have been suspended until further notice. This includes racing, Youth training, the Annual Cruise, D65s, Stepping Stone House. Club equipment (Elliott 7s, SUPS, RIBs) may not be taken out.

Please remember that these new rules are designed to protect Members, guests and staff and as such, we must comply. Please respect our staff's health by minimising any face to face interactions. Unavoidable meetings should be pre-arranged.  

Please do not visit our Club unless you are collecting food & beverage 
and then, do not come if:

- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues has COVID-19
- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues has been in contact with a known COVID-19 patient
- you or anyone in your immediate family and work colleagues is in voluntary isolation, say as a recent overseas returnee
- anyone has a cold or flu-like symptoms.


On the positive side…

The Fort Denison Cellar is open. Members may enter, peruse and purchase. You are also very welcome to place an order by phone or email 9017 0121 kimberly@rsys.com.au 

Our new Dine at Home ordering service for take-away meals and fresh produce will continue. This service has already proven to be extremely popular with Members – a hundred boxes have been collected so far. We can also arrange Home Delivery. Click here for details.

Waterfront and Boatshed services are open. Our staff are on hand to see to your repair and maintenance jobs. Our tender service is running to its usual schedule – though please note, maximum capacity is four persons per vessel. 

Social activities We are actively investigating how activities such as Yoga, Book Club, Guest Speaker Events and Wine Tasting can move into an online environment so that our Member communities can continue to be informed and entertained whilst staying at home. Please keep a close eye on the OnBoard Weekly newsletter published on Thursdays. View recent editions here.

The closure of clubhouse activities will reduce the number of staff required on site. Regrettably a number of personnel will be affected. 

We will share additional information as soon as it becomes available. Updates will also be posted to the Squadron website www.rsys.com.au and via our e-newsletters. If you know a Member who doesn’t have access to a computer, please call them to share these updates. 
  
These are challenging and difficult times, yet I am confident that the strength of community spirit that exists at our Club will help us to pull through. I urge you to take care of your health, safeguard the health of those around you and follow all official guidance.

Warm regards,
 
David Ward
Commodore