As we enter the 2020s, the Corinthian, Butterfly, Flying Scot, Laser and Snipe fleets all have active racing and social programs. A major update of club racing program’s Sailing Instructions was released to align our course designations and penalty system with practice at other clubs across the nation. The 2020 club had a calendar packed full of club and fleet activities. It appeared that we are headed for a banner year.
But just as we were finalizing plans for activities and the Spring sailing season was approaching, a respiratory virus (COVID-19, aka novel coronavirus) epidemic started in China in January 2020 and spread into a worldwide pandemic by March. It eventually infected millions worldwide including about 2 million in the US. Businesses, schools, churches, sports…were shutdown and people were asked to stay at home unless it was necessary to leave. When out of the house, we were asked to wear face coverings and stay 6 ft. away from others.
CSC essentially suspended all activities starting in mid-March 2020. All racing and other organized club activities were put on hold. We were not allowed to gather on the dock except for individual activities such as boat or davit maintenance. The park department prohibited on-the-water activities. Restrictions started to be relaxed in May when the park department once again allowed recreational sailing. Other organized activities, including racing, were prohibited until early June. This is where we are as I write about the start of this decade under inauspicious conditions.
The club has had a major push to renovate and upgrade the club facilities over the last 10 or 15 years. We are very close to being able to coast a bit. A new tack room was competed in 2020 to provide additional space and raise most supplies above most floods high water mark. The north entrance, sail folding area and gazebo have all been renovated or replaced. The kitchen in the club house has been complete replaced. And the restrooms have been remodeled. The Facilities 2020 page provides a look at the state of the club as of 2020.
A new board position, Rear Commodore Information Technology, was added as electronic communications become more integrated into the fabric of the club. A new from-the-ground-up website was rolled out in May 2020 to replace the clubs first website which was showing its age after 20+ years. The new website provides improved support for tablets and smart phones bring CSC into the modern age.
Along with the website, the club internet and Wi-Fi infrastructure was also upgraded to provide more reliability and capability. The modems, routers, Wi-Fi hubs and computers were replaced with commercial grade equipment. Wiring was installed to replace older deteriorating interconnections and to allow us to expand Wi-Fi and video camera coverage within the club.
A board committee is working with city to update the formal relationship with city which was last updated in late 1970s.
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