The 2022 - 2023 EHYC WINE CLUB will begin on September 16th this year. If you were part of the group last year, you will have already received an email to confirm your interest in continuing this year. If you have not been involved with the wine club before, we will very likely have a few openings this year, so I'd encourage you to consider joining the group! The Wine Club meeting format works like this: Typically, four wines each evening are selected for review, and a short discussion on what we are about to taste takes place. Then, we taste and discuss for 30 minutes or so. The nature of the selection varies - by varietal, by Country / Region, by single producer, by production process, etc. etc. We have been very fortunate to have guest winemakers take over the presentation on occasion. Further, other wine club members have prepared the presentation and the wine selection based on their own travels (way more interesting than I can do!). Usually the four wines are pre-poured, and we taste "blind" meaning you don't know the name of the wine or the producer until it is revealed at the end, along with pricing and source of supply. Occasionally we will do something other than wine on a given night such as ciders or beer. It is all very informal and unpretentious - the objective is to learn a little about wine, and engage with others at the table groupings to share thoughts and opinions. It's certainly not a "library quiet" serious event!! There is a food aspect to the club as well! In fact, I've always thought wine comes 3rd at our meetings - friends first, food second, and wine is the catalytic afterthought!! Basically each person or couple decides ahead of time to bring a shareable food item, randomly signing up to bring an appetizer, main, salad or dessert (related to the theme of the wines if possible), and we all have a potluck meal after the tasting presentation. No need for dinner at home on wine club Friday nights - there is always ample food, and most nights the food is better than the wines! Once the wine is mostly finished, and the food is gone, four or so members voluntarily clean-up by running all of the plates, glasses and cutlery through the dishwasher and putting everything away. I haven't worked out the pricing yet for this season - likely will be <$15.00 per person per night, fully billed in the fall for the whole season (September to June - 10 sessions). To indicate your interest, or if you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks! Kent Brownlow
EHYC Patio Open
EHYC is pleased to reopen the deck for members’ use. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the following rules have been put in place. These may be revised when we officially move into the next phase.
The patio will open starting in June on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 10pm, with 2-hour slots, the last slot being 8pm, with departure no later than 10pm.
1. Access is by the back staircase (through the cave) and not through the clubhouse. The clubhouse will remain closed for the time being. Washrooms are available in the junior room.
2. Use of the deck must follow provincial guidelines. To facilitate, we will be limiting the numbers of people in total. In order to do this we will require signups to ensure that we don’t have too many people on the deck. If you do not have a confirmed booking please do not try and use the deck as this will potentially put others at risk. You can register using the link below:
3. Please do not block book multiple dates, we would wish for as many members as possible the opportunity to use the patio.
4. There will be 3 tables available with a maximum of 6 persons in total on the patio. You may book 1, 2 or 3 tables, and combine tables to create a larger table to accommodate no more than 6 on the patio.
5. The maximum time allowable is 2 hours, please ensure you include cleaning within these 2 hours as well a timely departure to avoid bumping into the next booking.
6. Members must bring everything they need including BBQ lighters, tools, plates, cutlery, glasses, etc as there will be no access to the kitchen in the clubhouse. We require that you clean the BBQ and tidy up the deck before you leave. We respectfully require that whatever you bring to the club must be taken home with you, including waste and garbage.
7. You will be responsible for the cleaning/sanitizing of your area used – the chairs, tables, bbq etc. Cleaning supplies will be provided.
8. Please respect the neighbourhood including adherence to West Vancouver Noise Bylaws.
If any member has concerns about the use of the deck by other members we ask that they report their concerns to the office.
Lastly, we thank you for your patience while we got the deck ready for members’ use. We want to do things the right way to ensure the health and safety of our members.
Contactless fire extinguisher checks – check the calendar for dates of drop off and pickup
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I’m pleased to be interacting with a lot of you from a distance this season with the warming Spring. I hope you’re all healthy and safe, and dealing well with the current constraints due to COVID-19. Please reach out to me or any other executive or member if you have any questions, concerns or request for assistance. We’re here to help each other as best as we can in these extraordinary times.
Our executive team met (virtually via video conference) this Monday evening and we agreed to the following revision to our COVID-19 policy for EHYC:
- Social events:
- Such events and gatherings will remain cancelled and prohibited, including Sailpast, Safety Day, Supercruise, Sailing School, Lobster Boil, BBQs and all rental events through to the end of Summer. We will continue to monitor and assess public health COVID-19 guidance and we will decide as we approach Autumn as to when we can re-convene for social events and gatherings in the latter part of this year.
- All workparties are cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19 social / physical distance concerns. We hope to re-start workparties later this year when deemed appropriate and safe as per public health guidance. If you have ideas to perform safely a workparty task in isolation, then please reach out to discuss with Brandon, Callum or me.
- Clubhouse closure:
- the clubhouse and upstairs deck will be closed effective immediately due to ongoing concern about COVID-19 spread in our community. We have disabled fob access to the upstairs clubhouse and will have it cordoned off at the bottom of the front stairs. The junior room remains accessible for members to use the two washrooms in the lower level. We will continue to monitor the public health COVID-19 guidance and will update you in the coming months as to status of clubhouse access.
- The icebox outside the office will be locked and no longer accessible, again due to concerns about COVID-19 spread.
- The tool and workbench area in the lower level of the clubhouse will be cordoned off and no longer accessible, due to COVID-19 concerns.
- Dock access:
- The docks will remain open to members so that they can access their boats.
- Please ensure to comply with public health COVID-19 guidance to maintain social / physical distance, i.e. at least 2 meters apart from anybody other than your own family / household members.
- Boating safety:
- RCM-SAR has posted a notice on the gate to our docks (as they’ve done at each of our local YCs and marinas) stating that marine search and rescue resources are diminished at this time due to COVID-19 and some RCM-SAR stations have stood down. Canadian Coast Guard Kitsilano as well as our local RCM-SAR Horseshoe Bay Station 1 are still on call 24/7. However, the guidance is that we “stay safe, stay home”. If individuals choose to venture out on the water, they should be attentive of their onboard self-rescue capabilities and possess the mandatory safety equipment. Boaters are also reminded to make and share with a responsible person a trip plan prior to departure.
- Cleaning / sanitization safety:
- In order to enhance member safety and to reduce viral spread, our superintendent will be performing 3 times per day the wiping with Lysol, Chlorox or bleach solution (rags to be washed daily at high temperature):
i. All door handles of lower level of clubhouse
ii. Railings of lower level of clubhouse
iii. All toilet handles, faucets, sinks and countertops of the two washrooms in the lower level of the clubhouse
iv. Railings of the gangway leading down to the docks
v. Handles of all the polypropylene garden carts used to transport personal items to/from dock and boat.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation. These are abnormal and challenging times, but let’s work together to facilitate community safety and to minimize viral spread. We look forward to the day when it’s sufficiently safe for us to convene for social gatherings and interactions at our club. For now, please take care, stay at home as much as possible and be safe!
I want to end this email message with a 7pm moment of gratitude, a big shout-out and thanks to all those health-care practitioners on the frontlines helping to save lives and care for the infected and sick – your professional and heroic deeds are much appreciated! Some of these heroes are within our community, within our club – thank you! I also want to acknowledge all the essential service workers who continue to contribute critically to our society in these challenging times – thank you!
Commodore, Eagle Harbour Yacht Club