Hi and welcome to the berthing section....
I have taken over from Mike Webster this year and aim to continue the process of berth park reorganisation to allow for more defined areas for the preferred classes, but also to ensure that regularly used boats are berthed in prime berths which are easier to launch from. As such it is VERY important that everyone signs in the cruising log for the day in question as the usage rates are recorded from these sheets and will be used to reallocate berths during the year if necessary. Please also note that a berth allocation at the beginning of the year is not fixed for the year and the club retains the right to ask berthed boats to be moved in the year where it enables more efficient use of the berth park.
Crew...please ensure the log is entered with your name as well, this also includes the racers. Regular crew who have boats but possibly don't helm for races will also accrue benefits under the usage recording. This is to encourage active participation at the club which is essential for a vibrant and active membership.
There are two or three ongoing problem areas the berth marshals have been encountering, the most annoying of which is the non usage of berthing stickers, this year I am going to attempt to affix the stickers myself so do not expect berthing stickers to be sent with the renewals. Trailer identification is another weak area, it is impossible to identify trailers as they all pretty much look the same, as such again this year I will be contacting those storing trailers at the club and asking them to identify their own trailer to me. Finally the substitution of boats into berths without telling anyone what is going on, please inform me of what boat has been removed and what boat is coming in as any swap is liable to be reallocated to an area more suited to the boat type and space in the park.
The aim is always to run the park nearly full, boats not managing to achieve the usage requirements can at any time be asked to be removed.
Berths at the club are always in significant demand and so we do ask that boats are not just stored at the club and never used or looked after. For the very occasional user why not consider a hire boat, the club has two family cruising dinghies, one Feva and a Laser which are all in sound condition and available for significantly less than combined berthing and running costs.....
The Instructions on signing out to go on a dinghy cruise are quite explicit. If you don't add your berth number on the sign out sheets you will not be credited with a launch and that could mean that you fall short of the requisite number of launches to qualify for a berth next year!
It isn't difficult, the berth number is the same as on the boats mast/transom 2013 sticker! There is also a list of members and their berth numbers in the Members Room and the most up to date list is on the maps below.
It is a condition of granting a boat a berth that the current year sticker is displayed on masts, or transoms in the case of Lasers, Toppers, Picos etc.. and certainly not discretionary. Boats that do not display a 2013 berth sticker by the 20th May may be removed to the far north area of the dinghy park (the area with low branches which has a habit of interfering with masts)!
There's a map of the allocated berths at SYC available online
Please ensure that you put your berth sticker on and move your boat to the allotted space as soon as possible. If you have any queries please email me.
If you find another boat in your allocated berth please remove it placing the offending boat in the area in the far north of the dinghy park.