For the above reasons and other such as insurance, legal obligations etc. every week Members and visitors need to follow and appreciate sailing club rules and State regulations. The 11 items raised below are areas the Committee, Sub Committee and staff continually need to deal with.
- All to wear a PFD when on a tender going to and from their boat. I recommend a PFD becomes part of any crews sailing attire.
- Tenders are to carry the legal maximum capacity of that vessel only. Members need to support the tender drivers in respecting this law even if it means one crew member missing out on travelling to the vessel with the rest of the crew. Something I witnessed being respected at Sorrento SCBC in January.
- Be asked to present membership tags at the bar,
- Visitors (excl Day Pass member) must be signed in by another member on Club sign in sheets provided at the bar and bar entrance and present this visitor pass to the bar if purchasing drinks.
- Visitors new to the club this year and sailing will need to purchase or present their up to date Day Pass.
- When purchasing from the Bar, Bar staff are to be treated respectfully at all times and acknowledge their responsibilities under the Responsible Serving of Alcohol regulations.
- Visitor Clubhouse access is limited to 5 times per annum
- Recent past members are not permitted to sail more than 3 times this year and will need to re join the club if sailing more than 3 times in a season. Personally I have real difficulty understanding those that love sailing, take advantage of crewing on members boats but do not pay. And why some boat owners do not enforce their regular crew sailing in club activities from joining their club. Too many crews use the club on a regular basis and do not pay for the services provided and why should boat owners be lumped with most of the club fees. All Membership categories are now at pro rata rates for the rest of 2016-2017 and I strongly recommend those that are not members and that do sail regularly join.
- Those visitors sailing and new this season to the club will need to have a Day pass and pay the relevant fee ($10 per sail 1- 6 sails, $20 per sail 7-12 sails)
- Kindred Club members of neighbouring clubs such as McYC, DBYC, MMYC, SBSC, SYC, ORCV, BYS, SSCBC, RYCV and RBYC sailing do need to pay and register $10 per sail when sailing at MYC more than 3 times.
- Under the Australian Sailing Members protection and code of conduct policy which MYC has adopted members are requested not to publicly portray criticism to other fellow individual members. Click here for a copy
All of the above is difficult to police on a regular basis without new structural measures and / or being labour intensive and so whilst the office staff and committee will endeavour to do their best I would expect members all supporting this.
It has nothing to do with "money grab" but rather making the Members club prosper as a well managed club and providing value and service to its members. Again all Clubs exist for the benefit of its members and to ensure all enjoy the services and facility the club provides. If you are part of a club you all should expect to pay. I and the Committee would be interested to know what other successful club allows regular sailors to not be a member of their club?
What is written above is not Mornington Specific but a common culture issue amongst sailors not being members of a club. Those Sailing clubs that have addressed the issue and managing it well are seeing the benefits of turning this culture around.
Thanking you for your cooperation.