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Good Afternoon,

Some of you may have been aware it had been Frenchman’s Bay Marinas tentative plan to begin launching May 11, 2020.  This based on the Provincial Governments announcement of May 01.

We received an interpretation of the announced guidelines today, May 04.  Unfortunately if we began launching vessels, it would be the marina responsibility to move the vessels from the launch well to the slip, inclusive of slips at the Club.  Once delivered, boat owners would not be allowed on the docks to look at or maintain their boats.

With that in mind, we’ve elected to change our tentative start of launch to May 19, the day after the long weekend. 

We’re working on the revised launch schedule today.  Hopefully we can begin emailing and calling you with scheduled times starting tomorrow.

Please keep in mind, although we think it likely launches will be allowed to start May 19, we’re having to make a best guess on what the Province has in mind.  It is possible we’d have to delay the launch beyond May 19.

Kind regards,

Ian MacKimmie



Great News FBYC members:

This is the latest update regarding the Covid-19 situation at FBYC.

Finally, this is the news that we have been waiting for. The Ontario Government has finally allowed the reopening of marinas and clubs. On May 14th, the Ontario government stated that they are entering phase 2 of their plan to restart the economy allowing marinas and clubs to reopen.

To All FBYC Members:

This is what we have been waiting for. As stated in the latest release we can now open the club. “As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
• Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
• Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.”

Additional guidance can be found at the following link.

In summary, FBYC can now be reopened to prepare boats, masts, and to dock our boats as required but we must not forget “Things like practicing physical distancing (staying 2 metres away from others), proper hand hygiene, keeping surfaces and objects clean, and preventing contact with potentially infected people –these are all critically important measures.”.

Therefore, to comply with the Government’s instructions as of 12:01 am tomorrow May 16, 2020, FBYC will be opened to members. The club house will also be opened for washrooms use. This is a reminder that the club house is cleaned but not sanitized so please wash hands frequently, practice social distancing such as only two members in the washroom at a time.

The bar will remain closed until phase 3 when restaurants can have sit in services.

Please bring your own sanitizers, Lysol wipes, gloves and masks if you have them.

Dinghy members can now bring their boats down to the club and enjoy them at their leisure.

Please enjoy the club responsibly and abide by the COVID-19 rules(see the attached document for more information). We must keep the infection rates low in order have a continued sailing season. More importantly if we continue to exercise proper and frequent hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell we will save lives. To date I have not heard of any of our member contracting COVID-19 so let’s keep it that way.

FBYC COVID protocol May 15, 2020


Stay safe, stay healthy and have a Fantastic Victoria Day Weekend everyone!!! Ignore the rain or better yet dance in the rain.

Mark Chin
Commodore 2020
Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club

May4th Mark


Good News FBYC members:

This is an update regarding the Covid-19 situation at FBYC.   The goal of these updates is to keep track of this rapidly evolving pandemic and to inform the membership on its effects on the operation of the Club. 

First, I would like to thank everyone for doing their part in curbing the spread of the Corona virus.  It seems that all our efforts are finally showing favourable results and the Ontario Government is now willing to make changes to restart the economy.

Recent Development in Government

On May 1st, the Ontario government is finally willing to restart the economy by their latest news release stating that certain businesses will be allowed to reopen with strict guidelines.

This applies to marinas, “Marinas may also begin preparations for the recreational boating season by servicing boats and other watercraft and placing boats in the water, but not open to the public. Boats and watercraft must be secured to a dock in the marina until public access is allowed.” 

This guidance that allows marina workers to prep and launch boats are only referring to marinas with small boats that do not involve the general public including us.  So unfortunately, we are still not allowed to launch our boats. 

Therefore, to comply with the Government’s instructions and keeping with what other clubs in Ontario are doing the club will remain closed.  Although our club remains closed, Frenchman’s Bay Marina is allowing all boat owners to work on their boats to get them prepared and ready to launch.  I ask that you please respect the social distancing while working on your boat.

I spoke with Ian MacKimmie and the earliest that he can start launching boats is May 19th.   In order to expedite the process please have your boats ready for launch.  This will help Ian and his team launch boats quickly and orderly without too many delays.

What we are doing

The release of the latest guideline appears to be the genesis of the rebirth of our economy.  We will monitor the situation closely and inform the membership of any new development as it enfolds.

We have another executive meeting on May 11th where we will be discussing the best way to manage the reopening of the club and what needs to be done to get the docks ready for boats.

In order to complete this work essential electrical and dock work will be done by select members in preparation of the sailing season.  The mast and dinghy crane are still off limits.  There is still deck and equipment maintenance work to be completed before the mast and dinghy crane can be fully operational. 

Dinghy members please continue to keep your boats at home until further notice.  We will continue to receive directions from the government and will give the green light as soon as we are allowed.

Please be patient as we are all in the same boat pun intended.  The summerlike weather that we just had last weekend certainly reminded us of the upcoming sailing season, but we must continue to be safe.  The government is restarting the economy in stages.  Once marinas and other clubs around the lake reopen, we will follow suit.  We must keep the infection rates low in order to make this happen.  So, let’s do our best to follow the rules so that we may see everyone on the water soon.

Stay safe and stay healthy and May the fourth be with you.

Mark Chin

Commodore 2020

Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club


UPDATED: April 11th, 2020

Hello FBYC members:

This is an update regarding the COVID-19 situation at FBYC.   The goal of these updates is to keep track of this rapidly evolving pandemic and to inform the membership on its effects on the operations of the Club. On Monday April 6th we had our first ever virtual Board meeting where we discussed our present situation regarding COVID-19 and numerous other club related concerns.

This Board is focusing on these three main goals

  1. To preserve the health and safety of our members and staff.
  2. To preserve the integrity and maintenance of our facilities and finances.
  3. To be ready for the resumption of normal operations, when permitted to do so.

The worldwide infected have surpassed 1,762,533 people with 107,705related deaths. In Canada, there are 22,559 infected and 600 deaths and almost half of those deaths, 253 are in Ontario.  We must do all that we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Recent Development in Government

In an effort to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the Ontario Government has increased the list of non-essential businesses to include companies like Canadian Tire, Home Depot and even some construction site that were initially considered essential.  Many companies are limiting purchases to pick up only.  The latest updates on COVID-19 from the province can be found at   Live streaming news can be found at

In the latest declaration, the Ontario Government has deemed that "all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities" are to be closed.  As such, FBYC is closed and will remain closed until it is permitted to reopen.  The situation is evolving rapidly, and our efforts are helping to slow the outbreak, but we must continue to be vigilant and focus on proper hand washing, coughing etiquette, no touching of your face, physical distancing and staying home.

Most recently, on Friday Aril 3, 2020, the Premier Ontario shared what the recent COVID-19 modelling revealed. The model is estimating that“ between 3,000 and 15,000 deaths related to COVID-19 are predicted with current public health measures in place, compared to a total projected100,000 deaths if no action were taken.”  For more detail check out this link below.

In order to comply with the Government’s instructions and keeping with what other clubs in Ontario have done as well and to save lives,  for your own safety and the safety of others, please stay away from the Club and comply with the directives of the Ontario Government.

The only exceptions to this are the designated Board members who are required to inspect our facilities and ensure that everything is in order.  This includes monitoring the water level and addressing flood damage prevention and critical maintenance as required.  This is in accordance with the Ontario Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

At this time members are prohibited from bringing their boats to the club and working on their masts or docking their boats at the club. Frenchman’s Bay Marina have stopped the launching of boats as well and will begin once they are permitted to do so.

What we are doing

Special measures such as issuance of the state of emergency and the closure of non-essential business orders implemented by the Province are temporary measure and usually last for two weeks and is then lifted or renewed. The Board is monitoring the situation closely and are evaluating various contingencies in the event this situation is prolonged.  We will monitor the situation closely and inform the membership of any new development as it unfolds.

Due to the uncertainty, the Board realizes that the season will be delayed.   If it is a slight delay, for example mid to late May, we will still be able to get almost a full season with the coordinated efforts of multiple work parties.  Ian MacKimmie from Frenchman’s Bay Marina is also promising to launch boats seven days a week working twelve-hour shifts once the restrictions are lifted.  If the restrictions last to June or July, then we will be experiencing a shortened season no different than what we have experience in 2017 and 2019 with poor weather and the high water levels limiting our use of our boats and access to the other clubs around the lake.

Regardless of when the restrictions are reversed the club will manage financially.   The club still has an obligation to maintain the facilities, lease, insurance and utilities must also be paid.  Dock maintenance including the new service dock will still need to be completed.  Therefore, membership and slip fees are still necessary and must be paid for us to meet our obligations.

When we are permitted to reopen the club, we will evaluate the most effective way to prioritize work to ensure the club becomes operational in the least amount of time.  We will also ensure that members have enough time to prepare their masts and that we can step the masts properly, safely, and in accordance with government directives. Dinghy members will also be allowed to bring down their dinghies and get them ready for the season.

Please be mindful in continuing to stay safe and keep healthy.   Remember to always demonstrate proper hand washing, keep two meters apart, don’t touch your face, cough in your sleeve and stay home unless necessary to go out.   Safety and health are a common responsibility and we all must continue to do our part.  We have saved lives and will continue to save thousands more by simply doing what we are already doing.

Please continue to be patient.  The temptation to get on the water is real but so is COVID-19 and we have done great thus far.   The club will be there when this is over.  By doing what we are doing today will ensure that we will see each other at the club and on the lake soon.

Stay safe and stay healthy!

Mark Chin

Commodore 2020

Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club

Long time friend of the club Ron Susman is now working out of Port Whitby Marine Supplies. Ron has generously offered to drop off your order at your home (within a reasonable distance) or the yard. Please give him a call or drop him an email. His contact info is in members only section of the website or PM me.


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