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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update)

Message Sent: May 15, 2020 @ 11:00 AM

From the Commodore

(as per Provincial Guidelines)

May 15, 2020

Dear Members and Boaters:

The Windsor Yacht Club appreciates our well holders are anxious to resume boating this season and our Board of Directors is pleased to announce that, in accordance with Provincial Guidelines, the Marinas operated by the Windsor Yacht Club (commonly referred to as the West, East and Riverside Harbors) are to be opened effective Saturday May 16, 2020. Due to existing COVID-19 restrictions, we all have to be responsible about the opening of our Marinas and, until revised by the Province of Ontario or Health Authorities, the following protocols will apply:

• The Windsor Yacht Club building is closed and only essential workers are allowed access. Takeout service will continue as advertised;
• Practicing physical distancing and wearing of masks, if prescribed, must be exercised while attending to any moored boat. Please be familiar with any Provincial Guidelines as they evolve over the coming days and weeks;
• Only people from your immediate household should board your vessel;
• Gatherings cannot exceed five (5) people;
• Washrooms are open and will be serviced more frequently. If you use the facilities, please take the time to sanitize when you are finished;
• The pool area will remain closed until further direction by Health Authorities;
• When you venture out, you are advised to not “cross the line” to the US side of the border. The border remains closed at this time and is being enforced;
• Please do not attend to the Windsor Yacht Club premises if you feel unwell, or are experiencing any symptoms related to the COVID-19 virus;
• Harbour Master Tim Hardy is on duty Tuesday through Saturday 8:30AM-2:30PM.

Following the above protocols will ensure that Windsor Yacht Club Boaters will remain respective of the current situation in relation to COVID-19. It's a start and we all ask for your continued cooperation and understanding during this pandemic period.

Stay safe, stay well!

George McMahon
Windsor Yacht Club


Message Sent: April 18, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

From the Vice Commodore

Take Out Option Has Arrived at WYC!!!


By popular demand, and for those Members that have been craving Chef Stan’s awesome creations during our stay-home requirements, we have answered your call by starting a carry out option.  We may not be able to open the doors of your Club to Members just yet, but you can still have a night off from cooking and enjoy a great WYC meal in the comfort of your own home!

This program will begin on Wednesday, April 22 from 4 pm to 7 pm and will continue at those times on a weekly basis Tuesday to Saturday.  Chef Stan has chosen the most popular items from his menu which you can find attached to this email.

For the safety of all Members and staff, please follow the procedures shown below and always remember to practice safe social distancing.

Your Board of Directors has put this program in place for your enjoyment and we hope that it will help all of us in getting through this stressful time.  We look forward to any comments or suggestions you may have as we embark on this new Member option.  Thank you for your continued support of your Club.

Tom Weber

Vice Commodore

    Take Out Menu

Ordering Take Out will be available next Wednesday. 
(Curbside Pick Up Only)
Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm - 7pm

Not feeling like cooking this week, no worries.  WYC is here to help.  Order from our Take Out Menu, Take Out Beer List and Take Out Wine List and support your Club.

Take Out Menu

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Take Out Beer List
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Take Out Wine List
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How to Order:

  1. Members may order using one of two methods: by email manager@windsoryachtclub.com or by calling Chris McCartney at 519-945-1863 Ext. 73. (leave a message if necessary)


  2. Place order and ensure that you specify any modifications and side options as well as your preferred time for pick up.


  3. Chris will confirm the order and details.If ordering by email, an email confirmation will be sent.

Order Processing:

  1. Once the order has been confirmed, the order will be processed through the JONAS system and charged to your account.HST will be added but gratuity will not.


  2. Copy of the chit will be printed for you and included with your order.


Curbside Delivery:

  1. Once you arrive at the Club, please park in front of the staff entrance, remain in your vehicle, and call 519-945-1863 Ext. 70 (Lorraine) to announce your arrival. For the safety of our staff, please DO NOT enter the Club.


  2. Chris will deliver the order to your vehicle on the push cart.


  3. Chris will maintain required social distancing while you place the order into your vehicle.

Message Sent: April 14, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

From the Commodore

Club Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

It has now been one month since my first e-blast to our Members concerning COVID-19. Many of you may be wondering how your Board of Directors is responding to this dynamic and ever-changing environment. Throughout the crisis one thing has remained constant – our respect for our Employees and Members and our desire that we all heed the advice of health care professionals and stay safe. That does not mean, however, that your Board gets a free pass and will wait this crisis out without responding to the needs and desires of our Members. Therefore, allow me to update you on the latest developments:

• Club and harbour operations remain suspended until further advised by the Province and public healthcare authorities;

• The Board of Directors continues to meet on a bi-weekly basis to discuss current events and take corresponding action. Your Board is proactive – we are listening to you as we take a gradual and responsive approach to meet the needs of our Members and Employees;

• We are exploring the option of take-out service in the very near future. I have tasked our Vice Commodore and House Chair to report back to the Board as to how we can fulfill this function in a safe and responsible manner;

• Unspent minimum accounts will be rolled forward until the reopening of the Club; and

• Under the guidance of our Treasurer, we are taking advantage of federal programs that will financially assist our Club during the pandemic.

I want to thank all our Members, Senior Staff and our Board of Directors for their continued support and co-operation during this crisis. We also cannot forget our Employees who are weathering the brunt of this crisis – they can rest assured that, when this crisis is over, we will welcome them back to our family with the enthusiasm that they deserve. We remain one family during this challenging time, united, strong and together we will prevail. I'm proud to be your Commodore!


George McMahon

Message Sent: April 8, 2020 @ 1:15 PM

Club Events Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

 Just a friendly reminder of the following Cancelled and Postponed Club Events:

Cancelled Club Events
April 10th - Good Friday
April 11th - Kid's Easter Egg Hunt
April 12th - Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet
April 15th - Ladies Spring Social Dinner
April 17th - Entertainment - Black Orchid
April 24th - Entertainment - First Fall

Postponed Club Events (New Dates still to be determined)
April 25th - Harbour Clean Up
May 5th - Ladies Fashion Show
May 11th - Men's Invitational Lobster Stag

Stay safe everyone!!!


Message Sent: April 7, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

From the Fleet Chaplain

We are living in unprecedent times. For the majority of us, we have not seen anything like this. From a Pastoral point I want to assure each of you and your families that you are in my prayers  and the prayers of many others. We need to keep in our thoughts and prayers those who have tested positive and their hope for recovery.

Many of us know seniors who are vulnerable and we need to keep in contact with them. We need to communicate by phone, email or other media. We need to ensure their needs are met.

Times like this cause stress and anxiety. Many will succumb to things that are not normally part of their life style. We see a rise in domestic violence as families are isolated. We see an increase in the use of drugs.

One positive thing is the work of our first responders; doctors, nurses, ambulance, police and fire who each day step up, even though they could become infected.

Even though it seems everyone is at home, there are many who work to ensure our needs are met- groceries, medicines, and other essentials. We need to remember these folks when we find ourselves in a line six feet apart. They struggle as we do and deserve our respect.

Our Club is also going through tough times. I ask you keep our Commodore and those working with him in your thoughts and prayers. They are working to do what is best for the Club and each of our Members.

Every day we hear the health rules. I ask that we all follow them and that we will see the light at the end the tunnel.


Fr. Stan

Fleet Chaplain


Message Sent: March 30, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Coronavirus Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As promised, we will continue to update you on our responding efforts due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19. I do believe that it has become increasingly evident that our actions regarding this dangerous pandemic remain proactive and we will continue to follow the advice of our Fleet Surgeon, Elected Officials and Health Care Professionals. Accordingly, the Club and Harbour Operations will remain suspended until we are officially informed that the crisis has passed and, at that time, we will be able to resume normal operations. What “normal operations” means is hard to predict and I wish I can give you a firm opening date - that remains an impossible promise to foresee and will be predicated by the events unfolding during the month of April. In the meantime, our Office remains available to address your immediate questions and concerns via email or telephone.

We miss our social gatherings, our Friday evening entertainment, special events, our employees – even the start of our boating season is threatened. However, I firmly believe that we are a family at the Windsor Yacht Club and in a crisis - family comes together. The repercussions of COVID-19 do not allow us to be together in a social setting; however, I know that we are sharing emails, face book time and telephone conversations with each other – as a family often will do.

I remain confident that we will survive this crisis together. Some said that the acquisition of the Riverside Harbour was our finest hour – looking past these 30 days, I firmly believe that how we resolve this crisis - as a family - will forever be our “finest hour”.

Stay safe and we will prevail.


Commodore George McMahon

Message Sent: March 17, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Club Closure

Dear Fellow Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As many of you are already aware and in response to the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19, the Premier of Ontario has mandated that all bars and restaurants in the Province close effective immediately. As your Commodore, I fully support the actions taken by our elected officials and Health professionals in disrupting the spread of this dangerous pandemic. Consequently, I am actively monitoring the situation and having regular communications with our Board of Directors and Senior Staff and monitoring press releases and current events as appropriate in order to determine the best ways to reduce the risk to our employees and Club Members.

Therefore, in accordance with Provincial mandate, effective immediately we are suspending operations at the Club until April 4, 2020. At this time, our office will remain open to address your questions and immediate concerns. Harbour Operations are not affected and are scheduled to open on April 1st. Please stay tuned to ongoing e-blasts, website updates, and Ships Log articles for news and information as we navigate these turbulent times.

I want to thank the Board of Directors, Senior Staff, our employees and especially our Membership for your continued cooperation. Stay safe, stay well and we will prevail!


Commodore George McMahon


Message Sent: March 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Fleet Surgeon Dr. Tim Guthrie

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As of Saturday March 15th, Ontario has 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no confirmed cases in Windsor.  I would expect these numbers to increase and reach closer to home as virus spreads exponentially.  Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.  They are most commonly spread from an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands or touching something with the virus on it, then touching your moth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms.  Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.  They are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms.  While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.

At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Windsor but this could change rapidly.  Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and  symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, those with comprised immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions.

Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick.  Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through direct contact and/or respiratory droplets we would benefit with changing how we greet one another at the Club.  Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.  Respiratory droplets can travel up to 6 feet and the virus can remain on surfaces for several days, therefore the Club will be exercising social distancing along with additional disinfection of the Club.  Members are encouraged to practise frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette.

The WYC leadership is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates to Club Members as the circumstances can change rapidly.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this event.


Dr. Tim Guthrie
Fleet Surgeon


Message Sent: March 14, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

Club Events Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
The purpose of this e-blast is to inform our Members and staff of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and how it continues to impact our immediate plans.  After discussions with our Fleet Surgeon, those Board Members whose portfolio is impacted and Senior Staff, we have collectively decided on the following course of action:

1. The St. Patrick's Day Event scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been cancelled. We sincerely regret having to make this decision for both our Members and staff; however, given the present circumstances, we feel it is the proper course of action. The Club will remain closed on this day and regular office hours will apply. 

2. Wednesday, March 18th will be the last scheduled Euchre Night; therefore, the Club will operate under normal operations. Bambi Blondin will present the final prizes on March 18th and our Euchre League will recommence as scheduled on Wednesday, May 12th. For those Members not able to attend must contact Sal in regards to your spare.  Pizza will be provided to the Euchre League during the Prize Presentation.

3. The Club will operate normally for the remainder of the month of March - unless otherwise communicated via e-blast to our Members and staff.

Remember to be safe when interacting with other club Members; this may mean refraining from shaking hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or forearm and, most importantly, staying home if feeling sick. We will continue to be proactive in our decisions affecting our Club Operations and I want to thank all of you for your continued cooperation and support during this pandemic.

Commodore George McMahon


Message Sent: March 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
As everyone is aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It seems more likely that Southwestern Ontario will eventually be impacted by this virus within a relatively short period of time.

At this time I can assure Members that the Club continues to operate as usual. The risk remains low; however, we must remain vigilant as a result of global developments. Consequently, I have tasked our Director of Operations to remind our staff on the need to continue to ensure the highest level of personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing. Hand sanitizers will be distributed to all staff with supplies available to Members throughout the Club. Additionally staff will be directed to wipe down surface areas throughout the Club on a regular basis with an effective antiviral solution. Members are also asked to extra vigilant.

We encourage all Members to continue washing your hands on the premises and if you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the Club until your symptoms clear up. This remains a very dynamic virus that requires constant updates to our staff and Members.

Accordingly, I am committed to working with our Director of Operations to ensure our staff are taken care of during this time of uncertainty and provide our Members with updated information as it is readily defined and agreed upon. If warranted, this may necessitate service level changes in the near future. We will continue to keep all staff and Members advised of any pertinent changes.

Commodore George McMahon