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Pre-Season Membership Update

I hope this message finds you well. I am thinking of all of you and your families in these difficult times.

One thing that has been really helpful to me throughout all of this uncertainty is maintaining hope for the future. For me, this includes hope for the safety and health of our community, a return to normalcy, and, of course, getting back on the water with you all. I trust that many of you share these same sentiments.

Since March 9th, our team has been working safely from home and will continue to do so. We are extremely lucky to have had a mild winter, along with an incredibly hardworking and dedicated maintenance team. Every boat has been checked and repaired as necessary, bottom painted, and made ready to launch. Once our boats are in the water, we will need to step masts and rig them appropriately. This process typically takes place in March and April. We intend to start this process in May, if the conditions allow.

As we enter our 44th season, safety, as always, remains the primary consideration of Boston Sailing Center. We plan to continue to clean all of our boats effectively with those goals in mind. We are exploring adding new equipment and practices to ensure that Boston Sailing Center is as sanitary and safe as is reasonable. We will keep you all updated on the new procedures, with more specific information announced in May. As the effects of COVID-19 evolve, decisions will be made as to how to proceed with larger member events on a case by case basis.

We are still planning a start for our season. We intend to get everyone sailing as soon as it is safe to do so. That being said, we will not be opening on May 4th as previously planned. We now expect to open closer to the beginning of June. Once we announce the new start date, members may choose one of the following options for their memberships:

  1. Extend your membership expiration date by the number of missed days from May 4th until the new start date.
  2. Receive a prorated monetary credit to be used towards a future membership to account for the missed days from May 4th through the new start date. This is a good option for cruising members who would like to keep their current off-season expiration dates, and plan on renewing next season before the cruise week schedule goes out in March.

Until we have an official start date, you do not need to tell us how you would like to adjust your membership.

I hope you all share my excitement for another great season. It will be different than any we have had before, but together we can make it a special one. I can promise that we will do our best to get everyone back on the water soon. I am spending much of my time thinking of sunset cruises, evening racing, and remembering the good times we’ve had together and knowing there is so much more to enjoy.

I would like to close by taking a moment for gratitude. While this is a stressful and devastating time in so many ways, I am grateful to be part of this community. I feel lucky to have a chance to know you, and to navigate this unprecedented time with such supportive and loyal staff. I feel lucky that getting back to normal means getting back to sailing in Boston Harbor and beyond. It’s a wonderful normal to have.

Having been a part of the Boston Sailing Center for 34 years, I believe that while there are new boats and new faces, there is a special energy at the Boston Sailing Center that has never changed. It is an energy that comes when we are all together and doing what we love. Our season will come again, albeit after some patience. Stay healthy. We’ll be sailing again soon.

Jim Davidian,
President
Boston Sailing Center