Ahoy! COVID-19 Update
The TCSC ExCom remains committed to the 2020 sailing season and the safety of our members.
We are monitoring national, state and local guidelines that restrict large group gatherings and we are assessing the impact they have on our sailing operations.
We will do all we can to act decisively with new information as it becomes available.
We are in the process of preparing a list of key activities associated with the launch of our season and intend to update this list regularly as decisions are made and the situation develops.
For current TCSC members:
We realize these unprecedented circumstances may influence your decision to participate in normal TCSC activities.
- We are still planning on sailing this year, although our normal practices will need to be adapted to comply with current state guidelines.
- The new member lottery has been suspended indefinitely. No new members will be admitted at the beginning of the season or until the situation changes.. This decision is primarily driven by the fact that current social distancing guidelines and restrictions on group gatherings prevent us from conducting on-the-water instruction at Club Sailing.
- ExCom has made the decision to initially launch only 10 boats (7 MCs and 3 daysailers) for personal use and racing. There will be no scheduled Club Sailing until the situation permits. This decision was driven by the expected significant drop in returning members and the absence of new members. Paying for buoys is the club’s single biggest annual expense, but one that can be temporarily reduced. This doesn’t rule out securing additional buoys and launching more boats later this season.
- Until Club Sailing can be resumed, fulfillment of “The Deal” is suspended, though volunteers will be needed to clean and maintain boats.
- The traditional large group boat launch has been cancelled. Boats will be launched individually by small teams potentially as early as May, depending on buoy installation and health guidance at the time. We will share more detailed information in future communications.
- Sailing will need to be solo or with members of your own household. There is no change to the requirement of having a club Skipper onboard each boat.
- If you are not already a skipper, the suspension of Club Sailing means there will likely be no opportunities to receive instruction from a skipper, unless it’s a club qualified skipper from your own household.
- In-person social events are likewise cancelled until current restrictions are relaxed.
ExCom feels that this is the best approach to launch the season given current restrictions and safety concerns. Although this is how we’re planning to start the year, we’re creating plans that would allow us to ramp up operations in response to easing of restrictions. We would consider reinstating Club Sailing days, social events, and possibly allowing new members to join. Likewise, if the situation were to worsen, we would have to adapt to that scenario. Either way, precautions will need to be taken this year to ensure we are safe on the lake.At this time, we would like to officially open membership for the 2020 season and encourage you to sign up. It is helpful for the club to get an understanding of member participation levels and the financial resources that will be available to support them. As in previous years, an early registration discount of $30 is being offered to returning skippers who register before May 11th. Normal registration is $240, no change from last year.We look forward to providing the opportunity to sail this season for as many club members as possible. If you have any questions, we highly encourage you to post them on the “general” channel in the club’s Slack account at tcsailing.slack.com. This will allow other members who may have similar questions to monitor responses and ask questions of their own.
For potential members:
In view of the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has decided to postpone the new member lottery which was set to begin starting March 23. Until we know we can safely proceed with club operations in accordance with public health guidelines and provide the club experience that members expect, we cannot proceed with our normal intake of new members at this time. The scheduled lottery drawing on March 26 is being postponed until further notice.
We are keeping the lottery entry form open at this time to allow those still interested in joining to express interest in club membership. However, please understand that we cannot make any commitments at this time regarding the number of new members, if any, that will be invited to join the club this season.
We will disseminate information, via this website and the membership interest email list, as the situation changes.
We want to thank everyone for their understanding during these difficult times. We are as eager as you to return to enjoying sailing and the camaraderie of our fellow members.
2020 Membership Lottery
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A Community Sailing Club on Lake Harriet
The Twin Cities Sailing Club (TCSC) welcomes adults of all sailing abilities — from beginners to experienced sailors — and offers a great opportunity to sail regularly during the summer on beautiful Lake Harriet (map) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The club’s sailing season runs from early May to early October. The club organizes twice-weekly sailing days throughout the season. These take place at the Lake Harriet bandshell dock on Tuesdays at 5.30pm and Saturdays at 9.00am.
TCSC members have access to the club’s fleet of 18 boats. They also can race and crew with the sailors of the Lake Harriet Yacht Club (LHYC) through our long-established affiliation with their club. We also participate in other exciting sailing activities, from racing on Lake Minnetonka, to cruising the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior
What if I don’t know how to sail?
We provide opportunities for complete beginners and experienced sailors to learn and improve their skills. The club provides a framework, instruction materials, and a skill-based path to proficiency. New sailors enjoy sailing practice with experienced skippers, and advance at their own pace toward their own skipper qualification. The club welcomes brand-new sailors who bring motivation, enthusiasm and energy!
If you are a prospective member, be sure that our location, times and activities fit your interests and availability.
If you are interested in structured sailing classes, you may want to investigate the following links:
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board Lessons
Minneapolis Sailing Center (on Bde Maka Ska)
Lake Minnetonka Sailing School
Wayzata Community Sailing Center
Sail Away Sailing School
Youth Sailing Resources (on lake Nokomis)
(The Twin Cities Sailing Club does not endorse any of these options; they are provided merely as community resources.)