March 13 UPDATE: In order to facilitate the best possible outcome for the public health response, ALL DSC events are postponed or cancelled through at least March 29th, 2020. The safety of our community members are of the utmost importance. This decision gives public health workers the best opportunity to mitigate the effects of the virus.
March 12, 2020
Dear Valued DSC Community Member,
The DSC remains committed to carrying out the highest quality programming in all that we do. Quality requires us to uphold the highest safety standards throughout all of our operations.
Though recommendations for how to act and deal with the presence of the virus have not changed in the past week, perceptions have changed substantially. We want all of our participants to remain physically and emotionally safe, and we will continue to abide by the best practices that are outlined by the CDC and WHO. Due to the current climate, we have postponed our Spring Soirée to the May 29th social.
As fear abounds, we feel it is important to encourage the safest and most reasonable actions in our community. As the situation surrounding this coronavirus continues to evolve, The DSC will continue to do what it does best and take prudent action, removing risk when possible and mitigating risk when risk-removal is not an option. For more information about Covid-19, please visit the following links:
World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 information page
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Covid-19 information page
Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus information page
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
The DSC will be taking its cues for action and best practices from the WHO, CDC, and MDH.
At the moment, our Spring work parties remain on the calendar, as do lessons and recreational events. However, we are flexible and adaptable, ready to change course as needed. We are sailors, after all! We may decide to cancel or postpone certain events based on guidance from the above sources. If you sign up for an event, please check your email as the event draws closer If you are sick, think you are sick, or have recently been in direct contact with someone who is sick with a cold or pneumonia-like symptoms, please stay home. We look forward to seeing you when you are well and return to full health.
I am very much looking forward to our April 4th membership meeting. There is a chance the meeting may run as a web conference, based upon potential predictions; that decision will be sussed out as the date draws nearer. The DSC will continue to remain flexible and committed to the health and safety of its participants. Most of our day fleet boats are hauled out over at Young’s Boatyard in Edgemere, but when they return all day fleet boats will be open to private reservations until further notice. For many in our community, sailing keeps us sane.
One of the foundational principles of US Sailing instruction is “monitor and adjust.” The DSC will continue to do just that, and we ask for you to do the same.