Severe Weather Letter from Marc Wein

July 2015

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS WITH YACHTS ON MOORINGS IN THE CLUB’S MOORING GRIDS AND CRAFTS STORED IN THE DRY SAIL AREA.

The very active part of the Hurricane Season is upon us and continues until the middle of October.

Your attention is drawn to House Rule V Severe Weather Preparation on pages 122-123 of the Club Yearbook.  For your convenience Rule V is also stated on the attached pages.

Please review the House Rule thoroughly.  In the event NOAA announces a Hurricane Watch, commence completing your preparations accordingly.

Set up a game plan well ahead of a Hurricane Watch to properly prepare your craft for severe weather.  If you will not be available or cannot carry out a suitable game plan, we strongly urge you to designate someone to do it for you!

     The Club staff has been given detailed instructions and a game plan regarding the preparations of Club property for severe weather.  It is up to each individual owner to complete his or her own preparations.  The Club cannot assist its members except for launch service as long as safe operation permits.

Your cooperation is urged and required.  Please remember, Dering Harbor is NOT a “Hurricane Hole”!

The following web address is a very useful one to obtain the latest information:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at3+shtml/203116.shtml?5-daynl#contents

Sincerely,

Marc S. Wein

Chairman Marine Committee

SIYC SEVERE WEATHER PREPARATION RULES

NOAA DEFINITIONS

A HURRICANE WATCH is issued by NOAA for a coastal area when there is a threat of hurricane condition within 24-36 hours.

A HURRICANE WARNING is issued by NOAA when hurricane conditions are expected in a specific coastal area in 24 hours or less.

I. REGARDING MEMBERS’ PROPERTY

1. Each boat owning member, and fleet should develop and maintain an Individual

Severe Weather Plan for his/her/its vessel(s).  This plan should be made ready to be

implemented every time the owner departs Shelter Island, even if a severe weather

situation does not exist at that time.

This plan should provide for the implementation of items #1 through #4 (as         applicable) of paragraph III-B of these rules.

It is strongly suggested that this plan include the designation of a local agent to act in the owner’s absence.

2. The Club assumes no responsibility for members’ boats or property.  In regard to members’ property, the Club reserves the right to take any steps necessary to protect Club Property.

II. REGARDING CLUB PROPERTY

GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

1. To protect Club personnel and property to the greatest extent possible prior to, and under, storm conditions.

2. To provide normal Club services as long as it is safe to do so.

III. BOAT OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES

A. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. SIYC Staff will not provide any service or help to members in connection with their boats, in slips or on moorings, except for launch service as long as safe operations permits.

2. SIYC launches are not available for towing.

3. OFFICER IN CHARGE: The Senior Flag Officer present will be the officer in charge.  In the absence of any available Flag Officer, a Watch Officer will be appointed by the Commodore to take charge.  In the absence of an Appointed Watch Officer, the Club Manager will be in charge.

B.  DURING A HURRICANE WATCH:

1. Remove all roller furling headsails and properly stow below deck or ashore.  Lashing head sails is insufficient.  Remove mainsails or double lash over mainsail cover.  Treat mizzensails in the same manner.

2. Remove all anchors stowed on deck.  This applies particularly to plow anchors since anchors can and do cut mooring lines.  The intent here is also to avoid airborne anchors.

3. Install chafe material at all points of chafe.

4. For yachts in slips: DOUBLE UP mooring lines, apply chafe material and consider relocating to a safer location.

Have someone perform these tasks before a Hurricane Warning if you cannot do it yourself.

C. DURING A HURRICANE WARNING:

1. Insure that all steps to be taken during the Hurricane Watch are completed.

2. Vacate all yachts!

3. All dinghies must be removed from Club premises.

4. All boats in the dry sail area must be removed from the premises.

5. Shutdown of launch service will occur as follows:

After a Hurricane Warning is established by NOAA, the point in time when the Club launch(es) will cease operating is at the sole discretion of the Officer in charge.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made, so all preparations should be completed early!

6. All scheduled Club functions will be canceled at the discretion of the Officer in Charge.