A week after the incident with M/Y “GO” and the Sint Maarten Yacht Club is making steady progress. A connection between land and the concrete dock has been established and after implementing further security measures the floating dock will be stable enough to allow for minor dock usage as of tomorrow. This means we will reopen the outside of the concrete dock (Nowhere Special side) for private dinghy use only. No dinghies are to be tied up to the floating section, near the floating dinghy docks, on the section of the dock near the crane, or anywhere on the inside of the docks. We urge everyone to be careful and usage of the dock is completely at own risk. No commercial usage of the dock is allowed, this includes pick-ups/drop-offs, provisioning, etc.
Yesterday the first sailing commenced with a racing clinic with 4 students from our Opti racing group. We will be hosting more clinics today and tomorrow, as well as next week Wednesday – Friday before regular lessons start again as of Monday March 15. A plan is being implemented next week to be able to keep lessons at the current capacity. We need to see whether this is feasible and of course safety features will be implemented to keep the children away from any debris. Once major construction begins our operations may be affected and possible relocation or reduced capacity may be necessary.
An insurance claim is being processed however, this will take time. We have had a meeting with the Captain of M/Y “GO” in which apologies were made and an extensive explanation of events was given. Both parties are keen to turn this into a positive.
Next steps to be taken are establishing a rebuilding committee to take the lead in our efforts to reconstruct. If you have any suggestions to improve the facilities, want to volunteer your time, or have any questions regarding the process, we are available by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information will be shared early next week regarding our immediate plans and regular updates will continue to be sent out.
Thank you for your continued support! Team SMYC