FOR 27-May-20



The TYC Harbour Committee has established NEW procedures for launch 2020 due to COVID-19:


  • Please ready your boat on Saturday the 30th by attaching your lines and fenders.  The Town will close the harbour at 5pm on Saturday and no other access will be permitted.
  • Access down the hill to the harbour parking & launch area will be closed on Sunday May 31st to all but the TYC Harbour Committee volunteers who will be working the entire day in the harbour to help launch the boats.  
  • Due to COVID-19, there will be no traditional work schedules.  We have worked with Ryan Gibbons of the Town and Vanwyck Crane Service to create a procedure which limits the number of people in the harbour, while also providing a safe working environment for groups of 5.  The TYC Harbour Committee volunteers have been asked to work the entire day, so there will be no work schedules.  These volunteers will look after the many, so we can work together by staying apart.


Hearing feedback from our members and working with the Town and Vanwyck, we are aware that safety is a key concern.  We ask everyone to remain respectful and follow the procedures below.   The Town has indicated the OPP will be driving by several times during the day and the By-law Officer will be around, so TYC needs to set a great example!





TYC members are asked to comply with the Ontario Government’s COVID-19 guidelines.   Please refer to for any details and our local public health unit  In addition, wearing face coverings/masks and bringing your own hand sanitizer is encouraged.

High visibility vests will be worn by all workers and different colours will indicate what they are doing. Your TYC Harbour Committee volunteers will be in Pink.  Why Pink?  Because one must always have some colour in their lives!


  • There are no set scheduled launch times.  An e-blast will follow in the next day or so with more specific registration details and groupings of boats, with the first group registering at 8am.  TYC members must register with the TYC Harbour Committee volunteer at the top of the hill at your scheduled registration time.  Certain membership details will be confirmed including a cell phone number so we may call you when it’s your turn to proceed to the launch area.  You will be offered a face mask to wear if you do not have one in case you are unable to stay 2 meters away from another person.


  • Please bring your CHARGED cell phone as that is how we will contact you after you have registered at your scheduled registration time.  When your boat is getting close to launch we will call you.  We ask that within 30 minutes of receiving that call, you are available to proceed down the set of stairs off Harbour Street to the next check-in point near the washrooms.  You will be able to bring 1 other person with you to help.  Those boats over in the mast crane parking lot will have a specific entrance over there.


  • The washrooms will be open and you are required to wash your hands before you proceed to the next check-in point.  We ask that you wear your face mask, as you may not be able to maintain 2 meters apart from another person.


  • This next check-in point will be the only entrance into the harbour and the launch area for boats stored on the river and bay side.  At this entrance, you and a few others will be escorted to your boats all while doing proper social distancing. You will wait at your boat. You can check your lines, fenders, and release your back stay if required.


  • A TYC Harbour Committee volunteer will check in with you before the slings come to your boat. You will only be able to observe your slings being attached to your boat. You can give directions if necessary to the Vanwyck signalman. Please do not approach the sling crew and keep your distance to more than 2 meters away.  When you are satisfied with the position of the slings, the signalman will then lift your boat and place it in the water.


  • There will be 2 TYC Harbour Committee volunteers who will hold your boat to the dock. You may then climb onboard and start your engine.  If you need time to warm up your engine, your boat will be moved forward. Otherwise, please proceed to your dock or head out for a sail/motor.


  • If you need assistance to bring your boat to your slip, you will be provided a TYC Harbour Committee volunteer to help you. If you need a tow to your slip, a tow boat will be available.


  • When you arrive at your slip, a TYC Harbour Committee volunteer will be there to help you with your lines.  Once your boat is tied up, you do not need to leave the harbour. You are free to continue to work on your boat, using social distancing if you have a neighbouring boat.  You will not be allowed back into the harbour launch area until cradle breakdown time.


  • When Vanwyck has left the harbour launch area to move to the mast crane area, access to this part of the harbour will be permitted.  You may then return to collapse your cradle and remove your pads.  Please remember the Town is not responsible for pads stolen when in storage for the summer.


Please pack your patience for the day and maybe pack a lunch as well!  We know this will be a very different launch day, but the end result will be the same… a harbour filled with boats just waiting to be enjoyed. 


Thank you everyone.  Stay safe and Happy Launch Day!


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