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  • 23 Nov 2018 5:54 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Wild Apricot membership software continues to be effective in managing our main communications via email and web. It allows us to securely manage our current 200+ members and offers a number of features such as payments, event registration, email blasts, and website management.

    First we'll look at visitor stats for the last year and then our social media accounts. Your feedback is welcome. 

    Next year we'll look again at improving the website content and design for our internal and external communities.


    Web stats Nov 2017-Nov 2018

    The website is unsurprisingly more popular from April to June when anticipation for the sailing season is the strongest with prospective and current members. 

    Top page visited after the home page are about the membership, then contact, about us and racing events.

    People find the site mainly by typing the URL address in, with search tools, or link from another website.

    Visits from around the world.

    Technology used



    Social media

    Facebook group 195 members

    Facebook page 23 likes, 87 visits

    Instagram (new) 81 posts 103 followers 28 following 

    Twitter (new) 117 tweets, 28 followers, 45 following

    YouTube (new) 1 video, 3 subscribers 

    Pinterest (new) 42 pins, 6 boards, 2 followers, 2 following


    Your feedback is welcome.

  • 23 Nov 2018 9:00 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    WATERFRONToronto

    November 6, 2018 Via Email


    RE: Port Lands Flood Protection & Enabling Infrastructure – Cherry Street North Bridge

    We are writing to provide information and an update on a project that may be of interest to your organization, the Port Lands Flood Protection & Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI) Project.

    Project Description

    PLFPEI is a comprehensive plan for protecting southeastern portions of downtown Toronto from flooding in the event of a provincially defined Regulatory Storm. This includes parts of the Port Lands, South Riverdale, Leslieville, south of Eastern Avenue and the First Gulf/Unilever development site.

    [Figure 1 - Project Area: Existing Conditions. Project area outlined in pink.]

    Cherry Street Bridge Demolition and Construction A key part of the PLFPEI Project is the removal and replacement of the existing Cherry Street Bridge. The new Cherry Street North Bridge will span the Keating Channel and will be located along a realigned new Cherry Street, approximately 120 meters west of the existing Cherry Street.

    The new Cherry Street North Bridge plays a critical role in achieving flood protection. During a major storm, the existing Cherry Street Bridge and abutments (particularly the south abutment) create a pinch point in the Keating Channel, contributing to flooding. Removing the existing bridge and abutments will allow us to widen the channel at this location and improve flood conveyance during large flood events. To maintain access in and out of the Port Lands west of the Don River, the new Cherry Street North Bridge will be constructed prior to the removal of the existing Cherry Street Bridge. Construction is expected to begin in January 2019. Additional information can be found through the links provided below.


    [Figure 2 - PLFPEI Proposed Bridges]

    Background and Context

    Providing flood protection for the Port Lands was identified as a top priority by all three levels of government when they first established Waterfront Toronto in 2001. Working together over the past decade, Waterfront Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the City of Toronto and the Toronto Port Lands Company (now CreateTO) have developed and refined a solution to naturalize the mouth of the Don River and protect the Port Lands and nearby neighbourhoods from potential flooding. The PLFPEI Project will create a new mouth for the Don River in the middle of the Port Lands between the ship channel and the Keating Channel.

    Naturalizing the mouth of the Don River will provide the necessary flood protection and unlock the development potential of this waterfront area. A new urban island neighbourhood called Villiers Island will emerge on the south side of Keating Channel. In addition, the project will also enhance habitat for natural species and will re-establish river and wetland habitat in the area, which provide social and environmental benefits and naturally moderate the effects of flooding and erosion.

    The PLFPEI Project has been informed by extensive engagement and consultation with the public, government agencies, stakeholders, Indigenous communities, and landowners and developers. It is consistent with the City of Toronto’s primary waterfront planning document, the Central Waterfront Secondary Plan. It also secured key environmental assessment approvals in 2014 from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (formerly the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change):

    Lower Don Lands Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment; and

    Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment.

    Navigation Protection Act

    The Navigation Protection Act authorizes and regulates the public’s right to unobstructed passage over navigable waters. The process evaluates potential impacts to navigation and acts to minimize those impacts. An undertaking in, on, over, through or across any navigable water in Canada triggers this process. As part of the approval process for the Cherry Street North Bridge project, Waterfront Toronto is required to submit a Notice of Works form pursuant to the Navigation Protection Act.

    The Navigation Protection Act authorizes and regulates the public’s right to unobstructed passage over navigable waters. The process evaluates potential impacts to navigation and acts to minimize those impacts. An undertaking in, on, over, through or across any navigable water in Canada triggers this process. As part of the approval process for the Cherry Street North Bridge project, Waterfront Toronto is required to submit a Notice of Works form pursuant to the Navigation Protection Act.

    Navigation was a topic covered in both the Lower Don Lands Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment and Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment. The Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment conducted a Navigation Risk Report and Updated Maneuvering Circle Assessment. This report identified and assessed navigation risks and proposed mitigation measures. The report can be found here: http://www.trca.on.ca/dotAsset/182028.pdf. Navigation was a topic covered as part of the Environmental Assessment consultation program. A summary of the consultation record can be found here: http://www.trca.on.ca/dotAsset/181980.pdf.

    [Figure 3 - Aerial View of Proposed Full Vision for the Port Lands, including a new river valley and naturalized mouth for the Don River.]

    Stakeholder Engagement

    The proposed design for the new Cherry Street North Bridge is attached to this document. This bridge will be fixed and will replace the existing lift bridge. The elevation of the underside of the bridge will be 79.45 m CGS 1928. During high lake level (El. 75.50 m CGS 1928), the navigation clearance will be 3.0 metres plus 0.95 m buffer; during mean lake level (El. 74.70 m CGS 1928), the clearance will be 3.8 metres plus 0.95 m buffer. For more information, refer to drawings NASN-100 and NAAC-100 attached herein. Please provide comments regarding the effect of the vertical clearance change on marine navigation directly to Transport Canada at:

    The Manager, Navigation Protection Program

    Transport Canada

    100 Front Street South,

    Sarnia, ON N7T 2M4

    Or via Email at:

    NPPONT-PPNONT@tc.gc.ca

    Comments will be considered only if they are in writing and are received not later than 60 days after the date of this letter. Although all comments will be considered, no individual response will be sent.

    We will continue to keep you updated on the PLFPEI project as we move forward with the design.

    Best Regards,

    Simon Karam


    Project Director

    20 Bay Street, Suite 1310

    Toronto, ON

    M5J 2N8

    Tel: 416.214.1344

    Fax: 416.214.4591

    www.waterfrontoronto.ca


    Information Links:

    Community Consultation, July 22, 2018 – Presentation Material (PDF)

    PLFPEI Project Components

    Cherry Street Stormwater and Lakefilling Project (PDF)

    Waterfront Toronto Release Due Diligence Report on Port Lands Flood Protection Enabling Infrastructure (PLFPEI), October 20, 2016

    Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project Environmental Assessment

    Lower Don Lands Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment



  • 10 Nov 2018 8:59 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Our friendly neighbour Hanlan Boat Club needs temporary space. Their docks are on our shore until the end of March. 


  • 12 Sep 2018 1:34 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    "I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on things that are happening at the club." - Norm on September 12, with minor updates from Matthew on September 25.


    BBQ 

    The final summer BBQ will be help on Thursday Sept 13th. Mark it in your calendar. I hope you can attend.  


    Board Member position open: 

    Paddle Rat

    Some of the responsibilities include: 

    • Keeping racks organized and maintained
    • Notifying new members as they come up on the waiting list
    • Facilitating the membership process with the Membership Rat
    • Encouraging members to lead paddle nights

    Sylvia Winninger has done a fantastic job of the Paddle Rat portfolio and will be greatly missed.   

    If you are interested in helping out in this capacity, please contact me directly. 


    Boat Captain

    We are in desperate need of someone to look after our two boats. At the moment we are double dipping, as two or more board members are looking after the boats... and their own areas. I feel it is time we get a specific person or team to manage our boats.  

    The responsibilities are open for discussion.   I would think the following might be part of the responsibilities:

    • Scheduling of the use of the boats
    • Oversee maintenance requirements
    • Be the point of contact with the Water Sports Camp
    • Ensure we have all the correct safety equipment on board and it is in good shape
    • Lead the replacement process of our boats as required
    • etc...

    It would probably be of benefit if you were somewhat mechanically inclined for this position. 

    This would not be a position on the board (which is probably a good thing... less red tape)

    If you are interested in helping us out, please let me know. 

     

    Regatta / Marketing person

    At Water Rats, this year, I believe we will be running 5 regattas.  The way we are currently structured the regatta organizer (usually one person) is responsible for all aspects of the regatta, getting Race Committee, Race officer, organizing dinners, making the Notice of Race, marketing the event, crash boat, awards etc...   

    To alleviate some of the pressure on the regatta organizer it would be great if we could find someone to deal with the marketing of the regatta.  Once again, the responsibilities would be up for discussion but think that some of the following would be included:

    • Use Facebook/email/posters etc....  to advertize our regattas
    • Liaise with other OHSF clubs and  promote those regattas
    • Work with other organizations (ORCA, CRAM ... )  regarding scheduling of regattas
    • Standardize/Coordinate prizes for all regattas  (maybe WRSC hats and tee shirts?)  

    This, as well, would not be a position on the board (which is still probably a good thing... less red tape)


    Board of Directors

    Are you interested in participating on our Board of Directors? Every year we do have some turn over in the board. 

    If you interested in participating please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. We are always looking for good people.


    Events

    Sunday races 

    Every Sunday at 1pm until the end of October. 


    Catamaran Regatta - Ben Hur

    Cat regatta September 22/23 at our club. All cat sailors are welcome. 


    Clean Up Day

    Saturday, October 27. Rain day October 28. Let’s clean up our club for the coming winter and year ahead. Please RSVP at: http://waterrats.ca/ event-3087700 so we know how much food to buy for the 1pm BBQ. Bring gloves and a rake if you have one and a friendly vibe.
    Volunteers are needed for the BBQ and clean up of the club house afterwards. Contact Barbara Anderson <serenewaters.barbara@gmai l.com> and learn more about hours at http://waterrats.ca/hours. Facebook event


    Private function at Club

    Sunday, November 4 - Sarah Pointer is hosting an evening social.


    AGM

    Sunday, November 18, 2pm


    Christmas Party

    Dec 8 or 15th (finalizing the exact date and will let you know shortly) 


    Movie. Our old clubhouse made it to the big screen   

    Here's an email below from our former Chief Rat Steve Hoke: "Finally found a posted copy of the movie that was shot at the 'Rats Oct 2010. I got $8,750 for the club which went right in to our building fund towards the new clubhouse. Shows how pathetic our old clubhouse really was, strong in character but…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqkYLjB5EeM&ab_channel=DanielStewart

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqkYLjB5EeM&ab_channel=DanielStewart

    For segments featuring our old clubhouse and grounds, skip to 39:50 also 1:15:06 and 1:18:43


    If you have any questions / comments / concerns let me know.... more information to come!

    Norm Lamb 
    Chief Rat


  • 04 Sep 2018 1:27 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Weeknight racing is over for the season.

    We will be switching to Sundays at 1pm from September until the end of October. With the possible exception of the Ice Bowl one Saturday in November.

    Also, Ian our RC is moving to England tomorrow for school. Let Mike Doell know if you are interested or know anyone who would like run them for us.


  • 21 Aug 2018 5:53 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Message from Chief Rat Norm Lamb 

    Board Members Wanted

    Are you interested in participating on our Board of Directors? Every year we do have some turn over in the board. If you interested in participating please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. We are always looking for good people.

    Catamaran regatta

    There is a cat regatta this weekend at our club. All cat sailors are welcome.

    September BBQ

    The final summer BBQ will be help on Thursday Sept 13th. Mark it in your calendar. I hope you can attend.

    Science experiment

    There is a pink rope attached to a few clear plastic bottles on the dock. Please don't remove them as people are monitoring the bottles for algae growth.

    Member parties

    Some club members have used our facilities to host member parties. We have had a few this year and have had some suggestions from members on how to make this a better experience for all. The board will be looking at this for next year.

    Boats

    At the moment our coach boat (otherwise known as the RIB) is going into the mechanic for some much needed attention. Our other smaller boat (known as the Whaler) has seen better days and is in need of attention or possible retirement.

    Clean-up day

    We haven't finalized the date but keep your eyes open for something in early November.

    AGM

    At the moment we have chosen a tentative date for the AGM, November 18th (Sunday 2pm). We will finalize that date at our next board meeting in September and let you know

    - Norm


  • 22 Jul 2018 3:35 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Water Rats is seen in the distance at middle right below with new buildings north of the ship channel. 


    Photos from July 18 public consultation regarding the project and flood protection. 





    Port Lands Project Map

    Why the Port Lands are Vital to Toronto’s Future





    #WaterfrontTO

  • 01 Jul 2018 7:30 AM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)


    Happy Canada Day! This July please join us at:

    1. Tuesday Laser & Catamaran races 6pm
    2. Thursday Laser races and possible coaching depending upon numbers
    3. Wednesday July 4 Paddle Night 6:30pm with Sylvia. Chantal may lead other nights
    4. Thursday July 12 Club BBQ 7pm

    Try to keep cool and hydrated as we hover around 29C this week. Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

    Notices:


    Racks - There are still two boats that are occupying other member's spots. The first one is on harbour rack 1, berth 1, sticker #0883. The second is on south shore rack 5, berth 7, sticker #1073. Please contact: sylvwin2@hotmail.com


    Member run socials will happen Saturday July 21, Sunday July 22, and Saturday July 28.

    Oh, world politics. Canadians looking to buy a new U.S. made sailboat, as of today, will have a 10 per cent tariff added. If looking to save try other origins as well and the various classifieds online.

    May you enjoy the summer from our beach sharing Toronto' beautiful parkland and waterfront with its residents and visitors. 

    Skip the 400. Keep an eye on the wind and get on the water! 








  • 27 Jun 2018 5:00 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    Club members are welcome to have socials with their friends who are non-members. The Club must remain accessible to the general membership, of course. Each party must be approved on a one-by-one basis and operate under our set of rules such as leaving the Club cleaner than found. 

    Upcoming: 

    Sat. July 21 - Sarah Pointer and Greg is hosting friends

    Sat. July 28 - Ted Kerr is hosting ten friends 

    Sun. July 29 - Bill Spurrell is hosting Ryerson's Trampoline Club


    Related: Membership rules


  • 18 Jun 2018 4:03 PM | Matthew Burpee (Administrator)

    High Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 7, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st High Hobie 14 63273 Etobicoke Yacht Club Amy McNeill   1.405 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 4.0
    2nd High Hobie 16 114396 Mississauga Sailing Club Nicholas Liebel Laurence Liebel 1.193 2.0 1.0 2.0 (3.0) 2.0 10.0 7.0
    3rd High Hobie 16 114482 Mississauga Sailing Club Karen-Ann Xavier Daniel Schneider 1.193 (4.0) 3.0 3.0 2.0 4.0 16.0 12.0
    4th High Hobie Getaway 9497 Etobicoke Yacht Club Johnston Hall   1.242 (7.0) 4.0 7.0 5.0 3.0 26.0 19.0
    5th High Hobie 16 114250 Westwood Sailing Club Brock Monroe Gular Elbi 1.193 3.0 (7.0) 5.0 6.0 5.0 26.0 19.0
    7th High Hobie 17 6588 Etobicoke Yacht Club Neil McNeill   1.196 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.0 (8.0 DNF) 29.0 21.0
    6th High Nacra 500 Double 4540 St. Jamestown Sailing Club Andrea Frej Sarah MKcGee 1.171 6.0 5.0 4.0 (7.0) 6.0 28.0 21.0

    Low Fleet

    Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Rating system: SCHRS, 
    Entries: 10, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Fleet Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName SCHRS R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
    1st Low F18 CAN018 Water Rats Dan Borg Chris Moulder 1 1.0 3.0 1.0 1.0 (4.0) 10.0 6.0
    2nd Low Taipan F16 226 Water Rats David Antognini   1.033 3.0 (5.0) 2.0 3.0 2.0 15.0 10.0
    3rd Low F18 1084 Water Rats Jeff Gerrits Tom 1 4.0 1.0 7.0 (8.0) 1.0 21.0 13.0
    4th Low A-Cat Foils 22 BS&CC Andy Woods   0.973 6.0 (8.0) 3.0 2.0 3.0 22.0 14.0
    5th Low F18 2553 Water Rats Marvin Coulson Ted Kerr 1 2.0 4.0 (9.0) 9.0 5.0 29.0 20.0
    7th Low F16 36 Water Rats Beata Sejane Roy Spencer 1.028 5.0 (6.0) 5.0 5.0 6.0 27.0 21.0
    6th Low Nacra F17 Solo CAN600 Water Rats Stephen Stelmach   1.071 (8.0) 2.0 4.0 7.0 8.0 29.0 21.0
    8th Low A-Cat Foils 44 BS&CC Larry Woods   0.973 (7.0) 7.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 31.0 24.0
    9th Low A-Cat Foils US 29 Water Rats Norm Lamb   0.973 9.0 9.0 8.0 6.0 (10.0) 42.0 32.0
    10th Low A-Cat Foils CAN1023 Burlington Beach Catamaran Club Dean Mayke   0.973 10.0 10.0 (11.0 DNC) 11.0 DNC 9.0 51.0 40.0

    Posted by John Weakley
    www.sailwave.com


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