Open Letter to all Zandvlei Sports Club members

 Open Letter to all Zandvlei Sports Club members, comprising all Peninsula Canoe Club and Imperial Yacht

 Club members – 28 November 2020

It is with some disappointment and a lot of sadness that I write this letter. I have tried unsuccessfully to explain to the Zandvlei Sports Club (ZSC) Committee that Imperial Yacht club (IYC) will not be able to pay the levy that they intend to charge us, using the land area that our boat park occupies as your bases of calculation.

This proposal is described in Resolution 3 (a,b,c) of the voting that has been distributed.

  1. As a member of IYC and therefor a member of ZSC, I come down to the club so that my children can sail. They have grown so much in self-confidence by being able to resolve their own challenges on the water. I joined IYC because it was a dinghy sailing club that promoted development of sailing in children and welcomed families to come and have fun at the vlei. Some of the other sailing clubs are incredibly competitive and don’t seem to foster the community spirit that I have found at IYC.
  2. Dinghy sailing is not to be confused with yacht sailing. IYC keeps their membership fees as low as possible to make it possible for people who are of a less affluent backgrounds to be able to come learn to sail. Our membership fee is divided into a membership fee to ZSC, a membership fee to South African Sailing (SAS) and then a portion to IYC. Current Individual member fee R2050, R850 to ZSC, R550 to SAS, R650 to IYC. The portion to IYC is used to maintain and fuel the safety craft; maintain the training boats, maintain the rescue and mast shed. IYC is currently having to save up in order to replace the training boats as they can no longer be repaired. Our rescue shed and mast shed needs to have its whole roof replaced. I understand that ZSC needs to cover running cost using the membership fees, but we need to keep the increases affordable to retain our members. At the AGM the ZSC treasurer said R1250 to per member, would cover costs for the year. With many families being affected by the financial effects of the Covid Pandemic, I really don’t see how we can afford to start building up a reserve this year. At best we should break even, and put off all non-essential repairs until we have recovered financially.
  3. To use the land occupied as a measuring tool to calculate the perceived liability of IYC is unfair, as the land itself is rented from the City of Cape Town for less than R3000 per annum, the whole 10345m².That equates to R3.45 per square meter per year, thus the actual land cost is minimal. The City of Cape town has different tariffs. ZSC gets this reduced tariff because we are a recreational sports club. The City of Cape Town understands how important sport is for a community and as such provides land to us so that we can offer the paddling and sailing activities to our members.

    I feel that the amount, calculated on area of land that IYC occupies is unfair and discriminatory. IYC has expressed on previous occasions that they, as a club, do not have the necessary funds to pay such a levy on an ongoing basis and that it will cripple the club financially and within a few years IYC will be no longer be financially viable.
  4. The running costs of the shared area managed by ZSC is high, but that should be equally shared based on membership ratio, as it is currently. These costs directly apply to usage of these shared facilities rather than the land occupied by our respective craft. IYC members do not use more water, electricity or gas per member.
  5. The shared area comprises the clubhouse, the braai area and the bathrooms, and as members we should all have equal access to utilise these facilities. Unfortunately, even this is not always true. Hall hire is most often on the weekend, most of the sailing also happens on the weekend. A few weeks ago my eleven year old daughter wouldn’t go get changed in the bathroom after sailing. She finally told me that the cleaner had told her not to go into the bathroom wet because she had just mopped the floor for a hall hire party that evening. We were all sitting outside waiting for our kids to finish sailing because the hall was being prepped for the birthday party. The point is that sometimes we don’t get to use the hall or the bathrooms.
  6. Being part of a club means having to share. I understand that. I have no problem sharing and respecting the guests who hire our clubhouse. On the water and the slipway, IYC members happily greet PCC members, we all share a love of the water and the outdoors. Being part of a club means being part of something bigger than yourself, being part of a special community.
  7. The object of Zandvlei Sports Club, as stated in the constitution is:
    1. To fulfil the usual object of a sports club, and, in particular to promote the yacht sailing interest of the Imperial Yacht Club, the canoeing interest of the Peninsula Canoe Club…
    2. To determine and administer the common interest of all its Members
    3. To promote sporting and social relationships between Members of the Club

Currently ZSC is failing to promote sailing interest, is not acting in the interest of ALL its Members and is most certainly not promoting social relationships between the Members of the Club.

What we all fail to realise is that we are ZSC. You, me, your kids, my kids. It is our objective to make this shared club work. And if it means we need to respect each others space, respect each others different needs of the club, surely that is not too hard or too much to ask. Paddlers mainly paddle in the morning shower and go to work; or paddle in the evening, shower and go home. Sailing mainly happens during the day on the weekends. We hardly ever cross paths, but when we do, I have never experienced anything except camaraderie! All of us are members, all of pay the same amount to ZSC, all of us want to enjoy the vlei.

Please don’t vote IYC out just because one club has more money than another does? When it comes to members we really all contribute equally, and should continue to do so. If we need to raise more money to cover future maintenance, let us all fund raise together when the need arises. Let’s be a real club.

Kind regards

Judy Willemse
Member of IYC and ZSC

Dear IYC Members

You should all have received an email from the Secretary of ZSC with a link to the Voting Form.

Attached, you will also find a copy of the Minutes of the AGM as well as the proposed resolutions which you will be voting on.

Please read through these documents carefully. Attached to this email is An Open letter to all ZSC members penned by Judy.

We would like you to please note the following:

The voting form which you received was not in the format that was discussed at the AGM. Since the last ZSC AGM there has been a dramatic change in attitude towards IYC at ZSC committee level. PCC members hold a 6:3 majority on
the committee and have used that to further the interests of PCC to the disadvantage of IYC.

The proposed increase in ZSC membership fees to R1500 or even R1250 was not discussed at any ZSC Committee meeting, or at least none that IYC representatives were invited to. We had no knowledge of this proposal prior to the AGM. The last committee meeting was held on 12/2/2020 and a fee increase to R1000 was proposed. Only once I queried this, was the R1000 added to the voting form. We feel that we should have had input into these discussions due to the significant impact this could have on our club.

Please note that no budget was presented at the AGM. We have no idea how this figure was derived.

Greg Moss proposed that the contribution to the Financial Reserve Fund be split according to membership, which is the current method of calculation for the special levy. This should at least have been included as an option for the FRF. This is a more fair way to determine the contribution as PCC can stack canoes one on top of each other, which gives them an advantage in calculating land usage. Please note that this was excluded from the minutes of the AGM.

We feel that the whole voting structure is unjust and highly prejudicial. Please refer to the open letter for clarity. Since then, Judy has asked the secretary (Siv) to distribute the open letter to all ZSC members. He has refused to do so, claiming that this is not the forum for that and that in time, Judy would understand.

The sentiment is clear……IYC is irrelevant and does not deserve to have their voices heard.

IYC Newsletter

Rope World 10th Anniversary Sponsored Regatta


Johan and his team from Rope World have been long supporters of IYC with a sponsored event each year. It is always a great event and a pleasure to sail under the Rope World banner and we’ve had some amazing fun sailing events over the years.

We are well aware exams are in full swing, and so we have kept the sailing short and sweet. First race is 9h30 and done and dusted by 12h30. Plenty time to enjoy study and be ready for Monday. In fact, we’re doing you a huge favour and providing a well earned break after all the graft you’re putting in on Friday and Saturday, right!?

Calvin off to Youth Worlds


Congrats to IYCer Calvin Gibbs for making the South African Youth Worlds team (Laser Radial) and will be heading off to China early December. It’s been a heck of a year and a dream come true. Also a big shout out to the rest of the team, left to right: Asenathi Jim (coach, non travelling), Benji Daniels (420),  Rivaldo Arendse (420), Elsja Dijkstra (420), Michaela Robinson (420), Calvin Gibbs (Laser Radial), Sonja Stock (Laser Radial), Roger Hudson (Head coach), William Crocket (technical advisor, non travelling) and Alex Burger, not in picture (coach).

It is incredible to witness the detailed planning and preparation put together by Roger and RaceAhead team. Not only only the water coaching, but also the research (wind conditions, currents, temperature, humidity, etc) and coordination and logistics around fitting in quality sessions between exams. And the engine room behind a lot of this is Lucy de Frietas from the SAS office in KZN who has done an amazing amount of work behind the scenes organising and communicating.

There is still about 6 weeks to go before the team leave, head down ~ study and sail!

Fair winds for now, see you all on Sunday.

Damian

Amendments to the SAS Constitution have been recommended and there will be a regional engagement for the WC for 9th November 2017, 6pm in the Main Hall at RCYC – Royal Cape Yacht Club