Important club update

Dear Members This year has been financially challenging for the club, and the committee has worked tirelessly since the start of the pandemic to ensure we can meet our financial obligation and continue to operate as a club. In particular the club owes a huge debt of gratitude to our friends at Otley Sailing Club for their generosity and understanding during these difficult times. However, it has become clear that we will not be able to run Open Water Swimming this year given – The limited time amount of time remaining in the open water session The cost implications of attempting to run an open water session, with extremely limited numbers permitted to attend. The amount of time it would take to put in place measures to make these sessions Covid Secure. We believe that our efforts would be better concentrated on looking to restart other club sessions and activities that will run through winter and see us ready to take on the challenges of the 2021 session. Going forward the cancellation of Ilkley Triathlon which we as a committee support, leaves a massive hole in the club’s finance and means that we can no longer subsidies club sessions and activities for the foreseeable future. Going forward we have no alternative but to ensure all our sessions and activities are run on a break even basis, and ideally make a minimal profit to ensure the financial stability of the club going forward. This will inevitably see an increase in sessions fees, with the likelihood that there will no longer be a universal session fee but rather different sessions will be charged at different rates to reflect their true costs We are working hard with our facility providers to understand the measures we need to put in place to slowly restart club sessions and activities as and when venues become available, and we are hoping that we will be in a position to announce them to you in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please take the time to complete this short survey which will enable us to make informed decisions around sessions and activities. If you could complete this survey within the next two weeks it would be greatly appreciated. Participation Survey Click here. Thank you for your ongoing support. Stay safe, LBT Committee.