COVID-19 guidelines

17 March 2021

Sailing is healthy exercise and good for our mental and physical well-being. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is very much still with us, and we need to be extremely careful. The club compound is now open to individual sailors and their families, following the COVID-19 roadmap for England published on 22 February, which says that from 8 March:

People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household.

The RYA adds that:

Boating continues as a permitted form of daily exercise.

Boats Out will take place on 7 April. Organised racing will restart on 11 April, initially with a pursuit series with two-person race teams. A normal racing schedule, as set out in the February Ripple, will restart on 23 May.

Please be aware that our plans will change if infection rates or new variants cause the roadmap to be revised, and observe the following conditions:

  • Do not come to the club if you or anyone in your household is unwell.

  • Do not bring non-members to the club.

  • Sanitise hands before and after touching any common surfaces, eg the lock on the gate. Please carry your own hand sanitiser.

  • Maintain social distancing from people who are not in your household as long as this is part of UK regulations.

  • We are asked to assist with the nationwide ’test and trace’ system by keeping a record of who comes to the club. A signing-in book is kept in the boat shed, on top of the cupboard to your right as you enter the building. Please sign in and out (legibly), giving your full name and the date and times that you arrive and leave. A QR code for the NHS Track and Trace app is prominently displayed.

  • The clubhouse remains closed until 12 April. After that, access is strictly limited to the changing rooms only. If you can avoid going into the clubhouse (eg by keeping your buoyancy aid in your boat) then please do.

  • Only ONE person to be in the clubhouse at a time – a sign will show if it is occupied.

  • The galley is closed and no galley equipment may be used. Bring your own water to drink and do not leave any waste.

  • Only use the toilets if essential – no more than one person at a time. Wash your hands and leave the basin clean.

  • After 7 April the boathouse will be available for work on your boat – only one member at a time, booking list as usual.

  • The club dinghies are not yet available for use. We will inform members by email when they have been repaired, after which they can be booked as usual. The bookings diary is in the corridor of the clubhouse, and payment should be made by BACS if possible (£5 per half day session). After use the boats should be thoroughly cleaned with soapy water, using the bucket provided, paying special attention to sheets, halyards, gunwales and any other touch points, and left to dry without rinsing.

  • Until social distancing rules are relaxed, the small RIB with outboard motor that can be launched by one person will be used to support racing.

As always, SAILING IS AT HELM’S RISK; members must understand and accept this. Please do not go out in conditions that you think might be beyond your abilities.

Members found to be flouting these instructions risk having their membership status reviewed as with any other rule breaches.

The current position will be regularly reviewed.