COVID-19 guidelines

Updated August 2020

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 if we are to avoid a second peak we need to be extremely careful how we return to club activities. You must adhere to the following government guidance issued on 19 August:

'All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed.

You are allowed to visit venues like a sailing club to exercise. You should only do so alone, with members of your household or with 5 other people from another household as long as you follow social distancing guidelines. You should check ahead to ensure that these facilities are open and prepared to receive visitors.'

The compound at Medley has been open to sailors from Saturday 23 May, under 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.

  • 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.

  • Access to the clubhouse 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.

  • The boathouse is available for work on your boat – only one member at a time, booking list as usual.

  • The club dinghies are available for use. 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.

  • The service launch is not available for use.

  • No organised racing or events until further notice. Informal racing may take place with up to 6 participants (including crews and helms). Marks may be placed from dinghies, and should be left outside the clubhouse on return.

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.