Covid 19 information

NCSC Covid-19 Update  (1/9/20)

NCSC Covid-19 Update (14 Sept 2020)
The recent Government announcements and law changes, the ‘rules-of-6’ , have been reviewed alongside the formal guidance issued by the RYA on what this means for clubs such as ours.   It is concluded that there is no direct impact on how we are operating, but clearly the rules around on-shore interactions and social events have been tightened up and we all need to take more precautions when onshore.
The RYA’s interpretation remains that groups of boats do not constitute a gathering so there are no restrictions to the number of boats that can participate together afloat. Onshore, including rigging, launching, recovery etc members must ensure they only gather in groups of 6 or less and that these groups do not interact with each other – this is now law. As of 18th September clubs which serve food and drink must maintain records of staff/volunteers, customers/members to support NHS Test and Trace.  We will advise on how we intend to do this before that date.
Racing: through September through to end of October there are race series planned. See racing info here. Please note this is reliant on volunteers coming forward to do Safety & Race Officer duties.  Email the duty secretary or  If we do not have a significantly populated set of volunteers in place on the Sailing Club Manager (SCM) tool by the last week in September the race series will have to be curtailed at that point.
Youth and Transitional squads continue on Saturdays in September.
Catering: Pauline, Colin and Keith are back at weekends, please support them galley info here. Facemasks to be worn inside the clubhouse. 
Toilets: The main toilets are open – note the Disabled is reserved for vulnerable and disabled members (so making it safer for this group). toilets access and use. Facemasks to be worn inside clubhouse. 
Clubhouse: the clubhouse is only open for access to Galley and toilets. It must not be used for shelter or gathering. There is no changing permitted in the clubhouse – we are developing a proposal regarding changing facilities. If it is possible, details will follow later in the month. 
Water use – casual sailing is allowed any day until the end of September. After October 1st water use is only at weekends and Wednesdays.

Key documents


Links to further information

    • Safety cover on Saturdays (1100 to 1500) and Sundays 1030 to 1500, with wind limits in force (20 mph average, gusts no more than 27 mph – both taken from the previous hour), provided there are volunteers. Check for the club flag flying to indicate safety cover being in place.   Safety boats will be normally moored, in response mode, unless providing approved coaching, and not patrolling so please be extra cautious. An emergency boat is available at all times, use must be reported to Exec.  The Rigiflex are now out of use for servicing so you will need to row out and use a rib, please clean before hand if you have time,  Instructions on cleaning, protocol etc are on Covid documents page, you need to sign in (7/8/20 updated)
    • As we can only rescue at a distance we strongly recommend all dinghies have some form of masthead float, all those racing are required to have a float.
    • Coaching, with a maximum ‘gathering’ of 6 per group (including coach), is taking place.  If you want to know more please just contact us through the club. This requires an Activity Assessment form Word can be found here (sign in to SCM)  a pdf is here Covid-19 Activity Assessment Form v1 This is the form if you are planning an activity requiring safety boats at the club to ensure there is water space and boats available please fill in and send well in advance.
  • National Advice: Link to RYA Q & A advice (15/7/20) please note this is regularly updated full rya guidance RYA Advice on sailing & racing from different households (29/7/20) RYA Safety boat (single handed) video – discussion on safety cover
  • SUPs etc As a reminder please remember all craft (including non sailing) must have valid insurance for the user, there is a permit form you need to fill in for non sailing craft
  • You must bring your own sanitiser to use before and after touching the key pad or any other club property, for everyone (including your own) safety.
  • You must maintain social distancing (2m) between anyone not in your household, and please continue to follow Government instructions about meeting up.
  • No visitors – paid up club members only
  • No BBQ (we don’t want a fire) or camping permitted.
  • Please close the top gate behind you, and of course lock it if you are last out.
                                                 If in doubt don’t go out.
You can see from the camera and new weather station what is happening. If its busy perhaps come down later or another day.

Before coming down please check you have your gate keys with you, and that you know the barrier code.

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