Current sailing activities & facilities

UPDATED 9 OCTOBER 2020

The situation is changing all the time, but the good news is that as far as we can tell, sailing is still allowed. The problem comes ashore with the new “safe 6” law. This means only groups of 6 people can meet in any one place. Any more in one particular group is breaking the law. We think we can have multiple groups ashore but these must NOT mix. So, to allow us to remain open and stay legal, you have a big part to play. Please ensure you either remain 2 metres away from everyone or if you sit in a group please do NOT then mix with other groups. We will be positioning the picnic tables outside to be well spaced. 

Please take note of this as it is now the law and we could get a hefty fine if we do not adhere to this. If you are not comfortable or able to follow these guidelines including consideration to others, then please do not come down to the club.

We ask that you scan the official Littleton QR code using the NHS Covid-19 app each time that you visit the club instead of texting Tim. The NHS COVID-19 app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play and there is guidance here on how to check in at the club using the app.

All aspects are subject to change.

Your obligations and coronavirus (Covid-19) mitigations are:

  • Do not leave home / come to the club if you or anyone in your household has symptoms or are within the 14 days self-isolation.
  • Do not come to the club if you are classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
  • If you are at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable to coronavirus) please consider the risk and strictly adhere to the rules particularly distancing and hygiene.
  • Coronavirus mitigation rules and measures:
    • Limit contact with other people. Maximum group size of six people from different households
    • Keep 2m distance from those outside your household
    • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Please remember to check in to the club on every visit by scanning the Littleton QR code using the NHS Covid-19 app, in line with government guidelines and the effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus and allow the club to remain open.  See information on how to do that.
  • Use of Clubhouse loos and changing rooms:
    • Please continue to arrive ready or change in the car if you can and only use the change facility if necessary. 
    • One way system though the clubhouse. Entry from the lake side, exit at front door.
    • Limited numbers allowed inside at any one time.
    • Always keep to the social distancing guidelines set by the Government. Tape Lines on the floor will indicate areas for use.
    • Use the sanitising bottles with automated dispensing.
    • Wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds after using the loos.
    • Exit the loos if too crowded, wait for others to leave. 
    • The showers should only be used in the case of emergency to avoid further cleaning complications.  For the time being when the changing rooms are open please bear this in mind and only use the showers if you get really cold.
    • We ask that you do not leave any bags in the changing room but place all bags back in your car once changed to keep the room clear.
    • Our cleaner, Fun, will attend after sailing on Saturday and then again after sailing on Sunday. We have asked her to clean the loos more often than normal over the weekend
  • Extra sanitising stations with additional items will be available at the weekends near the workshop.
  • You disinfect your hands and your contact/touch points around the club site.
    • Hand sanitiser bottles will be provided.
  • If you rent club boats you wash them down before AND after renting.
  • Sailing
    • Sail well within your ability. Whilst most rescues do not need contact, an emergency may need the Safety Boat team to breach the 2m guidance.
    • When afloat, please be aware of social distancing and refrain from aggressive mark rounding during racing where our activities may raise alarm from onlookers ashore.
  • First aid box is in the workshop. Inform the OD if present and make a note of any incidents and pass these on to committee@littletonsc.co.uk
  • If after visiting the club you fall ill, you must email committee@littletonsc.co.uk so that others can be warned and isolate appropriately

Duty System

The club reintroduced the scheduled duty system in July so please check your allocated duty on the website portal and contact your OD if you feel uncomfortable or unable to attend the duty.  There is no problem if you feel uneasy about the situation but please let the club know so we can arrange alternatives and plan accordingly.

Galley

The galley will be closed from immediate effect until further notice. Don’t forget to bring a packed lunch and hot drinks with you

Bar

The bar area is closed until further notice.

Officer of the Day (OD)

OD duties have been reintroduced. The OD and SB are to put their names on the notice board inside the clubhouse.

Safety boat

We are introducing limited safety cover with the operation of the diesel boats.  These will be driven by just one person and the priority is to look after the people and return them to shore if needed, if needs be leaving the sailing boat in the lake until such time as it can be recovered.  The safety boat may or may not assist in righting a capsized boat so please be cautious in selecting your sailing day.  Having just one power boat on the lake is a reduction in our normal capacity.  The safety cox should wipe down the throttle and tiller and any other areas and touch points before going out and then do the same at the end of the day.

Use of our club boats

Hire boats are to be booked through Eventbrite as normal.  Most hire boats have the sails and foils stored under the covers with the exception of the Lasers whose mast/sail are stored in the garage.  It is the responsibility of the hirer to clean the boat both before AND after use with the provided items. Buckets and soap and brooms are available at the slipways.

These guidelines will develop over time so feel free to point out areas that can be improved. The important point here is that we all have to look after each other and maintain our distance so we can all enjoy the club.

Stay safe,

Tim Hore, Commodore