UPDATED 25 MARCH 2021
We are very fortunate to be sailing again from 29 March, and we will offer Buddy Sailing . The clubhouse remains closed with the outside toilet working for the first couple of weekends. IF a keyholder is present at the club then the clubhouse may be unlocked to allow the toilets ONLY to be used inside. Duty teams will be reintroduced together with toilets and changing rooms open from Saturday 17th April
The current guidelines limit maximum group size of six people from different households (or two households) to meet outside from 29 March 2021 until 17th May when the limit moves to 30. The overall message, which we are used to now, is keep your distance and avoid contact as much as possible.
We remain bound by the Government Steps in reducing restrictions and not before dates and could possibly be extended. The upper level of the clubhouse remains out of bounds until further notice (earliest 17th May).
It is very important that all members remain vigilant to Covid and comply with Government regulations and guidance together with club rules to reduce the chance of infection. If we all play our part and the situation continues to improve then we can all get back to enjoying what all have missed. If you are not comfortable or able to follow the guidelines including consideration to others, then please do not come down to the club.
Your obligations and Covid mitigations remain unchanged from last year. These are:
- Do not leave home / come to the club if you or anyone in your household has symptoms or are within the period of self-isolation.
- Please consider your risk if extremely clinically vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19)
- Whilst at the club, please consider the risk and strictly adhere to the rules particularly social distancing and hygiene
- Sanitising stations will be set up around the site to allow you to disinfect your hands and your contact/touch points.
- First aid box is in the workshop. Inform the OD if present and make a note of any incidents. If no OD is present, please pass these to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If after visiting the club you contract Covid-19, you must email email@example.com so that others can be warned and isolate appropriately.
- Due to reduced safety teams, it is important to sail well within your ability and do not sail if the wind is above your ability level. Remember you are putting the safety crew at risk if you need attending to.
- Initially double-handed sailing will only be allowed for people from the same household, with these restrictions likely to be relaxed from May 17th.
When we are able to re open the toilets and changing rooms (hopefully from 17 April), please observe the following
- One way system will continue to be in place. Entry from the lake side, exit at front door.
- Use the sanitising bottles with automated dispensing
- Wash your with soap for at least 20 seconds after using the loos
- Do not enter the loos or changing areas if too crowded, wait for others to leave
- We encourage you to change and shower at home, or change in the car park to reduce the pressure and avoid crowding in the changing rooms
- Please limit your time in the changing rooms and keep to the non barriered areas
- Our cleaner will attend to allow us to use the loos both Saturday and Sunday
The galley remains closed
The club will introduce the scheduled duty system back from April 17th so please check your allocated duty on the website portal and contact your OD if you feel uncomfortable attending the duty.
We will run refresher training for all SB Coxes and the plan is that no one will be allowed to operate as SB Cox if they have not had the refresher.
The priority is safety of the sailor so if necessary any capsized boats may be left until such time as they can be recovered. The safety cox should wipe down the throttle and tiller and any other areas 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 the club website as normal from April 17th, Solo and Lasers from 4th April (working party on 3rd April to check the boats). The equipment will be stored on the boats or in the garage as we did last year. It is the responsibility of the hirer to clean the boat before use with the provided items. Buckets and soap and brooms are available at the slipways.
Our response to any Government guidelines will develop as the situation changes. Hopefully not backwards! We are all excited to be looking at a brighter future with a regard to spending time sailing.
Tim Hore, Commodore