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Coronavirus (COVID 19)Update 26 July 2020

  • covid 19

    Dear members

    Here is a summary of how the club is currently operating under the restrictions in place to cover Coronavirus (COVID-19). Details are given underneath.
    July 26, 2020

    1. There are small duty teams for Saturday afternoons and Sundays evenings (please volunteer for a duty via the membership website).
    2. Groups of up to 6 boats may sail on the reservoir under the current off day rules outside of duty team cover (multiple groups may sail at the same time).
    3. Please come ready to sail as the changing rooms and clubhouse are closed (the toilets may be used 1 person at a time)
    4. Training may take place provided the group size is kept to 6, including the instructor.
    5. Racing is being provided on Sundays.  The format is pursuits to minimise the number of boats starting at the same time.
    6. Club boats may be used when there is a duty team (double handers must be members of the same family).
    7. Sailing is permitted in single handers. 
    8. Members double handed boats  (not club boats) may be sailed following the RYA advice, please read this prior to sailing at the club.
    9. Hand washing facilities and sanitisers have been provided out doors, please use them.
    10. The week day summer holiday sailing schools may access the upper clubhouse when the weather does not allow the children to be outside
    11. Follow social distancing rules.

    The Current Off Day Rules
    ‘Off Days’ is the term used by the club to cover Bye Law 16

    We will align the current off day rules to the UK Government guidelines on restricting the number of people gathering to a maximum of 6.

    • Groups of up to 6 boats may sail together without safety boat cover.
    • There may be more than one group on the water at the same time but each group must operate independently and meet all these requirements per group
    • The group must be able, capable and willing to provide rescue for each other (and, another group if required)
    • The group must have access to a phone (e.g. mobile phone left in someone’s car) to call for help should it be needed
    • The group must sail together so as to be continually watching out for one another
    • The group must have at least 2 adult helms on the water with the group at all times
    • Should members of the group return to the shore then there must still be 2 adult helms in the group, if this not the case then all boats must return to the shore.
    • Club boats cannot be used
    • Please ready a safety boat but only use it in an emergency situation. The club requires that our safety boats are driven by competent helms, we normally say that is someone of RYA PB2 level.
    • You are sailing at your own risk

    Training is now allowed on the water provided

    • The size of the group training does not exceed 6, including the trainer.
    • The off days rules are adhered to, or
    • A Duty Officer and safety boat helm (as agreed in the Duty Rota) are on duty, or
    • The training is being managed under the clubs sailing school

    Duty Officer and Safety Boat Cover
    We are providing a duty rota for members to provide safe sailing on the reservoir on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Wednesday evenings. I would ask that anyone currently making use of sailing on the reservoir (sailing, windsurfing etc) participate and volunteer to help.

    • Members can sign up for duties using the membership website
    • A duty team will consist of at least 1 Duty Officer and 1 Safety Boat Helm
    • The safety boat(s) will only be manned by a single helm. In the case where members of the same family living together then they may man the safety boat together
    • Safety boats must be helmed by competent helms, the Club defines this as being of at least RYA PB2 level.
    • The Duty Officer will raise the green flag when the duty team are ready to provide safety boat cover
    • If the Duty Officer has not raised the green flag then sailing may only take place under the Off Days rules
    • Club boats can be used when the duty officer has the green flag raised. You must wash your hands prior to using a club boat and wipe down the boats before and after use. Once the Duty Officer lowers the green flag club boats must be returned to the shore. You must put away all club boats after using them. Be aware some boats, such as the RS Vision, are very heavy and will require 3 adults from the same family to pull them up banks of the reservoir.
    • IT IS THE DUTY OFFICERS DECISION IF SAILING CAN TAKE PLACE. Should s/he decide the conditions are not suitable or the team size is not suitable then they are empowered to cease all organised activity at the club, including sailing. S/he is also empowered to stop sailors using club equipment or stop individuals sailing where that person is causing a danger to themselves or others e.g. sailing in conditions beyond their capability
    • As this is a voluntary rota we cannot guarantee there will be a duty team for every Saturday, Sunday of Wednesday as detailed. Please check the membership website before setting out to sail and remember people’s circumstances may change which may lead to the duty team being cancelled without notice. In this case and when another volunteer is not found sailing will return to the Off Days rules.
    • The duty officer will organise Pursuit racing with shore based starting.

    Club boats may be used when there is a duty team operating.
    On Sundays the club boats must be packed away and made available for the sailing school at 1.30pm. 
    Sailing under the Off Days rules may continue outside of the times during daylight hours.

    Keep Sailing - Summer holiday courses
    Keep sailing are runnung weekday courses for junior sailors.  As parents will be dropping of and leaving the children in the care of Keep Sailing, and by exception, they have been given permision to use the upper clubhouse when the weather is not suitable for keeping children outside. They have agreed social distancing practises by which this will operate.

    Finally and as a reminder:

    • Follow social distancing at all times on the shore and the water
    • The upper clubhouse and changing rooms remain closed for use
    • The toilets in the lower clubhouse are open but for 1 person at a time
    • Wash stations and hand sanitisers have been provided, please use them frequently
    • Bring plenty of drinking water
    • If you feel unwell do not come to the sailing club

    Nick Marley
    Commodore IBRSC

    Previous Coronavirus communications:

    Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 8/6/2020 (updated 11/6/2020)
    Coronavirus (Covid 19) Update 5/6/2020
    Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 11/5/2020
    Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 17/4/2020
    Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 3/4/2020
    Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update 19/3/2020

    COVID Guidance    find out more