Sailing in December

Hi All,

We plan to resume sailing on Saturday 5th December.  In simple language, the guidance is very similar to when we re-started in September.

See below for RYA guidelines update

The clubhouse will be open for toilet usage.  Otherwise, use of the clubhouse is discouraged.  The boiler will be turned on, but the showers are to be used for emergencies only.  Where possible, members should please come to the club changed and ready to go sailing.

Since we have already missed 4 races in the Wessex Series, the final 3 sailing sessions will be run as Winter 3, 4 & 5, i.e. Class racing, not Style racing.

Rescue launch and recovery will be under the new distancing guidelines and we plan to use Mariner 2 to limit the number required for launch and recovery.

Please follow the RYA guidance regarding sailing with others.

RYA guidance from Dec 2nd

Can I go boating?

Yes, outdoor activities are permitted in all 3 tiers. The exemption to the rule of 6 for organised outdoor sports and related sporting activity essential to its facilitation is permitted.

When participating in organised boating activity, it is possible to sail with people from different households. Care should be taken to follow the RYA Guidance on sailing with participants from different households and we continue to urge boaters to take a conservative and considerate approach, particularly at this time of year.

Can we run organised on the water activity such as club racing?

Yes, this is permitted in all 3 tiers.

Can club facilities open?

Sailing clubs may open for boating. Indoor facilities in tiers 1 and 2 can be open subject to the limits on gathering for the specific tier and that the venue is Covid secure.  However, in tier 3 indoor facilities with the exception of toilets and changing rooms (see below) must close.

Changing rooms and showers are permitted to open, regardless of tier, but clubs should encourage members to change at home where possible and may choose to impose capacity limits to ensure social distancing can be maintained. Access should be maintained for disabled people and will be important in bad weather.


(Updated on 03/12/2020)

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