Commodores statement -

I am delighted to announce that Anglian Water have given us the green light to reopen on June 2nd so I am writing to you now with details of the way in which we expect to return to sailing initially, and the measures to which we will need to adhere. To put this in context I want to stress these things up front:

1) This will not be a return to “normal” as we knew it before “lock-down”.

2) We will need to abide by a number of restrictions, most notably those relating to government guidelines on travel,  social distancing and personal hygiene. You will be responsible for your own safety on shore and on the water.

3) You may wish to bring your own ppe but we do hope to have some available if needed.

4) We intend to do things progressively.  We will start onshore with the barest minimum of facilities and on water with informal leisure sailing onlywith no rescue boat cover.  Over time, as restrictions are eased, we hope to be able to open up more of our facilities onshore, and on the water move to more structured activity, including some form of racing.

5) The water should be considered closed if weather conditions are forecast to be force 4 or above.But please consider your own limits and behave responsibly.

6) Club boats, kayaks & equipment will not be available for hire ( until further notice ).

7) Track & trace, please email secretary@ardleighsc.co.uk after visiting the club on each occasion with the times of your visit (in the event you may need to be contacted due to any suspected or actual Covid-19 outbreak.) If you or anyone in your household develop symptoms of Covid-19 within 14 days of visiting the club, contact the secretary at the above email.

8) If you have equipment stored within the sail loft this will need to be removed on your first visit to the club & not returned to the sail loft until further notice.

9) We may need to limit the amount of users on the water at any one time, so please bear this in mindand be considerate of other water users.

10) The club house & toilets will be deep cleaned before we reopen, but please maintain best hygiene practise to keep yourself and others safe.

11)Email secretary@ardleighsc.co.uk if you feel your safety is compromised whilst on site or have a recommendation for improvement for the safety of yourself and others.

 

General precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, other club members and the general public

  • If you are unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend the Club.
  • If you have had contact with a family or household member who is unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend the Club for a minimum of 14 days.
  • Wash your hands after touching common surfaces – and always after coughing, sneezing and before and after arriving and leaving the Club.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
  • Keep your distance and avoid being face to face with people from outside your household.
  • Do not share water bottles or food with people from outside your own household.
  • We suggest you bring some disposable gloves with you and use them if touching common surfaces.  We also suggest you bring a first aid kit with you so you can attend to minor cuts and such like yourself.

Parking

  • Please make sure you park well apart from the next car, sufficient to ensure social distancing when getting in or getting out. 

Clubhouse

  • The clubhouse will be closed, except that there will be restricted access to the toilets.  There will be signage at the toilets indicating the procedures to follow. 
  • There will be no facility for changing on site.  You should arrive ready changed or change in your car.  You may want to invest in a dry robe or similar. Do not use the toilets for changing: this would be socially irresponsible.

Rigging and access to the water

  • Again, the key message is to adhere to the social distancing principle – 2m separation.  If you find that somebody in the adjacent berth to you is rigging their boat at the same time, come to an arrangement with them whereby you can both do this safely.  Please also remember that the Government guidance which we need to follow at this stage is to exercise in the company of only one person from outside your immediate household, and then adhering to the 2m separation guideline.  Larger gatherings are not permitted so please act accordingly in the boat park.
  • When launching also take care to adhere to the 2m separation guidelines.  Since dinghies are more than 2m long this should not be too difficult.
  • Do not touch other persons’ boats or trolleys at any time.

On the water

  • For obvious reasons, only single-handed sailing or sailing in the same boat by persons living together in the same household, is permitted.
  • There will be no safety boat cover or very limited.  If you are going out on the water, your sailing skills should be of a standard you are able to right your boat unaided and return to the shore under the prevailing weather conditions on the day. Consider whether you need to take extra precautions with your boat and  the equipment you take afloat (mast head float, righting lines, knife, paddle , spares etc.)
  • If the wind speed reaches force 4 the water will be closed.

Initially we will be open for unstructured leisure sailing only.  We will not attempt any kind of organised racing”.  In due course we hope to introduce some form of racing and details of this will be notified and posted on the web site.

It is very likely that over time our advice will be modified and updated.  Updates will be posted here, on the Club Website so please do watch this space. 

Best wishes, and stay safe

Tony Tye, Commodore

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If you are interested in membership please see the membership section of our website, or contact the committee here (this is the same email to use for general questions about our reopening measures)

The committee is in constant communication and still holds monthly meetings (digitally) to check on the exact situation, we are doing our best to represent the interests of our members in this difficult time.

Thanks to some of our wonderful members we have found some virtual sailing activities to do online if you are still isolating, you can find them here!


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