As winter ends and we move into spring, thoughts of getting back on the water start to occupy our minds again. This year we have the cold water to think of as usual but also the Governments roadmap to recovery after COVID. It is important to Clacton Sailing Club to make sure our members can get out and enjoy the water but also that we follow COVID guidelines to keep members safe. As such we have a COVID subcommittee who will be taking the time to interpret the Government guidelines with the help of the RYA. At present, members are free to sail on their own or with one other person from another household (see RYA Guidance on sailing & racing with participants from different households during COVID-19 in England below). Come the 29th of March, this will be the same but the club will start to move back to safety boat supported recreational sailing and racing. From the 29th the safety boats will start to undergo testing and maintenance so they may be on the water, however, until we have them fully tested and the crews have plans in place to safely support sailors, they will only be assisting sailors if they can and it is safe for all involved. The committee will continue to monitor the situation and will announce a return of racing events when it is safe to do so.
Also from the 29th of March the rule of 6 or 2 households applies, this means outside you can meet up in groups of 6 or 2 households, please avoid congregating in groups larger than this in the compound or on the beach.
From March 29th:
Sailing with one other person from another household permitted
Safety boats may be on the water but may not be offering active safety support
Rule of 6 or 2 households outdoors
Clubhouse will remain closed, please use the café for refreshments
Changing rooms will remain closed
Club toilets will remain closed (please use public toilets)
Minimise travel, local travel only (the club has not seen a definition of what constitutes local)
Please clean/sanitise hands frequently (we have added sanitiser to the tractor shed and storage container)
Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have any COVID symptoms
Please continue to socially distance and if sailing with someone from another household, follow the RYA guidance.
If you are going to sail, please consider performing a personal risk assessment taking into consideration your abilities, weather and tide along with performing detailed checks of your boat and equipment.
As further guidance is released, the committee will assess the situation and notify members of any additional changes. We look forward to seeing you soon.