Beaver Sailing Club may now be accessed for sailing and windsurfing activities subject to the following guidance.
This guidance is based on the RYA published “Club Guidance on restarting boating activity and managing Covid-19” Version 1 dated 12/05/2020.
- THE CLUBHOUSE REMAINS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
- MEMBERS TO ENSURE THEY HAVE PROVIDED THEMSELVES ADEQUATE MEANS OF WASHING OR SANITISING THEIR HANDS. (THE CLUBHOUSE IS CLOSED).
- THERE WILL BE NO ORGANISED SAFETY BOAT COVER OR RACING TAKING PLACE.
All members and visitors should always maintain social distancing of 2 metres from each other.
Everyone to be conservative and considerate in their actions around the club.
Members to use or bring their own equipment.
No Club owned equipment or personal flotation devices will be available for use.
If you think any of your equipment has been exposed to virus, clean thoroughly and do not re-use for at least 72 hours.
REDUCING THE RISK OF VIRUS TRANSMISSION
If you are unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 please The Government and the RYA guidance have agreed that sailing is an accepted form of exercise.
do not attend the club.
Anyone who has contact with a family or household member who is unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 please do not attend the club for a minimum of 14 days.
Please cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
Members to ensure they have provided themselves adequate means of washing or sanitising their hands. (THE CLUBHOUSE IS CLOSED).
Everyone to wash their hands after touching common surfaces– and always after coughing, sneezing and before and after arriving and leaving the club.
Please keep your distance and avoid being face to face with people outside your household always respecting social distancing.
Members should not share water bottles or food.
Avoid surfaces and shared equipment (including seating) that are likely to be frequently touched and consider whether usage is appropriate.
LAUNCHING AND SUPPORT
Members to maintain social distancing in the dinghy park when loading / unloading boats and on the jetty or slipways while launching / recovering craft.
Assistance with berthing, trolleys, launching / recovery to be limited to household groups
Members to maintain social distancing when rigging, final preparation, launching and cleaning / washing down.
SAFETY ON THE WATER
There will be no organised safety cover.
ON THE WATER GUIDANCE
Be conservative – stay within the limits of your ability.
Factors to consider when deciding to go afloat include: forecast, temperature, wind speed, direction, water state, visibility, participants’ competence, types of craft involved and the lack of organised safety cover.
Use righting lines, long painters and mast head floats.
Restrict your sailing area activities to make it easier for shore support.
Members should have a plan, letting someone know where they are and what they are doing, and being in communication – mobile phones.
Members to stay in their own boats and maintain social distancing afloat.
IF A SAFETY BOAT IS TO BE USED FOR RESCUE OR RECOVERY
Safety Boat Crew
Consider single manning – it is often used when instructing and is perfectly in order in conjunction with colleagues in other boats (G16 RYA Safety Boat Handbook).
Or use a crew from a single household.
Face coverings may protect others – wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
Safety Boat Techniques
Maintain hailing distance unless physical support is required
Choose techniques in line with RYA Safety Boat Handbook that minimise physical contact – for example mast tip / use of centreboard, scoop method.
Where possible tow astern rather than alongside.
If recovering a person to a safety boat consider methods to minimise physical and face to face contact: grab handles; using the engine as a step.