Since we re-opened the club for casual sailing, we've been monitoring how things have gone and we feel that now would be a good time to reinforce some of the messages we've given previously.
First of all, it's probably worth reiterating the current government advice:
Stay at home as much as possible
Limit contact with other people
Keep your distance if you go out (2 meters apart where possible)
Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
The constraints within which the club has been operating since re-opening have been in line with the government advice. It is important that we continue to do so but we will only achieve this with the cooperation of all members.
Here are our observations.
Picnics - We asked for members not to bring picnics so that we could limit the number of people on the shore and therefore avoid the necessity of implementing a booking system like some other clubs have done. Most people have heeded that request but a small number have not. We have opened the club for sailing, unfortunately at the moment we need to limit it to that.
To reinforce the message about keeping at least 2 metres apart we’ve painted some lines on some of the paths.
Contamination - We have asked that you assume that everything you touch at the club is contaminated, it would therefore be good if we all minimised the number of touch points. We initially allowed the lawn mowers to be used and we supplied anti-viral cleaner and paper towels so the lawn mowers could be cleaned. Unfortunately, people have been observed passing lawn mowers from person to person in the dinghy park. We have therefore reluctantly decided to remove the lawn mowers from use until we can find a better system. We won't be enforcing byelaw B31 if the grass around your boat grows too much. If this causes you a significant problem, please speak to a committee member or reply to this email and we'll see what can be done for you.
We are also suggesting that the outer toilet doors are wedged open. This will remove an extra touch point and help anyone who doesn’t have a changing room key. If you are the last to leave, please ensure that these doors are locked.
Safety on the water - It is vital that everyone assesses the conditions and takes their own ability into consideration before going afloat. There have been some instances where assistance from other members has been required.
If in doubt, don’t go out.
It would also be good practice if people on paddle boards and kayaks tried to keep away from people who are sailing. They are not as manoeuvrable, and dinghies are not always in full control. There is no safety boat if something goes wrong.
Swimming – Byelaw B11 states that “Swimming and bathing from the Club premises is not allowed”. This includes jumping from paddle boards, boats etc. and swimming…
On a more positive note we have been working towards providing access to some club boats and providing some sort of safety cover. There is still quite a lot of work to do but we’re hopeful that we might be able to do something in the next couple of weeks or so.
Finally, enjoy the prolonged good weather and enjoy your sailing.
Hunts Sailing Club
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