Re-introducing sailing - June 2020

As we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown we are pleased to report that, in line with Scottish Government and RYA Scotland advice, “on the water” personal exercise is now allowed. In order to do this we are introducing rules that allow us all to maintain the current 2m social distancing and to avoid cross contamination from one boat to another.

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Our plan

For now we have cancelled our usual schedule of activities but we plan to open for personal exercise from Tuesday 9 June on Tuesday evenings (5pm - 9pm) and then Saturday mornings (10am - 2pm). At this stage there will be no instructor led sailing.

To ensure safety the following rules will be introduced until the guidance is changed allowing for use of the clubhouse and instruction to take place, which RYA Scotland hopes will not be too far off.

  • There will be longer sailing hours, 4 hours per session. As usual we will confirm via Facebook if the weather is looking suitable a couple of days in advance and always check on the day. 
  • On the water times slots will be implemented with 15 minute intervals between boats which must be booked in advance. Depending on demand everybody should expect to get at least 2 hours on the water.
  • Booking is through the club website. Payment should also be made through the website but in case of cancellation of sailing it is recommended that you book only after sailing is confirmed as being on. Book here.
  • Only competent sailors can sail just now – sailing instruction for novices and beginners will be introduced when we are advised that it is safe to do so. Youth sailors should be RYA Stage 3 and be able to rig, launch and sail in normal wind conditions. You should be able to recover from capsized without help and be able to pull the boat back up the slip alone or with family assistance.
  • We will be using only Toppers and Fevas (larger boats will for now remain out of commission)
  • Solo sailing or single household crewed boats only are permitted. Solo sailors can bring a member of their household to help them rig, launch and recover the boat
  • Each solo sailor or household taking part will have a designated "personal" boat which they only will use for the duration of this stage of sailing, this replicates the general instruction to only use peronal boats which we do not have facilities to accommodate at SSC.  Each boat has marked gear which cannot be swapped to any other boat.
  • Only one boat may be rigged / de-rigged at any time ashore. Late running slots will impact others, so please be punctual, and set up the boat in a timely fashion
  • We will create an area for rigging / derigging clear of the path to allow distancing from walkers who may be passing by
  • The changing area, shower and toilet and clubroom above will be closed, the only facility open will be the “open air” boat stowage so all sailors should come in their sailing gear and will have to return home in the same (potentially wet) gear (or change in your car)
  • The safety boat will be single manned, any safety operations will take place at distance, with wherever possible boats being towed back to the jetty with their occupant(s) rather than taking sailors on board the safety boat.

This plan will work best if we all take a considerate and conservative approach:

Considerate of others: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and local communities. We will not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI (who are aware of our plans) and emergency services.

Conservative of risk: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating, we have reduced the wind speed at which we will cancel sailing to help to avoid any difficulties being encountered.  We have conducted a full risk assessment. 

Please ensure your membership is upto date. No membership - no sailing!

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