Corona Virus Update no 12


Dear Members,

As you will be aware the Government has announced a period of Lockdown restrictions to take effect in England as from Thursday 5th November 2020.

As a result of clarification now received on the effect of these restrictions on Sailing Clubs and boating provided to the RYA by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and advice received from the RYA on the 6th November, sorry as the Exec Committee are to say this, it is clear that the club is completely closed for the next month and the Committee recommends that there is no sailing until this lockdown is over.

With immediate effect, the Club and all its operations will be physically closed until further notice.

As no Organised amateur sport will be allowed from 5th November, in those circumstances, we must cancel the Brass Monkey Series of Sunday races during this time.

These decisions will be reviewed in the light of further advices, as and when received, from H.M.Government and/or the RYA.

Current advice received from the RYA:

“Can we run organised activity as long as we launch from a public
outdoor place?
No. Organised activity is not permissible at this time except for 1:1
coaching as outlined above.

Can club facilities remain open?
No. All outdoor sports centres and amenities (which includes sailing
clubs and watersports centres) must close during this period.

Can club boat parks and slipways remain open?
Our understanding is that boat parks and their slipways are part of a sporting facility and its amenities and therefore must be closed.

Can club maintenance take place?
Where maintenance is critical (and cannot therefore wait until after
the lockdown restrictions are lifted) it can be carried out in
accordance with the Government’s Regulations. However, organised working parties are not considered appropriate at this time.”