Published 10:56 on 13 Mar 2021
Great news! - The club is now open once again!
We are operating under the restrictions outlined in 'Step One' of the governments roadmap;"Outdoor sports facilities, including sailing clubs, can reopen, subject to the Rule of 6 / two households. Indoor facilities, such as changing rooms, should not be used at this time, although toilet facilities can be accessed."
Therefore, In accordance with government guidelines, whilst sailing activities can recommence, the clubhouse, changing rooms and galley will remain closed.
As under previous similar guidelines, the disabled toilet facility will be available.
All club equipment such as club boats / buoyancy aids will be out of use and everyone is reminded of the need to 'Book a slot' via your MPSC Online account.This allows us to assist with any Track, Trace & Isolate requirements if required.
Be aware that no safety boat will be provisioned and, if sailing alone, please take extra consideration as to the conditions and your ability to attract help should the need arise.
Carry a phone, Mast floats are recommended and a small first aid kit might also be appropriate.
At this time of year the water can be very cold so please dress appropriately. Wetsuits/Drysuits offer the best protection - cotton shirts etc really don't keep you warm after you have fallen in.
Bouyancy aids shoud be worn by ALL water users (This includes SUPs, Kayaks etc) and those walking on launching beach areas. Know your limits, look after yourself and have a plan.
We advise all sailors to think carefully about these factors.
Rather than rush out onto the water straight away, perhaps take an hour or so to check over your boat prior to sailing. Are all ropes in good condition? Has the hull taken on any water? Have any cracks appeared during the icy Winter? Ultimately, is your craft in seaworthy condition following the long lay-off? (...and don't forget your insurance!)
Whilst this is a great step towards a full return to 'business as usual' please remember that this is very much an early step along the routemap.
All of us have a duty to maintain social distancing, wear masks, sanitising etc in order to help to make progress to that final date of 21st of June, so please follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times.
Every date along the path is provisional and can be delayed each delay will be for a minimum of 5 weeks which, in turn, affects the next step in the chain so it won't take much to see 21st of June turn into September.
Lets all do our very best and we'll see you out on the water in a couple of weeks.
Fair winds to all.