COVID-19 PHASE 2 GUIDELINES, MAY 2020
Following the period of Covid-19 lockdown, Reading Sailing Club will be open for limited sailing activities from Saturday May 16th. It is hoped that this next Phase will be the first of several that, in line with HMG and RYA directives, over time will lead to resumption of full sailing activities. In the meantime, these Guidelines are intended to allow all members of the club to go sailing again, and to ensure we all stay safe and healthy.
2 .WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Until further notice, you will be able to sail your own boat, kayak or paddleboard on a “buddy-sailing” basis at any time. Model Yachters are permitted to assemble in groups of not more than 2 people. You are also at liberty to visit the club to carry out boat maintenance and repairs at any time, and for any duration.
The RYA recommends we limit the numbers of people sailing. To start with there will be a limit of five people per hour arriving at the club to sail, and a limit of two hour’s activity. This allows for a total of ten boats either sailing or being rigged or de-rigged at any time.
We are asking you to pre-book your time slot, and to arrive and depart the club promptly. A booking system is available at
To arrange buddy-sailing you are invited to join the WhatsApp group:
If you intend to sail please do not turn up at the club unannounced.
4. YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
First of all the Government guidelines on social distancing must be followed to the letter, and you should be scrupulous about hand-washing. Needless to say, if you or a member of your household are showing symptoms of Covid-19, do not come to the club for any reason. Stay at home, get better, and come and see us when you are fit.
The best guidance you can follow is to be self-sufficient during your time at the club: turn up in your sailing kit, bring all your gear with you, have a hand-sanitiser in your car, bring water and refreshments and a small first-aid kit, a bag to take home your rubbish, and ensure you have a buddy to sail with. Make sure there is space by pre-booking your preferred time-slot.
There will be no rescue boats on the water for the time being, so make sure you are comfortable with the weather conditions appropriate to your level of experience. Be aware of other sailors on the water, and be prepared to assist if they get into difficulties. We strongly advise everyone to fit a masthead float.
5. WHAT CLUB FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE?
all outside areas, ski-shed, Mirror-shed.
the first aid kit in the galley
6. WHAT FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE?
Red Shed, Rescue boats, Club boats
Clubroom, changing rooms, Galley, refreshments, drinking water,
Club gear (buoyancy aids, etc) radios
7. AND FINALLY
Over the last few weeks the Club Committee has spent many hours looking at the risks and opportunities available to us. Our aim has always been to provide a safe and healthy sailing environment consistent with RYA guidelines. At the end of the day, though, it will be the duty of all members to act responsibly and with courtesy to others. We will not have thought of every eventuality, and as a volunteer-run club we rely upon you to make sensible decisions, and consider the well-being of other club members.
It is to be hoped that, in the light of our experience over the next couple of weeks, we may be able to cut back on some of the limitations, and extend everyone’s enjoyment. Your feedback will help us do that.
Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy your sailing.
Will Stevens, Commodore