The Club remains closed at the current time. We anticipate reopening on 29th March if this is allowed.
The current situation remains “Stay at Home” until at least 28th March. Sailing is only permitted as a form of daily exercise if you are able to launch from a publicly accessible place. Unfortunately our sailing club does not qualify, but beaches and public slipways may be used for those fortunate enough to live near them.
Whilst the “Stay at Home” restrictions are in place the RYA guidance is that boat maintenance should not be carried out as this is not an essential activity.
However from 8th March you are allowed to visit the club for essential reasons, which may include taking a walk along the lakeside or moving your boat back into its place in the boat park after the recent flooding.
From 29th March the club may reopen – subject to confirmation by the government, and application of the “rule of 6 or two households” onshore. The “rule of 6” means that any social gatherings of more than 6 people are against the law (unless everyone is from two or fewer households).
Formally organised outdoor sports (socially distanced) may restart subject to RYA guidelines. However indoor areas cannot be used, although toilets may be made available.
It is our intention to reopen the club as soon as we are allowed to do so, and to return to socially-distanced sailing activities under similar guidelines to those in place at the end of last year.
We are working hard to ensure that the club is ready to safely reopen and for sailing to re-start within the guidelines that we have been given,
For the moment we urge you to respect the restrictions that are in place, and remind you that until at least 28th March the guidance is to “stay at home” apart from essential journeys and daily exercise (which does not allow boat maintenance or sailing on our lake).
Keep safe and stay healthy.
With kind regards,
Commodore Nigel Lacey