Latest News - Covid 19 Return to Boating

Hi Everyone

I hope and trust everyone is fit and well and managing to enjoy a Covid-secure summer?
Your sailing club committee have continued to meet and discuss the developing guidelines and how they affect the cautious return to sailing that many of us have been able to enjoy.
We are conscious that the lack of rescue boat cover is an important aspect for some of you considering going afloat and I’d like to reassure you we are working on possible launching / landing and single-handed manning of the clubs RIBS and will keep you updated. As you know we are a volunteer run club with very few possibilities to dual-man with crews from single household units so this may continue to pose problems for some time yet.
We are however pleased to attach our revised risk assessment with changes and updates in blue text.
You will notice after checking with the insurers that we can now allow the use of the club dinghies. This is with effect from today. This involved temporary changing club rules regarding their use without RIB cover and with each boat being available for single household usage exclusively on Sundays. This minimises any necessity for complex sanitising processes as the natural 7 day period will do this for us. I would just bring your attention to the fact the club needs to be reassured of your sailing competence and that although the club’s insurance provides 3rd party cover their use is entirely at the sailor’s own risk. All we ask is that you sign-out the dinghies using the form that will be posted inside the container that includes a disclaimer of clubs liability.
Currently the fleet includes various Topaz and Toppers and will from next week be updated to include a Laser One. Hopefully this will enable more members to get afloat this summer.
With regards the re-opening of the clubhouse, changing rooms and toilets. Again, we are studying this but the guidance, specially with regards the changing rooms is detailed and could become onerous to implement and manage for our volunteer-run club. Equally re-opening the clubhouse even for simple refreshments can only be done in line with Governments guidance developed for pub or restaurants - at this time our recently refurbished clubhouse remains sadly off-limits with I hope your understanding.

Pete Boxer Commodore

Return to Boating

Clacton on Sea Sailing Club Covid - 19 Return to Boating Phase One

Dear Members,

Following the Government’s announcement on Sunday 11th May, and guidance from the RYA, free unsupported sailing and boating is allowed from Wednesday 13th May. Sailing is limited to single-handers or double handers from the same household only. This lift on restrictions provides another way for people to do something active outside under the guidelines issued as the Government replaced their ‘Stay at Home’ slogan with the advice to ‘Stay Alert’.

We will continually review all the advice as we are informed by the RYA who will learn from clubs and other organisations throughout this process. The health and safety of our members,is our priority and all measures that we are taking are to reduce the risk of infection from Covid-19 and the risk of an incident leading to support from emergency services.

The effective eradication of Covid-19 relies on people taking individual and collective responsibility. It is the club’s role to facilitate safe activity from the premises in line with Government guidance and to remind members of their individual responsibility so they can make informed choices. We would like members to follow the RYA Guiding Principles when thinking about sailing.  The committee have considered how these principles apply to our club and its members.

RYA Guiding Principles

These are the RYA’s guiding principles that will underpin all guidance across the boating community.

1. We will always follow Government guidance

The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on frontline services. We all have a role to play by following the Government guidelines. Even though you are on the water we do not want to see people setting up races, it is free social sailing only, its exercise not an opportunity to have informal racing. Sailing is highly visible and we do not want our actions to appear to be rule-breaking.

2. We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach

Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services. This is a gradual, phased return to sailing.

Look out for others such as families on beaches or people on other boats and think about how your activity could help or hinder them. Give extra space to other beach users on the road and ramp down to the beach.Boaters should keep an eye out for others, and be ready to assist if trouble arises.

Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.

Try to only sail if there is another club boat sailing within your vicinity who could assist you if required. Take a mobile phone afloat in a waterproof bag with pre dialled numbers of a shore-based contact.  Sail well within your capability and take particular notice of the weather forecast and the tides.  Plan you sailing in all conditions to minimise the need for outside assistance.

At this time, it is not possible for the club to provide any safety cover due to the constraints of 2m social distancing, therefore members are urged to exercise extra caution and conservative seamanship before making any decision to launch. Even the best sailors can get caught out by gear failure and while your safety is our first concern, neither the sport nor the club would welcome the negative publicity which might result from a rescue by RNLI or worse. So we suggest that before you launch for the first time this year that you perform a thorough inspection of you boat and undertake any maintenance required. Rest assured that the committee is investigating ways of providing safety cover and as soon as it is possible, we will then be in a better position to actively encourage all of you to get your boats out!

All other restrictions that Clacton  Sailing Club has complied with will continue to be followed until further notice. This means that the main club building is still locked and there is no access to the changing rooms, toilets, lockers and first aid kit. If you do find the club door unlocked please do not enter. We are not accepting day members at present so non-members should not enter the compound.

In summary, please can you do the following:

  • Stay away from the club if you or any member of your household have any Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Follow government advice at all times.
  • Respect all physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.
  • Carry out a thorough check of equipment before going afloat.
  • Be considerate and conservative.
  • Think long and hard before launching.
  • Thank you for your continued support and we will continue to update you as any news comes to us.

Best wishes and safe sailing.

The Commodore & Committee  

 

Risk Assessment and Mitigation.

 

Risk

Mitigation 1

Mitigation 2

Land

 

Close contact with others not from same household

Social distancing of 2m must be observed. 

Where this is not possible 1m distancing with risk mitigation.

Wearing of facemasks and gloves is recommended

Opening gates (compound and beach)

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of the lock and gate

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

Sail Container

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of the lock and door equipment.

Only one member inside the container at one time.

Only interact with personal equipment.

Hose

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling tap and hose

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

Changing

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.

 

Toilets

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time. 

Note that Tendring Council have now opened public toilets.

 

Clubhouse

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.

 

Mower

Use of club mower is allowed. Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of mower controls 

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

Garagae & Tractor Access to garage and use of tractor remains exclusively by Derek Cheek   

At this time we ask all members to assess the conditions for sailing with a greater degree of caution than usual.

Sea

 

Risk

Mitigation 1

Mitigation 2

Sailing a boat with someone from another household

Not permitted at this time

 

Sailing in the company of another vessel crewed by people from another household

Social distancing of 2m must be observed  Where this is not possible 1m distancing with risk mitigation

Wearing of facemasks and gloves is recommended

Launching and Recovery

You should be able to launch and recover your boat to and from the compound by yourself, or with a member from your household or 2m apart from one other person from another household

Wearing gloves and following Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use if assisting non-household sailors 

Heavy winds

Recommended only to below 18 knots

Please use all available weather forecasting apps and websites to assess the weather, wind and sea conditions.

Novice Sailing

Recommended only to be below 12 knots

Please use all available weather forecasting apps and websites to assess the weather, wind and sea conditions.

Light Winds - difficulty returning to the launch point

Plan to sail to the conditions so that the tide / wind will bring you back to the launch point.

Carry paddle;

‘Praddle’ recommended for catamarans

First aid (but not an emergency)

Clubhouse closed

Bring your own first aid kit

Club Boats

The rule limiting the use of club dinghies will be lifted for the duration of social distancing - such that experienced sailors can use the boats without safety boat cover at the sailor’s own risk.
Club Boats may be used on Sundays only: Individuals or people from the same household shall have exclusive use and responsibility for one such boat for the entire day- the boats must not then be used on the intervening days which will act as a period of natural Covid 19 sanitation 
The use of the boats will be limited to people with more than 3 years sailing experience or new members who can demonstrate the required competence. 
The boat must be signed out using the sheet maintained on the inside of the container door so that we can track the usage of boats. 

It should be noted that CSC insurance provides 3rd party cover only and users must acknowledge the use of club dinghies is at the sailors own risk.

Signing the sheet posted inside the container is effective acceptance of personal risk. 

Emergency

Call 999 and ask for the ‘coastguard’ or VHF ch16 and conduct a ‘Mayday’ or ‘Pan Pan’ call.

Recommend bringing a Mobile phone with you in a waterproof case at all times. 

 

Revised 17th July 2020 

Risk Assessment and Mitigation. 

 

 

Risk 

Mitigation 1 

Mitigation 2 

Land 

Close contact with others not from same household  

Social distancing of 2m must be observed

Where this is not possible 1m distancing with risk mitigation    

Wearing of facemasks and gloves is recommended  

Opening gates (compound and beach) 

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of the lock and gate 

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

Sail Container  

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of the lock and door equipment.  

Only one member inside the container at one time.  

Only interact with personal equipment. 

Hose 

Wear gloves to avoid direct handling tap and hose  

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

Changing 

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time. 

 

Toilets  

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.  Note that Tendring Council have now opened public toilets. 

 

Clubhouse 

Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time. 

 

Mower   

Use of club mower is allowed. Wear gloves to avoid direct handling of mower controls

Follow Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use  

 

Garage & Tractor

Access to garage and use of tractor remains exclusively by Derek Cheek

 

At this time we ask all members to assess the conditions for sailing with a greater degree of caution than usual. 

Sea 

Risk  

Mitigation 1 

Mitigation 2 

Sailing a boat crewed by someone from another household 

Not permitted at this time  

 

Sailing in the company of another vessel crewed by people from another household 

Social distancing of 2m must be observed    Where this is not possible 1m distancing with risk mitigation     

Wearing of facemasks and gloves is recommended  

Launching and Recovery  

You should be able to launch and recover your boat to and from the compound by yourself, or with a member from your household or 2m apart from one other person from another household  

Wearing gloves and following Government hygiene guidelines washing hands after use if assisting non-household sailors  

Heavy winds  

Recommended only to below 18 knots 

Please use all available weather forecasting apps and websites to assess the weather, wind and sea conditions. 

Novice Sailing  

Recommended only to be below 12 knots 

Please use all available weather forecasting apps and websites to assess the weather, wind and sea conditions. 

Light Winds - difficulty returning to the launch point 

Plan to sail to the conditions so that the tide / wind will bring you back to the launch point.  

Carry paddle; 

‘Praddle’ recommended for catamarans 

First aid (but not an emergency)

Clubhouse closed

Bring your own first aid kit

Club Boats 

·         The rule limiting the use of club dinghies will be lifted for the duration of social distancing - such that experienced sailors can use the boats without safety boat cover at the sailor’s own risk.

·         Club Boats may be used on Sundays only: Individuals or people from the same household shall have exclusive use and responsibility for one such boat for the entire day- the boats must not then be used on the intervening days which will act as a period of natural Covid 19 sanitation 

·         The use of the boats will be limited to people with more than 3 years sailing experience or new members who can demonstrate the required competence. 

·         The boat must be signed out using the sheet maintained on the inside of the container door so that we can track the usage of boats. 

 

It should be noted that CSC insurance provides 3rd party cover only and users must acknowledge the use of club dinghies is at the sailors own risk.

Signing the sheet posted inside the container is effective acceptance of personal risk.

Emergency 

Call 999 and ask for the ‘coastguard’ or VHF ch16 and conduct a ‘Mayday’ or ‘Pan Pan’ call. 

Recommend bringing a Mobile phone with you in a waterproof case at all times.  

 

Revised 17th July 2020