Latest News - Covid 19 Return to Boating

Dear Members

I’d like to thank you all for your patience whilst the Committee considered how best to progress a cautious, phased return to sailing & fishing.
Follow the link above to read the letter from the Committee to all members and our risk assessment that both detail how we can begin a considerate and cautious return to the water from this time.
The Committee will continue to review the effectiveness of this advice and issue further updates as government and RYA guidance as well as the practicalities of our situation allows.
To anyone considering going afloat I would just reiterate the advice to please thoroughly check your equipment completing any maintenance required and to take a cautious approach to prevailing and forecast conditions considering this will be your first time afloat this year

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.



Mitigation 1

Mitigation 2



Close contact with others not from same household

Social distancing of 2m must be observed

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

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.


Wear gloves to avoid direct handling tap and hose

Follow Government hygiene guidelines


Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.



Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.  Note that Tendring Council have not opened public toilets.



Clubhouse, Toilets and changing rooms closed at this time.


Mower and tractor

Not to be used at this time by members


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




Mitigation 1

Mitigation 2

Sailing a boat with someone from another household

Not permitted at this time


Sailing with someone from another household

Social distancing of 2m must be observed

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


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

These may not be used as there is no safety cover.



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. 


Issued 21st May 2020