Good evening gents
Having read in as much detail as I
can the new covid-19 advice and rules, as well as those of
the RYA and North Tyneside council’s questions and answers
to their regulations, to my amazement it seems that we are
OK to have sailing provided it is a club organised sail /
So having discussed the matter with
Terry (Health & Safety officer), and Garvin (racing
secretary) and Terry has contacted the council, from
tomorrow sailing will be available for those who feel
it is safe enough for them to do so at the normal
Can I emphasise the following:
We must only sail from the enclosed off areas except when
launching and recovering. More amazingly still, it
seems we can have 13 members sailing provided we socially
The single most
important feature is that you socially distance, which for
most of the time while sailing is 2 metres. I cannot
emphasis too much the importance of this.
A strong recommendation is that all members bring their
own gel or washing facilities. I do not want to open
the loos any more, and that is where the club’s gel, spray
and wipes are stored.
4. Do not to handle other
peoples boats. If one does by mistake, the owner
should be informed and both parties to sanitise their
hands, and the owner should sterilise the parts of boat
Use of sanitiser fluid where possible on gate parts into
grassed area, ideally used every time someone opens the
gate. I will try to find some way of getting that
available for members to use, but that often will not be
possible. If so, use your own gel after opening /
closing the gates
A record of attendance will be kept each sailing day.
It goes without saying that anyone who is thinking of
attending must not be exhibiting Covid symptoms, e.g. High
temperature, repeated dry cough etc. Stay at home if you
do exhibit any symptoms and please inform me and or the
secretary if you do and have been at the club recently to
help tracing if needed.
Time spent in the car park is not meant for chatting on,
sorry, even if socially distancing, even if you are
Only a recommendation, but wearing a mask may be of help.
Be aware that members of the public might feel very
aggrieved as they are very limited in who they can meet /
contact etc, while we may have 10 people sailing.
That might make for a very awkward situation arising.
(this is the MYA document if you have not already read it)
We will be reviewing the situation
all the time as the rate of infection is bound to
increase, with the increase in danger to us all and we
need to be responsible. On a personal front, I doubt
if I will sail for much more than 2 weeks more.