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Royal Solent Yacht Club

Covid-19: Getting back on the water

The Clubhouse must remain closed for the time being, but the Club's grounds (dinghy park, slipway, jetty, car park, boat sheds) are now open to members only.

Members who wish to start sailing again should please follow government and club guidance, RYA advice and Notices to Mariners issued by local harbours:

Government guidelines say that all forms of water sports, practiced on open waterways, including, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and the use of privately owned motorised craft are allowed.

So what does that mean for Royal Solent members?

  • It is possible to start some dinghy sailing and keelboat sailing with members of your household.
  • The Clubhouse is not open. There are no toilets or washing facilities for use by members. The Club’s Sailing Secretary and Boatman are furloughed and not on duty. The Sailing Office are closed.
  • Grants is open to duty race officers only.
  • The car park is open to members only.
  • The dinghy park is open to members only.
  • The slipway, jetty, outhaul and moorings are for the use of members only.
  • The Harbour Commissioners have issued guidance on sailing from the harbour, please click here.
  • When members are using the Club's dinghy park, slipway, jetty, outhaul and moorings all government guidance, social distancing and appropriate hygiene measures must be observed.

For particular classes in reality it means as follows:

Lasers:

  • The dinghy park is open so please use your Laser if it is there or if you would like to put a dinghy in the park please contact our Accounts Administrator Janet at accounts@royalsolent.org.
  • The Club's slipway is clean and ready to use. Keep 2 metres apart at all times in the dinghy park, on the jetty and on the slipway and be aware of other people using the beach and slipway. Launch and recover one at a time.
  • The Club Lasers may be hired by members, please email me.
  • Informal racing on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening can be arranged if there is sufficient demand, please email me if you are interested.

XODs and YODs:

  • The moorings are in so please put your boat in as soon as you can. If you haven't already, please contact our Accounts Administrator Janet at accounts@royalsolent.org to secure a mooring.
  • Sailing is permitted with people from your own household.
  • Informal races can be organised for those households that can crew a boat if there is demand.
  • A ferry service by members out to the moorings can be organised if needed but social distancing needs to be maintained.

Folkboats and Racing Cruisers:

  • Sailing is permitted with people from your own household.
  • The use of the harbour is permitted, to view their guidance on sailing, please click here.
  • Informal racing can be organised for those households that can crew a boat if there is demand.
  • RIB support from members can be organised.
  • The harbour taxi is running within the harbour.

Cruising Division:

  • Day cruising is permitted with members of your own household.
  • The use of the harbour is permitted, to view their guidance on sailing, please click here.

Hopefully this is just the start of greater freedoms and soon we will be able to sail with members of different households and then stay overnight on our boats.

In the short term, as more keelboats go into the water we would like to run a Handicap Household Series for any of you who can put together a crew from your own household.

Racing will probably be white sailing to begin with as this will allow sailing with smaller crews if necessary.

It would be useful if you can let me know if this would be of interest and also when you anticipate being ready to sail, please email me.

In the meantime can I remind you to please:

  • Stay away from the Club if you or any of your household have any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Observe social distancing at all times and pay particular attention to hygiene.
  • Everyone using the club slipway or racing in an informal or a club race MUST first complete and return a Condition of Entry, please click here to download.
  • Only sail with members of your own household.
  • Sail a well maintained boat.
  • Sail within your level of competency. The club is not able to provide any support on the water from the Boatman or otherwise. Rescues pose a risk to rescuers.
  • Check and take account of the forecast and tidal conditions.

If you have any queries or questions, please email me at sailing@royalsolent.org.

I would in appreciate any ideas or thoughts on how to get us out the water, so please do get in touch.

Katie Davies
Rear Commodore Sailing

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