We would like to invite you to consider getting out sailing with us from Sunday, April 11th 2021. It will be great to see you out on the water be it in single-handers or members of same household/bubble in a larger dinghy and mixed household members with suitable extra precautions. You will need to be competent to sail that dinghy. Killington has re-opened for group sailing and we hope to arrange some sessions there soon. Instruction and training in dinghy or powerboat will also re-start when we can. We also hope to run some taster sessions from June.

Risk assessments



PROCEDURES AND SAFE WORKING PRACTICES during the present phase of COVID 19 guidelines.

These are based on UK COVID 19 guidelines from GOV and a wealth of guidance from the RYA. Any member who considers themselves as “vulnerable” must assess the risks for themselves.

They are suggestions as to how we can continue with recreational sailing on the bay and keep each other safe from coronavirus. They are considerate and conservative meaning we have consideration for the RNLI and Coastguard rescue services partly by not being over ambitious in our sailing efforts.

The changing rooms are not available so come changed, use the back of your own car or find an isolated spot in the compound.

Initially sailing will be inshore, sailing area to be defined on the day. Suggested maximum wind speed as top end of a force 4 (approximately 28 km/h or 18 mph ) with consideration for direction and sea state.

We must also consider how our whole operation is perceived by the general public. As an organised sport we can have any number of people on the water but off the water maximum group size is 6 or 2 households so be aware when milling around before races and when launching craft.

The safety boat cover will be with 2 in the boat.

The OD will have a list all persons involved in the session. If anyone develops symptoms of coronavirus after the session they should contact the Commodore.

These are not rules and regulations. It is appreciated that members will use common sense, goodwill will prevail and we will discuss with each other any actions we are taking.  Amendments can be made as we work through the practicalities as a group.

COVID 19 general guidelines.

Maintain social distancing of 2 metres and if less please wear a face covering.

Wash hands regularly with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

Use sanitiser as necessary.

Cover mouth when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of tissues carefully.

Avoid touching any part of the face.

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus or have had contact with anyone who is unwell with symptoms the please stay away.

Individual responsibilities.

Although the Club will have in place the means for members to wash hands, sanitise and wipe down surfaces we would ask all members to have on their person sanitiser to use freely to safeguard themselves and the other members and a have face covering (maybe worn round the neck) thus readily accessible to wear.


A Club officer will turn off the alarm system and the front door should remain locked.

The only entry to the premises should be via the side door into the male changing room and this is to use the toilet facilities. Males to use cubicle only. Females left into the disabled toilet

The door will be partly jammed open. There will be a vacant/engaged sign.

Entry to the toilets at other times may require the use of own key with suitable hygiene considerations.

Note: there is no other use of changing rooms and no entry to any other part of the building.

Compound and shed.

Please maintain social distancing.

Minimal touching of boats or equipment other than your own.

Minimal entry into shed other than to assist. Maintain hygiene protocols and hand washing facility available.

Dinghies/helm including those in Club dinghies.

Still a good idea to have a painter and your own separate towline. Consider where you would attach a towline from the patrol boat or if you were to use your own. A tow might also be given by another dinghy.

KNIFE.          Some form of face covering e.g. snood, scarf.             Sanitiser.

You should be able to get back into your dinghy after a capsize and please consider any modifications to assist this. Consider masthead buoyancy.

Your dinghy should be in good working order.

It is advised that you stay in the sailing area and be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

Remember it is your decision as to whether you sail or not given the wind strength and sea state on the day.

Launching/recovery of dinghies.

Buddy system but socially distanced. Best practice would be to only handle you own trolley.

SAFETY BOAT which will mainly be Merlin.

Helm and crew should have a face covering available and own sanitiser.

There will be cleaning spray and cloths, sanitiser, vinyl gloves and alcohol wipes on board  for use to keep you safer.

Stay distanced, avoid direct speaking when possible.

In the event of a capsized dinghy the aim is to get the person back in their own boat. Helm may assist righting of dinghy from mast head. May hold dinghy head-to-wind with painter. In exceptional circumstances and with both persons wearing face cover adopt any suitable method to help them get back in their dinghy which both persons feel comfortable with.

If it is necessary to tow someone back to shore they should be in their own dinghy (sails suitably released) and towed astern (not alongside).

IF A DINGHY HAS TO BE ABANDONED there is a small anchor and line in the front compartment of Merlin which can be attached to the painter of the dinghy and thrown overboard. The anchored dinghy can be recovered later.

LAUNCHING AND RECOVERY OF MERLIN… shared driving of the car. Follow usual procedures whilst maintaining distancing and involving the least number of people.

BACK AT THE SHED….Merlin should be re-fuelled, hosed down and hours logged. With Dettol surface cleaner spray and disposable cloth, the control and seating areas of Merlin should be wiped ( even though Merlin may well be unused longer than the 72 hours required for the virus to die anyway).


Careful organisation needed so that kit needed for your dinghy from the shed is selected with minimal handling of any other kit or equipment. Check you have everything you need before leaving the compound.

At the end of your session leave everything but the sails with the dinghy. Using the Dettol surface cleaner and disposable cloth wipe down all the surfaces of the dinghy which you have been in touch with. Replace cover. Leave for nature to take its course!

Personal kit from the kit store can only be supplied by a Club officer….if sailing regularly we may give it to you on loan for the season. If a one-off it will need to be washed off in the sink in the shed and then hung up in there, unused for 72 hours.


A Club officer will arrange for suitable cleaning of all areas used after each session.

The Commodore and Committee (6/4/21).