An Update from the Commodore
The General Committee hope you are all safe and well and not too frustrated with the difficulty and in some cases inability to go afloat.
It is a little while since we have updated you on what we are doing to steer the club through the current nightmare. The GC has met via Zoom on several occasions and in smaller groups in between to try to find ways of providing facilities for members whilst following government guidelines. It has not been an easy task and there are still many unknowns and uncertainties which we are trying to resolve as quickly as possible.
Here is an update on guidance for members sailing independently and for the availability and use of club facilities :-
The Club has issued guidance for members sailing their own boats independently. Click here to view or download.
Members using their own boats independently.
Members are welcome to launch their own boats from the Club hard as long as they follow government guidelines for group size and social distancing.
When preparing and launching their boats :-
- Be aware that the dinghy park is accessible to both other members and the general public so there is a risk of boats being touched by strangers.
- Carry out the hygiene arrangements they consider necessary before going afloat.
- Prepare their boats for use as much as possible away from the hard, other members and the general public
- Spend as little time as possible on the hard and maintain social distancing.
- Launch their boat only when no other boat is launching.
After launching :-
- Move away and keep away from the end of the hard as quickly as possible to allow other members to launch and not “play or hover” near the end of the hard.
- Go afloat well prepared and use your boat with extra caution. Please see the attached Safety Advice for Independent Sailing as mentioned above.
Coming ashore on the hard :-
- Not approach or land on the hard when other members are launching or recovering their boat.
- Make the boat safe to put on its launching trolley as quickly as possible
- Remove the boat from the water and hard as quickly as possible.
- Stow gear and wash down the boat ashore with extra care and at a distance from other members and the general public.
- When using the pontoons moor and unmoor one by one bearing in mind the narrowness of the walkways and keeping to social distancing rules.
- Spend as little time as necessary on the pontoon.
- The visitors pontoon remains closed and no overnight stays permitted.
Toilets With effect from Saturday June 6th, the clubhouse toilets will be available to use. We are required to maintain social distancing and only one person or one household at any time is allowed. If the toilet is occupied, please wait outside the Clubhouse until the facility becomes available. The accessible and ladies toilets will remain locked whilst the gents is available as a unisex facility. The toilet must not be used as a changing room at this time.
We have organised daily cleaning, but please assume that the facility may be contaminated and sanitize before and after use. Always wash or sanitize your hands before you leave and touch as little as possible on the way out.
Please follow the guidance notices
Club Boats Club boats are now available for experienced members to use with permission of the Vice Commodore. Covid-19 procedures and Safe Sailing procedures are in place. Please contact the Vice Commodore if you would like to book out a club boat or canoe. email
Government restrictions on social distancing and size of groups do not allow us to launch cruisers at present, but we will keep the situation continually under review and will consult when the situation changes. For those lucky enough to be afloat and able to sail you can visit Brightlingsea Harbour and leave your boat overnight on the pontoons. You cannot stay onboard overnight on the pontoons or at anchor.
Club buildings etc.
Just to reiterate our previous advice to members with their own boats they are welcome to work on them on the Club premises as long as they follow government guidelines for group size and social distancing. All club buildings (apart from the toilet) are still closed to members and should not be opened or entered. If members need to recover any personal items from them please contact me.
For members wishing to help with hard cleaning, the equipment is stored in the green shed. Please assume that it may have been used by others and wear gloves and/or other protective equipment as appropriate.
In the meantime (and it is pretty mean!) stay safe and if you want further information contact a member of the GC or myself – email or mobile Tel 07967505854
Updated 8th June 2020
Bernie Hetherington – Commodore, on behalf of the GC