Covid-19 Guidance to Members

We want to look after all our members and don’t want WWSC to be the source of any further outbreak of infection which could lead to another temporary closure, or more serious consequences for the long-term future of the club.  So please do not come to the site if you or any member of your household have had any symptoms in the past two weeks and please make sure you observe the 2 metre social distancing rule whilst on site.  Remember – distancing is your only protection from catching the virus.

We are still welcoming new members who can already sail and have their own boat(s) or windsurfers (you can join here).

You are wholly responsible for your own safety and for assessing the weather conditions before sailing; the club has no responsibility for your actions.

As the government eases restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s important that members continue to sail within their capability and remember that any activity will still need to be alone or with members of your household, and social distancing must be followed at all times.

Members Responsibilities

Adult members can sail at their own risk, provided social distancing is maintained.

So that as many people as possible can access the water, especially at busy times, please:

  • Only sail in conditions which are well within your capabilities – see our Personal Risk Assessment Checklist.
  • Don’t leave your boat unattended away from your boat park space.
  • Do as much rigging and de-rigging as possible in your boat park space, leaving the slipways and the pontoon clear just for launching and recovery.
  • Be prepared to wait if the slipways or pontoon are congested.
  • Leave launching trolleys on the grass to maximise slipway space.
  • Give priority to people moving boats if you are walking in the boat park or near the slipways
  • Leave your car in the car park.

In line with the Club Sailing Regulations, under-18s may only sail if they are accompanied on the water by an adult from their household when the support boat is not operating. Parents are responsible for deciding whether it’s safe for their children and remain responsible for them at all times.

Racing

Club-organised Sunday racing will be operating from 26 July under revised Sailing Instructions and in order to stay within the law on gatherings, reduce congestion and maintain social distancing on the slipways, we are splitting the boat park into two zones. Details of the revised launching and recovery arrangements for racing can be found here.

Cars and Road Access to Site

When you visit the club, please park in the car park.  Do not bring your car through the gate unless you are collecting or returning a boat or windsurf board.  If you are delivering a boat back to site or taking one away, please try to do this during the week and avoid busy times like Sunday morning and Wednesday afternoon.

OOD and Support Boat

An OOD will be on site and a support boat will be on the water on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, subject to weather conditions and availability of same-household crews.  The Red Ensign will be flown from the flagpole in front of the race hut when the support boat is on the water.  So that the support boat can be launched and recovered by two people without assistance, we will only be using the smaller support boats, and these can only be operated safely up to Force 4/5.  The support boat is being provided primarily to enable members to sail who have so far not been able to do so.

With the exception of the OOD, the race hut is out of bounds .

Club hire and training boats along with non support RIBs are not to be used, unless being used as part of an pre-arranged training or coaching activity.  We are planning to make a limited hire fleet (Picos and a Wanderer) available to members from 8 August.

House and Grounds

The clubhouse remains closed (including to members with their own key and alarm fob) until further notice.  This includes the club room and changing rooms.

At weekends, a takeaway food service is available from Wych’s Kitchen with advance ordering and payment by card only – the latest menu is available here

Toilets are only available when OOD or Wych’s Kitchen are on site.  Please maintain social distancing, follow signage on site and observe all cleaning requirements.

The club bar is closed, however a limited range of alcoholic drinks is available from Wych’s Kitchen for members to take away with their lunch.

The club’s picnic tables must not be used (because of the difficulty of maintaining social distancing), but the small tables and chairs from the balcony will be available on the patio for members to use when Wych’s Kitchen are on site.  Please do not move the tables, which have been set out so as to aid social distancing.

Training and Coaching

Adult sessions, and youth sailing and coaching sessions are being organised on Saturday afternoons.  Youth sessions are open to club members under-18 who have completed at least RYA Stage 2 or can sail to that level with minimum assistance with rigging, launching and sailing their boat.  Attendance is strictly limited and must be booked in advance.  Adult sessions can be booked here.

Some personal tuition sessions are also available for adults with some sailing experience.

In order to fully comply with the RYA guidelines, sessions are operated under special arrangements so as to comply with social distancing and other restrictions on group sizes.

Further Guidance

Club Sailing Regulations Current WWSC sailing regulations.
Sailing and racing with participants from different households Measures for participants when sailing and racing with other households.
Personal Risk Assessment Checklist Before setting sail we advise all members to carry out a risk assessment taking into account the following (for themselves, their crew and anyone they are responsible for).
RYA COVID-19 hub Guidance and resources to help members and the wider boating community return safely to the water.
FAQs for Affiliated Clubs Guidance put together to assist clubs, classes and RTCs