SSC Covid 19 Guidance from 2nd June 2020

Following the Government’s further relaxing of rules to manage C19 spread on 1st June, exercise including water sports are allowed as well as meeting in groups of up to 6 people outside and socially distanced. The club has produced the following revised guidance to allow members to sail whilst complying with the latest Government and RYA guidance.

It isn’t possible to cover every eventuality but our prime concern is to protect all members and comply with the Government’s latest guidelines on social distancing and numbers of people who can meet.

The important rules that apply are:-

Water sports are allowed but social distancing must be maintained.

  • Only members of the same household may sail together in one boat
  • No rafting up or sailing close to another boat
  • Maintain social distance whilst launching and recovering by the use of all jetties and the beach area. Please be considerate of other users and wait if necessary.

Safety boats will generally not be on the water but engines (5 hp and electric) for the tender will be available in the sailability blue box (club key access) in case of emergency. Keys for the other rescue boats and radios will remain in the lock up, (contact any committee member if access needed).

The latest Government guidance states that we may meet outside in groups of up to 6 people from different households. Please comply with this rule by meeting in well segregated and socially distanced groups of no more than 6, ideally in different areas of the club premises e.g. dinghy park, car park, beach area etc. as well as outside clubhouse

The club is open for members use only; strictly no guests or visitors allowed at this time.


Procedures for entry/exit and whilst at club

Please pull the main gate closed (the one closest to the road), after entry or exit, to prevent non members accessing the lake area to picnic or swim. Whilst you are at the club this gate does not need to be locked.

It is not possible to ensure that all surfaces remain clean at all times. Although members are encouraged to clean anything they come in contact with. Therefore the assumption must be that all locks, gates, door handles, handrails, jetty boards, benches and tables etc. are potentially contaminated. We therefore encourage members wash hands frequently and/or to wear clean gloves. The club provides soap but this might run out with heavy usage so please bring your own just in case and any other hand sanitizers that you use.


Buildings: Access to main clubhouse is for the use of toilets and hand washing facilities and members should change at home if possible. To maintain social distancing only one household should use the changing or toilet facilities at a time. Please knock and ask if changing rooms/toilets are engaged before entering.

Obviously, wash and dry hands well before exiting; we plan to fit a foot operated door opener to exits so you won’t have to touch handles.

The main clubroom is closed to members except for emergencies, where access is needed to the telephone, first aid and/or defibrillator.


Sailing: The club bye laws and rules apply in addition to the C19 distancing rules. Rescue boat cover is unlikely to be available and therefore buddy sailing and/or a shore lookout are required.

Sailing is at your own risk so please be aware of conditions and don’t put others at risk by having to effect a rescue etc. – Please take a cautious approach to forecast sailing conditions for your ability.

Anyone sailing without rescue boat cover must be able to swim and self rescue in most circumstances, including but not limited to, equipment failure, grounding, capsize and minor injury.

The race programme has been suspended, however members are free to organise informal races and arrange their own start/finish procedure and rescue boat cover if required. The sailing area is restricted to between buoys 1, 4, 8 & 9. You must not go behind any of the islands.


Rescue Boats: Only one person to drive rescue boat unless crew available from the same household. In most circumstances one person in a rescue boat can provide assistance to boats without the need for crew.

However, in emergency situations crew may be necessary (either somebody on shore or another sailor who leaves their dinghy to assist) In emergency situations – helms, crew and those rescuing understand and accept that social distancing is unlikely to be possible.

Rescue boat helm and crew, if any, should have a face covering available for use if they need to get within 2 meters of a dinghy to offer assistance. Wherever possible, assistance should be provided from a distance of greater than 2 meters.

Please fuel boat and check all other equipment complete and in place before parking in garage

Boat Hire: Members can hire the club’s boats but must complete the Boat Hire form pinned up in the clubhouse entrance to enter your name and date hired.    After hiring, this form must be left on display inside the boat.  The boat, once hired shouldn’t be used by another household for at least 6 days.

This guidance will be amended as necessary.

C19 sub-committee: – Commodore, Rear Com, Acting Vice Com and Training Principle.