Recreational Sailing Trial 5th JulyA trial recreational sailing session very much like our Recreational Sailing on Friday evenings is scheduled for the afternoon of 5 July to test how practical it is for Members to keep to the Scottish Government (SG) physical distancing and hygiene requirements, including single manning of boats and RIBS (unless a single household is involved).
We are individually responsible for complying with the SG’s requirements.
The Trial Plan:
- The session is aimed at Members who are not comfortable going on the water without support from a RIB.
- Use your own boat(s) - club/shared boats are currently out of bounds.
- On the website calendar (www.chanonry.org.uk/calendar.html) book a 30 minute time slot in TEAMUP for being in the Dinghy Park to rig and launch your boat.
- Concurrent time slots can be booked by up to 6 households and if more than three are present they must form groups of up to three households that do not mix.
- The dinghy park, car parking area and slipway are public areas and physical distancing must be maintained.
- Boat rigging and put away to take place in the Dinghy Park, moving smartly to the Dinghy Park after washing down.
- Launching and recovery to be carried out by the individual sailors without help unless by someone in their own household or bubble.
- RIB Support Volunteers can not get involved with more than two other households in a day so participants from the first time slot will need to help with the launching and recovery of the RIB. Generally five people are required to recover the RIB safely. Physical distancing will be maintained by using a rope attached to the trailer for 2 helpers well spaced, a 3rd steering at the jockey wheel and the RIB crew at the stern of the RIB.
- On the water is viewed as a public open space and as such there is plenty of space to physically distance. The RIB crew may lay training marks to designate the limit of the sailing area (there are no race marks laid at present).
- The RIB provides support while maintaining physical distancing. In extremis a sailor would be taken aboard the RIB for as short a time as possible.
- After putting boats away Members should leave the club.
- The Clubhouse is closed apart from for RIB Support Volunteers who need to pick up keys and radios. These, and any door handles and surfaces touched, to be cleaned before and after use with the materials provided.
- Participants need to arrive ready to go on the water, or change discreetly at the harbour perhaps in their car.
- The length of time on the water will be at the discretion of the RIB Support Volunteer depending on weather and tidal conditions. The maximum period of support on the water for each set will be 90 minutes. Three long whistle blasts from the RIB crew is an urgency signal for all to return to shore.
- Weather will be monitored in the run up to a session and unhelpful conditions, especially strong winds, will result in cancellation at least 24 beforehand. The RIB Support Volunteer can cancel the session on the day in the light of adverse conditions; e.g. strong or very light winds.
Richard Evans, Sailing Secretary