COVID-19 UPDATE: 16th May 2020

We welcome the changes to the Government’s guidance that sets out the key principles of enjoying the benefits of being outside, while protecting yourself and others from coronavirus. The Committee has decided to allow limited sailing activities to take place with immediate effect, which comply with all Government Guidelines and Legislation. The clubhouse will remain closed.

Sailing Permitted

Now that “unlimited” out-door exercise is to be encouraged and we are permitted to travel to that place of exercise means that the lake is available to members. At this time we will allow members to access the lake at any time during the daylight hours on the basis that you have confirmed when you plan to attend via our booking system (described below), and that the government’s guidance is followed at all times.

Please note members who wish to sail at the Club when there is no advertised sailing/racing programme (i.e. no safety boat is operating) may do so entirely at their own risk provided they arrange for some other person to be available on shore who can provide assistance should the sailor get into difficulties. In this scenario the on shore person should have access to a boat in order to provide safety cover.

Booking is Compulsory

We are introducing a simple booking system via our website. The link is:

https://silverwingsailingclub.co.uk/visit/

Each time slot will allow a maximum of 20 people (including children) to enter the site. You must book each time you and any family members plan to visit. We will be monitoring this process and if you are found on site without a booking you will be asked to leave.

We ask that you respect the open space at the club in the same manner in which the Government has specified in the most up to date guidance

Government Guidelines for England:

  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 meters apart

As before you cannot

  •  gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household)

This allows members living together in the same household to sail one or more boats at the same time. This also provides the necessary scope for a member to meet with one other person from a different household to sail at the same time. Obviously this would be in single handed boats and you must always maintain the social distancing rule. You cannot promote or encourage meeting with a whole group of sailors.
If you are the non-sailor, on shore, then you should be competent to use one of the club’s Rigiflex safety boats. When the lake is in use by one sailing boat the Rigiflex safety boat should be out of the container ready to launch if required. It is your responsibility to put the safety boat away and reset the alarms when you leave the premises.

Additional Precautions / Rules:

The risk of Coronavirus is reducing but a significant risk remains particularly via transmission to vulnerable people (principally older people and those with pre-existing conditions). All members wishing to come to the club must follow all Government guidance and observe the following rules:

  • Lock ALL gates upon arrival and departure
  • Buoyancy aids are compulsory at all times on and around the lake shore and pontoons
  • Sail well within your own ability and that of those sailing with you, who are your rescue. Careful consideration is needed for sailing above wind force 4(>18 mph) or wind force 3 (>12 mph) for less experienced sailors.
  • No sailing in severe wind and/or weather conditions. Please use common sense here.
  • If you are symptomatic or have been in contact with others that require you to self-isolate , you cannot come to the club; Follow current government guidelines.
  • Those who have been declared vulnerable and have been advised to self-isolate should continue to do so;
  • Observe Social Distancing at all times (i.e. the 2m rule), avoid touching shared surfaces and where possible wipe clean shared surfaces you have touched;
  • The clubhouse is to remain locked. Keyholders are asked not to open the clubhouse;
  • You should either come to the club already wearing your sailing gear or change in the car park;
  • Please ensure you have a charged mobile phone for emergencies onshore or ideally with you whilst sailing;
  • You must sail within sight of the of the clubhouse and avoid blind spots e.g. behind the island;
  • Club boats will not be available;
  • Two-handed boats can only be sailed by those living in the same household.

Social Distancing vs Rescuing Someone:

The vast majority of rescues do not require bodily contact. In most cases, all that is needed is assistance in righting a capsized boat or steadying a boat whilst a sailor gets back on board, maybe followed by a tow back to the clubhouse. If a sailor needs to be recovered from the water they will often be able to do this unassisted. Climbing onto their own boat, if lower in the water, and then the “rescuer’s” boat is often the easiest way.
If a person becomes entrapped or is unable to help himself or herself, e.g. unconscious, then immediate assistance is required, possibly including first aid and the risk of harm from the situation far outweighs the risk of contamination from the Coronavirus.
If you witness an accident or someone taken seriously ill it is your duty to provide assistance if you can without putting yourself at undue risk.

Outside Spaces and Water

  • Patio tables have been spaced at least 2 meters apart. They must not be moved. A clear path should be left for access to the beach area.
  • The exterior tap on the clubhouse is from the mains drinking water supply. Members are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles to access water. The tap needs to be cleaned before use and run for at least 5 minutes before the first use each day.
  • Play Area is taped off and not to be used
  • We will seek to reinstate the cleaning contract and will confirm the details when I have them

First Aid

Access to the AED remains available and is located between the changing room doors. Should CPR be required compressions-only CPR should be given while wearing gloves and a mask. If a CPR face-shield or other suitable item is available cover the patient’s mouth and nose to prevent any potential spread of germs. After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.

Further CPR guidance can be found here: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-community/

This message is sent on behalf of the Silver Wing Sailing Club Committee

Philip Bergquist
Commodore

Guidance Summary

  • The CLUBHOUSE remains CLOSED
  • You must BOOK A SLOT for anyone ATTENDING the club.
  • A safety boat should be out of the container ready to launch if required.
  • Lock ALL gates upon arrival and departure
  • Buoyancy aids are compulsory.
  • Sail well within your own ability and that of those sailing with you.
  • Observe Social Distancing at all times, avoid touching shared surfaces and where possible wipe clean shared surfaces you have touched.
  • You should either come to the club already wearing your sailing gear or change in the car park.
  • Please ensure you have a charged mobile phone for emergencies onshore or ideally with you whilst sailing.
  • You must sail within sight of the of the clubhouse and avoid blind spots e.g. behind the island.
  • Club boats will not be available.
  • Patio tables have been spaced at least 2 meters apart. They must not be moved. A clear path should be left for access to the beach area.
  • The exterior tap on the clubhouse is from the mains drinking water supply. Members are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottles to access water. The tap needs to be cleaned before use and run for at least 5 minutes before the first use each day.
  • Play Area is taped off and not to be used.
  • If you are symptomatic or have been in contact with others that require you to self-isolate , you cannot come to the club; Follow current government guidelines.
  • Those who have been declared vulnerable and have been advised to self-isolate should continue to do so.

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Ceilidh & Annual Prize Giving

This years annual prize giving will be joined again with a Ceilidh. Which translates to a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling. A traditional menu of Cottage Pie with or without Haggis will be available or Veggie Pie.

All you need to do is come in you dancing shoes and wear an item of tartan.

After you place your booking you’ll receive an email link with your receipt to order your food for the evening.

RYA Featured Article​

We are fortunate this year to have 8 volunteers who have been through the RYA Dinghy Instructor programme with supportive funding from the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

Congratulations to: Lesley Sarjantson, Simon Munro, Stuart Oborn, Ken Baker, Chris Sarjantson, Joel Evans, Evan Crane & Malcolm Weller.

Please follow this link to see the full article which features the Silver Wing Dinghy Instructor Training Programme.

Contact Phil Bergquist if this is something you would be interested in doing.

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