LSC – COVID-19 Bulletin 5 Stage 5 – Racing Restarts Dated 14th July 2020

COVID-19 Alert – Safe Distancing – Wash Hands – Same Household Crews

You must not come to the Club if you are feeling in the slightest unwell, have a cough, a fever or have lost your sense of taste or smell.

Please inform the Club if you become unwell with Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days of visiting the premises.  See further details on the Club Website at

Anyone who chooses to come to the Club must follow the guidelines which are for your protection and the protection of other members who may be more vulnerable than yourself. You may only use those facilities which have been authorised by the Committee and you do so entirely at your own risk.  Bear in mind that the risk is still real and considerable and the consequences of becoming infected with Covid-19 can be life-changing.

Return of Cruiser Racing – Single Handed or with Same Household Crew

Cruiser Racing is now able to re-commence – single handed or with same household crew, who may be a guest (no limit this year to number of visits for your household guest crew). John Guess, co-opted Cruiser Captain, has worked with Alex Clapperton to produce the detailed Sailing Instructions and Notice of Race.

The key points are as follows:

  • Entry to Races will only be open to members of LSC, and other individuals by specific invitation.
  • The races will generally take place on Friday evenings and Sundays, when tide and weather permit.
  • These races are being held for the fun and enjoyment of all participants and to allow a measure of distanced socialising between the crews of competing yachts.
  • Crews from different boats must maintain social distancing. This is especially relevant during times of tender launch and recovery

Return of Dinghy Racing - with Single Handed or with Same Household Crew

Dinghy Racing is now also able to re-commence - single handed or with same household crew, who may be a guest (no limit this year to number of visits for your household guest crew). Alex has also been working with Dinghy Captain, Martin Barker, and co-opted Sailing Secretary, Andy Bethell, on a way that organised Dinghy Racing may be re-introduced within the Government guidelines.

A modified set of Sailing Instructions have been created to detail the methods we will use to comply with the COVID guidelines.

Some of the main points are as follows

  • Boats must be crewed by single household groups, although only one of these must be a member.
  • Racing will be conducted on Wednesday evenings and Sundays as tide allows.
  • Maximum wind strength and safety cover are reduced, so the emphasis is on increased competitor responsibility for your own safety. 
  • Additional requirements on social distancing at dinghy launch and recovery are also in place.
  • Changing rooms remain closed until further notice, so come prepared.

Points to remember

  • The cloakrooms are open for toilet and hand-washing facilities only.  Only one person may enter either cloakroom at any one time. Please leave the cloakroom door open. Anyone entering the building must ensure social distancing is maintained and if someone is encountered in the corridor, the nearest person should move into the passage towards the front door to allow safe passing.  If you enter and find the cloakroom occupied, please return outside to wait.
  • Access to the showers and changing areas has been reviewed, but they currently remain closed. This will be kept under review based on the latest available advice.
  • Opening of the Bar and Lounge is not yet possible.  Work is still continuing on risk assessments and procedures which are proving difficult to achieve with a sufficient degree of safety. Please be patient on this issue.
  • Take your own precautions when opening and closing doors and wipe down any surfaces you make contact with.  Cleaning materials will be available but please bring your own if possible.  Our contract cleaners have been re-employed to clean the cloakrooms and corridor twice a week, but members should ensure that they clean the facilities themselves after each use. 
  • All other parts of the Clubhouse are out of bounds.
  • No guests, other than from your own household, are allowed at the Club.
  • There may be times when the slipway becomes busy, but social distancing must continue to be observed. Don’t be offended if someone asks you to step aside. Priority should be given to incoming dinghies and tenders. Tenders please give way to dinghies under sail. When launching, please look out into the lagoon before using the slipway in order to anticipate any imminent arrivals.
  • Passing on the pontoons should be achieved by members looking away as they pass.  Priority to those coming off.
  • Members must be responsible for their own safety and hygiene. You must wash your hands frequently and it would be desirable for facemasks to be worn.


Best wishes to all

Stay safe

David Hall





New Covid Test and Trace Procedures

 What you should do if you are feeling unwell with potential Covid Symptoms

  1. Follow the Government Guidelines and IMMEDIATELY book a Covid test.
  2. If you have visited the Club at any time during the last 14 days, you should IMMEDIATELY contact us, preferably by email with POTENTIAL COVID CONTACT in the heading. We would like the following information:
  • The date when you last visited the Club
  • The time (approximately will do) when you arrived and when you left
  • Details of your movements and activities
  • You may have made multiple visits during the last 14 days - please include all you can remember.
  1. Please also tell us if you agree to your name being included in an early warning which we will send out to all members. It may make it easier for them to judge if they could be affected, but it is not necessary if you feel uncomfortable about it.
  2. When you receive the result of your test please inform the club as soon as possible. An email with  CONFIRMED COVID CONTACT,   or hopefully  NO COVID, in the heading.         


What the Club will do

  1. When a POTENTIAL COVID CONTACT is received we will send an email to all members to advise them of the date and times during which a risk of contact with the virus could have occurred. (Those members without internet access will be contacted by telephone.)
  2. When a CONFIRMED COVID CONTACT or NO COVID contact is received, the Club will send a further message to all members.


What other members should do

  1. Those members who have been at the club during an “at risk” period will have to make a judgement about whether to immediately self-isolate until a NO COVID message is received. Remember that the virus can remain on surfaces for up to 72 hours.
  2. When a CONFIRMED COVID CONTACT is received, that personal judgement should be reviewed.
  3. If you are contacted by the NHS Track and Trace Team please follow their advice.


Additional information