Bulletin 8 – Second Lockdown Commencing 5th November 2020

 

To all members of Lilliput Sailing Club

In response to the Government’s decision to invoke a lockdown for November, your Committee has, with regret,  decided that the only practical way forward initially is to close down the sailing club once more until the new restrictions have been explained in more detail.

The attached communication from the RYA indicates that we may have more clarity later this week as to what is and what isn’t allowable, at which point we will write out once again.

Meanwhile, with immediate effect, the Bar and Coffee Shop are closed and for the time being the Dinghy Racing Programme is cancelled and no sailing or use of boats is to take place until further notice. The toilets will remain open, but all other areas of the Clubhouse are out of bounds.

The Mooring Parties that have been scheduled for the period of the lockdown will be deferred and re-scheduled, with new dates advised in due course.

Currently the yard remains open for individual owners to carry out any urgent minimal essential boat maintenance, but as we are being requested not to undertake unnecessary journeys, members are discouraged from visiting the Club. There must be no mixing between households and overnight stays on boats is not allowed as this will be illegal under the lockdown legislation.  

The Club Office is closed, but the office staff will continue to work their normal hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from their home locations. Please correspond wherever possible by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Messages left on the office phone will be accessed remotely, and during office hours there is a mobile number, 07938 391385.

Watch this space for more details! 

David Hall

 

Commodore

 

UPDATE TO BULLETIN 8  – Second Lockdown Commencing 5th November 2020

COVID-19 Alert – Safe Distancing – Wash Hands – Be Aware

 

 

5th November 2020

 

All members of Lilliput Sailing Club,

 

Apologies for writing out again so soon on this topic, but further to the email and letter I sent out yesterday, the RYA had their first discussions with Government yesterday followed by a webinar for sailing clubs in the evening, which Bob Lowden attended on behalf of Lilliput.

 

The new information from the RYA confirms that Sailing Clubs should be CLOSED, so we have taken that action.

 

Work by contractors should be delayed if possible, and anyone carrying out essential work must be able to justify it. If your boat has recently been lifted out and has not yet been winterised, please get this done during the coming weekend if possible. All other non-essential maintenance by members will have to wait. 

 

We will write out again with any updates we receive to this as the lockdown proceeds.

 

The full RYA statement, dated 4th November, is reproduced below:

 

The RYA Statement

The RYA has released a statement setting out its interpretation of tomorrow’s upcoming England lockdown and how this affects the marine community. In the statement it says that ‘it is clear the government does not want to grant multiple exemptions at this time and is focused on protecting the NHS’. 

Although, as the RYA says, the statutory instrument published yesterday is still to be debated in Parliament later today, it will not give boaters and clubs much time to adapt to the latest new reality. As such, the RYA continues to liaise with other marine bodies, government departments, and various partners including Sport England and UK Sport, to get as much clarity and understanding as possible on what this means for boating in England. 

Dialogue is also continuing with the Department for Education around the details of what is possible as part of training and education. 

The RYA notes that clubs, classes and centres up and down the country have made a huge effort to keep members active and on the water despite the many challenges the Covid-19 pandemic has presented. The RYA and the sports sector throughout have presented strong arguments about the importance of activity during the pandemic, but for the next month most facilities will have to close. 

The RYA’s current understanding of the situation (subject to any local restrictions) is as follows: 

  • Recreational boating from a public outdoor space for single households and support bubbles or with one other person (with social distancing) may be possible 
  • Public waterways and beaches will remain open during the lockdown 
  • Outdoor sports centres and amenities (which includes sailing clubs and watersports centres) will have to close 
  • Members may be able to access boats for essential checks and maintenance, however, this will need to be agreed with their club/marina/harbour authority, with individuals taking personal responsibility for meeting government guidance 
  • University sport will not be taking place 
  • School sport will be happening but only as part of organised school activity 
  • Some charities may be able to continue aspects of their work 
  • There are continuing exemptions for elite athletes for them to train or compete, so the British Sailing Team programme can continue 
  • No overnight stays are allowed on boats except for residential berth holders (where the boat is their primary residence) or for business purposes 

    ‘The boating community has proven that it can be trusted to operate in a covid secure manner under RYA guidance and the RYA will continue to stress to government both the low risks of a sport such as boating as well as the positive physical and mental benefits that our sport brings,’ the RYA says. 

David Hall

Commodore