16 May, 2020

Update 16 May

The commitee have worked hard to make it possible, and we’re delighted to say that Shoreham Sailing Club will be open for sailing from Sunday 17 May.

All members are advised to read our advice for sailors on personal risk assessments, and please note that the slipway is currently very weedy so we ask you to stick to a couple of hours either side of high tide to avoid risks of accidents.

We can not be seen to encourage gatherings of more than two socially distanced households and ask all members to consider this if they turn up at the club and there are other people present.

Covid-19 specific advice for members

  • All members come to the club and sail at their own risk
  • Please maintain appropriate social distancing at all times
  • Gatherings should be no more than two socially distanced households
  • Please follow the government advice on hygiene
  • Do not come to the club if you or a member of your household have any symptoms
  • The clubhouse is closed and club equipment including the winch are not to be used
  • Please come changed ready to sail and return home to shower
  • There will not be any organised safety cover so please bear this in mind in your own risk assessments for choosing what conditions to set sail in
  • Double handers in particular are recommended to follow government guidelines in choosing who they go sailing with.
  • Only members who have renewed their Club membership for 2020 are allowed at the club, no guests should be brought on site.

Dinghy park and launching

  • Please bring your own antiviral gel/wipes for use on communal surfaces – eg padlocks, gate mechanisms and keypads
  • If your neighbouring boat is also rigging, one of you should move out of your space
  • Please keep all boat related items within your boat parking space
  • Double handers should return trolleys to their spaces
  • Single handers should have a plan for dealing with their trolley before they go on the slipway
  • Single handers trolleys can be left to the North of the slipway
  • You assist others with trolleys at your own risk
  • Boats and trolleys go down on the left of the slipway and up on the right

Shoreham Sailing Club’s reputation with our stakeholders and within the local and sailing communities could be jeopardised by our actions over the coming weeks and we ask all members to take this into account if they plan to come to the club.

We are following the RYA’s guidance to encourage the sailing community to take a considerate and conservative approach

  • Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services.
  • Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your sailing.

By sailing from Shoreham SC, members are agreeing to abide by the points above and to have read our advice for sailors on personal risk assessments.