Covid-19 Updates

EYC COVID-19 UPDATE No.6 22/05/2020

It was great to see members enjoying sailing last weekend and indeed during this week. It was especially good to see everybody being sensible and following the Governments advice on social distancing and using their common sense both on the racks and the water.

Further work has been done to help boat access with some dinghies being moved to assist and additional signage has now been erected.

Looking forward to the Bank holiday weekend, whilst we have favourable tides the weather is not so kind to us for Saturday and given the potential wind strength it is our advice that you should not sail. Things look a little better on Sunday and Monday so it’s anticipated that there will be more members visiting the club and so with this in mind it’s prudent to remind members of the following:

  • Access to the club is via the tow path accessing from either Leigh Beach or Chalkwell Station and showing the proof of membership that was sent to all members recently to the Security Guards. Please note Gypsy Bridge remains closed and should not be used
  • The Wilton will remain closed, there will be no access for changing or toilet facilities. If you are going sailing, please come already changed or change on the racks
  • The club and racks are not open to non members or guests
  • To keep numbers to a minimum the racks & pontoon must not be used for sunbathing, picnics or swimming, this also applies during the week.
  • There is only social sailing, and you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household, whilst complying with social distancing guidelines to remain 2 metres apart. 
  • As it’s forecast to be breezy this weekend it must be stressed that you ensure your boat is seaworthy, and only go out in conditions well within “your capabilities” to reduce the risk of requiring the assistance of the emergency services and/or others.

To assist in the event of needing assistance your boat should have a long painter for towing, and if you have them, righting lines and a mast head float.

  •  You are responsible for providing your own hand sanitiser, soap & gloves etc.

The club rescue boats may well be run up this weekend to test them and their crews after their long winter break. If you happen to see them, it is not an indication of ‘supported sailing’ from the club.

The club can accept no responsibility for consequences from a visit to your club during this period.

Please remember follow the Governments guidance, be sensible, use your common sense and above all enjoy the weekend.

Essex Yacht Club – Covid 19 Update No.5 –  15/05/2020

Dear Members,

Hurrah, we can think about sailing again. As you will have read the Government, RYA and PLA have allowed recreational boating.

The RYA have recommended that this return be measured and careful with clubs to take their time to protect all. We are keen therefore not to rush into this and to provide sensible boundaries and protection for all members.

IMPORTANT

Members are reminded that if you are showing any symptoms related to Coronavirus, you must not visit the club at all and must self-isolate

You may wish to visit the racks to check on your boats, work on boats and go sailing. If you do you must observe the following:

1                   Whilst conducting any form of boating, you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household or with one other person from outside your household, whilst complying with social distancing guidelines to remain 2 meters apart.  You should continue practicing good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces, and take particular care if you need to access the workshop/sail store or outboard store.

2                   You are responsible for providing your own hand sanitiser, soap & gloves etc.

3                   The Wilton will remain closed, there will be no access for changing or toilet facilities.  If you are going sailing, please come already changed or change on the racks.

4                   Club ‘support boat’ cover will not be provided. Therefore, you must notify a responsible person of your sailing intentions, ensure your boat is seaworthy, and only go out in conditions well within “your capabilities” to reduce the risk of requiring the assistance of the emergency services and/or others.

5                   To reduce numbers on the racks, it will be strictly members only, no visitors, sunbathing and swimming will not be allowed.

6                   Cadet Week 2020 has unfortunately been canceled.  The Cadet Committee will advertise next year’s dates asap.

The General Committee does appreciate that the racks are very crowded with boats and ask for your understanding during this difficult time. Members are asked to be considerate to others and apply common sense at all times.

We trust you will observe the above to enable all to enjoy the water in these unusual times and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. As Government’s strategy changes, we will update you further.

If you have any queries please email mail@essexyachtclub.co.uk having first consulted the RYA guidelines (linked below)

https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/Club_Guidance_Covid19_v1%200%20%283%29.pdf

The club can accept no responsibility for consequences from a visit to your club during this period.  The committee will be doing everything they can to facilitate a return to normal sailing and we will be following the RYA roadmap as set out below. All this will be subject to government guidelines and the sensible actions of our members.

EYC Re-opening Risk Assessment

InternalPhase 0Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Phase 4
When is this anticipated? Lockdown  CurrentIn line with HMG adviceIn line with RYA/HMG adviceIn line with RYA/HMG advice
Open for sailing activityCinder path closed, no accessCinder path closed, access requestedCinder path openCinder path openNormal opening
Wilton- Club ShipBosun to keep check on shipBosun to keep check on ship – no access to membersLimited access to toiletsOpen with strict measures in placeOpen with strict measures in place
RacksClosedOpen to membersOpen to membersOpen to membersOpen to members
General SailingNoYesYesYesYes
Club Racing & Support boatsNoNoMaybeYesYes
Bar & SocialNoNoMaybeYesYes
ExternalWhat does the rest of the UK look likeGov – Non-essential staff go back to work.  No sport or organised leisure(nobody is sailing)Outdoor sports start to open with strict distancing measuresSmall groups and gatherings – leisure activities with relaxed social distancing measuresRYA starts training, Grass roots football, pubs and clubs open. Gatherings up to 100+Football league, stadium events, music concerts, No restrictions for over 70’s

Please keep safe and do not jeopardise the limited use of our boats and club that has been allowed.

General Committee