Following the Government announcements last week regarding unlimited outdoor activity, we are writing to update you on the current position at BCSC.
The Governments advice is that all forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised are now permitted. However, you should only do so alone, with members of your household or with 1 person from another household as long as you can remain 2 metres away from them. Whilst, on the surface, this sounds like good news for sailors and boat/kayak owners there is still some way to go before organised club activities can be resumed on the water.
In addition, as all activity at the Top Club House is currently prohibited by the continuing restrictions, we can confirm the Club remains closed with no access to either Club House.
For those of you who own their own boats and kayaks, if you do choose to venture out, you do so at your own risk and should be mindful of both the sea and weather conditions as well the availability of emergency help if the need arises. As the advice from the RYA reminds us, the emergency services, including the RNLI and Coastguard, are under significant pressure at this time and we believe it preferable if people do not venture out onto the sea for the time being. Remembering of course that access to the Beach Club House for changing etc. is not possible.
As well as the government advice overall, we are also reviewing the RYA guidelines for returning to sailing activities and will be undertaking risk assessments for both Club Houses and will produce a COVID-19 Policy and Recovery Plan in due course.
Our prime concern in everything we plan will, of course, be the safety and health of all our members and volunteers be that sailing or social.
In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact one of the officers or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions at any time.
Keep well, keep safe