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    Posted: 28 Apr 20 at 2:08pm
So what would be sensible?

Single handers

Limit to 12 kts wind?

PPE for rescue craft?

Restricted Bar access?

Different race styles? (Time trials around course, pursuit style)

Assuming that is we do one day get the green light, before the virus just up and disappears of it's own volition.

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Well, stick to government guidelines first and foremost.  
  • Alone or with members of your own household.  
  • Stay 2m away from those outside your household. 
  • Exercise locally (no more time in car than afloat).  
  • Club bars and restaurants closed in line with regulations. 
  • At risk groups stay away.  
Additional measures whilst ashore:   
  • Limit numbers that can access site at once. Maybe some sort of sailing rota (half the alphabet each day, cutting the possible number of people you could meet over time in half). Only one or two people from each row of the boat park. 
  • Limit car parking. 
  • Limit access to indoor space, possibly have social distancing markings. Clean door handles regularly etc. 
  • prohibit gatherings or picnics at the club. 
  • Face masks on land.
  • Signage reminding members of new measures. 
Additional guidance for going afloat:  
  • 'Free' sailing only.  
  • Stay well within your comfort zone.  
  • Be self sufficient.  
  • Have a maximum wind limit.  
  • Carry phones  / radio (lots of call outs can be stopped if only the vessel could communicate that they don't require assistance).  
  • Carry a long tow rope and anchor.  
  • Carry out extra checks on your dinghy.  
  • Have a family member know when you launch and return or have a look out buddy.  
Longer term:  
  • Use testing and contact tracing if these become widespread.  
  • Support boats / race box manned by single households.  
  • Reduced schedule, with limited entries.  
  • Informal rabbit run racing.  
  • Take-away / outdoor eating only.  


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The only promotion I have seen yesterday about getting us back sailing featured a photo of Luke Patience and crew inches apart and out of the water crashing through a wave. No problem for Olympic standard sailors, but as a way to convince non sailors that there is a risk of using rescue and medical services- it will take some beating.


https://afloat.ie/sail/events/coronavirus-and-boating/item/46145-restart-racing-the-call-of-special-interest-group-to-lobby-for-sector-s-fair-treatment-in-britain

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I would have thought that you can get by without any access to a club house - turn up ready to go sailing, or change by your car.

As long as social distancing is maintained, no reason to limit numbers ... risk doesn't change, and the more people on the water the more scope to self help if something goes wrong.  If the person next door to me in the boat park is there, then one of us needs to move a boat further away.

A wind and condition limit that ensures the requirement for "emergency services" is negligible, probably by way of a risk assessment matrix.

Not sure about phones, but if I am sailing on my own, or with a buddy at sea, I take a handheld VHF with me.

There is a lot that can be achieved without any formal race management, and I suspect we could be satisfied with this for quite a while (when compared to no sailing), if this means less risk for those running our fun.

At our club, we often run Wednesday evening racing one-up, so no reason why this could not be extended to the weekends, though might need workarounds, like using voice memos or video to record handicap timings, and accepting that the signals might be a bit sketchy.
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I think restricting numbers would be sensible at first. At very least a poll among the membership just to see what that first day back might look like. 

A few other people down at the same time is good, to have extra eyes. But, for a place like HISC, with thousands of members, you need a bit of control over numbers at least until you have an idea of how many will show up. If someone took a photo from distance if could look very bad, even if distancing was appropriate on the ground.
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For us pond sailors a lot of the risks are reduced because the tide will not sweep us out to sea and if something fails its a short walk or swim back to safety. I am hoping that our local pond opens to free sailing in May with changing in the car park (club will remain closed) and informal sailing or informal racing with no safety boats.
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1) make absolutely sure if you go sailing it's a solo activity (or crew from member of the same household) 

2) make sure you do it coastal from public beaches / slips so your club officers have plausible deniability of your actions

3) style it out if you get labelled a c*nt by the Daily Mail readership if it goes tits up




4) Join the RNLI, with sods law on your side, you might just not need them this time


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by the way, is dinghy insurance still valid from the main insurers if you bugger your boat up when sailing in a lockdown?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Oinks Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 20 at 5:08pm
Looks like it'll be a while longer before those of us with 2-person boats will be allowed to go out in our boats. Or is this the death-knell of crewed-boat sailing?
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The flying dutchman will become the most popular dinghy. Easy to stay 2 metres apart
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