We are delighted to say that, if all goes to plan, the club will be open for members from Monday 29th March. The committee have been working hard to obtain clarification on what we can do in conjunction with the RYA. As we know things can potentially change at short notice but I am sure you will be pleased to learn that the committee is planning positively. The government is due to release further guidance on 22 March and any changes will be communicated.
The club has a duty of care to all its members and we need to ensure that we take appropriate precautions to try to keep our club Covid secure. Please note link to RYA “road map”
So, what can you do at the club from 29 March:-
Recreational use of the water is allowed in line with guidelines – rule of 6 or two households.
Racing – the club is currently working with the RYA to see how racing can go forward
Only the entrance and disabled toilet can be accessed initially. Please do not use this facility for changing. Hand sanitisers are placed both outside and inside the facility. All clubhouse facilities will be professionally cleaned before use by members and will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Buoyancy Tests (dinghies)
Could we remind members that dinghies used at OSC must have an annual buoyancy test before going on the water. As we are not able to carry out formal checks until later in the season, could you ensure that you make an honest assessment of your boat’s seaworthiness. The main check is for the airtightness or buoyancy tanks and bags.
For boats with built in buoyancy tanks, check around seams, joints and mast foot for cracks or gaps, missing or damaged bungs etc. On water check can be carried out by filling the boat to the brim with water, waiting for 20 mins and then checking tanks for leaks. For boats with buoyancy bags: check that all bags are undamaged, airtight and their securing straps are firmly attached to the boat. Ensure that rigging is in good condition.
If in doubt, do not go out or ask for advice.
All dinghies, canoes, kayaks, windsurfers and paddle board used or stored at the club must have third party insurance. To confirm you are insured, please log into your account on the club website, navigate to your profile page, click ‘edit’ and tick the box that has been added.
Finally, as restrictions ease, further communication will be sent out regarding the use of club facilities and club activities and events.
Looking forward to a great season and stay safe!
Gill Walton, Commodore