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We sail on the River Severn below Tewkesbury and offer club sailing, cruising and racing. The clubhouse is at Chaceley Stock on the west bank of the river.

We sail from March through to December, with organised family activities during the summer and friendly racing on most Sundays.

New members are very welcome at the club. If you want to find out what we do and see the club in action, come down on a Sunday.

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ASC – Covid-19 arrangements

WE ARE AT STAGE 3 OF OUR PLANS (effective from 4th July 2020)

IMPORTANT – You need to record that you are on site

To support the NHS Test and Trace we are required to keep a record, for 21 days, of who was been on site. We have set up a dedicated number that you should Text when you visit site.

The number is: 07864 124 047

Please text this number on the day that you visit so that your text is recorded against the correct date. Only one text is required per household but it should include the names of all those on site from your household.

Club plans for reopening

We have developed a 5 stage plan for a phased reopening, however, this will be kept under review and adapted as guidance develops and based on our own experience of implementation.

0 – Site Closed

1 – Access to site only

2 – Independent recreational sailing (including canoes, SUP etc) only

3 – Introduction of some limited organised racing and training

4 – Club in full operation, including social events, but with necessary restrictions to meet Government and RYA guidance.

5 – Club fully operational without restriction and visitors allowed

Within each stage we have identified 9 key club activities. Each has been given by a RAG (Red/Amber/Green) status to identify whether that activity is Closed, Partially open with restrictions or Fully open. A copy of the 5 stage plan is attached.

The Committee will make the decision to move from one stage to the next based on Government and RYA advice and our own ability to implement required safety measures.

You should not visit site if you or a member of your household unit are self-isolating due to Coronavirus symptoms.

A minimum of 1m safe distancing must be observed at all times and 2m wherever possible, unless within the same household unit or bubble.

This is not a return to normal activity and things will still feel different. More guidance for recreational boaters can be found on the RYA website. https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx

Recreational Sailing, or any other water-based activity

Members are advised to consider the following:

  • You access the water at your own risk. You should therefore consider the points below when deciding if you or your family should go out on the water.
  • Buoyancy aids should be worn at all time on the water and pontoons. Please bring your own as Club buoyancy aids are not currently available for use.
  • There is no safety boat cover for recreational sailing so if you are not confident without back-up then do not go out on the water.
  • Independent single handed or multi handed within family unit only. (Do not sail a double hander alone)
  • However, avoid sailing at the club alone. If you are not with other family members, then decide to sail with a buddy on a 1-1 basis. Remember that 1m minimum, and 2m where possible, social distancing still applies.
  • Sailors should be competent and able to deal with the weather and river conditions without assistance. Including launching and recovery of their boat.
  • Consider the wind and river conditions and do not go out if it is close to your upper comfort level. Check the weather and river conditions before you go.
  • Sail upstream so that if the wind drops you can still get back to the club.
  • If you can, reef or drop a rig size earlier than you would normally do so. This will reduce the risk to you and the risk of equipment failure whilst on the water.
  • Attach a long painter to your boat. This will make recovery easier if required.
  • Consider the use of a mast float as this will help prevent the boat inverting and the head of the mast becoming stuck in the soft riverbed, particularly when the river is low. This link gives an example. https://www.roostersailing.com/pd/Rooster-Mast-Head-Float_106495.htm
  • Only personal boats and kit is to be used. There is currently no access to the Club equipment other than for pre booked Assisted sailing.


Cruisers may be put on their moorings. It is recommended that owners review the guidance provided by the Canal & River Trust regarding usage. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/safety-on-our-waterways/coronavirus

Around the site

Now that the site is getting more use, we will move back to our normal arrangement of leaving the site gate open on busy days, normally a Sunday. This will help reduce the number of people that need to touch the gate. If the site is quiet, and you are not able to keep an eye on entrance, then please keep the gate closed; and locked if you are leaving the site unattended. It is good practice to bring hand sanitizer with you to use before and after handling the gate.

Min of 1m distancing must be observed, and 2m where possible, on the slipway and pontoons and when launching and recovering.

Do not land on the slipway if another boat is already being recovered or launched. However, priority should be given to those coming off the water. Please do not hang around on the slipway.

People leaving the pontoon have priority over those gaining access.

The changing rooms are closed. Sailors should either arrive and leave in their sailing kit or change discretely in the car park.

The hand mowers are now back under the OD box and available for members to use to maintain their boat park slot. There is a sanitizing station with the mowers and all touch point should be cleaned before and after use. Keys to the mowers will be behind the entrance door, next to the fire extinguisher, to enable easy access. Please use the hand sanitizer before handling the keys.


Access to the toilets

Access to the clubhouse is for toilet facilities only. The following control measures are in place.

  • The clubhouse door should be kept locked.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer on entering the clubhouse.
  • Toilets are limited to one person in each of the male & female toilet areas at any one time. (or more than one if of the same household unit). Children under 12 must be supervised.
  • Door to toilets should be closed when toilets are in use and opened again when leaving to indicate they are available. (If in doubt call into toilets from the clubhouse)
  • If someone is already waiting in the Clubhouse to use the toilet other people should wait a minimum of 2m apart.
  • Thorough hand washing is a must following signs by the sinks.
  • To help protect the next person to use the toilets please use the cleaning spray and a paper towel to wipe any areas touched.
  • Showers and changing rooms are not to be used.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer when you exit the building

There will be signage in the clubhouse to remind you of these measures.

Do you have kit in the clubhouse?

If you have any personal kit in the clubhouse, including sails, tools or items in a locker, you may access the clubhouse to retrieve them, but they should then be taken home or stored with your boat. Please do not return them to the clubhouse to help reduce the risk for all.


Unfortunately we are not able to open up to overnight camping just yet but will keep this under review. Those with an annual caravan space may use the site to store their caravan and use it during the day. If you have a camper van, you are free to bring it to the club for the day to use as a base.

The Bar

I am sure you will be delighted that after the 4th July you will be able to get a drink from the bar. It will be a serviced bar only (i.e. Strictly no self-service) with all drinks to be consumed outside. You will be able to come into the Clubhouse, when the bar is open, to collect your drinks but please do not hang around inside. 2m distance should be maintained if you are waiting for drinks.


If you are someone who has a key to the bar please do not use it unless you have been asked by Dickie, our Rear Commodore House, to be the Bar Manager for the day. It is very important that access to the bar is restricted so that we can manage cleaning.


The bar is likely to be open most Sunday afternoons, subject to availability of a Bar Manager and the weather making it worthwhile.


We will be encouraging everyone to pay using the tab system and you will be advised of your balance at the appropriate time so that you can settle on-line. The Bar Manager will fill the tab out for you.



We will be re-starting racing from Sunday 5th July. We will initially have two races a day, one at 11am and one at 2pm, with a maximum of 6 competitors in each race (please note that a double hander is counted as 2 competitors). To take part you will need to book a place in advance. As there will be limited spaces you should only book on one race per day.


If you are interested in racing then please read the attached ‘Covid-19 Temporary Race Instructions’ which included details of how to book a place. Please read the instructions carefully as you will need to comply will them to take part.


Assisted Sailing

We will be running Assisted sailing sessions on some Saturdays for those that would like to get back on the water but do not feel confident without a safety boat. These sessions are suitable for any age but not for complete beginners who have not sailed before.


There will be two sessions per day, one at 11am and one at 2pm, with a maximum of 4 sailors per session. Each session will last approximately 2hrs and you will be accompanied by two experienced sailors in a safety boat. To take part you will need to book a place in advance. As there will be limited spaces you should only book on one session per day.


The first sessions will be on Saturday 11th July and future dates will be posted on Facebook at the beginning of the week they are happening. The booking system shows every Saturday so you must check Facebook before booking.


If you don’t have your own boat you will be able to use a Club single hander. If you have booked on a session and require a Club boat please message Pete Keighley in advance so that boats can be prepared. Club boats are only available for these booked sessions. They will be allocated to only one person on any one day so that they can be left for a minimum of a week to ‘self-sanitize’ before re-use.


If you are interested in Assisted sailing then please read the attached ‘Covid-19 Temporary Assisted Sailing Instructions’ which included details of how to book a place. Please read the instructions carefully as you will need to comply will them to take part.


Be considerate and conservative

The RYA encourage us all to be:

  • considerate – mindful of potential impact that we may have on others
  • conservative – Help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to boating

We have considered these two principles when developing our plans for sailing and we would ask that you do the same when considering your boating activities.

If you have any questions please speak to the Commodore or Vice Commodore.

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