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WE ARE AT STAGE 3 OF OUR PLANS (effective from 29th March 2021)

The club will reopen on 29th March with recreational sailing from Good Friday 2nd April. Racing will commence on Sunday 11th April.

RYA Guidance

Outdoor sports facilities including sailing clubs can reopen, subject to the Rule of six/two households. The Rule of six means that any social gatherings of more than six people are against the law.

Formally organised outdoor sports (i.e., racing) will also restart where compliant with guidance issued by the national governing bodies (the RYA) and will not be subject to the gatherings limits. Indoor facilities, such as changing rooms, should not be used at this time, although toilet facilities can be accessed.

The following temporary operating arrangements are in place until further notice to enable the club to operate within the Government and RYA guidance.

NHS Test and Trace

You will need to record when you visit site. There are two options available for this. You only need to do one of these.

Option 1. Use the Text service

You should text 07864 124 047 and provide the following information.

  • Your name (First and Surname)
  • The total number of people in your party
  • Arrival time
  • Anticipated departure time

When texting please ensure you provide clear names and information. An example of an acceptable text is Ian White plus 3 10:30 17:00

The information you provide is kept for 21 days and then deleted.

Option 2. Use the NHS Covid-19 App and QR code

You can scan the Test and Trace QR code that is displayed at the club. You can do this using the NHS Covid-19 App which is available to download.

Around the site

  • Social distancing – Minimum 2m apart at all times (unless in household groups)
  • Rule of 6 or 2 households applies.
  • No visitors at the current time (Potential new members can be escorted on a short visit)
  • Hand mowers are available for use. Please wipe down the mowers, where touched, before and after use. Cleaning products are supplied alongside the mowers.


  • The clubhouse is closed.
  • Galley kitchen is closed.
  • Changing rooms and showers are closed (Including use of sail lofts).
  • Toilets are open. Only one person in the toilets at a time unless from the same household.
  • Wipe down all surfaces and handles touched using cleaning products supplied within the toilets.
  • Face coverings to be worn when accessing clubhouse to use the toilets. Please use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving.
  • Children under 12 should be escorted when using the toilets to ensure cleaning afterwards.

Social Activities on site

  • We are still unable to undertake organised social activities as a club. We hope to be able to restart these after 21st
  • Members must follow the Government guidance for Rule of 6 or 2 households meeting. There should not be any mixing between groups on site.

Sailing and other water-based activity

  • Members can use the club for recreational sailing from 2nd April 2021. Please note that social distancing and Rule of 6 or 2 households applies.
  • Organised racing will commence from 11th Please read ‘ASC Covid-19 Temporary race instructions’ if you wish to take part.
  • Assisted sailing sessions will be available again commencing on 24th Please read ‘ASC Covid-19 Assisted sailing instructions’ if you wish to take part.
  • Avoid situations that might result in requiring assistance on the water. Consider the wind and river conditions and do not go out if it is close to your upper skill / comfort level.
  • Multi handed dinghy and cruiser sailing from different households is allowed. Participants must assess their own risk and follow RYA guidance https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/RYA%20Sailing%20%26%20Racing%20in%20Mixed%20Households.pdf
  • 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

Use of Club boats

  • Club boats can be used on a Sunday for racing or recreational sailing and on Saturdays for Assisted sailing sessions. They are allocated on a first-come first-served basis to a single crew for the weekend by the OOD. They are not available for use on any other days.
  • Safety boats are used for organised activities (racing & assisted sailing) under the direction of the OOD and allocated to a single crew for the day (unless cleaned).


  • Caravans with annual pitches can be put on the site from 1st April.
  • The intention is to open for camping (including overnight stays in caravans) from 1st May
  • Please note that there are key differences to normal camping arrangements. All camping must be booked through Andrew Huntley and be in accordance with Government guidance on social distancing and overnight stays. Full details of the special arrangements are available from the Andrew.

The Bar


  • The intention is to open the bar from 18th April for a takeout service. All drinks must be consumed outside of the Clubhouse.
  • Drinks should be ordered from the Bar Manager outside. Please do not enter the Clubhouse to order or collect drinks.
  • When the bar is open the name of the Bar Manager will be posted outside the Clubhouse.
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