COVID-19

The Club was represented at the latest RYA Cymru webinar on getting back to sailing. There were lots of issues for clubs such as Port Dinorwig and Beaumaris, which have large memberships and restricted sailing areas, and Abersoch, which has to manage Covid safety on a crowded beach when the weather is good. Luckily it’s a bit easier for Llyn Brenig!

The Covid-19 Sub-group agreed that the procedures we used last year remain fit for purpose with a few minor tweaks. We don’t require pre-booking of attendance, and don’t think we are at risk of breaching regulations on numbers of participants. We do need to maintain an attendance log sheet, so we intend to have an Officer of the Day (OOD) each Sunday through the season, even if there is no organised racing. Please continue to find the OOD and report in with your family and any guests on arrival each Sunday. In addition you may wish to scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code which is displayed around the site.

We are asking all members to email in their Covid-19 declaration as per last year, just once for 2021, and to ensure that they advise the OOD and Club Secretary of any change in their Covid status immediately if this occurs. The declaration text is at the end of this bulletin for you to copy and email to sailing@llynbrenigsc.org.uk if you have not yet done so.

A last minute change by the Welsh Government means we can start Sunday racing a week earlier than we thought, on Sunday 2nd May – it’s classed as ‘an organised activity for adults’ in the regulations.

We hope to have an OOD and Safety Boat helm available for the following day, Bank Holiday Monday, as well.

OOD duties in April will just be about maintaining the attendance log and having an overview of sailing safety, no racing to organise. Hopefully we can tempt some members who have not previously undertaken OOD duties, and are not confident to organise racing, to pick up these dates.

The changing rooms will remain out of use until further notice, and the toilets must continue to operate on the one person or family group in there at a time rule, so please use the traffic cones as set out in the procedures. You will need to arrive ‘beach ready’ and be prepared to travel home wet or change by your car before leaving.

Please do make use of the hand-washing facilities frequently. We have decided to provide liquid soap at each hand basin, but will not be providing towels. In particular, hand-wash before and after going into the training container to fetch sailing equipment.

We agreed that the risk of loaning out club wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets etc was low, providing that they were not used again for another week after each use. You will need to ask the OOD on the day if you need something. They will fetch the item(s) from upstairs and you must return the items to the OOD hut at the end of the day. Gear must not be swapped between participants. Please make any requests to the OOD early in the day and well before racing starts, as, if there is racing, they will be very busy from about 11:15 onwards.

  1. 4. GENERAL SAILING

4.1 As with all activities, the maintenance of SD2mR is a central component of the government’s approach to fighting COVID-19 and therefore must always be adhered to during the preparation for ‘on the water’ activities and during them.

4.2 All members will be required to complete a declaration regarding their understanding of and commitment to following the Club’s Byelaws and these COVID-19 additional rules and instructions to sailing@llynbrenigsc.org.uk before they can sail or participate in activities at the club.

4.2 The Secretary will maintain a register of members who have so declared, which will be made available to the Officer of the Day (OOD) on a weekly basis.

4.3 The wording of the declaration, to be copied and pasted into an email is:-

Dear Secretary

I confirm that I have not had any COVID19 symptoms in the last 14 days and have not, knowingly, been in close contact with someone who has. I have not been contacted by Track and Trace and asked to self isolate, nor have I been required to quarantine myself following foreign travel. I will not attend the club if these circumstances change at any time in the future.

I have read and understood the Club’s policies, including the Club’s Byelaws and COVID-19 rules, and agree to comply with them at all times.

I confirm that I am competent to sail, and if dinghy sailing I can reliably and consistently right my boat and rescue myself in the event of a capsize.

If buddy sailing with another member I agree that I will, if necessary, undertake the rescue of the other sailor and I accept that the act of rescuing or being rescued carries a risk of virus transmission.

[Delete as appropriate] I am the lead member for a family group and I have ensured that all members of my family, including those not sailing but attending as helpers or spectators, also understand these guidelines and their responsibility to keep themselves and others safe from virus transmission.

Regards

[Name]

Our 2021 season plans are based on the 2020 Return to Sailing Instructions located here (updated 31.8.2020). Please note the following points:

  • Our Toilets are open for members – one at a time with a traffic cone as a marker to show whether they are occupied
  • We have provided cleaning wipes for the toilets; an external hand wash basin and elbow lever taps in the changing rooms
  • Please bring your own towel and soap / detergent hand gel
  • Our changing facilities are CLOSED until further notice
  • Our Galley is CLOSED until further notice
  • Maintain Social Distancing in line with Welsh Government Guidance
  • No sailing at force 5 and above
  • Specific Instructions for OOD and RIB helms in the detailed guidance

A declaration of competence is required prior to you getting back to cruiser and dinghy sailing. Please send an email to sailing@llynbrenigsc.org.uk containing the following text:

“Dear Secretary
I confirm that I have not had any COVID19 symptoms in the last 14 days and
have not, knowingly, been in close contact with someone who has. I have not
been contacted by Track and Trace and asked to self isolate, nor have I been
required to quarantine myself following foreign travel. I will not attend the
club if these circumstances change at any time in the future.

I have read and understood the Club’s policies, including the Club’s Byelaws
and COVID-19 rules, and agree to comply with them at all times.
I confirm that I am competent to sail, and if dinghy sailing I can reliably and
consistently right my boat and rescue myself in the event of a capsize.
If buddy sailing with another member I agree that I will, if necessary, undertake the rescue of the other sailor and I accept that the act of rescuing or being rescued carries a risk of virus transmission.

[Delete as appropriate] I am the lead member for a family group and I have
ensured that all members of my family, including those not sailing but
attending as helpers or spectators, also understand these guidelines and
their responsibility to keep themselves and others safe from virus
transmission.
Regards
[Name]