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Members Return to sailing on Saturday 23rd May

Dear Members,

We are delighted to advise you all that following HMG’s announced step 1 release from lockdown in England, together with cautious confirmation and guidance from the RYA, we plan to partially re-open Queen Mary Sailing Club on Saturday 23rd May Bank Holiday, for the 3 day weekend and then 3 days a week ongoing, whilst we await further guidance from Government and the RYA.

Having previously completed phase zero of our re-opening plan over the coming days, our club will then operate in line with phase 1 of our 5 x phased re-opening plan - to be published on Friday. All the following dates are a forecast dependant on the current regulations as the RYA and we have interpreted them. To remind you, with phase 0 completed, there will be strict limitations in place:

Phase 0 - Now until Friday 22nd May

  • Club preparations: Un-furlough key staff members and make the club Covid-19 safe as reasonably possible.
  • QMSC being a large Sailing Club, we will also need to complete the mandatory risk assessments & staff safety training for both members & staff protection.

Phase 1 – starting Saturday 23rd May - CLUB MEMBERS AND SELECT MEMBERS ONLY

  • Club open 3 days per week 09:00 to 17:00 
  • Sailing & lake access will be confined to ‘casual sailing & windsurfing’ only.
  • Strict social distancing will be in force: You may sail alone | You may sail with members of your own household | You can meet up with one other person from another household, but must stay 2 meters apart at all times.
  • The QMSC Clubhouse will provide toilet facilities only. The club house will remain closed for all other facilities (no upper deck access, changing facilities and no café).
  • There will be limits on the numbers of Sailors allowed each day.
  • Click here for full Guidance and Booking.

The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and well-being and to minimising pressure on front-line services. We all have a role to play by following the Government guidelines.

We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach and ask you to help us by being considerate and mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the safety and emergency teams.
Please be conservative in your sailing to help to minimise all risks.

However, we are all very excited to be starting sailing again at Queen Mary Sailing Club, so soon after the end of lockdown. As HMG says ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives’ is now coming sharply into focus.

Great sailing ahead - we look forward to seeing you on the water at Queen Mary.

Kind regards

Richard Steele - Commodore


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