Return to sailing
We are delighted to advise you all that following HMG’s announced release from lockdown in England, together with cautious confirmation and guidance from the RYA, we are currently in the phases of reopening Queen Mary Sailing Club.
Last Updated: 24th June 2020 | Please see the Home page for club opening times.
MEMBER BOOKING UPDATE:
- Standard Members from Saturday 27th June will not be required to book spaces to go Sailing or Windsurfing. This is a trial run to re-establish normal free flow sailing.
- Select Members from Saturday 27th June we are improving the booking system so that boats can be booked by their class. These new products will be live on Thursday 25th June. Booking links at the bottom of this page
- Non Members with their own kit must book a Day sail. Please note we are not offering equipment hire.
General Guidelines for Observing COVID-19 Restrictions when visiting
Please read these guidelines carefully before you book or set off to visit QMSC and please keep checking them before making future visits, since they will be periodically updated with the latest information.
The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on the frontline services. We all have a role to play in adhering to the Government guidelines and therefore we ask you to observe the following:
Check our website for the latest information
- Are you fit to visit? Please do not attend QMSC if you, or anyone in your household, are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Book your visit: Please book your sailing visit on the club website, completing one form for each visit you intend to make. The time you book is your time to go out on the water, so please arrive up to 30 minutes before the start of your time slot to allow for rigging/launching. Those intending to come to QMSC, but not sail, contact the office via the sailondon email so we can let you know when it is possible to come up. This this has to be done in advance.
- Before traveling: Please check the club website for the latest information; if changes in Government guidelines require the Club to be closed again, this will be communicated first at www.queenmary.org.uk
Can I sail and what can I sail?
- The Club is open only to fully paid up Standard Members and Select Members; to Day sailors with their own equipment; For Personal (1:1) and Group Tuition (5:1) coaching sessions with our instructors; We are not currently able to offer hire to the general public.
- Those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 and needing ‘Shielding and Protecting’, as determined by Government guidance, cannot visit the Club for the moment
- Those classed as clinically vulnerable to Covid-19 (all over 70s, pregnant females, or those with certain health conditions as defined in Government guidance) should follow Government advice to stay at home as much as possible but may sail at the Club if you feel fit and well enough to do so
- Those who need on water assistance or support to go sailing/windsurfing and cannot provide this from within your own household, may not sail/windsurf at the Club for the moment. Staff assistance with launch and recovery will, however, be available to those who need it, with measures in place to preserve social distancing.
- Those coming to the Club may engage in windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, single handed sailing and double handed sailing but only with members of your own household.
Be considerate of others. Be conservative in your activity. Be patient and Be alert.
- We are doing everything we can to minimise the hard surfaces you’ll need to touch whilst on site and a regular cleaning regime will be in place, but we can’t avoid touch altogether so we recommend you bring along, and wear when required, a pair of suitable gloves.
- Gate entry and exit will be by pressing the buzzer only (use your gloves) and waiting for the office team to respond and let you in.
- The Duty Officer will be monitoring safety as usual and continually assessing numbers on the water. You may be asked to wait for someone to come in before you can go out.
- At all times please show consideration for others by respecting the social distancing requirement of 2 metres.
- When visiting QMSC must not gather in groups of more than 2 (with social distancing maintained), unless it is with members of your own household.
- Signage: Please read and follow all signage on site.
- Please be considerate of the staff and follow their guidance at all times.
- Parents bringing children on site are responsible for making sure that your children observe these guidelines, especially social distancing. Please be prepared to help your children launch and recover their boats/boards. If you have one, please bring your own buoyancy aid, although Club ones will be available for those who don’t have their own and will be cleaned between users.
- Stairs from car park level - Please give priority to those moving up the stairs from the car park to the club house. When leaving please wait until the ‘upwards’ travellers have left the stairs; enjoy one last look at the boats and reservoir.
- Restrictions will be in place to ensure overcrowding does not take place around the site, this will be managed via the booking system, please note that advance booking is in line with government guidance
- You will be allowed to bring cars to the upper level for the purpose of unloading only. All vehicles must then be parked in the main lower car park to provide plenty of space for maintaining social distancing.
- The club house is closed for general access other than for access to toilets - (See 13-16 for detail)
- The changing rooms will remain closed, please arrive ready to sail.
- Only toilet facilities will be open in the club house. Please follow clear signage as you come in and exit.
- The upper level of the club house and balcony are closed.
- There will not be any catering provisions available on site and drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations will be out of use. Please bring your own drinks with you, especially if the weather is warm.
- Hand washing facilities are available in the toilets and hand sanitiser will be provided at various locations on site. Please wash your hands regularly in line with government guidance and especially after touching hard surfaces and after you come off the water.
- Lake access will be confined to ‘casual sailing, casual windsurfing and casual supping’ only.
- Please do not spend any longer on site than is necessary. Please give careful consideration to prevailing conditions and the condition of your equipment, when taking the decision to go afloat.
Boat launching and recovery
- Ensure you have a 3-metre painter, tied to your boat at all times.
- Double handers – Please use pontoons, following signage and guidance. Please use the electric winches to recover your boat.
- Single handers – Please use pontoons following signage and guidance. Please consider your safety before helping others and maintain social distancing; use the electric winches to recover your boat.
- Launching trollies – Please make sure your trolley is not left at the water’s edge; either tie your boat up to the pontoon whilst you move your trolley to a safe place, or ask for staff assistance
- Buckets of soapy water will be located by all winches – please use these to dunk the winch line carabiner after use and to wash your hands after using the winches.
- Limit numbers on pontoons: Maintain social distancing, follow signage and guidance
- The large pontoons - 2.5 metres wide; both sides of the large pontoons can be used; each section is 11.5m long, so a maximum of two boats per section.
- The black pontoon is 2 metres wide, so only the leeward side should be used. Each of the black square blocks is 0.5 metres square, so please keep five blocks distance. Maximum of three boats on the pontoon.
- Please give priority to those coming off the water
- Your booking will alert us to the kit you require and staff will be on hand to help
- Please come ready to sail, or wear a swim-suit if you require a club wetsuit as you will need to change outside of the clubhouse.
- After sailing please bring your kit to the ‘clean-wash-dry’ station after use. This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and any other club kit you have used (helmets, harnesses etc).
RYA update 15th July - Is it appropriate for people from different households to sail together in the same dinghy, keelboat or yacht?
The Government is trusting people to continue to act responsibly and follow the guidance on what they should and should not do. Therefore, Standard Members (only) will have to make their own decisions on whether they can sail their own dinghy, whilst maintaining adequate social distancing. From the 4th July social distancing remains at 2 metres unless you use mitigating measures which will allow a reduction to 1 metre plus. On a boat, these mitigations could include (in addition to being outdoors) 1m separation marks on the deck, wearing face coverings, avoiding face to face contact, cleaning procedures, no shouting etc. The risk should be assessed case by case and with the correct mitigation in place, it may now be possible for up to 6 people from different households to sail certain boats.
It is the responsibility of the standard members concerned to ensure they adhere to social distancing measures when sailing together. Clubs should encourage safe sailing, but are not responsible for enforcing social distancing measures between members on the water sailing together in the same boat.
- Persons not respecting social distancing guidelines or reasonable requests from members of staff will be asked to leave the site.
- We are constantly reviewing this guidance; please stay alert to any changes in our guidelines.