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COVID-19 Guidance 

You are making an active OPT IN choice to take part in an event, course, or go on the water and understand that you increase your risk and therefore household risk of exposure to COVID 19. 

Please comply with any Government travel restrictions in force in the area you are travelling from. 

If new restrictions have been imposed since you entered the event, booked the course, or booked a slot to come and sail, meaning you can no longer travel, you will be entitled to a refund of the fee paid for this.  Please contact the Club office if this is the case. 

Consideration for QM Team, Race Officers and Coaches: they are all in a work environment.  Please respect their social distancing of 2m and be aware that staff will probably be wearing a mask when interacting with you, whether outside or inside. 

Please see our Home page for club opening times. 


  • Standard Members please use your membership card to access for Sailing and Windsurfing. 

  • Club Members Racing please remember to pre-book your launching slot each week you intend to race. 

  • Select Members please use your membership card to access Queen Mary and please pre-book sailing or Windsurfing slot before your visit 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 at this time.  


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 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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  
  3. Have you prepared yourself due to the limited showering facilities and very limited changing room access? 
  4. Do you have your hand sanitiser and face covering? 
  5. Authorised guests (non-sailors): typically this will be parents or family members of sailors – have a plan for what you will do when your sailors are on the water - there may be no indoor space in which to watch. Remember, dogs are not allowed on site under any circumstances, unfortunately. 

On Entry to the Site: Can I sail and what can I sail? 

  1. We are now required to request everyone who visits the site to register contact details with us, or to scan the NHS Covid-19 QR Codes (plenty around the clubhouse).  If you have pre-booked an activity of any sort, or registered with the organiser of an event being held at the club, your details are already registered with that organisation.   

  2. If you arrive with others, only one member of the group needs to have registered with us or with the NHS App. 

  3. The Club is open to fully paid up Standard Members and Select Members; to Day sailors with their own equipment; For Personal (1:1) and Group Tuition (6:1) coaching sessions with our instructors; We are also offering hire to the general public. 

  4. 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. 

  5. 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. 

  1. 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 use your own hand sanitiser.  We have plenty of hand sanitiser stations around the Club – please use these too. 

  2. Gate entry and exit will be by Members’ Access cards, or pressing the buzzer and waiting for the office team to respond and let you in. 

  3. The Duty Officer will be monitoring safety as usual.  

  4. At all times please show consideration for others by respecting the social distancing requirement of 2 metres.  

  5. Signage: Please read and follow all signage on site. 

  6. Please be considerate of the staff and follow their guidance at all times. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.    

  10. The club house is open for toilets and use of changing rooms with a limited number of showers. The upper level is open with food and drink service at weekends and Wednesday evenings.

  11. We ask that you now wear a face covering at all times when inside the clubhouse to use the limited facilities. 

  12. 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. 

  13. Lake access will be confined to ‘casual sailing, casual windsurfing and casual supping’, Club Racing, authorised events and our training courses only. 

  14. 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  

  1. Ensure you have a 3-metre painter, tied to your boat at all times. 

  2. A detailed guide to Launching and Recovery can be found here:  

  3. Double handers – Please use pontoons, following signage and guidance. Please use the electric winches to recover your boat. 

  4. 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.   

  5. Launching trolleys – 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 

  6. Limit numbers on pontoons: Maintain social distancing, follow signage and guidance 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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. 

  9. Please give priority to those coming off the water. 


While Afloat during a course, sailing/windsurfing session or event: 

  1. To avoid unnecessary contact with safety crews, only go on the water if your sailing/windsurfing skills are of a standard that enables you to right your craft unaided and return to the shore under the prevailing weather conditions on the day. 

  2. Please note that any safety or support boats for events or courses will not be able to carry any dry bags, or personal items of yours whilst out on the water.  


Select Members  

  1. Your booking will alert us to the kit you require and staff will be on hand to help. 

  2. 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. 

  3. Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, harnesses:  please do NOT put them back, but leave them for QM Team to deal with, in the Oppies (boats) near the wetsuit store.    


Final Notes 

  • 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.


Select - Double Hander


Youth Group Laser 2

Select - Laser


cat 17

Select - RS Cat 16


RS Quba hire2

Select - RS Quba/Pico


Adult W2

Select - Windsurf Beginner Kit

If you're new to windsurfing this is the kit for you.


Adult W8

Select - Windsurfing Intermediate Kit

If you're using a harness when windsurfing this is the kit for you. 


Youth Group Feva3

Youth Select - RS Feva


Youth Group Topper 2

Youth Select - Topper


Youth Windsurfing

Youth Select - Windsurfing