Dear Members,

Tonight (Wednesday 4 November), Anita Fulton and myself attended an RYA webinar on the impact of the lockdown beginning at midnight tonight.

The headline is that the Club will be closed during the period of lockdown.  More detail is below.

Dinghy sailing/kayaking/windsurfing/paddle boarding

Sailing is still allowed as exercise, but must be alone or in accordance with the rules on meeting other people (one other person from another household or the members of the household in your support bubble - please check GOV.co.uk to confirm your situation).

However, whilst public slipways remain open, all Club facilities will need be closed from midnight tonight. The RYA advice is that this includes the Dinghy Park, which would mean you would only be able to make use of the slipway if you are bringing your equipment from home. Their interpretation is that the only exception to access the dinghy park is for ‘essential maintenance’. This does not include removal of your boat from the dinghy park to take it home, unless it is genuinely essential. We will continue to try and get clarity on this, but in the meantime we would ask that members comply with this interpretation as it does not risk non-compliance with the legislation.

Cruisers

Access to boats on moorings will be for essential maintenance only.

Marinas are closed other than for commercial purposes. Therefore the RYA advice is that marinas will be closed to recreational sailors. Birdham Pool have already contacted me in this respect. Please do check with your marina. You may not stay on your boat.

The Conservancy

Currently, the Harbour Conservancy website does not have anything on it to indicate whether they will allow recreational craft on the water. Our advice is to not travel to the Harbour without checking the Harbour website www.conservancy.co.uk.

Further updates

There may be more guidance in the next few days and we will keep you updated.

In the meantime, stay safe.