Please find below the text that was included in the latest edition of the Tammy Matters newsletter:
Club position on Freedom to partake in Watersports
Use of Tamesis Club by Members permitted by the partial lifting of Covid-19 lockdown.
If you or anybody in your household display any symptoms of Coronavirus infection, none of you may come to the Club and you should self-isolate for the Government recommended period.
If you handle anything that you have not brought with you it is suggested that you wear gloves when doing so or use hand sanitiser afterwards.
If you think you may use Club equipment (ie. chairs, tables etc.) please bring sanitiser and cloths to wipe them down before and after use.
As a result of the easing of lockdown conditions, announced on 10th May, limited water-sports are now permitted and some elements of the Tamesis Club facilities are available to Members to enjoy this new freedom. Members must, however, observe the social distancing and all other Government imposed conditions at all times.
On Club premises, you and all members of your household must observe the two metre social distancing from members of all other households. Please ensure that any young children do not break this restriction.
The Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are closed, so no toilet or washing facilities are available at the Club. If you intend going on the water you should change into your sailing kit at home.
The Club Patrol boats are currently mothballed and not available for use. The two metre rule makes giving assistance from a patrol boat impractical.
Club boats are not available for Members to use at the present time.
Sailing, paddleboarding and canoeing are allowed if done within the Government restrictions.
The Club will not be organising any racing during this period. Any sailing or other activity on the water is entirely at your own responsibility and risk.
If you go on the water you must wear a buoyancy aid.
Before going out on the water, consider your capabilities in the light of the prevailing weather conditions, bearing in mind that there is no assisted recovery available. If in any doubt, do not go afloat. Masthead floats are recommended whilst these restrictions are in force.
Be careful to keep to the social distancing rules whilst rigging, launching and recovering craft and whilst on the water.
Ensure that your boat is sound and the rigging is in good condition. It is suggested that you read the article at Clubsailor.co.uk .
Single-handed sailing by helms under 16 is not allowed.
Under 16s can sail in crewed boats with members of their own household.
The lawn and riverfront are there for your enjoyment – whilst keeping the correct distancing.
The current advice from EA and RYA is reproduced in brief below.
From the EA – issued 15th May
In line with the updated government guidance issued on 10 May, non-powered water sports like kayaking and rowing can resume. Boat owners may also now visit their moored boats to make sure they are well-maintained. Any activities undertaken, however, must be done alone or with your household and you must always follow social distancing guidelines when encountering others.
From the RYA – Issued 11th May
From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, and we understand that this will include all forms of boating. The Prime Minister also indicated that people would be permitted to travel to other destinations in order to exercise. Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times.
Full text at https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx
The RNLI is currently working through the updated guidance in England delivered by the UK Prime Minister on 11 May and will be engaging with a number of watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.
Be sensible – and stay alert!