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General Club Guidelines (Covid 19 lockdown easing phase 1)

Published 08:56 on 14 May 2020

General Club Guidelines (Covid 19 lockdown easing phase 1): Following our recent committee meeting activity to consider the recent lockdown easing of restrictions, Mark Riddington, (our Chairman) has kindly put together the following matrix to explain the club's current position. In conjunction with all current government guidelines please read the matrix carefully and follow these club guidelines, in both in spirit and in rule:

Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club A Summary of Club Functions v0.3

Area of operation




Clubhouse and buildings

All areas of the clubhouse are closed, with the exception of the downstairs toilets.If required, the toilets may be used by members who are maintaining their cruisers, or free sailing.The toilets will be cleaned on a weekly basis.

Given the restricted space in the toilets, only one member at a time should use the toilets.Occupied/unoccupied signs will be affixed to the toilets doors.The club recognises that some members will consider the use of club toilets to be a unacceptable risk if this is the case, please do not use them.

The malthouse, including the changing rooms and training room, is closed. Cruiser sailors may access their lockers.

No visitors are permitted to club premises or the boat park.


The boatpark is open to cruiser sailors to maintain their boats from Wednesday 13th May.

Dinghy sailors that are 'free sailing' may leave boats in the boatpark, but on the following conditions:

1.The dinghy is being used for free sailing.If you have no free sailing planned, please take your boat home.

2.All dinghies need to be taken home before lift-in, to allow the cruisers to dress masts.So please bear in mind that if you do bring a dinghy to the club, you are highly likely to be taking it home again within a few weeks.

3.No road trailers are to be left in the boat park.

Please see the 'free sailing' guidance for additional details this has already been circulated to the membership.


The bar remains closed, and will remain so until the government guidance for bars/restaurants is revised.


Catering at the club will not be reintroduced until the government guidance for bars/restaurants is revised.


The club insurance requires that a number of activities are conducted to meet the conditions of insurance an example of this is the regular testing of the fire alarm system.These essential activities will continue to be performed by the premises team.

More discretionary premises tasks will continue to happen, but at a slower pace.

The refurbishment of the galley and toilets is in review with the appointed builders.


Dinghy Sailing

'Free sailing' is allowed from Wednesday 13th May, in line with the guidance issued from the government, RYA and Conservancy.

Please review the ESSC 'free sailing' summary (already issued to the membership) before taking to the water, in particular the notes on use of the boat park.

No club safety cover will be in place for free sailing, and members go on the water at their own risk.Please be prudent in your assessment of your own skills and the prevailing conditions, the risk of calling on emergency services (for example, the coastguard and RNLI) should be absolutely minimised.

Phase 2 for dinghies may be the reintroduction of some form of organising racing. There is no defined timescale for Phase 2.


Cruiser owners can access their boats to perform maintenance tasks.Given the strong possibility that all cruisers will be lifted-in at some point (perhaps as early as June), owners are encouraged to ensure that their boats are adequately prepared for this eventuality.

Cruiser owners must follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines whilst maintaining their boats.

Further details of lift-in will be circulated directly to the relevant cruiser owners.

Radio Sailing

'Free sailing' is to be allowed from Wednesday 13th May for radio sailors.Those participating in free sailing should ensure that they follow government social distancing and hygiene guidelines, in particular in the dinghy park.

Phase 2 for radio sailing may be the reintroduction of some form of organising racing.There is no defined timescale for Phase 2.

Junior, Youth and Adult Training

Given the 'hands on' nature of sail training, it is not possible to deliver the club schemes whilst maintaining social distancing guidelines.So for now, all training at the club is postponed until social distancing guidelines are revised.


The club has a proud tradition of excellence in all matters of asset maintenance.The usual Tuesday morning maintenance sessions have been suspended this means that if any issues are encountered with club assets, the lead time in fixing may be extended.Any defects should be written on the white board in the Bosuns Shed, and also sent by email to the Bosun.

Last updated 19:39 on 29 May 2021

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