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A Message from Roy Harold – Club Safety Advisor
Now that we are a couple of months into re-opening under Covid-Secure requirements, it falls to me as the Club Safety Advisor to review how things are going so far. In preparing to re-open, the Club’s Emergency Management Team agreed to adhere both in letter and in spirit to Government guidance and RYA advice. Our risk assessment identified that, following a much longer than normal winter lay-up, both boats and sailors would probably not be in absolutely tip-top condition, and that we should therefore emphasise the RYA advice to carefully and fully check boats, and to sail conservatively and well within your normal limits of capability. Additionally, in order to comply with Government social distancing guidance, safety cover can currently only be reactive, and in extremis for life-saving actions only. This restriction only serves to reinforce the need to make sure both you and your vessel can comfortably cope with prevailing conditions – “if in doubt, don’t go out” might be a useful catchphrase.
So, how have things turned out since re-opening? We have had a total of 15 rescues, 13 by coxswains and 2 by volunteer safety boat crews. There is a pattern, and it’s pretty much as anticipated – shrouds parting leading to dismasting, and sailors unable to competently crew the dinghy they are in, which in several cases wasn’t the one they’d last sailed back before the world went crazy. We are also seeing people who are clearly feeling a bit frazzled by that crazy world we are all now living in, so we all perhaps need to remind ourselves that we are a sailing club, take a breath, and preserve the decorum, courtesies and old world charm that makes sailing such a fun thing to do – “be nice to each other” sounds a bit trite, but it might be our other new catchphrase.
I’ll end by wishing you all fair winds, and I hope to see you on the water just as soon as I manage to get all the cobwebs off my own dinghy!
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