Coronavirus FAQ

To help in understanding the current situation at the Club as a result of Coronavirus, we have put together an updated FAQ. If you have a question you think we should address here, please email the Webmaster.

Q: What tier is the Club in and what does this mean?

A: From 26th December 2020 the Club is in Tier 4. The government restrictions are stringent and mean no organised activity can take place, so no club racing or open meetings. You can travel to exercise but this should be local. Changing rooms cannot open. The RYA have issued a helpful guidance document.

Q: How is the Club supporting the Track and Trace process?

A: The club is required to keep a record of everyone who visits the site for Track and Trace purposes. From Thursday 24th September NHS Test and Trace using a QR code goes live. Please download the NHS Covid-19 App to your smart phone and use it to scan the QR displayed on posters around the site, every time you visit the club. If you can’t scan the QR code, please fill in a registration slip at the entrance to the cafe and post it in the box supplied. Slips will be held securely for 21 days and then destroyed.

Q: Who am I allowed to mix with at the club?

A: In Tier 4 you may exercise with one other person outdoors. You may not mix with anyone not from your own household or support bubble indoors.

Q: How can I contact the office?

A: As well as the email address, office@grafham.org, there is a new mobile number, which is 07943 196522. You can also call the usual club number 01480 810478. The office opening hours are shown on the website here. The office can now be accessed via the front stairs, please wear a face-covering and follow the one-way system and other signage.

Q: What is the situation regarding junior members restarting sailing?

A: The guidance is basically the same as for adults. Parents should take things slowly and cautiously and seek advice from experienced members or the coxswain if uncertain. It would be sensible for junior members to stay close to the shore while safety cover is limited and only to sail when they are completely happy that they can cope with the prevailing conditions. Remember that in an offshore wind it is more difficult to return to the shore.

Q: Can I hire Club Boats?

A: Yes, club dinghies and windsurfers are available for hire. Please disinfect the boats before and after use. A disinfectant spray is available from the Coxswain’s shed.

Q: What will happen to the Club’s Open Meeting programme?

A: All open meetings are currently cancelled.

Q: Will the changing rooms and showers be reopening?

A: In Tier 4 opening the changing rooms and showers is not allowed.