The following procedures may be varied from time to time. This is current as of 17 June 2020.

General precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, other club members and the general public

Here is the link to the latest Government guidelines on social distancing. Please take the time to ensure you are absolutely familiar with them before visiting the Club site.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing

If you are unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend the Club.

If you have had contact with a family or household member who is unwell with the symptoms of Covid-19 do not attend the Club for a minimum of 14 days.

  • Wash or sanitise your hands after touching common surfaces – and always after coughing, sneezing and before and after arriving and leaving the Club. Hand sanitiser is available at various points around the club.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, and avoid touching your face, nose and eyes.
  • Keep your distance and avoid being face to face with people from outside your household.
  • Maintain the two metre rule and the limit on gatherings of up to 6 people
  • Do not share water bottles or food with people from outside your own household

You are advised to bring some disposable gloves with you and use them if touching common surfaces.  Also consider bringing a first aid kit with you so you can attend to minor cuts and injuries yourself.

Arrival and Parking:

Opening times are listed here

The barrier will be closed and if it fails to open phone 07950 590754 for assistance.

When you enter the site, there is a pole flying an orange flag that is 2 metres long, to indicate the necessary social distance. We are fortunate to have a large site so parking even with the current restrictions should not be a problem.  But please make sure you park well apart from the next car, sufficient to ensure social distancing when getting in or getting out.  That may mean you need to park further away from your boat than normal.  If we have a lot of people on site it may also necessitate using the top (visitor) field. Please do not park in Shrimp Alley.

Rigging and access to the water: adhere to the social distancing principle of 2 metres separation.  If somebody in the adjacent berth is rigging their boat at the same time, come to an arrangement with them whereby you can both do this safely. At this time the Government guidance to be followed allows groups of up to six people, adhering to the 2 metre separation guideline.  Larger gatherings are not permitted and this must be observed in the boat park.

When launching be sure to adhere to the 2 metre separation guidelines. Remain away from the slipway until the person in front has returned their trolley to the grass area and is afloat. Do not stack trollies on top on each other. Windsurfers should be careful to maintain the 2 metre separation when using the steps.
As a guiding principle you should avoid touching other persons’ boats or trollies at any time.  If you have to do so, e.g. to help somebody launch where otherwise it would be impossible for them to do so, wash your hands (or gloves) immediately afterwards.  Please avoid queueing on slipways and please do not park trollies for others unless it is unavoidable. The water level is particularly high at present and there is no beach so launching may be more difficult than usual, particularly given the need to do so unassisted as far as is possible.

Procedure for Launching and Recovering Keelboats:

  • the Coxswain can provide launching assistance
  • when asking for help maintain 2 metre distancing
  • only the Coxswain will drive the tractor, to prevent the possibility of cross contamination from others getting in the cab. Sailors should hook the trailer onto the hitch themselves.
  • sailors will unhitch the trailer themselves
  • if assistance is required when coming back to the jetty , this should be worked out amongst the fleet

The Clubhouse is closed: access is limited to the toilets and hand-wash basins. There are no changing facilities or showers.The one-way system devised to maintain social distancing must be used. There will be signage at the toilets indicating the procedures to follow.  You should enter the toilets by the outside doors on the half landing facing the roundabout and leave by the fire-escape door in the changing room. Do not attempt to enter via the fire-escape or leave by the front door.

There will be no facility for changing on site.  You should arrive ready changed or change in your car.  You may want to invest in a dry robe or similar. Please do not use the toilets for changing or enter the areas of the changing room behind the barriers.

There is no access to the Coxswain’s shed or the other club buildings.

Cafe: 

The Café is operating a take-away service with a one-way system.

Ordering: Menus are on display on the windows. To place an order enter through the door on the West side of the Clubhouse. There is hand sanitiser available by the door.

Only one person in the café ordering at any time. Place order at the servery – stand behind line on floor. Move forward to pay when asked – card payments only. 

Or you can text your order to Lisa on 07738 401190. 

Food Collection: Follow the one-way system to the collection point. Only one person in the café collecting food at any time. Collect your order from the table. Exit through the door on the East side of the Clubhouse. There is hand sanitiser available by the door.

Eating: Please move away from the vicinity of the Clubhouse. Respect the guidance on social distancing (2 metres) and the regulations on gatherings (no more than six). Rubbish – please place in the bins. 

 Thank you: we are confident that with your co-operation we can get the service to work 

Sailing: the Lake is open for casual sailing only:

  • Social distancing: please maintain the two metre rule
  • Respect the guidance on gatherings, which says you may now meet in groups of up to six.  This applies both on the water and off the water.
  • Personal hygiene: use the sanitisers as provided. Bring your own tools. Do not share anything.  You may wish to use personal disposable gloves.

On the water: only single-handed sailing, or sailing in the same boat by persons living together in the same household, is permitted.

There will be a coxswain on site, but safety cover is extremely restricted. In the event of emergency, priority will be given to people over boats/equipment. Only go on the water if your sailing skills are of a standard commensurate with the red & white flag i.e. you are able to right your boat unaided and return to the shore under the prevailing weather conditions on the day. The flag system will operate more conservatively than in normal circumstances.  The red & yellow flag will be used frequently i.e. Lake open with restrictions, to limit the permitted sailing area.  Where this is used the restrictions will be posted at a number of points on the window of the café and on the website. Avoid crowding round the notices, always maintain 2 metres social distance. Consider using your own VHF radio to make contact with the Coxswain, on channel P4. This should be a VHF marine radio, with a handset attached if you prefer.

At this time the Lake will be open for leisure sailing only.  There will not be any kind of organised racing, nor should this be arranged on an informal basis if it is likely to be in breach of the regulation against gatherings of more than 6 people.

Safety is paramount: the flags displayed by the Coxswain must be observed.  RIB support is very limited so the sailing area may be restricted. The Coxswain is entitled to impose limits based upon people’s level of skill which will vary according to weather conditions; these limits will be applied more conservatively than usual.  It is suggested that boats (excluding keelboats) that normally are crewed by two, when sailed singleton use mast head floats.

Casual sailing: under social distancing this means single handed only unless the boat is crewed by members of the same household. Boats should maintain two metres distance on the water.  Be careful of people hiking or out on the wire especially when crossing tacks.

Government guidance updated 31 May states that it will remain prohibited in law to:
spend time outdoors, including for exercise, in groups greater than six people – subject to limited exceptions. You should continue to practise social distancing with anyone from outside your household, including while playing sport

The restriction on gatherings mean there must be no large groups of boats – only boats containing a maximum of six people may sail the same course at a separation of two metres. Any other boats must maintain a much greater distance. Be conservative.

Racing: under the current guidelines, the re-introduction of racing is difficult.

The Racing Committee is experimenting with formats that will enable competitive sailing whilst respecting the limits on social distancing and gatherings. The main emphasis is safe operation for all: sailors, volunteers and our staff.Competitive sailing is now being organised on Sundays, and competitive sailing on Wednesday early evenings will be introduced soon. More information is available in the Coronavirus Blog.

Staff on site: there will be a coxswain on site all the time the site is open, based in the coxswain’s shed. To talk to him, do not enter the shed and do not cross the 2 metre line marked at the shed entrance.

The Office will not be physically accessible.  The hours when the Office staff can be contacted are shown on the website. They can be contacted on 07943 196522. The Chandlery will not be open, however, you can place an order by emailing coxswains@grafham.org and collect/make payment (card or exact cash only) from the coxswain’s shed. Orders will be available for collection the weekend after ordering.

Strimmers: Strimmers are now available for members to borrow to strim their boat berths.  You should arrange with the coxswains and collect from the coxswain’s shed.  You will need to bring your own PPE (safety glasses, gloves and ear protectors) and will be responsible for sanitising the contact areas of the strimmer both before and after use.

For hygiene reasons tools other than strimmers may not be borrowed from the coxswains.  If you need anything, please bring it with you.

Day Sailing: day sailing is now available for dinghies and windsurfers, but currently not for cruisers.

Club Boats:  single-handed club boats (Toppers, Picos and Lasers) are now available for hire by members. Please contact the office on 07943 196522, it is essential that you book in advance. The club windsurfers are currently being made ready for hire, and this will start soon. In future we will make two-handed dinghies and catamarans available for hire.

RIBs:  RIBs are currently only in use by the Coxswains and specific RIB drivers who have been given additional training

Compliance with these Operating Procedures is a requirement of the Club Regulations.
In the unlikely event that there are observed misdemeanours, a member of staff or Club Officer may ask the person(s) concerned to desist.  If a further request is not complied with, the matter will be reported as a disciplinary matter and be dealt with in accordance with the Club Rules