Limited return to Sailing


The UK government announced on Sunday 10th May the first steps in the easing of lockdown measures in the UK, paving the way to begin water sports in outdoor environments, from Wednesday 13th May, so long as government guidelines around social distancing are strictly followed.  On Monday 11th May, a 50-page detailed strategy document outlined the specifics of the guidance, which we intend to implement as follows;

From Saturday 16th May

  • Car Park, Boat Compound, and Caldecotte South Lake will be open for sailing, in usual club sailing time slots.
  • Watersports centre, clubhouse, changing rooms, toilets will remain closed, and are not to be opened.
  • There will be no safety boat, committee or duty staff, so you sail at your own risk.
  • Only competent sailors in privately owned craft are allowed (club sailing boats are not permitted to be used).
  • Sailing is subject to the conditions and your ability to sail safely on your own.
  • There will be no organised events, youth squad, training or races, at present.
  • Double hander boats are permitted if sailing with a member of your household as crew.
  • Do not congregate in groups, even if observing social distancing.
  • Social distancing (of at least 2 metres) should be strictly observed at all times.
  • Please respect other clubs water access times.

We know this is not ideal, but this is the first step in returning to sailing, and encouraging outdoor exercise.  When the government allows,  we will look to re-opening the clubhouse and its facilities gradually.  We will take the appropriate guidance and implement mitigation to reduce the risk of spreading the virus….which is why, for now, the watersports center must remain closed.

Additionally, the RYA publish their covid-19 guidance here.

This is also a rapidly changing situation, where further guidance is likely, or indeed if the guidance is not strictly followed, then restrictions could be re-imposed quickly.  Please check back regularly to the website for the latest information before you go to the lake.