I urge everyone to act responsibly during these difficult times
We all want to go out and enjoy our boats and the water after these difficult few weeks, but we need to do it sensibly and safely for everyone.
First and foremost, it is self-evident that your safety and the safety of our members is of paramount importance.
We have a dedicated COVID management team in place which will regularly review the situation and working practices, implementing changes as necessary.
Please bear with us whilst we implement the necessary procedures to ensure a safe working environment for you all.
We will be providing more detailed guidance as government restrictions change and in line with RYA advice.
The Clubhouse and Compound Remain Closed. Members may not use the toilets, showers, safety boats, committee boat, marks or any club equipment.
Launching: The lift keel boats (Medinas & Parkers) will be launched on Monday 25th May, followed by the bilge keelers and PJ during the afternoons of that week (25th to 29th). Please do not park in the club boat/car park during this week.
New club guidelines will be published for dinghy sailors once the use for exercise only is lifted. In the meantime, please do not leave your dinghy in the dinghy park, either on the tarmac or beach, unless it is already there. Members with dinghy spaces will be contacted and advised about bringing their boats down once the cruisers have been launched.
Lyme Regis Harbour staff are meeting this Monday, 18th May to progress their arrangements.
Unlike other Clubs, we are not in control of launching and it is the responsibility of the individual to book a slot with the Harbour, as detailed in the attached Notice to Mariners No.02/20, extract below:
Slipway The slipway will open for mooring holders on 19th May (by booking via the Harbour
office) but will remain closed to the general public until Saturday 23rd May. Vessels should book
the use of the Slipway via the Harbour Office.
Remember that there are many different users who need the slipway and the Harbour staff need to consider everyone.
General advice: Under government guidelines, you may sail for exercise but not as a sport and there are strict limits on socialising. This means no club organised activities and no club-controlled sailing.
The public toilets and car parks are still closed in Lyme Regis, so be aware that if you are planning some sailing exercise there are no toilet or changing facilities available. We are sure that all members will minimise the risks to themselves and to others by following the well-publicised government guidelines on social distancing, social contact and hygiene.
The spirit of government restrictions is still to stay at home as much as possible and limit contact with other people to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. You are encouraged to bring disposable gloves and anti-bacterial hand sanitiser to use when handling surfaces that other people come into contact with.
The club is aiming to take a considerate and conservative approach and asks you to help us by being mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other harbour users and to not place unnecessary extra strain on the safety and emergency teams.
We hope that all members will be conservative in their sailing and in their actions onshore in order to minimise the risks to themselves and to others.
Please be aware that our actions are highly visible and we will be under constant external scrutiny.
Basically, if people don’t follow the rules we will be back in lockdown before we know it.
I look forward to seeing you back on the water over the coming days and weeks.