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Home / News / Special arrangements for the restart of waterside and on shore activities at Itchenor Sailing Club - Update 1 July
Home / News / Special arrangements for the restart of waterside and on shore activities at Itchenor Sailing Club - Update 1 July

Special arrangements for the restart of waterside and on shore activities at Itchenor Sailing Club - Update 1 July

Published 00:00 on 2 Jul 2020

Racing for boats crewed entirely from one household.

From the 4th July, a limited race programme will continue for those able to sail their boats singlehanded or crewed entirely from one household. Competitors must:

  • Not attend if they have been in a high Covid-19 risk environment in the last 14 days.
  • Enter on-line on the club website. Ensure you are logged in first then. Book Online/Club Racing/Test Racing. Select your class and book, 15 boats max per class. Total numbers are restricted to 90.
  • Ensure that the forecast conditions are well within their sailing capabilities.
  • Comply with distancing of 1M+ from other competitors onshore.
  • Note the revised SIs. (Posted at Afloat/Racing Documents/Sis amendment No3).
Where possible carry a VHF radio and listen on the club's private channel 46A or M2/P4 where announcements will be repeated.

Full risk assessment can be found here

NEW. Racing for classes where 1M+ distancing has been assessed to be possible (XOD and S)

  • From Wednesday 8th July in the XOD and Swallow class competitors may sail and race two-up with a helm and crew from different households provided the additional rules below are observed.
  • Entrants must pre enter providing the name of their crew.
  • If just casual sailing the participants must report their details on the entry page on-line.
  • Each crew member should carry out their own personal assessment of the risk of transmission. To avoid all risk of transmission is to not take part in the activity at all, especially if you are a high-risk individual. However, if you do want to sail the Club has produced this protocol to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Each crew member must confirm that they have not been in a high risk Covid-19 situation in the last 14 days and agree to immediately notify their crew/helm and the Club if they, or anyone in their household show Covid-19 symptoms at any time after taking part.
  • Each party should keep a note of their contacts in the 14 days after the race so as to assist tracing procedures if necessary.
  • Entrants are to ensure that they are sailing in conditions well within their capabilities.
  • Entrants must use the hand sanitizing facilities immediately before going to their boat, wear sailing gloves, avoid touching their face & wash their hands immediately on return to the shore.
  • The helm and crew must make all attempts to remain 1m apart at all times and to particularly avoid breathing heavily in the direction of the other crew, and shouting, coughing and sneezing if at all possible.
  • Individual sheets, halyards and the tiller should be delegated for use by either helm or crew

The test programme will be reviewed on 19th July.

Additional mitigations and full risk assessment can be found here

For Youth and Junior Classes

  • Youth and Junior classes programme will continue with programme and timings coordinated by the Class Captains.

*In addition to the requirements above:

  • All competitors must pre enter on the Website. Ensure you are logged in first then.Book online/ Club Racing/Test racing. Total numbers will be restricted as above.
  • Competitors must sign out and back.
  • Organising teams must ensure that there is appropriate support cover at the enhanced levels expected for junior classes.

NEW. House activities re-open

  • Members are advised to be aware of, and comply with, limits on gatherings. Indoor gatherings are limited to members of any two households (or support bubbles), while outdoor gatherings are limited to members of any two households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most six people from any number of households.
  • All Members must observe social distancing signs in place and follow the one-way system into the Clubhouse, entering through the central door into the bar area, turning right for the restaurant, and exiting through the Buttery or Jubilee Room doors.
  • Members to use the mounted hand sanitiser units upon entering and exiting the Clubhouse.
  • The Club is operating a table service only for food. You may only enter the Clubhouse if you have booked a table through the website/office.
  • Members are asked to respect the table reservation system and not sit at tables which have been pre-booked by other Members.
  • Members are encouraged to pay on line where possible or make contactless payments via a bluetooth PDQ machine.
  • Social distancing guidelines to be maintained at all times to minimise contact between front of house staff and members at points of service.
  • Staff will be issued with protective equipment and will follow our COVID19 operating procedures in terms of high frequency hand washing, and frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly. Tables, card machines, chairs and laminated menus to be cleaned between each customer use.
  • Normal service has been adjusted to minimise staff contact with Members. Outdoor service to be provided when possible. Reduced seating and increased ventilation measures have been put in place in the Buttery and Jubilee Rooms.
  • The loos in the Clubhouse remain out of bounds. The loos in the Men's and Ladies changing rooms are available for Members.

Full risk assessment can be found here.

NEW. Training re-starts

The Club has already introduced a number of operating procedures for sailing during this time, and these notes are in addition to the details on the ISC website. Where the aim is for the Instructor to provide the tuition and safety on the water, with the parents taking over all the preparatory tasks.

  • Each child requires a parent to be on site, ready to take their child should the need arise.
  • Clubhouse and changing rooms remain closed (Toilets are available).
  • Parents will need to fully prepare their child and their boat for the session.
  • Parents need to be happy they can help their child launch/recover the boat and trolley.
  • Club boats will not be available for training courses, unless they are block booked.
  • All craft will need a 2.5m painter attached to a strong point on the craft.
  • There is a small amount of theory associated with each course, which we believe we can cover outside.
  • Whilst we are doing everything to adhere to the 2m social distancing, this may be unavoidable.
  • We would expect the parent to administer any first aid required, although the Club will provide the kit.
  • Full risk assessment can be found here

Crew transport service

The club ferry will continue to operate on race days providing a crew transport service to support the racing.

The maximum allowed capacity must allow 1M+ distancing to be achieved between all separate households and the driver.

Users must:

  • Observe the social distancing lines on the jetty queuing area.
  • Observe 1M+ social distancing in the ferry.
  • Take extra care, wear gloves and where appropriate we encourage the use of face protection.

The volunteer driver will be carefully selected from a group with recent activity makes them extremely unlikely to be infectious and will:

  • Collect the key and bag remotely by arrangement with the office.
  • Wear gloves and face protection as appropriate.
  • Clean the ferry periodically during use.
  • Respond to calls on Ch46A and Ch M1/37A on two handheld radios.

NEW. It is hoped to provide a seven day a week crew transport service as soon as this can be organised. Volunteers are sought for half day stints operating this on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.


The club tenders will be available. Users must:-

  • Wear a buoyancy aid.
  • Return the tender within 45 minutes of taking it.
  • Take their own measures to protect themselves e.g. gloves and self-cleaning, as there is no club cleaning regime in place for these tenders.
  • Report any deficiencies to the office.

Staging and Slipways

The staging, rigging and launching areas at the club are anticipated to be operating at a fraction of their full capacity allowing plenty of space. The club will monitor attendance to see that this remains the case. Users must: -

  • Follow the circulation arrows.
  • Take particular care to observe social distancing between groups at all times.
  • Avoid congregating in groups.
  • Use the hand washing facilities provided by the club wall and in the loos.


The male loos in the changing rooms in the Members Building and the loos in female changing rooms will be open. Users must observe social distancing at all times. Access doors will be held open. A cleaning regime is in place and cleaning equipment will be provided for handles where contact cannot be avoided.

A cleaning regime is in place for this facility but users must: -

  • Follow the signed instructions.
  • Observe social distancing whilst queuing.
  • Leave the facility as they found them.

  • Changing Rooms
  • At this stage the changing rooms remain out of use.

Last updated 08:43 on 4 January 2022

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