DINGHY FUN SAIL & RACING PROCEDURES JULY 2020

PARTICIPANTS

This note sets out the procedures to be followed to mitigate risks of coronavirus transmission.

Dinghies should be singlehanded or crewed by members of the same household.

In normal circumstances the physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained, including when sailing. Whenever possible, avoid handling surfaces which have been touched by others. The clubhouse will be closed, although the Marina toilets are open, Hand washing and use of hand sanitisers are recommended.

Since rescue creates a situation where distancing is possible be conservative – stay within the limits of your ability.  Use of righting lines, long painters and mast head floats can assist with maintaining distancing.

The RYA have made some relevant suggestions regarding when safety boats go to someone’s assistance:

  1. Face coverings may protect others in a recovery situation where physical distancing isn’t possible – wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off (they do not replace physical distancing)
  2. Avoid face to face contact in the rib as much as possible
  3. Safety boats should maintain hailing distance unless physical support is required.
  4. Safety boat drivers should choose techniques in line with RYA Safety Boat Handbook that minimise physical contact – for example mast tip / use of centreboard, scoop method • Where possible tow astern rather than alongside • If recovering a person to a safety boat consider methods to minimise physical and face to face contact: grab handles; using the engine as a step, deflate the sponson.

Trolley handles and the hoses for washing down boats are touch points which could result in virus transfer. You should consider how you will avoid or mitigate these risks.

DINGHY FUN SAIL AND RACING PROCEDURES JULY 2020

SAFETY BOAT

The safety boat should be taken out by one person or two people from the same household. If the safety boat driver considers that conditions are, or become, unsafe because of this restriction he or she should contact the race officer or fun sail organiser recommending abandoning. In normal circumstances the physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained.

The key to the store will be kept in the key safe in the clubhouse porch, combination 7234. Everything required for the rib will be kept in the store, not the clubhouse.The clubhouse will be closed, although the Marina toilets are open, Hand washing and use of hand sanitisers are recommended.

Maintain hailing distance unless physical support is required.  Choose techniques in line with RYA Safety Boat Handbook that minimise physical contact – for example mast tip / use of centreboard, scoop method • Where possible tow astern rather than alongside • If recovering a person to a safety boat consider methods to minimise physical and face to face contact: grab handles; using the engine as a step, deflate the sponson. If a person requires further assistance to get onto the boat, then ensuring the safety of the individual and their recovery is paramount. Physical distancing should return to 2 metres as soon as possible after this.

After returning to the berth, clean the console, seat and sponsons with the materials provided.

DINGHY FUN SAIL AND RACING PROCEDURES JULY 2020

RACE OFFICER

In normal circumstances the physical distance of 2 metres should be maintained, including by sailors. Whenever possible, avoid handling surfaces which have been touched by others. The clubhouse will be closed, although the Marina toilets are open, Hand washing and use of hand sanitisers are recommended.

The key to the race box will be kept in the key safe in the clubhouse porch, combination 7234. Everything required will be kept in the race box, not the clubhouse.The clubhouse will be closed, although the Marina toilets are open, Hand washing and use of hand sanitisers are recommended.

If conditions are not appropriate for sailing with only one person in the rib, racing should be cancelled. When there is only one person in the rib the Race Officer should consider abandoning if the wind is15 knots or more and definitely cancel if it is 20 knots or more.

Generic race sheets rather than ones printed for each race should be completed. They are in the race box.There will not be signing in so note down the boats as they exit the marina. If in doubt, ask the rib to shout to the boat concerned to establish their identity.  Please email a photo of each race sheet to Pete Sykes (pete.sykes@outlook.com) and Jim Scott (jim@scott-mail.co.uk). Please take them home with you in cse there are queries.

After the completion of racing, clean the surfaces and anything used such as the clock and pencils before leaving.