B&FYC COVID-19 Status

Last updated 24th Juy 2020. See communications below from the Commodore for more information.

Club Grounds

The club grounds are open to members. Please make sure you have your keycard to open the main gate. You must implement social distancing at all times. Remember that other people may touch shared items such as gates, padlocks and taps. You are advised to bring your own hand sanitiser and gloves.

The outside toilet will be open between 10:00 and 16:00, with access via keycard.

 

If you wish to access the site on race days, for whatever reason, you must register with us. This can be done electronically using the link on our Restart Racing page.

Only club members may access the site  (no guests) on race days.

 

Clubhouse

All internal areas of the clubhouse are currently closed, including changing areas. You will not be able to access the building using your keycards.

 

Catering

We are not currently providing any catering facilities and are not taking bookings for external events.

 

Racing

Dinghy and Flying Fifteen racing will re-start on 26th July subject to a number of additional controls. Since the changing rooms are not available, you will need to either turn up in your sailing gear or change in the boat park/car park etc. You must sail single handed or with someone from your household group. Only club members may participate.

See Restart Racing page for more details.

 

Leisure Sailing

Members can sail their own boat, provided they are able to do so without need for outside assistance. Sailing is done entirely at your own risk.  You can sail single handed or with crew from your household group. You must be able to sail safely in the conditions at the time as there may not be rescue cover. Access to garages is not currently available so you will not be able to use club hoses for washing down boats.

 

Club Dinghies

These are not currently available, apart from those boats on lease to specific members.

 

Hoist for Offshore Boats

At time of writing this is out of service due to a hydraulic leak, but is expected to be fully operational shortly. Contact Jonathan Clarke in the usual way.

 

Learn to Sail and other training courses

All training and coaching activity is currently suspended.

 

Previous communications from the Commodore are shown below

Racing Update - 22nd July 2020

 

BFYC IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS

As the weeks and months have gone by, we are now managing to organise racing in some form or another. With this important part of our club activities in mind we need to be mindful of certain procedures that we have implemented.

 

On racing days as prescribed in the club handbook members only, all persons coming onto club grounds will have to use the “book to sail” notice as detailed below.

Unfortunately, due to the restriction this will only be available for club members and will have to incorporate each member on or in your boat. This also applies to everyone coming onto site as we must monitor everyone on these dates, for Government track and trace.

We have a maximum number that we can operate with and this will be allotted on a first come first served basis. Once we have reached that number, applications for that day will be stopped. Please note that we do not want members to book a slot and not turn up, if we see this happening too many times, we will have to address it.

This is how it will work: -

 

  1. Applications to be made on line stating number of persons, who must all be members.
  2. By completing the form, you will also have read and agree to comply with the conditions laid down.
  3. You will also be agreeing that you are responsible for your safety even though a support boat will be on the water.
  4. Observe social distancing of 2 meters apart and avoid gatherings.
  5. Use common sense and courtesy.
  6. Do not  come to the Club if you or anyone in your family are displaying symptoms.
  7. By signing on to race, should the situation arise you are agreeing to assist in the rescue of a fellow sailor.

 

Most important, if there is no support boat then there is no racing that day.

Links to the registration forms will be displayed on the restart sailing dinghy page (click here) 2 days before the race day.

 

Kind regards

Tony Roe

Commodore

13th May 2020

 

You will be aware that the Government is relaxing some of  the current rules and guidance  regarding Lockdown.

The stance has moved from Stay at Home to Stay alert.

This is detailed in the 50 page document:

 OUR PLAN TO REBUILD: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club Committee met on 12th May 2020 where the following resolution was proposed, voted on and approved :

 

“Restrictions to access to the Club grounds are being lifted from Wednesday 13th May –in line with Government guidelines issued on Monday 11th May . Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club Members are advised that the Clubhouse will remain closed and that those wishing to go afloat do so entirely at their own risk and in the knowledge and understanding that the Club accepts no liability of responsibility for such activity and furthermore, there will be no Safety cover provision at the present time.”

 

Members accessing the grounds are advised to Stay alert and adhere to the Government guidelines for Social distancing whilst on Club grounds.

Whilst the document runs to 50 pages the following extract is of particular relevance to Members.

 

Public spaces : SAGE advise that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, so the Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to: not meeting up with any more than one person from outside your household; continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household.

You are therefore respectfully requested to comply with the above and be alert to pinch points and surface contamination of gate locks. You need to have well thought out method of launching and recovering dinghies if you are working with someone else and the key to this is NO MORE THAN 2 PEOPLE SAILING/WORKING TOGETHER if you do not live under the same roof. 

A Covid 19 Group has been formed to work through and update advice and guidance. 

 

DINGHY SAILORS

Guidance for use of the slipways etc is given below please read them.

 
OFFSHORE SAILORS
 
Jonathan Clarke is currently working on a set of guidelines and is willing to launch boats. Please contact him directly for further information. Shipshusband@bfyc.org.uk
 
GUIDANCE FOR DINGHY SAILORS AND USE OF SLIPWAYS
 
The Covid 19 group has now produced the following:

 As you will all be aware from the above, we are now able to open some of the Clubs facilities. Below and to assist you, are guidelines for the use of the club facilities that are currently available to members only, so we can enjoy our sport safely during the current difficult climate.

When using the slipway please remember the following guidelines which are in place for your and others safety : -

1.      You can only sail with one other member of your household, or you must sail single handed regardless of the boat design.

2.      When launching and retrieving you must keep to social distancing regulations of 2 meters away from anyone not from your household.

3.      You must assess the conditions and your capability and only sail when you feel that it is safe to do so.

4.      Remember, other members will also be operating locks on gates and you therefore need to ensure you have adequate hand cleanser and wipes for your own personal protection.

5.      Currently there will be no washing off facility adjacent the garage, any washing off can be done at the top of the offshore slipway again observing social distancing.

6.      Please do not gather in groups of more than two and observe distancing.

7.      From a safety view point, the Club is not operating any safety cover at this stage and you are sailing alone, ensure that a member of your family is aware of where you are and what you are doing. Also give them an approximate time you will be back home. If you can and have the facility, take a mobile phone with you as this can be tracked in case of an emergency and you can also contact others.

8.      Other safety measure you can take – carry a paddle, radio (if possible) long tow line in case you can get a tow from others and it is safe to do so and above all wear your buoyancy aids/life jackets.

9.      Please also note that Club equipment dinghies will not be available for use.

As and when the situation changes, we will put revised bulletins out on the website, the Capt’s log and also posted at the Club.

Please also refer to: -

UK.GOV – Coronavirus (Covid 19): guidance and support, staying safe outside your home, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do section in particular 1

PLEASE STAY ALERT AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES.

 

TONY ROE.

COMMODORE

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