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Starting sailing again

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Published 12:44 on 8 May 2021

At last - we can start sailing again. We started operations at Woolverstone on the Wheelyboat on May 4th and have been taking individuals and some groups out for sessions. They have all been delighted to get back on the water again and our instructors have enjoyed starting up again. We will be running some training courses at Alton Water during May and when we start fully at Alton Water Monday open sessions will look slightly different to previously, but we do hope to fit in everyone who wants to sail. We will need to limit the numbers on site at any time to keep everyone safe and secure, so we will be asking everyone to book their sailing slots.

The planned starting date is June 21st ......

We will ask you to book an arrival time and we will then get people on the water as soon as we are able. We will mail round further details nearer the start date. We are afraid that for the time being the clubhouse will not be open to sailors and carers, so you will need to come appropriately dressed to remain outside. We would also ask that all sailors come dressed ready for sailing. The changing rooms in the clubhouse at Alton Water are not yet open. Toilets are available, but no changing facilities. We will provide appropriate hand sanitising stations and we would ask everyone to use these before entering our compound and before going sailing. All boats and equipment will be completely sprayed down to clean them in between uses. If you are able to bring your own buoyancy aids and waterproofs then this will be much easier, but let us know of any problems or issues. Our equipment will of course still be available as necessary.

Below is the COVID-19 Policy Statement agreed by Trustees and we would appreciate everyone reading this to understand our approach.

The trustees of the Project have agreed a full COVID policy statement and their objectives in setting out this policy are to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all our club sailors, carers and volunteers and to provide any such information, training and supervision, as they need for this purpose. Through this statement and our policies we accept our responsibilities for the health and safety of project members and others who may be affected by our activities.

The document specifically addresses the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the safe operation of the Project and its services and facilities. All project members and other stakeholders have the responsibility to co-operate to achieve a healthy and safe environment and to take proper care of themselves and others. As part of this all project stakeholders must take responsibility for their own health and to protect that of others before attending a project sailing session. We ask for everyone to take reasonable measures including, for those that can, to have full vaccination.

We are a charity with a Board of Trustees responsible for running the Project's operations. It follows therefore, that each member has a duty and responsibility to ensure that their own actions do not constitute a danger to themselves or others, and to bring to the attention of the Trustees any hazards or risks which could adversely affect health or safety, to ensure that the above objective can be achieved and maintained.

All project members and other stakeholders are required to follow the project's rules, guidance, and all supplementary COVID-19 procedures in the document.

A full version of the document and also a COVID risk assessment are available through the member's portal on this website.

Last updated 12:45 on 8 May 2021

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