As you are probably aware new COVID restrictions were due to become law on 14th September - with the possibility these will be enforced by the police and/or COVID 'marshalls'. The RYA's latest published advice suggests that amateur dinghy racing is still a permitted activity if the club (along with other organisations where more than 30 people may gather) adopts a "COVID Secure Policy" and ensures that all club members are aware of its content. So with the help of the club officers I have pulled together a SYC - COVID Secure Policy document that details all the policies the club have put in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19.
The experience we have of freesailing and racing for the last few weeks has demonstrated that we can do these activities safely, but the biggest risk area is clearly the launching and recovery of boats. Although we have been using a Beachmaster to help control these activities, the onus must be on individual participants to not break the 2m social distancing rule at these times. If you can't get on to the slipway area or the foreshore without maintaining 2m distance from all other participants - please just wait until it clears. The OOD will not start the race until everyone has had a chance to launch. The same principles apply to coming ashore - if it's busy just wait on the water for a few minutes.
As it looks as if we will be dealing with COVID-19 well into next year and we are anticipating that we will need to update our COVID Secure Policy periodically to reflect changing legislation and developments at the club.
The COVID Secure Policy will only provide cover for the club to continue with freesailing and racing if club members have read it (and follow the polices and procedures contained within it. So please DOWNLOAD it, or read the hard copies that will be available at the club.
Download -> Starcross YC COVID-19 Secure Policy