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To Sail or Not to Sail?

2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #1 by Alistair Glen
To Sail or Not to Sail? was created by Alistair Glen
Having just read the RYA's latest document  RYA Lockdown Guidance  I reached the following paragraph...

Can club boat parks and slipways remain open?
Our understanding is that boat parks and their slipways are part of a sporting facility and its amenities and therefore must be closed. However, we believe those that are situated in public outdoor places are not subject to the closure restrictions.

So, much as I'd like go for a sail this weekend, are SYC flying in the face of the RYA's guidance? There is no way that we can pretend that our slipways are in a 'public place'.

Fingers crossed

Alistair

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2 months 2 weeks ago #2 by Ian Purvis
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A very fine line Alistair. The slipways are actually in the River Exe at high water. The Exe Port Authority has given written permission for use of the River and Canal for exercise and recreation as have other Port Authorities.The Harbour Master has not put any limitations on that permission. We must decide if, with conditions, we can allow Members to enjoy permitted pleasures. More tomorrow. Currently the site is still open.
Regards
Ian Purvis

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2 months 2 weeks ago #3 by Alistair Glen
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I shall watch with interest how the Club's greatest minds managed to relocate the top of the slipways to a public place! 

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #4 by Mark Elkington
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See update on Member page

Oddly the sailing clubs at the large reservoirs (Roadford, Grafham, Rutland etc.) appear to be remaining open for sailing - but only for launching by "club members" :-(

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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #5 by Alistair Glen
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I think this is because the public are allowed access, by payment or otherwise, to the slipways on those reservoirs, i.e. you can pay a daily launching fee and go sailing there. Not something you could do at a SYC under our current conditions. But I'm not sure about the restriction to 'members only' if that is the rationale behind keeping them open.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #6 by Mark Elkington
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Yep - that was what confused me. Surely it could only be open to non-members if the rules are applied.  Unless things have changed recently the public slip ways at Graham are not the same as the 'club' slipways.  

Oh well - trying to apply reason to this is only going to lead to madness!.

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2 months 5 days ago #7 by mikea49
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Some clubs like Thorpe Bay and Welsh Harp are interpreting club as the actual club house and the dinghy park and slipways are free for individuals to use. Currently you can launch a boat anywhere on the river except at SYC, kite surfers proliferate, kyaks and paddle boards are numerous and dinghies are launching from Exe boat park - social distancing is the key to getting this virus under control and I beleive SYC has shown very good adherence to this as we are responsible group of people that have no desire to get ill - but it appears the RYA believes we are not to be trusted now,  while elsewhere on public slipways anything goes because there is no control and club oversight. I'm with Mark, the logic defeats me

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2 months 4 days ago #8 by Alistair Glen
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If anybody is launching from Exe SC they are doing so in contravention of the instructions on the ESC website...

'Can club boat parks and slipways remain open?Our understanding is that boat parks and their slipways are part of a sporting facility and its amenities and therefore must be closed. However, we believe those that are situated in public outdoor places are not subject to the closure restrictions.'

I agree that I struggle with the logic behind HMG's decision, likewise with golf courses.

A

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1 month 3 weeks ago #9 by Nigel Howe
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Hi Ian,

My feeling is that If it is deemed to be within government guidelines, we should allow club members to use the slipway which is no different to using any other slipway ,either public or private.

Whist writing, please count me in on the next  Zoom  GCM.

Keep safe.


Nigel

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