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Club Closure

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Published 08:55 on 13 Feb 2021

Return to Sailing Plan

As you will likely know, on Monday (23/2) the Government laid out its plan for getting the UK back to normality. It is clear that their approach is cautious, allowing enough time following each 'easing' to see what effect this may or may not have before moving on to make more change.

In the early days of the pandemic CSC set up a working group to review the information available and to formulate plans to deal with the changes in Government direction in the case of both easing and tightening of restrictions. This group is currently reforming and will perform this same task again in order to provide a timetable for re-starting sailing at our Club.

Why not make a plan right now? Although, this time, the Government plans are clearer than in earlier announcements, we have learned that it takes time for the various agencies and governing bodies to assimilate the Government's policy and to produce their own plans and recommendations. In the case of CSC, the RYA, the RNLI and Dorset Police are amongst our 'key influencers' and we wish to see what they produce in the coming week or so.

With the above in mind CSC will provide clear direction on the Return to Sailing Plan no later than 15th March, but earlier, if possible, and still provide a reasonable amount of time prior to the start off the Season. This plan will cover all sailing activities and matters concerning the time required for members to carry out maintenance to cruisers prior to craning in. It is appreciated that cruiser sailors in particular have been unable to access boats to prepare for the coming season and this will remain a key factor in the plan. Please rest assured that as soon as is possible we will be back on the water!

Keith M

Hon Sailing Sec

The Club and Premises will remain closed until further Government directives are received. Sporting and Leisure venues must remain closed and we therefore regret that sailing or paddle boarding from the club premises or slipway is not allowed. Members may visit to check on their craft in the event of adverse weather being forecast and Cruiser owning members with club storage may visit weekly to check on their boat. We also regret that members are not allowed to carry out work on their own boats during this period, but bona fide contractors can be given admittance to carry out work on your behalf.

In order to preserve the security of the site, the Gate should remain closed at all times. Please close it if you see it open and when you leave the site. This is essential as it was found left open with nobody on site on a number of occasions over the Christmas/New Year period. The Club building will remain locked even when the Office Staff are working. Contact should be via email or telephone. With the advent of the vaccine and a forecast 7-week lockdown, let us hope that we can return to some form of normality by the end of February. I hope that you all keep safe and COVID-19 free.

Jim Atkins

Commodore

Last updated 07:42 on 27 February 2021

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