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Coronavirus (3) - Guidance to Members (updated 27/3/2020)

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Published 07:47 on 23 Mar 2020

Latest message from the Commodore (27 March 2020)

No recreational boating, Club closed

This morning (Friday March 27) the Harbour Conservancy issued a Notice containing the message that "Recreational boating is contrary to this [the latest Government Coronavirus] advice and has the potential to place extra strain on emergency services", see here.

Please would all members now comply with this.

With no recreational boating activities permitted, there is now no reason for any member to access the Club premises or take their boat down to the Hard or to the Club car park. Until further notice therefore all our facilities should be regarded as "closed" and "Boats Down" day will be re-scheduled once the coronavirus restrictions are relaxed.

I am sure we all appreciate the need to do everything we can to comply with all the restrictions so as to play our part in protecting the NHS and other caring services, thereby saving lives and supporting our communities.

Thank you and keep safe,

Ivan Western, Commodore

Update 2 26 March

We have reviewed the messages I sent out to all WWSC members last Monday morning (see below) in the light of the tighter Coronavirus rules set out by the Prime Minister in his broadcast later that evening which in effect amounted to a lock down for those of us who are not engaged in essential work.

The Government has now ordered that none of us should leave our homes, other than to work, buy essential supplies or to take exercise once each day. Some members who live in the vicinity of the Club and whose boats are kept so close to the water that they may be wheeled down (or perhaps are already down) may determine that they can take that exercise by sailing their boats.

The Club has no view on this. However, I do urge members to respect the letter and spirit of the Government's announcement in relation to taking exercise, so that if they do choose to use their boats, they do so in a manner which complies with the Government's requirements only to take exercise with those in the same household and at all times keeping at least two meters apart from all others. I would also like to re-emphasise my previous message that members should avoid entering the Club Hut so far as possible and, if they do, assume it could be contaminated.

Hopefully, by complying with these restrictions, we will before too long all be able once again to enjoy the delights of sailing together.

Original 23 March Message

After consultation with Flag Officers, the Commodore issued the following message today (23/3/2020):

It will be no surprise to members that the Club will not be running social events or organised sailing activities for the foreseeable future. Clearly we want to do everything we can to support the national effort to resist the spread of the Coronavirus which inevitably means enforcing social distancing, cancelling group activities and discouraging all but essential travel.

I am sure that all of our members will understand and support this approach. We will obviously update members as events unfold but for the mean time please see the notes below which set out the approach the Club is taking.

Junior & Training Programme

We will not be opening booking for our Club Junior Programme or for any other training events for the time being. We will provide ample notice to everyone as and when this changes.

Club Racing and Social Programme

All events scheduled for April are cancelled as of today and those who have volunteered for duties may stand down. It currently seems unlikely that we will be able to resume our programme for some time beyond this but will keep you advised.

Private Sailing

We recognise that some members may wish to sail privately over the next few weeks. Our advice to members is "Please only do this if it is consistent with the coronavirus restrictions".

Sailing is not an essential activity, so, under current guidance on social-distancing, non-permanent residents of West Wittering should not travel to the village purely to sail. To do so increases the risk of the virus being spread between different communities.

Taking Your Boat to the Beach/Car Park

In line with the above, members based in West Wittering are free to take their boats down as scheduled next weekend but they should follow social distancing guidance. Please note that because of the new system we have introduced, there is no need to rush to secure yourself a slot on the beach or in the Car Park. We have taken great care only to issue the same number of plaques as there are spaces on the Hard and in the Car Park. So you if the restrictions on travel mean you are not able to come to West Wittering for the time being or if you will not be sailing for some time, don't worry, you will not lose your boat place (assuming you have purchased a plaque).

Use of Club Hut

We recommend members avoid using the Club Hut other than for storing of sails, oars and engines. We don't employ a regular cleaner so those using the Club Hut should assume it could be contaminated and take the appropriate precautions (wash hands) if they use its facilities. Members should not leave their waste in the Hut but take it home.

Last updated 12:40 on 27 March 2020

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