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WYC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response - Updated Saturday 15th May

Friends and members,
The General Committee is continuing to take RYA and government guidance with regards to the latest restrictions. In line with the latest RYA guidance:

  • The club’s changing rooms are now open. Both will be accessible from the external doors only, and maximum capacity will be 6 people and only 1 shower in each. We recommend that you continue to the club changed or change on the beach if at all possible, and only use the changing rooms and showers if essential.
  • Organised sailing and racing has restarted and is following the published racing schedule.
  • Cadets and Family sessions have restarted and is following the published Cadet Events schedule.
  • Sailing and Powerboat training courses have resumed. They must be booked online. For more details visit the Training Page
  • The bar is open for outdoor and (from 19th May) indoor, cashless table service only on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays & Fridays. All members of a party must register via the NHS App or sign in to provide track & trace details. 
  • Members continue to have access to the external storage areas (Upper Rigden and Stroud sheds), but should maintain social distancing, minimise time inside, and the surfaces you touch. Please take personal responsibility by using hand sanitiser, wearing disposable gloves and/or wiping down the surfaces you touch wherever possible. The clubhouse remains closed, apart from those who require access to work within the premises
  • All members should take notice and follow current government advice and restrictions when using club facilities or going on the water, and follow Safety Advice for Free Sailing and Water Sports.
  • The NHS QR code for Test and Trace purposes is displayed on all building entrances.
  • We recommend that everyone visiting the club should be symptom-free tested regularly to protect yourselves and others.

The RYA is providing us with updates as it continues to receive and interpret the implication of the Government rules on clubs, and the Covid sub group will update the News and Social Media channels with updates as we receive them from the RYA.
Thank you for your support in making this happen. The General Committee will regularly review the situation and we will share any further developments by email, on the website and social media with the aim to resume normal club activities as soon as it is safe to do so. 
Yours sincerely, 
Kelvin Tolson
Commodore, Whitstable Yacht Club