Enjoy boating with us whilst managing Covid-19 – see below
Dinghy Racing – Tidal Water Sailing
RYA Training Centre- Hard standing for boats
Friendly, welcoming club with licensed bar
Just upriver from the Power Station
Why not join us?
Update to FFSC Membership 19 Sept 2020:
The coronavirus “rule of six” begins on Monday, banning meetings between groups of more than six people due to a surge in Covid-19. It you meet up with more than five friends or family members anywhere, indoors or outdoors, you could be dispersed by police or face a £100 fine.
Please Note: The new rules don’t affect organised sports where rules are already in place to keep people safe & social distance where possible. This applies to FFSC. Sporting activity can continue but “social gatherings” of more than 6 cannot.
The government have made it clear that sports like sailing, which have submitted their guidance to DCMS as part of the Return to Organised Team Sport Framework, can continue to operate in a Covid secure way. It is still appropriate to run club on-water activities including racing and events, and people from different households can continue to sail together as long as they observe the RYA guidance.
As before, it is our interpretation that groups of boats do not constitute a gathering so there are no restrictions to the number of boats that can participate together afloat. Crews do not have to be limited to 6 as they constitute a team sport activity but they must observe social distancing and use appropriate mitigation as per the RYA guidance. We continue to recommend limiting crew numbers where possible.
However, the effective eradication of Covid-19 relies on people taking individual and collective responsibility for each other’s safety. We need to take a considerate and conservative approach to our return to boating activities. We need to keep our members safe and need to ensure that the risk of an incident leading to support from emergency services is minimised.
Royal Yachting Association: www.rya.org.uk
Previous Guidelines – You may now go on the water provided you adhere to the government guidance:
The Government issued clarification on 13 May 2020 that “all forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed”. We are delighted that recreational boating will once again be allowed at FFSC.
- People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish
- You can only exercise with up to one person from outside your household – this means you should not play team sports (FFSC take this to mean anything other than singlehanded sailing or kayaking), except with members of your own household.
- At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
- If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
- You must not gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household)
- Wash your hands regularly
Stick to our safety rules:
- Only trained and authorised people to operate the winch
- All persons must wear buoyancy aid or lifejacket, when on the water or the slip
- All children to be supervised
- Close the gates after you to deter members of the public from wandering in to the club
What’s not changing for now:
- The clubhouse will not be open until such time as we are able to implement effective measures to maintain social distancing
- Club racing will only re-start once the restriction on gatherings and sporting events has been lifted
- No safety boat cover will be provided – members take to the water at their own risk
We understand that you’ll be keen to get out on the water as soon as possible, and we are going to do everything we can to help facilitate that, within the boundaries of keeping everyone as well protected as possible.
Please follow the rules; going boating as a sport is a privilege and if the authorities believe rules are not being followed or social distancing is not actively maintained we face a further lock down. Please “Stay Alert”.