Return to Sailing

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UPDATE – 21ST SEPTEMBER 2020

All club guidance is now presented in the following documentation. Please read and familiarise yourself.

FFSC COVID19 Operating Procedures

Policy Arrangements for Running Covid-Secure Racing at FFSC

Additional COVID19 Considerations – FFSC Racing


UPDATE – 8TH JULY 2020

Hi All,

Its been busy behind the scenes looking at what needs to be in place to return to sailing.

Facilities
The clubhouse is now open for Bar, Galley and 1 ladies, gents and disabled toilet, however, the changing rooms are not as per government guidance. Please arrive changed and ready to go.

Launching
The latest RYA Guidance shows that the real issue is around gathering on land. Please maintain social distancing with all club members when arriving, rigging, launching and recovering. For racing events starts may be staggered to support this.

Wednesday Night Racing – Starting & Race Format

  • Registration is onlineREGISTER FOR RACING
    • This registration is set for the series. Where members use a different sail number, change boats or crew the form must be resubmitted. Last minute changes can be made via the crowsnest window or a member of the race team.
    • All Sailors must complete the Enrolment & Medical Form for FFSC on the water activities. This must be completed again if your details have changed since last time you completed the form.
  • Racing will begin weekly from July 15th.
  • The course will be posted on the whiteboard on the river side of the classroom.
  • To reduce congestion when launching the start sequence times have been staggered more than usual
    • 6:55PM – Slow Handicap
    • 7:15PM – Multihulls
  • There is no limit to the number of boats in a race.
  • Patrol boats will be on the water and are there with the intention of capsize recovery or towing back to the shore. There is no safety cover and you are responsible for your own risk.
  • Sailors must be sailing single-handed, in a bubble or from the same family. Registration and competing is your declaration that you have agree to this.
  • The maximum windspeed is set at 20 knots. The decision to race will be decided by the race office.

In the boat
In terms of social distancing within a boat our singlehanders clearly have no issue neither do double handers within the same family or bubble (where crew is from two families they will have to confirm that they are in a bubble). Where teams are made up of two households 1M+ distancing should be applied – ideally we would like to see these boats marked to show that some mitigation has been put in place. This is clearly not possible in smaller double handers (e.g. RS Feva, Firefly) and you should use your judgement as to whether you can adhere to this rule at this time. If it is not possible, please do not partake. Singlehanding small double handers may be acceptable on approval of the sailing committee – sailing@ffsc.co.uk

Patrol Boats

  • Patrol boats will be manned by two people
  • We aim to put out two boats as per usual.
  • Crew will wear masks and carry hand sanitiser.
  • Patrol boat tasks are primarily limited to capsize recovery and towing to the shore.
  • Patrol boats are not there to provide safety cover.

Training
We are now running a limited number of training courses. We are now contacting all those who expressed an interest and booking them onto courses in either 1:1 or family groups. There is an additional cost added to the course to cover low instructor/student ratios. Contact training@ffsc.co.uk for more information.

Boat Hire

  • A limited number of club boats are available for hire
    • 2x Dart 16, 1x Laser 2000
  • Boats are to be booked at least 24 hours in advanced by contacting sailing@ffsc.co.uk
  • Invoices will be sent via email and can be paid online.

Any additional questions please contact sailing@ffsc.co.uk

Sam Rowell
Rear Commodore
Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club

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