UPDATED FRIDAY 10TH JULY 2020
Many members have been enjoying being back at Kielder and on the water. We are aware that for others this has not been possible due to not having your own boat or windsurf or living further than a day trip away. With the Covid alert level being reduced to 3 and with Government and RYA guidelines allowing, we are pleased to be able to offer more amenities at the club.
It is very important that you read the whole of this message and follow the links to the updated plan and risk assessments for the full details as activity is still limited. The documents to read are:-
- Revised Planning for restarting sailing safely
- Visiting the Club - Risk Management and Advice to Members
- Casual Sailing - Ground Rules
- Risk Assessment - Access to Boat Park & Casual Sailing
- Use of Club Boats - Ground Rules & Risk Assessment
- Overnight Stays (excludes club house access) - Rules and Risk Assessment
- Risk Assessment - Use of Tractor
- How we are managing the return can be found here
- Use of Club Windsurfs - Ground Rules and Risk Assessment
As always, do not come to the club if you are unwell. The Covid risk is lower but still very much present.
You must access the online booking system to advise the date you intend to use the club. This is currently limited to 30 members per day.
Please park in the boat park keeping one car width between cars. Please leave a note on your dashboard with your name and time you left to go on the water in your boat/windsurf/SUP.
Please bring your own gate key, hand sanitiser, antimicrobial wipes or soap. Do not touch common surfaces, for example the gate or tap, with bare hands.
The clubhouse will be closed and key cards will be temporarily disabled. Please arrive ready for sailing or change at your car. The toilets can be used at the Tower Knowe carpark but not for changing (open 9.30am to 5pm). There is a public payphone (coins) at Tower Knowe carpark. Phoning 999 from a mobile will connect to any mobile network.
Please check your craft is in good working order. Sailing in double handed dinghies can only be with members of the same household. You must be able to launch and recover by yourself unless with a member of the same household.
There will be no safety cover at any time so please ensure you only go on the water having fully assessed the conditions. You go afloat at your own risk. The RYA recommends sailing in conditions less than you would normally be capable of sailing in, i.e. sail up to force 3 if normally can manage force 4. It is better not to go onto the water, even if rigged and changed, rather than risk an accident.
From Saturday 4 July 2020 a selection of the club boats will be available to use at weekends only. The boat is to be booked for the whole weekend, regardless if used for one or two days, so allowing at least 72 hours to pass until the next use. (When any potential Covid virus will have "perished"). Please read the ground rules and risk assessment for club boat use here.
Please remember they are insured 3rd party (from 4.7.20) and so any loss or damage is the responsibility of the user.
The boat must be booked on the second page of the google sheet booking system, found here. As usual, a donation is required to use the boats. There is a link to pay by go cardless on the booking sheet.
The boats available are two each of Hartley 10s, Hartley 12s, Hartley 15s and Optimists. They are labelled A to H ( Hartleys on the bow and Optimists on the stern). Their rigging is in the first container, which can be opened with the gate key using gloves. The rigging is labelled with the corresponding letter in the six dustbins or, for the Hartley 15s, on the left and right shelves. Please return as you have found them.
Please ensure only one person enters the container at a time.
As with all sailing at present, there is no safety cover, please assess the conditions. Sail in less wind than you would normally be happy to sail in. This particularly applies to junior sailors who need supervision by their parents/guardians at all times whilst on the water.
From Monday 13 July 2020 the Hi Fly windsurf boards will be available to use. The Team 15 Techno boards and rigs are not available.
The Hi fly boards are stored on the outside racks. The rigs, UJs and harnesses are all in the wooden windsurf store, which can be opened with the gate key using gloves. Only one person to enter at a time. Note the green windsurf container can not be accessed.
After use and in order for 72 hours to pass until the next user, please write the date on a tag and attach to the board. Use another dated tag with the rig, UJ and harness (if used). Allow 3 whole days to pass before using the equipment, for example if the date is 13.7.20, do not use until 17.7.20. The tags can be used multiple times. Please read the ground rules and risk assessment for club windsurfs - see link above.
Remember the club windsurf boards and rigs are insured 3rd party and so any loss or damage is the responsibility of the user.
There is no need to book a club windsurf for use but please add your name on the booking sheet for attending the club.
As with all sailing at present, there is no safety cover; assess the conditions. Sail in less wind than you would normally be happy to sail in. This particularly applies to junior sailors who need supervision by their parents/guardians at all times whilst on the water.
From Saturday 4 July members in Campervans and Caravans who have their own toilet facilities can stay overnight at the club. The clubhouse will remain closed. Members in the same household, support bubble or one other household (as according to overnight stays in the Government guidelines from 4.7.20) may sleep in a tent, if with a campervan or caravan with a toilet. As previously please do not use the Tower Knowe toilet for washing or changing.
Please highlight on the original booking form that you intend to stay overnight. Please park or camp at least 2 metres from other members in different households. Refer to the risk assessment and ground rules for overnight stays here.
We are aware that only a small proportion of members who would like to stay overnight are included here. We are working towards allowing camping in tents or vans in the near future.
Michelle, Richard, Jess and Anna,
KWSC Covid-19 Task group
Please do take time to read the updated plan and risk assessments as detailed above. Our use of the club may be revoked by Northumbrian Water if we do not follow this guidance.