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Kielder Water Sailing Club


RYA Welcome Back Poster

Following submission of our plan and risk assessment we have received permission from Northumbrian Water to re-open the outside of the club as from Sunday 31 May, to allow access to boats and for some water activities for existing club members only.

It is very important that you read the whole of this message and follow the link to the plan and risk assessment for the full details as activity will be very limited in this initial stage. Sorry that this initial opening will not allow everyone to enjoy using the club at this stage.

Please ensure that you follow UK Government guidance regarding Covid-19 at all times.
Do not travel to the club if you have any new symptoms, however minor, which may be Covid-19.

You must access the online booking system to advise the date you intend to use the club. This will be limited initially to 20 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.

Sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding can resume using your own equipment only. The club dinghies and club windsurfs are currently not insured for use on the water and are not available to use. 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.

You must not stay overnight at the club.

Please do take time to read the plan and risk assessment. Our use of the club may be revoked by Northumbrian Water if we do not follow this guidance.

Enjoy being back at Kielder. We hope to see you on the water soon!

Michelle, Richard, Jess and Anna,
Covid-19 Task group

FRIDAY 29th MAY 2020


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