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Kielder Water Sailing Club

UPDATED 23rd July 21

RYA Welcome Back Poster

Important Information for Members

As you will be aware, from Monday 19th July almost all Covid restrictions were eased as England moved into step 4 of the government's road map.  Whilst much progress has been made during this year with the successful roll out of vaccines allowing a slow return to some form of normal life, it's fair to say that Covid-19 is still ever present in our communities.

Therefore, I would to ask that when entering and moving around the clubhouse please continue to wear a face covering. Particularly so when the galley and bar re-opens, e.g. when approaching to make an order. Masks may be removed when seated and of course for eating.

Please continue to respect other members who may wish to continue to socially distance for some time longer and continue to wash or sanitise your hands regularly using the facilities or hand sanitisers that are located around the club.  Where possible please consider using the outdoor seating, rather than indoor.  When using indoor seating, windows (or doors) should be opened to improve ventilation.  Also, please continue to use the attendance booking sheet when planning your visit to the club.

After using hard chairs/benches and tables ensure to continue to clean them down with the disinfectant spray or wipes as provided.  In the coming weeks the soft furnishings and small tables will be reinstated, please also wipe down those tables after use.

Above all, please do not visit the club should you or a family member experience any symptoms (no matter how mild), if you are waiting for a test result or if you are told to self isolate.


For further information on the planned reopening and estimated timescales please refer to the Revised plan for restarting sailing safely at KWSC  


Before your visit it is important that you are familiar with the ground rules and risk assessments that we have put in place to ensure your safety whilst visiting the club.  Please see as per the links at the bottom of this page.  Also, to assist answering any questions you may have please see as follows:

What activity will resume from 19th  July?

The club will be open for outdoor activities: casual sailing, windsurfing & SUP along with other organized activities such as dinghy racing, training and open events.  Indoor facilities including changing room will be open albeit for limited numbers.  Also, use of the members galley and indoor seating will be possible, lockers in the club entrance (foyer) will be free to use and the main galley will reopen from 30th August. 

Will the club house be open?

Yes – the club house will reopen for access to changing rooms, use of the members galley and some indoor seating area.  Showers will remain out of use (unless in emergency situations).  Please ensure to read the risk assessments and guidance for use of these facilities, particularly with regards to cleaning requirements (cleaning products will be provided).

Do I need to book my attendance?

Yes – Whilst it is no longer a legal requirement to sign into venues, the booking attendance has become a usefult tool to log activity at the club and to help plan our visits, for example for racing.  Please therfore continue to book your attendance prior to your visit using the online system.  Please ensure to include the number of people in your party.  In cases where track and trace is required we will contact the party lead only.

Can I sail with members from different households?

Yes – please ensure to read the RYA guidance.

Will there be safety cover?

Yes – safety cover will be arranged but only during organized activity (e.g. weekends, during dinghy racing).  For all other times ensure to check weather conditions before attending and assess again before going afloat.  Ensure you are confident to handle any prevailing conditions, sail in less wind than you would normally be happy to sail in.  This particularly applies to junior members, who need supervision by their parents/guardians at all times whilst on the water.

Can I stay overnight?

Yes – overnight stays with shared use of club house facilities will be permitted from 17-May.

Can I use club boats?

Yes – it will be possible to book club boats for personal use.  Please continue to use the online booking system to make your reservation (see here).  To make your donation for the use of club boats see here (you will need to log into your webcollect account)..  Sails and foils are stored in the container, which can be accessed with a club gate key.  Please ensure only one person enters the container per time (refer to the ground rules and risk assessment for use of club boats)

Can I use Club Windsurfs?

Yes – Hi-Fly windsurfing boards and rigs will be available for use (T15 Techno boards are not available for use).  After use, please return the windsurf board to the outdoor racking.  The rigs are stored in the wooden shed, UJ’s and harnesses are all stored in the green container.  The shed and container can be opened with a club key.  Please ensure that only one person accesses per time and that you are familiar with the cleaning requirements after use (refer to ground rules and risk assessment for use of club windsufers) 

Can I bring guests to the club?

Yes – it is ok to bring guests to the club during your visit.  Members who brings a guest will be responsible for them during their visit.

I have recently visited the club and am showing symptoms of Covid-19, what should I do?

We hope this situation will never arise, but if it does please ensure to email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), advising the date and time of your visit.  The anonymity of any individuals reporting a suspected case will be maintained.  The attendance booking sheet will be used for track and trace purposes.  

I’m still unsure and have some questions, who can I ask?

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As always, do not come to the club if you are unwell.  The Covid risk is still very much present

Document Links:

Visiting the Club – Risk Management:

Guidelines for Casual Sailing:

Rules for Use of Club Boats

Rules for Use of Club Windsurfs

Rules for Overnight Stays

Rules for Using Changing Rooms:

Risk Assessment: Use of changing rooms:

Risk Assessment: Use of the Members Galley and Indoor Seating:

Risk Assessments (all)

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