RNCYC Covid Sailing Plans

Updated - 17th August 2020

Update 15th October 2020


Now the sailing season is over some of our previous information (shown below) is not currently relevant. Also, there is now a regional approach to Covid. The club is following the guidance of the RYA Scotland explained in it's Return to Boating information.

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Phase 1


  • SOCIAL DISTANCING - Travel: < 5 miles - “Meeting up with another household outdoors, in small numbers (max 8), including in gardens, but with physical distancing required”

Boat Park

  • Can be used by people <5 miles from the club - Spread boats out to allow social distancing


  • No access - Workplaces resuming in later phases can undertake preparatory work on physical distancing and hygiene measures.


  • Now available - contact club for details. - Members must fit pennants - Members must provide own tenders

Pier, Launch and RIBs

  • Launch can be prepared for phase 2. - Demonstrate social distance area - Ribs can be prepared for later phases, or as launch alternative

Recreational Sailing​​

  • Must be within households - Members must live local (< 5 miles) - Be conservative: Sail within your own ability and not likely to strain emergency services - Must return to point of departure - Using own equipment/PPE/yacht


Cadet and other training

  • None permitted


  • None permitted - No organised racing, events or competitions at this time – in effect free sailing only

Phase 2


  • Social distancing (2m) still applies. Travel distance limit relaxed, please note any local restrictions You may meet outside with people from up to two other households (including an ‘extended household’) per day but the total number of people meeting must not be more than 8. Rules for 0-11 year olds and 12-17 year olds have been relaxed; see Return to boating doc. above “Meeting others is limited”

Boat Park

  • Can be used. Please respect others and observe social distancing. Wipe down any equipment you touch, which is not yours.


  • Not permitted.


  • Available- contact club for details. Overnight stays at anchor and on moorings are now permitted.

  • Before embarking on your journey check local restrictions with mooring owners/associations/harbour masters.#Respect the destination. Plan ahead; be considerate on arrival and think of the locals. Contact them in advance of your trip.

Pier, Launch and RIBs

  • Use under social distancing. Please bring appropriate equipment including face masks and hand sanitiser.

Recreational Sailing​​

  • Individuals should sail singly or as a crew with members of their household group. If physical distancing can be maintained, you may sail with up to two other households on a boat and with no more than eight people.

  • Participants are encouraged to use their own personal equipment during this phase, or to have equipment allocated to them for exclusive use during a set period. This equipment should be cleaned appropriately before being allocated to another user.

  • Participants must only take to the water in conditions well within their ability and which assume a self-sufficient approach to their activity.Check your equipment thoroughly, particularly engines and fuel, as they may not have been used for some time. Consider using a device to keep in touch such as RYA SafeTRX on a mobile or carry a VHF and notifying someone ashore of your intended activity, anticipated time afloat and calling them when you are back ashore safely.

​Cadet and other training

  • Waiting for further RYA advice. It is our intention to organise the First Aid course cancelled in March asap and to review cadet training.


  • Competitions should only be undertaken locally and informally at your own club where household, physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place. 

Phase 4


  • SOCIAL DISTANCING EASED SUBJECT TO ADVICE - Public transport operates normally - “Further relaxation on restrictions on gatherings” - “Further relaxation of restrictions on live events in line with public health advice.”

Boat Park

  • Can be used by non-"local" people.


  • Permitted, subject to physical distancing and increased hygiene routines.


  • Available - contact club for details.

Pier, Launch and RIBs

  • Use under social distancing.

Recreational Sailing​​

  • Waiting for further RYA guidance.

​Cadet and other training


  • Waiting for advice, e.g. GSS North Clyde Regatta, 707s, Ceilidh Cup Match Racing - Subject to Risk assessment.

From the Commodore

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

5th March 2020


I am sure that you are aware of the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) which remains dynamic, changing almost by the day.
The Flag Officers are keeping the issue under review and wished to reassure members of the actions that are being taken by the Club. 

This is based on the latest advice issued from the Department of Health and Social Care, which can be found at:


Reducing the risk
In order to help in reducing the risk of spreading the virus, we are repeating the advice given to the public and ask that all members and staff observe the general principles we can all follow to help prevent the spread of a respiratory virus, including

Washing hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol sanitiser.

Covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the bin

People who are unwell should stay at home and not visit the clubhouse, especially if they are showing symptoms of the virus. Symptoms of the infection include:

  • A cough

  • Difficulty in breathing

  • Fever

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands


Actions by the Club
If, whilst in the clubhouse, any member or guest starts to feel unwell, showing any of the above symptoms, please advise a member of staff who will take the individual to an isolated area in the clubhouse until medical assistance arrives.
In terms of specific measures, the Club is taking we have antibacterial hand wash & hand sanitiser available around the clubhouse for members and guests to use. We will also be cleaning the most touched areas in the clubhouse with disinfectant frequently.

Future Club events
We will continue to monitor the situation and will review all the planned Club events scheduled for the coming months.   We intend that Club events go ahead as scheduled; however, we have to take decisions that are in the best interests of the members and staff.
Any such decisions regarding events will be communicated to members as far in advance as possible.


Your understanding during this uncertain and challenging time is very much appreciated.


David Whitham

Commodore RNCYC


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