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COVID19 – Latest 16.05.2020

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Guidance update

Following changes to the government restrictions on travel and changes to the guidance on access to green spaces Mariners are hereby advised that, in accordance with the latest government guidance, recreational vessel owners are permitted to use their vessel in Poole Harbour for marine leisure activities as part of their daily exercise and recreation away from their homes.

Poole Harbour Commissioners have advised that they have received additional guidance and clarification from the government that marinas can now be re-opened.  They state that “This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide but if it can be done safely following social distancing guidelines, then it should be possible.”

The guidance also makes it clear that you must stay at your primary residence therefore overnight stays on your vessel are not permitted.  Please see the latest post from Poole Harbour Commissioners regarding Marine Leisure Activities Update from the Harbour Master dated 14/05/2020 for more information:-

https://www.phc.co.uk/covid-19-marine-leisure-activities-update-from-the-harbour-master-14-05-2020/

NORTH HAVEN YACHT CLUB COVID 19 CLUB ACTIVITY REVISION  – PHASE ONE

As a result of the latest advice the Committee has been reviewing the current guidance from the RYA regarding restarting boating activity and managing Covid-19 and a number of changes are being made to the club over this weekend including a one way system being put in place on the upper walkway and clear markings of 2 metre distances will be put on the walkway and jetty so that social distancing can be observed at all times.  Additional signage will also be provided to encourage correct social distancing and hygiene.  The furniture on the upper deck will not be in use and the lower deck area will remain closed off at this time except as a passage to the T piece.   The outboard tank will also be out of use.

Personal protection equipment

Gloves should be worn at all times when on club premises along with masks if considered appropriate and these should be taken home after use.  These items must be provided by the club members themselves.  The club will provide antibacterial and hygiene products in various areas as appropriate and when people use the hygiene equipment provided by the club the used items should be taken home and not left on club premises.

Clubhouse

The clubhouse will be partially open to give access to the disabled toilet only so that club members can have hot water washing facilities and access to hygiene products.  As the club falls under the same category as cafes, bars and restaurants the rest of the clubhouse will remain off limits and a barrier system will be in place to ensure that this is observed.  This situation will be reviewed on a regular basis as government guidance changes.

 

 

Parking Permits

BCP have now opened the car parks and parking charges are back in force. 

The club’s parking permits will be available inside the clubhouse and the same procedure for using them will apply including the permit logbook but with the additional requirement that any permit used is wiped down with an antibacterial wipe before and after use to minimise the chances of possible infection.

These permits are only to be used when accessing the Club or boats as usual.

Moorings

The changes being put in place are to enable club members to put their boats on club moorings with effect from Monday 18thMay.  

Club members wishing to put their boats on club moorings must contact the Mooring Officer, David Segal, via moorings@nhyc.org.uk or mobile 07769 731661 to check that the mooring is ready for use and to agree a date for the boat to come down so that social distancing can be observed.

Club members with private moorings can put their boats on their own moorings as soon as they wish but if using club tenders they must comply with the club’s hygiene requirements as below.

Water Taxi

At this point in time there is no plan to run the water taxi due to hygiene and social distancing requirements and this will be reviewed as government guidance changes.  Access to club moorings will either need to be via the club’s tenders or club members own tenders if available.

Club tenders

Club members will have access to the four club tender’s and oars and these must be washed down or wiped each time after use to minimise the chances of possible infection.  Gloves must be worn when in a Club tender and only one person at a time is allowed in the tender unless from the same household

The tenders should be used for the minimum amount of time to allow access for other club members.

It is very important to wear a life jacket when using any tender. It’s unlikely there will be anyone at the club to help in a man overboard situation and wearing a lifejacket or flotation aid could save a life

Club sailing dinghies / kayaks/paddleboards

The club sailing dinghies, kayaks and paddleboards will not be available at this phase of restarting club activity but this situation will be reviewed at a later date.

Reporting Covid-19 symptoms

Should you or a member of your family display or develop Covid-19 symptoms please notify the Club Secretary by email (office@nhyc.org.uk)or by phone to 07962 204312.

In order that the club can notify members in the event of someone developing Covid-19 symptoms please make sure that your contact details on DutyMan are up to date by logging into the system and selecting the profile tab.  Check and update your details as appropriate making sure to save any changes. 

This notification will be anonymous and will not mention the club member concerned.

 

 

Q&A ‘S FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

 

What water-based activities can I take part in?

 

  • All forms of water sports practicedon open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed.
  • You may participate in water-based activities as an individual, household group, or as a pair of two people from different households who are socially distancing (i.e. you should keep 2 metres apart). For example, it would not be possible to form a ‘double’ canoe or kayak or rowing boat with someone from outside your household because it would be impossible when doing so to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • As longer trips outdoors generally are allowed from Wednesday 13 May, owners of both private and commercial boats can now make day visits to their moored boats in marinas and elsewhere to ensure they are properly maintained.

If travel generally no longer has to be essential, can I go to visit my private boat to sit on it and enjoy the sunshine?

  • People are permitted to travel to make day visits to their private boats in marinas and elsewhere to sit in them with their household only, subject to being careful and staying away from other users and houseboats in line with social distancing guidelines.

Can I now go and stay on my boat overnight or for a few days?

  • The guidance on staying at your primary residence still applies, so no overnight visits to private boats or for extended stays are permitted.

Can I go on my private boat with someone from a different household if we stay two metres apart?

  • On small private boats it would not be possible to be in the same boat with someone from outside of your household because it would be impossible when doing so to follow social distancing guidelines.
  • On larger private boats, where possible we recommend that you avoid sharing a boat with a person from a different household. If you do share a boat with someone outside of your household, then where possible, you should stay at least two metres apart – and it should only be with one other person. Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission on boats. It is advised that touchpoints (e.g. handrails) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning. Frequent cleaning of boats, using your usual cleaning products, is advised. As is removing waste and belongings from boats when finishing a day- trip.

Will marinas re-open to allow people to visit their boats and carry out essential maintenance?

  • Marinas may re-open to allow people to visit their boats to carry out maintenance, ensuring appropriate measures are in place to follow social distancing guidelines.

 Am I allowed to walk around marinas, as well as access my boat to sit on?

  • This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide, but if it can be done safely following social distancing guidelines then it should be possible.

Am I allowed remove my boat from the marina for private boating?

  • This is primarily a matter for the marina operators to decide, but if it can be done safely following social distancing guidelines then it should be possible.

 

 

Winter Newsletter appendix!

29th February 2020

The leap year 1960s disco was a great success, with Nigel Cooper doing an excellent job as DJ.
The guy with the hat and long hair won the fancy dress prize, but nobody knew who he was !
A good time was had by all.
Steve Brimble.

24.03.20

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement people in the UK are now living under strict new measures 

They can only leave their homes to buy essential items, exercise once a day, and travel for work where “absolutely necessary” or for any medical need.

This means that the club and all its facilities are now closed for the next 3 weeks until further guidance is given regarding the travel restrictions.

Club members are asked to keep themselves up to date with the latest situation and should wait for further emails before attempting to gain access to the club.

This travel restriction also means that members will not be able to launch their boats and put them on club moorings until further notice.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation at this difficult time.  It is an unprecedented situation which is being closely monitored by the committee to ensure compliance with government advice at all times.

Regards

Bryan Hardy
Club Secretary

Lockdown latest 24.03.20

It has been decided that the Clubhouse facility will be closed until further notice following Friday’s broadcast by the PM Boris Johnston. This is in-line with similar action taken by other boating clubs in the Poole and Christchurch area.

We are hoping that by the 1st April when boats start to arrive on their moorings, the club will be able to provide a limited taxi service and the availability of the Club tenders to allow members to access their boats from our jetty. If we manage this, I would ask that you all consider social distancing when on the Club jetty. The Clubhouse however will still remain closed to members until further notice.

The Government guidelines recommend social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Check out the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
• are over 70
• have an underlying health condition

This advice is likely to be in place for some time.

This action may seem extreme to some, however we are told that we are not yet near the peak of the pandemic in the UK for some weeks and with the Government taking extreme measures to avoid the NHS ICU facilities from being overwhelmed one must assume that they are being advised of worsening conditions to come.

Saturday’s new UK Coronavirus confirmed cases are quoted as 1,035, bring the UK total number of cases to 5,018. The UK death toll as of Saturday evening totals 234, with an increasing number each day. Saturday’s UK death toll at the time of writing is 57.

Taking the action of closing the Clubhouse would not have been done if we did not consider that such action was absolutely necessary. We have had to consider that this pandemic is of seemingly unprecedented magnitude in modern times and will seriously affect the lives of us all. 

On a positive note, being out in the open air is good and being able to hopefully use our boats will allow this.   

We will update you as and when there is any further information and details of any special arrangements.

Please be aware that we have no wish to curtail any activity unnecessarily, but we hope that members will understand that we are mindful of all members health and well-being.

Regards

Andy Page

Commodore

North Haven Yacht Club

NHYC Fishing  Presentation

NHYC fishing  presentation evening – Friday 27 March 7.30pm

Our very own super bass angler, Hamish, will be giving us a talk on lure fishing.
Not to be missed!
All NHYC club members welcome!

If you have fished any of the competitions, you could be in for a prize, come and support the evening.  

Please bring your fishing guests too, as there is a guest prize.

Raffle prizes gratefully received

Regards

Colin Francis

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