Covid-19

Following a very successful trial of 3 weeks social sailing in June, we are now running Sunday and Thursday racing series. Members are  welcome to sail socially as well during these sessions.
 
All members who come onto the premises are asked to sign in/register in the book in the hallway to enable COVID-19 contact tracing and help manage the numbers of groups/members on the premises. 
 
 Parts of the club will have restricted opening on race days only for:
 
• Contact tracing/headcount registration
• Restricted toilet facilities 
• Member changing for a period of 10 minutes maximum
• The showers and kitchen remain closed
 
There will be a club safety RIB on the water manned by 2 people from the same household whilst racing takes place. Sailors who do not wish to race, are welcomed to socially sail in the area of the race course. Club boats such as Visions and Toppers can now be hired by those the Board deem experienced. For beginners, we are working on a plan that will hopefully involve midweek training/social sailing as we pass through each stage of the easing of lockdown steps and get back to some kind of new normal, but for now we are only sailing/racing on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings. Full details can be found in the NYC Return to Racing policy PDF above. 
 
From Sunday 5th of July we officially began Race 1 of Series 1 Sunday Series racing.  The first Sunday Series will run every Sunday in July and August with a view to a 2nd Sunday Series in September/October. Thursday racing commenced on 16th July and will run until end August.
 
The NYC Return to racing policy (above) is designed to minimise the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 whilst adhering to the guidance set out by the NI Executive on the easing of lockdown restrictions. This is a working document that will be constantly under review Please read the document in full. 
 
We also attach the Race Duty rota for July and August which has been put together carefully to ensure guidelines are met whilst still retaining an experienced same household Safety boat crew. At this time we will not be using Dutyman, so please email nycltd@hotmail.co.uk if you are unable to fulfill your allocated duty.  Rescue crew are asked to familiarise themselves with updated guidance for providing First Aid or CPR from the Royal Lifeguard Society (PDF above) 
 
If you have any questions or queries please  contact any Board member for clarification - Not sure about you but we can't wait to get racing again!

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