We had a great day on the water yesterday and it was so nice to be able to get food from the Galley again. The hard work in preparing for opening had really paid off indoors with the following successes:
The hand sanitiser station at the entrance to ensure all had clean hands upon entering
The one-way system with clearly marked 2m spacing and 'green square' order point
Food served in disposable packaging and cutlery to ensure hygiene with contactless payment, advanced ordering and table service
Teas and coffees in disposable cups
The service was seamless with many takers for food and drink throughout the day - Thanks to Tilly's for the hard work and thoughtful interpretation of the government guidance to keep us all safe as well as fed.
The system for the restrooms was also successful with no queues or issues. Thanks to all for following the one-way system.
There are some areas we can improve on and we need to rely on the membership to help us out here:
There is limited outside seating and whilst the tables are 2m apart the seating arrangements per picnic table are at 1+m distancing so please limit the number of people from different households accordingly. There is always the option of using the seats by the OOD hut, sitting on the grass, or for those of you with hatchback cars or vans to use them as seating areas for lunch if the outdoor area is at capacity.
Launching and recovery - we are seeing average turnouts of 30+ boats at the moment. The recreational pursuit races are designed to stagger the launching and the starts so we don't get 'pinch points' of people at the slipways. Please launch in sequence and only come ashore when the slipway is clear - there is plenty of time between the scheduled races to do this.
General sportsmanship - with high turnouts there is less space on the reservoir so more opportunity to practice our 'when boats meet' rules. Starboard over port, leeward over windward etc. whilst also factoring in that there are many less regular sailors on the water who may not know the rules so well and will need a wider berth. If you know the rules please abide by them and, as this is recreational racing at club level, don't push them. If you don't know the rules, now is a good time to familiarise yourself so you know what to do when you meet another craft, and in all circumstances let 'warm and friendly' prevail - in these troubling times it is important that everyone leaves our club feeling like they have just had the best day ever.
Thanks to all those who made me aware of the above improvements we can all help to make. In general, all is going very well, this biggest risk now is complacency, so please do your bit to keep our common practice aligned with government guidelines and sportsmanship-like behaviour.
Finally, an update on the clubhouse maintenance programme - the mens changing room now has a new floor for the first time since the clubhouse was built so we hope you like it! The pontoons will be repaired in July please follow any temporary instructions as the work is carried out, The disabled toilet will be updated shortly and we have plans to add shower cubicles in the ladies towards the end of the year dependant on the financial situation.