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Club opening from 4th July and Andrew Simpson Centre Survey

A few changes have occurred over the last week or so that impact our club.

Firstly the Covid-19 threat has been lowered to level 3 and secondly there is new guidance on social distancing at 1m+ to enable the practical opening of bars and restaurants.

This means that the club can move to the next stage of opening as follows:

  • Tilly's Galley will open from 4th July onwards. There will be some changes to ensure distancing in queues and seating areas. We ask that you comply with all requests for your own and others safety.
  • The club bar will open to members from 4th July onwards, again with changes to ensure compliance to the required regulations
  • The Dutyman rota will become live again from 4th July onwards. We request that you turn up for duty to launch the rescue craft and remain on standby for any rescue required. We still recommend that the orange jafa boats are used where possible to enable 2m social distancing however all boats can be used on a 1m+ basis or if crews are from the same household. As per previous instruction, rescue boats should only be used when a rescue is required to minimise the time that crews are at close proximity to each other (unless from same household). All boats should remain aware of their duty to assist any vessel in trouble and not just assume that the rescue crew have seen the incident – if you are close by check the helm and crew are OK.
  • K2O club will open on 11th July to returning members. Unfortunately, RYA level 1 and 2 courses cannot be offered at this time
  • Informal coaching will recommence on the evening of 8th July. If you are interested and not already included in the WhatsApp group for this please send your details to  and I will forward on to Steve Ward who runs the sessions

The RYA is updating their guidance later this week and the sailing (racing) programme / changing room facility situation will be communicated once we have reviewed this.

In the mean time it has been great to see so many people on the water over the last month. I have received many comments about the more laid-back approach and how it has improved the club community. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays all seem to be taking care of themselves but a few have commented that a morning race and an afternoon race on Saturday with a longer lunch break would suit their needs better than the current 3 race schedule so folk can chat over lunch and allow some time for cruising and practicing. The current plan is to return to racing with the 3 race programme on Saturday but if there is a large expression of wish to drop to a morning and an afternoon race only then I would be happy to consider the change – drop me your thoughts on  (I will assume no communication = keep as is).

Look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

The Andrew Simpson Centre is currently reviewing its readiness to open - here is a note from them too:


I hope you are all enjoying being back out on the water again.

As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions begin to lift, we continue to monitor Government Guidelines alongside RYA Guidance to inform our operations over the coming months.

We will only consider opening Andrew Simpson Centre Birmingham when we are confident that we can facilitate safe activity, with appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices. Our priority is to reassure you as our customer that your safety is our priority and therefore, as part of this process, we also want to hear from you.

If you would be interested in any of our courses or activities please could complete a 2 minute survey which will help us to understand your readiness to leave your home to exercise and spend time outdoors, on the water and in what capacity.


Thank you for your time.

Stay safe and keep well.

Kind regards,

Andrew Simpson Centre Team Birmingham

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