Following the PM’s address on Sunday evening, we have now received clarification from the Broads Authority that private boats can now use the broads and rivers. Owners may also visit their boats for leisure or to do maintenance but are not allowed to stay overnight away from their usual residence (so day trips only).
Here’s the full update: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19 ).
We have discussed over recent weeks how we should look to reintroduce sailing at NBYC and have decided to implement the following 3 stage plan. This plan has no timeline and will follow guidance as it is issued by the government, the Broads Authority and the RYA.
Stage 1. NBYC will be open for Recreational sailing. This will allow members to sail on the broad, but there will be no organised racing at this time. In effect, the club is closed, but you may access the grounds and broad at your own risk.
Please also note that you are only permitted to sail with people who live in the same household as yourself.
Stage 2. Will see us offer on a Sunday, fixed form racing by request from a fleet – a course designed around fixed buoys with minimal race staff. (more details will follow prior to stage 2 being implemented)
Stage 3. We will offer a reduced timetable – E.G. dinghies am, keelboats pm, same course and race staff system as for stage 2.
I must impress upon you the continued risk to health of the COVID-19 pandemic and remind you that Social Distancing must be maintained at all times. So as not to encourage groups forming, the clubhouse, catering facilities and office will remain shut until further notice, but the toilets will remain accessible.
I would encourage you to wear facemasks, particularly where it is difficult to socially distance, and when entering the toilets. Please also consider other members, when using jetties/narrow walkways, by making use of passing places and/or waiting for them to exit the walkway.
I urge you to be sensible, optimistic but realistic in our expectations of what NBYC can offer at this time.