On this page you will find information and updates on COVID 19 and how the Club is implementing any new guidelines the Government is advising us to put in place.


Please come back to find out what new actions the Club is taking to make sure we can continue to operate and keep our Members and Staff safe.




Our primary concern remains the health of our members, affiliated clubs and classes, recognised training centres (RTCs), instructors, staff and volunteers.

We’ve welcomed the confirmation that outdoor sport and recreation will be the first activity after education to be released from lockdown in England. This prioritisation by the Government clearly acknowledges the many positive mental and physical benefits of outdoor sport, as well as its safety and low rates of transmission.

To help outline what the next steps mean for our sport we have developed our own roadmap for the return of recreational boating in England, setting out our current understanding of what each step means for our sport. Our FAQs based on what we believe the guidance means for recreational boating in England will be updated as we move step by step through the Government’s plan to ease restrictions in England.

The Devolved Administrations are setting out how lockdown will be eased around the UK and RYA Scotland, RYA Cymru Wales and RYA Northern Ireland remain engaged with officials on the safe return to water in each devolved nation.

Guidance & FAQs

Guidance and FAQs for RYA Affiliated Clubs and Recognised Training Centres

Advice and information for recreational boaters

RYA Technical Services FAQs (Coding and Tonnage)

Additional information and advice

How have we as a Club approached the pandemic?

  • We are continually ensuring that we put the health of both our Members and staff  first and foremost
  • The measurements we have put in place to date are the following:
    – The new ‘Rule of 6‘ means that it is against the law to gather in groups of more than 6 people – this applies to the entire vicinity of the Club – both inside and outside and includes both social and sailing scenarios.
    – A table service to help reduce the movement of members, who must remain seated unless to use the Ladies/Gents.
    – A one-way system has been installed in the bar.
    – Perspex screens have been put across the bar front.
    – Members enquiries to the office are now via the balcony window with a screen in place.
    – A strict cleaning schedule has been set up.
    – Chairs and tables will be sanitised frequently.
    – Glasses can only be cleared on a table once no members are there and by the bar team or designated glass collector, and not by food runners.
    – Windows & doors must remain open within the dining areas to allow for increased ventilation. Please therefore dress appropriately to allow for potentially lower temperatures.
  • What we expect from Members & Visitors
    – Please keep to the 2 metre rule.
    – Please use the hand sanitisers available/please wash your hands regularly.
    – Please follow the correct directions as displayed around the Club.
    – Tables can only be made up of groups of 6 people or less (can be from any number of households).
    – Members are encouraged to sanitise their table before and after sitting down.
    – Please make sure you bring your membership card with you so we can speed up service and make the payment process more efficient.
    – Please be mindful of the guidelines that have been put in place for both Members and Staffs health and safety.
    – Please follow the appropriate government actions, should you believe you may have any symptoms of the virus.
    – Please be polite and patient with staff during this unprecedented time.
  • How are our staff working within the constraints and what you should expect from them:
    – We are limiting staff service to specific areas and zones.
    – We are now taking food and drink orders at the table.
    – We are sanitising everything to ensure Members and Staff safety.
    – Music can only be played at a volume where it does not encourage shouting.
    – Should the Club deem it necessary, as a precautionary measure, we may need to close the premises until further notice.
  • What to do when entering the Club during food service
    – Upon entry, please see the Maitre de – who is usually located outside with a pink clipboard – who will show you to your seats.
    – Please provide your name and signature, or if not a member, your phone number for Contact & Trace information.
    – Your food & drink order will be taken by your designated Server.
    – Cutlery and sauces will arrive with your food.
    – Plates will be placed down at one side of the table – members should pass plates along.
    – When clearing, staff will ask for plates to be moved down to the designated side of the table.
    – During Sunday Carvery service, you will be told when to go up to collect your meal. The Chef will cut your chosen meat and a Front of House member will place your chosen vegetables onto your plate. All FOH team will be wearing masks.
    – Masks will be worn on a Sunday when FOH enter the kitchen to avoid the crossing of zone staff (Kitchen & FOH).
    – Coffee will be placed in a cafetiere with cups for members to serve themselves.

Link to Working Safely During Coronavirus

Link to Handwashing Techniques

Link to Visit Isle of Wight Newsletter with COVID update 13 August 2020 – TEST & TRACE APP

Link to details of new Isle of Wight Testing Centre


COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus

How coronavirus is spread:
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Advice to stay at home:

How long to stay at home if you have symptoms:

Anyone with symptoms should stay at home for at least 7 days.

  • If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

  • But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days.


  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

If you still have symptoms after 7 days

After 7 days, if you no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine.

If you still have a high temperature, stay at home until your temperature returns to normal.

If you still have a cough after 7 days, but your temperature is normal, you do not need to continue staying at home. A cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone.


  • try to keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) from other people in your home, particularly people over 70, or those with long-term health conditions
  • ask friends, family and delivery services to deliver things like food shopping and medicines but leave them outside
  • sleep alone, if possible
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • drink plenty of water and take everyday painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, to help with your symptoms


  • do not have visitors (ask people to leave deliveries outside)
  • do not leave your home, for example to go for a walk, to school or to public places
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