COVID 19 UPDATE: Sailing and the route map out of lockdown

Many of you will have heard the First Minister’s briefing yesterday (21st May), outlining Scotland’s route map through and out of the Covid-19 crisis. In phase 1, which is expected to start at the end of May, unrestricted outdoors exercise adhering to distancing measures and non-contact outdoor activities will be allowed and activities such as golf, hiking, canoeing, outdoor swimming and angling are specifically mentioned. We are seeking clarity from our governing body, RYAS, as to whether sailing will be included in this list as the details of phase 1 are further developed next week.

Meanwhile, we remind members that at the present time, while we are still in full Lockdown phase, the River Clyde is closed to anything other than essential traffic and this is under the control of the Competent Harbour Authority, Peel Ports. Until this closure is modified, there should be no sport or leisure activity on our sailing waters. Our clubhouse also remains closed until further notice.

During the coming days and weeks, your club will be working closely with RYAS and Peel Ports, to make sure we have the most up to date information to allow us to proceed with our sport safely and in compliance with Government guidelines. We are carrying out essential maintenance on our slipway and compiling revised sailing instructions and guidance which we will send out to you all in due course. Through these actions, we expect to enable you to get back out on the water as soon as it is safe and permissible to do so.

The full Scottish Government document (46 pages) is available here. The tables on pages 37-45 are a useful summary.