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News and Future 21May Archive Future

21 May Good News Following the recent relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown rules, the Committee have reviewed how and to what extent activities can recommence at the Club. We have followed Government advice and taken note of RYA guidance documents. Our concern, as always, is to ensure that the safety of members and the wider public is maintained at all times. In the light of this review we have decide that boat owning members can now use their boats at the Club subject to the following.

1. Members from one household who have their own boats may go to the Club but not into the Clubhouse (except as in 9. Below).

2. Members should make sure that they and their group use the toilet before visiting and carefully wash their hands before coming to the Club and on returning home. Toilet and washing facilities at the Club should NOT be used.

3. Members should bring their own supply of handgel, handwipes and/or spray. All gates should be locked and the locks etc. wiped down afterwards.  If you touch a surface clean it.

4. Members may only use their own boat and equipment.

5. Club equipment including boats, buoyancy aids etc. is NOT to be used.

6. No safety boat cover is available. (In emergency throwbag and life rings can be used and should be sanitised after use).

7. Children must be closely supervised at all times.

8. Maintain social distancing: keep at least 2 metres away from other individuals or family groups. No socialising with other people, no guests, no unnecessary time on premises.

9. Entry to the Clubhouse is not generally permitted and must be kept to an absolute minimum as this presents the greatest risk. The only permitted entry is the initial removal of personal sailing equipment and to obtain any necessary keys. All objects, surfaces, handles etc. that you touch must be wiped down afterwards.

10. Necessary sailing equipment can no longer be stored in the Clubhouse. After initial removal we suggest that you keep this equipment at home, in your car or inside your boat. If this presents a problem please contact Nigel Knowles ( with a view to providing storage under the Clubhouse.

11. If for any reason you enter the Clubhouse, follow the safety protocol posted inside carefully and email Graham ( )in case we need to trace you.

12. Inform Graham immediately if you develop any symptoms which might be Coronavirus in the following weeks.

Note that the radio and lights in the Clubhouse have been left on as a security measure and that members designated to keep the Club secure may be present.

 We all look forward to further activities once official advice permits.

John Botterill Commodore

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Monday 01 June Due to the Covid-19 restrictions the committee meeting will NOT be at the club. Nigel Knowles will set it up as a Zoom Web Conference for 19:30; Web Conference meetings guide.

30 March Unfortunately the government Covid-19 restrictions and advice, that members must follow, mean that it is impossible to hold any events at AQSC in the foreseeable future; all events in the program are cancelled or suspended until further notice. The AQSC Management Committee will keep the situation under review and will provide further information to you about the club’s on going sailing and social programmes by email and on the website when available.


22 April Instead of the usual Bar Night at the Club, which can’t happen due to the Covid-19 restrictions, there was a very successful virtual “drinks” party over the internet using Zoom sofware which worked very well. 11 members joined the meeting which lasted an hour.

04 March Due to the Covid-19 restrictions members could not travel to the committee meeting. A successful Web Conference Committee Meeting was set up by Nigel Knowles.

01 March Spring but the water level is still close to coming over the bank with 3-4 knots stream.

21 February The stream is now 3 to 4 knots and has been several inches over the bank.

19 January The stream was 2 knts and every reach had a red board warning. As the water was over the down stream slipway Nigel took the opportunity, helped by Bryan, Gordon and Graham, to float the Aquarius patrol boat over the slipway as the first stage of taking it out to fix some leaking rivets. They are in the bow to help lift the stern enough to allow the skeg to slide over the slipway.

01 January We couldn't sail on New Year's Day after all as the stream was too fast. But we had a lovely lunch - jacket potato with various fillings,  Knowles recipe crumble,  plus cheese and cake; and exchanged resolutions for the new year.