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March Newsletter | Queen Mary Sailing Club 
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Dear Club Members  

Like you we are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus and to protect, as far as possible, the health of our Members, Supporters, visiting sailing participants and staff.

The Government has published an action plan to contain and delay the possible spread of the virus, with advice for community sports clubs. So that we can all continue to enjoy our sport as much as possible during this outbreak, we would ask you all to please read and follow this advice.

This advises: 
  • For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. 
  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering. 
  • The new guidance from the government today, which is to stay at home for 7 days if you have either: a high temperature, a new or continuous cough.
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus. 
  • As the situation progresses, we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others. 
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else. 
  • There’s presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would. 
  • As you are aware guidance may change in response to events, so please keep a close eye on Gov.uk.  

We recognise the ongoing Coronavirus situation is potentially unsettling. So as a result, we have implemented a number of extra initiatives to minimise risk, for your protection and well-being:
  • Hand washing instructions have been posted in all toilet facilities (remember to sing “Happy Birthday” twice)
  • Hand soaps in dispensers have been changed to an antibacterial gel (was pink now blue). Additionally we will have hand sanitises, subject to ongoing availability.   
  • Our cleaning routines have increased with a full club deep clean this week. 
  • A COVID-19 Risk assessment has been conducted and is constantly under review, here are some outcomes: 
    • Sunday Club Racing - new paperless 'sign on' to avoid the use of pens. Click here to sign on for Sunday
    • Sailability Volunteers - SOP update meeting normally held at club in March was cancelled with the information and presentation via email.
    • Training Courses - The parent briefing, a gathering at the start of the week, will instead be a information document emailed to participants
    • Training Courses - We will not hold the end of week prize giving, which is another large gathering in the club house. 
    • Those affected by the assessments and changes, such as Sailability and School visits, we are and will be in direct communication.  
The Club requests that Members who have recently returned from any of the high-risk areas listed, follow UK government advice and that if they are in any doubt, they do not visit the Club for at least 14 days after their return to UK.

We are fortunate that our sport is out doors, we do not have large stadiums and gatherings of mass numbers of people we can avoid. This said we are very concerned about the impact this will have on the club and our members and thank you for any cooperation needed in the coming weeks.

All of the above in mind it is business as usual, there is an informal Saturday Club on Saturday, the spring series starts on Sunday (please use the new sign on) and courses are running this weekend as normal - We hope to see you on the water, keeping active and having fun.

Tony Bishop – Club Secretary  
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

More club news and event dates below. 
NHS advice COVID-19
Sign on for Sunday's Club Race
Vacancy - CLUB OFFICE ASSISTANT: Part Time 
(Sundays and weekdays)

Queen Mary Sailing Club are looking for part-time office assistant to support our delivery of service to members and guests on Sundays and weekdays. 

To give a flavour, this role involves general office duties including: Answering the phone and handling sailing enquiries and sailing school bookings. Reception duties at the front desk and answering the front gate blocker controlled from the office. From time to time you will also assist with the preparation of results for club racing, help to manage club membership and assist with some basic book keeping tasks. 

Working as part of a small team in one of the UK’s leading sailing clubs. Please contact: caroline.fitzwater@queenmary.org.uk with a covering letter and CV. 
March - Save the Dates!
  • Saturday Club:  28th March; 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th April
  • Spring Series starts Sunday 15th March (updated handicaps following RYA PY review)
  • Noble Marine Int’l Moth and Waszp Open Meeting (Waszp Euro Cup Event 1): 21st and 22nd March
  • RS400 Fleet Training Day 21st March:
  • Laser Fleet Social Evening: Weds 25th March:
  • RS200 SEAS/National Tour and RS400 National Tour Open Meeting: 28th and 29th March:  
 
Later in the year
  • Starboard Demo Day:  Sunday 17th May (Windsurfing with a Foiling focus)
  • Club Mid-summer BBQ: Wednesday 24th June
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