COVID-19 UPDATE: 15 MAY 2020
It is a great pleasure to write to you in response to latest Government instructions, and guidelines we have received from the Environment Agency and the RYA. The cheering news is that, subject to some very detailed procedures that MUST be observed very carefully by all, we are now able to re-open the outside facilities of the Club. Providing everyone follows social distancing guidelines, your own boats and canoes can now be launched. Only members of the same household can sail together.
The new guidelines are stringent and to comply we urge all members to take great care to protect themselves and others as they enjoy the outdoor space we have, and the river. The clubhouse and the changing rooms cannot yet be re-opened. At this point we cannot organise racing, or any other events. All use of the club outside facilities must be at the members’ own risk, and for the time being we ask that no guests are brought to the club grounds. Club boats, club lifejackets and our patrol boats must not be used until further notice.
The toilets can be unlocked and used by members, but they must be re-locked after each use. After using the toilets please clean around after you using the cleaning materials provided. The Cleaner will be asked to visit twice a week to clean the toilets and it is particularly important for her safety that we do not leave hand tissues in the bin. Please take home with you anything you use to dry your hands. If you find any problems with the toilets, please notify one of the Committee. For the benefit of other members, please do remember to re-lock the toilets.
If you need to gain access to Tommy’s Store to reach your own equipment you may do so but only one person should be in the store at once to comply with social distancing requirements. Once again, please remember to return the key after you have used it.
If you bring food to the club grounds, please make sure you only use your own cups, crockery and utensils etc that you also bring with you. Please take away with you any waste left after you have eaten.
In line with RYA guidelines we have set up a Covid sub-group to advise the committee on ways we can comply with all virus-related safety recommendations. We will review the situation day by day and notify you immediately if the Government changes any relevant aspect of the restrictions.
Having described all the above details of safety guidelines it remains a great pleasure to wish you a safe and enjoyable return to outdoor environment of the club grounds, and the river. Pending unexpected news from the EA, the RYA or the Government, our next major review of the situation is scheduled for the June committee meeting. We will discuss the issue of further relaxation of restrictions at that point. We will also review the issue of subscriptions in the light of whatever developments there might be.
If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about the above then please drop me a mail and I will get back to you as quickly as I can, having consulted the Covid group as needed, to give you the most appropriate response.
Finally, once again please remember that if you are sailing alone there is no patrol boat back up, so please consider your own safety, and that of other river users every time you go on the water.
I look forward to the day when we can all have tea on the lawn together again – after a good day’s sailing
All best wishes
Henley Sailing Club
Henley Sailing Club is a small, family-friendly sailing club set on a picturesque stretch of the river Thames. The club was formed in 1896 and has flourished ever since.
We race on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, in a variety of dinghies and find the river often provides interesting winds and challenging conditions. We also hold fun sailing days and offer an excellent social calendar for sailors and non-sailors alike, with BBQs, camping, suppers and Sunday afternoon tea on the lawn.
Novice and expert, young and old, and the rusty are welcome to join the club and to borrow one of the club’s dinghies, free of charge. Our more experienced sailors run an in-house coaching programme and when you are ready to race, there are special races for juniors, lady helms and novices.
The club’s facilities include a club house with a fully equipped kitchen, a furnished lounge area with panoramic windows overlooking the river, and a small bar for relaxing with a drink after sailing. To the outside there are attractive riverside lawns, changing rooms with hot showers, boat store and car parks.