Milton Keynes Sailability
'Leave your disability ashore'
Milton Keynes Sailability Coronavirus Update
Updated 8th June
Firstly – we hope you are all keeping well and staying safe in these difficult times. Many of us are having to self-isolate either because we are vulnerable or somebody in our household is at risk.
The committee recently held a meeting via Zoom. We discussed various options as to how we could offer access to sailing again this year. Our main priority being to ensure we can keep everybody safe and to do that, we have to provide the required 2m social distancing advised by the Government.
We believe that it will not be possible to comply with the 2 m distance when assisting sailors into our boats. It is also not possible to deliver any assisted sailing supported by Buddies without having to use PPE for our members and volunteers.
Guidance from the Government says that people can travel to and participate in outdoor sports either with members of their own household, or by maintaining a safe 2m distance from one other person. The RYA guidelines are similar, in that people can participate in sailing if it is safe to do so.
Milton Keynes Sailing Club have announced that they will allow people to sail their own boats either as solo sailors or with family members. They advise that the clubhouse and changing rooms remain shut and that there will be NO SAFTEY BOAT cover.
Our current thoughts are that it will be very difficult to run Sailability sessions at this time. We have undertaken a risk assessment and feel we are unable to provide a safe environment for our sailors and the risks to our volunteers will be too high. We may organise some limited sailing much later in the year when the virus transmission risk has been lowered (Government Step 3), but only for people who are physically well and don’t need to remain in isolation.
We are sorry that we can’t offer better news at the moment. We will keep you informed as to what our plans are and will update further on Facebook and Web Site with further information. You can also get more guidance from theRYA Website.
PLEASE STAY SAFE
My name is Tim Harpin and I am Chairman at Milton Keynes Sailability. It is part of my role to organise and administer our sailing days. I have several years sailing experience including racing our Challenger tri-marans in UK and international events. There is a great deal of effort from our committee that goes into running the club and it is my responsibility to ensure that we meet our obligations to our members. It can be challenging but is always interesting to be involved in the variety of activities of our club. We are continually trying to develop and expand what we do and I always welcome input from members.