Safe Sailing

RYA Guiding Principles

These are the RYA’s guiding principles that will underpin all guidance across the boating community. We would encourage decision makers to use these principles to inform their own decisions during the Covid-19 period.

We will always follow Government advice. The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on frontline services.

We all have a role to play by following the Government guidelines.

We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach.

Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary strain on the RNLI and emergency services

Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking and extra-conservative approach to your boating

RYA Principals

Follow Government Guidance
Take a considerate and conservative approach
Consider the impact on other users, members, not put unnecessary strain on services, minimise risk to spread of the virus
We need to remain cautious

With every change from the government it takes a while to get the clarity that we might want. Some areas of the country will need different approaches. It’s easier to take small steps forward rather than leap forward and have to retract.

Many sports have not resumed any activity. Pool Swimming, sports that are done indoors and so on are still forbidden.

Boating is in the forefront of sports that is able to restart, and we have to take a cautious approach into mind.

Obligations of a club

Comply with the regulations, follow guidance
You should do anything possible to protect participants, follow good practices and health and safety policies
You can’t guarantee that people will not catch the virus at your event. As with every liability, the best way to avoid it is to meet your relevant duty of care.

DCMS Guidance

DCMS provide info about gov guidance and regulation to sports and recreational activity
Latest guidance published 30th June.
RYA has been in communication with DCMS around group sizes. Hoping to get clarity around the group size of 6, and those less than 30 for recreational activity.
Additional info will come from the RYA shortly.
Over the next few weeks, additional clarity will come.

Organised on-water activity

Competitive sailing is still possible
Gov guidance, only gather outdoors in groups of 6 while following social distance. Guidance on the group size is up to 6 people. (unlikely to change) 
Clubs should impose limits for health, consider the reputational risk to your org.
Startlines with more than 6 people will be problematic for reputation.

Outdoor facility group sizes of up to 30 is being turned into a legal requirement, so up to five groups of 6 individuals within a club environment may be OK depending on legal clarification.

Events of more than 30 people will be illegal. If you can turn your facility into a Covid Secure location you may be able to have more than 30 on the facility.

Breaking the 30 down into 5 groups of 6 only when the 6 can be separated into separate groups may be possible, and requires clarification.

Safety boat provision is possible as long as the Duty of Care is possible.


Too early to be considering hosting events. RYA will not be considering supporting events until at least the 30th July. Anything past the 30th of July is undecided.


Changing rooms must remain closed – indoor sports facilities cannot be made Covid secure, enforced by law. People can get changed at home/car/boat park. Toilet access only subject to hygiene and social distancing measured. No sports indoors, including no yoga in clubhouses. Theory training is considered an indoor event and the RTC classrooms should remain closed.

Bar and Galley take-away / restaurant and other organisations that offer these services follow the Restaurant and Take-Away guidance and laws. As a club, weigh up the costs to implement, how it will affect staff/volunteers. 

Gov will enforce indoor sports facility guidance by law.

Overnight Accommodation

Can stay away from home, within household or support bubble or with another family. Yachts can be stayed on as long as social distancing can be maintained.

Boating with different households may be possible for certain craft with mitigating measures.

From 4th July social distancing is still 2m unless there are mitigating actions, some mitigating actions could be separating marks on deck, face coverings, avoiding face to face contacts and cleaning procedures. Look at the type of vessel and the situation. In a pressured (race) situation you are more likely to come closer together than if you were in a relaxed situation where you can think more about keeping apart.

Clubs need to maintain who is on site (visiting or sailing) and keep those records for 21 days. A club could be contacted through the track and trace system and would need to find out who else needs to be contacted.

The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks. Many businesses that take bookings already have systems for recording their customers and visitors. If you do not already do this, you should do so to help fight the virus. We will work with industry and relevant bodies to design this system in line with data protection legislation, and set out details shortly.
You should assist the Test and Trace service by keeping a temporary record of your staff shift patterns for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Safe Sailing

This page is a work in progress, to help us think through how we will operate given the different levels of control that the Government and RYA provide as we move through the pandemic.

Government Guidelines5
Stay Home/
Save Lives


of restrictions

Enhanced Tracing

Dates01/03/20 –
13/05/20 – 19/6/2019/6/20TBATBA
Sailing club boat
at Frensham
NoYes, under
FPSC sailing
Yes, under
FPSC sailing
Sailing club boat
at SSC
NoYes, under
SSC sailing
Yes, under
SSC sailing
Daysailing at
the coast
Social events
(Cycling, Summer
Club Camping HolidaysNoNoTBA

Camping Holidays – Generic

Basic Premise

* That we are permitted by regulating agencies to run Summer Camp
* That we set out the conditions which participants would need to comply with in order to run a compliant Summer Camp
* That people would like to go to Summer Camp given the conditions in the country at the time, the rules of a compliant Summer Camp and whether the offer is compelling enough having taken everything into account.


1) That members will follow all government guidelines and will not come to any camping event if they are unwell, self-isolating or any other members of their family are similarly affected.

2) Single handed sailing or double handed sailing only where both crew members are from the same household. Maintenance of individually owned boats by owners/family members. Launching and recovery onshore would have to be competed by only the crew unless people distancing methods are devised and implemented.

3) The decision to attend a camp and/or go sailing is solely at the risk of the individual members. 

Sailing at Frensham during the “4 – Social Distancing Continues” phase.

Please check here to see if a vessel is available, book on the Frensham booking site and let Steve know when you want the vessel.

DateOrange Trio
White Trio
17 WAnna
18 TNoNo
19 FNoNo
20 SStephen
21 SNo
22 MAdriAnna
23 TNoNo
24 WGary
25 TNo
26 FNo
27 SStephen
28 SNoNo
29 MAdriAnna
30 TNoNo
1 W
2 T
3 F
4 S
5 SNoNo
6 MAdriAdri
7 TNoNo
8 W
9 T
10 F
11 S
12 SNoNo
13 MAdriAdri
14 TNoNo
15 W
16 T
17 F
18 SGary
19 SNoNo
20 MAdriAnna
21 TNoNo
22 W
23 T
24 F
25 S
26 S
27 M
28 T
29 WAdri
30 TNo
31 FNo
1 S Aug
2 S
3 MAdri
4 Tno
5 Wno

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