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  1. General

Crew-members are asked to comply with the following:-

  • do not join the charter, course or day sail if you have COVID symptoms including a high temperature, loss/change of taste or smell, a new continuous cough, or if you have been in contact with anyone showing these symptoms or self-isolating during the 14 days prior to your course/trip
  • inform your skipper immediately if you develop these symptoms during your time on board
  • inform us immediately if you develop symptoms within 14 days of your course/trip
  • strictly follow social distancing policies – stay 1 metre+ away from people outside of your own household
  • regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser provided
  • use hand sanitiser provided before moving from the cockpit to below decks or after returning to the cockpit from below decks
  • read and follow the guidelines outlined below

Wings has been fitted with a COVID inventory as follows:-

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Alcohol hand gel
  • Alcohol spray
  • Disposable gloves
  • Facemasks/coverings
  • Additional waste bins

RYA Courses

Under normal circumstances all RYA courses are residential, however current COVID restrictions prevent us from allowing more than two households from staying aboard overnight. The skipper is one household, so we can only accept one further household, maximum four people. This means that courses with involving more than 2 households will be run on a day sailing basis, out of our Shotley base (this exceptional arrangement is covered by a RYA dispensation, and will not affect the validity of your qualification).

Residential courses for 2 people from one household are not economically viable, but we will can these on a say sailing basis. We can offer residential courses for two on payment of a surcharge (equivalent to the fee for one extra person).

 

  1. Crew Restrictions Day Sailing

 

We can accommodate a maximum of 3 households/bubbles, this includes the skipper/instructor.

Additional Mandatory Terms & Conditions:-

  • Bring own water bottle (filtered water available on board)
  • Bring own food/drinks (fridge space available)
  • Bring own face covering (spares available on board)
  • Bring own wet weather gear (spares available in emergency)
  • Bring own sailing gloves if required
  • Stay in cockpit except for toilet use or extreme weather/emergencies
  • Only one person/household allowed down below at any one time except for extreme weather/emergencies
  • 1m plus SD to be followed at all times between households

 

Crew/Permitted Numbers/Combinations

  • Skipper plus up to 4 people from one household OR skipper plus 1 or two people from second household plus 1 or two people from third household.

 

  1. Crew Restrictions Residential Sailing

 

Crew/Permitted Numbers/Combinations

  • Skipper plus up to 4 persons from 1 household.

The course/charter will be catered to the extent agreed at the time of booking. 

Additional Mandatory Terms & Conditions

  • Bring own water bottle (filtered water available on board)
  • Bring own face covering (spares available on board)
  • Bring own wet weather gear (spares available in emergency)
  • Bring own sailing gloves if required
  • Bring own bedding & towel, including under-sheet, pillow-cases, pillows, duvet/sleeping bag
  • 1m plus social distancing between households at all times

 

  1. Special Arrangements RYA Courses
    • Where residential courses are not practical or permitted within COVID guidelines, all courses may be conducted on a day sailing basis. This will not affect the validity of course certificates.

 

  1. COVID Guidelines by Location on Vessel

 

  • Cockpit/Deck
    • 1m social distancing between households at all times
    • Divided into 3 zones, Helm, Starboard and Port
    • Only one household permitted in any zone at any one time
    • Use hand gel before and after each activity, e.g. sheet trimming
    • Wipe winch handle with alcohol wipe after use
    • Clean helm with alcohol wipe after use
    • Clean VHF with alcohol wipe after use
    • Clean plotter with alcohol wipe after use
    • Use bin provided for waste wipes
  • Chart Table
    • One skipper per day (or clean as below if skipper changed during day)
    • Wear facemask & surgical gloves for chartwork
    • Clean chart table with anti-bacterial spray
    • Clean tools and charts with alcohol wipes
    • Clean VHF radio with alcohol wipes
    • Clean hand held compass with alcohol wipes
  • Galley
    • Only 1 person in galley
    • Use hand gel & wear surgical gloves/face covering before touching food or utensils
    • Wash up with hot water & detergent
    • Anti-bacterial spray/wash surfaces and taps
    • Dispose of gloves/wipes/cloths in bin provided
  • Heads
    • Dispose of toilet roll down toilet (2 pieces then flush, repeat)
    • Use hand gel or water/soap afterwards
    • Dispose of hand towels in bin NOT TOILET
    • Alcohol wipe areas including flush handle
  • Saloon
    • 1m plus social distancing between households at all times
  • Cabins
    • Under-sheet and own bedding must be used

 

  1. Cleaning (end of course/charter – for skippers)
  • As above, and as documented in Ops Manual, plus:-
    • Spray used lifejackets with alcohol spray, hang in saloon
    • Wash down decks & cockpit
    • Ensure all bedding removed. Spray cabins with dilute disinfectant spray, aerate for 30 minutes, leave unused for 24 hours days.
    • Spray practice ropes with alcohol spray and return to container ready for next use
    • Remove all perishable food/liquids

Our Risk Assessment and Method Statement are available on request.