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Covid-19 Response

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LSC Covid-19 Update, January 7th 2021

As we are all only too aware, the whole country, (barring some islands) is in lockdown or Tier 5 as it is now being called. It seems likely there will be little change in the next 6 weeks, or even until late March according to some. We are all being asked to stay at home.

Langstone Sailing Club is now completely closed and we ask that you do not come at all, except in very limited circumstances.

You can visit the club only:

  • To carry out essential maintenance to your boat.
  • To allow an external contractor access to work on your boat.
  • On club business with the express consent of the Covid Taskforce.

Rules regarding taking exercise in boats are rather confusing but currently it seems that you can launch a craft from a public slipway. This means you would have to bring it from home as you cannot visit the boat park except as above.

This notice is the interpretation of the Covid Taskforce. As ever, the Government guidance can change unexpectedly and it is up to members to be aware of the current position.

The Covid team may be contacted by emailing

Tim Wilyman, Commodore

7th January 2021

LSC COVID-19update Wednesday 2nd December 2020

There has been a little confusion as to when the next stage started. It seems it is 2nd, not 3rd as originally advised. From today, Langstone Sailing Club is in Tier 2, so all members are subject to all rules and laws laid down by the government and specifically:

You can:

    • Access your cruiser
    • Launch and recover cruisers subject to direction by Mooring & Berthing
    • Access and use your dinghy as you wish
    • Use the club toilets
    • Access the wooden boat shed
    You cannot:
    • Come to the club if you or any member of your household is displaying symptoms
    • Access any other parts of the building
    • Use the galley or bar for any reason
    • Stay overnight on your boat
    Please remember:
    • All the rules for sailing in a socially distanced way which were in force until the November lockdown remain, so for winter dinghy sailing these must be observed.
    • You must observe social distancing when mixing with others. The maximum number who may gather together outside is six.
    • Only members of one family group may use ladies or gents toilet at any one time.
    Tim Wilyman, Commodore 2nd December 2020


LSC COVID-19 UPDATE Saturday 7th November 2020

This update has been delayed due to changes in the interpretation of Government guidance.

The headline today is that the club is closed once again.

No-one should enter any of the buildings for any reason except on club business with the authority of a Club Officer.

The bar is of course closed again but it is hoped to re-open again in December. The galley will remain closed until further notice.

It is anticipated that the closure will remain in place until the end of the November lockdown, expected on 2nd December, but it may not be possible to open on 2nd and there may be a few days' delay.

The site is also closed and no boats should be accessed except for essential maintenance. Winterising is not considered essential (according to DEFRA) but may be carried out by a contractor.

DEFRA has advised that use of all water craft for exercise is fine, provided the current Covid rules about single households and social distancing are observed. No overnight stays are permitted.

If you do visit your boat to carry out essential maintenance remember you must not gather with more than one other member outside your household and must observe Government rules and advice at all times.

I will be in touch with further news when this is available.

Tim Wilyman, Commodore

LSC Covid-19 Update, May 16 2020

Dear Members

Following the Government's lifting of some of the lockdown restrictions, and a risk assessment and mitigation measures put in place, we are delighted to be starting a phased reopening of Langstone Sailing Club. This reopening is on a pilot basis and variations will be made with experience and further government or RYA advice - both tightening and relaxing of the restrictions are possible. The latest advice will be found at:

Please read all the text below before coming to the club:


1. From 07:00 tomorrow, Sunday 17th May the Club will be open for access to the water for permitted exercise in dinghies, cruisers and other watercraft.

2. Access will be allowed to: the car park, boat park, wooden boatshed, slipway and tender pens.

3. The Clubroom, bar, restaurant, upper terrace and changing rooms remain CLOSED to members. The only access upstairs is for equipment maintenance and committee members accessing the office.

4. The toilets are open subject to: only one person in each toilet area at a time (Mens/Ladies/Disabled). Wash or sanitise your hands before you enter and wash your hands before exit.

5. Please bring your own antiviral gel/wipes and use them on any communal surfaces.

6. You must be self-sufficient with people from within your household for; launch, sailing and recovery. Please do not go out if you need external help, for example to recover your boat.

7. Please travel in your sailing kit or be prepared to change discreetly in the car park.

8. Club dinghies will be NOT available for hire and club motor boats are not available.

9. Please do not touch other people's equipment.

10. No overnight stays on boats either ashore or on the water


1. Please be prepared to queue to launch or recover, especially at busy times.

2. Only one household launching or recovering at one time - please wait until the slipway is clear.

3. Keep to the right on the slipway.

6. Washdown facilities should only be used by one household at a time.

7. The pontoon should only be used by one household at a time.

8. Picnic benches and tables will not be available.


1. No organised racing or training at present.

2. No Safety boats will be available.

3. Single handers, or 2-handed dinghies with helm and crew from same household, can sail.

4. Single handers might sail with a buddy dinghy for safety.

5. Cruisers can do same-day sailing from home berth with crew from same household.

6.Tenders must only carry people from the same household.

7. Sailors make their own decision whether to sail, but the Club recommends adhering to an upper wind speed limit of 16 knots (maximum of force 4 on Beaufort scale).

8. The Club recommends that dinghies, SUPs, kayaks etc stay within sight of the Club at all times.

9. Once finished and packed away please leave the site promptly.


1. Lift-in 2020 will potentially commence on Wednesday 20th May with a reduced number of launches each day - affected owners will be contacted individually and informed of the schedule and CovidSecure launch procedure that will be used.

2. Due to the reduced intensity the slipway will still be available for other users during lift-in. Please be mindful of boat movements with the tractor and follow government guidelines at all times.

3. Tractor and hoist operators must contact Mooring & Berthing Officer for specific Covid-19 requirements before operating equipment.


1. All areas and equipment at LSC are a potential source of infection - please follow Government guidelines and respect 2m social distancing AT ALL TIMES

2. Do not come to LSC if you or any member of your household feels unwell

3. If you feel unwell whilst at LSC please go home immediately

4. If you are confirmed Covid-19 positive within 7 days of your last visit to LSC, please advise the club.

4. Regularly wash your hands or use hand sanitisers.

5. The Club will not be able to enforce the guidance above and so we rely on all members' judgement and courtesy to ensure that these guidelines work for all.

6. It is members' responsibility to keep themselves safe, and they choose to come to LSC and get on the water at their own risk.


1. Latest guidance will always be on the LSC website, - please check regularly and before coming to the club.

2. For any questions or comments around the LSC Covid response, please email

3.This is an evolving situation. We will continue to monitor all Government, RYA, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and other related announcements and keep you informed of any changes. More details and information will be published as they become available.

4.The Club encourages everyone to be considerate and conservative in their actions in and around the Club.

We hope this will be the start of another enjoyable if somewhat delayed season.

With best wishes

Your General Committee

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Last updated 14:13 on 12 March 2021

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