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UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) and Fairlie Yacht Club Activiites

19 March 2020

The Fairlie Yacht Club Committee is aware of the on-going concerns of Club Members regarding the Coronavirus outbreak and has been monitoring the advice being given by the Westminster Government, Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

To this end, on Monday 16th March it was highlighted that “everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others”.

The wellbeing, health and safety of all members and the general public is a priority for FYC and we are aware that a number of Members have already entered a phase of self-isolation as advised by the government.

Club Activity

At present, the position of FYC is to help support an informed view for members to make their own decisions as to whether their sailing activities, on and off the water, should continue at this time.

On the advice provided earlier last week, FYC would urge all Members to critically reflect on the continuation of sailing activities until such time as the current virus outbreak is viewed as being over and further official guidance is received from appropriate sources.

Active Scotland has confirmed that the current advice and guidance is still very relevant, whereby people can reduce the risk of acquiring and spreading respiratory infections by practicing good hygiene, such as:

  • Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene.
  • Washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser, after coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking.
  • Avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and not using their personal items such as their mobile phone.
  • Covering their nose and mouth with disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.

Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.

Musters and Passage Races

The Scottish First Minister made an announcement on 12 March 2020 that from 16 March, mass events should not take place, in light of their potential impact on public services. This was followed by official notification from the Active Scotland Division (Scottish Government), along with a statement that further measures may be taken as the situation develops.

Taking into consideration the above information received from Scottish Government, the scheduled Muster and Passage Race to Holy Loch on the 25th April is now postponed until such times as official advice changes. Subsequent Musters and Passage Races will be assessed on a month by month basis.

Midweek Racing

With the announcements made on the 16th March and the clear focus now on ‘social distancing’ contained within those messages, the FYC racing schedule for 2020 is now under review until such times as official advice changes.

Consequently, the first series of Tuesday Points Races at Fairlie, from Tuesday 21st April and the first series of Kip Pursuit Races from Wednesday 29th April are cancelled. A decision on the second series of these races will be made in May.

Social Gatherings 

The proposed visit to the Silvers Yard in Rosneath is postponed until next winter.

The proposed diesel maintenance course is postponed until the current restriction on social movement is lifted.

Further Considerations

Fairlie Yacht Club will continue to review its planned future activities until further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government and will be communicating further with those affected. In the meantime please continue to follow the official advice coming out of the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland and make use of their online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 
https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

This continues to be an on-going and fast moving situation and as such any guidance and advice will be subject to further review and recommendations from the Scottish Government or NHS Scotland.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.

Graeme Randall

Commodore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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