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Phase 2 Update 5 June

Dear Members,

The Management Committee have met for a specific virtual meeting to discuss Phase 2 of the club’s return to rowing. The aim is to slowly start to introduce more members back to the club, following Government guidelines and guidelines from British Rowing. The next phase will look to put some experienced scullers onto the water who do not have access to their own personal equipment. We needed a small test group to try our new boat booking system to ensure this will work and we will be able to roll this out to more members. Because this equipment is going to be shared, it is even more important to be scrupulously clean and pay attention to common touch points before and after every outing.

The outline for Phase 2 looks as follows:

Phase Two.

British Rowing Guidance: Affiliated Clubs may, if they wish/are able to, allow members to use club/shared boats (in addition to private boats) from their facilities.

Open Facilities: Main boathouses for selected singles, doubles and pairs. Junior boathouse closed. Everything else out of bounds.

Coaching: Not permitted at this time. No launch use.

Member Responsibility: To bring their own 70% or higher alcohol hand gel to use before and after touching shared equipment, and clean all club equipment thoroughly.

Club Responsibility: To provide clearly labelled and appropriate cleaning products, signage to remind about social distancing and hand washing.

Equipment Cleaning: Boat hull, inside and out – spray and wipe with disinfectant; seats – spray and wipe with disinfectant; shoes – spray with disinfectant; blade handles – spray and wipe with disinfectant. This is a minimum. If you touch any other equipment, such as trestles or any other part of the boat, they must be cleaned too.

Boating Protocol: Book a boat and a boating time using the Google sheets document (should be self-explanatory, but any problems contact the Captain). Only people who have been approved by the committee to row will be granted access to this. You must arrive at the club ready to row, boat off as near to your boating on time as possible and return the boat to the rack before your booked end time. You must clean your equipment and leave immediately. No more than two people in the boathouse at any one time.

Blade Use: Unless you have your own private blades, please refer to the sculling blades chart next to the club sculling blades in the boathouse. As a guide use any ‘C’ set of blades for women and any ‘SS’ set of blades for men. Do not alter the length of any blades.

This is a reminder to all members:

  • Private equipment owners must also book a boating on and off time, then select ‘PRIVATE’ for the boat name.
  • Only 2 people allowed in a boatshed/bay at any one time; if you find someone else in there whilst getting out or putting away your boat please observe the 2m rule and agree who will be where.
  • Be as quick as possible getting onto the water, no hanging about and chatting.
  • Hi-vis is still mandatory.
  • You must be able to launch yourself, no assistance from anyone outside your household is permitted.
  • No coaching is to take place at all at this point.
  • Only the boats on the booking form are permitted to be used – this is not the full fleet.
  • Please treat all surfaces as if they are contaminated. Cleaning equipment is provided at the club, but you may feel more comfortable bringing your own.

Those of you who registered an interest for Phase 2 and have been approved should have received a confirmation email from the Captain and instructions how to gain access to the booking sheet. Private boat owners will also need access to the booking sheet.
Any problems or issues, please contact me. We’re looking for any feedback on this system – we’re trialling it and are happy to make changes so it works efficiently for the club.

Please be patient, and remember that our primary aim is to get as many WRC members back on the water as quickly as possible, but only under a system we deem safe for everyone.

Anna Singleton