Access to first aid kit

Following notification from the RYA that from 3rd July overnight stays are allowed on boats, we would expect an increase in attendance at the club.

To allow access to the overnight register, we have removed the padlock from the clubhouse door; this gives access to the vestibule where you will find;

The overnight register, the defibrillator and first aid kit; they can all be accessed in an emergency.

Due to Government and RYA rules the Clubhouse and the toilets remain closed until further notice.

We have found boat rubbish deposited in the COVID bins; they are for COVID related items only. Please take your rubbish home.

We trust that we can rely on your continued cooperation in keeping our club functioning and safe.

Thank You

For TCC
Clubhouse and Compound Convenors
Andy McRoberts & Kyle Stewart

Return to Boating – Phase 2 – 3rd July Update

RYA Scotland

Phase 2 – 3rd July Update

General Guidance for Boating Activity

Key notes which apply to all boating activities:
Participants should be aware that the easing of restrictions in the phase 2 update will come into effect on the 3rd of July. Outdoor Hospitality is proposed to come into effect on the 6th July this does not mean that all facilities offering outdoor hospitality will open immediately. Owners and operators will require time to put plans in place to ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Indoor facilities will remain closed. You should anticipate no changing and showering facilities available.
Training Centres will require time to consider all the implications of opening facilities/venues and put plans in place to re-engage staff and to set up operations that ensure the safety of participants, staff and volunteers. Please be respectful of local challenges.

Cleaning information
We recommend you carry and use hand sanitiser which should be at least 60% alcohol based. Detergent wipes need to be appropriate for the surface they are being used on. Cleaning products should conform to EN14476 standard or any detergent will need to be followed by chlorine releasing agent. Be mindful of our fragile marine environment, do not release bleach products into the water and dispose of used wipes, gloves and masks responsibly.
In addition, it may be worthwhile looking at best practice for general cleaning of equipment via – The Green Blue.

Physical distancing requirements are still in place
People must stay a minimum distance of 2 metres apart when meeting others from outside their household.

Travel restrictions are now relaxed
Subject to any localised restrictions

Meeting others is limited
You may meet outside with people from up to two other households (including an ‘extended household’) per day but the total number of people meeting must not be more than 8.
For under 12s (0-11): Children under 12 are not required to maintain physical distancing with other children or adults outdoors. The number of overall households and individuals in a group is as above.
For 12 and over (12-17): The number of overall households and individuals in a group is as above However, there is no limit to the number of these groups in a day providing that each contact aligns with the guidance. Physical distancing applies.

Overnight stays at anchor are now permitted
Before departing check local restrictions with mooring owners/associations/harbour masters. #Respect the destination. Plan ahead, be considerate on arrival and think of the local residents.

For Inland waterway users follow the link for further useful information. Scottish Canals

General RYA principles applying to all boating activity:

We will always follow Government adviceScottish Government

  • The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and well-being and to minimising pressure on front-line services. We have a collective and individual role to play by following the Scottish Government guidelines

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

  • Considerate of others: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and local communities. Do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services
  • Conservative of risk: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating

Additionally:

  • Individuals should sail singly or as a crew with members of their household group. If physical distancing can be maintained, you may sail with up to two other households on a boat and with no more than eight people.
  • Participants are encouraged to use their own personal equipment during this phase, or to have equipment allocated to them for exclusive use during a set period. This equipment should be cleaned appropriately before being allocated to another user.
  • Participants must only take to the water in conditions well within their ability and which assume a self-sufficient approach to their activity.
  • Competitions should only be undertaken locally and informally at your own club where household, physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place.
  • Check your equipment thoroughly, particularly engines and fuel, as they may not have been used for some time. Consider using a device to keep in touch such as RYA SafeTRX on a mobile or carry a VHF and notifying someone ashore of your intended activity, anticipated time afloat and calling them when you are back ashore safely.

Plan – Your Activity

Planning your boating activity is key to ensuring you protect yourself and others around you.

  • Consider your activity type, destination and timescales.
  • Consider your options for changing pre and post activity.
  • Check the weather, sea state, location of launching and the location you may be visiting during your activity.
  • Check your destination availability – Do you have carparking availability? Is your intended mooring available? Have you considered rural community impact? Have you taken enough supplies to not go ashore or utilise destination shops?
  • Do you have a contingency plan?

All these factors will help you support your decisions to whether you are able to participate in your activity. Planning to make your activity fun, safe and enjoyable is equally as important as planning to reduce the potential spread of COVID 19

Prepare – Your Craft

  • Have you checked your craft is ready and appropriate for your activity?
  • Have you checked your personal life saving equipment?
  • Have you checked your communication systems?
  • Have you planned the journey?
  • Do you have a shore contact?

Deliver – Your Activity

  • Be considerate of others on and off the water.
  • Be conservative in your approach to your sport and do not take any unnecessary risk that may put you or others in danger.
  • Avoid busy areas where social distancing is not possible.

We would recommend that you do not launch at locations where you cannot maintain physical distancing for example crowded beaches or hot spots.

Review – Your Activity

  • How did it go?
  • What impact have you had on your destination?
  • Would you change any elements of the trip/activity/sport?

Consider how you can ensure you play your part in reducing the spread of COVID 19. By considering these factors you will be able to ensure your next visit to the sporting location will be potentially easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Lift In Cancellation

Dear Members,

We trust you are all safe and well, and we would like to thank our members for their patience and diligence in support of our safety measures which have allowed us to reopen and return a semblance of normality to our club.

After considering numerous scenarios, and taking account of feedback from our recent consultation email to our members with boats on the hard standing,

Troon Cruising Club’s Council has unanimously come to the decision not to conduct a lift- in this year.

We fully understand that this must be frustrating for many – including Council members – hoping to get afloat and enjoy the outstanding weather we have had recently.

Membership safety is of paramount importance and TCC Council cannot condone any actions that might jeopardise this.

We hope that the clarity provided by this decision should give members confidence to now undertake any more major projects they may have been contemplating, secure in the knowledge that a lift-in will not suddenly be sprung upon them.

We also fully appreciate that this has a knock-on effect on members currently afloat that were hoping to lift out in the autumn.

Considering that, it is proposed that it may be feasible to do a lift-in and lift-out in the same weekend in early spring of 2021, allowing the boats lifted out to remain on the hard standing for, say, 6 weeks before lifting back in.

The rationale behind this is that, if we do lift-out late March / early April you would have 6 weeks of potentially good weather, which is more productive than 6 months of bad weather and lifting back in early to mid-May still leaves most of the sailing season available.

Although it is quite early to decide if this would work for our membership, I would be very pleased to have your feedback on this matter.

If it had been your intention to lift-out this Autumn, what are your thoughts, as we require a minimum number of boats to make a lift- out viable?

Please reply in the first instance to Kyle Stewart so we might gauge your support for the above.

Kind regards Kyle Stewart,
Compound convenor/ Compound committee
on behalf of Troon Cruising Club’s council.

RETURN TO SAILING GUIDANCE – SCOTGOV PHASE 1

Dear members,

We are re-opening for limited activity from 30th May. The Scottish Government has announced a relaxation of the lock down restrictions. The rules now allow sailing with limitations. 

The lockdown relaxation is an extension to exercise options, not a carte blanche return to boating.

All existing social distancing and hygiene measures remain in place. 

The club is therefore open for independent sailing and boat maintenance from 30th May. The club house and toilets will remain closed with no access. There will be no organised activity. To assist compliance with social distancing there are a number of measures that have now been undertaken on the club premises and the works are now complete.

Additionally no parking is permitted within the club compound.

It will be more important than ever that we are vigilant in ensuring our safety onshore and afloat and we have introduced some restrictions that must be adhered to in addition to the normal safety procedures:

You will all have received an email on Thursday 28th May (just in case you missed it, see attached documents) with details of the new procedures to be adhered to within the club premises. Please ensure you have read and familiarised yourself with these as they are for your benefit and safety ~ in doing so you are agreeing to abide by the new procedures and you have fully understood the content.  Thank you to those members who have already replied.

Avoid placing extra strain on the RNLI and other emergency services. 

  • Undertake sailing only within your competency. If unsure, do not go out.
  • Check your boat thoroughly before going out.
  • Let someone know you are going afloat and tell them when you expect to be back ashore. Confirm when you are ashore on return.
  • Remain inshore, day time sailing only and return to your club mooring

Stop the spread of the virus, Social Distancing and Personal Hygiene 

  • The current advice remains stay local to your primary residence to undertake leisure activities.
  • Any member who themselves, or anyone in their household are displaying a new persistent cough, fever or loss of smell or taste should adhere to self isolation guidance and should under no circumstances attend the club
  • Comply with 2 metre social distancing at all times
  • No access to club house or toilets
  • Single handed, (if competent) and single household groups only on any one vessel.
  • Strict adherence to the new club policy with respect to hygiene within the premises (see attached documents)
  • Be aware of social distancing from the public at club entrance.
  • Be respectful and patient of fellow members at boarding points such as the island gangway and landing pontoon/slipway 

If you are not a member presently you may not use the club during this phase of re-opening.

When you do venture down to the club, please remember to bring your own gloves and disinfectant spray if you possibly can.  Enjoy your limited opportunity to get back on the water ~ it has been some time coming!

Continue to stay safe,

Carolyn Voisey
Commodore on behalf of Troon Cruising Club Committee

Reminder of TCC COVID RESTRICTIONS 220520

TCC COVID-19 Risk Assessment 23 May 2020 Compound Boats Moorings