I doubt there are many more desperate to get back on the water than this particular club sailor. I’m lucky that my club is not far away, I sail on a pond where the shore is rarely more a good swim away, so hopefully I’ll be back on the water soon. Which got me thinking about before I launch…
One of the key aspects of sailing for me is the need to take personal responsibility. That includes deciding whether the conditions are too much for us or our boat or our (family member) crew. In these strange times, it also means thinking harder about our personal safety and appraising the risk, not just in sailing, but in getting to and from our boats and then avoiding catching or inadvertently transmitting the pesky virus.
We all have different (often strong) views as to the Covid risks, with some being particularly cautious and others believing we should be easing our way back to some sort of normal life, rather than continued lock-down. I hope we can respect each other’s’ opinions and choices on this rather than set off a further wave of conflict and stress.
So your club committee has made an informed decision to re-start sailing, I therefore propose a few further checks before actually going sailing, checks that we normally tend to be a bit too relaxed about. It seems common sense that we should doing everything we can to minimise the need for any safety boat services. So here are some checks I recommend strongly before going on the water:
Before launching also:
When launching, you are going to have to deal with your own trolley, unless you have a family member with you – this may change our ingrained habits of collaborating and helping each other.
Don’t stay out too long, get tired and so start making mistakes, head back under your own steam.
Inevitably, I cannot guarantee this list exhaustive or covers every risk and contingency. Remember, it’s all about taking personal responsibility and applying your own common sense. With a dash of extra prudence thrown in please.