COVID-19

COVID Safe Sailing: Get In - Sail - Get Out


After several months of uncertainty and restrictions associated with COVID-19 community sport is restarting including sailing.  In line with all businesses and organisations resuming operations we are required to comply with the Public Health Orders which are current at the time and any exemptions issued. As we do not know what the Public Health Orders or exemptions will be in August we have to plan under the current orders and exemptions. On the 19th May 2020 the Minister for Health granted an exemption for recreational vessels (ie boats). Australian Sailing successfully lobbied the NSW government to have this exemption applied to sailing club competitive activities. The outcome of the exemption is that the 4 sq metre per person requirement does not apply to on water activities and there is some flexibility around the 1.5 metre social distancing requirement in cases where it is not possible to comply with it.

 

In order to return to competitive sailing, we are required to comply with the current NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order. The NSW Office of Sport has provided checklists and templates for Community Sporting Organisations and we have modelled our guidelines and processes on theses. We are required to develop our own COVID-19 Safety Plan, COVID-19 Risk Assessment, provide information and resources for reducing COVID-19 risk, develop and implement our own contact tracing procedures for all JBCYC events, and have a management plan for members who are unwell. We are trying to make compliance as easy as possible for our skippers and crew and we ask for your patience as we continue to update information as the situation changes. 

 

There are a number of documents following on this page. We request that you take the time to read them as when you sign on or register for a JBCYC event you will be required to declare that you are familiar with JBCYC’s COVIDSafe policies and agree to adhere to them. If you do not agree to JBCYC’s COVIDSafe policies you will be unable to participate in JBCYC events. In brief our main COVID-19 management documents are:

 

JBCYC COVID Safe Sailing Policy and Procedures - This is our COVID-19 Safety Plan and deals with most aspects of the club’s operation. The procedures are based on the 3 principles that underlie the Public Health Orders: Social Distancing, Hygiene/Cleaning, and contact tracing. It includes the policy and guidelines that JBCYC will be implementing to reduce COVID-19 risk, a list of resources for information and education, and procedures for use of facilities (the club boat, procedures for use of the club house will be developed later if required). 

 

JBCYC – Safe Sailing in a Nutshell. This is a summary of all JBCYC COVID Safe Sailing requirements.

 

COVID 19 Risk Assessment - This tries to identify any situations that are COVID unsafe as well as identify areas where control measures will reduce the chance of COVID-19 infection.

 

JBCYC Health Reporting Guidelines - This document is to be used where skippers/crew/members who are unwell present at a JBCYC event or where there are wellbeing concerns for a person.


Race/Event Sign on Process: All skippers and crew must register for each JBCYC race or event. Click here JBCYC RevSport Portal and use your Australian Sailing details to login. If you don't know your login details click on 'Forgot login details'. Once logged in click on 'My Events' then click on 'View All Events'. Select your boat/race event and 'register'. Follow the instructions to register for the event. This sign on process serves as the club's contact tracing process in order for us to comply with the NSW Public Health Orders.


Please note: the boat of any skipper that does not sign on via the RevSport JBCYC Portal will be disqualified. Any boat with unregistered crew will have a protest raised against them by the sailing committee.

Many of these documents are a ‘work in progress’ and will be modified as changes are made to Public Health Orders and as restrictions are modified. Therefore it is important to check this page on a regular basis.


For further information please contact the Commodore, Paul Gooey, on 0491 094 154, the Vice Commodore, Rod Chittenden, on 0408 210 086 or secretary, David Churchward (COVIDSafe Officer), on 0408 314 319.


In the list of files below is a video prepared by club member Steve Sargent on the correct way to use PPE, ie masks and disposable gloves. This is particularly important for skippers as they prepare their boats prior to crew coming on board. To access the video select the download arrow to the right of the 'JBCYC PPE Video".


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