The government has moved the country into a national lockdown position- Tier 5, for the foreseeable future.
As a result all organised and social activity is suspended until such time as the Tier 5 lockdown is lifted. At all times members are advised to follow the law/national guidance in order to comply with the lockdown requirements.
Fortunately from the Club point of view the lockdown will take place over the quietest period of our sailing year and hopefully by the time the weather improves and the days lengthen the restrictions will be eased and we can look forward to starting our sailing activities once again.
Further information for members will be posted as and when available.
The Club hope that all members and their families stay safe during the coming few months.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members.
Here’s hoping for a more successful sailing season in 2021.
Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Government the Club can continue sailing for the foreseeable future. Sailing is restricted to members only and members are requested to adhere to the guidance on travel between tiers. The restrictions on gatherings in the clubhouse still apply. Members can continue to gain access to their boats and equipment as entry keys to the front door are held by class captains and club officials. This position will be kept under review.
1. Introduction of Lockdown in England
On the 31st October 2020, the UK Government announced the Introduction of a 4 week lockdown in England. This begins at 00:01 on Thursday 5th November and continues through to 23:59 on Wednesday 2nd December.
For this whole period everyone is requested to remain at home and only leave home for very specific reasons which are contained within the legislation available to read here.
One allowable reason to leave home is to take exercise outside alone, with members of their household or with one other person or do this by visiting a public outdoor place for “open air recreation”.
Having consulted with the RYA and reviewed the legislation, the MYA recommend that all MYA clubs should cease any organised activities and close their club and clubhouse. Club waters that are in public parks would be considered a “public outdoor place” and so the water could be used for sailing. This would allow members local to their (public park) club to potentially sail alone or with one other person, whilst following all social distancing measures by keeping at least 2m distance. It is advised that multiple groups of 2 members do not congregate at a clubs location to sail and potentially be seen as larger group.
All MYA Clubs should review the Legislation above and the National Restriction Guidance which is available here and advise their members what they are allowed to do, taking into account their location.
The Club will be adhering to the above guidance
The Club as part of its 90th year celebrations is staging the IOM National Championships over the August Bank Holiday 29th-31st. We are hoping that this will attract an entry of 84 skippers and it promises to be a spectacular event. The entry for the event is £50 and entry can be made though the MYA Online Payments System. An entry form can be obtained by clicking the following link – https://mya-uk.org.uk/event/iom-national-championship/
Entries will be prioritised to MYA members up until 1st April, whereafter entries will be open to overseas competitors.
A current list of entrants can be seen by clicking the on the following link – https://gbriom.com/nationalchampionships/