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COVID-19 update

As we all settle into stage 3 restrictions once again, we would like to reiterate the information and directions that affect sailing and boating at RBYC:

Sailing:
• There will be no racing or training organised by the club
• Recreational sailing is permitted as long as it is with members of your household, or with one person from outside your household. It is one or the other, not both. The 1.5 metre social distancing rule must be adhered to at all times and there is to be no sharing of equipment.

Marina:
• The ferry service will be running as usual from 10am – 4pm Monday-Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday, although with the current restrictions in place, the ferry can only take one person per trip in addition to the driver.

In respect to the current stage 3 restrictions and the advice given to us by the Victorian Government there are only four reasons to leave your house:
• Shopping for food and supplies
• Health care and caregiving
• Outdoor exercise
• Study or work – if unable to work or study from home.

We understand that with the restrictions comes spare time on our hands but please do not intepret this as you are able to do maintenance on your vessel in the marina or work on your OTB boat on the rigging lawn. If you are attending RBYC as a member it is use your boat for exercise purposes only as outlined by the Government Guidelines – see attached document from Australian Sailing – click here

The staff at the club are doing their best to work within the guidelines and keep all of us safe, so I would ask that members respect these restrictions and respect the limits of what the club can offer members at this very trying time. If we all abide by the restrictions and rules in place we will be back at the start line before we know it!

We also received an update from Gavin Wall at Australian Sailing this afternoon.
“Please let your members know that the water police will be conducting a blitz this weekend and will be fining people breaking these restrictions.”

I ask that you use the sign on/off app at all times so that contract tracing can be done if necessary.

The club is constantly assessing the COVID situation and taking the rise in case numbers very seriously. The health of our members and staff are paramount to the Club and General Committee/ Manager.

Paul Pascoe
Commodore