COVID – Latest update from the Club

Last updated 10 November 2020

Here you will find the latest information regarding our Covid procedures at the club.

It’s fantastic to be back!  Due to easing of government restrictions we are extremely excited to be opening the club bistro but with limited capacity. This will open up further once the government restrictions ease and we look forward to welcoming all members back. We are currently working on our plan to re-activate sailing and more information will be available in the coming days.

Health Considerations:

Staff, volunteers, and participants should stay home and not attend if:

  • you are feeling even a little unwell or have only mild cold/flu like symptoms including:
    • Fever
    • Chills or sweats
    • Cough
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Runny nose
    • Loss of sense of smell
  • you feel unwell, even if you have previously tested negative for coronavirus (COVID-19),
  • you do not feel completely well and have had a fever in the last three days (72 hours).
  • you have returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days;
  • you have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is unwell in the last 14 days, including cough or mild cold/flu like symptoms; or
  • you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days;
  • you do not feel comfortable, including being in an at-risk category.

Staff, volunteers, and participants are encouraged to:

  • get the flu vaccination
  • download the COVIDsafe app


Our sailing program is in line with government regulations. Although sailing is now back, it is in a modified format. There is important information to take note of:

  • All races before 25 December 2020 will be standalone club start courses and will not form part of a series; All series races may commence following 25 December 2020;
  • Sign ON/OFF must be on a personal device using the applicable App as per the Sailing Instructions and the BYS Covid Safe Plan
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions all boats and competitors are required to comply with the BYS COVIDSafe plan.  With all competitors required to socially distance for 90% of the time and while not undertaking manoeuvres, the number of crew allowed on each yacht while racing, will be limited as per the following:
Boat size (LOA) Max Crew No.
Less than 28ft 3
28 to 34ft 4
34 to 38ft 5
38 to 41ft 6
41 to 49ft 7
49+ft 8

Staff training and cleaning protocols:
All of our staff have completed basic training on COVID-19 and preventing its’ spread.
Our equipment and facility are rigorously cleaned in accordance with official DHHS advice to allow us to return to sailing safely.
All equipment including training boats and lifejackets as well as common touch areas are being cleaned before and after each session.
Double handling of equipment to be minimised at every opportunity and cleaned between handling where double handling is unavoidable.

What we’ll be doing before your sailing session:

  1. Direct participants to this COVID-19 Information webpage upon registration.
  2. Remind participants by email of important measures prior to the first session, and before subsequent sessions if the situation changes.
  3. Continuously remind participants of COVID Safe measures verbally as well as by email, posters and social media.
  4. Limit course numbers to ensure safety and physical distancing in line with current government restrictions.
  5. Monitor the weather, as always, to identify whether sessions are able to go ahead. Inclement weather will be managed in accordance with our inclement weather policy and, during this period of disruption caused by COVID-19 and the associated risk of groups of people indoors, increased consideration will be given to rescheduling or postponing sessions where activities cannot be conducted outdoors.

Physical distancing:
It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain social distancing requirements including staff, volunteers, participants and spectators.

  • Groups will be split up for any onshore demonstrations where more than one instructor is on the group.
  • Physical distancing of 1.5m maintained at all times while onshore.
  • No inside sessions or briefings. If weather is inappropriate for outdoors, we will reschedule, postpone or cancel.
  • Staff and volunteers should not be in close proximity to each other (for example in the office), or in close proximity to participants.
  • All sailing will adhere to the social distancing requirements as outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services.


  • The Racing Lounge & Southern Waters Room can accommodate a total of 20 people for seated dining (10 people per room)
  • The deck can accommodate 50 people outside (subject to weather)
  • Bookings are ESSENTIAL, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. Please book here via the online portal (if you have forgotten your username or password, please contact the office)
  • Dining is strictly reserved for members only while we have limited capacity
  • For bistro opening hours click here

Marina & slipping:

  • The marina is fully operational, as are slipping services – whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing masks at all times.
  • All contractors onsite MUST report to, and sign-in, at the marina office before entering the marina, or scan the QR codes located on each marina gate entrance.
  • Any contractors working on boats must wear a face mask at all times and practice social distancing

Data collection:

In accordance with the current government requirements we are required to gather contact details of everyone who visits the premises for longer than 15 minutes. In order to streamline this process and reduce the risk of cross-contamination, we have implemented a QR code scanning system to help gather and manage everyone’s contact information. It’s a simple 4-step process and you can do it all on your phone. All you need to do is follow below instructions:

  • Open camera on your smart phone.
  • Scan the QR code.
  • Tap on pop-up link.
  • Fill in required details.

There will be signage at all entry points with the scannable QR code, along with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the process, and as always all staff will be more than happy to assist you if required.