Dear Members

Here is the sailing specific summary from CEO – Gavin Wall – Australian Sailing following the latest easing of restrictions:


  • Organised club racing and training for all members (adults and youth) can resume. This includes double handed dinghies and all forms of fully crewed keel boats, trailables and sports boats.

  • Masks and social distancing are no longer required while sailing

  • There is no limit on the number of boats on the water for racing or training.

  • Group sizes limited to 50 people (subject to a density quotient of 1 per 4sqm) in rigging area,

    keeping 1.5m social distancing unless wearing masks. Multiple groups of 50 to be separated by a clear and reasonable gap.


  • Participants should, if possible, arrive ready for sailing.

  • Shared equipment should be reduced where possible; use of club equipment such as life

    jackets and club boats should be traced and limited, with all equipment sanitised between use.

  • Sign on/off recommended to be done electronically via phone, VHF or online

  • Clubs must have a COVID safe plan that is communicated to members and includes protocols

    to ensure participants are free of coronavirus symptoms and a process for action, should a

    member or participant show up to the club with coronavirus symptoms.

  • Clubs are encouraged to place regular signage around club facilities, hard stands and rigging areas, promoting the wearing of masks while indoors, adhering to outside group sizes of 50,

    staying 1.5 meters apart and sanitizing of equipment.

  • Clubs must maintain a register of people entering the premises to allow contact tracing

  • Clubs must maintain a register of participants/ competitors to allow contact tracing

  • Club canteens, restaurants and cafes may open subject to the industry restart guidelines for

    hospitality. To apply both community sport and hospitality guidelines to a venue, then you must be able to segregate the two specific areas and then apply the relevant guidelines to the specific area.

  • Toilet and change room facilities may now open subject to the density quotient of 1 per 4sqm

  • Participants are encouraged to get the flu shot

  • Participants are encouraged to download the COVIDsafe app

  • Participants regularly reminded not to take part if unwell

  • Participants who suddenly feel unwell to be sent home and to follow govt Health Guidelines

Let’s all take care, and enjoy participation in sailing and boating once again, and keep safe!


John Hall