Frensham Pond Sailability
Accessible Sailing for All
Coronavirus Covid-19 and Sailability
At last we are now able to get back to a limited form of sailing. On Thursday mornings we are now able to offer casual sailing as well as coaching and racing to our more advanced sailors. Protocols and procedures have been devised to ensure that we can operate in a COVID safe environment, and abide by the current Government guidelines of the time. The two metre social distancing rules are in place, and sanitising hands and boats is done on a regular basis to keep everyone safe. The dinghies we are using are Hansa 2.3s, 303s and a couple of Libertys.
Most sailors sail independently with a few sailing with members of their household, and we are able to cater for those that need hoisting. Volunteers are organised into teams of two, each team being responsible for three boats and their associated sailors. This includes rigging, launching, sanitising, and recovering etc. Those sailors that need assistance, for example with walking along the jetty, getting into the boat, hoisting etc are required to bring a household member/carer with them to ensure that a two-metre social distance is maintained as much as possible.
Masks are compulsory for anyone on the jetties; volunteers, sailors, and carers, as it is not always possible to keep a safe distance. We are alternating racing with casual sailing on a weekly basis so that everyone gets a chance to sail, whatever their interest/experience.
As part of the plans for our 20th Anniversary in 2021, we have been looking at a new FPS logo and a new range of clothing. These were displayed for comment at the Forum last November. The designs have now been finalised and it will be possible to order new items of clothing when we start sailing again. We will have some samples for you to look at. I have reproduced the new logo below which, while specific for Sailability, has been aligned with the main Club logo to reinforce the fact that we are an integral part of the Club. Depending on clothing colour the logo colours will be varied to ensure good visibility.
To remind you of all the good times last year, and good times still to come, Tony Machen has kindly compiled a photo album of activities at the Pond in 2019, which clearly conveys the friendly competitiveness, team spirit, and wonderful social atmosphere that we all enjoy but miss so much at the moment.
The link to the photo album is below. There are a lot of photos so you can pick and choose or you can select the slideshow option - click on any picture, then the 3-dot icon at top right of the screen selecting "Slideshow"
Please feel free to get in touch over the coming weeks about any matter. We are here to help if we can.
Wishing you well and hoping that you all keep safe
Chair - Sailability Management Committee
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Frensham Pond Sailability meets on Thursdays and Saturdays between April and October at Frensham Pond Sailing Club, Pond Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2QA. The Welcome Desk is situated to the far right of the car park.