Below is an extract from an email sent around the interclubs by the Police Marine Unit. I have only extracted the part relevant to the Thames but if anybody wants to see the whole email please let me know.
 
Steve Hill
 
Dear Marine Stakeholders,
I am sure you will agree it has been an interesting year so far, from COVID to the subsequent significant increase in river users throughout the county. The purpose of this email to you all is to give you a brief overview and update on our activities as a Marine Unit for the past 3 months.
We hope most of you will have seen more of our officers out and about either on the shore or out on water throughout the last 3 months. We have been endeavoring to re-focus our efforts towards our community engagement and whilst it is still a work in progress, we have achieved a number of success’ so far, which are highlighted below. We have given each area of the county a dedicated officer to focus on the marine issues in your particular area, if you are not aware of them already, they are as follows ;
PC1925 Ian Newling – River Thames: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PC2609 Dawn Wood - Rivers Crouch & Roach: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PC1390 Daren Chambers-Rivers Blackwater & Colne: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
PC72598 John Perry-River Stour/Harwich & Clacton Northwards : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We also have a generic email account which all of our officers check when they come on duty, to ensure we deal with as many enquiries as possible as soon as possible ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I hope you will make use of these officers and keep them informed of issues in your area. Of course, in an emergency please still use 999 for immediate assistance.
River Thames ;
We have carried out two joint operations with Southend Council, Castle Point Council, local Policing teams, GLAA, IFCA, Food standards Agency and Justice and Care charity to deal with illegal shellfish harvesting, modern slavery, food/environmental health and conservation. Future operations are planned and we have a number of persons awaiting prosecution as a result
There has been a sharp increase of reports around Anti-social behaviour with PWC’s. We have been paying additional attention to the slipways along the coastline and working with the council to improve safety and review legislation around water craft use on the foreshore. We currently have an agreement with all parties responsible for monitoring these slipways to record every person launching a vessel and this has led to a number of successful prosecutions and further prosecutions are pending.
We are aware of a number Anti Social behaviour reports in Leigh, especially Bell wharf, of beach parties and people climbing over boats on swinging moorings and causing damage. We are working with local Community Policing teams to help increase patrols in the area.
There have been recent reports of immigrants landing at East beach which we have investigated and confirmed with Border Force this usual activity from a visiting yacht and nothing to be concerned about. However, please report any sightings of suspicious activity whether immigration or crime related to Border Force or Police immediately, if necessary via 999 again.
We have noticed from Coastguard reports that there has been a significant increase of people being cut off by the tide especially from visitors to the town and around the mulberry Harbour. Please help to assist the emergency services by ensuring all of your member/client/ colleagues are aware of tides and the dangers.
In the last week and large tender was pulled up onto the top of the slip at Two tree Island and the outboard engine stolen. As autumn/winter approaches please ensure all removable valuables be taken off of vessels and vessels secured. Please check mooring lines as a number of vessels have broken free in recent heavy weather and please be vigilant and check your boat regularly throughout the winter months report any suspicious activity to the Police.
We hope you will have found this update to be of use, it is our intention to repeat these on a 3 monthly basis. Please be assured we will work hard to provide the best possible service to you as our stakeholders and would welcome any feedback you may have.
Best Regards
APS 2858 Paul RAWSON
Essex Police Marine Unit
49-51 Station Road
Burnham on Crouch
CM0 8HF
Tel : 101 x/t 480406
Mobile 07989 693899
Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As many of you know, East Racks slipway is in a poor condition. Tim and his band of merry volunteers have been carrying out running repairs for most of the year. 
We have decided that once the cruiser lift out has been completed in October, that East racks slipway will be taken out of commission so that we can start repair works as soon a possible. 
If anybody is intending to use their dinghy after the 17th October, could they contact Tim Wright about moving to West racks temporarily?
 
Thanks
 
Steve Hill
Vice Commodore
The Committee has been working hard to keep up with the latest guidance regarding the Covid 19 pandemic. An updated version of the club risk assessment can be found on the Policy Document page of the website. This reflects the changes made in line with recent government announcements and supports the use of the lower saloon for further seating and tables. Your cooperation with the bar staff and committee as we adjust to these revised ways of serving is appreciated. Don’t forget to bring your face-masks. The club has draft beer and lager back on tap. The investment in cellar cooling earlier this year has improved the quality and life of the ale. We hope that members will continue to enjoy the club whilst abiding by the necessary restrictions..
Steve Hill

Following the government announcement of September 22nd, the following changes are being made to our opening hours and operating methods:

  • The bar will open on Friday evenings at 19:30 with last orders at 21:30. All members must have left the club by 22:00.
  • Bar service will be at your table, members and guests are to order drinks from their seats.  These will be brought to you by the bar staff.
  • Whilst in the clubhouse, masks are to be worn unless you are seated at your table.
  • The bar staff will fulfil our legal requirements for registration via manual means although we will have also registered with the NHS Track & Trace system.  The QR code for the latter will be displayed in the bar area.

Following the government announcements of September 9th, the club has reviewed our policies to ensure that we continue to comply with and be seen to comply with these laws.  Please note the following changes and updates:

Balcony; a maximum of six people are to use the chairs on the balcony. No one shall stand on the balcony except those walking through to the stairs.

Lower Balcony; a maximum of six people.

Birdcage seating; a maximum of two groups, each having no more than six people.  The groups are to be obviously separated.  Please remain seated to avoid unintentional mingling.

Bar inside seating; our current policy is compliant with the updated requirements.

Casual sailing; no more than six people shall meet for casual sailing. If there is more than one six-person group on the racks, please ensure that obvious distance is maintained between the groups, e.g. greater than 5m meters.

Racing; organised sport is permitted and thus racing can continue at this time.  Our current risk assessment is compatible with the updated laws but on-shore, please pay particular attention to avoiding being in a position that could be construed as a constituting a group of seven or more.

Please continue to maintain vigilance with hygiene measures and social distancing. If you are talking to another non family-group member remember to be at least 1 meters apart and preferably 2 meters.

The Sailing Committees LSC & EYC have agreed the following race programme for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020.

Saturday 19th September

The Peter Cotgrove Trophy Race – start at 12:45 from the EYC start line course to be advised.

 

Sunday 20th September 2020

LSC v EYC club team race – an all-in handicap race for members of both clubs, starting at 13:30 from the EYC start line with course to be advised.  The winning club will be decided by taking the scores for the first 8 boats from each club based on the corrected time positions in the race, the club with the lowest aggregate score being the winning team.

Hope that as many of you as possible are able to take part in these races

 

Change to Racing Marks

The SOUTH mark will be laid due south of Jocelyn mark north of the Ray Channel

This will enable us to set better courses when the wind is due north or south while maintaining our conservative approach to sailing under the Covid19 situation.

 

Thanks Steve Corbet

Sailing Secretary

The cruiser lift out has been arranged for Saturday 17 October with Sunday 18 October as the back stop in the event of bad weather. We will be starting around 10.30am as high tide is at 13.30. Unfortunately, it will be necessary to close the promenade for parking until all craning operations have finished which will probably be around mid afternoon. Any enquires please contact David Giles.