The slipway has been repaired but underlying structural issues will require attention over the winter months. In the meantime the slipway can be used but please take care.

Update for members visiting the bar.

Please arrive at the club either through the birdcage or from the ramp along the platform. Sanitise hands from the dispenser outside the door before touching the door. Preferably follow the one-way system up the inside stairs to access the bar, leaving the bar by the outside stairs down from the balcony. If moving counter to the one-way system do not pass people on the stairs and maintain 1m+ distancing. The stair lift is still available.

You may have to queue for the order point of the bar to be served. Please observe 1m+ distancing, then order and pay using a contactless card. Bar staff will note down names of your group for contact tracing. Move 2m to the left to collect drinks from collection point.

Take your seat with your household/ bubble at your table without moving placement of any table. Chairs may be moved but the distance must be observed from those at other tables in the upper saloon. Some tables have 1m+ and others 2m distance. No one is to remain standing at the bar or elsewhere inside. Places are also available on the balcony, and there is overspill area in the birdcage (good weather) and lower saloon (poor weather). Please do not close windows, as open windows are an essential control measure allowing 1m+ spacing

Enjoy being back in the club! But please no singing or shouting due to aerosol transmission. Do not be afraid to ask another member ‘to keep their distance’, but always do so politely
Bring empty glasses, bottles and cans to the ‘empties tables’ at the end of the bar, and on the balcony.

Sanitise hands outside toilets before entering and wash hands for 20 seconds before you leave the toilets. Men - follow one way system, leaving by the changing rooms (which aren’t in use). Ladies – if both cubicles are in use wait outside on the platform. If returning to the bar go up the interior platform stairs.

Before leaving the club please tell bar staff you are leaving, and wipe clean the table before others use it.

If you visit the club, it will be taken as agreed you will follow these guidelines and will have read the risk assessment on the website. We depend on the cooperation of those that visit the club to observe and adhere to risk assessment in order that the clubhouse can remain open. The number of people will be restricted. Members only, no guests. To avoid disappointment book places in the bar on Shlott :: Free online booking calendar and group management system. Join the group called Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club. Sign up and book your table. Bar staff can book you in on arrival if places are available.

Please also note that due to the circumstances all measures remain under review. Rear Commodore, Robin Tothill and Vice Commodore, Steve Hill are leading on these changes to Covid safety in the clubhouse, kindly contact them as needed.

The Leigh Sailing Club East Rack ramp has been badly damaged by today's storm. With further high winds and high tides expected tonight and tomorrow afternoon, it is likely that further damage will occur.
We would therefore ask that members do not use the East Rack ramp until further notice until we can arrange for the damage to be repaired.
Thank you for your co-operation and we will advise as soon at the ramp is considered safe to use.
Steve Hill
Vice Commodore

The club is trialling use of the shlott booking system that we have introduced for bar space booking.  Please see the club-sailing-dinghies page on the club website for details of the boats, usage rules and how to book.

There is an updated Risk Assessmnet that can be found on the policy section of the website;

The main changes are that;
Social distancing changes to 1m+ on the racks in line with government guidance. Please maintain 2m+ wherever possible, in particular if talking face-to-face. Please utilise the gel dispensers that have been installed on the West rack.
The mark rule zone reverts to 3 boat lengths, please remember to be considerate and conservative in your sailing.
There is updated guidance on self-rescue, please consider if you need to add more righting lines etc to recover from capsizes without assistance.
The clubhouse toilets may be used if sanitised afterwards by the user. There is spray in the toilets that should be used together with paper towels to wipe down surfaces. The changing rooms remain unavailable for use.

With the birdcage rearranged there is now plenty more space outside on three levels: birdcage, BBQ landing, and balcony, extending the number of members who can visit. To make the most of it Sunday opening begins this week. The bar system is working well so far, people telling us they feel safe and that the bottled beer is just as good as the draught. Is it true? Come and give us your view! The Shlott booking system is easy to use, though some members have arrived without bookings and bar staff have booked then in on arrival, so far no-one has been turned away. This success means we can look forward to seeing more members enjoying the club now we have Sunday opening from August 2nd and more space to socialise outside. 

One other change: in addition to bar opening times, club toilets are available to be used before/ after sailing on the understanding that users clean and leave facilities a they find them. Spray has been made available. 

A big thank you to all who helped rearrange the birdcage!

The racing so far has been very well supported but the sailing committee want to remind ALL crews that they are required to ‘SAIL CONSERVATIVELY’ particularly at the start of a race and rounding marks.

Rule 44 was modified to read that an overlap was to be established 5 boats lengths from a mark, this is now reverted to the standard 3 boat lengths.

Steve Corbet

Sailing Sec.