The document “MYA Scottish District – Guidance for Return to Competitive Sailing” (click here) has been formally approved by RYA Scotland as the body recognised by sportscotland to represent boating in Scotland (not other UK countries). In addition, the document has been seen by MYA Council.
All Scottish club committees, event organisers and individual club members should carefully read the document. The guidance applies to us all in Scotland – please do not cherry-pick what you like and ignore other parts. Scottish clubs and event race teams must follow this guidance and put in place specific arrangements tailored to their venue. By observing the controlled conditions laid out in this document, “field of play bubble” events with more than five households can be organised as far as the specific circumstances of a venue allow.
The MYA SD Personal Medical Information form was published following unanimous agreement at the MYA SD 2018 AGM. Of course, Covid-19 was not anticipated. A slightly updated version (CLICK HERE) has now been published on the “Downloads” page. It is timely for us all to download this form, ensure we are up to date with our details and have it readily available for first responders and Emergency Services should we need help.
Following the 2019 AGM, actions arising included a review of the material held by the MYA Scottish District and what expenditure might be warranted in 2020? In follow-up, it was proposed to supplement the race team equipment by purchasing useful items including:
+ 2 x additional waterproof walkie-talkie covers
+ 1 x waterproof clipboard for the finish line judge to record scores
+ 10 x Hi-Viz XXL vests for race team members
+ 1 x large waterproof plastic storage box
Applying the MYA-SD guidelines, the MYA-SD Request for Expenditure form was completed. The MYA SD Committee unanimously voted to support the purchases. In addition, the MYA Treasurer confirmed that the proposed purchases would be reclaimable against the District’s annual allowance. Thus, the items were purchased and are now available to the host clubs for MYA SD events. As per actions arising from the 2019 AGM, an up to date inventory of the resources available to MYA Scottish District host clubs is available on the District Committee page (click here).
Based on Tuesday’s government announcements, the MYA position remains unchanged.
Groups of up to six people who are not in the same household can now meet outdoors.
26th June – Holiday accommodation can reopen for business
3rd July – Pubs and restaurants can open.
To summarise the Scottish government announcements – Scotland currently continues in Phase 2
29th June – five mile travel limit remains in place
People from up to three households are able to meet outdoors in groups of up to eight people.
3rd July – five mile rule for leisure and recreation will be relaxed
The use of self-contained holiday accommodation (such as cottages, lodges and caravans with no shared services) will be allowed along with second homes.
6th July – Pubs and restaurants will be able to open outdoor spaces, such as beer gardens.
Scotland – Phase 3: aspiration is to announce on 9th July
10th July – Allow people to meet other households indoors.
13th July – Non-essential shops inside shopping centres will be able to reopen, children and young people will also be allowed to play organised outdoor contact sports, dentists will be able to see patients for routine treatment and optometrists can begin to scale up work.
15th July – Reopening pubs, restaurants, holiday accommodation, hairdressers and barbers.
Please read this message from John Owens on behalf of the MYA SD Committee:
The MYA SD Committee fully recognises that we all want to get back sailing, but only if it can be conducted in a safe and controlled manner without putting our members at risk. A quick look at our membership shows that a lot of us fall into the “at risk” category and so this must be taken into consideration when arranging anything at your club.
Roadmaps for a phased exit from full Covid-19 lockdown have been published. The roadmaps and timelines differ between UK countries. The Scottish government roadmap was published on Thursday 21st May 2020. In response, the MYA SD Committee has put together the attached document acknowledging the MYA position and the ramifications of the Scottish government’s roadmap for radio and free sailing in Scotland. It is recognised that Northern Ireland is part of the MYA Scottish District but the government rules may differ.
Please carefully read the SD Covid-19 document on the District Committee page and follow the guidance provided. Club Committees should develop and share their own risk assessment with their club members.
Please look after yourselves and each other.
John Owens on behalf of the MYA SD Committee (Brian Summers, Steve Taylor and Cathy Reid)
The SD Councillor John Owen’s report to the April 2020 MYA Council meeting can be found on the District Committee page or viewed here
Please read this message from John Owen, SD Chairman, on behalf of the MYA-SD Committee:-
Against this background, the MYA-SD Committee and the relevant host clubs have taken the decision to postpone MYA-SD IOM Travellers 1 (hosted by Ayr Bay) and Travellers 2 (hosted by Levenhall).
If possible, these will be re-arranged for later in the year.
It might mean that venues, host clubs, etc. will require adjustment but those future decisions will depend on prevailing conditions and government advice.
Other events are currently scheduled in early June and the MYA-SD Committee will continue to actively consider arrangements in light of the prevailing conditions and government advice.
MYA-SD club committees and individual members are advised to carefully consider their sailing activities to ensure the health of all their members.
The MYA has recently published guidance on the coronavirus. John Owen, SD Councillor, has sent the following:
The NOR has been issued for the first event in the 2020 Scottish District IOM Travellers Series to be hosted by the Ayr Bay MYC. It will take place at Beach Park Pond, Harbourside, Irvine on Saturday 21st March 2020 and the event organiser is Bill Lees.
Entry is open to all members of MYA Scottish District Clubs and to visiting members of other MYA Clubs. All boats shall comply with IOM Class rules. Competitors shall be required to undertake to sail in accordance with the RYA Sailing Charter.
The NOR can be downloaded here . To enter, please use the MYA online system or contact the event organiser directly whose details are included in the NOR..