We are sorry that Sail Badachro remains closed for the foreseeable future. The very nature of the close proximity on board, which is a part of life while living on a sailing vessel, means that we cannot manage the current requirement for social distancing within our sailing activities.
We now have the Scottish Governments Route-map detailing the trigger points for relaxation of restrictions as we begin the lockdown easement https://www.gov.scot/publications/covid-19-framework-decision-making-easy-read/. In addition RYA Scotland produced their guidance for a return to boating in Phase 1 https://www.rya.org.uk/scotland/representation/Pages/Return-to-Boating.aspx. In addition the RYA have also produced a General Guidance leaflet for those returning to boating, (further supporting information can be found on the RYA ‘Return to Boating’ section of their website –https://www.rya.org.uk/scotland/representation/Pages/Return-to-Boating.aspx).
As confirmed by the First Minister for Scotland in her speech yesterday (Thurs 28th May), we are now allowed to take part in a wider variety of physical activity and exercise outdoors. All forms of boating are included in ‘water sports’ and are now able to be undertaken as our daily physical activity/exercise, provided that we continue to adhere to the guidance set out by the First Minister, including local travel and physical distancing. Unfortunately none of this helps RYA Training Centres offering the Cruising scheme as we will be unable to operate within the current restrictions.
The RYA are continuing to work on further supporting guidance for a return to boating in Phases 2-4, and we are engaged in this process. I was involved in a conference call yesterday between the RYA and other Cruising Scheme Training Centres and the consensus is that it will continue to be difficult to deliver courses on small to medium size yachts while distancing is a requirement. This also applies to our Skippered Charter trips. At the moment in Phase 3, although more than one family could meet indoors, there is still a social distancing requirement. We are therefore looking to Phase 4 and beyond before we can operate. At the moment the earliest that this could happen is towards the beginning of August given the Governments 3 weekly review cycles.
At this point I cannot confirm that we will be able to re-open our sailing programme by August but will as usual be trying to keep up to date with RYA and Government thinking. On the basis of current information all courses and skippered charter trips are cancelled up until the end of July. I will of course be reviewing this position as new information becomes available at the Governments 3 week review points. I am extremely sorry to disappoint everyone but the safety of our staff and clients is paramount.
We are extremely happy to transfer bookings to a date later in the season or to the 2021 season, our themed skippered cruises and RYA course programmes for 20201 are on the website
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss a future booking
Tom Watson YMI
Principal and Chief Instructor