As of 29th May, Scotland has entered Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s Routemap for recovery. As a result of this, we have changed the guidance associated with the Marina, and are allowing LOCAL TRAFFIC to use the pontoon in line with Government advice.
The Shore facilities remain CLOSED.
Please note the following points, which are in line with the guidance produced by the RYA and available on their website: https://www.rya.org.uk/scotland/representation/Pages/coronavirus-covid-19-Scot.aspx
- Phase 1 is an extension to exercise, which means that some sporting activities can now be undertaken outdoors, providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene. Whilst meeting with one other household each day, in groups of up to 8 is permitted, physical distancing requirements are still in place, which means that people must stay a minimum distance of 2 metres apart when meeting others from outside their household.
- Travel is still restricted. You are permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but strongly advised to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible.
- Please continue to follow Scottish Government advice – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Be considerate of others: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and local communities. Do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services.
- Be aware that the Small Isles and Knoydart are not ready to welcome visitors to their communities yet.
- Minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.
- Individuals should only sail singly or as a crew with members of their household group.
- Boating activity must be local to the household with the point of leaving accessible within the current transport restrictions. Local means within about 5 miles with access preferably being on foot or by bike.
- Individuals or household groups should use only their own equipment and arrive at their point of leaving ready to go afloat.
- Participants must only take to the water in conditions well within their ability and which assume a self-sufficient approach to their activity.
- Check your equipment thoroughly, particularly engines and fuel, as they may not have been used for some time.
- Consider using a device to keep in touch such as RYA SafeTRX on a mobile or carry a VHF and notifying someone ashore of your intended activity, anticipated time afloat and calling them when you are back ashore safely.
- Physical distancing applies to all activities of arriving, rowing out / walking along pontoons.
- You should only sail with members of your own household as crew; do not sail on your own if you are not an experienced single-handed sailor.
- You must return to your point of leaving on the same day of departure – no overnight stops. You may anchor for a break, for example lunch, but must not go ashore as this will break the 5 mile rule and could put communities at risk.
- Check your boat over thoroughly – it has not been used for some time. Pay particular attention to your engine and fuel system.
- Be aware that moorings may not have had annual servicing checks completed.
Please take this into consideration before deciding whether to use your boat, and please be mindful that the Small Isles and Knoydart are asking non-residents NOT TO VISIT at this time.
Please also note that, although the walkway railings and water supply points will be cleaned periodically, they cannot be sterilised after every use. Please continue to take care, wash your hands frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser regularly.