Launch Service, Crane Use and Bosun Services Suspended

Mar 24, 2020

In light of Boris Johnson's public address on Monday 23rd March 2020, the decision has been made to suspend the launch service and bosun services, and halt use of the onsite crane.  These measures will be introduced with immediate effect.  

We trust that you understand the reasons for putting these measures in place and look forward to seeing you all on the water, hopefully in the not-so-distant future. 

You can find the full ministerial broadcast on the BBC website:

Further information can be found below.

24th March 2020 Newsletter Post

Dear Members

Following on from last Friday’s suspension of the Clubhouse services of bar, catering and bedrooms and the Prime Ministers instructions to the nation that all non essential movements and operations should cease, we are now suspending all access to the Club.

The launch service has been suspended and the crane taken out of action. Whilst security staff will be on site 24 hours a day, the car park gates will be closed to provide additional security. Any Member requiring access to the car park should telephone Reception and speak with security.

Ensuring our Members and staff are safe and healthy is our primary concern whilst preserving our Club assets. The Executive Committee are communicating regularly to respond to the fast changing issues presented by Covid-19.

With the physical ‘gathering space’ of the Clubhouse temporarily unavailable , Club communications are more important than ever and we will keep you informed by Newsletter and the Club website as the situation changes.

These are uncharted waters for us all. Even when the second world war prohibited access to the village and the river, the Clubs bar remained open to serve the Admiralty small boat fleet and the American Forces prior to the Normandy landings.

No one can say how long this virus will affect our lives but there will come a time when our Club will resume normal operation again. When that happens we can return to the Club en force – it will always be the place for comfort, normalcy and community of like minded sailors and their families.

Mark Inkster

Chairman of the Executive Committee