Pyefleet Week 2020 - Update 29 May 2020
We appreciate that many of you are very keen to know what is happening with Pyefleet Week and the committees are still hoping that something may be possible, but this is by no means certain yet. What we do know is that if we are able to go ahead with the event it will not be in our usual full Pyefleet Week format.
Whilst some things are known - that social distancing will still be in place for example - the distancing length and other Government policies could change significantly between now and the start of Pyefleet Week so a simplified version may be possible. The key issues we face at the current time are:
All clubs are awaiting guidance from the RYA on how we can manage patrol boats safely and until this is resolved no organised on water dinghy activities are possible. We know the RYA have this at the top of their priority list and are hopeful of news soon.
The current government rules do not permit gatherings of more than 6 people so we would need this to be relaxed to allow significantly larger groups before we could proceed.
If gatherings of larger numbers are permitted we still have to ensure social distancing is maintained so extra controls would have to be put in place to ensure safety in all areas.
Clearly social distancing means that our usual Pyefleet Week parties will not be possible in their normal format. For this reason the Committee has already made the decision to stand down the outside entertainers for this year. We are very grateful to them all for being so understanding and either refunding deposits or allowing us to carry them forward to next year.
Galley and Catering
Again its already clear that our usual format Pyefleet Week bar and galley service won't be possible, but the House & Entertainment team are looking at whether we might be able to provide a simple and appropriately socially distanced service.
Changing Rooms and Toilets
Once again social distancing is the issue here as clearly our small changing rooms cannot accommodate the usual Pyefleet Week numbers and keep everyone distanced. If we can go ahead with some activity we may still need to ask some or all competitors to change at home and access to the toilets and changing rooms will have to be very carefully managed.
So in response to those who are asking whether Pyefleet Week 2020 will go ahead or not, all we can say at the current time is that we are doing our best to make something possible, but that there are no guarantees. What we can guarantee though is that we will keep you regularly updated so please keep reading Buzz each week for the latest information.
Last updated on 8 June 2020