PENTAGON SAILING CLUB, INC. 

POLICY RESOLUTION  3-22-2021

PSC Pandemic Policy

1.1 WHEREAS, Paragraph 7 of the PSC Bylaws requires the Bridge to “establish and publish policies and procedures for all programs and activities of the Club.”

1.2 WHEREAS, the Bridge believes it is in the best interest of the Club, its volunteers and crew 

members to establish the following Pandemic Policy.

1.3 NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following “Pandemic Policy” is adopted:

This Policy shall be in effect when the Federal Government or any applicable State or Local Government or regulatory authority including, without limitation, Commander of a US Military base, has issued rules and/or regulations to be followed because of an increased threat of illness from an active Pandemic.  Federal, State, and Local governments constantly monitor pandemic data and adjust Covid-19 risk reduction requirements therefore; if the requirements of this policy are ever less restrictive than the governmental requirements in the locality where the event is taking place then the most restrictive governmental requirements in effect at the Event location shall be followed by all club members.

1.4 Implementation: The Bridge shall review and update conditions required to comply with requirements outlined in section 2 of this Policy. The Vice Commodore or an appropriate designee will brief the bridge monthly on government directives to inform bridge decisions on the pandemic requirements to be implemented at club functions. These functions include but are not limited to sail training, racing, social sails, social events, training classes, administrative meetings, and boat logistics and maintenance.  Adjustments to augment the requirements of section 2 of this policy may be made by the Bridge as necessary.  

1.5 Communication:  The Club’s Pandemic Risk Level and adjustments to the requirements will be communicated to members through

  • emails to the email addresses on file in the PSC member profile
  • postings on the Club website
  • postings on companionway slats of the Capri 22 river sailboats
  • pre-sail skipper briefings and pandemic briefings prior to in-person events.  

1.6 Compliance:

  • Individuals with primary responsibility (Lead Instructor, Skipper of Record, event organizer, etc.) for a Club event will ensure that pre-event briefs are completed and acknowledged by participants and for sailing events that the sail float plan pandemic sections are properly completed.
  • While the United States is in an active Pandemic as defined by the CDC, members shall acknowledge agreement with this Policy by registering for the Pandemic Policy Event before participating in any in-person club activity at the beginning of each sailing season.


2.0 Operational Pandemic Risk levels;


2.1 Risk Level 1,

No or Very Low Pandemic Risk, Operations IAW PSC By-Laws.


2.2 Risk Level 2,

Low Pandemic Risk, Operations IAW PSC By-Laws with the following exceptions;

General and In Person requirements,

No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 described in 3.1, a positive diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the prior 10 days, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to sail, participate in in-person events, or in boat operations.

Meetings with a maximum of 25 people allowed with social distancing of 6 feet and properly worn masks, Meetings and training sessions of more than 25 people conducted via web distance programs like zoom.

Sailing requirements, 

Every Member sailing or on the dock has to verify they are in good health with none of the symptoms described in 3.1 in the previous 10 days,

Max Number of people on board;       

  • 10 on Catamaran Bay Vessels including Instructor/Skipper
  • 6 on Monohull Bay Vessels Including Instructor/Skipper
  • 4 on River Including Instructor/Skipper
  • Riverboats may have a crew of up to 5 including the skipper if all members on the boat are from the same household.

Masks may be worn at the option of each member on board but not required.

Wipe down tiller, engine, flat surfaces in the cockpit, and companionway entrance with disinfectant wipes prior to use.

Only one person at a time allowed in the cabin of 22ft. river sailboats while at dock or sailing.

Bay boats, cabin occupancy permitted with 6ft. social distancing except for members from the same household who may disregard distancing with each other.


2.3 Risk Level 3

Moderate Pandemic Risk, Operations IAW PSC By-Laws with the following exceptions;

General and In Person requirements,

No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 described in 3.1, a positive diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the prior 10 days, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to sail, participate in in-person events, or in boat operations.

No indoor or outdoor in-person meetings, except for sailing and outdoor boat maintenance events with a maximum of 25 members satisfying the sailing requirements of section 2.3.  All club meetings and training sessions, other than sailing and outdoor maintenance events, shall be conducted via web distance programs like zoom.

Sailing requirements, 

Every Member sailing or on the dock has to verify they are in good health with none of the symptoms described in 3.1 in the previous 10 days,

Max Number of people on board;       

  • 10 on Catamaran Bay Vessels including Instructor/Skipper
  • 6 on Monohull Bay Vessels Including Instructor/Skipper
  • 3 on River Including Instructor/Skipper
  • Riverboats may have a crew of up to 5 including the skipper if all members on the boat are from the same household,

All members must cover their mouth and nose with a mask, while on the dock or a club operated sailboat when they cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with them.

Wipe down tiller, engine, flat surfaces in the cockpit, and companionway entrance with disinfectant wipes prior to use

Only one person at a time allowed in the cabin of Bay and River Sailboats unless people in the cabin are from the same household.


2.4 Risk Level 4

High Pandemic Risk, Operations IAW PSC By-Laws with the following exceptions;

General and In Person requirements,

No one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 described in 3.1, a positive diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 in the prior 10 days, or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted to sail, participate in in-person events, or in boat operations.

No in-person meetings.  All meetings and training sessions conducted via web distance programs like zoom.

Sailing requirements,

No PSC sponsored Bay sailing events or charters.

Sailing and river instruction not allowed except for boat monitoring, maintenance, and storage functions.

Every Member sailing or on the dock has to verify they are in good health with none of the symptoms described in 3.1 in the previous 10 days,

Max Number of people on board river boats is 3 including the Skipper.

All members must cover their mouth and nose with a mask, while on the dock or a club operated sailboat, while they cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with them.

Wipe down tiller, engine, flat surfaces in the cockpit, and companionway entrance with disinfectant wipes prior to use,

Only one person at a time allowed in the cabin.


3.0 The level of risk an individual is willing to take in any activity is personal in nature.  As members, you must accept that you are responsible for assessing your own level of risk including those that may be at home or those you come in contact with on a daily basis when considering if the benefits of sailing with the Club during a Pandemic outweigh the risks.

3.1 The following Covid–19 symptoms shall be used to determine if a member is not eligible to sail or participate in in-person club events,

  • currently experiencing fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) or a sense of having a fever, 
  • new cough that cannot be attributed to another health condition, 
  • new shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition, 
  • new chills that cannot be attributed to another health condition, 
  • new sore throat that cannot be attributed to another health condition, or 
  • new muscle aches that cannot be attributed to another health condition or specific activity (such as physical exercise).

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