Coronavirus and boating FAQs
Many of your questions regarding coronavirus and boating are answered on this page, which we are regularly updating. The two main ones are likely to be:
Can I visit my boat?
Yes. With the government announcing a first step in lifting restrictions on outdoor activities, and allowing people to drive to spend time outdoors with members of the same household, the Trust is lifting any remaining restrictions on boat owners visiting their boats, provided you and your boat are in England.
In Wales, separate rules apply that mean you cannot visit your boat. See below for more information.
If your boat is in a privately operated marina or mooring, please check with the operator before travelling, to make sure that they are open.
Can I go out on my boat for a cruise?
From Wednesday 13 May 2020:
You may undertake short boating trips only, avoiding the use of locks and any staff-operated structures if possible, providing that you do not stay away from home overnight and that you return to your home mooring (where you have one). This is based on current government guidance.
From Saturday 23 May:
Mooring exemptions will come to an end and our guidance for continuous cruisers comes back into force. This doesn’t mean that every boat without a home mooring needs to move on this day, just that we’d expect you to move off your current mooring within 14 days (i.e. by 6 June). If you are in a high-risk group, and need to continue to shield or self-isolate, then special arrangements can be agreed with your licence support officer if you haven’t already told us.
From Monday, 1 June:
On this date we anticipate that our navigations will re-open in full, subject to some exceptions, and that you will be able to undertake longer journeys.
According to current government guidance, those who do not liveaboard should not stay on their boat overnight. We will seek further clarification as to whether overnight stays will be permissible once full navigation resumes.
Please bear in mind that it will take time to get the entire network fully operational, and booking for some passages and services will be required. Some sections may be closed for a further period. Our website will be updated with the details closer to the time.
As you start to make use of equipment that may not have been operated for a few weeks, we would ask you to be cautious. We’re getting out to check the network, but if you come across a problem or something that isn’t working, please report it in the normal way. We will respond as quickly as we can, but our response times may be longer than you are used to in more normal circumstances.
Please use the attached link for the latest updates from CRT
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An Introduction to the AWCC
What is the AWCC?
The Association of Waterway Cruising Clubs (AWCC) is a grouping of individual and independent clubs which offer their members facilities related to boating on the inland waterways of the United Kingdom. Membership of the AWCC is open to all properly constituted UK clubs in this sphere, whether they have a defined physical location and base (i.e. moorings and/or clubhouse) or comprise a looser grouping of individual boaters with a common interest. Membership of the AWCC is not open to individual boaters other than by being a member of a club that is an AWCC member. Clubs pay a modest annual fee for membership of the AWCC that then entitles all their members to take advantage of the facilities that the AWCC offers.
What are the benefits of AWCC membership?
There are benefits from membership of the AWCC for both clubs and their individual members.
For clubs, membership provides access to the expertise and shared experience of both the national AWCC officers and members and officers of other member clubs. In particular, the AWCC has experienced officers who can represent the interests of member clubs, either individually or collectively, with other organisations and government departments, including the Canal & Rivers Trust, and the Environment Agency. The AWCC have officers who sit on a number of national waterways advisory bodies and can thus represent the interests of member clubs in those forums.
For individual club members, the AWCC offers reciprocal arrangements with other member clubs, including emergency help whilst out cruising, access to temporary moorings for overnight or longer stays, as well as use of other facilities and clubhouse access. Clearly these facilities will depend on what each club is able to offer, and each club is free to determine their own rules and charges for use of the facilities. Contact details for each club for making arrangements prior to visiting a club are included in the AWCC Handbook which is produced each year, and which is available to members of AWCC clubs for a small fee, as well as being available in the members area of the AWCC website. Version 1.4 (20-11-2019)
AWCC Management Structure
The operation of the AWCC is divided into 6 regions. Each club should have appointed a representative (AWCC Rep) to attend the regional meetings, to represent their club’s interests and to channel information between the AWCC and their club. Each Region appoints a number of regional officers at their Regional AGM, including a Chairman, Secretary, President and Treasurer, to manage the regional business, two of which then represent the Region on the National Executive Committee (NEC). Whilst many of the regional officers may start out as Reps for their Club, this is not a requirement and nominations are welcome from anyone keen to support the work of the AWCC. The NEC also consists of a number of national officers who are elected at the AWCC National AGM, again without the requirement to be a Club Rep. A full list of all national and regional officers is available in the Handbook and in the Members Area of the website.
This structure allows clubs to raise issues at a regional level which can then be escalated to the NEC for further national action where relevant. If you have any issues with the management of the waterways or other boating matters that require action and which fall outside individual club responsibilities, pass these to your club’s AWCC Rep for them to take to the regional meetings from where further escalation can be managed where appropriate.
The AWCC maintains a website at http://awcc.org.uk. This comprises a public area, which gives general information about the organisation and summary information about its member clubs, as well as a password protected members area where more detailed information about the member clubs and their contacts, access to the AWCC forums and other information such as regional and national meeting minutes is available.
All current members of a Club that is a member of the AWCC are entitled to a login to the Members’ Area of the AWCC web site.
As the AWCC itself has no means of establishing whether an applicant for a login is a current member of one of its member clubs, the creation of these logins is handled by officers of the club itself. Therefore, as a member of an AWCC club, you should apply to one of your club officers (as recorded by the AWCC) for them to create your login record. Details of your login ID and initial password will then be automatically e-mailed directly to you. The club officers recorded by the AWCC and who should have this ability include the Secretary, Membership Secretary, AWCC Rep, Contact for visiting AWCC boaters and Treasurer. In some cases, further club officers may also have the ability to create the login records. To create a login, the only information that is required is your forename, surname, private email address and the club of which you are a member.
The AWCC Rep for your Club is Tim Allen
Dear Club Members, I’m sad to report that after very a long illness my brother Dave died peacefully at home on Wednesday the 9th of October at 70 years of age.
He had a day out on Dashwood during September and that was his last short trip to Shipton Weir Lock and back.
We have been on and around the Southern Oxford Canal since 1969 when both my Father and Dave had cabin cruisers based at Braunston and for a while at Osney Mill. We have had so many happy times out on the various boats we have owned it wont be the same for us not having him around to play his guitar tell jokes and stories and drink whiskey.
He will be missed by many in the music world in and around Coventry where he lived and played guitar for most of his life. Sadly he hadn’t spent as much time at Thrupp as he would have liked due to his illness but some of you will have met him.
Canal & River Trust invite all to come have their say and attend South East User Forum – Wednesday 17 July, Oxford
At the Canal & River Trust, we look after over 120 miles of waterways in the London and South East region. As a charity, we’re incredibly proud to do this and work alongside diverse communities every day to ensure the canals can bring amazing benefits to everyone who uses them. Whether it’s tackling plastic pollution, caring for wildlife or making the canals safer and healthier places to be, there’s a lot of work to be done. We want to invite you to our Summer User Forum to meet our teams, hear about our plans and how they might benefit you, your organisation and the people you work on behalf of.
The event begins at 6:30 pm with presentations about our work and ambitions for future, followed by opportunities for questions and group discussion.
Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!
Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/south-east-waterway-forum-tickets-64427131284