Currently COVID-19 has put sailboat regattas on hold around the world but many parts of the world are starting to reopen in phases. Financial uncertainty for individuals, sponsors and event hosts is a fact of life right now and many sailing events are being cancelled right now due to financial uncertainty. Some of our bigger championships are being rescheduled for 2021.
How long will this go on? No one knows but eventually we will be able to return to sailing and sailing events, however it’s very likely that it won’t be like it was, at least for a while. I find myself on a committee of one-design class leaders discussing this very subject
COVID-19 has put many countries into isolation this virus has caused the cancellation or postponement of many Hobie events. On the positive it has kept many sailors home to do the much need maintenance on their boats. Contacting many of the Hobie sailors around the world it is encouraging to see so many getting ready for the Hobie sailing season whenever that maybe.
When the sailing season does start the way we conduct regattas will change for the immediate future. It is unclear how long this will continue. To assist the organisers of sailing regattas World Sailing has produced in informative document on how event organizers should proceed to protect the health of the sailors. I do encourage everyone to read this guidance document as it will help you understand the seriousness of this virus.