Sail Canada are on a mission to get people sailing once more, and they have started from scratch in order to try and get people to give it a go! Whilst sailing holidays might not be for everyone, they believe that sustainable and environmentally-friendly travel is the future.
Having taken up the task of encouraging the sailors of Canada to start with the sport – either returning after the virus has subsided, or starting with the watersport for the first time. They said that the sailors will find confidence in their correspondence as the organization promises to offer a healthy and safe environment for the enthusiasts.
Both the Chairman and CEO promised their return to the sport and said that the safety of the members will continue to be their first priority. The organization is confident that all of them will be able to pass this pandemic situation together and sailing will again become a healthy activity and environment-friendly option for the Canadians because it will allow them to maintain physical distance in a natural backdrop.
The sailing clubs are anticipating that they can be given permission to reopen. So, Sail Canada along with the Provincial Sailing Organizations and Associations are taking all the necessary steps to ensure that the return of the sport is as healthy and safe as it was before. Following in the footsteps of countries such as Turkey and Montenegro, who have already re-opened their waters, Canada will be hoping it is smooth sailing.
The return will happen as soon as it is possible for them. All the recommendations and guidelines to make the environment safe and healthy for sailors have already been established and reviewed by the ‘COVID-19 Health and Return to Sailing Task Force’ made by Sail Canada.
Sailing can return once the provincial, municipal, and federal regulations give permission to resume the sailing and club activities. But the requirements will be different for each jurisdiction. So it is necessary for everyone to be well-acquainted with the local directives because they are much more important than any other guideline or recommendation from Sail Canada or from its partners.
Apart from the recommendations and guidelines that Sail Canada is making for sailing to return, Mike Milner, the Director for High-Performance at Sail Canada, is creating guidelines specifically for its High-Performance athletes to return to training and for competitions. He will be creating the regulations only after consulting Sail Canada’s special task force to combat Covid-19 health for the sailors. The implementation of this regulation will be done in a phase-by-phase manner and it will be communicated to the athletes soon.
Hugh McGugan and Don Adam said that Sail Canada will continue to create, develop, and share resources on the website as and when the situation changes based on the best information that they receive from provincial and municipal organizations.