No Extra CV19 Risk

It is perfectly possible to open harbours and marinas for family use of sailing boats without increasing the risk of CV19 infection. There is no need for anyone outside the vessel to get within several metres of those on board - before during and after a sailing trip.

Scotland has spent a lot of money promoting 2020 as the year to sail in Scotland and it would be a shame to let this go to waste. Visiting vessels pay for bething and this can be done over the telephone.

The vessels crew would use local shops but the risks of this are no more than using local shops where they live.

Some people have pointed out that starting sailing may lead to an emergency call out for the RNLI. This is true but nearly every call out to a yacht simply involves a tow in which can be performed by throwing a line between vessels.

Why the contribution is important

The current lock down is causing economic damage and badly impacting peoples mental health. Soon the damage caused by lock down will exceed the benefits. This is one aspect of a multi faceted approach to safely returning to economic activity and mental well being.

by AdmiralBenbow on May 10, 2020 at 10:17AM

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  • Posted by Dave_H May 10, 2020 at 11:00

    Agree 100%

    Sailing and several other low or no risk outdoor persuits should be opened up VERY soon to make the lockdown and restrictions on more risky activities easier to bear.
  • Posted by Mitchy May 10, 2020 at 12:56

    But consideration needs to be given to what is acceptable re berthing as if the cruise season recommences that means towns could be inundated with up to 2500 more people in their community so if this happens testing / quarantine needs to be a real consideration.
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