Sailing a yacht from a marina with strict social distancing should be allowed with travel from home to marina only, no stopping inbetween

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Mental health and maintenance of an important capital asset of the Nations tourist industry

by killymingan on May 08, 2020 at 10:44AM

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  • Posted by MikeJohnston May 08, 2020 at 10:48

    I understand from CNN that even in the hot-spot of NY State, marinas stayed open and their Governor Kuomo is not daft.
  • Posted by ProudTeuchter May 08, 2020 at 11:08

    The accident risk for this activity is actually very low and for people for whom this is their life's passion, it will be very beneficial for their mental wellbeing.
  • Posted by JohnInGlasgow May 08, 2020 at 11:08

    Sailing is similar to golf in that it's very easy to maintain social distancing, but both sports have been lumped in with the physical contact sports. There's more chance of catching something from the steady stream of joggers on our pavements.
  • Posted by Dave_H May 08, 2020 at 12:03

    Sailing as well as several other outdoor sporting activities like golf should be allowed soon to give people access to more responsible low risk leisure activities.

    If such low risk outdoor leisure is not allowed very soon, it will send the message that this consultation has been a waste of time rather then the proper grown up conversation it is meant to be.

    Some easing of low risk restrictions very soon will give the people much more confidence that the rules are well thought out and they will have a lot more respect for the restrictions that will remain in place on higher risk activities for some time.
  • Posted by dougi1 May 08, 2020 at 12:30

    Sailing - social distancing made easy, very low risk, lets do it....simples
  • Posted by Chimp May 08, 2020 at 14:24

    I'm more socially distanced when sailing than when shopping cheek by jowl in my local Tesco where absolutely no-one seems to be bothered about 2m.

    Madness not to allow this activity.
  • Posted by wildone May 08, 2020 at 14:49

    Sailing from marina only provided that boats return to that same marina (day-sailing only) so that not used to facilitate movement between places. Marinas stay closed to visiting boats.
  • Posted by Jonrarit May 08, 2020 at 15:52

    Totally agree with sailing and returning to your own port. There is no reason not to allow this and other recreational boating. Again it would need to be with members of your own household only to maintain social distancing
  • Posted by Graham May 08, 2020 at 16:30

    Just being allowed to travel to the boat to carry out essential maintenance would be good. the Little Ships saved us during the last invasion threat - lets maintain them and use them again to protect our sanity during this one.
  • Posted by Uist May 08, 2020 at 17:06

    Sailing in general is a low risk activity unless you are daft or unlucky. It encourages your sense of self preservation.
  • Posted by IanF May 08, 2020 at 18:21

    Should also apply to kayaking, on river and sea. This is a safe, socially distanced activity.
  • Posted by smudger6635 May 11, 2020 at 01:09

    I would agree that being allowed to visit your yacht in a marina to carry out maintenance tasks to protect your boat from deterioration could be carried out without needing to meet any other person at the marina. Working onboard , you are at least 2 meters from the nearest other boat.

    There would be some increased car travel required to get to the marina.

    I would also agree that sailing from your home marina with only members of your household is a low risk activity as long as you returned to your home marina and did not go ashore anywhere else. I believe one of the Channel Islands currently allows a 4 hour sail from and back to your home marina.
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