Single Handed Sailing Could Return “Relatively Soon”

This report from Afloat.ie indicates that single-handed sailing could return relatively soon, once the Irish Government starts easing COVID-19 restrictions. 

The article in Afloat states that:

“The government is seeking input from sports bodies – including sailing – as to how a ‘gradual and controlled’ return to activities can be achieved.  On Wednesday, Sport Ireland wrote to national governing bodies, including Irish Sailing, asking for their views on how a ‘gradual and controlled return of sport’ can be completed. Minister of State for Sport Brendan Griffin told stakeholders he wants to know the specific challenges that sports face, the possible scenarios sailing will confront and its key concerns. The government also wants to see draft protocol proposals on how sailing is planning to get back on the water. The request says it would also like relevant guidance and intelligence from international bodies, in sailing’s case this is World Sailing.”

“Meanwhile, Professor Sam McConkey, head of the Royal College of Surgeons’ department of international health and tropical medicine, believes specific sports like single-handed sailing, golf and horse racing can return “with a two-metre social distancing rule in place very soon”. McConkey also says, ideally, Ireland should follow the ‘bubble’ strategy pursued by New Zealand. His full interview with Gavin Cummiskey is in the Irish Times here.”