We're all missing racing- the thrill of competition, the camaraderie with our crew, the fresh salt air and the sheer joy of being outside doing something we love, especially as this fabulous spring weather arrives. The YRA has been working behind the scenes with Bay Area yacht clubs and the Coast Guard to ensure that racing can resume as soon as possible, and as safely as possible, once USCG permits are active again. We've kept communications open with the Coast Guard and are working with Bay Area race organizers to develop guidelines that we can all follow which will ensure the intent of state and county health orders are followed, and racers and race committees stay safe, while running organized races. Once the current SIP orders are lifted we will be ahead of the game and ready to get some form of racing started again.
We know that some unofficial races have been proposed, and want to just put out a quick reminder that any marine event with 10 or more participants should have a USCG permit. We are working diligently on a coordinated plan that will get everyone out racing as soon as possible and unpermitted events may be counterproductive to our efforts.
It's a lovely time of year to go sailing, and getting outside for some outdoor activity is never a bad thing, so when you head out sailing be sure you are practicing social distancing protocols, staying safe, and keeping the intent of the current SIP orders in mind