Although for some of us it may feel like far longer, it has now been seven weeks since the unravelling COVID-19 situation caused the last-minute cancellation of our Double-Handed Team Racing Championships at Farmoor Reservoir. In that time NSSA have been reviewing published guidance, having discussions with different members of the organisation, and considering the impact of this situation on our membership as a whole. The outcomes of these discussions are as follows:
- We will not attempt to reschedule the Double-Handed Team Racing Championships at another date in the 2020 calendar
- The 2020 National Youth Regatta at Plymouth has been postponed until 2021
- At the time of writing, the 12-hour race will remain in the calendar and we will work flexibly with Aztec Adventure Centre and Worcester Youth Sailing Association to reschedule the event if required
- At the time of writing, the Single-Handed Team Racing Championships at Jumbles SC will go ahead as planned
We appreciate that the cancellation of the Double-Handed Team Racing this year and postponement of the National Youth Regatta until 2021 will be disappointing for a number of our sailors. We’d like to thank both Oxford Sail Training Trust and Plymouth Youth Sailing Club for all of the work that went into those events this year.
While it may be some time until we’re all able to be on the water together again, we’re pleased to report on some alternatives our Sailing Committee have been working on to keep our members connected to the sport during this strange time.
First, we’re delighted that members of NSSA will be able to take part in Q&As with well-known figures in the sailing community, asking questions of:
- Karen Thomas, chair of the British Universities Sailing Association: the governing body for sailing within higher education in the UK
- Meg Pascoe, former Para World Sailing Championships medallist and two-time (and current) world champion for the International 2.4mR class
- Alison Young, Team GB sailor who represented Great Britain in the Laser Radial class at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and will fly the flag again at Tokyo in 2021
Second, we will be organising an NSSA eSailing Team Championships to take place later in the Summer. Member organisations are invited to organise their own e-sailing events to nominate a representative to take part in the final. Those representatives will e-sail alongside the British Sailing Team’s Sam Whaley in an exciting event, and be in with a chance of winning a number of vouchers kindly provided by RS Sailing Store. We will post further details in a follow up announcement soon.
We are very grateful to Karen, Meg, Alison and Sam for being part of these online activities, and would like to say a huge thanks to RS Sailing Store for their sponsorship of the Virtual Regatta Final. You can take a look at RS Sailing Store’s website here: https://www.rssailingstore.
We are also working on some potential on-the-water activities, and more information will be posted here should the public health climate allow us to go ahead with those.
Looking further ahead, we are pleased to confirm that the 2021 Double-Handed Team Racing will take place at Alton Water and be organised by Royal Hospital School on March 20th and 21st, so get the date in your diaries now. We envisage hosting the 12-hour race at Upton Warren again in late June or early July, and expect the National Youth Regatta to take place at Plymouth’s Mount Batten Centre between July 26th and 31st.
We will post further updates both here and on our social media channels soon, but in the meantime very best wishes from everyone at NSSA for your continued health and safety.