What impact is Covid 19 having and what will the 2020 sailing season look like!
We’re really looking forward to getting back on the water and sharing a healthy and adventurous sailing experience with all our customers.
Covid-19 has had a substantial impact on what we do; to protect our customers and ourselves we shut down all our sailing activities on March 13th. However we are now very much looking forward to getting back on the water and sharing these wonderful experiences once again.
We really feel for our many customers who were planning to travel from parts of Europe, Russia & the USA who will not make it to Ireland in 2020. We look forward to welcoming you all here in 2021 and beyond. Every cloud has its silver lining and we feel this is now a fantastic time for Irish sailors, experienced and new to explore the wonders we have to offer within our own coastline.
As travel restrictions are slowly eased, and some non-essential businesses are reopening we are getting ready to be back out to sea. Social distancing will be with us for some time and as such all of our activities are now designed to run within these guidelines.
From the 18th May we can return to some sailing in a very controlled and phased way; people are permitted to engage in outdoor sporting activities in very small groups and some outdoor workers may return to work.
What difference will Covid-19 make to Sovereign Sailing’s offerings?
One thing that has not changed is the fact that sailing offers a fantastic opportunity to get back out to nature, enjoy a physical activity and share a great experience with our families and friends.
We have been mulling over what activities we could offer within the restrictions and when we might be able to offer these. Thankfully the government road-map and guidance from Irish Sailing are giving us a framework to work within.
Everything we do takes into account the best practice and advice from the Irish health authorities and Irish Sailing. Our return to sailing will be on a phased basis, starting with household groups and slowly building towards mixed groups adhering to social distancing guidelines.
We plan to reboot our 2020 season with these three offerings.
The below dates are open to change subject to Government updates and advice from Irish Sailing. All travel to our base is dependent on staying within current travel restrictions.
- Family “Taste of Sailing” in Kinsale Harbour, (starting from May 18th, 5 km travel restrictions) a healthy outdoor fun family activity suitable for all experience levels and all ages. Enjoy the feeling and freedom of being out on the water and in the spectacular setting of Kinsale Harbour, whilst sharing the experience with your family. This activity is suitable for a family of four; our instructor will maintain social distancing while providing expert guidance to get you hands on and learning to sail. (follow this link)
- Yacht Cruising Courses, (starting from June 8th, 20 km travel restrictions) learning to sail or improving your skills is a healthy outdoor activity that requires no close contact between individuals and instructors. With a few tweaks to our procedures and scheduling we will ensure our sailing courses are safe and stay in compliance with social distancing requirements. The biggest changes are that numbers onboard will be reduced and for the moment our courses will not be live aboard. (follow this link)
- Bareboat Charter along Ireland’s South and South West Coast.(starting from June 8th, 20 km travel restrictions) If you can skipper your own yacht we can offer you and your family a choice of yachts from 37 to 47 feet. We will share our intimate knowledge of our favorite spots along this coastline and can guide you to some incredible locations. Through the use of detailed videos we now have a reduced contact handover procedure (follow this link)
We are very much looking forward to getting back out sailing, stay safe.
The Sovereign Sailing team.
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