Wow! Its amazing how much things have changed in a week.
This corona virus is insidious . Not only has it created a health crisis for us all, the likes of which we have not seen for 100 years, it also attacks the very fabric of our sailing community. I don’t know about anyone else, but when things go pear shaped in my life, there is always sailing to look forward to and to make you forget your troubles. Now that has even been taken away.
I think Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, put it well when she described how we are being asked to respond to this crisis, as a paradox, where we are asked to show solidarity and apartness at the same time. The natural instinct is to band together in these times, but we can’t do it in person. For the good of all of us we have to slow this thing down and give everyone the chance to sail next season. The good news is this will pass, it’s not clear how long it will take, but first we need to focus on more important things than sailing (yes there are more important things). When this is over, then we can get on with our lives and enjoy the less important but soul sustaining pastime that is sailing.
So that said I think we should be looking at alternative ways to keep in contact as a club. The club app. is a great tool to share your thoughts, concerns, photos and just to check on and support each other. Maybe we should all be using it more at this time to keep in touch - go ahead channel your inner Kon !
Best wishes everyone and good luck over the weeks and months ahead.
For those that managed to get a sail in last Saturday here are the results.
Windsong - Jim Watson
- Beau Brummell – Tonia & Graeme Vertigan
- Endless Advice – Rob Harrison
- Tub Thumper – G.Heard & A.Creed