The Plan – with Return to Sailing
Each day provides more certainty on the direction forward to when we can return to sailing and that target of being 80% double dose vaccinated. At this stage, it looks like we will reach the target early in November, possibly after the Melbourne Cup weekend.
With this in mind, our first race back is likely to be on November 27th where we will run the normal West Offshore Products Coastal Sprint and an optional extra leg for those needing to qualify for a Hobart race.
How will it work? Everyone will compete in the normal coastal sprint, sailing the designated race. Those who need to qualify for the Hobart race, they will sail through the sprint finish and continue sailing as defined by the longer course sailing instructions.
It is looking likely that Tasmanian borders may be open by Christmas with plans now in place to run a Devonport and Westcoaster (Melbourne to Hobart) race. Should Tasmania borders remain closed, we will run an alternative category 2 ocean race to a Victorian destination.
Like last year, the popular Cock of the Bay will run again on Boxing Day with finer details currently underway there too.
Whichever race and destination we consider, local or interstate, it looks like all crew will need to be double vaccinated. So please, check your crew requirements and continue those conversations.
Please keep an eye on the website, Facebook and Instagram pages as the races are open for booking (links below). To assist with our planning for Devonport, Hobart and the Sprint on the 27th, please enter the race initially without payment. Payment will be due closer to the race date where certainty is more likely.
Where we can, we will continue to navigate through the myriad to options and legislation needs to make things happen for our members and provide ocean sailing experiences.
Click through below to each race page.