Sailing in the Times of Pandemic

While the current health drama unfolds we’ll do our best to keep this page up to date with news that we feel impacts our readers. Disclaimer: There is no way for it to be comprehensive or completely up to date but we’ll do our best to keep it helpful and as current as possible. If you have news you think we should post email it to We’ll do our best to include given time and resource constraints.

Please heed official guidance and we also feel the advice of the president of French Polynesia is good for all of us: “I invite you all to the utmost rigor in your behavior. Avoid contact, limit travel to what is strictly necessary. Be responsible citizens to prevent the virus from spreading.” Edouard FRITCH, President of French Polynesia.

Latest News and Information

An Update for Boats in Mexican Marinas

By John Arndt | March 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
Marina Coral Ensenada

Fito Espinosa, harbormaster at Marina Coral in Ensenada, sent us this update from Neil Shroyer of Marina de La Paz, president of the Mexico Marina Association, on the current situation in Mexican marinas: “Yesterday, Sunday the 29th, Mexico’s Maritime authority issued Directive #13 to all Port Captains in Mexico, informing them that they may not authorize…

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April Racing Preview — or Not!

By Christine Weaver | March 30, 2020 | 1 Comment
Wednesday night beer can

Normally in this slot we would post a look ahead to next month’s racing calendar highlights. Instead, we’ll continue with the updates we’ve been filing since that fateful Friday the 13th.

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Sailors Helping Sailors in Distress from COVID-19

By John Arndt | March 30, 2020 | 4 Comments
Memo Gidley

Bay Area sailor, Memo Gidley of the Elliott 1050 ‘Basic Instinct’, writes in to offer aid to mariners in distress.

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The Latest from the YRA and More

By Christine Weaver | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
Island Girl with red spinnaker

As far as the Coast Guard is concerned, as long as there are active shelter-in-home orders in place, marine event permits are nullified.

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Another Weekend Immersed in Sailing

By John Arndt | March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
Sailing in Place

Another weekend of sheltering in place and escaping by sailing.

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Tokyo Olympics Among Events Postponed

By Christine Weaver | March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments
Banshees sailing on the lake

“The IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021.”

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The Schooner Seaward Is Heading North

By Monica Grant | March 25, 2020 | 3 Comments
Lashing down aboard Seaward

The schooner Seaward has spent three months cruising Mexico and is now headed north to her homeport in Sausalito.

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Getting Outdoors on the Quiet Bay

By Christine Weaver | March 25, 2020 | 5 Comments
Quiet Bay

Unlike the traffic jams on the highways leading to beaches over the weekend, San Francisco Bay was remarkably uncrowded. Social distancing? No problem out here!

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COVID-19 Adjustments Continue

By Christine Weaver | March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments
bow splash

The Pacific Cup Yacht Club has taken their preparation seminars online.

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Should We Be Sailing? How Sailors Are Trimming Their Sails

By John Arndt | March 23, 2020 | 9 Comments
Corinthian Yacht Club

Sailors are trying to sort out how to adjust their sails to the new world of sailing.

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3/23/20 Denison Yachts will be holding a live, virtual boat show on Friday, March 27th. Learn more here.

3/20/20 Call of the Sea announces suspension of school programs and upcoming charter programs. More here.

3/20/20 West Marine will remain open on a limited schedule. Read details here.

3/19/20 Treasure Island Sailing Center is closed until April 7th. Full details here.

3/19/20 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show is canceled. Sail America developing some supplemental, virtual alternatives. More to follow.

3/18/20 KKMI reports they are operating under restricted conditions. To learn more read here:

3/18/20 OCSC Sailing and Modern Sailing are closed until April 7th.