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

The Biggest Virtual Sailing Event Ever?

By Nicki Bennett | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
Sunset Sail Second Life

Sailors in Second Life (SL) are inviting wet-water enthusiasts from around the world to join them for the most realistic and satisfying sailing experience available online.

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Some Launch Ramps Have Reopened

By Christine Weaver | May 22, 2020 | 0 Comments
Ramblin' Rose in the water

“We are among the first of the sailboats back on Folsom Lake, finally,” wrote Pat McIntosh. Pat and his family had a short sail on Saturday afternoon.

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How to Get Your Boat Home from Mexico

By John Arndt | May 22, 2020 | 2 Comments
Hylas 44 Scout

With seaports around the world closed to unfamiliar vessels, it’s not surprising that sailors are left wondering what to do when they and their beloved sailboat are sheltering in different countries.

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Rediscovering Cruising San Francisco Bay on Mother’s Day

By John Arndt | May 20, 2020 | 1 Comment
Kevin Moore Catalina 25

The Moores cruised San Francisco Bay for Mother’s Day on the Catalina 270 Blue Ribbon II.

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By Christine Weaver | May 18, 2020 | 0 Comments
wooden boats at dock

“The MMBA Board has made the decision to cancel the Wooden Boat Show in 2020. The show will return in 2021. “

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Crissy Fields Takes the Helm

By John Arndt | May 18, 2020 | 1 Comment
Chrissy Field takes the helm

Crissy Fields takes a sailing break on San Francisco Bay

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A National Safe Boating Week Like No Other

By Christine Weaver | May 15, 2020 | 0 Comments
Kid wearing filter mask and PFD

National Safe Boating Week runs Saturday, May 16, through Friday, May 22. The usual recommendation urging lifejacket wear is now joined by an equally important message — how to stay safe during the time of COVID-19.

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South Pacific Wind Shift: Beginning of the End of Lockdown

By Andy Turpin | May 15, 2020 | 2 Comments
Nuku Hiva anchorage

Andy Turpin writes in from Nuku Hiva about a slow easing of restrictions on South Pacific cruising.

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YRA Takes First Steps to Resume Racing on the Bay

By John Arndt | May 13, 2020 | 3 Comments
Singlehanded Sailing

Racing on San Francisco Bay could resume in the next few weeks.

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The Fate of the Singlehanded Farallones and More

By Christine Weaver | May 11, 2020 | 3 Comments

The board of the Singlehanded Sailing Society had been hard at work right up until Friday to make the Singlehanded Farallones Race happen. They’d had it on the schedule for this coming Saturday, May 16.

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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.