As we make our way back from a summer of staycations, and contemplate a winter back at home workstations, the reality of the ‘new normal’ comes into focus again. Many of us saw our sailing seasons reduced significantly or, in the case of the racing circuit, all but disappear. And while the shutdown of our sport has been very frustrating, I can’t help thinking that among the sustained stream of grim news there are pointers to some positive outcomes in the future.
As an example, sailing clubs in the UK, like so many around the world, were forced to close their doors. While they waited for the national restrictions to be lifted, many tried to figure out how they could resume activities while complying with government requirements. It was a huge task, yet despite the difficulties and anxiety, when sailing did resume many clubs saw bigger fleets on the water than they’d seen for years.
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