Social Distance Sailing

May 26, 2020 by Nicki Bennett

Sailing is different things for different people. For racers, it is boats crammed with a crew, followed by celebratory gatherings. For others, it is days spent on the water with friends and family. For cruisers it is long passages to far off lands, living in secluded anchorages and exploring the world. For our single-handers, small boat and dinghy sailors, it is truly a time to be alone and at one with the elements. 

Whiskey Town
Whiskeytown Show n' Go Memorial Day Reggata, courtesy of Latitude 38!

With our current world of social distancing and heightened social responsibility, to keep this spread of this virus as low as possible, we are all looking at how we can recreate responsibly. Sailors are no different. We all want to be on the water, we all want some sense of normalcy to return to our lives and we all are questioning what is truly safe. While many are capable of single-handing or have a live-in quarantine crew, many of us, do not and are wondering, what is socially safe on the water. 

Rose City
Rose City Yacht Club is hoping to hold it's annual Medium Distance Race on June 20th!

We have had many events pop up that are solo sails, or social distance sails with quarantine mates, and then there are virtual events for those who can't get out. Check out this article on a variety of recently posted events and plans.

Virtual sailing
You can join Summer Sailstice virtually in Second Life at

While we cannot make a recommendation for how to sail on June 20th, we do recommend that you check with local guidelines and do what is safest for you and your community. You can read about our current thoughts on sailing in pandemic times here.

Summer Sailstice is a global celebration of sailing. You can join anywhere in the world, doing any type of activity that celebrates sailing! Typically we encourage everyone to get out sailing, but since many are unable to, we are encouraging creativity! Put in your plan today and let us know how you plan to celebrate sailing come June 20th!

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