This is a follow-up to the article Sailing and the Coronavirus – which you are suggested to read prior to this one, if you haven’t done so yet.
The sailing season is now starting in Europe, with events such as the Valencia Optimist Regatta, starting tomorrow, with nearly 400 sailors. These are huge events, with numerous sailors, coaches, parents, officials, club personnel, involved. Other important events that will come soon are the Garda Optimist Meeting in Northern Italy (over 1,200 registrations) and the Laser 4.7 Europeans in Portugal (400 expected participants).
All these events require months and months of preparation. There are big budgets and sponsorships involved. Huge amount of work is involved, mostly by volunteers. There is certainly awareness by organizers about the coronavirus, and the issue is how to best deal with this exceptional situation.