max covid

There is an old saying that what you think is the light at the end of the tunnel may be the light on the front of the approaching train and that is very much where we are with the Sars-2 corona virus and the disease it causes – Covid-19. My apologies that this column will be about medicine as well as sailing, but as many of you know that was my professional career.

As I am writing this we at the International Maxi Association and our partners at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda have just agreed to go ahead with our flagship event, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Sadly it will be a very different event from usual. While it is always an amazing race week – and with luck that part will continue – it has also been a marvellous social and networking event for all the great and the good (and bad!) in international yacht racing.

With social distancing and all the other precautions required on land and sea, in 2020 that aspect will be very much reduced – holding few, if any, of the usual social events will not be feasible. Read on.