About Saskatchewan Sailing

 

Statement Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

It is with great regret that I provide this statement on behalf of Sask Sailing, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to effectively suspend our 2020 mobile sailing school and racing programs until such time the Government of Saskatchewan deems it safe to proceed with athletic programs that will allow safe distancing practices.

We also are urging member clubs to suspend all sailing related activities to protect our members and their families until further notice.

We are taking direction from Sail Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan and Public Health to get the latest updates to keep you informed of changes as they occur.

Marty Houle

President

Sask Sailing

 


Sail Canada Update on COVID-19

Sail Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 health pandemic and will provide the Sailing Community with regular updates. The health and safety of our members continue to be the priority.

To help provide clear direction to the Canadian sailing community, Sail Canada and the Provincial Sailing Associations are providing the following position statement on COVID 19 and the expected response from sailors and member clubs.

The message to the Sailing Community is 2-fold:

The First and Immediate Priority is for all of our members to Stay Home/Stay Safe and respect the Government of Canada’s directive to carefully follow physical distancing practices, to abide by your provincial or municipal regulations, and adhere to regular guidance from your Provincial Sailing Association. The sailing community has the opportunity to be leaders and role models for our broader community and show how our actions can contribute to controlling the spread of this virus. We need to be vigilant and take our collective responsibility seriously for our members and our communities at large.

Sail Canada and our Provincial Sailing Associations strongly urge all member clubs, schools and organizations to close the boatyards to boat owners and sailors, and suspend all activities other than those that can be offered remotely, or that are serving the community such as offering take-out food for their members and others if it is safe to do so.

In addition, it is critically important that those returning from outside of Canada (or outside their home province) be extremely diligent and respect the mandated 14-days of self-isolation.

The Second Priority for Sail Canada and the Provincial Sailing Community is to provide re-integration advice when the time is right, and Governments lift restrictions on physical distancing. Sail Canada is forming a Medical Committee that will provide advice on how to safely start sailing again, while still respecting physical distancing and on-water safety.

We ask all sailors to be patient during this time of self-isolation and physical distancing but recognize there will come a time to fully re-integrate back into the sport. Sail Canada and the PSA’s see this time as an opportunity to promote the sport of sailing as a great activity to get outdoors, enjoy the water and take part in a sport that is also environmentally friendly. Sail Canada is working on a collective communications strategy that will be shared in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Sail Canada encourages clubs to stay connected with their members, and join the growing number of clubs across the country that are offering Virtual Sailing races to engage members and those sailors eager to get out on the water, while we wait out the storm.

 


 

The Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association (SSCA) serves to promote all forms of sailing within the province of Saskatchewan. We do this through our Mobile Sailing School programs, Club Assistance programs and the Provincial Racing Team. Learn more about us here.

Additionally, we provide a link between Saskatchewan sailors and Sail Canada, sailing’s national governing body.

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Club Abbreviations


BSC Battlefords Sailing Club, Jackfish Lake, Meota
BSSC Blackstrap Sailing Club, Blackstrap Lake
CLSC Candle Lake Sailing Club, Candle Lake
LDYC Lake Diefenbaker Yacht Club, Elbow
PASC Prince Albert Sailing Club, Emma Lake
RBYC Regina Beach Yacht Club, Last Mountain Lake, Regina Beach
RSC Regina Sailing Club, Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan Beach
SSC Saskatoon Sailing Club, Redberry Lake
SWR Saskatchewan Wind Riders Club
QCDS Queen City Disabled Sailing, Wascana Lake, Regina