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Blue water cruising advice

The Cruising Association is offering up to date information for all sailors outside UK waters, on the latest Covid-19 restrictions and how it affects sailors.

The association says: “Cruisers will be aware that Covid-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to cruising. The situation and the measures being taken by various governments are fast moving.”

In deciding whether and where to cruise the CA’s RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) group advises that the following should be considered:

The availability of medical care in your destination countries; insurance will not help you if the local healthcare services are overwhelmed;

Restrictions on cross-border and in-country travel may restrict access to boats abroad and, once on board, limit cruising grounds;

Your travel and medical insurance; it’s almost certainly too late to obtain travel or medical insurance that will provide cover against Covid-19;

How you will deal with you or your crew becoming ill;

How you will get yourself and/or your crew home if in trouble (EHIC will not cover this);

What will you do if the local government ask you to leave at short notice;

The risk that, while on passage, further restrictions are introduced in your intended destination.

The website is https://www.theca.org.uk/public/covid_19_cruising_restrictions

Cruising sailors are asked to keep the Association up to date with any related news via covid-19@theca.org.uk

Meanwhile as blue water sailors consider crossing the Atlantic west to east at this time of year, noonsite.com has the latest up to date advice and a host of organisations that are offering support to yachts, including the Ocean Cruising Club, which has opened its ‘Atlantic Crossing West to East Facebook Group’ to non-members who have boats in the Caribbean or east coast of North America.

Noonsite says: “The season for crossing back from the Caribbean to Europe is almost upon us, however, this is no normal Transatlantic season and yachts undertaking this passage have more than the standard set of challenges ahead of them. The good news is that the support network available to Transatlantic sailors has widened considerably this year with a number of cruising organisations opening up their services to non-members at this challenging time.”

https://www.noonsite.com/news/transatlantic-support-for-all-cruisers-in-2020/

Francois Séruzier, the organiser of the Atlantic Back Cruising Rally, which has had to be cancelled, has put in place a personalised routing and weather service for boats returning to Europe. fseruzier@wanadoo.fr

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