(UPDATE 7/10/2020: “Due to lack of interest from the usual Dinghy classes, PHRF and Catboats and the escalating Covid-19 numbers, the Keep Your Distance Regatta is canceled. However, the Catboats, weather permitting, will still
sail.” – Regatta Chairman Bruce Harmer)

After months of anticipation, the time is near for the first and — hopefully, only — BYSC “Keep Your Distance” Regatta. Open exclusively to BYSC members and Learn to Sail students, the event is tentatively scheduled for July 18 and 19.

But that’s up to you, according to Regatta Chairman Bruce Harmer. “If we do not receive enough early registrations, we may have to cancel due to lack of interest,” he said.

To gauge interest, Hamer encourages anyone interested to register early. The regatta is open to one-design dinghy classes and Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) boats, including catboats. PHRF and catboats will compete on a different course and in separate classes than dinghies.

Hamer anticipates some COVID-19 safety precautions will still be in place — and participants are expected to follow the recommendations. All participants and sailors are responsible for their own health and safety, he added.

As a precaution, for the duration of the pandemic, US Sailing, South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association and BYSC recommend single handed sailing or family sailing.

The signal boat will be minimally staffed due to social distancing guidelines, and competitors are requested to take this into consideration during the course of events.

  • An informal social time with refreshments may be organized for after the races and/or at awards, but everyone is responsible for physical distancing.
  • Masks are optional while racing, but are required to be worn on shore in situations which put people within six feet of fellow attendees.
  • If you are not comfortable with the social arrangements it is your responsibility to avoid the social gatherings.

Interested? Complete a registration form or send Hamer an email. “This way we can get a feel for the interest in participation,” he said.