May 15, 2020

I know that we are all singing the Covid virus blues but at least the weather has warmed and it is time to go sailing.  Now the question is: HOW?

NBYA has worked these past months to put the collective brains of our thirty plus yacht clubs and sailing organizations together to solve our common problems.  None of us has dealt with anything like this virus before and none of us, individually, had the right answers to how to run our clubs and race safely and legally.  We felt, however, that by sharing ideas we could develop plans to move forward.  I have put together a working group of commodores, fleet captains and race committee chairs.  Together we came up with a framework of best practices to open clubs and programs.  Each group then added what they needed as they decided what would work best in their exact situation.  Now we are all working together to see how we can get both Junior and Senior racers back on the water.

To that end, I have reached out to the governor’s office and DEM.  Since NBYA is the umbrella group for the sailing organizations on the bay, their members and also all NBYA members, we believe our voice should be considered as regulations are being defined.  By acting as a sounding board for the state and a conduit for questions back and forth between the boating community and those regulating our waters, NBYA will help us all have the best possible summer experiences while enhancing safety.

I will sending updates to our members periodically as this very fluid situation evolves.  Please let me know if you have any specific ideas on how we can help you or your organization.

Thanks for your support.

– David Schwartz, President