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 30+ 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 about 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 have developed a framework of best practices to open clubs and start sailing programs.  Each group then added whatever measures they felt were needed for 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 Rhode Island governor’s office and the RI Department of Environmental Management.  Since NBYA is the umbrella group for the many sailing organizations on Narragansett Bay and all their individual members,  we believe our voice should be heard as regulations for recreational boating 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 is working to ensure we all have the best possible summer experiences while enhancing safety.

I will be 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