As you know, we've been following the plights of many sailors around the world as they deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis. The New York Times had a great article today diving into greater detail about different challenges for sailors and cruisers of all types.
The sailing community is dealing with things very differently. Massive charter yachts are readily available but essentially not able to receive guests with all the travel restrictions now in place. Some charter companies ate offering "isolation charters," essentially an option to anchor in place for weeks at time. Finally, the smaller sailboat owners who have found safe harbor are unable to go the beaches or other sailboats per the local regulations. To add to that challenge is the forthcoming hurricane season which means most Caribbean locales have given the a move-out date.
The full article is here and I highly recommend a read.
Sailing Class Primer - Finn
This is the fourth feature in our series which highlights sailing vessel class insignia. Taken from our limited edition Sailing Vessel Class insignia posters, and inspired by the now postponed Tokyo summer Olympics we are highlighting the Finn class.
This storied boat was purpose designed and built in 1949 for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. It has been a staples of the summer Olympics since then as it fit the bill of a men's heavyweight dinghy perfectly. It is the longest running, continuous sailing vessel the Olympics has seen.
The class is largely the same since it's inception in the 1950's but has been tweaked over the years to keep it relevant. Further, the class regulations now allo for pumping and rocking in over 10 knots of wind.
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