BC Sailing Covid 19 Update March 17,2021

BC Sailing has received several inquiries regarding the recent extension of the Provincial Health Orders (PHO). This newsletter is intended to help clarify sailing specific activities that are permitted under the PHO.

Adult Sailing

● Outdoor organized sport activities for adults (people aged 22 and over) are restricted to 10 or less people. For example, 10 singlehanded boats or 5 doublehanded boats.
Training activities only.
● Crew should be household only at this time as participants must maintain a distance of 3 metres from one another unless everyone lives in the same private residence.

Youth Sailing

● Children and youth sport activities do not have the same gathering restrictions that adults do. Children and youth are permitted to gather in group sizes of up to 50 people, including coaches or organizers.
● 3 meters of physical distancing is required at all times. If physical distancing is not able to be maintained the activity is not permitted. Singlehanded sailing only unless both crew live in the same private residence.
● These restrictions apply to on-water as well as land-based training. Children and youth, in this instance, are people under the age of 22.


Regattas are not currently permitted under the PHO, and as such are not currently being sanctioned by BC Sailing.


Welcome to the Regional Fleet - Peter Grimm and Family

On February 16th the 3rd boat of 2021 changed hands: Chris Bligh of Vancouver, BC, sold King Julian (hull #149), to Peter Grimm & family of Kitsilano Yacht Club. Peter is a very experienced 505 racer who joined Kits when he was 8 years old. He and his father Fred used to race on King Julian (M&M back then) when Peter was a teenager, and Peter plans on doing the same on the boat with his kids Evadine and Valentina, in turn, with his wife Stefanie. The boat has been renamed M&M again at the request of Peter's kids, who like the name and planned the colorful hull graphics.

Racing Concept of the Month #2

The “racing concept of the month” articles are way of sharing the general racing knowledge that has been developed over the decades in the Martin 242 fleet – this is the second of a series. All are loosely based on the excellent content in this article by Michael Clements.

I need to get better starts!

1,800 sail boats taking part in the "Barcolana" regatta in the gulf of Triest - photo credit unknown

There are four basic ingredients to getting a good start. At the start gun:

  • Be at full speed
  • Be on the line
  • Have a lane - clear air
  • Be near the favoured end
Easier said than done! Here’s some thoughts about how to accomplish these goals in a typical Martin 242 fleet start.