EAST VI Cruising 2021 update
Dear Crew and Skippers,
As you are very much aware 2020 threw us a COVID-19 virus, which gave EAST insurmountable problems of service delivery and therefore all disabled sailing in yacht cruising and keel boats had to be cancelled.
The Cruising Committee have been working hard over the winter months keeping a watchful eye on the evolving pandemic situation and have tried to make plans for 2021 accordingly.
The goalposts have been forever moving but at last, providing the UK reaches Step 4 in the Government Guidelines, we are off sailing.
We are running a Three Day Cruise from June 25th – June 28th 2021 (3 nights) for crew that have sailed with us on previous cruises.
We are also hoping to run our Late Summer Cruise September 3rd – September 10th (8 nights) for experienced crew.
Hopefully at some point in the summer we will be able to offer a taster cruise for V I crew who are total beginners or who have not sailed with EAST on a previous cruise.
All of these cruises will be subject to Government instruction and restrictions, if applicable, which potentially means cancellation.
Additionally, the Cruising Committee and the Trustees have agreed that no place can be offered to any crew member or skipper that has not received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. Your vaccination should not have been received less than 21 days prior to the commencement of the cruise, so that we can ensure that immunity has been built up. We will also be discussing other measures to mitigate the risk of the Covid Virus whilst on a cruise as the situation becomes clearer.
This has been put in place to not only protect yourself but to also protect others, as on cruising trips we are all living in such close proximity on a boat. This may mean of course that some of us will be unable to join a cruise. For this we are very sorry but EAST feels that this requirement should not and cannot be relaxed for public health reasons.
In the meantime, we wish everybody well and look forward to getting afloat as soon as possible.
Chair EAST VI Sailing Committee