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Update from April 21st, 12.30 p.m.

+++ Maior and YES regatta canceled +++

The pandemic developments continue to shake up the international and national regatta calendars. With the Princesa Sofía Regatta off Mallorca in October and the Kiel Week in September, two large regattas have already been postponed. Many other sailing regattas had to be completely canceled. This now also applies to the German spring classics Maior (April 30th to May 2nd) and the Young Europeans Sasiling, or YES for short (May 22nd to 24th). Regatta organizer Dirk Ramhorst from the Kiel Yacht Club said: "We didn't make the decision easy and looked for alternative dates, but the new, hard lockdown put the icing on the cake." The updated regatta calendar of the Kieler Yacht Club provides for the following program: BlueRibbon-Cup (August 18th to 22nd), KYC-Opti (August 22nd to 23rd), Starboot Junior World Championship (August 31st to September 3rd), Starboot World Championship (September 4th to 11th) and the Kiel Week (September 4th to 11th).

Update from April 20, 2021

+++ Eckernförde city harbor open +++

The yacht harbor in Eckernförde has been open since this week as part of the model region Schlei and Eckernförde. According to information from the managing director of Im-Jaich-Yachthäfen, guest boaters must present a negative antigen rapid test or PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old on arrival. They also have to register their contact details for possible follow-up. The sanitary facilities are closed.

Update from April 19, 2021, 2:13 p.m.

+++ So far only a few port openings on the Schlei +++

Since April 19, the Schlei has been open to visitors, guests and tourists as a so-called tourist model region. Yacht harbors can also take part in the model project. Guest boaters must then present a rapid antigen test or PCR test that is no more than 48 hours old and register for contact tracking using the Luca app.

Which ports meet the requirements and participate in the project can be found in a regularly updated list on the website of Ostseefjord Schlei GmbH, which is responsible for the model project. As of April 19, these are only two ports: The Lindaunis sports boat port (from April 19) and the Schlei-Marina Lindauhof (from May 1). However, since the information on the requirements for participation in the project was only sent to the port operators on the Schlei at the end of last week, the organizers assume that other ports will participate in the project.

Update from April 19, 2021, 10:15 a.m.

+++ Travel to the boat in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is prohibited +++

The state government has decided on another lockdown, which also affects owners from other federal states with boats in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The resolutions stipulate that from April 19 to May 11, trips to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to use second homes, permanent campsites and also boats with berths in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are prohibited. If you are already in the country, you have to leave it by Friday, April 23rd, according to the new rules.

Most recently, boat owners with permanent berths were allowed to enter, although vacation trips and day trips from other federal states to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were prohibited.

Update from April 15, 2021, 3:26 p.m.

+++ Relaxation planned for entry to Denmark +++

According to various media reports and the Danish Sport Boats Association (FLID), the Danish government is planning to relax entry into Denmark. From Wednesday, April 21, boat owners with berths and boats in Denmark as well as long-term campers and holiday home owners with a negative test result should be allowed to enter the neighboring country again. In the next easing phase, vaccinated people should be allowed to enter the country without a test from May onwards.

Update from April 15, 2021, 10:20 a.m.

+++ Tourism openings at the Bay of Lübeck and in Büsum postponed +++

In the so-called model regions in the Bay of Lübeck and Büsum, the start of the planned openings in tourism will be postponed due to increasing incidence values. In the Bay of Lübeck, the project should start on April 26th at the earliest, and in Büsum on May 10th at the earliest.

Update from April 14, 2021, 12:46 p.m.

+++ Hamburg Ancora Yacht Festival canceled +++

The Hamburg Ancora Yacht Festival planned for May 28th to 30th will not take place. The organizing Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH announced this today.

According to the organizers, the extraordinarily dynamic development of the pandemic in recent weeks does not offer any basis for reliable planning. The currently valid ordinance of the state of Schleswig-Holstein also prohibits the holding of events until May 9th. In the current situation, it is also not unlikely that the ban on events will continue beyond that.

“We had prepared a great yacht festival for 2021 with a suitable security concept and finally wanted to offer the industry a platform again. Unfortunately, under these circumstances we can in no way guarantee that we will be able to hold an event at the end of May 2021. In addition, the health risk cannot be calculated during the implementation period, ”says Bernd Aufderheide, CEO of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH. “After weighing all the possibilities, we had to decide with a heavy heart to cancel. This was not easy for us. "

Hamburg Messe und Congress will now start planning the Hamburg Ancora Yacht Festival 2022, which is also planned for next year from May 27th to 29th in Neustadt in Holstein in the local ancora Marina.

Update from April 14, 2021, 8:45 a.m.

+++ Helga Cup will be postponed to autumn +++

As in the previous year, the Helga Cup women's regatta will be postponed to autumn. The plan was actually to host the keelboat regatta on the Hamburg Outer Alster in June. The new date is now from September 30th to October 3rd, 2021.

Due to the uncertain development, the lack of training opportunities in the foreseeable future and the worry that they would have to cancel spontaneously, the City of Hamburg, as Active City Partner, the North German Regatta Association and initiator Sven Jürgensen decided to postpone the regatta until autumn , announced the organizer.

"Of course the prospect of the Helga Cup would have been good for all of us, and of course the postponement hurts, but the other way round it is ultimately better," says Sven Jürgensen, commenting on the postponement. The anticipation for June would always have been cautious, because the option of a cancellation would always have been swung along.

Update from April 12, 2021, 1:00 p.m.

+++ North Sea Week 2021 canceled +++

The North Sea Week 2021, which was planned for May 21-25, 2021, has been canceled. The aim is to “live up to the responsibility that you as a regatta organizer have for the participants, for the residents of the island of Helgoland, but also for the volunteer team,” said Marcus Boehlich, organizer of the North Sea Week. The organizers see no chance of hosting the complex event this year, which involves several places and federal states from Wedel, Hallig Hooge, Bremerhaven, Wilhelmshaven via Cuxhaven to Helgoland.

"Even with extensive hygiene concepts and measures, it is hardly possible to achieve the necessary level of security," explains Boehlich in his statement. The event is too complex and the requirements and possibilities in the ports involved are too different. Furthermore, it is not foreseeable that contact sports with several people and an event will be allowed again in six weeks.

"Even a reduction to a few offshore races would have required complex, cost-intensive logistics and the commitment of many volunteers," says race director Albert Schweizer and adds that even then "no implementation can be guaranteed and the financial risk is enormous as a result". because one currently has to reckon with ad hoc changes to the applicable regulations.

The organizers now hope to be able to host the regatta again in 2022.

Update from April 6, 2021

+++ All of Croatia is now a risk area +++

For a few weeks, the northernmost region of Croatia was able to score with low corona numbers and was exempt from the risk area requirements of the RKI, but now Istria has also had its 50 incidence. The entire Croatian coast is now classified as a risk area. For crews this means: Anyone who returns to Germany after the voyage has to be at home in quarantine go and can only test himself after 5 days.

Who with the plane had traveled to the trip, must undergo a corona test in Croatia before the return flight and provide negative evidence prior to departure, which is not older than 48 hours. If the test is positive, the holidaymaker must be quarantined in Croatia at his own expense. If he falls ill, he has to go to the hospital there too.

Update from April 1, 2021, 2:48 p.m.

+++ Netherlands high incidence area +++

In general, this means: When entering Germany, a negative test (PCR or Schnell) that is no more than 48 hours old must be available, this also applies to NRW (see below). The subsequent quarantine can then be ended after five days at the earliest with a further negative test. For citizens of NRW, however, nothing else changes to the previous regulation (see update from March 31st): The currently valid NRW entry regulation of March 27th only differentiates between risk and virus variant areas. The regulation does not recognize high incidence areas, as the RKI calls them. According to the editorial team, they fall under the general risk areas. Furthermore, both governments ask to refrain from unnecessary travel.

Update from April 1, 2021, 4:11 p.m.

+++ Restrictions on Lake Constance +++

The Bodensee-Seglerverband informs in a circular on the current Corona situation on Lake Constance with a view to the Easter holidays. The letter says:

"In Austria, Switzerland and Germany and in the cantons (CH) and federal states (D) the regulations will be changed on different dates and in different forms. As a responsible skipper, you should check out the current one before you set off on a trip Of course, we cannot accept any liability for the following information.

The Vorarlberg borders to Germany and Switzerland are conditionally closed. For water sports enthusiasts, this means that they are not allowed to cross the border into Austria without an important reason. If you have been to Austria with your ship for an important reason, you must show a negative corona test when you return to Germany or Switzerland and / or go into quarantine for 10 days.

The Swiss borders are partially closed. For water sports enthusiasts, this means that they are not allowed to cross the border to Switzerland without an important reason. If you have been to Switzerland with your ship for an important reason, you must show a negative corona test when you return to Germany or Austria and / or go into quarantine for 10 days.

The German borders to Austria and Switzerland are conditionally closed. For water sports enthusiasts, this means that they are not allowed to cross the border into Germany without an important reason. If you have been to Germany with your ship for an important reason, you must show a negative corona test when you return to Austria or Switzerland and / or go into quarantine for 10 days. In Germany, most of the sanitary facilities in the ports are closed. Please find out more in your port of destination.

On the lake you can move freely with your boat, in compliance with the BSO. This also applies to the anchor bays, for example.

Rules for the manning of pleasure craft in:
Germany: People from the same household plus a maximum of one additional person on board
Austria: Only people from the same household on board
Switzerland: Persons from max. 2 households on board "

Update from April 1, 2021, 3:45 p.m.

+++ regulations on the German North and Baltic Sea coasts +++

Many sailors are experiencing an ugly déjà vu these days. There is great uncertainty about what is currently allowed on the water, in ports and winter camps and what is not - similar to last year, when the start of the season was delayed by the first corona wave and the measures that were subsequently taken. Now it is the third wave and official regulations are now quite detailed with regard to the regulations for sailing.

For Schleswig-Holstein, for example, the Corona Ordinance, which has been in force since March 29, stipulates that "measures required to put boats into operation", including "the activities required for this, such as transport from winter storage, cranes and slipping as well as measures for Making it seaworthy "do not fall under the ban on events, provided that hygiene concepts exist and are adhered to.

Those who already have their ship in the water in Schleswig-Holstein and want to or have to sail or transfer can, according to the ordinance, be accommodated in a sports boat harbor only "for the purpose of making them seaworthy and for transferring a boat to its permanent berth".

In Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, too, there are still operating bans for accommodation establishments, which also include operators of boat berths. There are exceptions, however. The Lower Saxony Corona Ordinance states that "overnight stays (...) on boat berths that are rented all year round or for the duration of a season" are excluded.

In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, boat owners with berths in the state and their household members are also exempt from the entry ban to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Likewise, the prohibition of accommodation directed towards the operator according to the state ordinance does not apply to boat owners who are berthed in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Carefree sailing from port to port is made considerably more difficult, if not made de facto impossible - but simply sailing a stroke or lying at anchor is possible. In addition to the state ordinances, the ordinances of the districts and urban districts with any further restrictions that are currently in place should also be taken into account.

Update March 31, 12:00

The rules for the Netherlands

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the Netherlands is a risk area (i.e. not a high incidence or virus variant area). In the Netherlands itself, the usual rules such as keeping your distance, washing your hands, etc. apply as they do with us. Even those who apply the German standards for mask wearing do well with it. There is a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4.30 a.m. Grocery stores are open, other stores can dispense goods to customers with an appointment. Restaurants are closed. Ports and their sanitary facilities are open and, according to the harbor master, are looking forward to guests from Germany as well. There can be a maximum of one household plus one person on ships; this is the same rule as in holiday homes. There is no quarantine obligation, just an urgent call to go into a ten-day quarantine after entry. The law on mandatory quarantine is expected in May.

When returning to Germany, the rules of the respective federal states apply. These apply primarily to the rules at the federal level. It is therefore essential to read the corona entry regulation of the federal state in which you live, this is authoritative. It is always necessary to fill out a digital entry form when entering Germany again. For example, for NRW it is possible to carry out a quick test up to a maximum of 24 hours after or 48 hours before entry. If this is negative, the quarantine ends.

Note: If the RKI classifies the Netherlands as a virus variant area during your own stay, it is impossible to end the quarantine early. The regulations in this case are also contained in the entry regulations of the federal states.

Update March 29, 09:00

The start of the season is just around the corner on the Baltic Sea, and the berths are gradually filling up. How this gets along with the imposed lockdown extension until April 18, the state of Schleswig-Holstein has now in its latest Corona regulation with a separate FAQ section specifically for sailors.

On the whole, however, it confirms the country's approach to water sports so far:

  • It can go on craned will too in clubs, not only in commercial establishments.
  • The ship may be transferred to the berth. New is that this explicitly justifies an overnight stay in a port other than the permanent berth, but onlywhen the port cannot be reached in one day!
  • Overnight stays outside the flyover are only allowed if the Owner at his permanent berthspent the night. Further overnight stays in other ports fall under the tourist accommodation ban and are thus until April 18. prohibited.
  • The toilets in ports are open, but not all the sanitary facilities.
  • The Use of your own boat may only be exercised with members of your own household or in pairs.
  • It is allowed to continue on to boats on land worked but only one household plus one person.
  • Charter is only with members of a house community or with a total of two people from two households and in accordance with the regulations on sports without overnight stays possible.
  • Training trips are also currently prohibited, only Exams are possible.

Update from March 25th, 3:00 p.m.

+++ The Lindau Sailing Club postpones the "Rund um" in autumn +++

After the organizers of the Match Race Germany and a week ago also the makers of the Kieler Woche, the "All Around" organizers have now reacted to the ongoing challenges of the corona pandemic and postponed their classic from June to autumn. The 70th "Around" Lake Constance will not take place in the summer of 2021, but on September 25th. "Originally, the Rund Um in June was supposed to be the highlight of the sailing calendar on Lake Constance," explained race director Achim Holz, "the current number of cases in the pandemic make it seem impossible to hold the Rund Um in early summer Sailors and the many helpers would be endangered. Our goal is to carry out a carefree round, in which the joy of sailing is in the foreground. We hope that the pandemic will no longer pose a threat in September due to the vaccinations. That is why we have ourselves determined to postpone. " With around 300 participating ships and 1500 to 2000 sailors, the "Rund Um" is the largest regatta in the Lake Constance area in normal years. The registration portal is now to be opened on July 1st. Further information is available from the Lindau Sailing Club (please click!).

Update from March 24th, 5:00 p.m.

+++ International Multihull Show canceled +++

The traditional fair for multihulls in La Grande Motte cannot take place this year either. The organizers of the International Multihull Show announced this today. In the last year 2020, the event had to be canceled at short notice due to the pandemic. The fair in the south of France should have taken place from April 28th to May 2nd this year. Numerous exciting innovations were planned for the first presentation. A postponement date is not planned. The Multihull Show will therefore only be able to take place again in April 2022.

+++ New federal-state agreement with effects for the start of the season +++

The federal and state governments yesterday agreed to extend the applicable corona rules until April 18, 2021. This means that the measures that are intended to avoid contacts drag on into the beginning of the sailing season. What does this mean for the local areas?

First of all, despite the agreement, it can be assumed that there will continue to be different versions of the principles in the federal states. The Corona rules of the countries are always authoritative.For Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Prime Minister Daniel Günther and Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig are expected to hold a press conference during the day, at which they will report on the planned form of the federal-state agreements in their federal states. More detailed information on the restrictions in the areas of tourism and the use of marinas is also expected.

The restrictions agreed yesterday, on which the rules to be expected in the federal states are based, can be viewed on the website www.bundesregierung.de. After that, it is important for water sports enthusiasts to know that trips for private purposes should be avoided as a matter of principle, unless they are absolutely necessary.

An "extended rest period" can also be expected over the Easter holidays. According to this, Maundy Thursday and Easter Saturday should also be one-time rest days. Only the food retail trade in the strict sense will open on Saturday.

For the period from April 1st to April 5th, there is a strict "no-gathering" rule. After that, gatherings in public spaces are strictly prohibited.

During the Easter days from April 1st to April 5th, the outdoor catering will also be closed despite any easing that has already taken place.

The federal states continue to regulate the specific steps towards sport.

+++ Compulsory test for returning foreign travelers +++

According to the corona resolutions of the federal-state conference of yesterday evening, travelers who have been abroad should generally be obliged to do a corona test before departure or departure with other means of transport from now until April 18, so that they a negative corona test upon entry be able to show. So far, this was only a requirement when driving to high-incidence areas (not normal risk areas). The regulation even applies to countries that have been completely removed from the RKI's risk list. This applies particularly to Mallorca, which was one of the very few Mediterranean areas to be removed from this list.

This requirement brings with it the risk for travelers that if the result is positive, they will have to stay in the holiday country at their own expense before the return flight, as the airline will refuse the transport. There, first of all, the quarantine that applies there must be checked out and, secondly, you run the risk of having to go to a hospital there if you fall ill. In some Mediterranean countries this is a considerable risk, as their health systems are known to be significantly worse than the German one. There is also a third risk: even if you sit out the disease in the holiday destination without serious symptoms, PCR tests are sometimes positive for weeks after the symptoms have subsided. Corresponding cases are known to the editors.

The run on flights to Mallorca had probably prompted the federal government to react. In addition, the government is said to have asked the airlines over Easter no further special flights to use.

Update from March 2nd, 5:00 p.m.

+++ France's most important Olympic sailing week is canceled +++

The organizers fought, adjusted their program, fought again - and now lost: The Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères 2021 has been canceled. Due to the current Covid-19 situation in the south of France, the organizers have not received a start permit for the sailing week planned from April 17 to 24, 2021 from the health authorities. This affects a number of Olympic sailing disciplines such as the skiff classes and the laser players. The cancellation also has an impact on the national German Olympic elimination in the 470, which was supposed to take place partly in front of Hyères. The RS: X World Championship, for which an alternative venue is currently being sought, has also been canceled, as has the early season use for double-hand mixed offshore teams.

Update from February 27, 11:15 a.m.

+++ Back in lockdown level 3: America's Cup metropolis Auckland +++

A new corona case in the south of Auckland has caused the government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to put the current America's Cup capital into lockdown level 3 from February 28 (6 a.m. local time). Although the cup teams can continue to prepare on the water for the 36th America's Cup match starting on March 6, under special protective measures, the people in New Zealand's "City of Sails" are encouraged to stay at home for seven days . This affects at least the first two days of the cup duel for the most important trophy in international sailing.

Update from February 18, 11:30 a.m.

+++ Spring weather in NL: These are the travel rules +++

The weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday in the Netherlands predicts up to 15 ° C and sun. Many owners will ask themselves impatiently: Can you travel to the Netherlands? Surely after the heavy frost and the east storm of the last time, they want to see that their boats are in order. But can you travel to the Netherlands? The Dutch government urges you to refrain from traveling that is not necessary. You are also asked to adhere to a 10-day quarantine (there is no obligation to quarantine) when traveling to the Netherlands. Anyone arriving by bus, train, ship or plane must also submit two negative tests. There is a curfew between 9 p.m. and 4.30 a.m. The rules are on the Rijksoverheid.nl website in Dutch.

Anyone who travels to the Netherlands by car and adheres to the curfew does not have to fear a fine. In the Re-entry to Germany there are various rules that differ per federal state. It is advisable to read the entry or corona regulations of the federal states carefully. The following applies as an example for North Rhine-Westphalia: Anyone who has been in the Netherlands for more than 24 hours must be in quarantine or be tested. This can also be a quick test. If it is negative, the quarantine ends. Anyone traveling to the Netherlands through Belgium must have a completed affidavit with them. You can download the form here. ATTENTION: The link sometimes does not work, then use this here and click on the form.

So much for the legal situation. Whether you SHOULD travel to the Netherlands is up to you to decide for yourself. Every owner judges differently what "necessary" means and what not. We in the editorial team cannot have an opinion on this.

Update from February 11, 2:30 p.m.

+++ International Lake Constance Week is postponed +++

The International Lake Constance Week 2021 will be postponed due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The organizers in Konstanz have now announced this on their website. The traditional event was originally scheduled to run from Thursday, May 27th to Sunday, May 30th. The 2021 Lake Constance Week is now set to take place in autumn. A specific date for the implementation has not yet been announced.

+++ Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia postponed +++

Bitter news not only for German Olympic sailing: the Mallorca classic Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia was postponed to October by the Spanish organizers after consultations with the government of the Balearic Islands and with a view to the current Corona situation. Originally, the regatta, with some significance for international and national Olympic qualifications, was to be held from March 26th to April 3rd. The organizers had expected around 1000 participants from 50 countries. The new announcement can already be found on the homepage of the organizers.

Update from January 13th, 5:20 pm

+++ RORC Caribbean 600 canceled +++

It is the first prominent regatta cancellation in the new year: With a heavy heart, the responsible organizers from the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) decided to cancel the popular classic, which was planned for February, after consultations with the government of Antigua and Barbuda. In a statement it said: "The escalation in the spread of the new Covid-19 strain in Europe, the lockdown state in the United Kingdom and the concerns that a high number of sailors traveling to Antigua could bring the virus to the island, have been taken into account in this decision. The safety of the people of Antigua, the participants, the volunteers on site and the RORC staff are of the utmost importance. The committee felt that the event could not have lived up to this claim. " Participants and fans will now have to wait until February 21, 2022 to experience the next edition of the RORC Caribbean 600.

Update from January 13th, 3:30 p.m.

+++ International Multihull Show has been postponed +++

The world's largest trade fair for multihull boats, the International Multihull Boatshow in La Grande Motte in the south of France, will only be held three weeks later than originally planned due to the current situation. The Inwater trade fair will take place from Wednesday, April 28th to Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 and to the usual extent. The organizers would have liked to postpone the fair to a later date, but unfortunately this was not possible due to the summer tourism that started in May.

+++ The Landesseglerverband clarifies corona rules for sailors +++

On its website, the northernmost state sailing association puts out the Schleswig-Holstein Corona Ordinance for sailors. After that, ports and winter storage facilities can remain open, the distance and hygiene regulations must be observed.

Update from October 22nd, 7.30 p.m.

+++ Travel to Denmark only with good reason - for example because the yacht is there +++

From Saturday at midnight, travelers from Germany at the Danish border must show a valid reason for the trip, because Germany has been officially classified as a quarantine country by its northern neighbor since today. This is basically the case if more than 30 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants per week have been registered on average over two weeks. Because this is not the case in Schleswig-Holstein, the federal state is exempt from the restriction. Exceptions are also expected for other federal states to which this applies. Analogous to the other, explicitly mentioned exceptions, such as commuting to work, a business trip or visiting a partner or close relatives as well as visiting your own holiday home, visiting the yacht in Denmark is also seen as such a reason.

Update from October 20, 8 a.m.

+++ A lot of honor, but no ceremonies: Club evenings are canceled +++

In autumn and winter, many sailing clubs and associations traditionally hold their annual annual meetings and festive events, at which individual sailors or entire crews are usually honored for their achievements in the past season. Due to the corona, many of these upcoming ceremonies have already been canceled. These include the ocean sailing evening in the Bremen town hall of the sailing comradeship Das Wappen von Bremen, the Bodensee Sailing Day, the annual meeting of the club of the cruiser department, the Trans-Ocean festival evening, the curry dinner of the Kiel Yacht Club or the turkey dinner at the Seglerhaus am Wannsee association . However, honoring deserving members should usually not be dispensed with; the award ceremonies, however, do not take place on the usual large scale.

+++ The Boot & Fun Berlin trade fair is canceled +++

As several exhibitors reported to us independently of one another, they were informed today by the trade fair management that the in-house trade fair in the federal capital will not take place as planned from November 19 to 22. The reason is in all probability the Corona requirements and the expected decline in visitors as a result. Up until now, no one from Messe Berlin or those responsible for the project could be reached for the editorial team.

Update from September 25, 9:35 a.m.

+++ The championship of the masters is canceled +++

The Hamburg sailing club has canceled the autumn summit on the Alster: the championship of the champions will not take place again until 2021. In the press statement it says: "There are simply not enough champions in 2020. All German championships as well as youth championships, world and European championships have been canceled or postponed until autumn. 16 German championships are planned for October, but that is too tight for time the participants and a solid organization of the MdM. " The good customer: For the 40th edition in 2021, all masters from 2020 and 2021 will be eligible to register.

Update from September 24th

+++ Salon Nautic Paris is canceled +++

The association of the French water sports industry, FIN, has canceled the Paris Boat Show, following the latest guidelines from the Ministry of Health. The show would have taken place in the capital from December 5th to 13th. After Cannes and La Rochelle, it is now the third major French water sports fair that had to be canceled due to the Corona. Meanwhile, preparations for boot Düsseldorf are in full swing; the exhibition management is confident that the world's largest boat exhibition can take place, albeit in a strongly changed framework.

+++ Youth America's Cup canceled +++

Disappointment for the America's Cup offspring: The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron (RNZYS) has announced that the 3rd Youth America's Cup has not been able to take place since 2013. The New Zealand government has not granted the participating young teams the exemption from the corona conditions granted to the teams participating in the America's Cup. The Youth America's Cup was planned in cooperation between RNZYS, the China SPorts Industry Group (CSIG) and cup defender Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ). Originally, the preliminary round in China, the final in Auckland. As a result of the corona pandemic, the prelude in China had already been moved to New Zealand, but now all hopes of the organizers and registered teams were bursting.19 teams from 13 nations were registered for the series on the new AC9F yachts. In Germany, a team led by the young Hamburg Nacra helmsman Silas Mühle fought for participation. The races were to take place in February and March in the America's Cup area off Auckland. RNZYS managing director Hayden Porter spoke of a "bitter disappointment". At the same time, the RNZYS announced the next attempt to organize a Youth America's Cup if the Cup was successfully defended.

Update from August 27th, 5 p.m.

+++ Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup canceled +++

They tried everything and fought for their classics, but now the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup had to be canceled. The reason for this is the recently increased number of infected people in the corona pandemic in Sardinia. As a result, the organizing Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and its long-term partners Nautor's Swan and Rolex saw no possibility of organizing the regattas without endangering guests and hosts.

Update from August 21, 1:20 p.m.

+++ Cannes Yachting Festival canceled +++

Just a few weeks before the start, the organizers of the largest and most important inwater boat show in Europe have given up. The Cannes Yachting Festival will not take place this year due to the currently increasing number of infections with Covid-19. The cancellation of the always very well-attended trade fair on the Mediterranean Sea is a major setback for the industry after many boat shows could not be held in spring and early summer due to the pandemic. The Yachting Festival in Cannes was planned as a new start to the trade fair season from September 8th to 13th.

Update from August 6th, 1:20 p.m.

+++ Nord Stream Race canceled +++

The organizers and partners of the 9th Nord Stream Race have decided to cancel the race and restart it next year. The race through territories in several Baltic countries cannot take place due to the corona pandemic. "The focus is on the health of the athletes, their environment and society," says a statement. The organizers have already set their focus on 2021. Vladimir Liubomirov, Commodore of the organizing St. Petersburg Yacht Club, said of the decision: "The unifying moments of meeting in each of the participating countries have become a special aspect of the regatta in recent years. We agree that the regatta is yours The overall goal and the sporting level of this race can hardly do justice without this special component of the Nord Stream Race with its many coastal races in the Baltic stopover ports. "

Update from July 24th, 9:50 a.m.

+++ Match Race Germany canceled +++

More information on this in our article here: www.yacht.de/regatta/news/match-race-germany-abgesagt

+++ TP 52 Super Series canceled +++

The TP 52 World Championship planned for September 14th to 19th in Puerto Portals, Mallorca, has been canceled. The reason is the travel restrictions in Russia, South America and the USA, from which many team owners and sailors come. It is increasingly unlikely that these will be significantly eased before September. Also, New Zealand has very strict quarantine requirements for anyone returning to the country after an overseas stay. And in mainland Europe, particularly Spain, there is a growing number of local lockdowns, as well as a general increase in personal safety requirements, the organizers said

The safety and long-term health of participants is a priority, as is the desire to minimize the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus by avoiding travel that is not strictly necessary. The series is set to continue in 2021.

Update from June 30th, 10:08 pm

+++ Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup take place +++

Italy's September classics remain on course even in the Corona crisis: The organizing Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Nautor's Swan Werft and the International Maxi Association have agreed, with the consent of the main sponsor and namesake Rolex, to host their traditional late summer events: Both the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup will take place in 2020. The series will be played in a modified mode and will be based on online registration. All Skipper's Briefings, as well as the award ceremony, should take place outdoors and only with a reduced number of participants. A press release said that the owner's dinner could also take place while maintaining the necessary distances. The popular crew parties would have to be canceled. The traditional day of rest has also been deleted. Therefore, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will take place from August 30th to September 4th. This leaves two days off until the Rolex Swan Cup takes off.

Update from June 30th, 2 p.m.

+++ Flensburg Boat Show canceled +++

The 5th edition of the Flensburg Boat Show (planned September 4 to 6, 2020) will not be able to take place due to the still existing uncertainties caused by the corona pandemic. The organizers announced this today. "We very much regret this decision, but unfortunately the prerequisites for reliable planning and implementation, especially for our exhibitors, are not in place," says Christoph Volkmann from the organizing Flensburger Yacht-Service. A new date for the fair in the Sonwik Marina in Flensburg next year has already been set for the time from Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Update from June 5, 5 p.m.

+++ Cowes Week Regatta canceled +++

Now the popular English regatta week has also hit: the organizers of the Cowes Week regatta, which has been held since 1826, had to cancel the sails for 2020 today. The press release said: "Despite the encouraging progress being made in Britain's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, it is clear that in nine weeks it will not be possible to host an event as large as the thousands Will bring visitors to the small town of Cowes, while adequately protecting everyone involved. " Laurence Mead, Cowes Week Regatta Director, said, "We know this is just as much of a disappointment for many. It goes for the Cowes Week team as well. We waited as long as was realistically possible because we assumed it would the participants wanted it to take place, if only it had been possible. We are grateful for the patience of everyone involved while we played through the various scenarios. And we thank the hundreds of volunteers who were on standby and ready to go. " Teams that have already registered will be contacted in the coming days and asked if they would like to postpone their registration by one year in order to take part in the Cowes Week Regatta 2021 from July 31st to August 7th.

Update from May 27, 11.50 a.m.

+++ Copa del Rey and Gotland Rund canceled +++

Regatta sailors all over the world had long hoped that the Spanish classic Copa del Rey could still be saved with a view to the event period in the first week of August. But today the organizers from the Real Club Náutico de Palma also had to announce the end of the popular Mallorca regatta in the wake of the corona pandemic. The 39th edition cannot take place after 38 years of uninterrupted alignment. In view of the approximately 2000 expected sailors from 30 nations, the Spaniards no longer see any chance of being able to carry out the series safely for everyone involved. A few days earlier, those responsible for the popular Swedish long haul Gotland Rund had to postpone their regatta until next year. The regatta, which was held for the first time in 1937, is the world's largest annual offshore race with more than 200 boats and thousands of sailors.

Update from May 20, 9:25 p.m.

+++ Mixed Offshore World Championships 2020 canceled +++

Also feared and now a reality: As a result of the corona pandemic, the World Sailing Association canceled the 2020 Mixed Offshore World Championship, which was supposed to take place as part of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. One reason given is the delay in production and delivery of the OneDesign L30 charter boats in Europe. In addition, the possibilities of the national associations to carry out pre-qualifications are severely impaired by the Corona crisis, according to a press release from World Sailing. For these reasons, the board of the World Sailing Association decided that it would be "prudent and fairer" to cancel the Mixed Offshore World Championship. For the World Cup of the Olympic discipline planned for the first time in 2024, 20 teams of two from as many nations from all continents would have competed. This premiere has now been postponed to 2021. The Rolex Middle Sea Race itself has not yet been canceled for this year. The organizers are monitoring the global situation and are initially staying on course with their plans for the 606 nautical mile race.

Update from May 19, 3:15 p.m.

+++ Charter bases in the north start operations +++

Even if still with restrictions, since yesterday - in some cases even since May 11th - charters are again permitted on the entire German North and Baltic Sea coasts. Only in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania does this only apply to local charterers. Sailors from other federal states are not welcome again until May 25th. From then on you can again sail or drive from Schleswig-Holstein or Brandenburg (inland) by boat to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

The charter crews can be made up of people from a maximum of two households - good for family trips, but larger friend crews are still left behind. In Meckelnburg-Vorpommern there is also a lack of clarity with regard to the contact restrictions as to whether only one or two households are allowed per boat.

After all, the ports are open again everywhere, you can spend the night on board there, and you do not need to make any advance announcements before you go to a port.

For the ports of the North Sea islands (including Heligoland) and for the two long weekends ahead, however, some exceptions apply. Blockings are possible there; ask beforehand.

The toilets in the ports on the coast are open at least during the day, while the showers are partly closed or there are not as many as usual available. In Berlin / Brandenburg, the sanitary facilities in the ports are completely closed.

The hygiene measures drawn up by the charter companies must be observed when taking over and returning the boat.

In southern Germany, i.e. in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, chartering is not yet permitted again.

German sailors are currently not allowed to charter in Denmark, and they are also not allowed to sail from Germany to Denmark, let alone anchor there or call at a port for no good reason. All of this will only be possible again when the neighboring country has opened its borders. When that will be is currently uncertain. In the Flensburg Fjord, on the other hand, "crossing borders" is probably not a problem.

Update from May 18, 7 p.m.

+++ But canceled: Pantaenius Rund Skagen +++

Just four days ago, the organizers of the North Sea Week announced that the main part of the classic's program would have to be canceled in the Corona crisis, but the long-distance Pantaenius Rund Skagen could take place as a two-hand regatta and with a different course. Today came the command "back". Because the Danish authorities forbid passage through Danish waters, the event is not possible. "Last week, newspaper reports about the imminent opening of Denmark to German tourists gave us the courage to hold the Pantaenius Rund Skagen regatta. We asked Jochen-P. Kunze from Brink und Partner, who is already involved in the Baltic 500 regatta was active to research whether sailing for Germans in Denmark is permitted. He had contact with the Søfartsstyrelsen, the Danish Maritime Authority, which saw no problem in our passage, whereupon we announced that we wanted to conduct Pantaenius Rund Skagen. On May 28th, Søfartsstyrelsen asked for a time to think about it and today, on May 18th, a ban on passage through Danish waters was issued, "said Marcus Boehlich, the chairman of the North Sea Week regatta association. Boehlich went on to say: "We were completely unprepared for this news, as we did not know anything about the required cooling off period on Friday. The North Sea Week team is very saddened to disappoint the regatta sailors and to have to cancel Pantaenius Rund Skagen which the participants run the risk of being sentenced or even arrested by the Danish authorities. Nevertheless, we wish all sailors a great summer, in the hope that the Scandinavian waters will soon be freely navigable again. " The two-hand long-haul Baltic 500 remains on course and should start on Thursday, because the organizers are more flexible with their course. They would like their fleet of currently 37 boats, but have to and will not let them sail into Danish waters.

Update from May 18, 4:15 p.m.

Denmark: drive through yes (partially), anchor no, plus gloomy prospects

Baltic sailors must continue to be brave. As the lawyers at Brink & Partner in Flensburg report, there is now an answer to the question of whether it is allowed to drive through and anchor in Danish waters: ...an entry ban with exception is applicable for entry by car as well as for entry by sea. After that, sailing on Danish waters is only possible under very tight conditions. A sad result for the typical German recreational sailor: Ascension Day means exploring German destinations (which can also open up new perspectives from time to time). Because without a qualified legitimate interest, sailing through and thus also anchoring in Danish waters is currently prohibited.

A small ray of hope: The Flensburg Fjord can also be sailed on the Danish side. According to Brink & Partner, the previous guideline in Denmark was that fundamental easing should not be expected before August. However, the pressure from the tourism industry, which is very important in Denmark, is growing, so that there may be easing in June. More on this on the website www.yacht-recht.de

Stickl Sportcamp on Lake Garda opens on June 7th

From June 3rd, tourists will be allowed to enter Italy again. From June 7th, the Stickl Sports Camp on Lake Garda will start its normal course program with kiting and sailing again. "Of course we have optimized all processes in the course programs so that the hygiene rules are adhered to," says Heinz Stickl, head of the Stickl Sports Camp on Lake Garda for 44 years.

More at: www.stickl.com

Update from May 14th, 4:30 p.m.

+++ Long distance Pantaenius around Skagen takes place +++

And another good news for regatta sailors: After the two-hand race Baltic 500 (start: May 21st in front of Strande), the official green light for the Pantaenius race around Skagen has now also been given. The long haul may take place with a different starting point and a new crew composition. This means that the organizers of the North Sea Week can offer their participants at least part of the program, while the other races have to be canceled because the port of Helgoland remains closed to pleasure craft for the time being. Organization manager Marcus Boehlich said: "Decisions on Corona-related measures are not always understandable for outsiders. The citizens of Heligoland will certainly have good reasons why they want to let the sailors back in their port only after Whitsun." The result: For the first time in its history, the offshore regatta will start in Cuxhaven and be around 545 nautical miles long. The organizers also comply with the current requirements by reducing the number of crews to two sailors per boat. The starting shot should be given on Whit Monday (June 1st) at 10 a.m. The island of Helgoland must be left on port on the Skagen course. The destination remains Kiel-Schilksee. Race director Albert Schweizer said: "The North Sea Week is known for always making the best possible out of the given situation. That means doing everything for sailing and for the regatta sailors. The North Sea Week 2020 is now sending this important signal: It starts again! "

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Update from May 13th, 9:00 a.m.

+++ Sports boat schools criticize training bans +++

The Association of German Sport Boat Schools (VDS) complains about the inconsistent regulations with regard to training. Schools are still prohibited in many places, and course providers are increasingly fidgeting. In a message, the association states:

"After the changes to the Corona ordinances of May 6, the clear federal patchwork of our republic is now also evident for commercial sports boat schools. While Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein are more or less allowing restricted training opportunities again, Hamburg, for example, is taking a stand against it. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is also planning to allow training in car schools again subject to conditions, the commercial sport boat schools are not yet allowed to train.

This unequal treatment is not understandable. In the south of the republic these differences are even evident at the local level. Ultimately, it is about offering protection against infection and for this purpose the Association of German Sport Boat Schools has a detailed concept of hygiene and protective measures as a basis for training in sport boat schools.

The VDS has now sent this concept to the relevant offices of the Hamburg Senate, the state governments of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Ostholstein district administrator. The VDS schools report to us in which countries or municipalities there are problems with the consideration of the easing measures and the VDS intervenes there by providing information. Many decision-makers are not even aware of how recreational boating schools work, if they even have the schools on their list.

Clubs z. B. in Hamburg are allowed to practice dinghy sailing again while commercial providers still have problems with chartering out dinghies and training is out of the question. The risk of infection when sailing in clubs is no less than when sailing in commercial training centers and for this reason this unequal treatment does not make sense.

Water sports is a seasonal business that starts in late March / early April and ends in October. In these seven months, the commercial schools have to generate their annual turnover, from which they also have to pay their staff. The pre-season business has already failed completely and, if the start of the main season is delayed without any need, many schools will run into great difficulties and may have to go bankrupt.

It is important that regulations that are as uniform as possible are found now, as the company's headquarters often differ from the location of the berths for ships and water sports equipment. Companies with several ships may also have these in different federal states, so that regulations can currently differ from vehicle to vehicle. The regulations, which differ from municipalities and federal states, also lead to a competitive situation among the already badly battered companies.

However, it is encouraging for the industry that the associations DMYV and DSV have signaled, in consultation with the BMVI, that examinations will be held again from May 18th (if the municipal or state regulations allow this). But the apprenticeship comes before the exam and it has to start again as soon as possible. "

+++ Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania open again to non-resident permanent berth owners +++

The ministry told YACHT online: "Owners of permanent berths from other federal states can use their berth and boat again even without a registered first or second residence if they have signed a contract for at least six months for 2020 before April 28, 2020 This also includes taking the boat from winter storage to the summer berth, as well as preparing the boat for putting it in the water. You may be accompanied by people from your own household. "

Update from May 13th, 7:30 a.m.

+++ MidsummerSail is allowed to start +++

The Ministry of Economics, Labor and Health MV, as well as the Specialist Service Order and Safety have given their OK for the MidsummerSail 2020. The organizers report, so that the Baltic regatta can start in its 5th edition. The start list is more full than ever. 30 boats and 70 sailors are registered and another ten are on the waiting list.

The sailing yachts will set off to sail 900 nautical miles across the Baltic Sea on Saturday, June 20, at 1 p.m. Of course, the increased hygiene and distance regulations must also be observed urgently with the MidsummerSail. That is why the port festival in Töre has been canceled and the skipper briefing has been reduced.

Update from May 12th, 5:30 p.m.:

+++ Helgoland remains closed to guest yachts +++

Heligoland remains a taboo destination for the time being. Concrete statements about the planned easing measures are only "expected until Thursday May 14th, 2020", according to the island's homepage www.helgoland.de. It is already clear, however, that the shutdwon in yachting, in contrast to other areas in Schleswig-Holstein and other areas of life on the island, will continue. On the side it says about the plans:

"From May 18th, 2020 there should be no more restrictions in the rental area for the island of Helgoland - this applies to all overnight accommodations. Exceptions are the camping site, wicker houses, beach chairs and the sports boat harbor. "

Today the “Announcements for Seafarers” published that the Heligoland ports will initially be closed to guest yachts until June 2nd.

"With reference to the BfS (T) 46/20, only pleasure craft with permanent berths (contract) are allowed to enter or moor in the ports of Heligoland from May 9th, 2020."

+++ Sailing license exams possible again from May 18th +++

Examinations for the acquisition of sport boat driving licenses and radio certificates can take place again from May 18, as far as the regulations of the federal states and the responsible authorities allow this for the respective test location. This is announced by the German Sailing Association. Further information on resuming exams is available from the respective examination board at www.sportbootführerscheine.org.

Update from May 7th, 8:30 a.m.:

+++ Fehmarn open to foreign boat owners from Saturday +++

According to information from the Schleswig-Holstein State Sports Association, the Kiel State Cabinet has decided to lift the ban on access to the islands of the state, especially Fehmarn, for foreign sailors from Saturday, May 9th. The current Corona regulation has been adapted accordingly. Now the pleasure boat owners on the islands would be equated with the long-term campers who had already been granted the right to enter the islands.

Foreign sailors who have to spend the night on land while preparing their yacht, however, still have a problem because accommodation is not yet accessible. YACHT reader Emil Barlak reports that the city administration has informed him that overnight stays in a holiday apartment will not be allowed until May 18.

+++ Lake Constance sailors in Baden-Württemberg are allowed to sail again from May 11th +++

Baden-Württemberg has now also announced that sailing will be possible again from next Monday, May 11th. The ports are to be opened for this so that sailors have access to their boats again. Distance / contact and hygiene regulations must be observed. Boat rental companies in Baden-Württemberg should be able to resume their business before Pentecost.

For Bavaria, on the other hand, there is still no concretization of the upcoming easing. On Monday, Prime Minister Söder announced that sailing would be allowed in his state again from next week. So far, however, it is uncertain whether the harbors and jetties in Bavaria can also be used again for this purpose or whether only those whose boats are moored on a private buoy or jetty can sail.

Update from May 5, 4 p.m.:

+++ Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will not open to foreign tourists again until May 25th +++

Anyone who owns their boat in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania but does not live there must continue to be patient. The entry ban for tourists from other federal states, which has been in force since mid-March, is not due to be lifted until May 25. Prime Minister Schwesig announced this yesterday. There was no mention of any exceptions for boat owners like those in Schleswig-Holstein.

+++ Lower Saxony lifts the ban on accommodation on boats from next Monday +++

The state of Lower Saxony wants to gradually reduce the corona restrictions with a new five-step plan. As part of this, from next Monday, May 11th, accommodation for tourist purposes on boats, as well as in holiday apartments and houses, campsites and caravan sites will be permitted again. However, the easing schedule is dependent on the infection process.

The state's communication states: "At the same time, those islands will be reopened for day tourism where those responsible on site consider this to be justifiable. The state leaves the decision to the districts and municipalities." However, the mayor of Langeoog Island, Heike Horn, expressed herself critical of day tourism in an interview with Weser-Kurier on Monday.

+++ Sailing in Bavaria allowed again from next week +++

In Bavaria, sailors will be allowed back on the boats from May 11th. Then, in the southernmost federal state, contactless individual sport, especially if it is practiced outdoors, will be allowed again. This was announced today at a state press conference by the Bavarian Prime Minister Söder.

+++ Sailing in Hamburg allowed again from tomorrow +++

As the Senate of the Hanseatic City has just announced, the practice of individual sports outdoors on public and private sports facilities is again permitted from tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6th. Individual athletes are allowed to use outdoor sports facilities if they can always maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other individual athletes. In addition to sports such as athletics, this also applies to water sports. Sailing and rowing are explicitly mentioned as examples. However, the use of sanitary, changing or club rooms is prohibited. Likewise, the practice of team sports and the use of indoor sports facilities.

Update from May 4, 2:40 p.m.:

+++ SailGP for 2020 completely canceled +++

The second season of the SailGP professional series has now been completely canceled. The organizers and initiators around the five-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts (58) and the American software billionaire Larry Ellison (75) have announced a restart for 2021, wanting to expand their circuit from five to seven regattas. The results of the only regatta off Sydney that was completed only in this second season in 2020, which Sir Ben Ainslie's Ineos Team UK immediately won as a newcomer, are thus deleted and void. There is also no distribution of the exceptionally high season win bonus of one million US dollars. Founder and CEO Russell Coutts said, "This terrible pandemic has resulted in the tragic loss of hundreds of thousands of lives and our thoughts go first to the victims and their grieving families and friends. Our league's global approach is our strongest trait because we have the Bringing together top talent from all over the world to organize and compete in this new form of professional sailing. Unfortunately, given the health emergency, our geographical diversity is becoming a potential burden - both for ourselves and for other people. Therefore, we have to focus aim now at a time when our events will no longer involve any internal or external risks. "

Update from April 29th 7:30 p.m.:

+++ Schleswig-Holstein opens ports and land for water sports enthusiasts from May 4th +++

Ersatunliche turning point in the land between the seas: Schleswig-Holstein's Minister of Economic Affairs Bernd Buchholz moved away from the rigid ban policy in connection with the corona virus tonight and announced a series of easing measures.