Harken GP4 - Latest Update

16 March 2020

An update from our Sailing Secretary on plans for the HARKEN GP4 at Weymouth

As Sailing Secretary, I have had some questions about our plans for the HARKEN GP4 at Weymouth.

I have spoken to WPNSA and based on advice from the Government and the RYA the plan is still to proceed with the event. WPNSA are taking a range of measures to mitigate risk including extra washing facilities and holding competitor and volunteer briefings outside, essentially to optimise hygiene and minimise contact.

Regrettably and for obvious reasons, we have taken the decision to cancel the Saturday night dinner and karaoke. For anyone who has already purchased tickets, refunds will be provided. I know some of you will be hugely disappointed by the karaoke being cancelled so I will have a number of small prizes to award for on-the-water singing performances. Seek me out over the weekend between races and I’ll be looking for gusto, talent and the usual sailing theme.

Back to the serious stuff. To assist us with planning it would be very helpful if you could enter before Friday so we can have an idea of numbers. Please make sure that you only travel to the event if you are fit and healthy following the Government guidance on when to self-isolate.

We cannot remove all risk of infection, merely take steps to reduce that risk. Whether you attend this event is a decision you must make with your family in the light of your personal circumstances including for those travelling from outside the UK whether travel restrictions may be placed upon you on your return to your home country. You can follow the UK government advice here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

To reflect the situation, there will be a NoS change to allow for refunds up to the beginning of the event.

It is possible that we may require more parent volunteers than normal, so please watch out for messages on that.

The situation is under regular review and we will let you know if there any changes. If you have a question, please click here to email me via the contact form on this website.

Mark James
Sailing Secretary