18 June 2020
Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s update on Wednesday 17 June 2020 non-contact sport will be allowed to commence. Following lobbying by SA Sailing over the past month our sport was classified as a non-contact sport in the Sports regulations issued on the of 11 June.
We have engaged with the Department of Sport this morning, whom have confirmed that the announcement does not currently amend the sports regulations as was released last week.
In order to commence sailing, we were required under these sports regulations to make application around very concise requirements. We have now completed and submitted our application and need to wait till the closing date of 26 June for the Minister of Sport approval.
Please note that as of today we cannot commence sailing however the wait for a few days for final approval is key to the successful return of our sport.
SA Sailing will today be communicating with clubs, sailing schools and classes to explain the detailed protocols to be put in place in order for sailing to commence. We will work closely with the clubs so as to be in a position to open clubs once we have the necessary approval. These requirements are there to protect all our sailors and to contain any spread of the virus.
Lastly, we appeal to all of our members to be aware of the severe consequences of this virus which is still rapidly growing in number of new cases across our country and has already taken the lives of some of our members. It is the responsibility of each one of us to ensure that we adhere to the regulations and assist our sailing venues to maintain protocols to stop the spread of this pandemic.