THE OPINION “As soon as you can get us back in the boat.” Do you agree?


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Editor-in-Chief Luca Oriani’s opinion: “The boat is like a home and the open sea is the safest place in the world. Get us back on board!” Let us know with a comment if you agree….

When can people return to the boat? Hopefully as soon as possible!

Better to say it now before it happens. We would not want lawmakers, caught up in the rush to enact the regulations of the reopening phase toward a return to life away from home, to forget about us boaters.

The real risk is that boating will be lumped in with sports activity involving “gathering of people” and thus be kept among the last activities that will be allowed again in the era of the coronavirus pandemic.

That would be a huge mistake. The boat should be combined with the regulations governing houses. Because the boat is nothing more than a houseboat. Therefore, when it will be allowed to move from one house to another, as in the case of second homes, the use of the sailboat be equally given the green light to use it.

As Elisa Fustini, a 43-year-old doctor from Bologna who gave up her round-the-world sailing trip to return to the hospital to care for coronavirus patients, told us (we will tell you her story in the May issue of the Sailing Newspaper): “Paradoxically right now the boat in the middle of the sea is the safest place in the world.”.

Luca Oriani


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