Canary Sail Coronavirus Bulletin – 26/09 /2020

26/09/20 – Good news! Here in the Canary Islands the Covid 19 epidemic curve continues to decline.

There are no restrictions on arrival to Tenerife. All airports are open with regular flights landing at TFS close to us. The Ports and Marinas are open to our yachts as usual with many bars and restaurants still opening for business.

The precautionary measures are still in place. The wearing of masks is obligatory – as is the case everywhere. Once seated at a bar or restaurant, masks are removed only to be used when moving away from the table.

The Canary Sail initiatives on board our yachts, and in particular the taking and displaying of crew temperature twice daily are well received giving clients on board the confidence their fellow crew are in good health.

Our Sailing Course and Sail Cruise weeks have gone very smoothly since our relaunch on 1st August with 1, 2 and more recently 3 yachts out each week.

The Canary Island authorities are hopeful that  a revision of various country´s quarantine restrictions on return from the Islands will soon be made in the light of this downward trend in new cases.

Some clients are rescheduling until later. However, the majority are arriving, respecting the anti Covid measures and leaving having had a great sailing experience.

Canary Sail continue to offer rescheduling for all clients who´s arrival to us or sailing with us is affected by any future Covid 19 related travel restrictions or Government directives. Such reschedules are offered through to the end of 2021!

We remain very optimistic for the future and hope to hear from you all soon.

With kind regards,

Jim Grey – Principal

02/08/20 – Despite quarantine decisions made in the UK last week, Canary Sail re launched as planned yesterday with 3 clients from England.

Yacht Cora was pristine as we welcomed the excited crew for their sailing skills courses.

Reaction to the UK restrictions are mixed. Some have taken advantage of our re scheduling pledge, some will wait for clarity before booking and others arrive regardless.

All our measures outlined below are in place and we are ready to sail again. Next week we run our Western Canary Islands Cruise.

We all hope soon for more clarity on how the UK might review the Canary Islands travel situation in light of the very low Covid 19 incidents/statistics here compared with Peninsular Spain.

Thank you all who have contacted Canary Sail and for those who delay awaiting more news, we do hope to welcome you soon.

Watch this space…..

Best regards,

Jim Grey – Principal

12/07/20 – Re launch of our sailing activities is on schedule for Saturday August 1st.

Senor Torres the Canarian governor said last week “Today is a happy day after all these months of suffering” following the statement from the World Tourism Organisation that the Canary Islands have been chosen as a “particularly safe” space for 21st century and post-pandemic tourism.

The restrictions here are eased but caution is still in place and monitored vigilantly , particularly for social distancing.

Measures taken by Canary Sail are guided by the RYA and Canarian authorities recommendations with our own initiatives also to be implemented on board our yachts, for example: 

  • twice daily “remote devise” temperature checks of all crew members  
  • open display record/chart of crew temperature readings
  • provision of face masks 
  • provision of sanitiser soaps for hand cleansing
  • provision of disposable paper towels for hand drying (no hand towels)
  • catering gloves for food preparation
  • supply of a new, clean packed chopping board each week
  • strict guidelines for the crew to respect responsible social distancing particularly when ashore
The yachts, contents dishes and cutlery will be sterilized each week.
Mattress & pillow covers/protectors will be fitted and cleaned and changed each week
Bedding & towels with be cleaned as always
Towels will be colour coded (different colours with emphasis on use of own towels)
All food & drinks with be replaced with new packs each week!
The life jackets will be clearly numbered and changed each week. Those taken off will be cleaned and quarantined as advised under the RYA guidelines.

Bookings are coming in again as we dovetail these together with our re scheduled clients who were affected since the March lock down restrictions. All those booking with Canary Sail are offered re scheduling through to the end of 2021 for any Covid-19 related restrictions if they occur.

We hope to hear from you soon and to welcome you to our fresh looking facility with the yachts presented in pristine condition.

Thank you all

Best regards

Jim Grey – Principal

18/05/20 – Spain has indicated an extension to the “State of Emergency” for a further month to 24th June. Stages of ease of the Spanish lock down have recently been introduced regionally with the Canary Islands fairing well. Phase 1 has been in place for a week with Phase 2 due to be implemented in a week from now.

We remain cautious in our approach to the re introduction of sailing activities being very aware of continuing restrictions in the areas of flight entry, quarantine and social distancing measures currently still in place. Much will depend on the status of individual visiting nationalities to the Canaries.

Meanwhile we remain very active and invest heavily in yacht maintenance, bringing our fleet to “Tip-Top” condition in readiness to welcome you all as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We continue to take no obligation reservations for September/October – no deposit to pay until dates are finally confirmed and flights can be secured.

Meanwhile please stay safe and we so hope to see you all here as soon as is possible.

Best wishes,

Jim Grey – Principal

Canary Sail

19/04/20 – Unofficial reports suggest a phased lifting of restrictions in site through May/June here in the Canaries. Further time is likely for other affected areas/Countries.

Given this, Canary Sail offer the following:

“Stay at Home…..”

On-Line Navigation Theory Courses through Splash Sea School. Prepare for your practical sailing courses with Canary Sail. In partnership with Splash during this crisis, we reduce the cost to you, our clients:

Splash Sea School Theory Courses through Canary Sail – RYA Day Skipper & Coastal/Yachtmaster – just €265

“Back to Normal…?”

Our proposed restart date is 1st August 2020. Canary Sail´s 2nd initiative offers “no obligation/no deposit” reservations for practical sailing courses out of our Tenerife, San Miguel marina facility again from August 2020. Again with reduced Special Summer Prices through to September 5th, we are taking reservations already from 1st August 2020 – No deposit required until dates and flights are confirmed.

We are here to answer any queries and look forward to hearing from you.

Stay safe and best wishes to you all.

Jim Grey – Principal

Canary Sail

05/04/20 – Spain have proposed an extension to current restrictions through to 26th April 2020. This is still to be sanctioned legally early next week. There are reports, yet to be confirmed that the Canary Islands will be handed back autonomy in the decision making for policy within the Canary Islands which had been taken over by the Government of Spain at commencement of the restrictions.

Here at Canary Sail, we sit tight waiting for restrictions to be eased – both here and elsewhere. We continue to take reservations for later this year on our “no-obligation/no deposit” sailing course, cruise and charter initiative.

Furthermore, we are taking an increasing number of bookings for our “Splash Sea School” On-Line Theory Courses. Clients take advantage of the extra time at home and pre-study navigational theory in readiness for their practical sailing courses with Canary Sail later on. Please email us should you wish to avail of this facility. We will honour this discounted “package” of combined Theory and Practical when booked through Canary Sail. The practical sailing courses can be reserved or simply booked later when normality resumes.

Meanwhile, we wish you good health. Take care and stay safe.

Our thanks and best wishes to you all.

Jim Grey – Principal

Canary Sail

23/03/20 – During the last week of recreational restrictions here in the Canary Islands, our team spent the time supporting those who had joined us for sailing courses, cruises and charter before the action was announced. Those clients have stayed as guests on our yachts awaiting flights home. We have assisted with a Supermarket shopping service for provisions and with travel logistics for them to get home.

The yachts are now all vacated – a great opportunity for us to tidy up and maintain those areas which slip by in the busyness of our thriving sailing school activities.

The new yacht due for purchase will go ahead – a 2015 Bavaria 41 “Cruiser” will join our fleet by the end of this April as planned, ready for the recovery once the restrictions are lifted. We will be ready!

These restrictions are currently in place here in the Canaries updated just today until 12th April. It is quite probable these restrictions will be extended.

Clients who have booked already will be re scheduled to later dates, if necessary even into 2021. We are not in a position to offer any refunds. Thank you, your loyalty and support is much appreciated.

The really great news is that RESERVATIONS are still being placed with Canary Sail for Sailing Courses, Cruises and Charter for dates through this summer and beyond!

For those wishing to plan ahead and reserve sailing activities with us, we offer tentative dates later from this summer with NO DEPOSITS/NO FLIGHTS required. Simply email or call us with your required dates and we will send a “no obligation reservation” with booking deposits due only when the “Coronavirus All Clear” is announced. We hope to hear from you soon.

Meanwhile, our best wishes go out to you all.

Wishing you strength and resolve through this crisis.

Stay safe and we hope to meet you soon.

Thank you.

Jim Grey – Principal

Canary Sail

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