The Caribbean Sailing Association announced its five-year Winter Series International Race Calendar with events starting as early as November and the CSA website lists many additional events. Most of our member nations from the islands affected by the passing of Hurricane Irma have checked in and confirmed that planning continues for the coming season and we are confident that regattas and sailing events will proceed without interruption, even in the most severely affected islands. CSA members and friends are working together with those islands to assist in the recovery process.
Want to help? You can make donations and send aid for those in need (see below), but one of the most helpful things you can do is proceed with your plans to visit our shores, participate in our regattas and recommend to your friends and peers that they do the same. Don’t delay until next season. Tourism is the life blood of Caribbean economies and they need your continued support to ensure they recover and those hit hardest bounce back quickly.
President of the Caribbean Sailing Association, Kathy Lammers, encourages you to proceed with your plans for the coming season: ‘Our hearts go out to our friends, neighbours and colleagues who have been severely impacted by Hurricane Irma and we wish you a full and speedy recovery. The CSA is confident that our regattas and events will go on so please proceed with your plans to visit us this season and submit your online entries early. The sun still shines, the water is still warm and the ever-present trade winds won’t let you down.’
The CSA looks forward to welcoming you once again to the Caribbean.
A list of charities and resources in aid of those islands most affected by Hurricane Irma can be found here: https://caribbean-sailing.com/how-to-help-those-devastated-by-hurricane-irma/.