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Battening Down the Hatches in Constructive Ways
Sailing businesses are facing choppy economic times, and sailors are growing increasingly frustrated about restrictions on maritime activities during the COVID-19 outbreak. While many of those who engage in sailing activities are now indefinitely stuck on dry land, some of them are not letting the global health crisis crush their hopes of sailing again one day. Some have even taken to creative ways to keep hope afloat. Here’s how three crafty British sailors have been doing so.
Dee Caffari Is Helping Others Cope
Record-breaking solo yachtswoman Dee Caffari has been helping others with the emotional and mental challenges of the lockdown by sharing her experiences of solo sailing around the world. After all, sailors have a unique advantage in that they’ve had to live alone in small quarters for long periods of time with the uncertainty of weather conditions.
Lou Bundon Keeps Maintaining Her Boat
This sailor is using lockdown to carry out maintenance on her yacht instead of staying at home. According to Lou, she’d go stir-crazy in the house since she spends most of her time on boats anyway. Besides catching up on maintenance, Lou is also developing online training resources for clients in the hope of keeping them engaged in the sport.
Peter Sanders Is Making PPE
Boat-crafter Peter Sanders was determined to keep working yet wanted to help others as well. He decided to use his business to make protective gear for healthcare workers. Peter’s sewing and laser-cutting expertise have come to good use with hospitals across the UK snapping up the equipment he builds.
Although these sailors have not been able to get into the water, they are not letting it get them down. Instead, they are focusing their time on doing something positive and constructive. Like so many other sailors, they are used to dealing with storms while sailing towards fairer weather.