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Pitching in For the Crisis
Just like most industries in the world over the past couple of months, global sailing has become overwhelmed with news of cancellations and restrictions. Cruise lines are grounded and sailing events are being called off across the globe and millions of sailors are not allowed to sail for now. But, even as the marine industry is brought to its knees with the pandemic sweeping through the world, they are also banding together in the fight. Here are some examples of industry players doing their part in redirecting resources to help in the battle against the virus:
- Ankor in Portland has begun making masks instead of their usual business which is doing canvas work like manufacturing dodgers and sails.
- Before they were forced to close for business, Irish Boat Shop in Charlevoix donated over 5,500 pairs of gloves and around 250 N-95 masks to the healthcare system.
- Also mandated to shut their doors under lockdown rules, Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville made sure their N-95 masks went to good use by donating them to Johns Hopkins Medicine Coronavirus Resource Centre.
- Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, an America’s Cup challenger, manufactured face shields and delivered them to hospitals in the area.
- Kinder Industries and Quantum Sails in Bristol both began manufacturing masks and protective shields for local hospitals.
- European OneSails lofts begun to construct protective equipment for health workers.
- North Sails in Milford changed their production output from manufacturing sails to making protective masks.
- Team One Newport made a donation of cotton tees to a mask manufacturing organisation.
- Switlik in New Jersey shifted their focus from making life rafts and life vests to manufacturing protective shields for healthcare professionals.
- Ullman Sails lofts located in Newport Beach, Puerta Vallarta and in Cape Town in South Africa have switched production to personal protective wear like suits, shields and masks.
- UK Sailmakers lofts in Sidney, New York, Norway, Ukraine, Spain and Ireland are all manufacturing isolation gowns.
As we are experiencing one of the most challenging times in history, it is encouraging to know that the people of our industry are standing together to help in this terrible battle.