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June 18 Corona virus - Denmark opens further
Citizens form nearly all European countries will soon be able to enter Denmark. At the moment it's only Sweden and Portugal where the number of infected persons is too high. However a demand to the visitors of staying 6 consecutive nights on the same locations still remains. But the pressure on the government builds and there is a firm belief that this demand will soon fall.
"Effective 27 June, the Danish Government will implement a new model for opening the borders and easing travel advice for countries in the EU and Schengen area, as well as the UK. The model establishes a number of objective criteria, including a low number of infected persons, which will determine the countries for which the borders will be opened."
Read the Danish Foreign Ministry's PRESS RELEASE HERE
The bascule bridge remains a bascule bridge
The bascule bridge in Nykøbing F was planed to be closed permanently as a part of the new Fehmern project that will connect Denmark with Germany in 2028. A closure of the bridge would in reality mean a closure of Guldborgsund southern part which is a truly unique and beautiful area that is sailable for boats with depth less than 2 m. Many of the German participants in Vegvisir Race use the southern part when doing the delivery before and after the race.
It was mainly the very engaged sailors from the co-arranging sailing clubs that showed persistency and tactical skills when they out played the professional lobbyists from the Fehmern connection and the Danish Railroad Network. Great work indeed!
June 12 Corona virus - Borders to open for sailors
Good News! On June 11 the Danish organisation FLID, that unites the Danish Marinas, broke the news that the corona-lockdown of Denmark is easing rapidly now. That means that persons that live in Schleswig Holstein from June 15 can cross the border and travel freely in Denmark WITHOUT having to comply with a demand of having a "worthy purpose" for entering the country. They only need to prove that they really do live in Schleswig Holstein. ALSO the existing demand of 6 days stay in the same place will expire from June 15.
The Vegvisir Race Team is in close contact with FLID. The organisation is working hard to making the Danish marinas and hence Danish waters open to all European sailors.
We'll keep you updated on the issue.
APRIL 7 Corona virus - Vegvisir Race will take place
Last evening on April 6 the Danish primeminister Mette Frederiksen gave a “state of the nation” speech followed by press conference. It was about the corona virus situation and how we in Denmark slowly, slowly will try to get back to some kind of normal or maybe some kind of new normal. That is including a cancellation of all events gathering crowds of people from now on and until the end of August.
"THIS MEANS THAT VEGVISIR RACE 2020 WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN
- as the race starts on SEP 3rd."
The municipality of Guldborgsund, the five co-arranging sailing clubs and Shorthand ECM have been following the development in Denmark and Europe and truly it has been a tough time looking at events and regattas throughout the spring and summer being shut down one by one – let alone the Olympics in Japan in July/August.
We've got a green light!
As we now have a green light to move on that’s exactly what we are going to do. For us the essence of Vegivisir Race is to get you - our participants - on the water in Guldborgsund, Smålandshavet and in the Baltic Sea to compete with your friends and fellow shorthanded adventure racers as you set out to find your own inner Vegvisir through an experience of adventure sail racing in the days and nights in the beginning of September while you'll be coping with the wind and the waves under the September full moon.
We have full focus on the race!
That’s why our attention is on getting the race management in place from the moment the participants will come to Nykøbing either by car and trailer boat or by sea followed by the safety check, the dockout, the starts, the safety surveillance of the fleets, and the finish line back in Nykøbing.
We have already done it for three years and we are trying to improve every year. This year, 2020 and maybe for some years to come we'll need to learn the new skill of being together apart. Social distancing is a new thing that we need to learn how to deal with in our event management.
Social distance for solo-sailors!
As the racing is either singlehanded or doublehanded the participants will have limited problems of keeping the social distance on their boats. However most of our activities ashore will have to be reinvented. We don’t know yet how we are going to do it. But we will for sure take actions which mean that neither participants nor volunteers will be endangered due to corona virus during Vegvisir Race.
A New Vegvisir Race Experience
We are certain that many of you are longing to get on the water to do what we all love to do as sailors. We believe that we will be able to create the perfect setup for serious 2Star and singlehanded racing. We also believe that we will be able to give you all and ourselves a new Vegvisir Race Experience to be remembered.
See you all in September