Cruising During the Pandemic 

Cruising Captain: Norman Plotkin

This spring and summer, Barefoot Sailors have not been able to enjoy our normal First Saturday Cruises or cruiser raft-ups and water socials.  Due to social distancing rules, it has not been possible for members without boats to enjoy sailing with boat owners. 

Going forward, until the social distancing rules are relaxed, and the COVID-19 virus is tamped down, it will not be possible to have organized social or cruising events. Boat owners, however, have been able to use their boats on the lake and several have informally rafted up, though everyone staying on their own boat to be “socially distant”. 

I encourage skippers to organize informal raft-ups or group sails with their friends and family.  Those that feel safe with guests may invite club members that do not have boats to sail along.  However, there can be no Club organized social events until the virus is licked and social distancing rules relaxed.

We all hope to be able to have organized social events in the future, but for now, there will be no organized cruise events. 

-Norman Plotkin
s/v Starcatcher

* Cruiser's Reading List *

Here is a shortlist of books to start with:


A World of My Own - by Robert Knox-Johnston - the first winner of the Sunday Times Golden Globe solo non-stop around the world race in 1998-1999.


The Long Way - by Bernard Moitessier - an entrant to the 1998-1999 Golden Globe solo around the world race -but after rounding Cape Horn on his way to the finish, he abandoned the race and continued west around Africa and Australia a 2nd time to stay in Tahiti. 


Becoming a Sailor - by Paul Trammell - buying and fixing up a cheap small boat and sailing from Florida's west coast to St Augustine alone.


Self Sufficient Sailor - by Lin & Larry Pardey - How to acquire and sail around the world and be self-sufficient.

Suggestions?  Email

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails!"
~ William A. Ward 

"The rules are there, the physical laws that we have slowly learned. If we obey them we have a chance of survival. It is no use knowing that your boat is heading toward the eye of a storm and praying to God to see you through.  That's not his job. It's your task to steer the boat away from the eye, and you are asking too much if you expect the boat to survive when you deliberately ignore the rules." 
~ Robert Knox-Johnston

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