Does Sail Training International require a negative COVID-19 test before trainees can embark and if so, how will this be monitored?
Whilst we recommend that trainees are tested before boarding, we do not require negative tests ourselves. It is the vessel operator’s responsibility to ensure that individuals are COVID-19 free.
Please refer to the individual Host Port Captain’s Manuals once issued and check with the individual host port for specific port requirements.
Will ports require COVID-19 Vaccine Passports?
Ports will operate according to local regulations in place at the time. Please keep up to date on those requirements through the ports links above.
Are ports prepared to host participating vessels for full quarantine period if required?
Will vessels be accepted into port if they have had positive cases on board and are still within the required quarantine period?
Vessels with positive cases will be accepted and will have to berth on quarantine quays identified by the Host Ports.
Will my voyage to the Host Port count as part of the quarantine requirement for the country of arrival?
Each Host Port is currently working on approval for such a situation.
Can ports guarantee that the crew will be allowed ashore during their stay in port?
Vessels and those onboard will have to conform to the regulations in place in each port at the time. We anticipate that crew will be allowed ashore but limits upon the numbers in any group, but this is subject to change.
If crew are not allowed ashore, will they have access to facilities and provisions (showers, toilets, fuel, water, sail makers etc)?
In the event that crew are not allowed ashore, then support for facilities and provisions will be available.
Is the port able to confirm that ships will not be asked to raft up next to each other to ensure vessels can maintain their contact bubbles?
The current berthing plans do not include any vessels rafting up.
Will ships and their crew need to register for track and trace system in port?
At time of writing it is unlikely that ships and their crew will need to register for track and trace in port, but this is to be confirmed and any requirements will be communicated to vessel operators and Captains.
Are any ports available for vessels as ports of refuge on the way to the Race, during the Race and on the way back to their home port after the Race?
Whilst not officially engaged a number of ports have shown a willingness to support vessels in transit – please contact email@example.com if you would like to discuss this further.
What in port trainee and crew activities can be expected?
Each port has made plans for activities according to the situation and guidelines that exist at the time, which will be dependant on the level of COVID-19 restrictions in place.
Will vessels be able to host on board receptions?
Vessels will be able to host receptions according to their flag state regulations and the regulations in place in the Host Port at the time.
Is the intention of Host Ports for vessels to offer open ship?
Decisions regarding open ship will be made according to the situation and guidelines that exist at the time, which will be dependant on the level of COVID-19 restrictions in place. Please check with individual Host Ports to confirm any arrangements.
Is there a standard list of COVID-19 safety materials that should be carried onboard?
You can examples of protocol documents and templates in our COVID-19 Document Library on our Captains Page.