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Members gather off East Head, Chichester Harbour

Current UK Government restrictions may prevent members staying aboard overnight but that didn't prevent an HROA lunchtime 'rally'.

As the hastily assembled legal frame work still appears to view boats as 'second homes', the UK Government has only lifted the restrictions around sailing to allow day sails. After calling four of the largest marina operators, it is clear that all of us based in marina berths have been clearly instructed not to stay overnight at our moorings, unless we are permanent 'live aboard'. Four Harbour Masters offices contacted that answered the phone or email confirmed that their harbour does not allow overnight stays on boats on moorings or in anchorages. We can only hope that this might change soon, as it is hard to imagine how HROA members self isolating on their yachts could possibly increase the famous 'R' number to trigger a rise in transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Some members report that they still do not have access at all to their home berths, some are on the hard waiting to be launched, and those that keep their HRs abroad are hard hit by the restrictions in travel with little protect of access to their boats for the summer at all. This is a year none of us will ever forget.

So for now, the HROA scheduled events for 2020 sadly have to remain cancelled, but there is nothing to stop members gathering for an impromptu 'pop up' style 'daylight' rally. Here in our picture Fire Dragon and Bela Rosa, from the deck of Minke II gather over lunchtime in Chichester Harbour. Any members wanting to organise a get together could use our private Facebook HROA Cruising page to post any plans and invite other boats.