Coronavirus Brings San Diego Sailboat Racing to a Stop

Like all sporting events all over the world, the Coronavirus pandemic has ended the San Diego sailboat racing season before it got started.

On March 19th, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide shelter-in-place order prompting local yacht clubs and other organizing authorities to announced postponement or cancellation of upcoming races, regattas, and boat shows.

Dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues and gyms are specifically mentioned as prohibited from opening.

Even the Golden Globe Race was pushed by until 2023, giving the racers time to wait out the pandemic before preparing for the race.

Additionally, the first two events of the America’s Cup World Series (Cagliari, Italy and Portsmouth, England) have been canceled.

Port of San Diego Remains Open With Limited Service

While the Port of San Diego remains open for business, they have implemented a number of proactive measures aimed at reducing the spread of and minimizing exposure to COVID-19:

  • Port parks, beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches are closed as of March 24. Read more here.
  • The Administration Building, located at 3165 Pacific Highway in San Diego, is closed to the public.
  • Members of the public with Port-related requests are encouraged to call or email the Customer Service Center at 619.686.6200 or customerservice@portofsandiego.org or submit a request via the Port’s Service Portal.
  • In order to help protect the health and safety of the public, employees, and property, and in support of operations, services, and businesses operating on and around San Diego Bay, the Port of San Diego has proclaimed a local emergency due to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Read more here.
  • Port of San Diego Harbor Police dispatch and public safety services remain in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Maritime operations and public services, such as maintenance of parks, promenades, and other public spaces and facilities, continue.

The Port will continue to follow the lead of San Diego County Health & Human Services, the California Department of Public Health, the CDC, and the World Health Organization (WHO) in implementing protocols for public spaces, businesses, and in messaging to the community.

Port of San Diego
The Dread Pirate Dave

David is the Editor in Chief of Postcards From the Edge. I was born on a cold November morning on the showy plains of Colorado. Like my father, before me, I am an American Nomad.

View stories