With border closures being announced by many governments around the world, it may be time to accept that international competition in powerboat racing could well be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
It’s fairly clear that we have arrived a different stage in this global health crisis.
With an expensive vaccine roll-out being undertaken, governments are now loathed to risk its success and the last thing they want is a future mutated virus entering their country in the fear that it could be resistant to the current crop of vaccines.
The UK have just introduced a mandatory 10 day hotel quarantine period on arrival.
Foreign nationals from 30 countries where new variants have been identified (including South Africa, Portugal and South American nations) are also not allowed entry to the UK.
Hotel quarantine for arrivals have already been introduced by other countries, including Australia, China and New Zealand.
Things aren’t going to change quickly and at some point, we will all have to face the fact that what was taken for granted in 2019 isn’t going to be allowed in 2021.
International ‘Elite Sports’ are still allowed international competition such as the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, football, cricket and tennis, however, those select competitions have huge money behind them to allow travel under the new protocols.
International powerboat racing can be classed as an elite sport, but it certainly doesn’t have the budget.
With that being the case, it’s surely the time to think about strengthening national racing.
For offshore racing, the APBA have announced a strong calendar in the US and Britain’s UKOPRA have four events lined up including the 60th anniversary of competition from Cowes.
The small world we have grown accustomed too may have got bigger all of a sudden, but this could be the time to concentrate on our national racing in preparation for a return to the world stage in a happier future.