- Prevention of Transmission of COVID-19
Whilst nothing can guarantee to be 100% COVID-safe, we needed something which had been tested and proven to be effective against coronaviruses.
- Ease and Speed of Application
We wanted to be able to quickly make a boat usable for a new crew without needing an army of volunteers or specialist equipment.
There could be no concerns over safety for those using the cleaned equipment or those who may be doing the cleaning between users.
- Environmental Impact
Many cleaning solutions do not degrade and will build up over time; potentially causing even greater problems in the future. Given the nature of the sport, it is inevitable that whatever product is used will end up in the water. It therefore must be as safe as possible for use in a marine environment.
- Impact on Equipment
The equipment, boats and clothing we use in sailing is complex and involves lots of different materials. Frequent cleaning should not have any impact on any equipment.
- Zero Residue
It was important that there should be no surface residue that could become slippery or have an impact on the safe operation of equipment.
Finally, any solution should not be so expensive that its use may be limited by concerns over cost.
Team Racing Footnote
Wider restrictions have meant we have not yet been able to run a Team Racing event; we have worked hard with Clubs, including Spinnaker Sailing Club to make robust sanitisation plans for the UKTRA Championships that should have happened in March. There are Team Racing events planned in the reasonably near term; Zwype will be helping them happen! #LetsGoSailing #TeamRacingIsAwesome