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COVID-19 and sailing

We hope you are all safe and healthy.

Most of the daily life in the world is affected by the coronavirus. Many countries shut down. Many sailing events are cancelled for the time being and some international waters may no longer be navigated. How long this will last is hard to say.

It will be a hard time for everybody involved in the sailing business. But let’s not forget this situation will go over.

In the meanwhile, we are busy preparing a completely new website. The aim of this website will be to provide you with a better overview of all the different events, boats, type of sailing, and where you can sail.

We try to keep you up to date with cancelled and postponed events underneath this article.

We wish you health and safety during these difficult times and hope to see you in future on one of the boats for a sailing event.

Cancelled or postponed sailing events

  • March 27: The Cork Week Regatta, the IRC European Championships, and many other activities organised by the ROYAL Cork Yacht Club, who was going to have their Tricentenary celebrations in July, have all been cancelled. The oldest yacht club in the world announced that they took this difficult decision in conjunction with their partners to safeguard the health of sailors, visitors, volunteers and the community at large, and to give certainty to those participants and visitors who had scheduled to come to Cork in July. RORC’s Morgan Cup race, scheduled for 8th July was to act as a feeder race for the Cork Tricentenary Celebrations, however due to the cancellation, the course will no longer head to Ireland. At this stage there is no planned replacement course, but it likely to finish in the vicinity of the Solent.
  • March 27: The Cervantes Trophy race from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Le Havre, France scheduled for the 8th May has been cancelled. Le Havre port remains closed and is unlikely to re-open until later in May or early June.
  • March 27: RORC’s North Sea Race which starts from Royal Harwich Yacht Club and sails to the Dutch port of Scheveningen has been cancelled. The race – which was due to start on 22nd May – has traditionally joined forces with Scheveningen Yacht Club’s North Sea Regatta (the Vuurschepen Offshore Race) which was to celebrate its 75th regatta anniversary. Dutch authorities have currently closed the port, the Club, and limited recreation activities until 1st June. events will take place in 2021.
  • March 27: the Vice Admiral’s Cup Regatta, scheduled for 15th-17th May is cancelled. This inshore regatta has enjoyed considerable growth in recent years and has become a ‘must-do’ event for one-design and specialist classes. With competitors needing to confirm details for the regatta, and with the RORC Cowes Club House being closed in line with Government guidelines, it was felt prudent and in the interest of all parties to cancel the event early.
  • March 26: Vic-Maui’s trustees and committee chairs have concluded that it is in the best interests of competitors and other stakeholders to cancel the 2020 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. The race had been scheduled to start in July 2020. More
  • March 26: The CYCA has announced the postponement of the PONANT Sydney Noumea Yacht Race until June/July 2021 and the postponement (but likely cancellation) of the Noakes Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race until after the end of the COVID-19 restrictions.
  • March 20: this year’s Round the Island Race is rescheduled from May 30 to 26 September. More
  • March 19: the RORC Easter Challenge which was due to take place in the Solent between 10-12th April is cancelled. Antigua Sailing Week is cancelled and will happen in 2021
  • March 17: the 73rd annual Newport to Ensenada Yacht International Race is rescheduled until April 23, 2021. More
  • March 16: Regata del Sol al Sol scheduled for 24 April 2020 has been postponed to next year More
  • March 16: the 2020 Antigua Bermuda Race has been cancelled after consultation with both the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda and Bermuda. The Start was planned on May 6. More
  • March 15: the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) 2020, originally scheduled for March 27-29 has been postponed. More
  • March 14: 2020 St Barth Bucket Regatta is cancelled More
  • March 13: the BVI Spring Regatta Board has been instructed to postpone the 2020 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival as a matter of public health and safety. More

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