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Old 18-12-2020, 21:23   #1
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Sydney to Hobart almost certain to be cancelled

A Corona virus outbreak in the north of Sydney means that it is likely that up to a third of the yachts won’t be able to start the race.
Plus, if the declared “hot spot” is expanded to include all Sydney then no yachts will be able to start.

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Old 18-12-2020, 21:52   #2
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AND so much for travel bubbles!
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Old 18-12-2020, 22:39   #3
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Re: Sydney to Hobart almost certain to be cancelled

Without so many local boats able to participate, and with the prospect of many more identified cases (sorry, didn't do the maths), way better for everyone to cancel. I can just imagine the excesses of Covid19 racers in Tassie if they were allowed to come. Much better to cancel.

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Re: Sydney to Hobart almost certain to be cancelled

2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

19 Dec, 2020 09:00:00 PM

It is with great regret that the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announces that the 76th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will not be proceeding in 2020.

The impact of COVID-19 that has disrupted sporting events around the globe for so much of the year has added the Great Race to its list.

CYCA Commodore, Noel Cornish AM said, “We are bitterly disappointed to cancel the Race this year especially considering the plans and preparations we had put in place to have a COVID Safe race”.

“We were so well prepared to run the race and we’re only six days from the start. This is the first time in 76 years that the race will not be conducted”.

The primary consideration for the Club continues to be the safety of competitors, Members and staff along with the health and welfare of the people of NSW and Tasmania.

Following the announcement by the Tasmanian Premier, Peter Gutwein, this afternoon, it is now impracticable for the CYCA to conduct the Race under prevailing COVID-19 restrictions.

Yesterday, the Northern Beaches local government area of Sydney had been classified a “High Risk” zone which would prevent any residents from travelling to Tasmania. This afternoon, Greater Sydney was defined as “Medium Risk” whereby people entering Tasmania from Sydney are required to quarantine for fourteen days on arrival. As this restriction would apply to all competitors, families, race management and staff, it is unrealistic to proceed further with planning for the Race.

It is unlikely the restrictions and advice will lift in the immediate future. As such the immense logistics involved in reorganising and running a significant sporting event such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, as well as the planning and preparation required by crews, precludes the Club from postponing the race.

Alternative races had been carefully considered by the Club. However, in line with the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s request that all NSW residents limit their non-essential travel and interactions with others, it was felt that there were no other options that would allow for a COVID Safe replacement race.

“On behalf of the CYCA, I’d like to express my gratitude to our Competitors, Members, Volunteers, The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, New South Wales & Tasmanian Governments, and other stakeholders for the very close working relationships we’ve developed through the year to make the race a possibility”.

“A special thank you to our partner Rolex for their support of the race and our Club”.

“This race has a long and proud history and we look forward to continuing this exciting tradition next year”.
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Old 19-12-2020, 11:32   #5
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Re: Sydney to Hobart almost certain to be cancelled

As a Tasmanian resident I am grateful to Peter Gutwein and to the CYCA for having the courage and resolution to make this decision. As a sailor, I'm disappointed, but the health risks are so obvious and so serious that my disappointment is easily set aside.

Well done all of you, and we join in the hopes for a race next year.

Jim and Ann s/v Insatiable II, lying Port Cygnet Tasmania once again.
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I'm really sorry to hear that.
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Old 19-12-2020, 19:03   #7
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Re: Sydney to Hobart almost certain to be cancelled

I've never had my hopes up for this event to happen this year, as it requires a lot of support (and media) people to move between Sydney and Hobart.
The participants must be gutted and the sponsors as well, no doubt. A bit of a shame they had to cancel at the eleventh hour.
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