Annual yacht race cancelled... but it could make waves online!

Annual yacht race cancelled... but it could make waves online!

by Danielle Thompson (May 2020)

DUE to the global pandemic, the West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race committee has made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the 24 Hour Race in its traditional format.

In its place, they will be hosting an alternative, virtual, eSailing event, with organisers saying that they aim to ‘embrace the best elements of what we all love about this unique race.’

Ian Hughes, honorary secretary of the West Lancashire Yacht Club said: “During the last few weeks, life has changed for so many of us, and even though September is still a fair way off, it's just not possible to predict when we will return to normal or what the new normal will look like. We appreciate that the cancellation of the full 24 Hour Race is disappointing news.

“But over the weekend, with up to 2,000 people expected on site (including 800 competitors and as many as 250 volunteers keeping the event going), we cannot ensure the health, safety and well-being of all involved. Your safety is of paramount importance.

“Although the cancellation of on-the-water racing may well come as a great disappointment, we hope that you are as excited as we are for the launch of our eSailing alternative. We look forward to running our eSailing 24 Hour Race on 19/20 September 2020 then we’ll be back on the water next year on 11/12 September 2021.”

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