Another one bites the dust...no surprise though as other events farther into the year have already been cancelled as well
The California Offshore Race Week Organizers - San Diego Yacht Club, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club & Encinal Yacht Club have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 California Offshore Race Week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As representatives of our Yacht Clubs, we believe in the practice of safety as a way of life offshore. Our position has always been that we can only conduct the race if conditions for competitors and local populations made it safe to do so. After continuing to seek guidance from numerous government and medical advisors, it has become evident there is no longer a timeline allowing our sailors and supporters to prepare for and participate in this offshore race safely.
We are heeding the WHO and CDC guidance that stopping the spread of COVID-19 requires the practice of social distancing and self-quarantine immediately. Preparing boats for an offshore race takes time, commitment, and logistics that may expose communities and families unnecessarily.
If you have registered for one of the events, your entry fee will be refunded in the next two weeks.
We have also considered the possibility of running the 3 events that compromise the California Offshore Race Week separately. However, due to the nature of the event and the unique opportunity to participate in 1, 2 or 3 events, we have decided to cancel the event until 2021.
We would like to say thank you to all competitors for their support, encouragement and understanding as we have navigated this unprecedented and uncertain time.
We would like to also thank everyone for their past participation in the California Offshore Race Week. We will be back in 2021 with a better than ever event.
Finally, I would like to recognize all of the volunteers and yacht clubs that make this event possible.
Manuel B Gomez - San Diego YC
Bill Guilfoyle - Santa Barbara YC
Scott Brubaker - Monterey Peninsula YC
Jens Jensen - Encinal YC