Cowes Week, the UK’s largest and best-known sailing event, has cancelled the 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the encouraging progress being made towards the UK’s recovery from the disease, it was deemed unsafe to run such a large event on August 8-15 which brings many thousands of visitors to the small town of Cowes, England.
“We waited for as long as we realistically could to see how the situation might develop, on the basis that our competitors would want us to run the regatta if it were possible,” explained Laurence Mead, Regatta Director. “We appreciate the patience that everybody has shown while we have worked through different scenarios and would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have been on stand-by, ready to jump into action if needed.”
Competitors already entered will be contacted in the next few days and will be invited to roll over their 2020 entry to the 2021 regatta, when Cowes Week will be back as the highlight of the UK sailing season on its traditional dates of July 31 to August 7.
Published on June 5th, 2020