Vic-Maui has completed a review related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 Vic-Maui. This review was undertaken with input from the skippers of all of the entered boats.
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. Most remaining training courses and qualifying events leading up to Vic-Maui have already been cancelled. Current public health guidance is for people to practice social distancing and to stay at home for all but essential reasons. Travel restrictions are in place, borders are closed, quarantine requirements are in effect, and the timeline for a return to normalcy is unknown.
The decision to cancel the 2020 Vic-Maui has been taken now rather than later in order to allow competitors, volunteers, families, friends, and supporters to focus on being safe and staying healthy, and to encourage compliance with public health advice during the boat preparation and team development phase prior to the race itself. Without this early cancellation, safety now (public health) and safety later (being fully prepared for offshore sailing) could both be at risk.
Mahalo – thank you – to our 2020 Vic-Maui community – competitors, volunteers, families, friends, and supporters. We recognize and appreciate all your efforts and support. We look forward to planning and sailing a future Vic-Maui together when conditions have improved. In the meantime, be safe and stay healthy.
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by Vic-Maui International Yacht Race