2020 Optimist World Champs cancelled

Published on July 14th, 2020

The Optimist Class has confirmed that based on the current uncertainty regarding international travel, quarantine requirements, and increased infections of COVID-19 worldwide, the 2020 Optimist World Championship is cancelled.

The 2020 Optimist World Championship had been scheduled to take place July 1-11 in Riva del Garda, Italy, but when the event was postponed due to COVID-19, and the host withdrew, the International Class received bids from Brazil, Hong Kong, and Spain to host the 2020 Worlds. However, none met the stringent requirements in light of the current world situation.

This decision was based on the view that the health and safety of our sailors is a top priority. Additionally, a World Championship must be inclusive and global in nature. In today’s environment, with quarantine restrictions and too many uncertainties, this was not possible.

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