2020 Star World Championship cancelled

Published on August 12th, 2020

The 2020 Star World Championship, planned for November 13-21, has been cancelled due to the health restrictions of COVID-19. Originally planned for January 31-February 8 in the Bahamas, the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the region led to the now cancelled event being moved to Miami, FL.

The decision to cancel the event was based on several factors, but included the following:

1. Safety: With the current COVID-19 situation in Florida and in other parts of the country, the committee feels that holding this event would pose a health risk to Club members, staff, and the competitors and that any proposed safety measures would not adequately mitigate the risk.

2. Fairness: With travel bans on Brazil, Canada, and Europe, the event would not be a fair world championship.

3. Lack of Sponsorship – Given the economic crisis in the US and in Miami-Dade County where over 3,000 businesses have closed permanently, finding sponsorship and holding a quality event would be impossible.

4. Government Restriction and Club Rules: Biscayne Bay and Coral Reef Yacht Clubs are both operating in a limited capacity under County and City imposed restrictions which include members-only use, mandatory face masks, limits on the number of members per table, and no bar service. In addition, there is outside dining only. These restrictions are likely to continue into the fall and make holding any sizable regatta impossible.

Source: Star Class

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