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The National Hospice Regatta Alliance has decided to cancel the 2020 Hospice Regattas Championship, the three-day regatta which had been re-scheduled to mid-November in Charleston, SC.
Alliance president Mark LeNeave announced the decision “with regret” in e-mails to skippers who had been nominated to compete by local hospice regattas.
“After 20 consecutive years of conducting our Championship, the Alliance board is disappointed, like many of you,” LeNeave said.
“But after regular consultation with our partners in Charleston, we conclude it will not be possible to conduct a multi-day regatta with competitors traveling from other parts of the U.S.,” he added.
Like many yacht clubs and sailing organizations, the Alliance has been following guidance from US Sailing, which cautioned that national regattas for out-of-state competitors might not be possible in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this year, both Charleston Race Week (April) and the Melges 24 World Championship (May) in Charleston had been canceled.
“Like those who canceled other major sailing events scheduled for Charleston, we give highest priority to the health and well-being of our sailors, our partners, and the greater Charleston community,” LeNeave declared.
The Alliance’s volunteer board members also heeded commentary by Craig Leweck, editor of Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
“How can we consider NOOD Regattas, Big Boat Series, and anything else that requires travel and championship-style racing?” Leweck asked.
“And wondering if we try, how we possibly can,” Leweck continued. “We don’t know. Can’t know. Can’t find it on a chart.”
Looking ahead, the Alliance continues to partner with the College of Charleston Sailing Association, local yacht clubs, and Roper Hospice to have “a great Hospice Regattas Championship in Charleston” next year, LeNeave said.
“Over the coming weeks,” he added, “the Alliance and our partners will address how to accommodate skippers from 2019 who would have competed this year, as well as those who will be nominated this year for the 2021 event.
“Having a safe, fair, and fun event is our top priority,” he concluded.
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