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Message from IDA Officers (updated 30/3/21)
As the Covid pandemic continues to affect our lives – and our sailing – the IDA Officers have been faced with many questions about whether cancelled championship and Grand Prix events should be moved to different dates or venues.
While it is tempting to try to hold events at any cost the Officers feel that this must be balanced with the need to maintain the quality of the events both numerically and from an organisational point of view. We need to be sensitive to a number of different issues.
I hope this helps explain why the IDA Officers are acting with caution.
We have already seen the cancellation of the Europeans in Portals, the Portuguese Grand Prix in Cascais, and the French Grand Prix in Cannes. The Worlds and Gold Cup are still on track as we write this; we remain optimistic even though recent news of the pandemic is not good. We are encouraging organisers to stick to a 2 month cut off for decisions so that sailors can plan.
As happened in 2020, we expect that many local events will flourish, even though numbers of boats may be lower than usual. We hope that many national championships will take place as planned.
Jens Rathsack & the IDA Officers
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