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J/70 Worlds and SailGP New York Canceled

J/70 Worlds in L.A. Canceled

“The International J/70 Class Association has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic,” writes Chris Howell, the class’s executive director. “On April 2, the International J/70 Executive Committee met specifically in regard to the upcoming World Championship to be held July 25-August 1 (in Los Angeles). The Executive Committee has determined that, because of the varying levels of infection and disruption across the world — and the reality that any return to normal sailing activity will also vary across the world — it is impossible to assure every Class member will have a fair chance to prepare for the commitment of a World Championship during 2020. Therefore, the Executive Committee, working with the Organizing Authority, has postponed the J/70 World Championship to be hosted by California Yacht Club to August 7-15, 2021. There will be no 2020 J/70 World Championship.”

J/70 Worlds in San Francisco
The boats may be small, but the competition is top-flight, and not cheap. We took this photo during the 2016 J/70 Worlds in San Francisco.
© 2020 Latitude 38 Media LLC / Chris

“With respect to other major J/70 Class events that remain on the schedule for 2020, the Executive Committee remains in constant discussions with these Organizing Authorities and expects to make decisions no less than 75 days prior to the scheduled date for those events,” continues Howell. “The Executive Committee will provide regular updates as needed. In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/70 sailors and their families the best in these difficult times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can.”

SailGP in New York Canceled

SailGP has suspended its 2020 season through the end of June. As a result, New York SailGP will not take place on June 12-13 as scheduled. SailGP will refund ticket purchases in full by the end of June.

50-ft cats in Manhattan
In 2019, the six SailGP 50-ft foiling catamarans raced in front of the Manhattan skyline.
© 2020 SailGP

This follows the previous cancellation of San Francisco’s event, which was to have been held on May 2-3. The next SailGP event is still on track for August 14-15 in Cowes, UK.

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The word 'yacht' has always bothered me. It’s simply too pretentious for my taste. When I go sailing, I don’t go to the yacht, I go to the boat, and there is a distinct difference.