10 Jun Inaugural edition of the AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race rescheduled to July 4th, 2021.
June 10, 2020
Dear Sailors, dear friends of AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race,
Thank you very much for your heartfelt desire to participate in the inaugural edition of the AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race which coincides with our own strong desire and efforts to organize the race this year. Our solid belief and great expectations for this new event is what kept us postponing the decision of whether or not to hold the race until the start of the summer season, when we would have a clearer view of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Unfortunately, due to the continuous uncertainty regarding international travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines imposed by certain countries, there is a real risk that some competitors may not be able to join this year’s edition. Furthermore, the global uncertainty about the spread of the pandemic continues while the Greek (and many other) State and health authorities have imposed restrictions enforcing social distancing. This has forced us to cancel all the entertainment and cultural side events that we had planned to offer in order to ensure pleasant and unique moments for you, your families and significant others, along with the opportunity to discover more about the cultural heritage of Greece.
In order to ensure the safety of this event, the AEGEAN600 Organising Committee – in addition to following the World Sailing guidelines for the protection of the health of sailing communities and the contingency plans required- requested an official authorization by the General Secretariat of Sports as well as by the National Committee of Public Health. The authorization was granted but on the condition that the aforementioned competent authorities will have the right to withdraw their initial approval on the basis of the evolution of epidemiological data. Under such uncertainty and with a sense of duty to protect our AEGEAN 600 participants, we have decided to postpone the AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race for next year, starting on July 4th, 2021.
We hope that conditions will improve by then and that your desire to be part of a beautiful race in the historic Aegean Sea will still be strong, so that we can all enjoy a world class race, in the picturesque setting of the Aegean Sea islands offering truly unique sailing memories.
AEGEAN 600 Organizing Committee