11 May RACE UPDATE May 11, 2020
May 11, 2020
Εveryone, worldwide, is feeling the impact of this coronavirus storm that has affected our safest harbors both professionally and in our everyday lives. For this reason, the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club, organizing authority of AEGEAN 600 in cooperation with the Greek State, Authorities and Event Supporters deem appropriate to postpone the start of AEGEAN 600 that was initially scheduled for June 14th.
Given the above, the Organizing Committee would like to confirm to you our intention to host the first edition of AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race, just exceptionally for this year, on September 6th , 2020, especially after the enthusiastic support we have received from most of the competitors already enrolled in the race. We believe that as life is slowly returning to normal, we need such a race to go back to activities we love and value most.
Greece, as of last week, is engaged in the first anxious efforts to leave behind the harsh restrictive measures of the lockdown imposed on March 23rd. With our country being in a phase of gradual lifting of measures against COVID-19, one of the primary goals of the government will be to open up the borders especially restoring international travel. Nevertheless, this has not been confirmed yet considering the further discussions needed from the EU member states.
As the issue of air travel is vitally important for all competitors and the result of the lockdown lifting is not ensured or guaranteed and there is a significant danger of backpedaling as the equation is complex with many variables, we stay alert and we will conclude our definite decision to host AEGEAN 600 by June 10th.
In any case, the Organizing Authority and the AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race will be fully committed to the health protocols in force, drafted by the Government and the World Sailing body.
Once more, we would like to thank you for your keen replies and concern about the success of the inaugural AEGEAN 600 Yacht Race event and we hope that future conditions will be suitable to meet you all in the Olympic Marine in Lavrion at the end of August.
For your information, AEGEAN 600 2021 edition will be sailed from 4 to 10 July 2021.
AEGEAN 600 Organizing Committee