June 30, 2020
Dear HYC Members and Sailing Community,
Unfortunately, we have had to make the extremely difficult decision to cancel Hobcaw Yacht Club’s 58th annual open regatta, which was previously scheduled for July 11th – 12th of this year. Above all, regattas should be safe, fair and fun. In the face of rapidly escalating COVID-19 cases and after much deliberation, we have concluded that it is not possible for us to host a safe, fair and fun regatta this year.
With the regatta only eleven days away, we had to make a decision out of consideration for those previously planning to attend. For months, our regatta committee has been tracking COVID-19 in our local area. With the rate of increase in the last two weeks and after consultation with our medical support physician, we met last night to make a “go”/”no-go” decision. We discussed various options to meet the RRS 1 – Safety requirements. After careful consideration, we made the only prudent decision we could.
No one is more disappointed by the situation than our regatta committee. We have spent countless hours planning to make this a safe, fun and competitive event for all sailors, their families, coaches, club members, and regatta volunteers. The HYC open regatta is truly the highlight of our year, every year.
If you registered to attend Hobcaw Yacht Club’s 58th Annual Open Regatta on July 11-12, 2020, there is no action that you need to take at this time. We will begin processing refunds automatically through Regatta Network. We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding of our decision.
Again, canceling the regatta was not an easy decision. As such, we are looking forward to next year’s event with great anticipation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Vice Commodore and Regatta Chairman
Brooks A. Melton