ILCA World Championship Status Updates Related to COVID-19 (8 May 2020)

This page will serve as a repository for information pertaining to possible effects of COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus) outbreak on 2020 ILCA World Championship events. NOTE: THIS IS A RAPIDLY EVOLVING SITUATION. We will do our best to keep up with any developments and communicate information we have in a timely manner.

Update: 20 September 2020

Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 ILCA Laser Radial Women’s and Men’s World Championships have been postponed to late 2021. Dates for the Championships will be announced once the event been rescheduled.

Update: 8 May 2020

Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, ILCA has mutually agreed with our host organizations that conducting the remaining Laser World Championships in 2020 will not be viable as originally planned, and rescheduling for later in the year was not a workable option.
So, unfortunately for everyone involved in the planning of the Championships, and especially our sailors, the following events are being CANCELED:
  • 2020 Under-21 Worlds in Malcesine, Italy
  • 2020 4.7 Youth Worlds in Arco, Italy
  • 2020 Radial Youth Worlds in Dziwnów, Poland

The originally postponed 2020 Masters World Championships were also previously canceled.

Update: 21 April 2020

2020 Under-21 Worlds in Malcesine, Italy
2020 4.7 Youth Worlds in Arco, Italy
ILCA and our hosts continue to monitor the situation.  We anticipate that a final decision will be made about this event in the first week of May. Thank you for your continued patience.

2020 Radial Youth Worlds in Dziwnów, Poland
Although Entry offers were originally scheduled to be sent out beginning 22 April, in consultation with the hosts, at this time we are delaying the sending out of entry offers. We anticipate that a final decision about the status of this event will be made in early May.

 

Update: 31 March 2020

2020 Under-21 Worlds in Malcesine, Italy
2020 4.7 Youth Worlds in Arco, Italy
ILCA and our hosts continue to monitor the situation. While some parts of the world appear to be showing some improvement or at least stability, there are other parts of the world where things are just beginning to shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Given the high degree of uncertainty about the near future, we are continuing to delay sending out entry offers for a while longer, at least until mid/late April. In the meantime, as circumstances change, we are evaluating the viability of holding the event as scheduled or making alternate arrangements. Thank you for you patience.

2020 Radial Youth Worlds in Dziwnów, Poland
At this time no action is being taken, but the event remains under review.

 

Update: 13 March 2020

2020 ILCA Laser Masters in Geelong, Australia – POSTPONED INDEFINITELY

Based on safety and public health factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ILCA World Council and our local event host have decided NOT to proceed with the 2020 Masters World Championships as scheduled on 21-28 March, 2020.

We understand that some sailors may already be on site, other are en route and some have imminent departures. Given the extreme rapidity of developments and the uncertainty surrounding travel and participation in this event, the decision to take this extraordinary step was decided to be the most prudent course of action under the circumstances.

The Australian government has now issued advise against non-essential, organized public gatherings of more than 500 people as a precaution to reduce community spread of the virus. With the number of competitors, spouses, event personnel, and visitors expected, ILCA has chosen to heed this government health advisory.

Whether the event will be rescheduled to a later date or cancelled will be determined in the near future. Refund arrangements will also be addressed and communicated with entrants as soon as practical.

 

2020 Under-21 Worlds in Malcesine, Italy
2020 4.7 Youth Worlds in Arco, Italy

ILCA and our hosts recognize the significant outbreak of Coronavirus in Northern Italy and the recent measures being taken across the whole country (and now much of the world) to contain the spread of the virus. The start of the Championship is approximately 4 months out from the time that initial Entry offers are scheduled to be sent. Given the swift change in circumstances, there is no way to know how things will stand from a public health perspective by the time the event is supposed to take place. ILCA and the host will continue to monitor the situation.

At present, we are proceeding on the understanding that the event will take place as scheduled. However, we intend to delay the issuing of entry offers until at least the end of March to provide additional time to assess how the event might be affected.

If at a later date, the assessment changes, we will notify all participants about any decisions made.

 

2020 Radial Youth Worlds in Dziwnów, Poland

At this time no action is being taken, but the event is under review.