COVID-19 (Coronavirus) health concerns take precedence

Hillarys Yacht Club today announced that the Sail Easter Coaching Regatta has been postponed to a future date.

The decision has been made in the interests of avoiding potential exposure of competitors, spectators and volunteers to the COVID-19 virus.

More than 100 dinghy sailors and up to 200 people were expected to participate in the three-day event which was scheduled to start on Good Friday afternoon.

Hillarys Yacht Club commodore, Fred Gere said the postponement had been made after consideration of available information including government and medical expert health warnings regarding potential transmission once competitors came ashore.

“We understand competitors’ disappointment, but their welfare and that of visitors and our volunteers is paramount and must come first.”

In addition to also being the venue for the WA Laser Championships, coordinated through their President Michael McAullay the event was slated as a ranking regatta for Optimist sailors. Other classes expected to compete included 125, 29ers, 420 and Open Skiff.

Regatta Chairman, Jim Suffield, said the event’s growing stature had also attracted a number of high-calibre coaches to provide both on and off-water advice to competitors. Among these was former Olympic gold medalist and head sailing coach at the WA Institute of Sport, Belinda Stowell, along with Mat Jerwood, Ryan Palk, Ben Walkemeyer and Chris Kelly.

The regatta was to be held in the waters surrounding Hillarys Marina.

Mr Suffield said the Club would look at rescheduling the event once authorities declared that COVID-19 is no longer a threat to the community.

“We remain hopeful that we will be able to conduct our third annual coaching regatta this year,” he said.

For further information:

Chris Kelly, Aquatics Coordinator Hillarys Yacht Club                                                    

Tel: 9246 2833