Wilson Trophy falls victim to coronavirus

Boats competing in the Wilson Trophy on West Kirby Marine Lake
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This year’s Wilson Trophy sailing regatta has been cancelled due to fears over the impact of coronavirus.

The 71st running of the annual competition – widely seen as the world’s premier team racing event – was scheduled to take place on West Kirby Marine Lake from May 1 – 3.

A total of 34 teams had signed up to take part, including from the USA and Ireland.

The Wilson Trophy flags at West Kirby Sailing Club
The Wilson Trophy flags at West Kirby Sailing Club

In a statement on their website, event director Adam Whittle said: “It is with deep regret, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the uncertainty of the possible timescale before things get back to normal that we announce the cancellation of the 71st Wilson Trophy.

“It was not a decision the Management Group took lightly but given the increasing likelihood of the cancellation of mass gatherings, travel restrictions and the duty of care we must provide to competitors, our members and staff, the possibility of running the event became untenable.

“A full refund of entry fees will be issued in due course. We will contact each team individually to advise how this will be done.”

Organisers have thanked teams for their support and say they look forward to welcoming them for the 72nd event in May 2021.

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