Dear 8mR sailors,
After long and careful consideration by all parties involved, we regret to inform you that the 2020 Worldcup in Enkhuizen has been postponed and will be held in Enkhuizen from the 28th of august till the 4th of September 2021.
The reason the World Cup has been deferred for a year is because under current travel restrictions in Europe it is not possible to plan a sociable event with any degree of certainty in the next months. It is part of the 8mR ethos to bring together as many competitors of different nationalities as possible for yacht racing in a friendly spirit. The conditions that apply everywhere in Europe at this moment prevent such an event from taking place. Even within Europe, travel restrictions are in place and will be eased at different times, making it very hard for teams to plan ahead and make their stay and transport arrangements.
The best decision in these circumstances is to postpone the 2020 World Cup. The Royal Netherlands Yacht Club and the municipality of Enkhuizen have graciously offered to host the event in 2021 as they were honoured to be chosen to host the event in 2020. IEMA feels with the organization in place, that it would do justice to their enthusiasm to grant this very exceptional permission. If you are coming to The Netherlands, the Organizing Committee is happy to help you find a berth, winter storage and set up practice races both this year and next.
As Yacht Club Italia were due to host the 2021 World Cup, IEMA will work with them to find a new mutually suitable date.
We hope that with this decision, we can bring the majority part of the 8mR family together for the Worldcup next year and have a fantastic series. We do wish you all the best and health in the meantime. We will also keep you updated on events and some very exciting restoration and new build projects while we are not on the water together. Owners who have already registered for 2020 will have the choice to have the registration fee refunded or to use this as a registration fee for the 2021 World Cup.
Wishing you fair winds, good company and great competition and hopefully see you all from 4-11 September 2021 in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands.