Celebratory 70th regatta re-scheduled to October 25-30 on Hamilton Harbour
HAMILTON, Bermuda (May 15, 2020) — When the calendar turned Jan. 1, 2020, organizers for the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club’s Bermuda Gold Cup match racing regatta were eyeing this week, the 19th week of 2020, as a celebration of the storied regatta.
This week was to be the week that the 70th regatta for the Bermuda Gold Cup, an event of the World Match Racing Tour, was held. A dynamite lineup that included past champions, world champions and World No. 1-ranked skippers was secure and racing on Hamilton Harbour in May is one of the more idyllic settings the sailors could enjoy. It was going to be a week worth remembering.
Then the calendar rolled into mid-March and the western hemisphere came to a grinding halt due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Social distancing is the primary means to tamp out spreading of the highly infectious disease and the Bermuda government banned all foreign travel to the island on Mar. 20.
Now, as Bermuda begins Phase 1 of its reopening protocol, the promise of International One-Design (IOD) sloops battling bow-to-bow has been rescheduled to Oct. 25-30. With a dash of luck, the 70th Bermuda Gold Cup, presented by Argo Group for the benefit of the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS), will still occur this year.