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Volvo Noble Marine RS400 National Championships, South Shields, 9-13 Aug 2020 - UPDATE 16th June

Thank you to everyone who completed the Nationals survey - we had 86 responses, which was fantastic and has given the committee a really good insight into what you, the sailors, would like and feel may be possible.

We were encouraged that 85% of respondents say they would still attend the event with 4 weeks notice and that 86% would definitely still attend if the social programme had to be curtailed. With 42 boats entered already as an intention to race and a further 14 sailors considering entering, we are reassured that the event would be worthy of the title 'National Champiosnhip' and worthwhile for the club.  We have also noted and agree with the comments that urge caution and responsibility.

We are clearly unable to say at this time that the event will run, given the restrictions still in place.  Equally we do not wish to cancel now and regret the decision later.

The RS400 committee concluded that we will review the situation in light of new Government guidelines due on 4th July, and subsequent RYA advice and make a final decision as soon as possible after that. We will also consider the situation in Wales and Scotland and take that into account.

While we wait for the next government announcement, we are working with South Shields Sailing Club on delivering the best and safest event posisble if we are able to go ahead - think superb racing, BBQ, outdoor pizza van, hog roast, gazebos and of course an outdoor bar/drinks takeaway station :-)

Details here (which may be altered dependent on restrictions) - please enter as an intention to race if you haven't already.

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