Royal Escape Race Update 20 April 2022
Last night (19 April) the Sussex Yacht Club board discussed at length the forthcoming Royal Escape Race.
Irrespective of the current level of planning and work already done to deliver the race, during an extended debate the board considered if the ongoing effort required to ensure a satisfactory event was beyond the capabilities of the current Royal Escape Race committee in the time available. It was accepted that delays had accrued largely due to uncertainties and changing official guidance on cross channel sailing. With regards to the available resources, Flag officers reminded the board that the club was committed to hosting a successful Sussex Regatta in early June.
A vote was taken resulting in me being directed to cancel the 2022 event.
I was requested to start preparing for a relaunched RER in 2023. Flag Officers gave me assurances that in the longer term, support will be given to bolster the resources available to the Royal Escape Committee.
Having been the race organiser since 2008, this decision weighs very heavy, and for those that have been planning to sail this year you have my heartfelt apologies.
Yours in Sailing
Chairman, Royal Escape Committee
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