It is possible! Despite all the difficult circumstances we sailed a wunderful regatta in La Rochelle. Thanks to the unbreakable optimisme of our frensh collegues from AFIDART the Gold Cup was an event as close to what we are used to as possible. Obviously we regret that many of our sailors could not travell, espacially our friends from the UK. We all look forward to having the whole fleet back on the water next year from the 10th-16th Septembre 2022 in Vilamoura, Portugal!
Despite our hopes, the Covid pandemia has not declined enough to date. There are still too many government restrictions to travel to (or from) France for some countries. We do not expect that these restrictions will be lifted shortly. Running the Worlds now would be unfair for those who cannot travel. But we do not have to cancel the event. Many participants and families have plans, or dreams, or even bookings to travel to La Rochelle.
The good news is that the french authorities and Afidart confirm they can organise a big Dart international event, which will look very similar, yet not leading to a World Champion title. We are pleased to rename the event in The Dart 18 Gold Cup – La Rochelle – July 24th to July 30th 2021.
So there will be a chance this year to race and meet the international Dart friends for all those who can eventually travel to France.
Angelique and the AFIDART-team are highly motivated to host you all. They will communicate all details for Gold Cup shortly.