The rumour mill has been swirling with predictions that the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart will be cancelled owing to border restrictions.
However, organising club the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has reassured potential competitors that, at this stage, they are still planning to hold the race.
CYCA Commodore, Noel Cornish AM, said, "The CYCA is continuing preparations for the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
The current situation in relation to COVID-19 in Australia and across the world is dynamic – we’re working with a number of parties, with a view to staging the Rolex Sydney Hobart in the most appropriate way possible.
We will endeavour to provide an update in October when the outlook is hopefully a little clearer, and we appreciate everyone’s patience in what is a very challenging time for all.
Our thoughts and best wishes go to those affected by the pandemic across Australia and around the world.
It is important as a leader in our sport, that the CYCA does the right thing in regards to the running of the 2020 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - with the health and safety of competitors, fans, staff, our partners, other stakeholders and the community the number-one priority.