When being negative is a positive

The organizing authority for the 2021 Sydney Hobart Race is confident the 76th edition will go ahead as planned after participants snaked through Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on December 23 to undergo COVID tests.

All 928 sailors across 93 boats taking part in the 628 nm contest underwent PCR tests, 72 hours before the event start in Sydney Harbor on December 26.

Last year’s race was cancelled the week before it was due to start because of COVID-related issues, but the 2021 edition seems set to proceed despite rising case numbers.

Part of the challenge is the varying health regulations amid the Australian states, with the race starting in New South Wales and finishing in the historic port city of Hobart which is the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania.

“There may be some changes that occur, but I think it will be to do with additional mask wearing,” said CYCA commodore Noel Cornish. “We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out in the next three or four days.

“Yes, it’s been challenging but it’s been a thrill to overcome the challenges. The bottom line is I’m confident the race will be able to go ahead now…”

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