Worrell 1000 cancelled

Shock news from America

Sunday March 30th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States
Another major upset in US catamaran sailing has occurred with the news that this year's Worrell 1000 offshore catamaran race has been cancelled. The organisers say that "a key investor defaulted on his financial commitment to fund the acquisition of charter boats and subsequent efforts for alternate financing simply ran out of time. Neither Bimare Catamarans, the North American Bimare Distributor, W.F. Oliver, nor the F-18HT class share any responsibility in this matter."

Worrell 1000 management say they will now focus completely on making the 2004 Worrell 1000 the most successful event ever. The 2004 race will start on Sunday, May 9 and finish on Saturday, May 22 and will be sailed on the Nacra F-18.

As special compensation for those teams who paid their Worrell 1000 entry fees for the 2003 race in compliance with the rules of entry schedule, a special discount will be made for the 2004 event. Teams leaving the $5,000 entry fee on file in our escrow account shall receive a credit of $3,000 dollars toward next year's entry fee.

To receive a full refund competitor should send a request in writing to: Worrell 1000, P.O. Box 446 Virginia Beach, VA 23458-0446. However it is known that many competitors have already booked non-refundable airline tickets and incurred other expenses.

This year's Worrell 1000 was to have had a bumper entry from the UK, including The Daily Sail's own contributor Andy Rice, but also Helena Darvelid and Brad Kavanaugh, a British Airways team sailed by John and Alex Downey. Other notables on the entry list were Dutch catamaran, Mini and offshore sailor Hans Bouscholte, Chris Nicholson, former winner Randy Smyth and an Oracle Racing team comprising Cameron Dunn and Rodney Daniel.

Many competitors are now said to be considering taking part in the Tybee 500, a similar event running from Islamorada up the Florida coast to Tybee Island, GA over 12-17 May. This event is open to catamarans of 18-20ft such as the Hobie 20, Inter 20, Nacra 6 and Naff 18.

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