The International J/70 Class Association has been closely monitoring the worldwide developments in the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 19, the International J/70 Executive Committee (EC) met specifically in regard to the upcoming European and World Championships to be held July 6-11 (in Copenhagen, DK) and July 25-August 1 (in Los Angeles, US), respectively. The EC understands the huge commitment of time and money it takes to participate in a major Championship, as well as the enormous resources that our host clubs and their volunteers and sponsors dedicate to such events. In order to give the Class membership a fair chance to prepare for this commitment and to respect the resources of all parties involved, the Class has set a formal decision date of no later than April 30, 2020 for both the 2020 European Championship and 2020 World Championship. If the International Class EC—in collaboration with the Organizing Authority for each event—is not confident on or before April 30 that the events can go forward on their planned dates, then these Championships will be postponed. A decision on other 2020 Continental Championships will be done using a similar criteria, 75 days prior to the event’s start date. We hope that this approach will help clarify the way the Class is addressing this evolving situation and allow Class members to plan accordingly. The EC plans to meet regularly in the coming months and will provide updates as needed. In the meantime, the Class wishes all J/70 sailors and their families the best in these difficult times. We look forward to resuming sailing as soon as we can. Questions may be directed to Chris Howell, IJ70CA Class Executive Director.

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