For Immediate Release

BRISTOL, R.I. (March 12, 2020) – Due to the travel restrictions from Europe that were announced by the U.S. on Wednesday, March 11 amid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and recent event cancellations and postponements, US Sailing has advised all American Olympic class sailing athletes who are training in Europe to return to the United States.

On Thursday, March 12, the 2020 470 World Championships were postponed by the International 470 Class and Club Nautic Arenal until authorities can conduct further re-evaluation in April. Event organizers and Club Nautic Arenal have also canceled the 51st Trofeo Princesa Sofia Iberostar Regatta.

Chief Executive Officer of US Sailing, Jack Gierhart said, “Our priority is always the safety and wellbeing of the athletes. In this rapidly changing situation, the best recommendation we can make is for them to return home and resume training domestically.”

According to Olympic Head Coach, Luther Carpenter, the U.S. athletes were prepared for sudden changes in their international competition schedule and are adapting quickly. “We have been living in a period of the unknown and have speculated that we would be faced with some change,” he said. “So, we have been, and will continue to be, ready to react appropriately to whatever the situation calls for.”

Upon returning to the States, the sailors will continue to prepare for the U.S. Olympic Trials and Olympic Games. Carpenter added, “We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own.”

The postponement of the 2020 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team.

“As the coronavirus situation continues to impact the athletes’ international competition schedule, our Selection Committee will be reviewing current procedures,” said Gierhart. “As always, the Committee’s goal is to ensure a fair process that provides effective training opportunities for the selected Olympians.”

US Sailing will continue to provide updates as official changes to selection are made and the COVID-19 situation progresses.

Information and resources organized by US Sailing on the COVID-19 can be found HERE!

Updates on the US Sailing Team and Olympic selection can be found here.


Dear US Sailing Community,

US Sailing is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, both domestic and abroad, and is following the recommendations set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). These recommendations combined with the information we receive on a regular basis from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) is providing a framework and process for the safety and health of our staff, contract employees, athletes, coaches, volunteers, and participants of our events and programs.

The US Sailing Team athletes, coaches, and staff are adhering to the CDC advisory as it relates to outbound travel from the United States in response to the spread of the Coronavirus. We have engaged our team doctor to develop specific guidelines and recommendations for our athletes and coaches travelling overseas to ensure their safety. This information will address general health and safety maintenance, as well as decision points and criteria for returning to the U.S.

We are paying close attention to the status of sailing events, especially those events with connections to US Sailing programs. Our primary concern is safety. We understand there is potential for broad impact on our members and the sailing community. We will work with our partners, sailing organizations and host clubs to help determine the appropriate course of action and any adjustments in order to minimize disruption and maximize the safety of all involved.

US Sailing will be providing important updates to the sailing community on our website. Please refer to the information below for the latest updates and resources concerning COVID-19.


Jack Gierhart
Chief Executive Officer, US Sailing