ORGANISERS of next year’s Lancelin Ocean Classic have cancelled the event a month before the four-day festival was due to start.
The Lancelin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) announced late on Monday, December 9, that the 2020 wave sport festival, scheduled for January 9 to 12, had been cancelled.
In a media statement, the chamber said there were “a number of issues arising outside the control of the LCCI” that led to it cancelling the 35th annual windsurfing event.
“We felt that there was insufficient time and funding to resolve these issues,” the statement said.
“The LCCI did everything in their power to resolve these issues and with time against us there was no other option than to cancel the event to ensure a successful and viable event that met the requirements of our funding partners.
“After 34 years of successful events we are fully aware and understand the decision will not be favourable so we apologise to our stakeholders, sponsors, community partners, accommodation providers, sailors and the public.
“All 2020 online registration fees will be reimbursed in full and we will work with the online registration provider to have this managed as soon as possible.”
Kite surfers who opted to leave their 2019 entry fee in credit for 2020 can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get their $75 refunded.
It said the chamber would reassess and re-evaluate options going forward, in consultation with stakeholders, industry groups and community groups.
“The chamber will endeavour to run this iconic event for 2021 pending circumstances and ensure plenty of notice is given prior to the race,” it said.
The chamber ran the 2019 event, which attracted thousands of visitors and competitors to the coastal towns of Lancelin and Ledge Point for races in windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skis and dragon boats.