Unfortunately, the Casa de Campo Yacht Club has just announced that the ‘International Casa de Campo Sailing Week 2012′ which was going to take place from the 7th to the 12th of February, has been cancelled.
For several years the Casa de Campo Sailing Week has been organized by the Casa de Campo Yacht Club and the Marina Casa de Campo, a regatta in which many racing boats have been invited to take part in a mix of races to be sailed out just off the coast of Casa de Campo, as well as around nearby Catalina island.
The following is the official statement from Gianfranco Fini, commodore of the Casa de Campo Yacht Club and organizer of the event:
My interest, ever since the conception of Casa de Campo Marina and I became Commodore of Casa de Campo Yacht Club, has always been to develop Sailing in the Dominican Republic, all the while the Marina grows, and elevating the quality of the races to a higher level in each edition.
I always kept in mind to create a solid platform, in order to carry out events of greater demand and quality. Because of that I was able to bring international races like the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in 2010, giving an opportunity for the local sailing to meet and work with international professionals, while at the same time it became a major national event, which benefit the destination, Casa de Campo and the Dominican Republic.
After several successful regattas with the fleet of boats in the country and after several contacts with other teams in other islands, accustomed to participating in regattas in the Caribbean, with the intention of including the local races, I dedicated myself, since last year, in developing the first international sailing week in the country, never before accomplished. We also had to consider that the Dominican Republic is out of the international circuit of regattas that take place annually around the Caribbean and its distance from other islands, it all made the task more difficult.
However, with my colleagues, we developed a promotional campaign, with visits and product presence in international fairs such as the Annapolis Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, with the presence of advertising in magazines devoted to Caribbean sailing, inviting international sailors with attractive incentives, social networking presence, and finally, using all possible means to transcend the event.
However, the inconvenient mentioned above became present; the project was not able to attract the number of international teams that from the beginning was expected. For this reason, I and my staff feel it as disrespect to the sponsoring brands to go ahead with an event that does not meet the objectives which it was created for. I also believe that Casa de Campo, Casa de Campo Marina and the Central Romana Corporation should also not protect a project whose results do not meet the level of quality requirements.
Therefore, in view of the impending situation, the Marina Casa de Campo and I, as Commodore of Casa de Campo Yacht Club, home organizer of the event, have decided to cancel the regatta Casa de Campo Sailing Week in this edition of 2012, expecting that the efforts done so far and the effort that will continue, can result in an international quality event that is the pride of the Dominican Republic in a future opportunity.
Although the event will not be taking place this year, we commend the efforts and persistance of Gianfranco Fini in organizing many great events for the Marina Casa de Campo.
Here we bring you a series of links with our photos and coverage of previous regattas and nautical celebrations in the Marina Casa de Campo: