In a statement today Jim Dines, on behalf of the Committee of the Blackwater Smack and Barge Match Association, has announced that this year’s Blackwater Smack and Barge Match has been cancelled. Although we shall all be disappointed, it is not unexpected and was clearly the best thing to do. Here is the text of the announcement:-
“It is with great reluctance that the Committee of the Blackwater Smack and Barge Match Association have decided to cancel this years Smack and Barge Match that was to be held on the 13th of June, We felt in light of the current situation that this was the best decision and we will concentrate on 2021.
“We wish you all well in these strange times and hope to see you out sailing when the restrictions are reduced.
“Please pass this on to all those in the Smack and Barge community and share please.”