The Optimist scene is still one of the main breeding grounds for New Zealand's sailors and over the past month nearly 100 youngsters have been learning off world champions, SailGP sailors and world championship-winning coaches.
The general sentiment as more than 50 weary sailors (and some equally weary parents) drifted away from the Murrays Bay Sailing Club on Sunday afternoon was to try to maintain the resurgence in the P Class.
The country moved to the Covid Protection Framework recently, which has seen a few changes to the way yachting and boating clubs operate, and we felt it was important to present some more clarity around what is an event and what is a gathering.
The four Yachting New Zealand regional development managers take a look at what has been happening in their areas and also remind you of how important it is to recognise the work done by those behind the scenes.
The lack of high-level racing over the last two years was a significant factor in the fortunes of two Kiwis at the ILCA 6 (Laser Radial) world championships which finished up in Oman overnight (NZ time).
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