Ian Darby never thought the first week in his new job would look like this. After all, being a Yachting New Zealand regional support officer involves getting out and about and connecting with the yacht clubs and their members in his region.
We normally run a segment called Regional Roundup but these are not normal times. South Island regional support officer Ian Gardiner offers some advice to clubs and also takes a look at some of the things happening in his region.
Many clubs and class associations are facing huge challenges right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s a similar story at Yachting New Zealand where we are facing the same issues. We are, as it were, all in the same waka.
This weekend sees the usual fleet of rock stars and weekend warriors mixing it up for the running of the 35th Harken Young 88 national championships, New Zealand's largest national one-design keelboat fleet.
You will all be aware the Covid-19 outbreak is a rapidly-evolving situation and we are getting updates constantly from the Ministry of Health and medical teams at High Performance Sport New Zealand and Sport New Zealand.
A mixed two-handed offshore keelboat event has been added onto the programme for the 2024 Olympics but there are still a lot of unknowns, not least off what class of boat will be used (and this might not be known until the year before the Games).
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